Leather Holsters: Pocket, Pancake, Concealed Carry Handgun Holsters


Leather holsters are important whether you’re carrying a concealed weapon or you’ve got yours on your hip in full view of all the anti-gun nuts out there. Having the right kind of holster is of vital importance as anyone will tell you who has ever tried to get their weapon clear in time to fire it. An ill-fitting holster could mean the difference between life and death.

The Advantage Goes to Leather

Much has been said over the debate revolving around leather vs. plastic gun holsters and for many the jury is still out. Not only does leather look great, but it wears less on the finish of your gun. It’s also more comfortable than kydex or other materials that don’t form fit to you or your gun.

Leather gun holsters are much more versatile and there are so many more variations for leather holsters. There are about as many different ways to carry your gun as there are gun owners and it’s much more likely that there will be a leather holster that works for what you need for your situation.

Having a leather holster is a thing of pride. Unlike a Kydex or other type of holster your leather one has a character of its own and fits perfectly to your gun, and yours alone.

The Importance of a Good Fit

If you’re just carrying your gun around with no thought of ever using it in a self-defense situation then your holster, the size, placement, shape, and materials are not such an issue. On the other hand, if you ever have to draw your gun in haste, you’ll thank your lucky stars you took the time and spent the money to buy a good leather one.

A perfect fit is a must. Too loose will get the gun jostled around and possibly fall out or be out of position when you need to get to it fast. One that’s too tight means you’ll struggle trying to get it out while your opponent is firing at you. Fit is everything and looks are second.

Best Makers

There are numerous super high quality leather gun holster makers and you can find many of them doing demos on YouTube. Keep in mind, leather handgun holsters are all custom made to fit certain guns and specific models. The wrong holster could be fatal. Here are a few good holster makers.

  • Brigade Gunleather
  • Jeffery Custom Leather
  • Diamond D Holsters
  • Side Guard Holsters

Leather Holsters Not Just for Men

Conceal and carry holsters are not just for men anymore. Plenty of ladies carry their own protection now, and for good reason. No one should be dependent on someone else for their protection. Many custom holster makers use multi-colored holsters for a feminine touch. They are still the same high quality holsters as the men’s are, and just as functional.

You Get What You Pay For

Don’t get a leather holster until you can really afford one. Expect to spend from $150.00 and up. A good holster will mold to your gun and your body and should always be worn in the exact same position.

The last thing you want to do in a self-defense situation is to be searching around for your gun. You should be able to reach and draw without giving a second thought to it. A good holster will hold your gun securely and you can still draw from it without your firearm sticking.

Break your holster in before you start carrying it as your only method of self-defense. Get used to it. Get used to how stiff the leather strap is that is holding your gun in. Know how much effort you have to put in to unsnap the guard.

You do not want to be fiddling around with your gun when some guy has his pointed at you. And finally get your gun before your holster because your holster should be made custom for your gun.

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