Foster Impact Devices Coin Purse Review

I first saw the Coin Purse from Foster Impact Devices at ECQC in 2015. Shivworks instructor Craig Douglas showed it to a few attendees. I was curious about it, but had so much other stuff going on in my mind that I didn’t remember where he got it from, or exactly what it was called.

Fast forward about nine months later, and a new training partner of mine posted a picture of his Foster coin purse. The lightbulb went on, and I contacted Todd Foster via email. I chose the leather that Todd had on-hand in order to get one as soon as possible. About a week later, my hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind coin purse arrived.

Here’s my initial review (I apologize for the longer lead-in and satirical nature of the review, I couldn’t help myself).

I’ve used the coin purse several times in public, and it never raised an eyebrow — except from a bunch of kids at a lemonade stand, who all said “coooooooooooooooooooooooooool!” when I took it out.

Sitting on the coin purse is somewhat comfortable depending on the chair I’m sitting in. I have a comfy office chair, so I don’t really feel it. After about four hours driving in our Jeep Commander I had to take it out, it was causing some discomfort in my lower back.

I wish Foster used a YKK zipper. I’d also like a more modern Web site for ordering. I asked the community what color I should buy, only to find out that Foster’s product photo was out of date and none of the colors were available.

I think it’s a great product for $45. If you order one, please tell them the Short Barrel Shepherd sent you.

Next up: more training specifically around the use of a coin purse, and to figure out the safest way for use in force on force training.


About the Author:

Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd is a regular guy and works to make Web sites and mobile apps easier for people to use. He spends his free time attending fight-focused firearm, knife, and combatives training, motorcycling, writing, and playing games. His daily carry is a Glock 19 pistol and an AR15 .300 Blackout pistol in a backpack.

6 Comments on "Foster Impact Devices Coin Purse Review"

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  1. CR Williams says:

    FOF? Fill it with styrofoam pellets with maybe some Airsoft pellets for weight.

  2. Martin Luther says:

    I saw this and immediately wondered if this is something you could take on a plane. Hmmmmmm

  3. kyle pinon says:

    Great review. Enjoyed the Humor.

    Was talking to my Mom about the idea of using a coin purse for rapid tactical payments, now I have somewhere to point her to one purpose built.


  4. Av willis says:

    I don’t know if you’ve seen it, but mean gene leather decided to start catering to the needs of tactical hipsters last month with their hot tamale coin pouch. Rather than being designed for back pocket carry, it’s designed to snap to the belt not unlike a standard soft loop, although I suspect that you could probably manage back pocket carry just fine if you wanted to. I carry mine just in front of my holster at 9 o’clock and it helps break up the outline,people see it and it looks like a phone case. I’m not sure if it’s ykk, but the leather folds slightly in front of the zipper to protect it from spilling out. Also appealing to the tactical hipster, gene offers them in a variety of patterns including distressed and my personal choice,”crazy horse” or water buffalo hide. If you’re interested in experiment with a different way of bringing the irony to your authentic back alley experience, I would argue they’re worth a look.

    • Short Barrel Shepherd Short Barrel Shepherd says:

      Thanks for posting! We recently found out about the Hot Tamale, and think it’s an interesting design. As a true tactical hipster, we crave additional information about handcrafted, artisan-grade coin purses. We watched a pretty good (and amusing) review of the Hot Tamale on the Functional Gentleman’s channel:

  5. B R Kurtz B R Kurtz says:

    I’m not sure how I missed this; so I apologize for being late. A few months ago we went to England (right after the concert bombing). I knew I couldn’t carry my usual gear; but I refused to go unarmed. The planning included a coin sap. I like the idea and have used a few; both the Foster and a couple I got from Green Man Leather. The Foster sap came quickly and has yet to show any issues. Sadly the ones from Green Man took forever to arrive and missed the delivery date we had agreed upon.

    I had zero issues flying with them. I did wait to “fill” them until after passing through TSA; but I sat in a restaurant adding coins in full view. Our waiter commented that he thought the coins were his tip….

    I used quarters stacked neatly with a second row as the pouch got deeper. Once in London it occurred to me that US Quarters would look out of place, so I switched to “Pound” coins. That raised the value of my sap quite a bit; but it “fit” the location.

    I was “wanded” a couple times at different venues, each time security was satisfied with my “coin purse”. I also carried two Zebra brand stainless steel pens (model F-701). These are cheap (ok cheaper-under $10.00) and don’t have the “look” of tactical pens. I had a young TSA guard confiscate a tactical pen a couple years ago, because he decided it was a “fighting pen”. He wasn’t concerned about my coin sap or two rolls of coins, or titanium chop stix….

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