Holsters

LCP Leather, 1.0

I’ve only had it about 1.5 weeks, not a lot of carry yet, so I really have no need for anything different than the pocket holster, yet.

But I’m sure a time will come when I want to belt carry it, so why not go ahead and make ond of my holsters for it?

No construction pics this time. Its the same as my last two, the first for the Bersa, then one for my Bearcat(Both can be found on the blog), this one is just scaled down slightly for the LCP.

I lost a little of my preferred forward “FBI” cant, but its still fine. Small notch to clear the mag release; This way it could get pushed, but I was more woried about it being pushed with the leather over it. This way its shielded/flush with the leather.

No retention strap yet. Its a VERY tight fit right now, plenty of hold. After it breaks in and stretches some, I’ll look at adding a strap, that way the fit and length will be right.

With its inspiration, the first of them, made for the Bersa. Thatcone is beoke in, but still snug, and still works great after 3 or 4 years.(Edit; I got curious and had to check. 6 years! Made in august of 2013!)

Honestly, the LCP2 actually fit the Bersa holster rather well. It would have worked, except the strap length.

Buf it was a touch too deep, I’d end up bending up the lower tip of the holster in use, and the long strap would be annoying.

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Ruger LCP II

New EDC added recently! New toy, and new weapon too. All in one! 🙂

Kinda an impulse buy. I’d wanted to shoot and look at a 1st gen LCP last year. Then changed to the LCP2 after I got to shoot one in the spring. I just couldn’t justify the $$ till now.

I’d started to buy a $100 to $140 knife a couple weeks ago and realized it was a single days wage away from the gun. No brainer! 😉

My favored LGS has an online live inventory, showed the black for $295 and the FDE/Jungke green for $305. For $10, I can get fancy cerakote and not be boring black? Why not! 😉
I grabbed cash and headed to town.

SNAFU in their database, the gun was gone.
The guy actually had a slight panic moment when the online and their internal inventory showed it in stock, but he couldn’t find it, not even in the safe!
Turns out it had been sent to their store in the next town, sold there, and didn’t get pulled from the inventory here. He orderd another one, and I put my name on the list to be called. He said probably be in by that weekend. That was the Monday two weeks ago.
Took week and a half to come, with 3 updates on ETA. Then they missed calling me when it did– busy place, its understandable.

So yeah, impulse buy that took 2 weeks to do… lol.

On the flip side, the actual purchase was a breeze, background check came back in 10 minutes, I was in, and out in half hour flat, if that long. 4pm I arrived there, by 4:45 I was at the range ~8 miles away, (and that’s crossing town in rush hour traffic included!) shooting. 😀

With my previous CCW, a Bersa/Firestorm. 380.

Impulse but not a blind buy. As I mentioned, I got to shoot one before. A friend at church has and carries a first gen LCP, and I’d asked if he could bring it to a mens shooting weekend we had in the spring. He forgot, but someone else there had a LCP2 and I got a couple mags through it.

Great shooter, light, compact! Just what I’d been looking for. My Bersa 380 gets a little big sometimes.

I swear the Bersa gets heavier after you have it on for 8 hours straight!

I wanted something smaller, lighter, and pocketable so I could tuck a shirt, or do away with a cover shirt/jacket if I wanted to.

The Bersa I’ve had for over a decade(wow… closer to 15 years I think..).

It amazes me, when I got the Bersa, it was a pocket gun!

The micro polymer guns hadn’t really come into play, or werent as common… At least to me they weren’. I don’t remember that craze starting til a few years later. Now that class of gun is still a small carry, but for a pocket gun its HUGE!

The Ruger weighs Literally half as much (unloaded specs), is smaller, thinner. But at only a single round loss! Shoots good to boot, with amazingly controlable recoil for its weight.

But anyway, back to the range; I was Extremely happy to be hitting within 2″or 3″ of a clay pigeons at 20 or 25 yards, some rounds hitting them, within my 2nd mag! Those sights aint much but they’re really actually pretty good! The ergonomics and fantastic trigger help, it shoots like a much bigger pistol.

I was expecting to need a LOT of practice to get “on the pie plate” accuracy at half that distance.

Sorry, no target pics. The range was surprisingly busy for a cold wet, snowy saturday (everyone getting in any time they can before its freaking cold) so when I was hitting remnants of other targets so easy in my first couple mags, I decided to hell with trying to get a cold range to set anything out for a grouping, and just had fun with it. 🙂

It comes with a light but very nice pocket holster, that works really well. It adds some bulk to pocketing it, but with no safety other than the center trigger bar, you REALLY dont want anything getting into that trigger guard with it in your pocket!

Covering the trigger/guard etc is the best, and also having Nothing else in the pocket with it.

So far the holster is nice, light, comfortable, and provides a great draw. Even including reaching into my pocket, this is a smoother, simpler, easier draw than I’ve ever had with non pocket guns!

Here it is in the pocket holster, on top of my homemade Bersa holster.

It does actually fit in the Bersa holster too, and rather well. Just a bit short, and of course the retention strap is far too long. I might use it as a pattern to make one for the Ruger.

Serriously considering just adding belt loops to the pocket holster though. Would be simple to do, and would make it a dual use holster.

Will note that I’m Not completely replacing the Bersa. It will still spend a lot of time as a truck gun(where its spent most of its time the last few months as I’ve gotten less and less fond of the weight to carry), and I’ll still carry it on shorter days out… But its just gotten to be too much on looonnnggg days on my feet, which us where the LCP will really shine.

Its not like I carry every day anyway. Its hit or miss for me, and I can alternate as needed, or not. Options are great to have, no matter how often you use them!

For a last fun comparison, here is my pocket .22. 6 rounds of .22 Short. The lcp is smaller, thinner and LIGHTER!

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Bearcat Leather.

Decided I wanted to start using my Ruger Bearcat more, carry it hunting sometimes. Looked at the official Ruger holsters, and while a nice design, being straight draw, drop looped, I really tend to prefer a higher riding pancake style holster.

Looked around online, but didn’t find anything I really liked, nor anything I could afford.

A couple years ago I made a simple pancake holster for my Bersa Firestorm 380, thats worked out great, been the most comfortable gun/holster combo I’ve ever carried.

And, having the left overs from that leather in the shop… 😉

Since I liked the carry of the Bersa, I copied the shape, size, and carry cant (slightly forward/FBI style) exactly off that holster.

Only change I made was to add a “sweat shield” as they’re called, to the back top. Not really to shield the gun from me, but me from the gun; When you carry in cooler weather, without tucking a shirt in behind the gun, it can be a little cold against you! (The Bersa holster was originally made to be ambidextrous, to be worn on either side, thus it’s straight cut on the top front and back.)

Traced;

Cut, front;

Some glue, yes I know thatd a wood glue… but wood and leather are both fibrous organic substance, the glue doesn’t know the difference!

“Clamped” for a bit;

Holes drilled;

Partially stitched test fit;

Checking where I might put a tension rivet, or a line of stitching closer to the gun.

Finished!

I’ll trim/round the upper corners of the back shield aftercsome carry and use, as I decide how wide, abd high it needs to be.

I decided against the tension rivet or stiches, because honestly with the firm grip it has in such a deep coverage, I don’t think it is necessary. AND, withbthe holsters shape left generally open, I hoped that my Ruger MKII would also fit in it.

Again, deep coverage of the gun, so I decided against a safety strap. I can always add it later if it seems needed.

And yes, it turned out to fit the MKII almost as perfectly!

They’re not fancy, nor perfect, but they work, and that’s what’s important to me in basic field gear. 🙂

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Chest holster re-strapping V1.0. 

Thought I’d post an update. Been wearing the new holster I got a couple months ago off and on for some work, and short hikes.


Have some setup issues.

They have it, as set for left hand draw,
Holster sits basically horizontal, grip left, muzzle right.

Shoulder strap run from top of holster (by hammer) up over RIGHT shoulder, down across back, under Left arm to bottom of holster(behind grip/by trigger).

The the chest strap runs around you, through a loop on the back of the holster.

Holster free floats on the chest strap, held up by shoulder strap.

When you go to draw, to keep holster from sliding left, you have to grip with the off side hand. 

Also while walking/working, it naturally drifts left, rotating the shoulder stap on your torso, sliding on chest strap, till under the left arm. (To where you cant grip the gun to draw without sliding it back to center chest with the off side hand.)

Because of shoulder strap placement/tension it can’t slide to the right.

Basically, the tension is backwards.

While hiking with it like this, every time I repositioned it (about every 150 yards!) I thought about strap direction and buckle placement, being pretty sure I could reverse it to the left shoulder, but still be left hand draw.

It actually was as simple as I thought. (Amazing)

I now have the shoulder strap run from top of holster(by hammer) over my LEFT shoulder, across back, under Right arm.

Now it gets different.. that bottom right end of the shoulder strap I connect to the end of the CHEST strap.

Chest strap goes Left, and Down through the loop on the back of the holster, then BACK to the Right, and around my back, to the Left bottom of the holster. 

So the pull to the left is now resisted by the tail of the shoulder strap, and the chest tension. If it slides, it will be down to the right. So even if it does move, it could go a ways before I couldn’t draw.

Muzzle end is also held by the chest strap. And because the chest strap and shoulder straps tension each other, once set, it can’t really drift very far either way.

So far as I can tell anyway. Will walk a couple miles with it and see.

Still needs work, but it’s better!


It even ended up with the tension right so the lower end of the shoulder strap is lower away from my arm and arm pit, more comfortable and crowds my arm less when moving. On the other side it tended to pinch and pull at my underarm. 

The only problems I see, are if it does move around, the gun/holster is semi fixed in line with it all, and it tensions through one end of it… As it moves one strap will tighten as the other loosens. So it’s going to chinch/tighten around me in one place or the other, and be crushing… 

And there is the other problem. With this set so it works, the chest strap is pretty tight… and rather crushingly uncomfortable already. 

I know I should be able to set this up so the weight and tension is all on the shoulder strap, and the chest strap can just center/position the gun on me and hold it semi loosesly..

What I’d like to try is;
The chest strap run from muzzle end of the holster, or the loop on the back, but a fixed atachment, not slidding, and around to the lower left corner of the holster as I gave it now. And the shoulder strap as I have it now for top of holster run over my left shoulder. 

But then attached to the center back of the chest strap.

Either floating or fixed at that joint. I think fixed would get the effect I want.

Will have to play with it some more, and see… need to find the 2 or 3 Big safety pins I have so I can pin this up how I want it before I cut/sew/ add/modify anything.

But as it is, it’s a lot better!

Pics to follow in another post if I can find someone to take them while I’m wearing it..

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