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Old September 6th, 2016, 07:54 AM   #1
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Any one using a N82 (Nate Squared) Professional holster for their Shield?

Like most handgun owners I have a pile of IWB holsters I have purchased over the years. Primary in the rotation... A Remore clip-less friction holster (with FULL sweat shield), Alien Gear, Tulster holster, and a pocket holster I bought off e-bay for cargo shorts with a detachable rectangular backing.

I tend to rotate them in and out of service depending on the situation for the day and what I'm wearing. But my 2 biggest complaints are... 1. comfort while sitting/driving for long periods, and 2. They cause my pant to sag and shift downward, even with a good gun belt (I have a belly, but no butt really).

I have actually been able to solve BOTH problems by wearing 2 holsters at once. No, I'm not insane... I LOVE mt Tulster holster for my shield the most, I prefer it over the Alien Gear, but problems 1 and 2 still come into play. So on a whim I flattened out my Remore and sandwiched it between my body and my Tulster.

It takes a few tries to get it all in place, but once it's there I can almost forget I'm wearing it, and the friction from the Remora holds my pants in place perfectly (still wearing gun belt).

So I came to the realization that I have basically constructed a N82 professional style holster, minus the twist and pull retention mechanism, which has always prevented me from dropping $80 (shipped) on another holster to add to the pile. Plus my little solution seems thinner than the pad on the N82 Pro.

So... now I'm wondering, should I just buy a N82 Pro and be done with it? Who has one, and what do you think of it?

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Old September 7th, 2016, 06:10 PM   #2
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I have the N82 Pro for my Shield 9mm. I live in Central Florida and only wear a light t-shirt in the summer and this holster is the most comfortable I think you will ever find against your skin. Something about that suede...sooo soft. I have actually rubbed it on my face like you would do with a teddy bear. lol
Now if you wear an undershirt I would pick a different holster as this one is a tad bit thicker than others.

But....the retention. Not a good thing for me. I trained and trained with it. Never got used to it. Some heat of the moment drills and I would forget. My son would just shake his head.(He's not a fan.)

Well, to make a long story short, I pulled out my Dremel 3000 and lightly sanded the retention plastic. Just the very edge about an inch around the trigger guard. Only short passes then check it.

Now it's the perfect holster! Still has retention. I can hold it upside down and the gun will not fall out, but when I draw now I just pull straight out.
Hope that helps.
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Old September 8th, 2016, 04:56 AM   #3
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I have the N82 Pro for my Shield 9mm. I live in Central Florida and only wear a light t-shirt in the summer and this holster is the most comfortable I think you will ever find against your skin. Something about that suede...sooo soft. I have actually rubbed it on my face like you would do with a teddy bear. lol
Now if you wear an undershirt I would pick a different holster as this one is a tad bit thicker than others.

But....the retention. Not a good thing for me. I trained and trained with it. Never got used to it. Some heat of the moment drills and I would forget. My son would just shake his head.(He's not a fan.)

Well, to make a long story short, I pulled out my Dremel 3000 and lightly sanded the retention plastic. Just the very edge about an inch around the trigger guard. Only short passes then check it.

Now it's the perfect holster! Still has retention. I can hold it upside down and the gun will not fall out, but when I draw now I just pull straight out.
Hope that helps.
Mark
Thanx Mark! I actually broke down and ordered one shortly after my original post, and it will be here Friday. Their retention system is the only thing I question. But I too own a Dremel, and it wouldn't be the first time I'm taken it to a holster. We shall see!

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Old September 9th, 2016, 05:42 AM   #4
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If I owned a dremel i'd still have mine. very comfortable and I thought I had
the retention system worked out. but I used it in a CCW class and my failure to
draw rate was around 60%.
I got rid of it and now use Stealthgear (IWB and OWB) a bit pricey, especially
for the Flex but they get the job done really well on my body type (athletic
build). Just ordered a mini for my new 9C.
For me they work the best, but I must say if I could've dremeled out that
retention system I probably would've kept it. It was crazy comfortable, but if I
can't draw my weapon that comfort does me no good.
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Old September 29th, 2016, 11:12 AM   #5
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OK, I've had the N82 (Nate Squared) Professional holster for 3 weeks now. It has been with me every day, all day. If you can get past the retention system and train to draw it with the twist it requires, it's hands down the most comfortable holster EVER! Not to say there isn't room for improvement on it, but it's comfortable and holds the Shield securely.

If I had the option to go with a standard Kydex or even better a Boltaron 4332 shell that didn't have their twist retention system I would probably go with that, the twist is overkill for me, but it's not a huge problem for me either. I practice with it daily and have it to a point I'm comfortable drawing it as needed. Your mileage may vary, and a true stressful situation could be an issue, I could totally see that.

However.... I like to thrust my thumb between the leather and the pistol before I twist and pull to draw. Do that 20 or 30 times in a row and your thumb will be sore from the leather. I know their videos show them unlocking it prior, but I'm just not a fan of that method, I prefer a good firing grip from the start. This thumb issue could be solved by a small recessed portion of the leather where your thumb goes down, and maybe have it made of a material that offers less friction against your skin than the leather.

I love it and I will give it 4 1/2 stars. It's WELL made and comfortable anywhere from 3 to 5 o'clock for me. I sit most of the day and it's SO nice to never get poked, or rubbed in any way.

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If they would sell the N*2 pro without the retention system I bet they'd sell a lot more of them.
Hell I'd still have one maybe 2 (one for my 9C) they are "that" comfortable, but after what happened to me in class, there is no way I would ever use one again.
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If they would sell the N*2 pro without the retention system I bet they'd sell a lot more of them.
Hell I'd still have one maybe 2 (one for my 9C) they are "that" comfortable, but after what happened to me in class, there is no way I would ever use one again.
I agree totally! I like the harder shells for a little protection for the firearm, which is why I have no interest in their classic version (or whatever it is called). If they released on without the twist thing I'd probably buy another, it's "that" comfortable.

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Been carrying in the n82 for 2 months, absolutely the best holster I have tried. I carry at the 3:00 position all day every day, so comfortable I don't notice it's there and I have no issue with the twist retention release, a little practice and it comes natural
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A bit late here, but would like to add my $.02......have been using the N82 IWB holster (original tuckable version) for well over a year and I must say it is the most comfortable IWBer I've ever used. First time I used it was driving on a 500 mile trip with it my waistband, was so comfortable I could have forgotten it was there! I chose the original because of the versatility of the herring bone elastic over the harder Kydex type - I can use this holster that is specifically designed for my Shield 40 with my Kimber Ultra Carry 45, and Ruger LCR 357, a big plus, and retention is good with all three models.

Liked it so well that I got one for my wife and her Sig P938. You can't go wrong with these N82's for the price.
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