Most homeowners with an interest in home defense who have shopped around for methods of concealing a holster near a bed or nightstand have probably seen the type where the holstered gun is held in place by a board or other framework under the mattress, then hangs down the side of the mattress itself. For true concealment, the holster might be also placed under the mattress skirt, where it is out of sight but could be fairly easily released. These holsters are reasonably priced, but the various brands have mixed reviews. Being a serious DIY guy, I had been giving the idea of building my own some thought for awhile now, and was prodded into finally doing it when I saw a post on an outdoors forum about using foam drink koozies for storing small semi-auto pistols. Not a bad idea, but then some smart ass posted a picture of using a flip-flop type sandal with a belt wrapped around it as a holster! Funny, huh? Or, maybe not …
Well, while I was looking for a flip flop to try as a budget inside-the-waistband holster, I came across a camo house slipper I never really used. Hmmmm. Just for grins, I slipped my compact 1911 in it, and darned if it didn’t fit pretty well! Of course, holes for a belt could easily be cut in the rubber sole, or the whole thing could be slipped inside your waistband as an alternative to the old Mexican carry method. The slipper is padded inside, of course, so it will cushion the pistol, and made strong enough to easily hold that little bit of weight.
One of the things I was looking for in trying to purchase such a holster would be for it to hold my chosen pistol with a rail mounted light, for things that go bump in the night. The house slipper holster is a pretty good fit for my full-sized 1911 with a light attached, unlike most standard holsters that will not have room for the light.
Of course, the smaller compact Para 1911 I have with a 3″ barrel on a standard frame fits this holster even better
To make this easy bedside holster, I cut a small cross-section out of the rubber sole of the house slipper, to allow for bending it sharply. The heel section was screwed to a piece of thin scrap plywood roughly 4″ wide and maybe a foot long. When the wooden section is placed under a mattress, the slipper portion – with pistol – hangs from the side of the bed where it can be easily reached if needed. Cheap, effective, and “green” (the house slipper is “recycled”) – what is not to like about this holster system?