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Definitive MK9/PM9 Holster Picture Thread [56K die]

Discussion in 'Kahr Club' started by RarestRX, Apr 9, 2007.

  1. RarestRX

    RarestRX

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    Howdy,

    Since I've got 5 of the things, thought you guys might want to see what a MK9 Elite 2003 looks like in each one.

    I'll add a little review with each one.

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    Alessi Talon

    PROS: Awesome workmanship, killer clip design, doesn't collapse even without a stiffner
    CONS: Impossible to get, short length tends to dig at times

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    Uncle Mike's Sidekick #4 Pocket Holster

    PROS: Cheap, stays in pocket during draw, cheap.
    CONS: Doesn't conceal as well as a leather backed pocket holster.

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    Bianchi ATB

    PROS: Cheap, came free with my gun ;)
    CONS: Cheap, non-formed, open ended, shiny clip

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    High Noon Hidden Ally

    PROS: Tuckable, variable retention screw, reinforced mouth, inexpensive
    CONS: Clip not as good as Alessi's, leather quality a little iffy

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    SmartCarry

    PROS: Deepest concealment, comfortable, extra mag carrier built in
    CONS: Draw speed (At least for me)

    That's it for now. Hopefully other folks here on GT with other style of holsters will take a pic and add it to this thread.

    Kevin "Hopefully."
     
  2. J T

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    My constant companion: Don Hume 715-MC

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    Pros: Readily available, inexpensive, nice stiff opening
    Cons: None I've found
     

  3. ilight

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    Pros: Very comfortable, low profile when worn and stays put.
    Cons: Long lead time and a bit costlier than some.
     
  4. RarestRX

    RarestRX

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    Howdy,

    Does the Milt Sparks have a sweat shield, or something like the Alessi?

    Thanks for posting guys!

    Kevin "Keep it up!"
     
  5. ilight

    ilight

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    It's a little hard to tell from this picture, but the back of the holster actually does cover the slide to the top. You can get the holster in full horsehide, or if you order a cowhide front, they still make the back out of horsehide. (supposedy better with "moisture"). I have to say I just love this little gun though! I have the BOX model, as you see, and I just ordered an Elite. Good thing I'm not married ;)
     
  6. RarestRX

    RarestRX

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    Hey,

    Cool, what the lead time on that bad boy?

    Kevin "In weeks, or months, your choice."
     
  7. ilight

    ilight

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    Hey there,
    Well, when I got around to ordering my VMII, late last year, the wait time was 4-5 months! Luckily, there are a few Milt Sparks stocking dealers around the country.......
    The only one I could find that carried product for the Kahr was "Lightning Arms Sports" out of Oregon. (they are on the internet) You pay a bit more with their mark-up, but the wait would have been worse! (the difference between carrying and not carrying) I also picked up some optional Kydex clips that make the holster "tuckable", which I haven't tried yet, but figured I'd like the flexibility. Hope this helps.

    p.s. this thing was so hard for me to get, quickly, that the holster is actually officially for a PM9. I was assured it would fit fine, which it does.
     
  8. Catbird

    Catbird loves guns!

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    For front pants pocket carry, I use this molded leather holster made for me by a fellow GlockTalk member - IIRC, I was only charged $10/shipped:

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  9. dr.henryjonesjr

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    RarestRX, I've always wanted to ask a "SmartCarry"(Thunderwear) owner, how do you p-i-s-s with that pouch on? I'm not trying to be smart, with all respect, that was a concern of mine as I thought about getting one, however, I'm also not so sure I like what the gun is pointing at. Another question I have is, your Alessi looks like a diffent gun model. S 380? What type of gun was that holster made for?
    Reason being, more possible holster options.

    MK9 Elite 2003 with a discontinued Alessi Plus Talon RH. Not sure why it's no longer made. I haven't had any problems with mine. It's an excellent holster. No complaints except the plastic clip makes me a bit nervous, if it breaks the holster will be useless. If it had been metal it would be perfect.
    Draw time/comfort depends where you wear it. I like mine to the right of the small of my back. You forget it's even there sometimes.

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  10. tatertot

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  11. texagun

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    PM9 in Don Hume Front Pocket Holster for the ultimate in concealability:


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  12. The Cigarman

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    I am a self-proclaimed holster nut. I have scores of the things that i have bought traded and gotten with pistols. Each time I get a new pistol I do through the things and see what fits it. I have found that, in addition to the ones made for Kahrs (with some exceptions) the T/TP through the MK/PM series will fit, although they may be a bit long or short as you might expect.

    Holsters for the smaller Glocks and SIGs (239 and 232) frequently fit, as well as the ubitquitous slide holsters that fits 1911 style pistols. I will post them tonite and then go back and add info later.

    First up, my favorites (in addition to the High Noon Tuckable IWB and the Don Hume IWB already posted):

    The Wild Bill Undercover Covert--I wear this tuckable and it is invisible. The one clip on the belt is secure and actually peferable over two since I can then adjust the cant to match the pantsshirt I have on. It also has enough stiffness that it is a bit easier to reholster:

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    If you prefer two belt loops, here is the Galco Summer Comfort IWB:


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    One of my favorites and one of the most ingenious; the DeSantis Secret Agent. This is a flat piece of leather with velcro to adjust to the barrel of practically any auto with a nice sweat shield and belt loop that snaps. It is tuckable and light as anything. I think it is better with a longer barreled pistol, but works fine with the PM9. It comes right and left handed. The right handed is great for the hip and I have a left handed one for SOB carry at the kidney level. It is glove leather quality and flxible and comfortable. It is a bit harder to reholster based on this fact.

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    What would a set of holsters be without the DeSantis Nemesis (larger size of the 2 available)

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    Next would be the slide holsters: the JB Yanqui (the clip makes it reversable IWB, remove the clip and it is a belt slide. Either right or left handed

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    The Dillon Belt Slide. Also reversible so both sides are the same, so only one pic

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  13. The Cigarman

    The Cigarman

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    Next would be two holsters that were designed to fit the Glock, the SIG 239 and the Walther P99. These are all available for a variety of pistols/designs but I have them and they fit the Kahrs. To show how either the MK/PM or the TP would fit, I included a pic of both in the same holster.

    Incidently these and all others (unless noted as r/l like the Nemesis, and slides and the JIT) are right handed. This would be worn upside-down with the grip upwards and toward the strong hand, as in the TP9 pic. These holsters hold the Kahrs firmly with no "slop" except for some extra length. This is no problem for me and I would rather use a holster that can fit both the PM and TP designs.

    The Galco SOB (BTW, with due respect to dr.henryjonesjr who posted the other SOB holster, you should be cautious about putting the SOB or any hard object like a pistol, over your spine--a fall and you could be a paraplegic)

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    With a TP9; the P9/40 would also be a great fit. This is shown in the actual position of carry for a RH person.

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    The Don Hume JIT; this is one for a P99, but fits the PM/P/PT. It is lefthanded for SOB carry. I also have one that is right handed for standard carry:

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    This last holster is beautifully made, but not marked and my aging brain misplaced the maker, possibly someone could assist me. This is a TP9 in it but the PM an P fit well also:

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    I also have a Galco shouldder holster Miami rig and a Bianchi shoulder holster made for SIG 239 pistols that fit the PM and TP nicely. Pics on request. I used enough Bandwidth for the day.
     
  14. RarestRX

    RarestRX

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    Howdy,

    Thanks for all the contributions!

    Who do I talk to about getting this thread stickied?

    Kevin "No mods listed."
     
  15. Wow. Great thread. :thumbsup:

    Thanks for all of the pics. :)

    TMann
     
  16. dr.henryjonesjr

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    Cigarman, that's interesting. I've never considered that possibility and I've never heard of that ever happening. Being both a Radiologic and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist, I've never come across that type of an injury. (X-ray and MRI Tech, trying to sound smarter then I actually am) Do you know of anyone this actually happened to? It seems to me that you'd most likely fracture a spinous process or two, rather then become a paraplegic, but stranger things have happened. When it comes right down to it, it IS possible with just the right angle of fall, mass, velocity, and surface hardness/irregularity. You could fall 100 times and never have a problem, but it only takes once with the right conditions to become injured. Looks like I'll have to take your advice and change my carry position, after all why take that 1 in 100 chance. Thanks alot, now I have an excuse to buy NEW holsters!:supergrin:
     
  17. dirksterG30

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    This is a little bit off topic, but since dr.henryjonesjr. works with MRIs, I though he'd find this interesting:

    LINK: Officer Safety Bulletin - MRI

    OFFICER SAFETY WARNING

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Unit Causes
    Malfunction of Officer’s Issue Firearm

    In July 2001, an officer from the Manheim Township (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) Police Department had an incident where his issue firearm malfunctioned. The Smith & Wesson, Model 4013, .40 S&W caliber, semi-automatic pistol was found to have a magnetized firing pin, which stuck to the side of the channel within the slide. Upon inspection, it was determined that the entire pistol had become so magnetized that paper clips actually stuck to any metal surface. The department armorer was able to demagnetize the firearm with the use of a high-power, videotape-erasing unit after complete disassembly.

    When the malfunction was discovered, the officer had no idea of when or how his pistol had become magnetized. A review of the officer’s activities, revealed that he had investigated a burglar alarm call at a medical office that was equipped with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) unit. During the investigation, the officer had walked into the MRI suite that magnetized the pistol. MRI medical personnel have detailed instructions on safety, which include keeping metal objects away from the unit. Upon further inspection, two additional officer’s firearms were also found to have been magnetized.

    RECOMMENDATION

    ALL ISSUE FIREARMS SHOULD BE CHECKED FOR THIS CONDITION

    Police department and medical facility security administrative personnel should notify officers of the following:

    Investigations within medical facilities could magnetize an issue firearm rendering it inoperable.

    The test to determine if a firearm has become magnetized is to place a paper clip next to the firearm.

    If the paper clip sticks to the firearm, a supervisor should be notified immediately.

    A trained department-designated officer should verify the firearm is magnetized and the firearm should be demagnetized with the use of a high-powered videotape-erasing unit after it has been completely disassembled.

    The firearm should be test fired prior to being returned to service.

    The fact that there is no outward sign that a firearm may not function as a result of MRI/magnetic exposure makes this problem difficult to detect. Awareness of this situation may prevent serious or deadly consequences.

    Source: Sing, Lieutenant Douglas K. Manheim Township (Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) Police Department Revised March 2002.




    And to get it back on topic, here's my MK9 with a C-TAC:

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  18. dr.henryjonesjr

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    Sorry, :offtopic: again, but I gotta' reply to that awesome story.

    DirksterG30, that's a new one on me too. MRI units are popping up everywhere. It's sad that safety guidelines aren't always followed.(especially in a private office setting vs. a hospital) The scanner itself should ALWAYS be locked up after hours. Most scanners now are 1.5 Tesla, One Tesla is 20,000 times the strength of the magnetic field of the earth. It also is equivalent to the strength of the electromagnets used in junk yards to lift cars, and that's just 1T. The FDA has opened it up to 3 Tesla for clinical stuff now. Twice the field strength. It's an awesome amount of power. It's a superconductive magnet, cooled by liquid helium or liquid nitrogen or both. A rupture of the coolant system alone (quench) could kill you and the operator. -although not frequently advertised.:supergrin: Paper clips and hair pins have a terminal velocity of 40 mph, at 1.5 Tesla. The force with which projectiles are pulled toward a magnetic field is proportional to the mass of the object and the distance from the magnet. Plus the object when pulled in goes in one side and reaches the opposite pole and gets pulled back in again until it reaches the center(isocenter). So, your not just hit with that pair of open scissors once, your hit three or four times as it finally comes to a hault in the center of the scanner. I've seen cases of all kinds of stuff going into scanners like wheelchairs, walkers, tanks, code carts, beds, you name it, keys, pens, spoons, fake jewelry, artificial arms/legs, crutches, floor buffers, whatever, but never a firearm. Fire departments are specially trained on MRI suites now, but police usually aren't. Hell, even the radiologists (MRI Docs) don't know what can or can not go into the scanner most of the time. You see, the magnet is always on, whether your scanning on not. It can rip metal out of your eye balls,(causing blindness), the RF energy can burn you(severely), you can get pinned to the scanner by a metal object(crushing you with thousands of pounds of force) melt old pacemaker wires into your heart, torque an aneurysm clip in your bain causing death in a few short minutes...:faint: I could go on forever about MRI safety, it could cause some really serious injuries, however it's quite safe...as long as the FDA guidelines are followed and the techologist knows what he/she is doing. (not always the case) it's kinda' scarry some of the people I've had to work with. I travel all over the U.S. to temp staff hospitals, so I see A LOT. Anyway, that's why the techs screen you for any metal, x-ray your eyes if your a welder etc. Most scanners today have what's called active shielding in addition to passive shielding(thick steel plates). Active shielding is an opposing electromagnetic field to help contain the static (main) one. I could see an Officer with a holstered firearm passing by an actively shielded scanner (within say 3 feet) magnetizing his gun. Of course he'd feel the pull on his belt, a strong pull, believe me you'd know. Anything ferrous put in or around the scanner will be magnetized. If it ACTUALLY went into a scanner without discharging, you'd need a come along braced on the door jam to winch it out, and I'd hate to be that engineer. Stuff in the scanner can flip violently. I know of a G.E. engineer that eviscerated himself with a coldhead(cryo pump) while swapping it out, it flipped and aligned itself with the magnetic field while he was holding it, spilling his guts all over the floor. (he lived) Most small objects like that can be pulled out with out ramping the magnet down(dumping cryogen to decrease the field strength) Anything big and your talking a scanner that's down for at least 3-4 days and say 100,000 dollars or so for a refill and service. Pretty cool huh? An officer MIGHT be able to pull a firearm off the scanner by hand, but I doubt it, unless it was a Glock or other polymer frame handgun, since it would mainly be just the slide you'd have to pull out. While pulling it out it could actually exert enough force on the trigger bar to fire. I realize that's not the case here, but having scanned several prisoners myself, and always having to brief the armed escorts about removing shackles and staying at the doorway with their fireams, I've often wondered what would happen if one did get into the scanner.:shocked: Neat story!
     
  19. dblagent

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    OK, I just had to bump this thread as it is too useful and I just searched for 15 minutes before I found it! :) I remembered that this was around and need the info as I need something for my MK 40. Anyway, if there are more photos add them so I have a harder decision.

    Or I end up with 4-5 holsters......
     
  20. You have the same setup that I use: MK9 in a C.T.A.C. holster with V-clip. I had velcro sewn into the inside of my Beltman bullhide belt; it's a comfortable, stable setup. :thumbsup:

    TMann