Sticky Holsters IWB Ankle Holster and Pocket Holster Review

The folks at Sticky Holsters have come up with a very budget friendly Pocket Holster that has a surprise or two up it’s sleeve. They were kind enough to send […]
Sticky holster IWB pocket concealed carry holster review

Sticky holster IWB pocket concealed carry holster with Taurus 738 pocket pistol

The folks at Sticky Holsters have come up with a very budget friendly Pocket Holster that has a surprise or two up it’s sleeve. They were kind enough to send a Sticky Holsters model SM-2 pocket holster  for the Gear Report team to try out. 

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Anyone who has tried various pocket holsters knows that the biggest challenge for most pocket holster users is drawing the gun without removing the holster from the pocket. Sticky Holsters (Amazon link) has found a novel approach to solving this with a line of simple holsters with a rubbery, almost tacky… hence the name “Sticky”… outer shell. The idea is that the outer shell of the pocket holster sticks to the inside of the pocket enough that the gun can be removed while the holster remains in the pocket. The inside of the Sticky Holster is a relatively slick nylon  so the gun slides in and out easily. The shape of the holster also helps it stay in the pocket, as it extends below the trigger guard in a way that is likely to snag the holster on the seam of the pocket.

Unique features: Sticky Holsters IWB and Ankle Holster

Sticky Holsters IWB Ankle Holster and Pocket Holster Review - AnkleBiter Ankle holster rig

AnkleBiter Ankle holster rig

As the title of this article suggests, Sticky Holster is marketing this as an Inside the Waist Band (IWB) holster and Ankle Holster, as well as a pocket holster. To be completely honest, this caught me a bit by surprise. I wasn’t thinking of this as just a pocket holster only. The concept of using the Sticky Holster pocket holster as an IWB holster is straight forward enough. They say that it can be worn in appendix, 4 o’clock, cross-draw, and small of the back. However, I will be hard to convince that this is a viable ankle holster. With long legs and a martial arts background I tend to look for pretty solid retention in an ankle holster, else it feels like the pistol will shake loose easily. I should note that Sticky Holsters offers a product called the Anklebiter Leg Rig which appears to provide for more stability and includes a retention strap. However, I do not have the Anklebiter Leg Rig and have not tested it.

I even found a picture on the Sticky Holster tumblr page showing the sticky holster used with a woman’s garter. 🙂

Sticky Holsters IWB Ankle Holster and Pocket Holster Review - garter holster

There is something intriguing about this garter holster

See the gallery below for more images of the Sticky Holster in use.
Construction

The “Sticky” in the Sticky Holster name comes from the outer shell, which feels like a thin neoprene rubber, with a leather grain pattern embossed on the surface. It definitely has some “grab” to it, without being “tacky”. My fear when reading the “sticky” description was that it would be sticky enough that dust, dirt and pocket lint would stick to it, but that is NOT the case. It does grab the inside of the pants pocket allowing the holster to stay in the pocket while the gun is removed, which is what it is supposed to do. Other brands of pocket holster often include a small band of sticky, rubbery material around the circumference of the holster. Sticky Holster has extended this rubbery coating to the entire outer surface of the holster.

The edges of the holster have a heavy nylon (I think) binding folded over and single stitched, providing good abrasion resistance without adding much material that could snag on the weapon as it is drawn from the holster.

The inside of the Sticky Holster pocket holster looks like a medium weight cordura nylon, which is slick enough to allow easy holstering and drawing of the pistol, and durable enough to resist wear for quite some time.

Sticky Holsters IWB Pocket Holster Review

Sticky Holsters IWB Pocket Holster Review

Fit and finish

Sticky Holsters IWB Ankle Holster and Pocket Holster Review - with pistol

from Sticky Holders tumblr page

So far, the Sticky Holster sounds pretty good. None of the above features mean anything if it doesn’t fit the gun well.
Fortunately, Sticky Holster’s sizing was right on for our test Taurus 738. All of the stitching looks good, all of the seams line up well. Overall, the finish level on this holster is a bit above average.
Overall, the Sticky Holster appears a bit more robustly built than any other pocket holster I own, including pocket holsters by Uncle Mike’s holsters, and other popular brands. As a bonus, Sticky Holsters are made in the USA.

Comfort

Because I prefer a positive attachment method on my IWB and ankle holsters, I have not tried the Sticky Holster enough in either of those modes to render a strong opinion. As a pocket holster, however, I find the Sticky Holster to be the most comfortable of all of the holsters I have tried. The rubbery, neoprene-ish outer layer is just spongy enough to provide nice cushioning of the hard, angular parts of the pocket pistol, as well as masking the shape of the pistol so that it doesn’t print through the material of my pants pocket.

Sticky Holsters IWB Pocket Holster Review

Sticky Holsters IWB Pocket Holster Review

Durability

This has been a long-term review with over a year of use on the Sticky Holster and it still looks practically brand new. I have seen considerable wear on one of the Uncle Mike’s holsters that has also been in the rotation.

Summary

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Revolver in Sticky Holster

The Sticky Holsters SM-2 pocket holster has been proven over a lengthy field test to be my favorite pocket holster. I strongly recommend the Sticky Holster for pocket holster use. I have used the Sticky Holster as an IWB holster around the house and it has performed well, but prefer that my IWB holsters have a physical connection to my carry belt, which the Sticky Holster does not. When carried IWB, the sticky holster is held in place via compression and friction only. This is likely fine for most people, but as an active martial artist I am not comfortable using the Sticky Holster as an IWB holster.

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Great pocket holster with possible other uses.

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Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits. A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management. Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.