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Take what you know about leather holsters and leave that at the door. The ones made in my small U.S. workshop are much firmer and have a much higher retention over time than any leading holster manufacturer out there. This leather holster has all of the working practical qualities of other rigid holsters, while also retaining the attractive and useful advantages of a leather holster. It truly is the best of both worlds.
Using a process developed over months of testing, this holster is wet formed to the specific Glock model you choose, baked into shape, and hot-wax hardened to a level of durability you have likely never seen in leather goods. Most manufacturers rely on a slim coat of clear acrylic to help temporarily stiffen a holster. That wears out after a few years or less and re-application is a tedious and costly process (typically the holster just gets chucked). By hot-wax hardening my line of holsters, the wax penetrates deep into the leather and creates an armor similar to that used in shields and protective gear during the middle ages. That fact plus the reinforcement panel keeps the mouth of the holster open wide for easy one-handed re-holstering. See my Durability video in the 'Video' tab below as I am unable to coerce the mouth closed with 90 lbs of force.
This OWB Glock holster is designed to stay tight and close on the hip by using the built in belt loop directly behind the frame of the weapon. I use the industry's best U.S. full grain leather (with the tightest fiber count high on the back of the hide). Featuring extra thick double stitching where it counts the most, a full wet-formed sight channel, and nicely finished edges. It'll fit very thick belts up to 1.5" wide (check out my current gun belts here).
By design, this holster comes with a built in 15 degree forward cant (also known as the FBI cant), and allows for a full combat grip while still in the holster. Great for carrying Glock models of any size. Please watch all the videos in the 'Video' tab below to get a good idea of what this holster is all about.
You are supporting a true American small business. Our workshop was founded in the U.S. over a decade ago. We use the highest grade vegetable tanned leather from the top U.S. Tannery (over 150 years running), as well as buy our supplies from other U.S. businesses. We are proud to be known for our honest American quality.
Please enjoy a few videos of this holster, including durability testing and some of the many processes your holster goes through on it’s way to becoming the toughest around. I have also answered many other holster related questions on the Holster FAQ page here.
Here’s a look at how my customers’ other purchases are aging over time. Each item will develop its own unique patina (even the holsters!) depending on how you use it, how often, and what it’s exposed to. That’s the magic of using high-end Full Grain Vegetable Tanned Leather.
The images below are of other styles:
This holster will be custom wet molded to fit your model of Glock. It is designed to be a very tight fit so that you can break in the holster to your desired retention setting. The reinforcement piece stitched on the outside helps keep the mouth of the holster stiff over time, although the current build method of wet forming, baking and hot wax hardening will keep your holster very firm for the longrun.
THUMB BREAK OPTION:
This option helps retain your Glock in the holster using a strap around the butt end of the slide and snapping shut. I designed the snap release using a hidden steel plate that will keep the area rigid for the lifetime of the holster. This allows you to easily unsnap the strap with a short flick of your thumb in a downward motion. The design of the thumb break keeps the strap as short as possible to allow for an easier draw. The back of the snap on the strap is covered with a plastic insert to prevent any scratching of the gun’s surface. The other end of the snap is countersunk into the leather to keep it out of the way.
The tension screw option allows you to adjust the retention of the firearm for an easier or more robust draw. You can also use it over time to tighten the retention level.
This holster is built with a standard forward cant of 15 degrees. This is an approximation and is meant to mimic the standard ‘FBI cant’ made for easier draw.
Due to how the wax penetrates and forms within the leather fibers, if parts of the Saddle Brown or Russet holsters are bent significantly you may notice a ripple-like look within the leather. This is not noticeable in the Black color. It is most apparent in the thumb break strap and, over time, in the extended belt slot. This is simply the wax crystals flexing and dividing and causes a lightening of the leather in those specific areas. It will in no way affect the durability of the holster, and you can actually reset the crystals (in the case of accidentally sitting on an empty holster for example), by using a heat gun on low heat and slowly heating the surface of the empty holster until the wax rejoins itself. Careful not to over-heat or scorch.
Other Questions Answered:
I have also answered many other holster related questions on the Holster FAQ page here.
Please note that we only use the best Full-Grain leather in our shop and it is tooled by hand. This means there may be the occasional natural scar or marking that occurred during the cow’s lifetime, as well as some subtle tooling marks and marks from the sewing machine and hand tools. It’s just a testament to the hand-worked leather. Colors may vary from the photos due to the dye and finish process used.
Mr. Lentz original designs have been featured in Home and Garden, Country Living, Cake & Whiskey, and Cloth magazines. I am an Etsy Featured Seller.