Sticky This Holster List

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  1. LoneOak

    LoneOak XDTalk 100 Member

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    This is the best list I can make of Holster Manufactures and Distributors on the internet. When I post it there are 87 businesses listed. I delibertely left out the links that just lead you to more links, those aren't any fun. When I post this all the links work but if you find one that doesn't send me a PM and I will fix it or remove it. If you know of any other manufactures let me know and I will add them asap, I would like to eventually purge the huge distributors from the list and make the list more about the guys and gals that make holsters for me and you to enjoy.

    AKJ Concealco LLC

    Aker Leather

    Alfonso’s Gunleather

    Andrews Custom Leather

    Art Of the Hide

    Azrael’s Custom Leather

    Bell Charter Oak Custom Holsters

    Bianchi

    Blade-Tech Industries

    Blackhawk

    Bluegrass Holsters | Welcome to Bluegrass Holsters

    Brigade Gun Leather

    Brommeland Gunleather

    Bullman Gunleather

    D.M. Bullard Leather Mfg

    Cheaper Than Dirt!

    Cobra Gunskin

    Comp-Tac.com

    ConcealCity.com

    CondorsFlight.com

    Coronado Leather

    C. Rusty Sherrick Custom Leather Works

    CrossBreed Holsters

    CW Cases

    Del Fatti Leather

    DeSantis Holster & Leather Goods

    Don Hume Leathergoods

    Donner Gunleather

    Edge Custon, Inc.

    El Paso Saddlery Co.

    Fist, Inc.

    Fobus Holster

    Galco

    Gould & Goodrich

    Graham Custom Gun Leather

    Grandfather Oak Custom Carry

    Grassburr Leather Works, Inc.

    GunAccessories.com

    GunnersAlley.com

    Hedley Holsters

    Haugen Handgun Leather

    H.B.E. Specialty LeatherWorks

    Hersey 4-Way Holster

    High Noon Holsters

    Hillsman Holster Company

    Hoffners Custom Leather Holsters

    Holster Heaven.com

    Horseshoe Leather Products

    Jagwear Concealment Holsters

    JSHolsters Armory

    J. W. O’Rourke Leather Products

    Kirkpatrick Leather Holsters

    K&D Holsters, Custom Gun Leather

    Kramer Handgun Leather

    K.L. Null Holsters, LTD.

    Ky-Tac Premier Kydex Gear

    Law Concealment Systems, Inc.

    Leather Creek Holsters

    Little Feather Leather Works

    Lightning Arms Sports

    Mernickle Custom Holsters

    Mika’s Pocket Holsters

    Milt Sparks Holsters, Inc.

    Mitch Rosen Gunleather

    NM Holsters

    NOSSAR GUNLEATHER

    Pale Horse Leather

    PistolGear

    Pistol Packaging, Inc.

    PocketHolsters.com

    Python Holster Company

    Rafter S Gunleather

    Rays Holsters

    RM Holster Works

    R.O. Gunleather Holsters

    Security Pro USA

    SideArmor

    SmartCarry

    Southern Holsters

    Special Forces Gear

    Strong Holster

    Sunrise Leather

    Survival Sheath Systems

    Tauris Holsters. LLC

    Tennessee Holster Company, LLC

    Top Gun Supply

    The Holster Store.com

    Thunderwear: Holsters

    TSC Holsters

    Tucker Gun Leather

    UBG Holsters

    Uncle Mikes

    US Gunleather

    Wild Bills Concealment Holsters
     
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  2. JBHorne

    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    Jeez, I had no idea there were so many holster makers!!
     
  3. LoneOak

    LoneOak XDTalk 100 Member

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    One thing that is really surprising me about the list is the number of manufactures who are backlogged and are no longer taking orders till they can fill the ones they have. Some makers are backlogged 6 months or more. It appears with 80 +or- holster makers in the US that there is still a large number of folks that want holsters and can't get them due to the huge backlog of orders. All of the quality custom makers have delays of several weeks and sometimes months before they can ship an order. A lot of the more simple cheaper styles can be shipped in only a few days.

    I truly believe, even in our depressed economy, if you had a dozen or so people that were good leather craftsman, a good business plan along with a couple good unique designs, you could develope a viable business that would make you and your employees a comfortable living in a very short period of time.

    I'm losing my job beginning in 2009 so If anyone wants to start a new business making holsters, let me know if you need a hardworking employee that is a "jack of all trades' and I will help you out all I can.
     
  4. Bluegrass Holsters

    Bluegrass Holsters Official Site Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    Greetings! Don't forget about Bluegrass Holsters for your list.

    To address some of your comments there are a few factors to consider, and I think it will be somewhat universal. To understand the situation you must remove from the holster buying population those who "want it now" as they will never be fully served in a custom market. This is where Galco, Aker, DeSantis, and other big makers come into play.

    Even if there were a street corner where I could go to hire someone to help in my shop, that would not be the entire problem solver. A large part of what I do entails turning out a product that I would be happy to give to someone....this means that the edges are burnished well, all the cuts are smooth and professional, the molding appropriate, the dyes and sealants are laid down well.....and this does not come without time invested in pattern development, testing and evaluation, or the quality of the leather.

    Even if I had someone in the shop to assist I would have to look over their shoulder constantly to make sure that nothing was missed....catching it too late in the game and the time spent up to that point is all wasted...and trust me, I throw away a goodly number that do not pass my standards. This can happen at any point in the process. To have another working in the shop would actually slow me down for quite some time as I would be monitoring their work and doing mine. It's one thing to have someone know how to use a tool, and another to know how to use it correctly and then have the experience to put it all into play. I have over 30 steps in the manufacturing of my holsters. Most of these are actual things that are being done to the holster during construction, and many are evaluation steps to decide if it continues or is restarted. As for simple holsters....nothing is really simple unless you are skipping some of the quality steps, short-changing the finishing process, etc.

    I hate backlogs, too, however, there really is nothing that can be done to avoid it. In my case I do not charge customers to be on the waiting list. I charge only when I am starting their holster. The time on the waiting list can be utilized by the customer to assure what they are looking for, which firearm they want in their holster, change their mind about color, or change holster designs. I have had all of the above occur during a customer's time on my list and I cheerfully accept their changes. In some cases I have made changes in mid-construction as I know that the "old" order can be something used later for another customer.

    Another factor to consider is that one-man shops have to try to find a balance between keeping orders rolling in, answering phones, making calls, writing and answering emails, and answering questions in forums such as this one. All of which makes for a long day....which brings up another factor to consider: prices are such that all of the above combined with the actual cost of materials and labor do not leave much room for profit. I make enough for me, but there would never be enough to share with another worker without raising prices.

    Here are a few pics of holsters that represent Bluegrass Holster products:

    First, the Mason-Dixon EC (extra cant) which is a convertible OWB to IWB holster. This one in cowhide....

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    This is the original prototype of the Horsehide Ghost Tuckable IWB:

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    We will be taking orders for Horsehide products shortly. I will offer the horsehide with the same quality and degree of molding available in my standard holsters.

    Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this forum. I will be happy to answer any questions.
     
  5. JBHorne

    JBHorne XDTalk 1K Member

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    Those are very nice holsters. Good work!
     
  6. Bluegrass Holsters

    Bluegrass Holsters Official Site Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    Thank you!
     
  7. LoneOak

    LoneOak XDTalk 100 Member

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    I added Bluegrass Holsters to the list. I like your Mason-Dixon OWB/IWB, I may have to get one of those for my Bersa Thunder 380. How much would that be?

    I'm posting this list in all the gun forums I currently roam around in. So far I have put it here in the XDTalk forum, the 1911Forum and GeorgiaPacking.org. I am going to share it with the CalGun folks and the forum at GON-GeorgiaOutdoorNews. If you know of any where else it should be posted go ahead and copy and paste away, just please give credit for the list to the LoneOak and make a small donation to or at least mention http://www,GeorgiaCarry.org.
     
  8. Bluegrass Holsters

    Bluegrass Holsters Official Site Vendor Supporting Vendor

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    Thank you....the MasonDixon is $80. You can pay more than that if you like, but it is not necessary! :cool:

    Take care and let me know if you have any questions.
     
  9. LoneOak

    LoneOak XDTalk 100 Member

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    Thanks for the Sticky Kermee!!!!! I put a lot of work into this list and I think it will be real useful for forum members for a long time to come. Thanks again for the Sticky!!:cool::cool::cool::cool:
     
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    D.M. Bullard, of course.
    dmbullardleather.com

    Has several models made specifically for every XD:

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    LoneOak XDTalk 100 Member

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    That is an extremely nice looking holster from TT Gunleather. I am going to try and get them added to my holster list in the next coupld days. I have the list on several forums and everyone should be able to get acquainted with such fine work. I wish I had of know about TTGunleather earlier.

    Beautiful stuff you got there ford truck guy!!
     
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    ford7379trucks XDTalk 100 Member Founding Member

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    thats one of his stock photos. ill try to post my 2 holsters
    . they look just as nice . the quality is out standing.
     
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    Hey guys dont forget garritysgunleather.com they have some awesome holsters too!
     
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    I was going to show my wife the exotics, ostrich, aligator, things like that, then I thought, no way, if she doesn't know the price she can't rag on me later about how much that holster cost,lol.
     
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    Uncle mikes should be taken off that list. It's all bottom end. I would not trust my life with there stuff.
     
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    I waited 6 months for a custom horsehide from High Noon Holsters (CZ 75B model). 6 months was a long wait, but I have no complaints about the holster, it really is perfect.

    I'm still waiting on my order from Blue Grass Holsters (HK P7 model). Ordered in Oct., so I'll probably still have to wait a few months. Very much looking forward to it though. I don't really have problems waiting (or paying) if it's quality work. If you think about it, you really only need to buy one quality holster for the life of each firearm.

    Although, it is quite tempting to call and find out the status of an order, (I haven't done it yet as I know it only slows down production time), but dang I'm anxious :D
     
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    Is that a compact 9?
    How well does this holster hold and release? How does it print and have you tried multiple styles?
    BTW I live in East TN near Sevierville. And U?
     

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