My buddy Frank entered a gun raffle for $50 and won a new Springfield Hellcat. He already carries a SIG P365 and decided that he didn’t want the Hellcat because it’s almost an identical gun. I advised Frank that I’ve been eyeballing the Hellcat for a while and he decided that he would be cool with trading it to me for one of my C.U.M.A. KAGE short swords and couple of hundred bucks.
Congratulations to me. I am now the proud owner of a badass little Hellcat. And the frustrating hunt for a new holster began.
Like many gun owners, I have a drawer full of holster that I bought but just don’t like. And, as we all know, if a holster is uncomfortable, we’re likely to just leave our gun at home.
I first hit up eBay and ordered a cheap Kydex holster with an American flag on it. It looked really cool, but it was uncomfortable as all hell. My other buddy carries a Hellcat with an Alien Gear holster. I tried that on, but it wasn’t right for me. I ordered a 5.11 fanny pack holster. it’s comfortable, but when I tested it out and ripped open the zipper to draw my gun, the Hellcat went flying. So the fanny pack went into a drawer with all the others.
Then ,of course, Facebook read my mind and holster ads started popping across my feed. Along cam an ad for JM4 Tactical. I saw their magnetic holster in my favorite shade of brown leather and liked the Idea of no clip digging into me, so I clicked the link and headed to their website.
I was like a kid in a candy shop. I started building my holster and choosing all of my options, I ended up with the Medium Short 2 in the original holster style because it says it has the best magnetic hold. My package arrivesed within 48 hours. I was really surprised and pleased with the quick turnaround.
What I got was a well-built leather holster. I slipped my gun into it, and snap it on appendix carry. First thought: this is pretty comfortable. I sat down, stood up, walked around and practiced drawing. The magnet is holds well and the holster doesn’t move or shift around.
I took the holster off and shook it upside down to test the holster’s magnetic retention. My gun stayed put. I was impressed. I decided to slap the holster against my fridge to see how solid it would sit there. It didn’t slide down at all. These are some pretty strong magnets.
I also tested it out by slapping it onto the side of my Grand Cherokee. Same thing, a solid hold. I’m really liking this.
After carrying this holster daily for the past two months I have to say that I’m sold on JM4 tactical and plan on buying several more of their holsters for my other guns. This holster is so comfortable that I have forgotten that I was carrying my Hellcat a couple of times. The uber-comfortable JM4 Tactical Magnetic quick click and carry has quickly become my favorite EDC holster.
A Chicago native, Sijo Waysun Johnny Tsai is an internationally recognized combatives and survival instructor. He is a published book and DVD personality with over 35 years’ experience in teaching practical street defense and combatives to the military, law enforcement agencies and civilians alike. Sijo is also the founder of the C.U.M.A. Survival School.
When not teaching classes, writing, or doing crazy thing with knives, Sijo likes to enjoy his downtime with his wife and three children. He also likes drinking beer.
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