Gould & Goodrich
G&G’s “Open To Two Slot Holster” is a member of their “Gold Line” and shows
it with quality workmanship, final finish and design.
Classic American-Made Style
Sammy’s off gallivanting around, so I’m taking his slot this month. It’s fun too, because in the middle 1990s to early 2001, I wrote this very column in Handgunner when I was a lowly free-lance writer. We called it Handgun Leather then, because we dealt mostly with leather rigs. Today, things are different, with Kydex and such, but most of us still find ourselves reaching — sometimes in spite of other options available — toward the traditional.
But first a story.
When I retired from the police department in 1998, I went to work for a big holster company. Learned a lot there, and I also made a good friend, Mike Favazza. Mike is old-school production, hands-on, and ran the shop fairly, but with a firm hand. Holsters made it out on time, on spec and well inspected. If Mike wasn’t busy with production issues, I could always find him at a bench somewhere helping to make holsters and accessories, elbow-to-elbow with the staff. He wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty, and knew the business from the ground up.
When that company had some big changes occur, Mike left and got snapped up by Gould & Goodrich. Today, Mike is their general manager, and when he approached me at the last SHOT Show and showed me what G&G was doing, I knew it was good stuff — since Mike was in charge. It was nice to get reconnected with an old friend, and to see great, production leather is still possible, especially when it’s 100 percent made in the USA!
The pocket holster, IWB rig (top) and belt slide with thumb break (black leather)
all fit neatly into niches needed by people who carry handguns daily.
Design is an intemperate master. When you nail it, it’s obvious; and it’s just as obvious when you don’t. You may think the old adage about minimalism being the key element of good design is a saying out of date — but you’d be wrong. When you assemble exactly the correct number of parts to perform the task, no more and no less, you strike a chord that resonates. Look at the pictures here. The sound you hear is a chord striking softly, and there’s a reason for that.
Take the Open Top Two Slot Holster which, by the way, is not only a classic design, but brought to life by G&G simply and with a minimum of fuss. If you carry a serious handgun, for serious duty, this is the sort of holster you want. Brawny enough to do the job, but light and styled in such a manner to not be a burden while that job’s getting done.
The Belt Slide Holster With Thumb Break is a sort of “let’s build on the open holster” idea. It’s also likely no mistake the simple names of the holsters tell the story of what they do — a novel idea, if you ask me. Read the holster name and you know precisely what it’s for. Is that part of the design element? Maybe it is.
The Low Profile Belt Slide Holster is one of my favorites. At less than $20, it does virtually any job needed with autos, from a 1911 down to a Beretta Tomcat. It’s the “outside” of the holster, and your belt supplies the “inside.” Remarkable if you ask me. And it works. I have one on as I type this and have been wearing it daily for weeks with a Kimber Solo in it. Talk about minimalist.
The Low Profile Belt Slide holster (left) and Belt Slide Holster
(right) might handle 99 percent of your needs.
A Couple More
The Inside Pants Holster is just that. With due respect to Milt Sparks and company, this is like that, but a bit different, with a backing “rise” to help keep pinching to a minimum, and protect the gun from sweaty bodies at the same time. G&G’s Belt Slide Holster is a, um … belt slide holster, but more complete than the Low Profile model. A “complete” holster in it’s own right, with two belt attachment points. If you can say “small-frame” and “revolver” in the same sentence, then you’ll like it.
And last, but by no means completing G&G’s lineup, is the Pocket Holster which, in this case, also handles small-frame revolvers of most sorts. Don’t drop ‘em into your pocket without a pocket holster, and do it this way for less than $20. G&G is also world famous for their entire line of leather police duty gear, and lots of other accessories, approaching the too many to count category.
The most expensive holster listed here costs around $70 at retail, with the $20 to $45 variety plentiful too. Being 100-percent American-made, affordable, stylish and smartly designed, I honestly don’t see how you can beat G&G if you’re looking for this sort of a thing. Say hi to Mike F. when you call. But he’ll likely be answering the phone with leather stain on his fingers and wearing a dirty apron. And that’s a good thing.
For more info: www.americanhandgunner.com/gould-and-goodrich, (800) 277-0732
By Roy Huntington