Jason Winnie Holsters
The illegal alien who blew the red light and T-boned my freshly waxed patrol car changed my life forever. There are many things I loved to do I can’t anymore. For a dyed-in-the-wool adrenalin junkie, I’ve been forced to lead a much mellower life than I’d like to.
After the crash, I also lost the ability to carry an inside-the-waist-band holster (IWB), as the pressure on my lower back would cause my leg to go numb. I’m proud to report I can now carrying IWB again, and I give the credit to three things: Russian Kettlebells, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. The Kettlebells have made my whole body stronger, and the time in the dojo has also made me strong and flexible. My back isn’t healed by any stretch, it still hurts some days, but I can carry my Glock IWB all day now — with a good holster. Which brings us to Jason.
I met Jason Winnie at this year’s SHOT Show in January. I was running to another appointment, when Roy grabbed me and introduced us. Our conversation continued a few weeks after SHOT via telephone, where I got to know a lot more about Jason and what drives him to make the best possible holsters and accessories he can.
Jason grew up watching his grandfather make holsters, and when he was old enough he started working in the factory. Jason didn’t like just doing one thing all day, every day; he preferred the time he spent working one-on-one with his granddad on complete projects. Did I forget to tell you Jason is the grandson of Don Hume? Yeah …that Don Hume. As in Don Hume leather, as in famous leather-guy. This is something Jason is very proud of, and he works very hard to live up to the standards he learned from Don.
He’s now set out to build his own reputation, and wants his products to speak for themselves. Jason told me his grandfather was obsessed with quality, and believes that same obsession was passed on to him. “I want people to say I make good stuff … I have to do it on my own. This is why my shop’s motto is ‘A tradition of quality.’”
Rather than sending just a holster for me to try, Jason suggested a system of belt, mag pouch and holster. This way there was no weak link. We both agreed the belt is the most important part and starting point of any carry system. Jason’s double-layer, 1½” belt was surprisingly supple right out of the box. It required no breaking-in period to feel comfortable.
By Sammy Reese
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