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Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Red Cent, Jun 27, 2014.

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  1. Red Cent

    Red Cent Member

    May 20, 2010
    McLeansville, NC by way of WV SASS 29170L
    Got a couple of questions. Think about them please. It is important to me.

    When you shop for a holster does the boning/detail work influence your decision? Does the trigger guard and the slide/cylinder have to be totally outlined to make up your mind?

    Does a general molded but not detailed outline of the handgun OK?

    I won't touch on price because after reading some of the posts I may have to double prices to compete:evil:
  2. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    NW Florida
    I depends.

    I don't have a problem with the less detail on say a Kramer holster http://www.kramerleather.com/productDetail.cfm?productID=10&categoryID=24

    or a Simply Rugged Cuda http://shop.simplyrugged.com/ecommerce/Cuda-.cfm?item_id=407&parent=669

    or a Rosen Express line http://www.mitchrosen.com/products/express-line/

    vs the full detail boning of something like Rosen's regular line http://www.mitchrosen.com/products/holsters/belt-holsters/

    However, I notice the lack of detail on holsters such as the Galco Tuck-N-Go


    or the High Noon Mr. Softy http://www.highnoonholsters.com/Product_Line/_Mr_Softy/_mr_softy.html

    The difference is the first group of holsters, while not showing the full detail boning, have excellent reputations for retention and stability. The Galco and High Noon are clearly soft bodied holsters that one would expect to have little rigidity or retention.

    A new maker, with no boning to his holsters (actually it would apply to any new maker regardless of how well his holsters are boned), would need to have some strong recommendations from users indicating their holsters are solid before I'd spend money on them.

    There are lots of options available to the holster buyer. There would need to be some reason to buy something from a new maker over well established makers. It could be almost anything though. You could deliver a product faster, or a unique design, or a better looking product, or for somewhat of an oddball gun not covered by other makers, or a better customer service experience. There is a lot of competition in the holster business, but there are still a lot of opportunities to fill a need in the market.
  3. Old Dog

    Old Dog Member

    Aug 11, 2004
    somewhere on Puget Sound
    Yes, quite often ... For some of my handguns, I much prefer a good-looking, quality holster.
    Pretty much, especially if it contributes to a good fit for the piece and good retention characteristics.
    Okay for a functional, working holster -- as JTQ noted, with a Kramer horsehide holster, meant to be durable and protect the gun, yep.

    But I suspect some of the reasons that many of us favor leather over Kydex is that we appreciate a classy, quality, fitted look ...
  4. Greg528iT

    Greg528iT Member

    Mar 10, 2010
    Since I have started making my own holsters, and thus deciding how much detail to bone into them or not, I've come to the conclusion that highly detailed boning is like a varyation on traditional leather work or stampings. Call detail boning the new basket weave or sheridan carving. I admire it for the work required but it is not everyones fancy. I like all 3, or I should say all 4. Plain / smooth, basket weave, Sheridan, and Detail boned.
  5. The Lone Haranguer

    The Lone Haranguer Member

    Jul 30, 2006
    Johnson City, TN
    It looks great, no doubt, but functionally, highly detailed molding to every contour of the gun is superfluous. As long as the gun doesn't slip around in the holster, yet still allows a smooth draw without excessive effort, that is sufficient. I'm very pleased with this High Noon "Public Secret" IWB for my CZ75D Compact:



    Its retention, which can be "fine tuned" with the tension screw, is enough so the gun doesn't slip around while inside it and will even hold the gun when turned upside down, yet the draw is easy. The smooth outer contours are comfortable against my body with less poking, prodding or gouging, which is important because of where I wear it:


    The bottom line for me: nice but not necessary.
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