Christmas Holster Project

I’m sure many of you suffer from the same affliction I do: restless project syndrome. I spent two decades working every holiday and never taking vacations. As such, I have never been a big “holiday person”.

This Christmas I decided to take some time and fiddle with a cheap gun-show holster that recently made an appearance on this very website. You can CLICK HERE to see the video.

Since I am still waiting for some quality replacements I figured it was time I invest a little sweat equity into building up my VP9 holster library. Because let’s face it, if you want easy to attain after market accessories, you need to carry a Glock.

The beginning: I worked out the funny habit this “holster-ette” has to pushing the mag-release levers when inserted at a particular angle. Frankly this was mostly done by simply reinserting the pistol into the device and just shaving a high-point. Check! Step one done!

Adjustments made so mag lever isn't depressed accidentally.

Adjustments made so mag lever isn’t depressed accidentally.

Next: This holster rides way, way, way too low. So low that it is difficult to draw the handgun without having to adjust your hand to get a full master-grip. And let me tell you, this issue is what is wrong with 95% of ALL holsters being sold today. No joke. They either aren’t made correctly or aren’t configured correctly by the user.

This holster sits way too low on the belt.

This holster sits way too low on the belt.

Your firearm needs to be retained by the holster, not necessarily the belt or pants. If you don’t think this is that big of a deal, I suggest you realize that in the real world it’s the first shot that is the most important. Not the 15 coming behind it.

Here you can see the leg of the clip is too high. What I have done is moved the clip mount down and then cut off, and rounded the hard corners left from cutting it.

Later on if I am so inclined, I might upgrade this with a standard strut and soft-loop connection. IMO that is much more secure when under stress, easier to takeoff without unholstering the pistol, and in a pinch allows you to tuck your shirt in behind it. More on this in a later post.

Finished product.

Finished product.

Here is the finished product. Notice how much higher the grip of the pistol sits above the belt? This is critical. Look, let’s be real. Is it a quality holster? No. Is it perfect? No. But it’s upgraded enough to get me through. Yes, shades of my old 1911 days are showing though, “You want to carry it? Fix your shit!”.

Hopefully this little primer is useful in evaluating your holsters? Even the best made holster is junk if you don’t have it configured for success. Unfortunately, most holsters I see civilians carrying are setup to lose gunfights. Not win them.

 

 
Marky
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Marky Mark

Marky Mark

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Writer for john1911.com. Co-Host of the John1911 Podcast. Video content provider for John1911-TV.

Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Freeze

    I am so proud, 10 years ago Marky couldn’t hammer a square peg into a round hole with a wrench. I have taught him well.

    • I have to admit Freeze is correct, I used to default to, “let the pros do it”.

      The Mr. Gunsmith himself basically set me straight on what is and isn’t rocket science. Back then it was easier to fix your own 1911 than send back to the maker. And cheaper!

      Now…I’m like “f. It! Get it running or shit-can it”.

      Marky

    • Mikial

      Ya see, Freeze, if Marky’d spent time on tanks like I did in the army he’d know how to fix anything with a hammer and a tanker’s bar.

  • Mikial

    Nice little DIY article, and some useful information on holster fit in general. It may seem like common sense, but too many people don’t fully understand the issue of how high the grip rides above the belt and its effect on the draw. Most people look at comfort and retention/trigger protection and forget the dynamic issues. Evidence that not enough people practice their draw or they would quickly realize it if their holster rode too low to get a solid grip or was poorly designed. Hopefully, some will read this article and have an epiphany moment . . . “Oh wow, so THAT’s why I can’t get a good grip.”

    • Daniel, God is my judge

      Yeah, but the Duke always wore his hogleg low. 🙂

      • In an open-top gun-bucket.

        —Marky

        • Daniel, God is my judge

          Go ahead and skin that smoke wagon and see what happens.

      • Mikial

        But . . . we’re talking about The Duke here. The rest of us are mere mortals who have to pay attention to things like practical functionality.

        • Well, if you can figure out how to go through the day with theme music playing behind you, maybe you and the Duke can use the same equipment. Otherwise I suggest you live in the real world.

          😎

          Marky

    • That was my plan. Who really cares about my personal DIY and crappy 4th string holster-et? But the logic behind the decisions might help the overall community.

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Good thinking! I just wish more people read your articles, but for those of us who do, it’s a major benefit.

        • Actually, we get ALOT of traffic. It’s just most don’t comment here. They save it for anti-gun Facebook that one day will delete every single piece of gun content.

          So…best to post it here. We’ll be around longer.

          Marky

          • Mikial

            Brother, you have my attention always. You are the only, truly no bullshit blog on the net. I used to read and post on The Shooter’s Log (the Cheaper Than Dirt blog) which seems to be about dead these days, and The Truth About Guns (TTAG) which is mostly a bunch of keyboard ninjas with inflated egos and no social skills, but now I pretty much just look for your posts every day.

          • We will enforce tight moderation here. Facebook, twitter and the popular gun forums shows us what happens when you let the monkeys run the zoo.

            Marky