Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Who makes your favorite functional holsters?

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

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Tony_the_tiger

    Tony_the_tiger Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2011
    Messages:
    861
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2011
    Messages:
    6,144
    Location:
    The Land that Time Forgot
    Simply Rugged and Elpasso Sadlery both make beautiful and practical holsters.
     
  3. BobWright

    BobWright Member

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2014
    Messages:
    1,046
    Location:
    Memphis, Tennessee
    This Tom Threepersons from Craig (Graveyard Jack) has become my favorite:

    100_7124_zps7bddd2c7.jpg


    Bob Wright
     
  4. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,327
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Thanks guys, for the kind words. :)
     
  5. PistolPete45

    PistolPete45 Member

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2013
    Messages:
    275
    Location:
    NC
    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

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    14,889
    Location:
    Centennial, CO
    In mass produced holsters? Galco.

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

    tcj Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2012
    Messages:
    218
    Comp-tac
     
  8. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Member

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2014
    Messages:
    4,772
    Location:
    Middle Tn
    I like hunter for a good holster that's not prohibitively expensive.
     
  9. Valkman

    Valkman Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2003
    Messages:
    6,765
    Location:
    North Las Vegas, NV
    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
    • Contributing Member

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    792
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Simply rugged and Mernickle, top notch
     
  11. Water-Man

    Water-Man Member

    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2008
    Messages:
    2,350
    Location:
    N. Georgia
    For a Kydex holster, my favorite is Raven Concealment Systems.

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

    LKLive13 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2013
    Messages:
    211
    Location:
    Wichita KS
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2011
    Messages:
    1,234
    Location:
    Maine
    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
    • Contributing Member

    zerobarrier Contributing Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2013
    Messages:
    792
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2008
    Messages:
    815
    Location:
    SC Lowcountry
    Comp-Tac
     
  16. kwil13

    kwil13 Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2013
    Messages:
    3
    Location:
    Gulf Coast Alabama
    Tucker Gunleather HF-1 is my favorite owb holster
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 17, 2014
  17. chiltech500

    chiltech500 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2013
    Messages:
    534
    Location:
    N of Allentown PA
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    14,636
    I like DeSantis for functional factory holsters, along with some older Bianchi designs.
     
  19. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    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 Member

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Messages:
    16,769
    Location:
    proud to be in AZ
    High Noon Holsters

    Bisononthebelt1_zps4f5491e7.jpg

    Slide Guard in bison hide for CZ P-09.

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

    Nicholsholster12_zps42385e94.jpg

    Slide Guard for Kimber 1911

    KimberholsterwithKimber1logo.jpg

    Double Jeopardy IWB for CZ 2075 RAMI BD.

    IMG_3853_zps617f3580.jpg
     
  21. Sistema1927

    Sistema1927 Member

    Joined:
    May 21, 2004
    Messages:
    4,656
    Location:
    "Land of (dis)Enchantment"
    Functional? It depends on the function.

    For the field, banging about in the woods: Simply Rugged

    For IWB daily carry: Alien Gear

    For pocket carry: DeSantis

    For "I just want to put this G26 on and off easily": Fobus paddle holster

    For open carry with a bit of flair: El Paso Saddlery

    Like I said, it depends upon the function.
     
  22. JTQ

    JTQ Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2009
    Messages:
    5,656
    Location:
    NW Florida
    As far as functional goes, my favorite is my Raven Concealment Phantom. As far as kydex holsters go it is about as concealable as they come. They are also easy to draw from and reholster. It works well for the range or concealment.

    I can wear it OWB, and adjust the ride height or cant. I can also wear the same holster IWB with a variety of IWB attachments. If I could only have one holster, this would be the one.

    While this type of holster (there are lots of companies making similar designs) is mostly marketed to the "tactical crowd" they really are a great choice for those new to carrying. They allow you to try out a variety of different carry methods and positions with just the one holster.

    I forgot to post a link for those that may not be familiar with the product.


    http://rcsgear.com



    .
     
    Last edited: Jun 17, 2014
  23. Freakshow

    Freakshow member

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 2014
    Messages:
    28
    I like the IWB Alien Gear Holsters!
     
  24. Old Dog

    Old Dog Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2004
    Messages:
    4,746
    Location:
    somewhere on Puget Sound
    For IWB, the Milt Sparks VM-II rules.
    For OWB, I favor Kramer's Belt Scabbard (pancake style) in horsehide.
    For training (Kydex), Safariland's ALS.

    For the first holster I normally get just to have a holster for every new handgun purchase, due to availability and pretty good off-the-shelf quality -- Galco ...because I can generally find a Galco for everything in my local retail stores or order on-line and get it quickly.
     
  25. JERRY

    JERRY Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2003
    Messages:
    2,349
    Galco or DeSantis for the big boys. for the smaller ones there are a ton. Ken Null, Milt Sparks, and Don Hume to name a few.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page