Review: PJ Holster Kydex IWB and Pocket Carry
For more information on PJ Holster you can visit the website here, or to place an order you can visit his FS THREAD in the classifieds or email Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The title on the website's homepage pretty much sums it up-"Simple, practical, affordable kydex holsters." When I purchased my Kahr CM9 just a few weeks ago I was looking for a small, lightweight, thin, easily concealable self defense handgun that could fill the reliability role of my Glocks but also go places the larger framed pistols could not. The last thing I wanted when considering holster and carry options was bulk, defeating the purpose for which the CM9 was intended. After searching around on this and other forums I found out about a company called PJ Holster, and after reading all the positive reviews and seeing pictures of his holsters, I thought they fit the bill.
After confirming he would be able to make something for the CM9, I placed an order for an IWB with J-hook belt attachment as well as two magazine pouches for my Glock. The holster was $40 and the two magazine pouches were $25 combined, shipping costs included in the price. It only took 2 days from the time I placed the order until the time everything shipped out, and that was during Labor Day weekend. Just a few days later these arrived.
Initially I was very impressed with the quality and simplicity of the design, and was very delighted at how thin and light this holster actually was. It literally added almost no thickness on top of the gun's width and dissapeared into the waistline. The fit and retention were perfect and required very litttle break in, if any. The mag pouches were equally simple and provided excellent fit. For the prices of both, it would be hard pressed to find a better deal out there for a quality kydex holster.
After a couple days of wear, I realized that I didn't necessarily care for the J-hook belt attachment because it placed most of the weight of the gun on my pants instead of on the belt. Even with a light gun like the CM9 I found this to be slightly annoying. It was not a flaw in the holster, but rather in my decision to go with that particular method of attachment. After emailing Paul he assured me that it would be no problem to remold the J-hook into a clip on style attachment for me, at no extra cost. He was also able to "tweak" the ride height and cant angle to better fit my preferences. So off the holster went back to PJ Holster for some slight modification, and what should have been a 2 day delivery time turned into an 8 day delivery time thanks to USPS. I was certain they had lost the package, but I must commend Paul on his patience with me and keeping me informed throughout the process. During the wait, I also decided to place an order for one of his front pocket holsters.
To my delight and surprise, the same day the holster was finally delivered back to Paul he "fixed" the clip and mailed it back the very next day along with the pocket holster. Again, a few days later they arrived (pictures in next post). There were no surprises with the IWB holster, since I already had a chance to play around with that previously. I used a hair dryer to CAREFULLY put some curve on the clip so it would better contour my size 30 inch waist. Now the customized fit and comfort level of the holster is absolutely impeccable. The only problem was I didn't have the skill to reshape the bottom of the clip like Paul does, so I had to improvise a little. I am pretty happy with the results, security on the belt is not compromised and my end design also helps with easy on and off attachment. Enough said about the IWB holster, it is simply great.
I have found that my favorite method of carry with the CM9 is in the pocket when my wardrobe allows it. The simple and thin design of the front pocket holster from PJ Holster makes pocket carry comfortable and fully concealable. Retention is light, as it should be with a pocket holster, but still tight enough to keep the gun from moving around in the holster until presentation is necessary. Unlike with some of the nylon pocket holsters I've tried, I don't feel like I'm walking around with a small pillow in my pocket. Just like with the IWB, the extremely thin design of the kydex adds zero thickness and bulk to the width of the gun itself. The holster "hook" catches every time and allows for a very quick, , precise, and smooth presentation from deep concealment. During a 300 round shooting session yesterday I had a great time practicing self defensive shooting drills using the pocket holster for a majority of those rounds, it is very nicely designed and fun to use. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a nice pocket holster, and it's only $35 so do it right the first time and get something that works and will last a long time.
Obviously if you can't tell by now I am very pleased with my purchases from PJ Holster. If you are like me and looking for a great holster at a great price, definitely give them a hard look. I feel compelled to also mention that as great as the holsters and magazine pouches are, I was even more floored with Paul's personal customer service and desire to go the extra mile for the sake of his customers. In my experience he will do his absolute best to make your holster exactly the way you want it and make sure that in the end you are completely satisfied. If you have a special request, just shoot him an email and expect a very prompt, honest response.
I look forward to hearing feedback from everyone else who is pleased with their PJ Holster products. Thanks again Paul for the great products and contributions to the gun loving world!
When time permits I plan on taking and posting a few pictures showing both holsters in use.
Pocket Holster, so simple and thin. I love this thing.
Nicely done review.
I have the iwb j-hook version for the LCP and it is incredibly light and comfortable. Looking at your pics of the pocket holster makes me think it could be thinner than the Blackhawk one I am currently using.
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