FAQ

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ORDERS

The online store is able to handle variations to order most goods.  Payment is made by credit card or PayPal account.

For items highly customized, let me know what you’re looking for with the CONTACT page or an email.  Describe the items you are interested in or upload a file which shows or describes your interest.

Phone users, just send us your name and a phone number where you can be reached and a good time to call (or text) you.

Hermann Oak and Wickett & Craig tanneries, and only the best they have.

I also generally have chrome-tanned leathers from various suppliers for linings, pockets, and trim on projects such as handbags, wallets, and notebook binders.

A better question would  be, “Why do others price so much higher?”

In any item, you have quality of materials and quality of workmanship. That said:

  • I use the best American leather available – the top grade hides from the best tanneries.  And only the best cuts from those.  Others are not using better leather.
  • I design my own holsters – except a few vintage models I get asked to do, otherwise original.  I have actually seen people charging more than I do and using my design (while claiming it’s theirs of course).
  • DO NOT let me tell you how great my work is.  Set my work next to another and compare for yourself.

So what IS it “they” are charging you for?  Drying time?  The time they spend whipping up social media posts full of ‘hype’?  The payment on their new truck?

Here you’re billed based on the actual work involved.  I don’t bill for drying time, OR social media ‘hype’.  In fact, I don’t bill ‘time’ at all.  By that [supposed] logic, the slowest man would be paid the most.  I do not reward slowness, nor ask you to reward it.

I can.  Some times someone will send a picture of (or link to) a design available for purchase asking to have that same project made, which is usually fine.  Customers pick what they like and design time is reduced.

Since these commercially purchased patterns are used by other leather workers, it’s very easy to compare my work with that of others (with the same pattern).

I have carved quite a few designs by master craftsman Al Stohlman.  You can see some of the work produced by those patterns in the more leather section (and a few of the carved holsters).   If you’d like to see more examples of work I’ve done using these designs, just ask.

The concealed carry holsters available today are done with my designs.

Yes, I have made a range of leather articles.  Small key holders to wallets.  Checkbooks and clutch purses.  Handbags and notebooks – including Coast Guard charge books.

I’ll be adding photos as they are ready to upload, but feel free to ask about specific items – I may have some photos.

You can pay with a credit card or with a PayPal account in the online store (fast, safe, and membership not required).

If you are in the area and prefer to pick up your goods, cash is acceptable in person (only).

Most orders are custom orders.  It would not be possible to list all the variations possible, to say nothing of trying to stock every combination.

The photo galleries on this site show past work which you can have made or altered to suit.  I don’t just do “anything” in leather, but feel free to ask.

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HOLSTER INFO

Vegetable tanned suede leathers are acceptable for use as holster lining material.

For some reason, people sometimes think of ‘suede’ and ‘leather’ as different things.  ‘Suede’ is simply leather with the top layers removed – and often the new surface is buffed.

The issue for holster linings is the tanning of the leather.  Chrome tanned leather contains chemicals (chromium salts) that can react with a blued finish on a gun.  With composite materials and newer surface finishes, this is less of an issue than in the past.

Your holster is made with vegetable tanned leather and thus the inside IS vegetable tanned sueded leather without adding anything.  Veg-tan suede may be useful, for examples, if the user would like the holster made a bit thicker or for color contrast.

Check the Gun Models Holster Availability Page.  This list is not complete but I have these holster molds currently in hand.  I will make holsters for models not shown, though there may be a delay to obtain the proper holster mold.

Pistol manufacturers covered by my holsters include Bersa, Boberg, Bond Arms, Charter Arms, Colt, Glock, RIA, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, and more.

Actually the thickness is the same, but they do lay closer to the body than a 5050 ‘pancake’ holster.  That hype about pancakes being thinner has been told for years.  Because those ‘pancake’ holsters are so easy to design and make, most people who sell them don’t want to dispel the hype and thus discourage (inform) potential buyers.

Rocket science not required for this. With EITHER a ‘pancake’ holster (seam down the center) or a curved panel holster  (seam off center to one side) you have:

  • a layer of leather, then
  • the pistol, then
  • another layer of leather.  And you may also have
  • a “reinforcement” layer of leather.

The only way to make one thinner than the other is to use thinner leather (you could buy a thinner pistol).

For more information about this, see the blog post on holster design and the upgrade to curved panel holsters.

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BELT INFO

Yes!  With any belt, the buckle is part of the belt size.  Consider the following picture.  Three straps are shown, each the same size. Changing the buckle to a buckle of different length changes the belt size by that change in length.

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Effect of buckle size on belt size.

Sure, I’ve done that and don’t mind.  In fact, it’s been interesting to see some of the unique buckles.

The BEST way to ensure that your new leather belt is a proper fit on your own buckle and your waist is to send me the buckle.  But, I realize that some buckles have significant value – either monetary or sentimental – and some may prefer not to ship an heirloom or rodeo award.  In this case, arrangements can be made.  Drop me a line and I’ll tell you how to go about that.

Yes.  All belts are supplied with a buckle unless requested otherwise.  Some buckles I use fairly frequently are shown in the photo gallery on the belt page.

Buckle types, sizes, and prices abound. Personally, I prefer solid brass buckles attached with snaps for easy replacement, but I have used chrome plated steel, stainless steel, and silver.  There is no additional charge for any of the buckles displayed on this site.

THE BEST way to get the correct belt size is to measure around yourself – over the top of clothing of the same type the belt will be worn with – at the point where the belt will be worn.  Alternately, you can measure a belt that currently fits you as shown below.

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Belt measuring

The reason for this may be clearer to the girls than the guys.  Men tend to have ONE place where all of our jeans ride about the same.  Women will have one pair that’s high on the waist, one pair that sits at the waist, and another that is worn on the hips, each resulting in different measurements.

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PATTERN INFO

No, holster patterns and downloads are not printed and shipped.  Printed holster patterns add printing, packaging, and shipping charges for the buyer.  Better to print the file when you need it, store in your computer taking no space in your shop, and no shipping charges.

Any print shop can do this for you for LESS than it would cost to ship them to you (I recommend card stock).  Just tell your print shop to be sure to print the patterns full size (no scaling).

Yes.  In fact, you can download instructions even without JLS Leather patterns.  Check the Holster DIY page for information provided free of charge.

I would expect to be paid if I make the holster.  But common sense is that a pattern should INCLUDE directions.  Seriously, WHO is that low-rent to charge again for instructions to the pattern?

Sorry, no.

Some of the holsters available use patterns which are simply not in the computer as yet and will be listed as they become available.

Some patterns are designed at the request of other holster makers and are not generally made available for sale.  All Boberg holsters on this site are made from patterns commissioned by (and therefore property of) mecopocketholsters.com and availability would require permission there.

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