Good guns, especially the treasured ones, deserve good quality custom holsters. Some deserve something that’s handmade and one-of-a-kind.
Thankfully there are many skilled artisans capable of building bespoke holsters of all kinds — appendix carry holsters (AIWB), concealed carry holsters (CCW), IWB and OWB (Inside the Waist Band and Outside the Waistband), even gorgeous Western holsters for sixgun loves and CAS/SASS shooters. Here are 3 such craftsmen.
1. Bitter Root Gunleather; Victor, MT.
Bitterroot gunleather all-black custom River Access style holster for Appendix Carry (AIWB); “roughed-out main, smooth RP and belt loops, hand-tooled with a bordered basket weave pattern. This bespoke AIWB leather holster was built for a J Frame snubby owner in Texas.
A custom River Access AIWB leather holster (Appendix Inside the Waist Band) in “pooled sequoia” (the color pattern), with white thread. This one’s for a CZ 2075 RAMI.
This Black Panther adorned Summer Sunset style concealed carry IWB light-bearing holster is for a full-sized SIG SAUER P320 with Romeo optic and WML (Surefire X300 in this case) attached. The superhero’s face is hand-tooled and handpainted onto the nerve pad there at the bottom. It also features orange thread for MS awareness.
Tumalo Kid style custom leather revolver holster in hand-dyed black.
This SASS-suitable (or old school sixgun open carry suitable) holster is on a 3.5 in. wide Buscadero belt that has been hand-laced for your bullets. “We don’t sew loops. We do them old-school…punch the slots and wet weave snug and dry. [It] takes more time but is fail-proof and authentic to the period.
Circle KB A1 Quickdraw style gunleather (also for SASS shooters or “old school sixgun”open carry). This has been hand-tooled, finished in hand-dyed mahogany, then set with Buckaroo Silver Berry Conchos.
“I got two guns, one for each of ya.” A1 Quickdraw Classic, unlined, made with a single layer of leather. Even more suitable for CAS (Cowboy Action Shooting) and SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) shooting, since there’s likely not much demand for dual-wielding revolver open carry these days.