DISCLAIMER: As always at this blog site, this product review is simply a good old-fashioned campfire chat; this is not an opinion on what I feel you should or should not purchase or what you should be using. What does or does not work for me could be many country miles away from your tastes and needs. All products I review for this blog are purchased at retail price by me. I do not accept payment, discounts, "freebies," products on loan, demon alcohol, drugs, probation, parole, Presidential Pardons, or sexual favors for doing any review.
When a handgun (such as the G19) is already as thick as a cold war era bomb-shelter brick, the leather artisan's challenge is to NOT design a holster that makes the pistol even more unwieldy. Done properly, an IWB holster should have an almost magical slimming effect on a big fat ugly geometrically offensive handgun. The Alessi PCH is very light and thin while maintaining surprising rigidity; no reinforing leather or metal is used to hold the mouth of the holster open to aid in reholstering. Will this holster maintain the ability to stay open after some seriously sweaty summertime IWB use? Well folks, I'm going to do my best to live long enough to find out first-hand; stay tuned for updates.
This holster was purchased brand new from Brownells. The following is a copy and paste from the Brownells website:
Super-Fitting, Handmade, Top-Grade Gunleather That'll Last A Lifetime
*NOTE: The holster that I received did require a substantial amount of time and effort for me to break-in. Throughout all of my years of being a holster collector and firearms hobbyist, this particular brand new holster was perhaps the most stubborn for me to break-in than any other. It must have shrunk down substantially sometime after being manufactured at Alessi; at first, my slim little Glock 43 even felt snug inside the holster. The break-in took substantial time, patience, and muscle; a few times the holster locked so firmly on my G19 that I worried that I might have no choice but to call in the jaws-of-life. Why did I not just return the holster to Brownells? Well, it became personal between me and this here holster, and by golly I just had to win. The holster now fits exactly the way I like. Seriously, if my hands were any more arthritic than they currently are, I would not have been able to put in the man-days required to work this holster into a proper fit. Care must be exercised in breaking-in a holster; they are much easier to ruin than most folks can imagine; do NOT get creative with oils, steam, etc. The next time that I run across uber-arrogant gun-leather, especially with my hands in the condition that they are in, I'll have little choice but to send it back to the vendor for refitting, replacement, or a refund (which is why dealing with classy outfits like Brownells is good protection for consumers).
The following was copy and pasted from the Alessi website:
The PCH or Professional Carry Holster. The PCH is quite possibly the most comfortable IWB available today, due to its unique construction, the holster is thin, while still allowing the mouth to remain open for one handed reholstering. The PCH has a 15º forward cant. This holster was designed for wear just behind the hip.
The PCH has a stabilizing wing that helps distribute the weight along the body. The holster’s hand molded sight channel protects the front sight.
The PCH holster had a 15º cant. This makes for a very fast draw. The belt loops can be interchanged to allow for most width belts.
Manufactured by Alessi Holsters
Each Holster is Hand Made in the U.S.A
This side of the holster goes against the carrier's body and (IMHO) it does provide a gun-toting platform that is comfortable (for even an active person) to wear all day long.
Well, that's it for now. If anything of note, positive or negative, develops regarding this holster I'll append it to this blog entry.