So you remember I got a set of holsters from Remora. The Mag carrier is really the one I plan on getting the most use of is the mag carrier as a way to pack a pair of extended reloads for my PM45 when I just don’t have the pockets for packing a spare mag. Still last night I got home from work, changed into my workout clothes and worked out. I knew last night my duties were to have dinner on the table for when the Mrs. came home and then we were going to pick up an order at Home Depot.
Generally since I know it’ll just be a quick hop out the door, I would generally just throw my PM45 into my pocket….and if I had the magazines the double-mag carrier, and be ready to go. As I put my PM45 into my pocket I was thinking of where I’d throw my extra 5-round reload (Note to people with small autos looking at Remora Mag carriers, the pouch is about the same size as most full-size mag carriers. When I put the 5-rounder into the carrier it SWALLOWS it down to the base pad. This is sub optimal as you won’t be able to get a positive grip on the mag before pulling it free.) and I realized I had a way to carry five extra rounds:
Yeah it’s the wife’s holster, but I don’t think she’ll mind! So I stoked up gun and put it in my waistband.
Just like the mag carrier placing the holster is amazingly easy. I undid my pants, put the holster and gun where I felt it should be, then button up my pants. The holster grips to my pants and my skin enough that it doesn’t even slip or slide with my pants undone! My first big thrill is that with no belt loops you get close to unlimited adjustment. I prefer to wear a gun at about 4:00 behind my right hip, when you have a belt holster you have to place the loops between your belt loops, and a good holster won’t easily slide along your belt, but with the remora I was able to make all sorts of fine adjustments for comfort and concealability. Note we’re not just talking where on your waist, but how the holster rides. If you want to cant the holster body for a better draw or more comfort, you can do that. I also started with the holster tucked so the lip of the holster was just above my waistline, but I adjusted it to give me a bit more of a high-rise.
with the holster set just-so I decided to try a draw stroke. The holster offers good retention but a nice clean release. reaching back I found the re-enforced mouth indeed was still open. Since my revolver was loaded, I quickly unloaded it, and practiced a few draws and reholstering. Reholstering isn’t as clean as with some of the more substantial kydex or leather, or leather with a metal bracket holsters. The mouth DOES collapse SOME but not enough to preclude one-hand holstering, and never once did I need to prop the mouth open when the holster was in my pants. Its just not as rigid materiel as cow or horse hide, or as injection molded kydex. Its not supposed to be. I will say that if you’re looking at a holster from Remora drop the small bit of extra money for the re-enforced mouth models.
OK so the holster works, live ammo back in the gun, gun back into the holster, and let’s cook dinner.
So while cooking dinner I was bending, reaching, and I even had to run downstairs to grab something out of the freezer that I had forgotten, while I was cooking stuff on the stove.
The holster didn’t move. I did realize that I don’t own many shirts long enough to conceal a IWB rig. I’ll need to look into that, but I suspect the ENDO apparel line has an ideal cut for this.
I will say when sitting for dinner and driving to the store I re-thought the validity of the high-rise, the but of the gun was bumping the seat. I’ll wear it lower next time.
The rest is boring, I went to home depot, I walked around, I sat around, I lifted heavy things, I moved furniture and I drove.
The holster didn’t move a bit. And no I wasn’t wearing a belt!
I then drew the gun, unloaded it, and tried again a few reps of drawing and reholstering. Works like a charm.
These are very short tests that I will expand on some. I doubt I’ll be switching any time soon to IWB carry when shoulder and pocket works so well for me….but the IWB Mag carrier has gobs of good potential, also I may consider getting their re-enforced holster with Sweat shield for my commander 1911 just out of pure curiosity. Also the wife is interested in trying hers out, she just hasn’t had a chance to start the field trials.
One other thing. When I had my Kahr in its pocket holster, and the 642 in the Remora I compared them. The Remora is much wider than the DeSantis or Uncle Mike’s holsters I have for a J-Frame. I don’t think the J-Frame model would make a good pocket holster unless you have MUCH bigger pockets than I do.
That being said if you carry a small auto like a .380 or a .32, or maybe a micro-9 like the Kahr PM9/CM9 it COULD be a holster that would work equally as well as a pocket holster OR an IWB. Seems somebody was looking for something like that.
Give them a look, their inexpensive, high-quality, and they work as advertized, which is impressive!
So yeah, awesome holsters.