Thad Rybka (or “TR” as his friends call him) is a one-man band. He told me once, “I’ve always been a one-man shop and plan to stay that way.” He can’t be answering the phone every five minutes and still craft high-quality holsters so you’ll need to write to him. Yup. TR’s leather is true, custom, handmade gear, and his rough-out design doesn’t show daily wear and tear nearly as much as other designs. You’ll see, if you’re smart enough to order something.

The gun rides in the smooth side of the leather, and without any liner, the holster is a tad lighter too. I’ve worn Thad’s holsters for many days, all around the world, and it holds the gun safely and remains comfortable even on long treks. TR’s attention to detail results in immaculate detailing, with the gun fitting perfectly. I have several cross-draw, rough-out holsters Thad designed for Ruger and Freedom Arms revolvers and each one fits the revolver, literally, like a glove.

TR can also personalize a holster, and he recently made a cross-draw holster for me for Ruger’s Single-Seven with an UltraDot micro red dot optic. This handsome, natural brown rig is really nice and I wear it frequently while attending to daily farm tasks. The little revolver fits the holster perfectly and as an added bonus, it’s eye-pleasing to boot.