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Who makes your favorite functional holsters?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Tony_the_tiger, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Tony_the_tiger

    Tony_the_tiger Well-Known Member

    Hello all,

    I have done business with several quality holster craftsmen and woman over the years. Many are beautiful but not functional, functional but not beautiful, both or neither. Some are great but end up in drawers, some pierce you in the side like a a roman spear, and others find themselves seeing use because they just can't be kept down.

    So I thought I would take this opportunity to share some of my favorite holsters that are functional and comfortable enough to see rotation down here. I invite you to do the same.

    IWB/OWB: I have to give credit to Ray Cory at Lobo Gun Leather for making 2 of my favorite holsters - an IWB for a S&W 296 snub and an OWB for a Ruger Sp101. Ray's holsters smell great, have lasting dye jobs, and do an excellent job retaining the weapon (maybe too excellent at first, but you can break them in very easily). Runner up to Simply Rugged for the sourdough pancake and crossbreed holsters for the supertuck. Both are good, but lobo wins here, for me.

    Pocket: I have tried several brands that I won't mention, but Bob Mika's Pocket Holsters will be my go-to purchase for any pocket holster. Not enough can be said about the service and commitment here. I have at least 6 of these for various models - he even made one for the Gp100 which is definately NOT going in my pocket. Still sees use on the GP when traveling in a case.

    Ankle: The winner for me is clear as well: Renegade holsters "cozy partner". You just have to try it to see how good it is.

    Classic: Ok, this one doesn't get much use because I don't own it yet, but I wanted to give a shout out to CraigC of the high road for making some of the best looking classic holsters I have seen. Looking forward to this rig for BBQ's and Hikes where the blackhawk can come along in Craig's cali slim jim. No comment on use yet but I will update when it comes.

    How about you?
  2. 460Shooter

    460Shooter Well-Known Member

    Simply Rugged and Elpasso Sadlery both make beautiful and practical holsters.
  3. BobWright

    BobWright Well-Known Member

    This Tom Threepersons from Craig (Graveyard Jack) has become my favorite:


    Bob Wright
  4. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Thanks guys, for the kind words. :)
  5. PistolPete45

    PistolPete45 Well-Known Member

    Hard choice but I guess I would go with my Galico shoulder rig . Depends on how you dress and what you do .. Driving and walking sitting in a restaurant.. I guess I like the shoulder rig the best .
  6. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    In mass produced holsters? Galco.

    As a 'custom maker' TrailRider Products. (Cowboy leather)
  7. tcj

    tcj Well-Known Member

  8. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Well-Known Member

    I like hunter for a good holster that's not prohibitively expensive.
  9. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    I've used Milt Sparks for IWB and Simply Rugged for OWB. There are other makers I'd like to get leather from but don't have the money yet.
  10. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Simply rugged and Mernickle, top notch
  11. Water-Man

    Water-Man Well-Known Member

    For a Kydex holster, my favorite is Raven Concealment Systems.

    There's a few I like in leather.
  12. LKLive13

    LKLive13 Well-Known Member

    I love my Galco King Tuk for EDC IWB. I don't really have the budget for some of the higher end all leather rigs but if I had to chose one of them it would be a Milt Sparks
  13. Centurian22

    Centurian22 Well-Known Member

    I've been amazed by the comfort, durability, and conceal-ability of my Aliengear IWB for my full sized semiauto. Didn't hurt that it was about $40 shipped.
  14. zerobarrier

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Aegis armory shield holster is also very comfortable. One of the few kydex IWB hybrid that allow you to use a flashlight with. I have one for my PX4 storm with viridian CTL light
  15. maxxhavoc

    maxxhavoc Well-Known Member

  16. kwil13

    kwil13 New Member

    Tucker Gunleather HF-1 is my favorite owb holster

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  17. chiltech500

    chiltech500 Well-Known Member

    I am going to agree with the OP Tony, for a reasonable price Lobo Gun Leather makes a nice product, I have a Tom Threeperson and a couple of pancakes for 1911's from Ray. I have a beautiful burgundy high grain horesehide pancake but for most practical uses I pull out a Lobo.

    I have not owned a Hunter, but have a cheap version they sell for revolvers at Cabelas coming today. The products in their catalog look quite well made. I want to look at Craigs products because I believe in supporting members.

    Have bought several mass production made holsters and they get the thumbs down from me.

    The best Kydex is the Silent Thunder from Garrett Industries. Leather lined and adjustable , I would not stick my nice metal gun in an unlined plastic holster. Plastic gun into plastic holster fine.
  18. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member

    I like DeSantis for functional factory holsters, along with some older Bianchi designs.
  19. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Well-Known Member

    I cheat... :eek:

    By making my own. If it doesn't come out right I have no one else to blame. On occasion I've made two or three before I got it "exactly right," but after that it's been good to go.

    Usually I don't do any tooling except possibly along the border (edges) because I tend to mold the leather around the gun. Tooling can cut some of the leather's fibers, and that isn't good for what I'm doing.
  20. armoredman

    armoredman Well-Known Member

    High Noon Holsters


    Slide Guard in bison hide for CZ P-09.

    Red Nichols, (by High Noon), Maltese Falcon for Browning Hi Power,


    Slide Guard for Kimber 1911


    Double Jeopardy IWB for CZ 2075 RAMI BD.


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