Thursday, January 24, 2013

Gun Holsters For Under $8

   One of the friendlier places is a sporting goods store is usually the gun shop But today I went to a large store called Scheels. I expressed to 2 managers and 3 or 4 sales clerks that I was a gun book author and wanted to write about an inexpensive holster from the BB and paint ball department that could be used with hand guns as part of my blog posts for the week. I brought my daughter so I could try each gun and tell her if the fit was good fair or acceptable or small or too small. Two sales clerks offered a few minutes of half heated service and and then dumped me. The rest withheld any help at all. People usually cant weight to have a writer come in and give an evaluation of their store or service in print. Millions are spent on advertising each year but perhaps the best commercial is the boots on the floor. Scheels service today was poor. I really do not like the assembly line feel of their customer service.

The purpose of this blog is to give you information on useful products you can use to cut your  expenditures and stretch your budget. The other purpose is to give you information on making gun stuff that you may no longer be able to buy some day.
 Having a gun is only half of the equation. Having a holster so you can present the gun is the other half. As people are rushing into the gun market some spending beyond their ability and yet not knowing that if guns are band webbing (holsters and clip holders) will be banned as well, as they were in England and Australia
Crosman Holster

         On a low budget having some type of holster is better than no holster at all. Bellow in the photo this gun fits, but the gun is small. This is a better than nothing holster. Some well placed stitching with black carpet thread would move the gun back a bit and the holster would be more  snug to the gun and more functional but it is not bad the way it is but is a little sloppy  In a stress situation a holster of any type would be invaluable. The Velcro on the clip pouch is not of the highest quality so you might try to get the wife to replace it but you would need a curved carpet needle. Also the quick release black steel button is handy but here to not of the highest quality and a little light for my taste. (The Velcro on the clip holder and button of a better type would have only cost Crosman a few extra pennies and given them a very competitive product. Somtimes I do not understand businessmen. The Velcro used on the belt strap seemed to be a much better type.) If you can afford it, a better holster for a smaller gun like this one would be better. Even a better holster for a larger gun would be better but if you are working on a Coca-cola pocket book this holster would fit the bill and not brake the bank and would be a million times better than nothing. This holster will fit on the belt from your pants and so requires no additional purchases on your part. Some holster companies offer a clip on holster and they are handy but if you are on the move they can also clip off. Also if someone grabs the grip of the gun the clip on holster will give them not only the gun but the holster will go with them as well. This holster has a Velcro belt strap with a secondary Velcro crossing strap which seems to be a better hold than a clip on holster.    
    Crosman Holster --Usable for a smaller gun if on a low budget, but better for a mid to larger framed gun. A 1911 will stick out about 1/2 inch of the end of this holster. If using a revolver snub nosed revolvers up to 4 inches would probably be the best fit for this gun holster. Longer barreled revolvers would also extend past the end as well  
  Guns I was able to try this holster on;
 Beretta Nano Fit exceptionable
Springfield XDM  Fit exceptionable
Kahr CW9  Fits Small but OK
Taurus 709 Fits Gun small (probably like the photo above when you see this description)
Kahr P40 Fits Gun small 
CW45 Fit well
Walter P 22 Fits Gun small
Springfield 1911 22 Cal  Fits good but the barrel  extends 1/2 inch
Colt 1911 22 Cal              "    "      "      "    "         "         "     "
Sig Sauer  22 Cal Mosquito  Fits Good
Sig Sauer 1911 Fit perfect
CZ P07  Fit perfect
CW4D Compact Fit fair but a little small but not terrible 
Kahr PM40  small

NOTE I wish I could have given you a more detailed report and a Scheels sales clerk would have given me 15 or 20 minutes I probably only held each gun  above for less than 30 seconds each. Some near small guns were wider than others and even though the overall appearance for size was the same they fit considerably better than other guns in this holster. One white shirt store manager at Scheels was noticeably disturbed that I was not using a holster from a more expensive holster line for my description in fact his disdain verged on the borders of insulting. He then became insulting and began to talk to me like a 2 year old and I had enough of Scheels for the day. If he treated other customers like that no one would ever know but to treat one like that-- that was going to go home and wright about it verges on the realm of ---well you know!
This Crosman woven nylon holster is made the same way as any good gun holster and was found in the paint ball and toy section of the sporting goods store. Surprisingly it is only a fraction of the price of a gun specific holster and will accommodate a number of different brands of guns. $7.99. Many gun holsters are as much as $30 ---$40 to $50. The packaging above will allow you to open it, do not remove the staples, un-tuck the plastic corners and try your gun if it does not work  repackage it and get a refund and spend the extra money on a holster to fit your gun.
  PS pawn shops and gun shops may well have a used holster it could not hurt to do a little checking. But what ever you do in an emergency like a earthquake or a natural disaster you need a holster for home defense even if it is home made out of denim and Velcro.   Richard W Norman 

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Anti-armor Infantry Tactics Techniques and ConceptsHomemade KFM Fallout Radiation Meter KitUS Ammunition Price List for 1912

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