Over the past couple of years, I have reviewed
here on Gunblast a couple of unique holster designs by Mernickle
Custom Holsters. Bob Mernickle was building these
fine holsters in Canada, but has now moved his operation to
Nevada. Bobís PS6-SA
has become my favorite way to pack a single action revolver
concealed. I also have a Mernickle gun belt that I wear
daily. A good belt holster is only as good as the belt, and
Bob makes the best available. His western style rigs are as
good as anyoneís, and better than most. Bob is a Fast-Draw
competitor, and knows how to make a rig that works well for
that sport. His holsters exhibit the finest materials and
workmanship, and the holster reviewed here is no different.
The most recent holster received from Mernickle
Custom Holsters is what Bob calls the Extreme Paddle, or PS1.
The example sent to me is for a full-sized 1911, and it
carries and conceals that big forty-five very effectively. The
PS1 is a paddle design, making it very easy and quick to put
on and take off, without removing your belt. In fact, it can
be worn even without a pants belt. Instead of using a piece of
plastic for the paddle, Bob uses a piece of thin metal between
two pieces of leather. The metal can be bent slightly as
needed to form to different body shapes and sizes, adding
greatly to the comfort of the wearer.
In addition to the sidearm, the Extreme Paddle
carries an extra magazine just to the front of the firearm.
This is a great idea. I seldom bother to strap on an extra
magazine pouch when carrying a forty-five, but I should. I
just donít want to add another holster to carry the
magazine. With the PS1, the magazine pouch is built in. To
reload, you just drop the empty magazine and reach across with
the weak hand to grab a full one. The magazine is properly
indexed for a quick reload without taking your eyes off of the
problem at hand. The PS1 carries the handgun high and
tight. The trigger is covered, but the grip is fully exposed
for a quick and secure hold. The PS1 hides a big auto easily
under a light jacket or shirt.
The Extreme Paddle has a linear tab which
securely locks the holster in place, yet is easily removed
when ready. A paddle holster makes a lot of sense for someone
who needs to occasionally remove their weapon, yet be able to
easily put it back on.
The PS1 is, like all Mernickle holsters,
very well made from the best leather with the finest
craftsmanship. I highly recommend it.
Check out the Extreme Paddle, along with many
other fine holsters and gun belts online at: www.mernickleholsters.com
or call to order toll free at: 1-800-497-3166.