Holsters Come in All Shapes & Sizes...

In these pages I'll share some examples I've discovered over the years that I really like. A really good, high quality, custom-made holster is going to come with a high price. That's simply because the best materials cost more and the best workmanship costs more.

"A really good holster can last a lifetime, and then some. But when you find one you really love, buy two if you can!"

There are variations in my collection consisting of; shoulder, IWB, OWB, wallet holsters, pocket holsters and more. Some of the holsters you will see are more than 50 or 60 years old. A few are from the 1960s and 1970s. And there are even a few that were made for me in the last two years.

Author inspecting Rafter S holsters
Rafter S holsters

Examples from the Southern Trapper

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You will also find some examples of the finest leather makers, like The Southern Trapper. This holster arrived July 5, 2022 and it is spectacular. This is my third holster from The Southern Trapper and they haven't dissapointed me yet. The first was a shoulder holster for my Colt Government Model, the second was an IWB for my Walther, and now this paddle holster for my Sig. I've since, purchased two more.

Southern Trapper shoulder holster for Colt Government Model
My First Southern Trapper Holster - "Blue & Gray"
Left View of Sig in a paddle holster
My Newest Southern Trapper Holster

There are guns that you just know right away that you plan to keep and use for the long term. And when I acquire such a gun, my first instinct is to pair it with the best possible holster. In this case, I have a Shark Skin Paddle Holster from The Southern Trapper for my Sig Sauer P320 AXG Classic.

  Paddle Holster

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Rafter S holsters

This is my Colt Gold Cup, which is a full-size 1911 in a Rafter S holster. This holster is made from Elephant hide and has a Lizard hide band. This rig was custom made for me back in 2002 at a cost of $350. It looks as good today as it did back in 2002. Unfortunately this maker has gone out of business in the intervening years.

Rafter S Holster

Rafter S holsters

One thing is for sure, you get what you pay for when it comes to a really good quality custom made holster. The fact that I've carried and used this holster for 18 years as I write this, is proof of that. It's likely that this rig will be passed down in the family and used for many more years to come.

Custom Shoulder Rig

custom made shoulder holster by The Southern Trapper

Southern Trapper

custom made shoulder holster by The Southern Trapper

Custom made shoulder holster by The Southern Trapper

I prefer shoulder holsters and this custom made rig by The Southern Trapper is my favorite. It's made from Ostrich leg dyed blue, with straps made from Alligator hide dyed grey. The finish is matte rather than glossy. The backing is black and the inside of the holster is lined to protect the mirror bright blue finish on my Gold Cup. I'm breaking the holster in with my nickel plated Government Model Colt.

pair of Colt Cobras, one in a holster with trigger guard and one in a holster without trigger guard
two revolvers in holsters illustrating with and without trigger and hammer guards

OWB Holsters – With and Without Trigger Guard

A pair of Colt Cobras, 1974 and 1978 guns in outside the waistband holsters, one with trigger guard cover (very old Lefty Lewis Bell Charter Oak) and one without (very old Bucheimer). A high quality holster is not just designed to protect your gun, but to protect you and those you come in contact with while carrying.

Fit is crucial. The tighter fit of the gun in the holster, the more wear that will be inflicted on the gun by holstering and un-holstering it. The looser the fit, the more wear that will be inflicted on the gun by carrying it. In June 2021 I bought an upside-down vertical shoulder holster for the Cobra. The leather is moulded to form-fit the guns.

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1992 Colt Mustang in Ostrich Holster
Bond Arms derringer in shoulder holster hanging on coat rack

Old Gun Cases

Click or tap photo to enlarge. The value of an old gun case is in the eye of the beholder. In July 2020 I paid $475 for the old Colt Case you see here. Was it worth it? Was it too much? I must say that I kind of second guessed myself on the purchase, until it arrived and I put my old 1962 Colt Python in it. At that moment, I felt good about the purchase!

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