Well, I’ve had the Remora holsters for a while now, and I think I can now offer a fair follow-up to my initial review.
I contacted Alan about returning my 10ART-SS this morning for a refund. I already told about my experience trying to use the model for the KelTec PF-9 with the belly band, and the failure that ended up being.
Although I’ve carried for decades, I’d never carried IWB. That was the reason for the 10ART-SS. I was going to give it a shot with my Glock 29. However, after the belly band experience, I decided to try it with the PF-9 and the Model 4ART-SS holster. The first several nights went well. It stayed in place, and the carry style was reasonably comfortable – something that came as a bit of a surprise to me.
Last night, however, things changed. I wore a different pair of pants. For some reason, the same belt that I used with the other pants all week didn’t want to work right. The most comfortable hole held my pants up fine, but allowed the gun/holster to move a little more than I was comfortable with. The next belt hole, however, was uncomfortably tight.
I decided on the more comfortable hole. As sticky as the holster is, I figured it would be OK. Wrong! Less than two hours into the shift, I suddenly felt it slide down my pant leg. As discreetly as possible, I repositioned it, and torqued the belt down to the more uncomfortable adjustment. Everything stayed in place for the remainder of the shift. I’ll either have to change belts and experiment extensively at home until I am comfortable, or never wear the pants that I wore last night, or something. I love the theory behind the holsters, and I’m sure I’ll be able to get enough service out of the 4 to make it worth what I paid for it, even if I use it for nothing more than a pocket holster. Therefore, I will keep it.
However, I’ve had enough glitches with the Model 4 already to make me wary of carrying the much heavier G29 in a holster of the same design. It is larger, so there is more surface area, but the Glock is more than double the weight of the KelTec. That is why I have chosen to return the 10.
The idea is awesome, and for those who are less active while carrying, I highly recommend it. However, if you’re throwing freight at BigBoxRetailer or are similarly active while carrying, I would recommend something with more traditional methods of securing the weapon in place – clips, hooks, belt loops, etc.