This may be a dumb question but I am looking for a new holster for a Ruger sp101 talo with engravings, here's a pic: http://www.ruger.com/products/sp101DE/images/5764.jpg
I have holsters from mernickle with blonde python and one with stingray and a holster from simplyrugged with celtic design carvings. So what I am looking for is a nice holster to go along with this pretty pistol, that is similar but different from the ones I mentioned. I am opening to all types of exotic leathers as long as its not really expensive, no croc or alligator. I'd like to keep it around $150. I do not like the floral carvings but would be open to another type or style of carving, like animal images, bear in the forest, tiger in jungle, etc...
I also would like a matching speed loader pouch or speed strip pouch, I know that will be more money. Have not decided if I am going to use the speed strips or speed loaders yet.
I will carry it strong side OWB. I do like the simplyrugged holster because it can be carried strong side or crossdraw, it has 3 belt holes. I will carry it concealed as well as open.
Anyone here make or know someone that makes something like this?
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July 23, 2014, 08:20 PM
I am opening to all types of exotic leathers as long as its not really expensive, no croc or alligator. I'd like to keep it around $150.
I think you may find exotic leather's at $150 a pretty optimistic number.
Here is Andrews Leather's exotic catalog. Think closer to $200+. http://www.andrewsleather.com/exotic/exoticindex.html
Secret Squirrel is another http://www.secretsquirrelleather.com
If you want artwork, you may like Pure Kustom holsters http://www.purekustomholsters.com
Tucker Gunleather does some nice carving/stamping http://www.tuckergunleather.com
July 23, 2014, 11:03 PM
Thanks JTQ. That Andrews Leather's stuff looks awesome. I may have to wait a month to save up some extra cash to order from them. Looks like it will be an easy $400 with speed loader pouch or speed strip pouch if he makes them.
July 23, 2014, 11:09 PM
Here are a few holster makers & firms. Contact the company first & make sure you know how long it takes or what the delivery time(s) might be.
Some custom firms are back-logged due to sales/high demand.
Galco, Kirkpatrick Leather, Tex Shoemaker, Ted Blocker, Don Hume, El Paso Saddlery, Greg Kramer, Ken Null, Mernickle, Mitch Rosen, High Noon Holsters, R Grizle Holsters, Lawman Leather Goods, Milt Sparks, DeSantis, Alessi, Del Fatti.
I've seen a few exotic holsters; shark, rhino, hippo, elephant, elk, horse, boar.
Some look good, a few offer a slick look but also wear for years without any problems.
July 24, 2014, 05:25 PM
July 24, 2014, 06:19 PM
A showy gun or holster may look pretty, but it also attracks attention to those objects and the carrier. This could lead to theft or worse to same.
I prefer a well functioning, less conspicious weapon.
To each his own.
C'est la vie.
July 27, 2014, 01:01 PM
Check out www.dmbullard.com. Exotics, custom tooling, anyway you want it. I have two of his holsters. Great work.
July 27, 2014, 01:39 PM
Maybe instead of exotic leather, perhaps you can find an exotic maker.
If you get lucky you may find Hermann H. Heiser holster that fits your gun.
Maybe not though.
July 27, 2014, 02:19 PM
How about an exotic maker that uses exotic leather.
Nossar Gunleather http://nossargunleather.com
August 1, 2014, 09:53 PM
Do yourself a favor and look at R Grizzle Leather.
Great high quality leatherwork that is absolutely functional.
Really nice people too.
August 3, 2014, 09:32 AM
August 6, 2014, 01:02 PM
I did this rig for CraigC here on the forums, just the holster runs in your budget. My two personal favorites to work with are elephant and shark.
Ryan aka RGrizzle does some of the nicest exotic work I've seen anywhere, bar none.
Dan does great work as well: http://www.zlogonje.com/blog1.php