Finding a Holster for a New Gun: Beretta Nano

When I Google “Beretta Nano holster,” I get eleventy million links.  DeSantis, for example, claims to have “holsters for all Beretta models.”

I don’t know what to make of this. Maybe Beretta hired some sexy models to go with them to SHOT Show, and DeSantis gave each of them a holster. ba-dum-bum

DeSantis does not, as of yet, have a holster in their catalog designed to fit the Nano. But there are, of course, other options (granted options may be limited). Beretta will gladly sell you a holster and there is nothing wrong with that, but maybe you don’t want to settle for Beretta’s holster.

Why does it take so long to find a holster for a new gun?Beretta Nano Holster 9mm

The answer is as simple as it would seem.  Supply and demand.  Most holster makers use a facsimile of a gun to make a holster.  This is especially true of leather holster makers.  The leather is soaked and the faux gun is then forced down into the malleable holster.  When the leather dries, the faux gun is removed and the real deal fits perfectly.

A lot of folks use “Blueguns.”  These training aids are perfect for molding holsters.  But Blueguns only make the most popular models.

If they don’t have a Bluegun, or a great fake, holster makers have to have something exactly the same size as the real gun, or the actual gun itself.  Using real weapons, when the process involves water, gets complicated.

But that’s leather.  Some plastics need to be vacuum molded.  Others, like KYDEX, are worked with heat.  KYDEX is so easy to mold and work that many in the DYI community are buying sheets of the plastic and making their own holsters.

I’m crafty.  I build guitars and banjos.  I could easily learn the process—but there are experts out there who have mastered the craft. So I Googled Beretta Nano holster and started surfing.

I found a write up about PJ Holsters on a discussion board and trusted the opinions I read there.  And Paul at PJ Holsters had a photo of a real Nano in one of his holsters. They jumped on the Nano early. Though, the comments were positive, the only way to know for sure was to try it. Forty dollars later, I couldn’t be happier.

Beretta Nano Holster 9mm PJ Holster

The Nano stays secure in the holster, and the trigger is completely covered—an extra safety feature for a gun with no external safety.  The Nano is small, but not a pocket pistol exactly. It is still concealable, though. The PJ holster keeps the trigger behind my belt and the grip accessible just above.

I wanted a holster that I could take off without having to remove my belt.  But there are more secure clasps.  Working with a small company often allows for custom work.

Beretta Nano Holster 9mm PJ Holster

Had I wanted a leather holster, I would have gone with Jeff Hayes—I have four of his holsters and I respect his work.  But he doesn’t have a Nano, or a mold for one, and KYDEX works for the Nano.  Not for all guns.  But plastic guns seem appropriate in plastic holsters.

Or, as I’m sure you’re aware, you can wait.  As all of the 2012 guns hit the market, holster makers will pick up the slack.  Molds will be available.  With the increasing popularity of the Nano, I bet the market will be flooded soon.

But who wants to wait?  Guns like the Beretta Nano are meant to be carried.

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