Simple Inexpensive Pocket Holster
for your Kel-Tec P-11/40/32
by J.F. Ridgeway
(technical assistance provided by Scott Ridgeway)
First UNLOAD your pistol!
Start with a clean piece of paper. Draw a
straight line down the center, then place your pocket pal on the
line, such that the gun is standing on it's sights, centered
on the line. Then gently roll the gun onto it's side,
keeping the top of the slide or barrel parallel to the line. Now,
trace the gun on the paper.
Make the top of the holster, just below the
rear sight and the bottom of the holster even with the end of the
barrel (the barrel can extend slightly below the bottom of the
holster but don't let the front sight protrude as it
could cause a hang-up when drawing.) Now, draw the holster
contour to look like a pocket, covering the trigger/guard but
leaving the grip exposed. Be sure to leave adequate room between
the grip and holster, to permit grasping the grip while the gun
is still in your pocket. Draw the spacer such that it will fit
around the trigger guard. The spacer positions the gun in the
holster, limiting it's movement.
Now, fold the paper on the center line and cut
out the holster pattern. Wrap the paper pattern around the gun to
confirm that it fits as expected. It should! Trace the pattern
onto a piece of 3 - 4 oz. leather. The right leather should be
greater than 1/16" thick but no more than 1/8" thick,
to limit bulk. The leather should be stiff enough to hold
it's shape; ie. don't use soft garment leather. Cut out
the leather pattern with a pair of scissors (your wife will not
appreciate your using her good sewing scissors!) If you
don't have a suitable pair of scissors, an Exacto-type craft
knife will work, but will take longer (disregard what I just
wrote and sneak your wife's good scissors!)
Cut the spacer pattern from the paper pattern.
Cut the spacer from a piece of firm foam (I think it's
called ethafoam.) Don't use styrafoam, which is much too
weak. The foam which I use, sometimes comes as packing material.
It is also often used by white water canoeists for bracing, etc.,
since in is a closed cell material which does not absorb water.
I've also seen similar foam in craft stores. (I hope the
picture will help you identify the material.) Cut the foam to a
thickness which pretty much matches the thickness of the trigger
guard but a little thicker. For my KelTec P11, I made the spacer
5/8 " thick, while the trigger guard is ½ " thick. You
are trying to hide the gun shape.
Now wrap the leather around the gun and fit in
the spacer to check that everything fits. Trim, if needed. The
rough side of the leather should be out against the pocket with
the smooth side against the gun (the rough side tends to
cling to the pocket, allowing easy draw of the gun.)
The final step is to glue the foam spacer in
place, using contact cement. Follow the directions for whatever
brand of contact cement you use. If everything doesn't match
just right, it's easy to smooth things out by sanding. I use
a Dremel tool with a small sanding drum. In my opinion, it
doesn't have to look "pretty", just be functional.
Questions or comments can be directed to [email protected]
No holster is complete without a magazine carrier. So to complement your JFR pocket holster, KTOGer Ted Hamilton has come up with the...
MINI JFR FOR YOUR SPARE MAG
Several people mentioned a problem with spare
mags printing throught their trousers or whatever. There is a
simple solution: make yourself a "mini JFR" for your
spare mag. Extend the foam/leather to the side to approximate the
size of a man's billfold. Make the foam the thickness of the mag.
Make a couple of half circle cutouts in the leather at the top so
your fingers can easily grasp the mag just below the floor plate
or mag extension. Put the rough side of the leather out, just as
you would for a holster. Works great for a 12 round mag. Even in
tight fitting jeans it's just a billfold in your pocket.
ALL HAIL JFR FOR PUTTING US ON TO THE ORIGINAL IDEA!
Ted Hamilton's "mini JFR" spare magazine carrier