- Back of holster is designed to give “print” impression of a wallet
- Hinged design allows backing to swing away from holster, making for a sure grip on the weapon and easy draw
- Holster will stay open; simply drop handgun into the pocket and it holsters itself
- Suede outer material grips clothing for less movement of holster
- Firm, moisture-proof membrane layer prevents perspiration from penetrating the holster and collecting on the gun
- Available in Black Suede finish
Kahr Arms - P380 -CW380 - CT380
Kel Tec - P-3AT First Generation
Ruger - LCP
Smith & Wesson - Bodyguard .380
I try always to remember the old adage, "The best gun in the world is the one that you have in your hand when you need it." It's much better to be armed with a small caliber gun than be unarmed. There are times in the hot summer months when a true pocket pistol fits the bill much better than anything else. A gun that you can put in the pocket of a pair of shorts or summer weight trousers can be a tremendous asset.
The downside of dropping a gun in your pocket is of course that its outline may be clearly seen to even a casual observer and it may become oriented incorrectly for a clean draw, should you need it. A gun in a pocket may also pick up debris that can be detrimental to its function. Enter, the pocket holster.
Probably many, maybe most of you have tried one or another type of pocket holster. I know I've tried a number of them, ranging from the simple pouch to the more "cool-looking" ones designed to let you fire them with the holster still attached. Many have desirable features like hiding the gun or keeping the gun upright in your pocket. Some however really slow down the draw and in a stressful situation might even cause you to drop the gun. I've seen what I thought were good ideas but just did not work well in the real world.
Then I came upon the "Safariland Wallet Profile Holster". At first, it looks very similar to many other pocket holsters. It has a flat side that is to face outward and a pocket, the holster, for the pistol. That is however where the resemblance ends. "Hinged design allows backing to swing away from holster, making for a sure grip on the weapon and easy draw." That's right. The bottom of the holster is hinged so you can insert your hand in behind the pistol, get a grip and draw it just as you would from any other holster!
That "hinge" is a thick piece of sued leather that's sewn to the holster and the leather shield. The suede holster sticks very well to the interior of your pocket and keeps everything in the correct orientation. Unlike many other pocket holsters that I've tried, you can also holster your gun after it's been drawn, without removing the holster from your pocket.
When you receive the Wallet Profile Holster, it will appear to be pretty large but as you wear it, the outer shield will begin to form to fit your pocket. The outer corners will round off just a bit and it becomes more a part of the pocket each time you wear it.
You should take seriously the admonition: "Custom made for you within 14 days. Special products may take longer." We have become accustomed to placing an order and receiving it within just a couple of days at times. It took a full 2+ weeks to receive the Wallet Profile Holster but I can assure the, it was worth the wait.
This is without any doubt the best pocket holster I've used. I've carried a Kahr CW380 in it in all kinds of weather and conditions. It has never "printed" and the combined weight of the CW380 and the Wallet Profile Holster have never cause a sag in my pocket. It's actually very easy to forget that you have the combination in your pocket.
I followed my usual routine for evaluating a holster. I wear it every day, all day and in every situation that I normally encounter each day. I want to see if it's comfortable, gets in the way or would become difficult to get into action, if it were needed.
The down-side of any pocket holster is getting it into action from a seated position. The Wallet Profile Holster is no better at this than any of the others but it by far better from a standing position than many or most of the others. The fact that you can holster it without removing it is a also, at least to me, a very positive feature.
Lastly, this is not an inexpensive pocket holster. There are many out there for some fraction of its price. There are many that fill a need and probably using even the worst of the lot is better than not using a pocket holster at all. I would however encourage you to consider why you carry a concealed hand gun and how important it is to carry it safely and if the need arises, to be able to draw it quickly and with confidence. Enough said!
You may see the Safariland Wallet Profile Holster and other Safariland products at http://www.safariland.com/