PRODUCTION TIME – 3 TO 4 WEEKS. 6 WEEKS FOR ORDERS THAT ARE CARVED.
I’m imploring you: read the FAQ Page BEFORE YOU CALL; We are slammed and trying to stay ahead.
We will respond best by e-mail, calling us multiple times in one day is not helpful.
We had to stretch out the turn around time a bit. Like the rest of the gun industry, we are slammed. Still bringing out a few new products and improvements to old ideas.
We are talking with A BUNCH of new to gun toters since Christmas.
Many have owned guns but never carried daily.
Many, many of you, have never carried or even owned a gun before. Get trained, go Armed. And no, a 1 hour of shooting with your ex cop brother in law is NOT proper training!
WELCOME! Enjoy your civil rights, but exercise them wisely.
Trending: 4″ N frames , 2.75″ Night guards, R8s, 5″ 1911s, Commander length 1911s, Sig Scorpions, Xds, Glock 19, Flat Tops in 44 Special, 3.75 Super Blackhawks, S&W M&P Shield. LCRs ,LCPs 2″ J, 2 & 3″ Sp101…We build for over 400 different guns. It may be easier to list what we DON’T build for…
“A big smile and a big gun beats a big smile anytime…”
Yes, We build for the R8 and the Thunder Ranch 325.
I have suspended production of the Yellowstone indefinitely. It is more costly & time to build than I would like. The soon to be released Versa Clip II a reinforced mouth pancake, is superior in comfort and use and allows for a lower positioning of the gun.
In Search of the Perfect Hunting Rifle
- In search of the “perfect” rifle: When I moved to N Idaho I worried and bothered several local experienced outdoors men. They all said get a .300…the guys over 50 meant a 99 in .300 Savage, the guys over 40 meant a Model 70 in 300 Win mag and the younger guys all said a 300 Weatherby. Just so happened to be a the year after Remington did the 300 WBY in the Classic and a short run of 700 AS bead blasted blue rifles with synthetic stocks, very reasonably priced.
I set my 300 up with a 3×9 Leupold and used it for a couple deer and a black bear, then got the bug for a number one…. I used it on several more whitetail and a decent 6×6 bull elk, I should have hung on to that Remington. Just before I moved back to AZ, I set up a sporterized Mauser 30-06 with a 3×9 Tasco World Class scope and a Timney trigger (kids had come along by then and I was in a pinch) THIS was a great accurate rifle. My son used it to shot ptarmigan on the wing. Still have it. It has a 3×9 Leupold on it these days.
We Moved up to Alaska, in 2004, & wanted more than just the 30-06… I found a couple different 375s… Sold the Mauser Mark X; it’s bolt had been abused and was rough. Found a beater Enfield 1917 in 375 WBY! It was an old guide’s gun and has been used hard but this 1917 has an exceptionally smooth action. 275.00 Out the door, it has Williams irons. It has been drilled and tapped for 2 or3 different bases, ugly as sin, a little heavy, black painted hardwood stock. IT shoots like a house afire! At 100 yards 375 H&H and 375 WBY hit to the same point of aim. My Alaskan Uncle Hal Waugh, used a 03 Springfield in 375 WBY known as Big Nan. My 375 is “Big Nan Too”. The last winter in AK an older friend wanted to do a ATV hunt with me. He recommended a 338 or 300 WBY with a slick barrel and good scope for use with a Kolpin gun boot. I lucked into a CRF SS M70 in .338 win mag for 600 bucks with rings…3×9 Leupold. also found a tang safety 77 magna ported and camo painted, for my son, it had 3×9 Leopold.
Back in AZ, I wanted a light versatile rifle in .308 I found an older like new tang safety 77 International. I Love the balance and looks. very light and handy almost as handy as my 600 Scout. I wanted a 2×7 Leupold this time. I found that they had a new 30mm version with illuminated reticule… a beauty! I think I have found my natural pointing, all around handy rifle for the South West.
The second most naive comment that I have ever heard in a gun shop: “Python”…is that is good as a Taurus? The Python was/is the ne plus ultra of revolvers. By age 15 I wanted one, but knew I would “settle” for a S&W M-19…My best friend saved his hay money and went to the Rifle Ranch and bought a beautiful blue 6″ Colt Python…I was smitten.
My M-19 6″? I bought it used for 200.00, still got it.
I have been wearing a Versa Clip n pancake holster all summer, I have carried either a 1911, M&P Shield of a XD 45. I have used these both with the holster outside; for working around the shop and farm. And inside the waistband for going to town or anytime more discrete carry is desired. Typical for N Az today started out fairly mild, I had my compact XD45 on outside with a cover shirt un tucked it hid it well. after 1100 Am it was too hot to continue this way. I hoped in the truck used a penny to unscrew the chicago screws and switched the clips back around and tucked my 45 and Versa Clip inside the waist band , un-tucked my tee shirt and was good to go for the rest of the day.
I have been toting this XD45 compact off and on all summer. I alternate between this and a new M&P shield (When I am lazy) or one or the other 1911s(I like their very familiar feel and flat as a book properties…. longest stretch ever not toting a .44 or .45 N frame or Blackhawk everyday… This is a tad wider that my 1911s hides easier though with it’s short grip frame. I appreciate it’s 11 round s of 45 HPs on tap and carry a 13 round spare. the magazine’s grip adapter on the spare mag, makes this gun handle and look just like the service model. I like that I can feel the striker and the loaded chamber indicator as I pick the gun up. The trigger is superb. I would like a set of tritium’s on this, otherwise it is perfect as is.
Saint Patrick’s breast Plate a prayer for protection.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
The term immediately jumped into my head when we strapped this chest holster on the first time this carved holster
I want to say thanks to you for a couple of things.
First and foremost, thank you for all of the wonderful mag pouches you provided to our Vets
Carbine Class at Gunsite. As one of the instructors that worked the class I greatly appreciated
your generosity for making such a donation to support our Veterans. I was also able to be
fortunate enough to utilize one of the pouches for the entire week and was very impressed with the
quality of it.
I also had the opportunity during the week to speak with I——–, who spoke very highly of your
gear. It was through his recommendation coupled with the example I observed in the magazine
pouches that I spoke to him about acquiring a holster for a 1911 with mounted light. He was able
to facilitate that and I have been using it regularly for the last few weeks. So far I am very
happy it with it and really like the way it rides, keeping the pistol up tight and close. Thank
you again for providing those products.
In all I am very impressed with both your products and your support of our troops. I am confident
that I will be acquiring more of your products for future use and will be recommending them to
Thank you and stay safe.
Paperback, and very affordable:
…You will be glad that you did. We make nothing from this, but I wanted to get the word out that it is available.
Also, with the help of John Taffin, we hooked up the fellow doing the reprinting with Ted Keith, so that the family would benefit financially from the publishing of this book, even though the copyright had expired. I told the publisher that I would only do a review to promote the book under those conditions, and he agreed that it was the right thing to do. This way, everybody wins!
Big gut causes hang over…all too personally familiar;-/ The Cattleman will solve that. With a hammer strap you can sweep your hand up as you draw and clear the snap and leather in one movement.
Shoulder holster: we make them for deployed GIs too many Don Johnson/Walter Mitty wannabe buy these thinking that they too can hide a service size auto under a sport coat and look great while doing it…I have released shoulder rigs twice and both time it came with a spate of weirdos…so, I don’t . If your a big guy a shoulder rig will slow you down and probably cause the double grab to happen one has to fish the gun part way out with the finger tips and then re acquire a firing grasp on the gun…don’t ask me how I know… high ride cross draws can be just as much of a problem for some big guys. Forward rake in front of the hip for field and competition use. & behind the hip for concealed and everyday work carry.
For me and many other full figured outdoorsman, carrying the gun over the strong side kidney is the best way to go.
From my friend & long time customer Mike Bane:
Michael Bane’s Blog
I have never liked soft deer or suede lining. Skeeter Skelton didn’t either, and I always try to take his advice on gun & gunleather.
Q; Why did yiou start offering lined holsters?
A: I surrendered to the demand, I am tired of explaining why it’s not needed. I still think it’s coal to Newcastle on a fitted holster. I thought well , OK guys with an nice old Colt Python of New Frontier…interestingly enough, the main purchasers of the lined option are owners of the plastic Judge…
Last winter, while talking with John Bianchi, I asked his opinion about lined holsters. (keep in mind his old company, Bianchi International, sold thousands of suede lined holsters) he said I no longer like it, I have seen what the soft suede does to a gun’s finish over the years and have come to prefer unlined or hair side out, hard, smooth linings. This is how he currently offers his holster the flesh or suede sides laminated back to back so the the harder smooth finish is molded to the gun. I like that as well. I now offer lined holsters.
“Outside the beautiful old county courthouse in Victoria, I spotted a deputy wearing a tooled brown leather duty belt and packing an ivory-handled 1911 pistol. In a world of black plastic service pistols in black plastic holsters, it was a refreshing sight for this old traditionalist. Hell, I was packing a six-shooter, myself.”
Massad Ayoob While visiting Texas…
WOW where has the time gone?
The addition to the shop was finished in late May. More to heat and cool but we finally have enough room to move around in. We have come a long way from the counter top to the 10×12 shop to this 1,600 square foot shop and office.
Building holsters testing new ideas discarding some advancing with others…
Added Cold Steel Knives to the store page
Adding and constantly up dating the new Sale Page. It has replaced the Gear to Go page. It is far easier for me to manage and more conventionality located. it is finally performing like I had hoped: quick access for you folks to our products.
I tried to add up the verity of holsters, gun models, barrel lengths and other options… I quit at 3,500…I know there are more possibilities. This is one of the reasons why we don’t stock every possible configuration ready to ship.
I am enjoying the Surf & Turf Holsters… adds a little verity to my day. The Wildebeest, sent as a sample by my supplier, has turned out to be a great addition to our line up of hides.
The Shootist’s Holiday in June… Met old friends made new friends tried out some interesting and fun guns: briefly owned a BFR in 475 Linebaugh…already miss it, but a good man has it now. Picked up my second Milt Morrison tuned N frame, this a older 625 4″ in 45ACP runs slick as snot.
Hot summer here dressing around a 1911 is a challenge but one can with a proper holster and a un-tucked shirt.
Jan found this John Taffin article from a few years ago:
When Ruger informed me they were shipping a pair of new candidates for the title of Perfect Packin’ Pistol, I turned to Rob Leahy of Simply Rugged Leather for suitable holsters, who I “discovered” at one of the sixgun discussion Web sites. An order was placed for two of his pancake style holsters for the Ruger 2-3/4″ Alaskan and the 4″ Redhawk both now being offered in .44 Magnum.
We been very busy updating the new store page ironing out the wrinkles. Adding onto the shop adding some new equipment found a 80 year old Campbell Randall belt strap cutter that was refurbished and just started making some very nice, perfectly true belts.
Speaking of belts: I have succumbed to the requests to make two piece laminated belts. I built one for myself several months ago. I use it daily. Took it through Gunsite’s Carbine Course Still using it the tan color continues to mellow that belt is standing up and works great. Now you have a couple choices in belts.
GUNSITE Old lessons re-learned.
One of the lessons I learned , very quickly: I didn’t need to have the chest pouch on for the class & it really got in the way for most things, like prone etc. I quickly switched out to a couple single mag pouches worn directly on my belt: the .223 pouch was proven yet again. I will be offering these for Surefire’s excellent 60 round magazine soon. With a couple of the SR 60 rounders on a belt and one in the gun a person is ready for most anything an AR can handle.
Most of the guys that could, quickly switched out to lighter gear
Me and and old high School friend David Sterin. He was one of the excellent experienced instructors.
Tools for fools; Small of the back (SOB)holsters. They seem like a good idea. But they allow the gun to print easily, you cannot see if the gun is exposed due to a clothing malfunction. They cause you to take a weak grasp of the pistol. Knuckle to the torso designs will cause you to drag the muzzle across your spine and lower vital organs as you are drawing. SOB holsters are inherently weak and less than optimal for defending your weapon from a snatch attempt. One of your first things to do during a gun grab attempt is the pin your gun into the holster, while you spin your body away from your attacker. with an SOB holster, You will be literally fighting with one arm behind your back. The draw, the muzzle should be oriented laterally during the draw you won’t be crossing any parts of your body as your brain sends the signal to press the trigger to your finger. Carrying a hard metal object over your spine is a bad idea. Dean Speir wrote and excellent article on the subject titled “P-a-r-a-p-l-e-g-i-a” Many store clerks consider the SOB design as a viable option as they are on their feet all day. Unfortunately, the SOB holster is very easily spotted if a person stoops to pick up and object or turn and reach for an object drawing one’s clothing tight or even exposing the pistol. Again the gun is in a very hard to defend position. Strong side just in front of or just behind the hip is a superior way to carry.
1 Feb 2012
I made this from a piece of Alagator leg overlayed onto a basket weave stamped Cuda.
I sent it to Jeff Quinn for a review. Jeff’s article on Gunblast.com does say something about a new SIG 1911, but really it’s all about my holster…http://www.gunblast.com/SIG-Scorpion1911.htm
Diplomatic Carry by Alan Korwin
After a hard fought battle to get shall issue here in AZ, many of us in a pro gun civil rights think tank were pretty happy with what we had accomplished. Alan Korwin was not! He stated then, that he would not rest until we had constitutional carry in Arizona.We have it. Now, he steps further and it’s time has come: Diplomatic Carry.
The Second Second Amendment
by Alan Korwin
The Uninvited Ombudsman
Officials travel armed. When a contingent of our officials visits any other country, they bring armed personnel in classic right-to-bear-arms manner. Life is dangerous and the ability to protect yourself is a reasonable and prudent thing, a fundamental human right of existence, a moral imperative. So they go armed. It’s only rational. Hillary and similar bring along enough firepower that if some of their group go one way while some head off in another, they’re both covered.
The same is true in reverse. When an ambassador from Trashcanistan comes to the United States, discreetly armed bodyguards accompany the party at all times, “laws to the contrary notwithstanding.” That’s lawyer-speak for “their right to carry supersedes any other rules,” or in plainer English, “We’re above those laws.” The ambassador might decide to personally carry too. I’m guessing Hillary does not.
There’s this whole “second system” of gun possession and carry here domestically, another layer of rules on top of the common ones you must follow, operating quietly with people in the know cooperating.
Where are the laws for this exception to every gun law on the U.S. books? How does this special class of people exempt themselves from laws controlling the rest of us?
No one is harmed by their exemption. In fact, community safety increases, because assaults on those armed people are naturally deterred, even defensible if needed. Should we the people maybe have Diplomatic Carry too? Is a diplomat’s life truly at more risk — or worth more — than any “commoner”? How does this comply with equal protection under the law?
Local authorities understand implicitly that these armed folks aren’t going to randomly shoot people, or settle arguments with gunfire, the same as you and me when we’re armed. They enjoy proper respect (even if they come from regimes that don’t deserve it). We on the other hand have rights denied haphazardly, even with Constitutional Carry. As good as it is, Constitutional Carry is not enough.
Americans need and deserve the next step, Diplomatic Carry.
The body politic moves slowly. After several decades of experience, police nationwide understand and operate just fine within a framework of millions of people traveling armed. As the number of people carrying arms for crime control has increased, assaultive crimes have decreased. The media generally calls this “a surprising decrease in crime that has the experts baffled.” All these people are walking around armed, expressly to forestall crime, and the media can’t understand why crime has dropped. But I digress.
Oh sure, armed forces within the U.S. — from local police to secretive agents our government is now filled with — keep a watchful eye on the armed diplomats, as well they should. They also provide backup in the event of need. The same as for us.
But in the big picture, diplomats have less need for an ever-present armed escort than the public. A rare few diplomats face death at the hands of the mobs. Thousands of citizens are murdered each year. Who needs protection more?
The freedom of Diplomatic Carry, a concept many of us can easily grasp, is mind boggling to the great unwashed. So insulated from any truth about firearms, victims of television and the government-run school system, they have imbedded ignorance that is hard to shake. Destructively misinformed kids and teachers compound the problem. I digress again.
Now, Diplomatic Carry is not going to happen overnight. Many voices will be raised in objection to such freedom.
And unfortunately, some opposition will come from people who consider themselves firearms enthusiasts. Establishing everyone’s uninfringed freedom to carry is scary, at least to some. But that’s OK. Real freedom is a house high on a hill.
Diplomatic Carry is a paradigm shift. A window into a world that could be, and ought to be, a lofty goal. Your right to your life and its protection cannot morally be denied. It is denied only by force, and there is only one viable countermeasure to force unfortunately, in this best of all possible worlds, and that’s countervailing force. I don’t like it, but there it is.
Diplomatic Carry is a new level of autonomy, of personal sovereignty. It raises the bar. In this country, the people are the sovereigns and the government is the servant. How do you justify the servants carrying arms if the masters cannot?
The only consistent position for free people to take is this:
Anything short of Diplomatic Carry is infringement.
I am in the process of dissecting the legal framework that enables Diplomatic Carry, and modeling an approach for extending those principles to the public. Conceptually this is sound. Pragmatically it is an uphill climb, but as Americans we know that anything can be climbed. I’ll have early results soon in my blog, PageNine.org. Sign up to stay informed.
Copyright 2012 Alan Korwin
Permission to circulate granted
From a retired Sheriff friend of mine great story, great gun and great old Gunleather.
I came acoss an old 1911 and holster that I purchased in late 1989 or early 1990.
This old .45 and holster belonged to my boss and mentor, Sheriff George Wayman. Sheriff Wayman was not a ‘gun’ person. In fact, he seldom ever carried one on his person and when he did, it was usually a .25 auto in his hip pocket. However, he was a vetern of WWII and Korea and was familar with the 1911, having used it in both conflicts so it was not unusual for him to purchase one when he joined the Osage County Sheriff’s Office in 1960. It rode under the front seat of his car from then until he retired in 1989. I bought it from the local pawn/gun store where Sheriff Wayman disposed of it upon retiring.
The .45 is a ‘hybrid’ of sorts. It has an Ithica slide, an A.R. Sales company, So. El Monte, Ca frame and a mixture of 1911 and 1911A1 parts. Research has shown me that A.R. Sales did business from 1968 to the 1970′s dealing in military surplus firearms.
The holster, as some of you may recognize, is an A.W. Brill, Austin, Tx. One of the popular holster makers for southwestern lawmen from the 1930′s thru the 1950′s.
Not thinking much about what I had purchased, I replaced the plastic military issue grips with wooden panels and carried the pistol until 1997 when I was elected to my first term as Sheriff.
(Since I was in the office more than the field, I bought a LW Commander and a Don Hume ‘paddle’ holster.) I retired this old warrior and holster to the gun safe and never thought to question Sheriff Wayman about the pistol or holster.
I have been making some mixed media type holsters cow and croc horse and shark etc. very fun great brain stimulus after 26,000 holsters I need to get excited about the NEXT holster…this is one way I do that. Still a pleasure and still a job full of happiness for me. great customers great employees and friends working with me. and my wife, Jan, she holds this whole shebang together and keeps all the T crossed and I’s dotted.
Attack Monkey Media Gets it wrong every time. Free Nations, formally crushed under the hand of the Soviet Empire Know who saved them. While here at home, Ronald Reagan is forgotten & ignored. His tactic employed against the Soviets- convincing the Saudis to keep oil prices low, there for devaluing in the main export asset of the USSR, was brilliant and it worked. We could do the same thing with our own and Canadian oil to bring the terrorist sponsor nations of OPEC to their knees. We have the resources to do this, but lack the will. If I hear another Lib Media type say but it will take years-… you have been using that argument for years…ANWAR would be online if we had gone ahead in 2005 when W tried to get it opened but McCain stopped it with his friends across the aisle.
Very frustrating trying to find a pro-gun merchant services company that is really in business and offers any service. We have been using paypal for years as a temporary measure until we could find something more suitable. Fact is I don’t like them. BUT, have checked in to many card processing companies they all are tied up with or a division of either Chase Wells fargo or Cit bank all of which support anti gun positions and fund abortions. I just can’t bring myself to go over to them. If you absolutely don’t want to use pay pal we have another small processor that we can manually use but it won’t integrate with our website.
Some new gear for a G-20. Shark trimmed Cuda with tan basket weave and dual CID magazine pouch.
This is a simple, rugged way (Couldn’t help myself) to dress up a working concealment holster & add a little toughness to the exterior. The pancake design rides high and pulls the grip frame in close for better concealment.
Fake, Feel Good, Shallow, Abitrary “Security” At Anne Coulter’s Speech
I took my family to see Anne Coulter last week. The venue was a Jr. College. Lots of parking lot type “security” types one badge toting Chief of security all un armed along with several scattered local police officers. Upon approaching the door we were informed that they wanted to search my wife and daughter’s purses. I asked why; they responded that Anne had some security issues and wanted to make sure no guns were being carried in in purses. We refused and walked away. No mention was made of looking at me or even asking me if I was armed… I found the VIP entrance and went in there, no questions asked.
Anne certainly has a right to her own security, but not at our peril.
Al-Qaida calls on Ahmadinejad to end 9/11 conspiracy theories
Terrorist organisation’s magazine reportedly says it is ‘ridiculous’ for Iran’s president to blame the attacks on the US government…
Build what they need, not what they want.
An older version of the Chesty Puller: A lot of folks want a shoulder holster, but this will serve them better in the outdoors.
“As a rule, end users are generally not designers, and are therefore limited to describing their needs in terms they know and understand.”
From Magpul’s excellent website. They make great simple rugged gear, too.
From a friend: Christ loves Klingons….ever fearless….ever faithful.
Best way to ruin a holster rub sno-seal into it until it is limp as an over cooked noodle.
S&W Governor: YES, we have been making holsters for it!
Gunblast Article on S&W Governor
My friend Jeff Quinn of Gunblast.com reviews Ruger’s newest compact 40 auto. Made right here in Prescott, AZ.
Gunblast.com has been and is one of my favorite places to get good gun and gear information on the web. Jeff mentioned my holsters in an article 8 years ago and that really helped kick start my holster making business. I enjoyed gunblast before that happened and still like reading Jeff & Boge’s articles. Leroy Thompson, Mike Cumpston, RK Campbell and other interesting authors appear there as well. You might notice a holster of mine mentioned every now again again. To me, that’s just gravy on the french fries.
Boge Quinn, a true artist in many forms, sings and plays bluegrass guitar wonderfully.
Boge recently updated our logo;
One last thing; Boge Quinn is getting married today!
Simply Rugged Holster’s Facebook page. Look here for new products, links to articles and discount codes.
Jan’s article on women and guns. There is also a discount code for free inside outs with a holster purchase.
Rick Hacker’s article on Single Action Self Defense. Nice pictures of one of my carved Sourdough’s and one of Rick Gettlein’s superior floral carved 120s.
Gun holster Blog:
Subject: 1911 Cuda
This has been a long time in coming but I just wanted to let you know how much I appreciate your Holsters. Prior to deploying to Afghanistan’s Helmand region I received one of your Cuda’s (with the IWB straps). I was immediately impressed with the simple and robust design. The fit was excellent for my 1911 and I wore the holster from the day I departed until the day I was sent home. Not once did I use my very nice drop leg on this deployment as we found ourselves in and out of vehicles and rucking for long distances. Keeping the pistol on my hip was far better than on the thigh and suited our operations. In late October my team and I encountered an I.E.D. which crippled sixty percent of our operators. I took blast frag through my right arm and shoulder, right flank, back and stomach as well as up and down both legs. The hole ripped into my stomach was greatly reduced as my Cuda and Colt Commander took the brunt of the blast. I sent in the holster and you can see the damage to it, but it still works just fine. I wish I still had the pistol to show you photos of that as well. Again Rob I want to thank you for supporting the fighting men and women of this country and for making “Simply Rugged Holsters”!
Cpl D 0317
Newly re introduced The Yellowstone: An Inside the waist band holster I first made years ago for toting my 44 while carrying my son in a back pack. This will fit most 3-4 inch medium to large frames revolvers reinforced mouth. 75.00
So, my favorite uncle comes up to do the final planning for an elk hunt.
He has an old Mutton Chop shotgun case along. My curiosity is peaked, but I remained polite and let this just happen.
TYerry smiles and says I picked this up it’s old but I think you might like it.
Opon opening the case I see not a shotgun but two haves of a lever action rifle. Turns out it’s a early Marlin 20″ 303-30 with checkered forend & pistol grip stocks. Very nice!
This old Marlin was built around 1902 it’s finish is worn to a nice patina, but the entire gun appeals to me. It is half round to octagon, with the rifle forend and crescent butt. The delicate wave carved under the pistol grip REALLY speaks to me of that era of craftsmanship.
It is on m y special gun rack along with my brother’s Savage 24, and my great grand dad’s shotguns.
A new design from Rick Gittlein’s fertile mind: Northwest Style native totem carving: This Eagle pattern fits 2″ J frames 130.00 shipped with the inside the waist band straps.
The Original Comes Home
by Rob Leahy
I purchased a Roy’s Original Hidden Thunder holster for my 4″ 1955 Target and 29-2 in 1982. This was the first holster I owned that allowed me to conceal an N frame in the Arizona heat easily and comfortably.
Several years later, I was temporarily without a 4″ N frame and loaned my Roy Baker holster to a good friend, Elliott.
He mistakenly believed that it was a permanent loan and a few months later he sold it to one of his brother in laws. I had in the meantime discovered another 29-2 4″ and wanted my excellent concealment and field holster back. Elliot was somewhat taken aback, felt terrible, and soon discovered that his scoundrel of a BIL refused to let loose of his new found FAVORITE holster. (I shouldn’t be TOO hard on him: he recognized a good deal when he saw it)
In the intervening years, Mr. Baker passed on to his great reward and being pre-web days, there was no other pancake rigs available to me. Having no recourse, I designed and built my own. Knowing I didn’t have the skill to fashion a thumb break and not really liking them, I covered the hammer to project my side. Having read enough Cooper and Bianchi by then and having used several other types of holsters, I decided that a covered trigger guard was a superior idea. This was around 1991, I have built several other designs, but always end up “coming home” to this simple pancake. I soon found myself building these for my friends and shooting buddies. I was working in several different retail sporting goods shops. I often found myself building Pancake holsters and Pocket Holsters for my customers when nothing off the shelf or in the current catalog would suffice.
I have been blessed and encouraged by several good people that not only prompted me to start building full time, but placed orders and kept me going. They often asked me to stretch my meager skills to fulfill their desires, along the way I have had some good tips and lessons from other leather artisans. It has grown from a hobby gone wild, to a one man shop, to the current shop of several artisans working with me to meet the demand for our simple, rugged holsters.