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PJ Kydex Holster Review

Pj Kydex HolsterPJ Holsters have created quite the buzz in the online concealed carry community. They are an all kydex, one-piece construction. The clip is actually molded out of the same piece of kydex as the holster itself. This lends itself to a simple and slim profile that wears and hides very easily.

The holster we tested was an IWB clip on loop with a 15 degree forward cant for a S&W M&P 9c. I was very eager to get my hands on one as the custom nature and build to order philosophy comes with a short wait time for order fulfillment.

Let’s talk carry comfort.

The PJ Holster adds virtually no bulk to the carry package except for the clip itself. When having a clip that sits atop the body of the gun and holster it can create a slight bulge spot in tighter fitting shirts. With holsters that offset the clips away from the body of the gun, this concern is not present. The downside with an offset clip is a less secure holster during movement and bending (especially with heavier guns). With this set up I am willing to sacrifice the tiny bit of extra bulk for a secure carry set up. The larger clip also aids in this secure package (meaning the gun does not have a strong tendency to flop forward and backwards with movement.

Concealability of the PJ Holster

I think this word has been invented for the use of describing how easy it is to conceal said holster and gun. The PJ Holster had a very low ride height (sits deep in the pants). This makes it very, very easy to conceal as the bulk of the firearm is below the pant line and the grip blends easily with the lower back. I found this holster to fit naturally in roughly the 3:30 position for me (right handed).

The one main draw back for such a deep ride height is losing the ability to obtain a rapid, full firing grip. A part of the M&P 9c grip sat at or below the belt line. This meant that the fingers of my firing side hand couldn’t consistently purchase the front strap of the grip for a smooth presentation. The holster rides so low that if the holster tilts a little bit the grip of the gun nearly rests on the belt line. It is possible to overcome but requires a bit of re-positioning before obtaining the full firing grip for a rapid presentation, but it does slow your draw down. After all, the last thing you want to do is have to re-adjust your grip after you come out of the holster.

This drawback may be worth the compromise in certain situations. As we all know, carrying concealed means making compromises of speed, power, and size. Some attire may not permit carrying that double-stack auto unless it’s tucked into an easy to hide holster like the PJ.

Conclusion

With all the pros and cons of the PJ Holster laid out, I’d certainly recommend them based on their quality construction, comfort, and concealability. Just be sure to practice your draw frequently (same goes for any holster!).

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