Many people overlook the importance of a holster. A holster is an integral part of the weapon system. Unless you intend to walk around with a side-arm in your hand all the time, you need a good quality holster. I'm in a unique position to be making holsters, as I was a firearms instructor for a law enforcement agency, an Arizona CCW instructor, shoot in competition, and I carry concealed 7 days a week. I know what makes a holster work, or not work, as can be the case with mass produced holsters and other leather makers. Many leather makers are not shooters.
A holster MUST have these properties:
1. It must keep the weapon secured for the activity the person will be engaged in. A peace officer will need more retention than a citizen carrying concealed. A rancher on horseback may need even more retention and protection for the side arm. Your activity will dictate what type and how much retention your holster should have.
2. The weapon must be accessible in an expedient manner. If you can not bring the weapon into action quickly, it may cost you dearly. The holster must also not interfere with getting a secure firing grip on the weapon from the draw, and any retention device must be able to be removed when getting a firing grip.
3. It must be comfortable. An uncomfortable holster will not be used, and therefore the weapon will not be with you when you need it.
I think it should look good, but looking good has nothing to do with function. Several holsters on the market look good, but don't cut it on the above three points. Mine will meet the three criteria... and look good.
I will make any type of holster you desire, and if I see something that is requested that violates one of the principles above, I will let you know. Functionality must come before all else, and a truly functional holster must have the three points of security, expediency/accessibility, and comfort.
I often make holsters with a double clip on back. I have found this system works exceptionally well for tucking the weapon in close to you and makes it easy to remove without taking the belt off. Many people at first are worried the clips are not strong enough UNTIL THEY TRY MY CLIPS. Please see my page on the clips. I warranty the clips for life if you should ever bend one. You won't.
How secure are they? I was in a very bad motorcycle accident while wearing a Smith and Wesson model 629 .44 Magnum. I was wearing a holster similar to this one with two clips and a thumb break. While I broke 15 bones and nearly died, the gun stayed on my side and received no damage at all. Of the many bones I broke, I snapped my femur in half from the impact.
Currently I can put the Ruger, Smith & Wesson, FN, and Beretta logos on gear.
You will see many styles of holsters on my website. You are not limited to these designs. If you have a particular style in mind, but would like to have it made better than a mass produced piece, just let me know. Anything is possible.
Walther P22 with laser mounted and also allows one to use the holster with a suppressor on the weapon.
Full flap cross draw for Smith & Wesson 3-inch K-frame. Matte finish light brown.
Browning Hi Power full flap holster. While not expedient, it will completely protect your side arm in the field.
The holster is fully lined and no metal touches the firearm. It is protected from the front so dirt and debris cannot enter the holster if on a motorcycle, quad, or horse.
Smith and Wesson 686
Bond Arms Derringer without trigger guard.
Ruger Vaquero "Holy Smoker"
Ruger Bearcat "Shopkeeper"
Fancy shoulder rig for 4 inch 1911 with spare magazine and knife sheath.
Sig Sauer P238
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Smith & Wesson model 28 "Highway Patrolman" with 6 inch barrel.
Beretta PX4 Storm in Mahogany.
New York reload. I make what the customer wants!
Western rigs are a speciality. Whether you want a period authentic rig or a "Hollywood" rig, I can make an heirloom quality piece for you. Check out the Western Rig page.