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Who's your favorite holster maker?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Marko Kloos, Jan 30, 2005.

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Who's your favorite holster maker?

  1. Galco - Making high quality knockoffs since the 1970s

    26 vote(s)
    7.2%
  2. Uncle Mike's - Nylon sausage sacks are plenty good enough.

    8 vote(s)
    2.2%
  3. DeSantis - Mexican cardboard leather for me!

    7 vote(s)
    1.9%
  4. BladeTech - I like plastic holsters for plastic guns.

    12 vote(s)
    3.3%
  5. Don Hume - decent leather at Uncle Mike's prices.

    27 vote(s)
    7.5%
  6. Mitch Rosen - I have plenty of extra paychecks to blow.

    9 vote(s)
    2.5%
  7. Milt Sparks - I don't mind waiting four months for quality.

    94 vote(s)
    26.2%
  8. Bianchi - just like Galco, really.

    11 vote(s)
    3.1%
  9. Fobus - Israeli "combat-proven" riveted plastic.

    9 vote(s)
    2.5%
  10. Safariland - cop gear all the way, baby!

    3 vote(s)
    0.8%
  11. CompTac - like BladeTech, only they don't break as fast.

    26 vote(s)
    7.2%
  12. Sidearmor - the best way to make a Glock even thicker in the waistband.

    2 vote(s)
    0.6%
  13. Alessi - you're not a gun snob until you're also a holster snob.

    34 vote(s)
    9.5%
  14. Other - write in that "Plavitz Custom" garage shop leather.

    91 vote(s)
    25.3%
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  1. farscott

    farscott Member

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    I like Kramer and Milt Sparks. BTW, Sparks wait time was about eight weeks in December. I ordered a VM-2 for my wife's S&W M65LS in October, and I had it before Christmas.
     
  2. tlhelmer

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    You left off HighNoon Holsters!
     
  3. PCRCCW

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    Well....this is a great thread.

    Gary Brommeland
    Lou Alessi
    Mark Garrity
    Josh Bullman
    Matt Delfatti
    ......................
    Can I vote for me? If not, my wife will :evil:

    Shoot well.........
     
  4. TheDutchman

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  5. enfield

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    So far I like Kramer the best, but I haven't tried all of the others yet (just a sizable chunk of them).
     
  6. SLCDave

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    Am I the only one that likes FIST holsters?
     
  7. Puppy

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    I am surprised no-one has mentioned Ross Leather.
     
  8. SAG0282

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    I'm sold on BladeTech. For my plastic guns no less. :)
     
  9. Bullet Bob

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    El Paso Saddlery, plain and fancy:

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  10. dairycreek

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    Eric Larsen of HBE

    I have ordered and received two holsters from Eric for my CZ pistols. They are simply elegant, quality pieces. Can't praise his work highly enough. ;)
     
  11. MacPelto

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    Nope, +1 for FIST.

    Mac
     
  12. usp_fan

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    I've got 2 custom holsters now. 1 from san pedro saddlery and 1 from HBE leatherworks.

    Since they do different things for different guns, I can't say one is better than the other. Both are very well made and make me happy when I see them.

    Here is my review of the HBE COM 3 I recieved for christmas.

    --usp_fan
     
  13. mtnbkr

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    Production, off the shelf leather: Galco or Don Hume

    Handmade: RafterS. I liked the holster they made for my GP100 enough to buy a holster and matching belt for my Kahr K9. The best part? The combo wasn't any more expensive than production leather, even after upgrading to Sharkskin.

    I'd be happy with Galco or DH, but most of the time, the belt loops are too large. I wear a 1.5" belt and they like 1.75" loops that are extra wide as well. Once I lose a little more weight, I want to try a Milt Sparks Watch Six or Comp-Tac CTAC for my K9.

    BTW, how comfortable is kydex for IWB?

    Chris
     
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    Favorite holsters

    Sam Andrews- Andrews Custom Leather-Alachua, Fl.

    Kevin Manley- K&D Holsters- Plant City,Fl.
     
  15. Doug Add

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    I have used and would buy again:

    Kirkpatrick Leather Company

    Rafter S Gunleather

    But so far I actually have bought again from these two:

    Tucker Gunleather

    I have a Texas Heritage for both the SIG P228 and the Ruger SP101. Tucker is my favorite IWB holster maker.

    High Noon Holsters

    I had a Sky High for the Browning Hi Power, and currently have a Slide Guard for the SIG P228. High Noon is my favorite OWB holster maker.
     
  16. 71Commander

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    I've had just about all of them. Now when I get a new gun and need a holster it's a decision between Alessi, Fist or HBE. Maybe a Wild Bill's. Their paddle holster is the nicest paddle I have ever worn. I can sleep in it and not be disturbed.
     
  17. TheEgg

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    Concealment leather -- for steel guns, Milt Sparks.

    Concealment plastic -- for plastic guns, Comp-tac

    For western fun -- El Paso.
     
  18. JeepDriver

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    I have Blade Tech's for all my guns and have been very happy with them.

    I use Balde Tech holsters for IPCS production division as well as every day carry. In fact they are the only type of holster I own
     
  19. Jay Kominek

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    High Noon Holsters!
     
  20. Brasso

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    El Passo Saddlery.
     
  21. Smoke

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    Third vote for Tucker Gunleather.
     
  22. shooter58

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    Yes! I was wondering if anyone would ever mention El Paso Saddlery. I personally think they make some of the finest holsters on the market.
    I also like: Lou Alessi
    Bianchi
    Don Hume
    Milt Sparks
     
  23. McCall911

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    In general I like Galco, but certainly not all of Galco's prices. I have a dandy Galco shoulder holster, I think now discontinued, which fits my CZ-75. Originally it was intended for the Tanfoglio CZ knockoff, the TZ-75, and others of the same ilk.
     
  24. Treylis

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    I have hundreds of bucks of Milt Sparks gear and it's worth every penny.
     
  25. denfoote

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    Used holsters

    Actually, most of my holsters were found in the "used" bin at by local gunshop!!

    I found a just broken in Kramer belt scabbard for my full size 1911 and a DeSantis #2 for my commander clone!! Both were had for $5 ea.!!

    A "no name" IWB for $1 fit my PPK/S to a tee.

    A soft leather Galco IWB does my J-frame right. That was had for $10.

    Whenever a gun came in as a trade or was purchased, used, the holster was stripped off and tossed into that bin!! I got in the habit of gravitating over to it as soon as I entered the shop! My watchfullness paid off!! ;)
     
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