Kel-Tec PF-9: Custom holster long-term report

One of my interests is the design and fabrication of custom leather holsters. There’s something about custom-tailoring a carry configuration for your weapon and carry style (and specific weapon) that’s inherently interesting… I’ve been a big fan of the later generation Kel-Tec PF-9 compact pistol. It’s affordable, light-weight, very small, and has functioned very well for me personally.

A couple of years ago, I designed and fabricated an IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holster for this weapon, and I wanted to share my impressions of this holster, and experiences with carrying this pistol.

First, some pictures!

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Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader
Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader
Image Copyright 2010 Ultimate Reloader

This is my primary carry weapon. I figure that 9mm is a good happy balance between stopping power, weapon size, and recoil. Shown are some 9mm reloads with 124 grain Hornady XTP bullets that shoot quite well out of this pistol.

To start, I carried this pistol with the optional belt clip. That made for some real compact carry, but over time I decided that I wanted a more secure and safe carry configuration, so that lead to the design and fabrication of this holster. Leather is great because it is hard-wearing, comfortable, and it breathes! It also protects the weapon.

So far I wouldn’t change much regarding the design. The ergonomics are good, and there’s even a flap that covers the back corner of the slide (no poking you in the side!). This pistol is a pleasure to carry, and I don’t have many complaints.

Over time, I’m sure we’ll discuss loading for concealed carry and personal defense/practice/training. Lots to talk about here! Stay tuned.


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