A review for MoJo Maker Gun Leather's Winged Pancake Holster.
Let me preface this by saying I am not a holster collector, and this is my first all leather holster. I have been using Crossbreed and Thies holsters, both of which are hybrid leather/kydex and they work great, easy to conceal and comfortable.
I have been looking for a good OWB, I like the idea of leather because I am a "back to basics" kind of guy. My EDC is a stainless steel Kahr K9 with wood grips - steel and wood - my kind of firearm. So leather is my preference but most custom leather holsters are in the $100 and up (and up) range. I was pleased to see MoJoeWrkn start his thread about his new holster store, and even more pleased to see very nice looking product at a reasonable price.
After some soul searching and checking with the better half I decided to make an order. I ordered the winged pancake holster in natural saddle tan with all the options, black airbrushed accents reinforcement piece, body shield, and black thread. Since he is running a special, it cost me less than $70 shipped. Joe stated his turnaround time was 1-2 weeks if he had a dummy gun, and 3 if he didn't. I did not know if he had one or not until the end of week two when I emailed him and a prompt reply came saying he didn't, and even though I was prepared to wait another week, he told me it would ship Monday and he would bump up the shipping to priority mail. I wrote back and said not to worry about it because he was well within the 3 week time frame, but it was shipped priority anyway, thanks Joe.
The mailman came through today and have to say it met my every expectation. The color is beautiful, the stitching looks strong and done with quality. Like I said, I am no expert on leather holsters, but from my detailed inspection I could not find anything wrong with the materials or assembly. It is truly a nice looking and well made piece of equipment.
The black accents and thread look super cool in my opinion, when I saw it on the website I definitely had to have that. As for the reinforcement piece and body shield I wasn't really sure if I needed them, but I have come to believe the body shield is a must, I don't need the steel digging into my side. Still not sure if the reinforcement piece is needed, it adds a little thickness overall but it looks nice.
I put my Kahr in it and it fit expertly. I gave it the upside down shake test and it held the 1.5 lb pistol firmly. It was easier to draw than I expected and this gives me a little concern because as it breaks in I don't want it to become too loose, but if that happens I will figure something out and at this point it isn't an issue. So, off with my IWB and on with my OWB. I had to tighten my belt a notch and now I am on the last hole so I can't go any tighter, but it works well and for comfort I will keep it on the second to the last hole unless I am going to be moving around a lot. I know the Theis holster is comfortable for a IWB, but going OWB oh so much more comfortable.
The belt I wear is 1.5 inches wide, and the slots for the belt are just large enough to accommodate it, I doubt a 1.75 inch wide belt would fit. I didn't think to ask and that information isn't on the website (or I didn't see it), so I got lucky, had it been for a 1.25 inch wide belt I would have been in trouble.
I had some "honey-gets" at Wal-Mart and needed to test a new shot timer at the range, so after showing off for the wife I head out. Wearing jeans, tee shirt, and long polo shirt untucked it was completely covered, so making sure not to allow my polo to ride up, I did the Wally-Walk all over again. I had become used to IWB but this was different, and while not paranoid about printing, it was more at the forefront of my mind than I have been accustomed to. No problems of any kind, paid for my stuff and headed to the range.
Sitting in my car has never been a problem with a holster and this one is no exception, can't even tell it's there. I wear my firearm at 3:30 to 4:00 and it sits nicely behind the seatbelt and in front of the seat. After getting to the range and making sure the shot time works, I decided to try a few fast draws with a random countdown and averaged about 1.5 seconds from buzzer to shot, closer to two seconds to ensure I hit the target. It actually feels liberating not having the gun inside my waistband.
So all in all, I believe this is a great holster and is very well priced. Fit and finish are great, and it is a beauty to behold. My steel and wood now has a nice piece of leather to complement it, and it couldn't look nicer as a total package. I will recommend MoJo Maker Gun Leather, great product, nice guy, super deal.
I may need to order a matching belt now. (dang it, I sound like my wife)
Edit - forgot to add the website. http://www.mojogunleather.com/
Here are the obligatory photos for all to ogle. Sorry they are cell phone pictures.
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