Why Would Anyone want A Holster Like This?

Discussion in 'P-3AT' started by 224lps, Nov 25, 2007.

  1. I'm still looking for / thinking about buying a real pocket holster. I have a home made one. It is out of neopren with a cloth liner. it is basicly a half round shap. Only open at the top.

    But I know I need a real holster. One that will do a better job of keeping the gun upright in my pocket.

    I believe that a CCW holster for front pocket carry should have the following:
    Keep the gun upright in the pocket and "easy" to remove from the holster.
    Designed to do a good job of gaurding the triger.
    Completly closed bottom to keep "pocket" stuff ("lint" etc., out of the gun).
    A pocket print that helps to hide the imprint of the gun.

    In looking into "Pocket" holsters I am amazed at the large number of holsters that are open at the bottom. I don't get it... Why would anyone want or settle for a pocket holster that is open at the bottom????

    I had to laugh at the guy selling holsters on Ebay where he also gives you a "report" on valuble information on CCW carry etc., but his holsters are open ended.... You tell me open or closed??? Is one better or not. Personaly I can't see getting an open one.
  2. nicneufeld

    nicneufeld New Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    I have one that is closed at the end (DeSantis Nemesis) and one that is open (leather K&D 2 in 1). From your post, I gather the main disadvantage you see with an open ended pocket holster is the possibility of lint getting into the barrel.

    Personally speaking, I've seen very little lint or debris get into the barrel, if any, with the K&D (open ended) holster. The area much more likely (in my case) to collect debris and lint is the other side, the opening in the breech end of the slide. And that is the same in both holsters, naturally. Probably something to do with gravity!

    As I said, of the criteria mentioned for a pocket holster, the only one related to a closed or open ended holster is the requirement on keeping lint out of the barrel, something that I've not seen to be an issue in my experience pocket carrying the P3-AT. Your mileage may vary!

    BTW, if you want a holster to keep the gun upright, and the open ends are a dealbreaker for you, check out the Nemesis, its a great holster for relatively cheap. I'm sure there are other good ones, too.

  3. 98_1LE

    98_1LE New Member

    Dec 29, 2005
    I have had the same experience with the K&D open end holster; nothing crawling up barrel.

    Personally I prefer open so that the overall height of the holster can be shorter.
  4. I do inspect and clean my p3at often. Inspect evey other day or so. Clean 2 to 3 times a month as I try to do some shooting every week or so. I live where in a ten Min., drive I can be in open space ad free to shoot away. And I believe if I'm going to carry I must find the time to shoot very often, etc. So I'm not realy conserned about lint, but "other" stuf finding it's way into the barrel. It my jus be in my mind. That is why I am asking what you fine folks think.

    In the end I just my take the time and make a better home made job.

    I have found my locale Salvation Army thrift store a great source for neopren. Be it a neopren back brace for $1.00 or a small wet suit for $10.00.
  5. Plex

    Plex New Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Do you wash the lint out of your navel? Turn the pockets on your jeans inside out when you wash them. Viola, no lint.

    I have one of the older Nemisis holsters with an open bottom. The only disadvantage is the P3AT shows some wear where the ridge of the open bottom wears the slide.

  6. DoubleTap

    DoubleTap New Member

    Sep 4, 2007
    My Nemesis is open at the bottom and I've never had an issue with lint in the barrel. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why that would be an issue anyway. I wouldn't let that be a deal stopper.
  7. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    OMG - Not the lint and pocket's inside out thread again, wifey is going to kick my a$$!!!!!!! Last time it came up I had to tell her she wasn't doing my laundry correctly... :'(


    -Scott (who worries more about lint around the hammer than lint in the barrel)
  8. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    I wish I could find a pic of the K&D 2N1 wallet pannel. It basically wraps the 2N1 so the bottom is covered. The longer aspect holds the gun upright and near the pockst opening for easy access
  9. nicneufeld

    nicneufeld New Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    Oops, my mistake...the nemesis is open ended too! :-[

    So disregard the above suggestion. I guess I just consider it a non issue...with lint not being what concerns you, I never carry anything else (keys, change, etc) in the same pocket. Shouldn't have anything to worry about if you keep your "gun pocket" empty.
  10. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Doesn't he have one on his site? I can get you a pic if you want. I'll have to find my wallet panel as I have long since removed and never use them.

  11. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
  12. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
    I meant bifold wallet pannel. Kevin had a pic at one time, but I can't find it now
  13. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Now that is one I can't get you a picture of.

  14. proman

    proman New Member

    Sep 2, 2007
    I'm sorry , but I hope you blow your balls off! I have the Nemisis which isn't perfect, it prints, but it is one of the best out there for the price. There are some great leather holsters too... do the research!
  15. JFB

    JFB New Member

    Jul 25, 2005
  16. adamsesq

    adamsesq New Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    I don't know where this comes from, but as a new poster here you should know that this kind of crap is not acceptable around here.

  17. c0wboi38

    c0wboi38 New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Uh yeah,

    Mr Pro, that is NOT how this board is run.
  18. evi1joe

    evi1joe New Member

    Sep 22, 2007
    Yeah, I need to look into getting a pill fob or a closed-bottom holster. I usually use my nemesis though I occasionally carry a P3AT without a round in the chamber and without a pocket holster--unfortunately, I also happen to sometimes carry vitamins in my pockets as well (my girlfriend has a cold I'm trying not to catch). Anyway, at some point, I evidently carried both in the same pocket, and now I've got vitamin C powder/residue stuck between my barrel and the slide (and in the sighting in adjustment hole on my armalaser). I need to blast it clean with some compressed air, but part of me wants to wait and see if it doesn't "clean" itself at the range without causing a hiccup, since there's a chance of future-lint/vitamins getting in there again--though I now check to make sure there is nothing in my pockets before I put my gun (holster or not) in my pocket.
  19. PshootR

    PshootR Banned

    Apr 1, 2005
    Just think what could happen if you had been carrying Viagra in your pocket instead of vitamin C. Your .380 might have become a .45, or at least a .40 S&W. ;)

  20. c0wboi38

    c0wboi38 New Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    In regards to the pocket lint....

    I had a thread where I mentioned I was at the range, and just busted the 380 out of concealment and sent 8 rounds down range. This was after it was carried as normal for about 2 weeks with no cleaning.

    All that the lint does is add nicely to the fireball out the end. :-[

    I wouldn't worry too much about pocket lint.

    Object in the same pocket as the gun, however, are a BIG No-No

    C0wboi-Who was told there's no room at the inn, and must now wait for a phone call to go have a baby