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Carrying a S&W 637 Airweight revolver in a pocket holster works well for me during much of the year. When the weather here in central AZ turns summer hot, my pocket holster, made from a synthetic material, can really sweat against my leg in the worst way. Having put up with it last summer, I decided to do something about it before another one came around.
I guess I should clarify something first....the Airweight is not my regular CCW firearm. While I don't mind spending good money for a product, I didn't wish to spend a lot on a higher end holster that would realistically see limited use. At the same time, I wasn't going to waste my money on some one size fits most Velcro strapped nylon holster either.
With a free afternoon at my disposal, I headed out to see what was available
at several of the local gun stores. As luck would have it, I stopped
looking at the first store. I pulled a DeSantis Thumb Break Scabbard
holster off the holster display and took it home. Fast forward to a couple
of months later.....I made a good choice.
It was priced at $50, which worked for me. While this one is unlined,
lined models can be had for less than a $20 increase in price. Given the
alloy and stainless build of my Airweight, I didn't see the need for a lined
Yes, I realize it is only single stitched and not double....and given the price, so be it. From looking at mine, it seems the stitching appears to be well done. It has a single tensioning screw that applies retaining tension near the rear portion of the trigger guard. I've not adjusted mine as the holster itself is a good snug fit. After wearing it on and off for a couple of months, I've not experienced the holster stretching any and so retention has yet to become an issue.
The holster provides for two different holster cants. I've found that
the lower slot on the forward facing side provides me with the near vertical
position I prefer to draw from. If you are not familiar with the term
"cant", the cant of a holster refers to how tilted forward from vertical the gun
rides when carried in the holster. A straight-drop holster has 0 degrees of cant
and so causes the gun to carry vertically. The commonly referenced FBI-cant
holster has a cant in the 10 to 20 degree range. Using the upper slot on
the holster will increase the cant and position it in the FBI-cant style.
You can see the tensioning screw in the above photo. The holster has a thumb break to ensure positive retention. The snap is secure but yet opens well with only moderate thumb pressure. The holster is also available in black. A basket weave pattern can also be ordered.
As I mentioned earlier, I'm writing this review after having
worn the holster for the past couple of months. My work prevents me from
wearing at work, but there's hardly been a weekend go by that I've not worn it
at least two of the three days (yeah, I have three day weekends at my job).
The longest I've worn it is about 10 hours straight. The 15 ounce
Airweight combined with such a small holster leaves no impression of weight on
the belt. I do believe a loaded magazine magazine for my XD45c weighs
nearly the same as the loaded Airweight. Regardless, wearing
it for an extended stretch is not an issue for me. It is a comfortable
holster, if one can actually say that.
How does it work in the roll of CCW? I have to say it does so very nicely. I'm 30 or so pounds too heavy and it is all around my middle. Because of that, I do not prefer an inside the waistband holster. Most of us now that outside the waistband holsters can be more prone to printing than their inside counterparts. I do not find this to be an issue. I was out today at a couple of stores wearing just a t-shirt as a cover garment. My cell phone makes a much more notable bump and it isn't really all that bad. I wear Hawaiian shirts when t-shirts are no applicable and the holster performs equally well with that style of shirt.
In summary....the holster isn't big bucks. If that bothers you, shop around for another brand or find a custom maker who can help get you what you want. If you are looking for a reasonable holster for non-work related CCW, this one is certainly worth a look. (I say non-work CCW because if I were wearing a firearm as part of my job, I would be looking at a higher end holster with some extra features. Remember my previous statement about the Airweight not being my primary CCW firearm.)
DeSantis is providing a reasonably priced holster for the person who doesn't want to drop a small bundle the holster. It is always nice to have choices available.