HOLSTERS

INSIDE, OUTSIDE AND EVEN UPSIDE DOWN CARRY OPTIONS

AlienGear’s ShapeShift Customizable Holster

The ShapeShift Modular Holster System seamlessly switches holster configurations
without any tools. You could say AlienGear’s holster designs are out of this world clever.

Keep Your Fancy Customs!

I gotta be me.” That’s good. We all should do that. Don’t just say it — do it! But know your “do it” attitude might not be someone else’s cup...
Read Full Article Mike "Duke" Venturino
Lawman Leather

Here’s a holster quiz for ya, trivia fans: Back in 1978, the late great Elmer Keith described somebody’s leather as “… the most comfortable holster...
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Purdy Gear

There’s a reason Karla Van Horne’s cowboy shooting alias is “Purdy Gear,” it’s because she makes, well … purdy gear.
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All Things 1911

I know, I know … more 1911 stuff? You bet. The design doesn’t die because it works, and Browning’s genius allows incremental improvements, each one...
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Off Duty Capability

Fueled by media hype, mass murders have led more of our guys and gals in blue to carry something more substantial than a vestigial micro-caliber while off-duty.
Read Full Article Massad Ayoob
CCW Tips: How, When and Why

When I lived on the high mountain with bears, wolves, cougars, along with an occasional rabid skunk, my Springfield Armory Range Officer was strapped on in...
Read Full Article Sam Fadala
Every Day Carry (EDC)

Everyday carry (EDC) gear options have exploded in recent years, offering fantastic innovation to those who like to be prepared — having the actual tools...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Galco Fits For GLOCK 43X/48

GLOCK released their single-stack, 10+1 9mm G43X and G48 models as the solution for a slimmer concealed carry pistol. While both pistols are built on the...
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Galco StukOn-U Pocket Holster

Great American Leather Company, better known as Galco, has been a leader and innovator in the industry for 45 years making classic leather and more modern...
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More Carry Options — Options

Our old friends from Alaska have come up with a bare minimalist holster fitting medium and large autos. Called the “Alaska EDC,”
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New Products Nov/Dec 2019...

CrossBreed Holsters teamed up with Naroh Arms to develop a line of Holsters for Naroh Arms N1 pistols.
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Crossbreed P365XL Holsters

In nature, being a survivor means being adaptable. Without changing mindset, tactics or whatever else life throws your way, you become stagnant and...
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Leather Mysteries

If you are moderately long of tooth, you might remember the classic Laugh-In line uttered by Artie Johnson: “Veerrry intieresstingk…!” I’ll admit...
Read Full Article Karla van Horne
GALCO KODIAK HUNTER

Okay, so let’s say you’ve invested $800 bucks or more in a fancy hunting revolver. Maybe put $500 worth of scope on it too. Then spent another $200 on...
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1791 Gunleather’s...

1791 Gunleather’s mission statement can be summed up as follows: “Our love and appreciation of the Second Amendment goes hand-in-hand with our passion...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Blackhawk’s New T-Series...

As a cop, I was trained to realize there would be a gun at every single call I responded to … my own. This sobering fact gave me a real respect for gun...
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How I Carry

I don’t always carry a Glock 26 in a shoulder holster, but when I do, it’s usually in a Diamond D Custom Leather rig. This good-looking, functional...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
VersaCarry Compound IWB...

The camp you subscribe to is telling of your character, or lack thereof. Obviously, the “other” camp is just plain ignorant about the subject matter,...
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Micro-Carry

First of all, this isn’t my fault. Editorial Director and fellow conspirator here, Mike Humphries, sent me a photo of a tiny NAA revolver in a pocket...
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Tauris Holsters

You want custom? I can do custom!” laughed Mike Taurisano. “As a matter of fact, it’s most of what I do, and what I love best!” Mike’s been making...
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The Virtually Unsnubbable...

Smith & Wesson’s J-frame -- what many consider the quintessential snub-nose revolver -- is virtually unsnubbable. That is, you can’t fault it for...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Comp-Tac “Warrior With...

Tactics aside, a pistol-mounted light is one of the most functional accessories you can add to your shooter. What’s better than having a light source to...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Holster Fun

The great new reference book on 20th century holster development entitled Holstory by R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty introduces us to the NYC school of...
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Nate Squared (N82)...

How you strap your shooter on is as personal as the type of underwear you wear, and … how often you choose to change them. Like our bloomers, comfort and...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Simply Rugged Holsters

As the story goes, Rob Leahy started making holsters at his kitchen table because he was having a difficult time finding the perfect fit for his S&W...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
Behind the Scenes: My...

As an online editor for FMG Publications I enjoy the privilege of being able to report to you the results of my tests of guns and gear. One of my favorite...

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What I Carry: Kahr Arms CM9

Living in a rural area finds me carrying a firearm in the truck on a daily basis. Our farm is just a few minutes' drive from our home and some type of gun...

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Roy's Daily Carry Gear

“What do we carry?” feature in Handgunner. In looking back, I wasn’t surprised to note my daily carry stuff has changed a bit.
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What I Carry: Mossberg’s...

I’ll be frank with you, I almost exclusively carry mid- to full-size pistols in an IWB holster rig when I leave the house. Is it a hassle? Is it a lot of...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
Clinger V2 Ultra-Conceal OWB

Can you say “thousands?” That’s how many different holsters and ideas are out there today. How do you make sense of it all? One way, is to look at it...
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Internet Gold

Over the past 10 years I’ve purchased many collectible holsters on internet auction sites. While most of these were rare finds, the most recent one was...
Read Full Article Bob Arganbright
Blackhawk! Italian Leather Rig

In a bit of an unexpected move, BLACKHAWK! is offering a modest line of very high quality Italian leather holsters. Showing great workmanship, excellent...
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Revolver Extras

Whenever I hear someone say, “Oh, revolvers? They’re dead …” I always think of the hundreds of letters I get from you wanting more about them.
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Holster Fun: The Pig Hunter

Hollywood holster maker Andy Anderson was an early handgun hunter. Naturally he used gun belts and holsters of his own design and manufacture. For handgun...
Read Full Article Bob Arganbright
Making Better — Even Better

Until I wrote this, I didn’t realize how much of a Smith & Wesson fan I am. I knew I had a lot of their guns and liked them, but it really struck home...
Read Full Article Michael Humphries
Two To Draw To

When kydex first appeared, the die-hard leather crowd (where I was firmly entrenched) sneered, jeered and dismissed. I was writing this column then and...
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Diamond D Leather

After meeting these great folks many years ago at a local gun show, I was struck by the sheer high quality of their work. Over the years I’ve used many of...
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1911 accoutrements

The 1911 platform is a labor of love, and every love relationship has its ups and downs — requiring maintenance. Owning a 1911 brings with it a choice of...
Read Full Article Aimee Grant
Holster How-To

This piece is for you idle-handed hooligans who enjoy the challenge and satisfaction of doing things yourselves. Ever made a shuck?
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Moss Custom Leather

Have you ever used a product and thought to yourself, “It’s not bad, but if it would just do this other thing, it would be great?”
Read Full Article T.C Fuller
Comp-Tac Evade Holster —...

Serving as vehicles for our guns, our holsters must safely carry, conceal and protect our pistols, while also making them accessible in a moment’s notice....
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Cross-Country Cast Bullet...

Without question, the humble cast bullet is my obsession in the shooting world. Molten lead alloy, poured into a particular mold, forming the shape we...
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Rob Leahy And Simply...

If you like guns, holsters and leather gear, along with workshops, dogs and great people, read on. While out in Arizona, I had a chance to catch up with Rob...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Something Old, Something New

I dare say anyone who’s experienced the pleasure of popping primers has some sorta’ semblance of a rootin’, tootin’, shootin’ “cowboy” in...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Every Day Carry

The commitment to carry a defensive gun daily is a significant one. If you’re new to it, you’ll soon find it can literally weigh you down. If you’re...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
BLACKHAWK! M-Boss...

The gun gurus at BLACKHAWK! have been busy. Never ones to rest on their laurels, they are constantly innovating, renovating and designing new gear to keep...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Madbo

Skeeter Skelton wrote several stories about a fictional character, Dobe Grant, derived from several of Skeeter’s friends, and to some extent, himself. One...
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Tenicor Velo AIWB Holster

Velo is a Latin verb meaning to hide, conceal or cover … everything we want while carrying a pistol. With Tenicor’s Velo AIWB holster, it’s a snap —...
Read Full Article Jeff "Tank" Hoover
Old West Reproductions...

While I was exploring different holster designs lately, looking for an option I needed, our Esteemed Editorship asked me if I’d tried any of Rick...
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G-code

I wrote my first column on holsters for Handgunner in the Jan/Feb 1997 issue. I’ve long ago lost count of the number of holsters and associated carry...
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Concealed Carry 101:...

Experienced gun carriers often joke among themselves about the “drawerful” of holsters they’ve accumulated over the years — and don’t use. You can...
Read Full Article Ralph Mroz
N82 Tactical Holsters

I’ve had the pleasure to watch this little company grow from a “Gee, we have an idea” stage to a company doing splendid work supplying honestly...
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Hiding Your Heater:

People can be ingenious when it comes to protecting their lives. There are dozens of ways of carrying a handgun, but what is important is if it works for...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Thad Rybka Holsters

Wouldn’t it be nice to purchase a product that would last forever? There’d be no need to send it back for warranty work or repair, and it’d look...
Read Full Article Mark Hampton
Hauling Heavy Hitters

Chest rigs and hunting handguns go together like ice cream and peach cobbler. Large, heavy hunting handguns can be a bit more challenging to carry than a...
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Blade-Tech

Around 1995, if memory serves, Tim Wegner founded Blade-Tech in his garage. A classic American success story — once invested with scads of hard work,...
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Affordable Carry Methods

I just turned 69, have been hunting and shooting for 62 of my 69 years, but never held, fired or owned a semi-auto handgun until approximately 10 years ago.
Read Full Article David Freeman
The How Not To Carry Mode

People have devised many ways of carrying a sidearm. Sometimes you may not have a choice; if your department or agency says this is how it’s done, you...
Read Full Article Dave Anderson
Viper Holsters

Some things coming across our desks often look like holsters, some even sorta’ act like holsters — until they wear out, lose the gun or just plain fail,...
Read Full Article Roy Huntington
Ankle Carry: Backup, Or...

"Having a gun” is, indeed, a good idea if you need one. People who carry guns for defense (or even sometimes because they have to, like cops), often...
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3 Skinny Holsters for 1...

I love three-inch barreled 1911’s and single-stack 9’s. Even though they can be a handful to hang on to and shoot, they’re skinny and super easy to...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Carry Options: Tote It Tips

Without further fuss or fiasco, let’s focus on a hand-full of our favorite go-to carry concepts. While this isn’t everything, we like to think it helps...
Read Full Article Aimee Grant
Historic Holsters

I’ve never seen a leather holster which was not interesting. A teenager in the 1950’s, I was captivated by the new adult TV westerns. My fascination...
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GrovTec Multi Fit Holsters

Keep it really simple but really effective with a GrovTec Multi Fit holster for your handgun. This belt slide is soft, light weight, but surprisingly...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
One 1911, Two Holsters,...

For many, “Summer carry” means snubbies, micro .380’s and single-stack 9’s. And rightly so. Smaller and lighter guns are easier to carry and hide...
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
Don Hume Front Pocket...

You can, and many prefer, to “drop a J-frame in a pocket” when heading out for a quick trip to the corner for gas or bread or whatever.
Read Full Article Mark Kakkuri
DeSantis Scorpion Holster...

For the concealed carry of a handgun I generally regard plastic holsters as those to be used when I need to put a holster on or off quickly and more than...
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Origins Of The New S&W...

“In 1947, after retiring from the regular army and moving to Mexico City, I formed a Mexican sales company for representation of American firearms and...
Read Full Article Michael Janich