Leather: Still a Good Idea for Firearms

holster2-234x300 My fellow trainers note that some people eschew leather and have never even owned a holster that was not plastic. These people are missing out on one of the finer parts of firearms carry!

While I am biased toward leather for my CCW needs, I do use Kydex for my duty rig. I have also used many of the major manufacturers’ offerings with great success and highly recommend them if they fit your carry needs.

  • Things I like about leather holsters:

  • The feel and smell of leather. Sure, I’m an old romantic at heart—I just love the smell and feel of nice leather.
  • Leather is easy to care for—a quick wipe down is all that’s needed. (Look for an article on leather care in the future.)
  • Leather is quiet: there’s no loud “snick” during the presentation.
  • Long term comfort. When broken in, leather has that “feel” that is not achieved by synthetics.

  • Things I like about leather rifle slings:

  • The feel when going into a slung shooting position is so much better than the synthetic offerings.
  • Field carry is very comfortable.
  • When shopping for a leather holster, figure out what your specific needs are. Try your friends’ holsters. See what works for you. Hit the range and try everything. Remember that one holster might not suit all your carry needs. I wear an OWB in the winter, an IWB in the summer, and can be found with different rigs on at other times depending on my mission.

holster1 How do you choose a holster maker? Many people are making holsters and are offering some quality gear for decent prices.

When contacting a holster maker, consider it a long-term relationship for your defensive needs. You are entrusting him with your life. Make sure he is aware of this and has a background in defensive use of firearms. You don’t want a leather worker who makes holsters in his spare time.

Interview the maker with specific questions about your needs. If he does not offer what you need, ask him to recommend someone who does. Oftentimes we holster makers are in touch with others whom we like and who can assist in finding the correct leather for you.

Don’t forget eBay, Gunbroker and online forums for finding a holster. I have found some superb deals online.

Do ask holster makers about cancellations. Some customers will cancel orders, leaving a “hole” in the maker’s schedule. He can easily put your name on a rig, cutting the wait for a custom holster. I keep a couple of slots open each week for soldiers/police/shooting class attendees for this sole reason.

Leather for firearms is not just my business, it’s my passion. I look forward to sharing more on this topic with PDN readers in the future.

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4 Responses to “Leather: Still a Good Idea for Firearms”
  1. amacro

    I’m waiting on an andrewsleather holster for my colt cobra I called and they had an “opening” so will be receiving it in less than 1 week-I also like the feel of leather and having a colt cobra makes me somewhat of a romantic – hey I’m allowed valentines day is tomorrow-anyway my gun is blued and I’ve heard -urban legend?- that leather will cause wear marks on guns
    Thanks for the article
    Al

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    • Eliane

      ok and let the lady check my bag. When she started to look I exlaniped to her that my handgun was kept in there and I did have a permit for it, all of a sudden she starts pushing me toward the door saying there were to many kids in the store and nobody could come in her store with a gun. So I exlaniped to her that it was my right to carry and her words were that’s not my law, I didn’t vote for it . I’ve called there corporate office and there suppose to call me today. Please let me know what you think about this. thanks

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  2. Daniel

    Unfortunately, I remember when Kydex first appeared on the holster market. I purchased one for a Model-39 and tossed it soon after. I suppose if I had a plastic gun it would be easier for me to embrace. It does offer benefits that are practical, but I’ll stick with leather until my carry days’ are over.

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    • Alexa

      no your not allowed to cary a ferraim in any public place like wal mart or any parks and u can not carry a fire arm around any schools. and u can not go into any A B C stores either.Under state law, permit holders are not allowed to carry guns into courtrooms, businesses serving alcohol, school grounds .also if u r stop by the police and u have it on you you have to tell them right then and there

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