Over time I’ve had a few folks contact me with holsters that were too tight, too loose or some other issue. I was told there were lots of videos out on YT to help folks with this. When I looked I didn’t find much; and nothing that hit my marks for being helpful.
The below video is longer than I like to make. Most folks that have watched my videos know I don’t like to waist your time and I prefer short videos.
All that said, hopefully this one hits the mark for being helpful and informative about how to go about adjusting your kydex gun holster.
The litepath Chest Holster is a hot commodity right now and I expect that trend to continue.
Many people see this holster and know immediately how it can serve them in their daily carry. Not sure of the numbers, but a modicum of people contact me about the ‘chesty’ (slang for the Chest Holster), and ask about conceal-ability. Most it seems feel that muzzle down would be best.
There really is no “correct” carry for the Chesty. There is a best way to carry it for conceal ability. A best way to Carry for Hunting, Bike Riding, Four Wheeling, etc. Lots of applications, lots of ways to carry.
I made this impromptu Video On Inauguration Day, Friday January 20th just after returning from town. A bit of Show and Tell.
What informs my work is likely similar to what informs yours. I like to think that each and every thing I’ve experienced informs me daily.
My ten years spent in the U.S. Navy as an engineman, the 14 yrs. I operated and owned an automotive garage. My ten years as an ICU nurse. And certainly the time spent working with photo/video.
Take the above photo. A pattern I worked out over 3 years ago for Magazine Carriers that could be easily put on or taken off the belt. That ability to pattern make comes directly from a 7th grade class in Sheet Metal Welding. Pattern making was a component part of that class. We had to make a pattern of a funnel and then solder it up into a working tool. I remember it well due to my being surprised at how a funnel is shaped when you lay it out flat.
In the above photo my Pancake design is informed by the time I spent as a Nurse. The human body is round-ish not square. It seemed fitting that a product made to fit around your body instead of just hanging onto the side was the way to go. We come in different shapes and sizes, ergo so do my pancakes.
The same with the first photo in this posting. The finger relief/cutaway I do on the Litepath Chest Holster, the Pancake, IWB, etc., all are informed by the size you choose in the drop downs. Based on your Chest size/waist size, etc. I can pretty much figure out how much room I need to have for your fingers to grab the weapon and not pinch you when you draw or reholster.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention my customers. Reason is is because they inform me all the time. I cannot think of a product I sell that hasn’t been either designed (idea-wise) or changed by input from customers. Sometimes they say nothing, but send a photo. And based on the photo I see something that sticks out to me as a better idea or alternate idea. So yeah, like I say all the time; my Customers are my business!
Now, all of this is no great secret. It’s certainly not like I’m a special snowflake here. I just happen to appreciate the history of what informs my daily bread in the holster making world.
I’ve had these Coyote Straps for a Month or more trying to get some matching hardware. Still working on the hardware aspect.
That said, I’ve got the straps for sale as an option starting today.
These Straps look awesome and have the same MIL-SPEC as the Black Straps we use.
Just thought I’d throw together a little Shop Update Video.
Got a few minutes to spare? Check me!
So. . . .I recently ran an ad on Facebook. I’ve run a few before getting mild results, a few shares some definite likes, but overall kinda luke warm.
Enter the litepath Chest Holster. All of a sudden the flood gates of wannabes let loose with dreck from left to way-far of left.
I had folks asking if this was an early April Fools joke. Others just saying; NOPE! And others taking time out of their tiny world to attempt at running rough shod over a damn good product. One fella took the time to call me names. Thinking to myself, “Like, really?” Yeah. You know, I actually didn’t give it back to him. It’s the Internet after all and bait begets bait, etc. Besides, considering all I’ve read about employers looking at prospective and current employee Social Media, I decided I could let those comments sit right. . .there 🙂
Yes. It was irksome to read some of the tripe trotted out for all to see.
The truth was in the details. Many fine folks came in to tell others they obviously couldn’t read or were just plain ignorant. Some of these others weren’t even my regular 2A Holster followers on Facebook. That was refreshing; knowing there was still intelligent life beyond my small world. Some of the funniest comments came in from folks I didn’t expect.
I can get too close to the trees sometimes. Making it hard for me to figure out what to say to the non-believers. I have the habit that many do of applying my own logic to others behavior. I simply don’t comment on things that don’t appeal to me, etc.
I appreciate my many supporters AND others for chiming in and giving the what-for to the unwashed derelicts.
Besides, it’s kinda like this, ain’t it?
Good Golly I. Am. Late.
I've been sitting on these two products for a bit now. The Marshal-T Pancake has been ready and waiting on me to get some photos together. Photos done and Product ready. Late? Yes, as evidenced by an e-mail not two hours after posting the Marshal-T asking about it.
Next up. Chest Holster. I call it the Litepath Chest Holster. I really wasn't ready to name this Holster, but every product needs a name. So since I was in my alter-ego when the Chest Holster was suggested to me, voila, the Litepath Chest Holster.
Check 'em out.
tomBetter Late Than Never?
Immediate Action for Handguns (aka; IA drills)
by Gregory Chabot, special for 2Aholster
With the amount of time I spend shooting I often see a lack of folks not knowing how to do Immediate Action (IA) on their handgun in case of malfunction.
Though untrue, there is a train of thought that brand X-gun never jams. All guns can malfunction and IA Drills should be a part of your training.
My carry gun varies. Sometimes a striker fired, sometimes DA/SA (Double Action/Single Action) or a 1911. If I am in an engagement and my weapon fails the first thing I do is Look. I look to see if I have a double feed, stovepipe or misfire.
For a misfire I promptly rack the slide and chamber a new round. If you carry a striker fired gun you’re going to have to rack the slide to eject the offending bullet. I know we have all had a misfire that you pick up later and it works the second time. In a life or death situation rack in a new round and live.
In the case of a double feed malfunction after looking, I drop the mag (more like strip it out of the weapon). I feel it gives more room to work. I tend to strip the mag as I want to clear my weapon and get back in the fight as fast as possible. In the case of a double feed dropping the mag clears half of the problem then racking the slide finishes clearing the weapon. I then insert a fresh mag and rack the slide to get back in the fight. Most issues with Semiauto’s are magazine or ammo related. I carry extra mags not because I see myself in a prolonged fight, but for IA if my weapon malfunctions.
For Stovepipe malfunction I first look. Then with my weak hand go in front of the stove pipe and rack the slide to clear the jam and to chamber a fresh round. Sure you might cut your hand but you’ll be back in the fight. Don’t be afraid to turn the weapon to the side; the goal is to clear the malfunction.
For training I keep a few magazines that are marked bad. I put them in my mag holder and use them in drills to keep in practice. Or you can have a shooting buddy put an empty case in your weapon as a stove pipe or a double feed, etc. The best way to prevent malfunctions is to keep your weapon clean and try various brands of ammunition. I usually put at least 200 rounds of what I use for carry ammo through my weapon during a training session.
Expensive? Yes it is. I value my life. Magazines are a disposable item. If you get a bad mag buy a new one. If I have a problem mag I mark it. If problems persist I use it for training or take a ball peen to it. Don’t give it someone else unless they know it’s junk. It never ceases to amaze me that a person will spend top dollar on a weapon then buy cheap magazines for it. You get what you pay for. And that goes for training or equipment.
Make IA a regular part of your training. Practice IA drills and stay in the fight!
I had an interesting e-mail conversation the other week. A customer wrote to me asking about my Stick-Up! Car holster. He needed to know if the suction cups would stick to leather in his late model Ford. I had no idea, so I shipped one off to him to try (they do!).
As our conversation continued, I’m being asked about all sorts of things related to the holster and it’s options. What is the velvet liner for? And what is the ‘light’ option? And finally ( in his words), “I also just now realised the mount is made out of kydex lol. Is kydex a flexible material like leather? Or is it hard like plastic?”
I sorta knew when we got to the light question that my customer was a newcomer to the world of holsters AND guns. And then the question about kydex sealed the deal.
Before you laugh and think, “Oh, what a dummy!” I’ll go ahead and remind you that everyone has a starting point. Mine wasn’t that long ago (2+years) itself.
Some of my answers follow: “The Light option is for people that have equipped their weapons with lights, such as you see in the drop downs ( re; Stick-Up! page): TLR-1, 2, etc. Personally, We use lights on our (Home Defense) long weapons and not on our handguns. Yet I have U.S. Marshal’s and all sorts of other people that do keep lights on their handguns; On duty or off.
“The lining is something I recommend for quiet. For instance, I use a lined one beside my bed. Other than that, there is no reason to $pring for the lining. However if you do want a lining, I also have some nice leather I’d do for the same money. I keep leather, but don’t really advertise it. The velvet or liner will not make it more snug. Leather would though, which is why I don’t actually offer it inside of any holster (other than a Stick-Up!). I tried it early on thinking it would help prevent finish damage on guns and found that the draw of the gun from the holster was just slow comparatively.”
And finally the kydex. “Kydex is “like” a plastic. You ever air travel? If so you’ve been surrounded by kydex. It comes from the airline industry and it’s what the doors of overhead bins are made from. It has a bunch of unique properties, such as a very high melt temperature and flash point is way high. Also it emits very little gases up to flash point. (Rockwell hardness @ 90 for scratch resistence) If you’re anywhere near a gun store, go by and ask if they have any kydex holsters. Check it out.”
We never know when we’ll encounter a new-comer. Let’s make sure we welcome them all!
I get asked about once a week to do a custom piece.
Often times it’s just a tweak to an already available product. About 1/3 of the time it’s to create something new. I like creating new things. I suspect lots of folks feel that way. It breaks the routine. Challenges your mind.
The Below series of images are from a customer who asked for a simple custom creation taking into account his RMR optic. Neither he nor me realized that the Sweat Guard he ordered on his Pancake would obstruct the controls for his optic. (I’d done a recent Custom Pancake for a US Marshal with an RMR, but his didn’t have these type of controls on the Sweat Guard Side. I did however attach one of my new nifty Laser cut USMS badges onto his Pancake).
Rather than complain, or even send it back for me to fix. He did what many of us might want to do and few of us would.
He broke-out his trusty dremel tool and got rid of the offending kydex. Notice he just didn’t ‘rip-&-remove’, he took his time. Laid on a piece of tape. Drew his target, then pulled the trigger.
In order of task.
Fine, fine job! Of course I would have been more than happy to make these adjustments for him. But seeing this work, effort and achievement was refreshing.
Big Surprise. I guess it’s not such a big surprise when I think about it. The fellow mentioned above has tons of experience creating and adjusting his own gear over a storied career. He served roughly ten years as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne and a similar time as Green Beret in the 3rd. Special Forces Group. As a retired SF officer, he teaches at the Special Forces Qualification Course in NC. He also dabbles in ‘some’ IDPA, and USPSA Steel Challenge and 3-gun.
Oh, and Super nice guy too!
Next up is a one-off custom piece. I had to turn the page-in-time back a bit and borrow from my old designs to lay this out. He wanted a double Magazine Pouch. One mag straight up, the other canted. AND it needed to have my trademarked curve to fit the body.
Below is the result. I would have preferred it not be so long. I think it was about 5 inches total length. This was as good as I could render in-keeping with the design request. 2 mags. fwd. one canted. Curved to fit. Individual tensioners.
Yep. Got it!
Lastly, this piece below. Made as a special request as a crossdraw holster for this Federal LE Officer’s Back-Up Gun. It’s as simple as I could make it with the design needs met. As I told the Customer, “I cannot believe I have 13+ hours in this piece.”
I hope it looks as simple as I intended.
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