Tag: holster design

Get What You Pay For

You get what you pay for.  We’ve all heard that.  Once again, we revisit that often misused phrase.  The longer version – and basis for this – can be read in an earlier post.

To see if that’s actually true, you would need to know both what you are getting and what you are paying.  Price is easy enough to compare – in fact a simple search will do much of that for you.  Good news is, these days it’s also easier than ever before to compare what you get for that price.

Lately we have seen a significant increase in the number of people wanting OUR product and “their” price.  People routinely send us pictures of someone else’s work and as if we will make that.  But having found an item you like, at a price you think is acceptable, WHY contact us?  Seems logical to contact the person(s) whose picture you saw.  In the time it takes to contact us, you could have already made your purchase.

get what you pay forClearly, there’s a reason why people contact us.  There must be something about that ‘other’ product that isn’t acceptable in some way.  It does seem we should heed our own advice, and compare the items.  People show us goods less well built and less cosmetically appealing than ours.  Often, those are sold for less money; but not in all cases.  Others have noticed it as well, which is why we get some of these requests.

Taking our own advice, we have compared some of these goods.  We invite others to do the same.  You have our permission (and recommendation) to place our images and products along side of any others you are considering.  Please feel free to send other makers our pics or links to them and ask them to recreate the product.  We’d like to see you get what you pay for.



Holster Design Pattern Upgrade Progress

The holster design of those “50/50 pancakes’- those with the front and back basically mirror image and a seam down the center – is being replaced.  These can bind, especially on the leading edge.  They’re tighter on the belt than in the hand, and the closer the slots are to the weapon the more pronounced the problem.

Pancake Holster Design IssueLooking from the front, you can see the seam is clearly down the center.  This has a molded sight channel.

When the front ‘wing’ is pulled IN toward the body, the holster flexes and the site channel collapses, causing the bind it was intended to solve.


Pancake Sight Channel Collapse


The more you bend, the more you bind.

The slimmer the wearer, the sharper flex, and the worse the binding effect.

And the more “break in” the back gets, the worse the problem becomes.


People are used to seeing them, so some will buy them.  And holster makers know they are easy to make, so some ‘push’ them a bit.  They bend the slotted “wings” toward the wearer calling it “molded”, they “mold in a sight channel”, or say that you need to “break them in”.   Some move the belt slots further out from the firearm and some move the stitch lines also (making it loose).  This may allow the use of that holster for a limited time.  But you surrender some retention and must rely on the belt tension.

These things attempt to make do with the simple holster design of ‘50/50 pancakes’.  Many would like to ignore this since ‘50/50 pancakes’ are so easy to make.  But making holsters without this pancake problem is just as easy –similar look, with better function.

Using a longer piece for the outside allows the leather to wrap around the gun without binding, and using a shorter inside piece there’s less leather to bunch in the channel.  The tension on the firearm is then the same on or off the belt (or very close) and there’s no need to rely on ‘retention’ from the belt.