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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review of the Aker Express Sharkskin L.W. Seecamp Pocket Holster

(This short blog entry has been over a year in the making, and that is not entirely because I am an indolent old SOB; I kinda like to see how things work out over time before blathering my opinion.  Further, this review (as with all of my reviews) is just good old fashioned "campfire talk" and not a recommendation for or against purchase.  The photos are a year old, and shot with a cheap cell phone camera.  I have a slightly better camera nowadays, but quite honestly I am too durned lazy to freshen the photos and I fully realize that my lack of talent would provide little aesthetic improvement.)

The only holsters that I know of that (legally) carry the super cool L.W. Seecamp logo are the Aker Express models, available only directly from L.W. Seecamp.  These holsters are usually "in stock" so there is no waiting list as is common with many custom holster makers.  These classy looking holsters fit all of the L.W. Seecamp (current and former production) semi-auto pocket pistols (ACP calibers .25, .32, .380).  Purchased initially as a collectable (actually I bought a pair, one right handed and one for the left), I did not think I would like carrying this wallet size holster.   I was wrong.  It works and wears very well for me.  Most pocket holsters of similar size and shape fail to stay upright in the right front pocket of my jeans; this one behaves nicely, even when I am pedaling a bicycle.

The photo below shows the side of the holster that faces toward the body.

I work and play outside a lot and it is common for sweat or rain to soak me all the way down to my pocket holster.  Moisture can readily deteriorate any holster material that is not top quality.  The construction of this Aker Express looks to be sharkskin laminated and stitched to cowhide (or possibly horsehide).  After a year of general use with a few episodes of significant abuse, IMHO my Aker Express holster is still in great shape. 

The photo below shows the side of the holster that faces away from the body.  The anti-print panel is to make the rig look like a wallet and impede printing the shape of the pistol through clothing.

The photo below shows how the anti-print panel is hinged to the side of the holster by a length of stitching; it opens like a book.  Other holster makers hinge such panels to the bottom of the holster.

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