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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stuff That Works...

The other day, I was putting my EDC gear into the safe when I got a good look at the holster. It had wear, but was not worn, despite being used regularly. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that, for about 90% of my concealed carry needs, I had two basic "go-to" rigs:


On the top* is the Dragon Leatherworks Chimaera, shown with the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 and the SIG SAUER P238. On the bottom is the Michael's Custom Holsters Executive II, shown with the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 38 and the Ruger LCR. I normally carry the Bodyguard 380 in the Chimaera and the LCR in the Exec II; the Bodyguard 38 is shown to illustrate that the Exec II can also accommodate a S&W J-frame; the P238 because, well, it's a current T&E gun and it fits in the Chimaera.

Take a close look at both holsters. They've got some good, honest wear on them both - because I use them a lot. For all but perhaps two months out of the year, I'm carrying either a small semi-automatic or a small revolver. When the weather gets cold enough to justify heavier cover garments, I might opt for a larger, higher-capacity sidearm, but for the most part I've either got a revolver tucked in the waistband or the micro-380 in a pocket.

Both holsters have replaced other options; both stand out as excelling for what they do. The Chimaera is one of the finest pocket holsters I've had the good fortune to use; it holds either the Bodyguard or the P238 firmly in place yet allows a smooth, fluid draw. The Executive II is tuckable, so for the ultimate in concealment you can tuck in your polo shirt over the holster and all anyone sees are the clips - which can be hidden behind the belt. Trust me on this one - no one sees them, as I've used this holster over two years and no one's ever commented on the clips.

It's great when you find stuff that works. It's even better when that gear is handmade by people that you've met, know, and really honestly and truly like as people. I am an unabashed fan of both Dragon Leatherworks and Michael's Custom Holsters, and I will gladly recommend both of them to anyone that asks. They both do excellent work, stand behind their products, and are true gentlemen.

Although I do have to admit, Michael does look better in a dress...

That is all.

*Good catch, Daniel. You are apparently the only one... ;)

5 comments:

Balloon Goes Up said...

I like "Gear that Just Works!" enough to make it a tag line and driving guide to a whole company.

Daniel in Brookline said...

No, your other right...

Ed said...

Jay,
Tam Keel on View From The Porch had a recent review of her experience with the .380 Auto Bodyguard as a pocketable BUG, stating that she has had no significant problems with it through several hundred rounds of various ammo. Have you had a similar experience with your Bodyguard?

Evyl Robot Michael said...

Daww! I like you to Jay!

Mr Evilwrench said...

Only deal I've had with my bodyguard .380 was that it wouldn't eat the Fiocchi. My old Sig will, so no biggie, but I don't know if it's an ammo issue or a gun issue. Haven't tried the Fiocchi in the XYL's Bersa yet.