Little Bear Custom Holsters - Short Review

Little Bear Custom Holsters - Short Review

This is a discussion on Little Bear Custom Holsters - Short Review within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I got some new leather gear for my Sig P365 from Little Bear Custom Holsters ( www.littlebearcustomholsters.com ) and wanted to give a short report ...

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    Little Bear Custom Holsters - Short Review

    I got some new leather gear for my Sig P365 from Little Bear Custom Holsters (www.littlebearcustomholsters.com) and wanted to give a short report on it. I got the Aegis Calypto, an AIWB Holster and an OWB Pancake Mag Pouch; made just for me.

    Dave, the Owner/Maker at Little Bear Custom Holsters is a vet, and an easy to deal with guy. He responded to my initial email quickly, and then we discussed what I wanted, and man did he ever deliver! He is fast too; I got my new gear in right at two weeks from placing my order to opening the box. I chose the Heavy-Duty Garrett Clip for the holster, and a full sweat shield. It is rock solid; this holster in NOT coming off until I want it to. It is adjustable for both ride height and degree of cant. I wear it right at the one o'clock position AIWB and even being brand new, it is almost unnoticeable inside my pants.

    The holster and pouch are made of very good quality leather - thin, but stiff, rigid leather. I like that, it allows for fine detailing and retention. Both the holster and the pouch are well executed and retention is very good. I had to wrap it up in wax paper and an old bread bag overnight to get it to loosen up just a bit. Then I wore it with the gun and spare magazine all day yesterday and again this morning. The fit, draw, and retention is just right now. The gun actually “clicks” like it does with a fitted Kydex Holster when I slide it in the Aegis. I have never had a leather holster do that that before. It is a very well fitted leather holster to be able to click like that. A set of well written, detailed instructions on the break-in and care of your new leather is in your shipment too.

    This is now my go-to EDC Holster: The Sig P365 in an Aegis AIWB Holster and a spare mag in one of his nicely made pancake Mag Pouches will be my most often worn set up. I have been carrying for many years, and like many of us here, I have the ’ol box-o-holsters. I have some good ones too; made by Sparks, UBG, Kramer, TT Gunleather … but this AEGIS sold me on its quality, its comfort, the very reasonable price, the excellent and fast service I received, and my overall experience with Little Bear Custom Holsters. Dave gets a big thumbs up for me! Here’s a few pictures:
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    Good review. Thanks.
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    Checking the website his prices look to be quite reasonable if the workmanship is good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmhawth View Post
    Checking the website his prices look to be quite reasonable if the workmanship is good.
    I think both his workmanship and prices are very good. Oh, you can tell that the detailing is done by hand, not stamped on by some press. In that respect, the hand detailing means it's not perfect, like a machine would do, but then I like that it is hand done. It is one of the things that drew me to go ahead and order from him. Well, that and from reading what others have said, and the fact that I prefer to carry AIWB and have not seen another design like the Aegis. Having that clip off-set like it is really keeps it slim too.

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    I was hesitant to post this. I am not trying to be critical. Overall the Little Bear design looks to be pretty solid. The workman ship is good and apparently the quality versus cost factor is also good. I don't have any experience with the Garrett Heavy Duty ?nylon? clip, but it does look secure and I will plan to investigate this design.

    Now for my constructive feedback. It appears as though LB has a hole punched ~1/2" below where you have the clip set. As you currently have it set, it looks like the clip extends above the front strap of the pistol frame. In the pictured position apparently the clip would interfere with solidly anchoring the middle finger at the junction of the front strap and the rear of the trigger guard. Restated, it looks like the current clip position would interfere with obtaining a solid "combat grip" on the holstered firearm. Personally, I prefer a generous gap between the top of the belt and the grip frame / trigger guard junction as this aids in obtaining a speedy and secure combat grip on the holstered pistol. Just food for thought. You may have other considerations and preferences.

    As stated it does look like Little Bear offers a good quality product at a reasonable cost. Thanks for sharing.
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    Little Bear Custom Holsters - Short Review

    Quote Originally Posted by muzzleblast View Post
    I was hesitant to post this. I am not trying to be critical. Overall the Little Bear design looks to be pretty solid. The workman ship is good and apparently the quality versus cost factor is also good. I don't have any experience with the Garrett Heavy Duty ?nylon? clip, but it does look secure and I will plan to investigate this design.

    Now for my constructive feedback. It appears as though LB has a hole punched ~1/2" below where you have the clip set. As you currently have it set, it looks like the clip extends above the front strap of the pistol frame. In the pictured position apparently the clip would interfere with solidly anchoring the middle finger at the junction of the front strap and the rear of the trigger guard. Restated, it looks like the current clip position would interfere with obtaining a solid "combat grip" on the holstered firearm. Personally, I prefer a generous gap between the top of the belt and the grip frame / trigger guard junction as this aids in obtaining a speedy and secure combat grip on the holstered pistol. Just food for thought. You may have other considerations and preferences.

    As stated it does look like Little Bear offers a good quality product at a reasonable cost. Thanks for sharing.
    In reference to that hole that is punched in below the clip: That is there on purpose so I can drop that clip down, which I’m going to do, to give me more of a combat grip. I had him set it to the lowest ride height and then I am able to adjust it up as desired to give me more of a grip. There are thus three ride heights I can set on the holster. Good eye on catching that by the way.


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    I've got several of Dave's holsters and have never had a problem with them. He does great work and will work with you so you get exactly what your are looking for. He even makes mine in a color that he doesn't have listed on his website.
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    Looks like good stuff on the website at reasonable prices.
    I don’t think you will be able to get a good grip, even if you move the clip. I have two different holsters from two different makers that are like that. Can’t get a good grip and I am a slow learner.

    I hope it works for you. I like the offset clip concept, but that style works better for revolvers due to their more friendly shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzleblast View Post
    I was hesitant to post this. I am not trying to be critical. Overall the Little Bear design looks to be pretty solid. The workman ship is good and apparently the quality versus cost factor is also good. I don't have any experience with the Garrett Heavy Duty ?nylon? clip, but it does look secure and I will plan to investigate this design.

    Now for my constructive feedback. It appears as though LB has a hole punched ~1/2" below where you have the clip set. As you currently have it set, it looks like the clip extends above the front strap of the pistol frame. In the pictured position apparently the clip would interfere with solidly anchoring the middle finger at the junction of the front strap and the rear of the trigger guard. Restated, it looks like the current clip position would interfere with obtaining a solid "combat grip" on the holstered firearm. Personally, I prefer a generous gap between the top of the belt and the grip frame / trigger guard junction as this aids in obtaining a speedy and secure combat grip on the holstered pistol. Just food for thought. You may have other considerations and preferences.

    As stated it does look like Little Bear offers a good quality product at a reasonable cost. Thanks for sharing.
    Now to toss in a makers thoughts and issues, though I am not the maker of these holsters. You only have so much room on something like a P365. And using clips with two screws, which is the only way to keep a single clip holster from rotating, limits your options even more. You have to find a middle ground between giving more adjustment and enlarging the holster footprint. I ere to the side of keeping a small guns footprint small. I'm making 2 single clip IWB holsters for the P365 now. I round that back edge down just enough for one extra hole so it drops slightly below the edge of the muzzle. It's almost unnoticeable. But if I tried to do more, it would quickly be noticeable and change the feel of the holster.

    I have had one or two customers complain about not having enough adjustment. I have had many more complain about something being too large. This is the problem with looking at holsters in absolutes. Everything about designing and constructing a holster is compromise. There are lots of fit "requirements" out there stated as absolutes. And certain styles, designs, and materials require more compromise. And occasionally I run into a situation where it would require compromising something I'm unwilling to compromise, and that's how you find the limitations in style, design, and material.
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