PJ Holsters sent me three sample holsters to review, all designed to hold my Ruger LCP. My baby-bear-just-right holster: an inside-the-waistband (IWB) clip unit with a 15 degree cant. While PJ Holsters can make your holster in any color or pattern you like, I ordered mine in basic black.
While the PJ holster is slim enough to disappear under an untucked shirt, it did print when I was wearing tight tops. (YMMV) As I learned in The People’s Republic of California, appendix carry sorts that out. Now that I’m in Wyoming, I don’t bother. Still, in all fairness, the slim Ruger LCP isn’t a difficult firearm to carry, regardless of the holster.
The PJ holster’s main advantage: it can be easily repositioned around the waistband of your pants. In fact, I could use the PJ holster without a belt wearing yoga pants or yoga leggings.
When the PJ Holsters belt clip first arrived, I had a major sword-in-the-stone moment. Once I adjusted the retention screw, it passed both the upside-down-yoga and dry fire draw test. Out on the range, the carry system performed as expected. I could access my firearm quickly and efficiently, and reholstering was smooth. PJ’s reinforced clip held firmly to the belt, causing less pull on my pants than previous holsters.
Like many small holster makers, PJ’s success depends on customization and customer service, rather than significant design or materials advantages over their competition. PJ backs his products with a 30-day no-questions-asked return policy. That’s pretty impressive when we’re talking about a holster made to your exact specifications, color-included. Also impressive: PJ answers emails within the hour (thanks to his trusty smartphone), seven days a week.
If you’re a firearms newbie, it may be best to try out cheaper holsters before deciding exactly what you need from a custom shop. Body types, clothing choices and carry styles vary. But once you’ve know what you like, PJ Holster has the expertise to build your ideal carry system. Guaranteed.
Appearance * * * *
Nothing really needs to be said especially considering appeal is subjective, but since these holsters can be customized to come in any color, you can make it your own. I preferred the minimalist design of this IWB holster.
Price * * * *
It’s $55 for the standard belt clip IWB holster tested here — right in line with the cost of any other custom kydex holster. Free shipping and a no-questions-asked 30-day guarantee make it more of a value.
Comfort * * * * *
I’m fairly active and wore this holster for 16 hours straight, two days in a row. The PJ belt clip holster didn’t dig into my skin or push my pants around creating odd bumps.
Retention/Draw * * * * *
With adjustable retention, the PJ belt clip holster makes it easy to find the perfect gun grip.
Concealment * * * *
This holster caused some printing, but only in tighter-than-average clothing on a smaller than average figure. In a standard outfit on an average sized or smaller woman, it becomes invisible.
OVERALL * * * * 1/2
With PJ offering exceptional customer service, it’s hard to beat this holster.