Mika Pocket Holster

Here we are with a Tactical Texan first, a guest review from Biker.

I recently acquired a Glock 26 to replace my J-Frame Revolver as a BUG, and needed a way to carry it.

Knowing that I would carry the gun in my off-side front pocket, I knew I wouldn’t have to look far for a proper holster, as I’ve been using a Mika Round Bottom for a few years. I have tried other holsters in my pocket, but nothing seems to work as well.

The leather ones look nice, but the ones I’ve used required catching the edge of the holster on the pocket to release the gun. To say that I have had the gun present with the holster when practicing would be a fair and accurate assessment of the situation. Knowing that I required a fast presentation that that didn’t leave me with, “A holster with a gun hanging off of it;” led me straight to Robert Mika again.

I’ve also tried various non-leather holsters like the Uncle Mike’s and even a Safariland, but they either presented the gun with the holster or lost their shape to soon. I’ve been using the same Mika Holster for my J-Frame for the past three years, and it looks as good as the day I bought it, and I‘ve used it almost daily. I managed to learn about Mika Holsters from a friend with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and his roommate, who was a Los Angeles City Officer, years ago.

Granted, neither the Glock or the J-Frame do well in the front pocket of a pair of jeans. Given that I’m partial to Cargo Shorts and Carhartt Work Pants I don’t have to worry much about that as they both have voluminous front pockets. The J-Frame snuggles in nicely, and while it creates a “bulge” it is not identifiable as a gun. It looks like a fat wallet carried in the front pocket. I once tried a Kahr PM9 with a competitor’s non-leather pocket holster, and while it never withdrew with the gun, it did “print” just like a gun in my front pocket. In fact I was made by a Secretary that way one day. Last year, with the J-Frame in it’s respective Mika Holster I had a friend over for a BBQ. This friend is a fellow LEO that I work with, and he “knew” I was armed. He told me, “I know you have something in your pocket, but I don’t know what it is.”

I then gave him the holster and an unloaded gun to carry around the backyard, as I continued to BBQ. When I got my holster back he made me promise to give him Mr. Mika’s phone number, as he was very satisfied with how the holster concealed the gun and allowed for a rapid presentation. His wife even commented that, “It looks like you have your fat wallet in your front pocket after working all that overtime.”

The Mika is sturdy enough that your gun doesn’t look like a gun in your pocket. The rubber “sticky” band around the holster does a lot to not only keep the holster in the pocket but also provides the holster with enough rigidity to allow you to reholster the gun after drawing it, as the mouth band stays open.

In comparing the two holsters, J-Frame and Glock 26/27, I immediately noticed that the cut of the holster is very different between the two at the top. The J-Frame holster is even at the top. The Glock Holster is cut to coincide with the slide, and thus protrudes higher. This adds a sort of, for lack of a better description, “wing” to the holster. This cut also keeps the Rear Sight from snagging on your pocket. Both guns present very quickly, as Mr. Mika designed them to. They both allow you to get a good grip on your handgun while appearing that you just have your hand in your pocket.

Lots of times we may get that certain feeling that, “something isn’t right” and want a gun in our hand, but political or legal implications preclude us from walking around with a gun in our hand. This is where the Mika Pocket Holster shines, in my opinion. You can have your hand in your pocket, which is generally perceived as a “non-threatening” gesture, while still being ready to deal with danger. In talking with Mr. Mika I learned that his intention was to design a holster that “Gives up the gun quickly” while minimizing the tell-tale printing that is usually associated with pocket holsters. I have found that his holsters succeed in that respect.

The Mika Pocket Holster is not without it’s drawbacks. It was not designed to anchor the gun in place in the pocket when one is sitting on the couch. Like loose pocket change, if you are sitting on the couch prepare for your gun to work it’s way out of the holster just like the $0.53 you left there the last time you sat on the couch. The Mika Pocket Holster does however anchor the gun in place when you are up and about walking or sitting in a normal chair or café bench. With both guns I have found that the grip is in the same place all the time when my hand knifes into my pocket to either draw or make ready to draw if I need to.

The Glock 26/27 is on the verge of being what I consider to be too big to pocket carry. Being that the clothes I wear have such large pockets, it’s a doable proposition for me. Also, I don’t wear skin tight anything if I can help it. The revolver, given it’s curves and natural lines tends to draw easier and conceal better in the pocket, but the Glock, in it’s respective holster, doesn’t look like a gun in my pocket either. It just looks like I worked more overtime.

When someone ask me to recommend a holster I have a short list of makers that I have personally used that I don’t hesitate to recommend. Robert Mika is the only pocket holster I recommend, and for what I consider a very good reason. They can be had in a variety of colors, but black goes with everything.

Take care and stay safe,

Biker

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