KelTec "Executive" Planner Holster
by Mack Peirson
After several months of being jealous while looking in the gun
magazines at advertisements for concealed carry organizers, I
finally decided, in best KTOG tradition, to "roll my
The organizers I refer to go under various brand names:
Papago's Anytimer Executive Organizer, Anytimer, and Andrew's
Notebook Holster, for example. Basically, these are concealment
holders that look like the ever-present Franklin or Daytimer
organizers, but are internally padded and cut to hold your
favorite handgun. Since I often wish to carry my personal defense
weapon in places where maximum discretion is required, I thought
these looked like a good solution. I didn't like the price,
though, at about $135 or so each!
A diligent search found an organizer on clearance sale at my
local drugstore, this being a Mead Personal Size, with a zipper
closure. It has a six-hole notebook ring set, and is about
8" by 5-1/2" by about 1-1/4" thick. I paid $15.00
for it, since the calendars it had were a couple of years out of
date. I found that my P-11 would just fit inside, with the
magazine finger extension attached, once the guts of the planner
were removed. There was also room for a spare magazine.
At the WalMart, I found a Thermo Foam Cushion, made by Allen
Co., in the sporting goods department. It is made of a good,
dense foam (sort of like a FunNoodle), and is in a camouflage
color. Cost about $4.00.
I removed the ring binder from the notebook, by carefully
bending it upward (away from the spine of the book) until it came
out. Turned out that the manufacturer used a sort of slotted
screw hold to hold it in place, so I didn't damage the notebook.
I them cut a piece of the foam cushion to fit it, measuring it at
5-1/4" by 8-1/4". Placing my P-11 and magazine on the
foam pad, I traced around them. I then used a sharp knife on a
cutting board to carefully cut out the outlined pieces. This gave
me a foam pad the size of the notebook, inside, with form-fit
openings for my gun and spare magazine. This I then glued in
place into the notebook using Duro contact cement.
I now have a planner/gun carrier that is extremely discrete
and which easily fits into my briefcase with my papers. Nobody
gives it so much as a second look, and I can even carry it openly
into restaurants and business meetings! I suggest, of course,
that anyone who wants to do the same be aware of the legalities
of carrying a firearm in your area.
Total cost was about $20.00, and it took all of about an hour
to build. I even have enough of the foam cushion left to make
Another planner "holster" made by Jim Kenefick