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S&W J frame holsters

I recently purchased a s&w 642 and would like some advice on how to carry it. My thoughts are a pocket holster and/or a ankle holster. Anyone have any experience to pass on, like good brands models and where to buy? I prefer leather but am open to kydex:)
 

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Alessi Ankle holster or Sparks VM-II

I use an Alessi Ankle Holster by Lou Alessi and a Milt Sparks VM-II or Alessi Watch 6 for IWB carry. Good quality leather holsters. Lou\'s ankle holster is the best on the market.

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It\'s probably just me but I could never quite get used to an ankle holster. When I was reserve officer in Denver many of the officers wore them. I simply couldn\'t get used to it. Others love them. Some of the pocket holsters look like they would work really well, especially the back pocket holsters. I wear IWB most of the time.
 

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ahhh the alessi ankle hoster was 130$. It had better be the best for that price. i will continue to look.
 

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I personally never cared for an ankle holster either, to hard to draw while on the move running for cover etc. I carry a 642 every day either in a $10.00 Uncle Mike\'s pocket holster size 3 or in a smartcarry holster. (awkward for about 2 days then it is wonderful)
 

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I carry mine in a K and D leather pocket holster.

I have actually fallen asleep with it in my pocket, because I forgot it was there.
 

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A buddy of mine bought a PagerPal which looked good to me at the gun show but I have been flipping between the Smartcarry or the PagerPal, so I have bought neither one. Looks like both of them would work best in baggy pants and I hate to start buying more clothes to fit my holster.....
 

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Hey Bumper I have never tried pagerPal so I can\'t comment but who still carries a pager? Anyway I use a smartcarry with Levi 505 jeans (not baggy) and a S&W 642 daily.
 

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I’ve only heard bad things about Pager Pal.

The only time I carry my S&W 642 is in my pocket. Nothing against it but that’s what I bought it for, I have other for carrying on a belt holster. Several people recommend the following holster for pocket carry, and I found out they were right. It will not come out of you pocket, when you draw. All you get is gun. And it’s cheap ($15.95). I usually don’t trust cheap in a holster, but this is the exception. The guy makes them himself, and is former law enforcement.

Read what he has to say about them on his web site.
http://www.frontiernet.net/~akim/


 

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Hey Bumper I have never tried pagerPal so I can\'t comment but who still carries a pager?
Well, they call it a PagerPal (it comes with a dummy pager), but you can take the pager off and put on something that just about everyone carries these days, a mobile phone. But to specifically answer your question, a LOT of technical computer people still carry pagers because most of our systems have the ability to page you (text messaging) or send you a regular email when they are experiencing a problem. I haven\'t carried a pager in several years now....
 

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Well, they call it a PagerPal (it comes with a dummy pager), but you can take the pager off and put on something that just about everyone carries these days, a mobile phone. But to specifically answer your question, a LOT of technical computer people still carry pagers because most of our systems have the ability to page you (text messaging) or send you a regular email when they are experiencing a problem. I haven\'t carried a pager in several years now....
OK I stand corrected, I thought pagers were a thing of the past, and also did not know you could put something else on it.
 

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For pocket holsters, see Hedley Holster. I have one and really like it.

Here are pics fron R.Js web site.





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Have a pair of Hume JITs right and left. Either can be used strong side, or cross draw.

Also have a pair of Null pocket holsters in horsehide.

On occasion, an ankle holster by A&B Topline out of Cincinnatti is used.

Last, an inside the vest crossdraw is used sometimes in a RR 5.11 vest.
 

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Pager Pal didn\'t work for me, either. Looked like I had a tumor. Oddly, appendix carry works fine for me with other holsters.

I also don\'t care for an ankle holster. Just my feelings - I don\'t like the lopsided feel of my walk, and I don\'t like worrying about the thing flying loose when I stride forcefully away.

As far as pocket holsters go, for a J-frame I prefer one with some structure to it. This seems to help with the printing issue caused by the cylinder. I presently use a DeSantis hard leather holster that ran me about $20. (I\'m happy with their Nemesis soft holster for semi-autos, though.)
 

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usually carry both my Sp101 and 642 in a smartcarry. I do like those Mika\'s and may order a custom one from him in the future :cool:
 

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J-fr. holsters

I normally carry my 638 in a pocket holster made by PCS. You can look at his website, or Lightning Arms is a stocking dealer. Great stuff, made by someone who carries every day.
 

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.38 J-Frame Airweight here, and I use a variety of carry options. Typical (90% of the time) it is IWB 4:00 with a Bianchi leather holster. When dress code dictates, it goes in an ankle holster. I\'ve actually found I can get used to the ankle method after awhile, but it took a little getting used to though. I also carry a semiauto in a Galco shoulder rig when plowing snow. In addition, I pocket carry the Airweight on occasion. The main thing to keep in mind is that different methods work for different people, and even then each person is likely to employ a variety of options depending on the situation. Experiment, and find what works best for you. There are no right or wrong answers. Steven
 

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I have a box full of pocket holsters and the one I use the most is the Model #25 from Safariland. It is made of very thin Kydex and shaped to your particular gun on the side that touches your body and is completely smooth on the side that is exposed. That way there is no chance of printing. It is then covered on the outside with a thin layer of swade (sp?) leather so the holster will stay in your pocket when you draw. You can also reholster your gun with one hand because of this design. The best thing is the cost, only $25. For ankle carry I like the Renegade.

MadDog :rock:
 
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