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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.

--Plex
 

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Plex said:
Do you wash the lint out of your navel?  Turn the pockets on your jeans inside out when you wash them.  Viola, no lint.
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)
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
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.

-Scott
 

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

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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!
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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. ;)

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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
 
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