Pancake holsters are essentially two pieces of material sewn together to make a flattish pouch, almost resembling a pancake of sorts. Pancake holsters typically ride high on the hip in a strong-side position, making them easier to draw while seated and improving concealability in some instances. Still, there are also pancake holsters for “cross-draw carry” and lower ride positions as well. This holster is one of the more versatile models with extra belt slots that can be worn in two distinct carry positions. Luke at Craft Holsters provided the LEATHER PANCAKE HOLSTER W/2 CARRY POSITIONS for my Bersa Thunder .380, which allows for carrying in either in the 3-4 O’clock position or cross draw position.
First Impressions and Construction:
To be honest…the VERY first thing I noticed once I opened the package was the aroma of the Italian leather! It was amazing! I observed a nicely constructed holster that was well-formed to my handgun out of the box. The single & double stitching was all done with some attention to detail. I did not see any imperfections in the construction of the product I was sent, or did I have anything on the holster fail during the review. These holsters are wet molded and crafted from Italian leather in a style that rides close to the body. It had a firm shape ready for my specific model of handgun.
I’ve typically worn Inside the waistband (IWB) holsters when I conceal carry. During open carry, I prefer a KYDEX holster with a locking mechanism. So this was really my first pancake style holster I’ve seriously worn, and I can say my eyes have been opened to this type of holster. The leather is smooth and feels good (even directly on the skin). Some leather holsters tend to be “thick” or almost over-engineered, but I found the leather’s thickness in this holster adequate without compromising quality.
Positions of Wear:
The two carry holster really gives you the best of both worlds for concealment. I wore this holster for one week in each position (4 O’clock and cross draw). Please keep in mind every body type is different, as is every holster. I’m 6ft 230 lbs, so here are “my” observations from these different situations with this particular holster:
Driving – Surprisingly, comfortable. I didn’t have any issues getting to my seatbelt. It sat so nicely in the crease of my body that the grip and barrel didn’t cause any problems. While this is not the most accessible position to get to while driving, I could if I had to.
Walking – Comfortable, but somewhat easy to spot. For me, this position typically shows the grip of the gun through the back of my shirt. Even with a light jacket, the grip was slightly noticeable from my side. Most people wouldn’t notice, but those who are looking might.
Working (manual labor) – Yes, I did some work while wearing the holster. I wasn’t concerned with concealability during this timeframe. I found it super easy to bend down and pick stuff up. It did not interfere with any range in motion and was comfortable to wear all day.
Sitting/Standing – Very comfortable and hardly noticeable. I wore this for an entire day of errands and activities. As a matter of fact, at the end of the day, when I took off my gun for the evening, I didn’t even realize I still had the holster on throughout the remainder of the night.
Socializing – While wearing a light jacket, nobody seemed to know I was armed.
Driving – Very comfortable, hardly noticeable, and super easy to get to. As expected, more comfortable than the 4 O’clock position while seated in my truck.
Walking – Hardly noticeable. In this position, I can easily see when my grip “bump” is showing and make a body posture adjustment if I don’t want anybody to notice. I did have a slight rub on the left side of my body after a full few days of wear, but I like being able to quickly monitor if I showed my gun bump over that slight discomfort.
Working (manual labor) – Almost no different than the 4 O’clock position while moving around. Except for a small rubbing on my left side of my body. I attribute this mostly to my body type.
Sitting – It is more noticeable (to me) probably because the gun butt is toward my frontside.
Socializing – No jacket needed to conceal in the cross draw position.
Drawing/Reholstering (both positions) – While my goal is never to have to draw or holster my CCW, I feel I can get to my gun quickly if I had to. The thumb snap easily opens with a firm push, and I can confidently pull my weapon. I assume my gun could “potentially be bumped out” in a scuffle, but I don’t feel it would just easily fall out of the holster if I fell or was pushed.
Gun fit was excellent. As stated earlier, these holsters are wet-molded to whatever sidearm you’re carrying. They have most manufacturers and models listed in their database. I’ve often found it hard to get “molded holsters” for my Bersa 380, but this wasn’t an issue with Craft Holsters.
Perks from buying From CraftHolsters.com? Craftholsters offers a pretty substantial five-year warranty and buy-back guarantees on their products. They also offer a buyers club with discounts, free shipping to the USA, and a 10% loyalty discount. The club is free to join and can be found here.
I really like this holster. I love the craftsmanship, the weight, and the overall look of it while I’m carrying. While not the deepest way to conceal a handgun, it suits my preferences when I’m trying to remain mostly discreet. I like having the option of two positions with this holster. If I’m sitting most of the day, I would most likely choose the 4 O’clock position, but if I was up and walking, the cross draws advantages are worth its slight discomforts. It’s comfortable, stylish, and I feel they’re an excellent value for this type of holster for the price. The two-position holster provides me with the variety I need to keep my weapon on me in most situations. I plan on buying more of these for my other handguns.
I really like this holster. I love the craftsmanship, the weight, and the overall look of it while I’m carrying. While not the deepest way to conceal a handgun, it suits my preferences when I’m trying to remain mostly discreet. I like having the option of two positions with this holster. If I’m sitting most of the day, I would most likely choose the 4 O’clock position, but if I was up and walking, the cross draws advantages are worth its slight discomforts.
It’s comfortable, stylish, and I feel they’re an excellent value for this type of holster for the price. The two-position holster provides me with the variety I need to keep my weapon on me in most situations. I plan on buying more of these for my other handguns.
Link to this holster – https://www.craftholsters.com/bersa-thunder-380-holsters