I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sam Andrews, Gary Brommeland, Lou Alessi, and C. Rusty Sherrick for helping me and sharing their knowledge on crafting gun holsters. These four individuals provided me with excellent guidance and never asked for anything in return. For this, I am truly grateful and will "pay it forward" for anyone who expresses a sincere interest in making gun holsters. Special thanks to Anthony Ho for taking the high quality pictures, and Richard Windsor for web support. Best wishes to all of you!
HOW I GOT STARTED
I've been a law enforcement professional for over fifteen years. During that time I've spent thousands of dollars trying to find a holster that I truly liked. Being a south paw poses a few additional problems for me in terms of availability on short notice. Although being a lefty in general has always been a bit of a problem, being one in law enforcement brings with it a unique set of inconveniences. Those of us in the law enforcement community know what it's like when your agency changes issued weapons... This means that now you have to go to the local gun store in a pinch and purchase an entirely new set of gun holsters to accommodate your everyday needs. For righties, although this is an inconvenience, one would argue that it is even more inconvenient for lefties due to a scarcity of supply. This is why I take particular exception in trying to accommodate those "lefties" with the right state of mind whenever possible.
You will notice that there is not a huge selection of holsters to choose from. This is by design. Restaurants with vast menus just make you spend more time looking instead of eating. Some of the best restaurants that I've ever been to have a reasonable list of choices, but are not overwhelming. Other holster makers will have a vast selection of fancy places and ways to carry. Those manufacturers are well known and very successful. This site appeals to those who carry and carry often. Ultimately, no matter how you want to conceal a firearm, you will end up carrying it on the hip, the small of the back, the ankle or utilizing some sort of shoulder system.
The first part of officer safety and situational awareness for the concealed carry professional is an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality when it comes to carrying a firearm. Although many leather holsters are made with thumb breaks, tension screws and other security elements to include a very tight stitch line, these are not true retention characteristics to keep someone from wrestling a weapon out of your holster.
If the firearm is properly concealed on your person, the carrier can exponentially mitigate his or her chances of losing control of the weapon. Proper concealment of a firearm is critical when choosing the weapon you are going to carry, the holster you are utilizing and the clothes you are planning to wear. The tighter the clothing, the more complicated the ability to conceal a weapon.
This may seem obvious to many, but there are some who struggle with this concept. A serious gun-carrying professional knows and understands these concepts and builds a proper wardrobe around the firearm being carried.
The officers in the photo have holster systems that require specific manipulation in order to remove the weapon. Although the criminal in this photo wishes to do them harm, it isn't likely they will be able to get the weapons out.
Most leather concealment holsters simply don't afford you this peace of mind. What you gain in concealability, you lose in retentive ability. Keeping your weapon out of sight may serve to keep it out of a suspect's mind.
"As a left handed law enforcement professional, I have found it very difficult to find leather goods. Prince Gun Leather has provided a quality, comfortable product that is perfect for everyday wear. I own the Ulrich ankle holster with the Ulrich ankle balance cuff case and two Omega IWB holsters for the Sig 229DAK and Glock 26. The Ulrich fits just right and conceals well and the Omega IWB has to be one of the most comfortable holsters I have ever worn. I carry a firearm every day and concealment and comfort are paramount. The Omega IWB will easily conceal a full size handgun with minimal printing, even when wearing shorts!" - T.S., Law Enforcement Professional
"After using the holster I have on and off duty, it is clear that Prince Gunleather recognizes the importance of quality, while providing a product that can be relied upon during a stressful situation." - D. Ulirch, Law Enforcement Professional
"I own the ankle holster made by Prince Gunleather and have found it to be the most comfortable system I've ever worn in my over twelve years of law enforcement experience." - N. Annan, Senior Special Agent
"The quality is fantastic, and it literally molds to my body so well, I sometime forget Im wearing it. Ive struggled for years trying to find a holster that would be concealable wearing something other than the typical larger than necessary, untucked shirts that almost give LEOs away. Nor do I want to wear my primary gun on my ankle. I wear it concealed under dress shirts, polo and narrow fit button down shirts, and its undetectable." - Erik R.
"Having been a federal law enforcement officer for over 20 years, I can tell you the Prince Gunleather, Ulrich model ankle holster is the most comfortable holster I have ever worn." - B. Rutten, Senior Special Agent
"After having worn ankle holsters for years, I can say without a doubt that the Ulrich ankle holster is far and away the most comfortable I have ever owned. Besides the outstanding craftsmanship, the holster is designed so that it will never come down to a question of not having your weapon available because the holster was too uncomfortable to wear. You simply will not find a better product at a greater value anywhere and the personnel service David provided is second to none." - R. Kelly, USMS
"After trying various ankle holsters, I can honestly say the Ulrich is the best I have ever owned. It is so comfortable I wear it every day. I now also have the new Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster, and it lives up to the quality I have come to expect from Prince Gun Leather. The height adjustment allows me to tailor it for a perfect fit and it won't collapse, allowing for easy holstering." - J. Cords, Special Agent