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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Ordered the SMZ and SKR shoulder holsters from Ken Null last Friday


(Photo of SMZ egregiously swiped from holster artisan Matt Del Fatti’s website.)

Ken said they would be shipping out sometime this week.  EDIT:  Delivery was Thursday 2/6/2014; a scant six-days from when I ordered; that's pretty darn quick.  The box felt so light that I thought it was shipped empty, but when I opened it up I found both holsters and harnesses carefully packed inside.  My initial opinion after working with both holsters for the balance of the day is quite favorable.  I'll write separate reviews for each holster after I shake them down for a while.

I intend both holsters (obviously not at the same time) for use during long distance vacation driving. The Model SKR (aka “City Slicker”) I plan for carry under a jacket with my S&W 442 Airweight, while the Model SMZ (aka “Smertch”) is for carry under a shirt (when weather does not call for a jacket) with my lightweight Colt Agent (alloy frame version of the Colt Detective Special).  NOTE:  The SMZ works both under a jacket or under a shirt.  Ordering both hoslters was a bit indulgent on my part.  These revolvers and holsters are LIGHT WEIGHT; I choose to travel light whenever possible.  NOTE:  The SMZ also can be ordered for semi-auto pistols.

There are reasons why brassieres are not (commonly) made from leather.  I’ve tried leather shoulder holsters before and they get hot, uncomfortable, and stink like body odor after a while. Ken has three models of shoulder holsters made from polymer with synthetic harness straps; as such, they are very lightweight, durable, and easy to clean.

Aside from avoiding the discomfort from other means of concealed carry during long distance driving; a well-designed inside-the-waistband holster works just fine for me during a normal day of working, walking, and sitting.  EDIT:  In the middle of the second day of working with these lightweight shoulder holsters, I find myself musing that I may need to rethink my everyday carry practices.  These holsters are just darn comfy.



EDIT 9/22/2014:  CLICK HERE for SMZ Shoulder Holster Instruction Sheet
EDIT 12/1/2014:  CLICK HERE for SKR Shoulder Holster Instruction Sheet









CLICK HERE for website of K. L. Null Holsters, LTD.
161 School Street NW
Resaca, Georgia 30735
706-625-5643
706-625-9392 (Fax)


Established 1976
Kenneth L. Null, President
USMC 1959 - 1969
Leather Guild Master Craftsman
NRA Business Alliance
NRA Benefactor Life Member


6 comments:

THE FISHING MUSICIAN said...

These are really good holsters. I've been meaning for the longest time to pick up the same ones you have. I had a friend who had the pictured one and like you carried the cobra/agent in it. He had no issues and loved it, but I think he glued some thin suede to the side touching the body to prevent sticking in South Texas weather.

Another similarity, we both like those simliar lw colt snubbies...

James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Well, to my surprise the lightweight straps are part cloth and part synthetic; the side facing the body has kind of a soft fleece feel to it.

So far so good on both models; these may be keepers!

Adam Bartels said...

I've had mine for about a year. Outstanding rig and Ken is a great guy. My primary is a M&P Shield 9mm with a LaserLyte trigger guard sight.

TC J said...

Wondering if you have tried his ush model? Been thinking of ordering one along with his belt. His belt looks fantastic, the buckle doesn't look bulky at all like every other gun belt I've seen.

James Zachary said...

Hey there TC J,

If I recall correctly, I tried to order an USH and Ken told me it was discontinued (I believe it is still listed on his website).

My next belt(s) will be from Ken Null; I agree with you about the looks and the buckle.

Take care and thanks for stopping by!

Zack

OldTCS said...

Waiting on my SMZ as I write this. A competitor's website had a link to Null, and I've read good reviews all around.