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Thursday, April 21, 2011

My new custom holster

I decided that I needed a holster for the Bulldog so I contacted Michael at Theholstersite.com
and we discussed what kind of holster I wanted. He is very easy to deal with and is a wealth of information for someone new to choosing a holster.  He's exceedingly knowledgeable about types, style, angles, carry position, etc.

After a few emails back and forth where he answered my plethora of questions, I decided on what I wanted. He quoted me a price that included a custom holster from scratch with custom color dye and finishing. I told him I was not in a hurry, and he said that was good because he did not have a dummy gun for my fairly uncommon pistol. After we discussed relative sizes of similar guns he was certain he could work the fit out; if I wasn't happy with that, he gave me the option to wait and he would purchase a new dummy gun to custom fit it. Confident in his ability - based on his other work that I have seen - and not wanting him to have to buy a new dummy gun for a pistol he would rarely make holsters for, I told him to go ahead and start it. He had some others to do so he added mine to the batch and kept me updated via email the entire time about color and the way it was turning out.

A few weeks later my holster arrived. It looked fantastic. It is made of high quality, thick, stiff leather and the color is exactly what I wanted. The workmanship is impressive - the stitching and molding are excellent. I can see a lot of time and skill went into it. Now for the the moment of truth: did the Bulldog fit?

I'm happy to say the fit is absolutely perfect. It's snug for good retention, but it does not effect the draw negatively. I suspect that since it's a leather holster it will fit even better as it wears in a little. To be honest, though, I think that won't be for a while as the leather and construction are very high quality and look like it will last a long time. I am completely happy with my Bulldog's new home.


6 comments:

Mike W. said...

That is a beautiful looking holster. I need to decide if I want Mike to make me one for the 1911.

Chris said...

It's very pretty the colors didn't come out on the pic as nice. It's a very deep cordovan red and looks beautiful. Mike did a great job.

Jennifer said...

I may have another picture that shows the color. It really is beautiful

Laura said...

Jennifer, if you'd like us to post it, please feel free to send it my way. :)

Matt G said...

I recognize a feature that I suggested. I will soon post my own review of mine, worn almost daily for 18 months.

DaddyBear said...

Mike W, I have one of his pancake holsters for my 1911 and I love it. I've been wearing the one he made for my CZ-82 for almost a year, and it's as strong as the day I took it out of the box.