Holster Review: Uncle Mike’s Pocket Holster

The Good
Does most of the things a pocket holster should do: protects the trigger, hides the outline of your gun, keeps pocket junk out of the action, and generally stays in the pocket when you draw.
The Bad
The material is too soft. With a magazine heavy semi-automatic, it tends to bend and rotate in your pocket.
The Ugly
It can be really difficult to draw when your gun, and the holster, have both turned upside down.
Our Rating
3 Nuns One Nun.

 

Uncle Mike's Pocket Holster

The Uncle Mike’s Pocket Holster

Uncle Mike’s Pocket Holster

Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

www.shopunclemikes.com

We wanted to like this pocket holster. It’s soft and squishy, feels great, and is really comfortable in the pocket.

But we didn’t. Like it, that is.

The Uncle Mike’s Pocket Holster takes a universal approach to size and fit. It’s offered in four different sizes as follows:

18744-1Small autos (.22 – .25 cal.)

28744-2Most .380s

38744-32″ 5-shot revolvers; Sigma .380

48744-4Most sub-compact 9mm/.40 autos

So there is no custom fitting for a particular gun. You take your best guess at the right size and go from there.

The material is fairly thick and has a rubbery-suede feel. Is that even a valid description? We’re not sure, but that’s what it feels like. It’s an open top, sealed bottom design and there is a band of non-slip material at about the half-way mark to help the holster remain in your pocket when you draw.

On the plus side…

  • The material is sturdy enough that we’re confident the trigger is protected
  • The bottom (on our model for mid size semi-auto’s like the Walther PPK) is sealed and does a perfectly acceptable job of keeping pocket lint and leftover Tater-Tots out of the action of the gun. And no, we really don’t keep Tater-Tots in the same pocket as our gun! We store them in our other pocket of course! Duh.
  • It’s comfortable. The gun is protected and it feels good in the pocket.
  • We had no issues with sweat, or spilled Coke, penetrating the holster material. So hit all the drive-thrus you want – no problem.

On the not-so-plus side:

  • This holster, like other Uncle Mike’s models, has very little structure. You wouldn’t think that’s a big requirement for a pocket holster, but when it folds from the weight of the gun, you can have trouble with the whole rig rotating in your pocket. We did most of our testing with a Walther PPK, which, as a steel gun, has some weight to it. Add a full magazine and you have a strong tendency for the grip end to want to follow that gravity rule and find its way to the bottom of your pocket. Not good. In fairness, this problem would not be as severe with a polymer gun like the Kel-Tec or Ruger LCP.

So all in all, we would elect to pass on this one and spend a few more bucks on something a little more substantial. In our next pocket holster review, we’ll be taking a close look at the DeSantis Nemesis Pocket Holster.

He said She said
The instability issue really caused me to fear for my manhood. I found that with normal day-to-day activity, in a variety of pocket styles, the holster had a tendency to rotate so my gun was pointed right at, well, my gun. I tried it in my purse and didn’t have great success. The non-slip band was not tacky enough to keep the holster in the purse pocket when I tried to draw. I do realize the holster was not designed for this use, but wanted to offer up the feedback to my lady friends out there.

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Comments

  1. I found, too, that, once worn out, it makes a good front-pocket wallet for carrying while traveling overseas. I ditch the back pocket billfold with the stack of all manner of cards, pare it down to the essential few, tuck some small foreign bills next to one of the inside surfaces (so I don’t have to remove the holster, or grope around for money while looking for tips) and it does the job.

  2. Chris W. says:

    This, and all of the other flimsy pocket holsters are a waste of time. My EDC method of choice is by way of a pocket holster. If the holster isn’t made by Mika or RKBA holsters, then you’re doing yourself a disservice.

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