Question about pancake type holsters

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Question about pancake type holsters

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Post by K.Mooneyham » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:26 pm

Okay, so I've seen I don't know how many pancake type holsters out there, but never owned one before. I read reviews and how much people liked them. I somehow got it into my head that pancake was the way to go. So, I ordered one for a full-size revolver from a custom maker. It wasn't break the bank expensive, but I wouldn't call it cheap, either. However, once I got it, and put it on, I found it to be rather uncomfortable. It's hard to position relative to my belt loops (and yes, I got a real gunbelt from the same maker). Also, it seems that the stiff gunbelt doesn't conform very well to the shape of the holster, effectively making the gunbelt about an inch shorter than it's actual length. So, I'm wondering now what everyone finds so great about them, or what I am doing wrong in wearing it. Any suggestions, constructive feedback, or personal experience with pancake holsters would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Post by Jago668 » Tue Jan 19, 2016 9:30 pm

Maybe just need some break in time? That is often the case with leather goods.
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Post by karatedad » Tue Jan 19, 2016 10:40 pm

I have 3. For a full size 1911, a 4" XDs w/laser, and a J-frame. The 1911 and J-frame formed to me and got comfortable within 2 days of wear. That's 2 full days. The XDs was so stiff and tight that I had to realign the laser after getting it broken in. That took about 4 days. It requires a little patience but I don't want any other style of holster for my daily carry.


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Re: Question about pancake type holsters

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Post by Shadow41 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 12:53 am

I went with a pancake style because it holds my gun high and tight to my side. I use a Tucker for my BG380 and a Desantis for my Shield and usually carry at either 2:00 or 3:00 depending of which one I'm carrying. I've never carried a revolver so I can't speak of any experience with one, but it took a bit of time getting used to with it sitting high on the side. The DeSantis has 3 loops to carry either straight or at about a 15* cant. I find that straight tends to dig into my hip a bit so I carry it with the 15*. The DeSantis is also a lot stiffer than the Tucker. I don't know if this helps but that's been my experience using a pancake anyway.


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Post by K.Mooneyham » Wed Jan 20, 2016 5:48 am

I appreciate the replies so far. Just to add something, one of my main issues is that it makes it almost impossible to sit down. If folks don't mind saying, what clock position on your body do you wear your pancake holster?


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Post by karatedad » Wed Jan 20, 2016 7:59 am

K.Mooneyham wrote:I appreciate the replies so far. Just to add something, one of my main issues is that it makes it almost impossible to sit down. If folks don't mind saying, what clock position on your body do you wear your pancake holster?
Between 3 and 4. Usually closer to 4.

In your original post you said you bought a holster for a full size revolver. Would you please be more specific? Which make, model, and barrel length? If it is too long there is no way you are going to sit with it.


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Post by twomillenium » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:43 am

I have never been so hungry that I needed to carry pancakes in a holster for quick consumptions. :lol:
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Post by Javier730 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 8:47 am

Just wear it. Leather needs to be used a bit to loosen up.
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Post by mojo84 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 10:35 am

I'm a lefty and wear mine at about 8:00. The belt loops on some pants do get in the way. That is one reason I prefer my IWB holster.

As I move my OWB holster closer to the 9:00 position, the more it tends to pull my pants down. I have a mediocre holster and good gun belt. However, I believe it's more due to my build than my gear. :oops:
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:16 am

I carry a full-sized Glock in one. It is one of the most comfortable holsters I own.

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Re: Question about pancake type holsters

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Post by Jketchum » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:28 am

This is my favorite type of holster, I have 1 for my 1911's, xds and sig p239.
I like how they carry high and tight. Makes CC super easy.

All mine are custome made and angled (what deg? I have no clue)
each one has required break in time. 1 in particular I wore must of the day around the house with an without the gun in it.i I actually think wearing it without the gun and cinching your belt down tight hepls form it better and quicker.

I carry it at 3:00-3:30

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Post by SRO1911 » Wed Jan 20, 2016 11:38 am

I'm not sure how other people do it, but to get mine to clock right - I run the belt through the holster, through the belt loop I'm covering, then through the holster - similar to a molle lock.
The only big problem I have is with Duluth fire hose pants, they have an unusual loop at 3:00 and 9:00 with a velcro patch - to hang a tool bag. It makes the loop about 3 times as thick as a normal loop. For those I either go iwb or use a razor blade to reduce bulk.
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Post by OldCurlyWolf » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:38 pm

The Annoyed Man wrote:I carry a full-sized Glock in one. It is one of the most comfortable holsters I own.

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Okay, which of the pictures are flipped? The two left-handed ones or the right-handed one?
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Post by atx2a » Wed Jan 20, 2016 2:44 pm

K.Mooneyham wrote:I appreciate the replies so far. Just to add something, one of my main issues is that it makes it almost impossible to sit down. If folks don't mind saying, what clock position on your body do you wear your pancake holster?
4 o'clock. Put the belt through the back slot in the holster, then through my belt loop, then through the other slot in the holster. Holds it nicely and distributes the weight.
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Post by The Annoyed Man » Wed Jan 20, 2016 4:32 pm

OldCurlyWolf wrote:Okay, which of the pictures are flipped? The two left-handed ones or the right-handed one?
Good catch! I didn't even notice, but there IS an explanation.......

I took the first picture of the holstered gun laying on a table.

I took the second picture, of me, in a mirror - thus the image is reversed, but the gun is actually on my left hip.

My wife took the third picture.

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