Privateer Leather

527ab3_16bb578a9b894ac9a2d905a3e7821317I know I’ve written about this company before but you’ll come to see that I come back to companies that I like. No, there’s no pay involved or even an extra nice word about us, I simply do it because I really like their work. That’s the case with Privateer Leather.

Service with this company is fantastic. A few months ago a friend was looking for his first carry holster…without a uniform being involved…so I let him know about Privateer. When I sent Wes (the owner of Privateer Leather) an email telling him that I was sending a 527ab3_b254bd78b93440129ca2f6dba19ad6cefriend his way I had a reply the same day. This wasn’t the only interaction I’ve had with Wes and always got the same fast response. I really appreciate a company that is not only prompt but seems genuinely pleased to hear from customers.

So how’s the quality, you ask? All Privateer holsters and belts are made from Hermann Oak, A-grade, leather (hides from American cows, tanned in St. Louis, Missouri). They use bonded polyester thread, for UV and sweat resistance. Where applicable, Pull-The-Dot one-way snaps are used. The belt buckles are made from solid low-lead brass. Basically, the best hardware and materials available.

Privateer doesn’t use double-stitching, normally, because they use thread that’s considerably heavier than what most other makers use. That makes double-stitching not only difficult but also unnecessary. The exception is that double-stitch is used around the belt tunnels on the avenger-style holsters (and Privateer considers it more for looks than 527ab3_0890f733a387472bb183a6cb5d69d990any need for reinforcement). All of their holsters have a body shield and reinforced mouth as standard features (but will make them without by request).

I have one of their Highwayman models. It is probably their most popular model, according to Wes, and I can see why. I love mine. It stays snug against my hip, it’s built like a Marine LAV-25 fighting vehicle, and comfortable enough for all day carry. To be honest it’s my outside the waistband go-to holster.

gunbeltCarry and dress belts are another great result of the product vision of Privateer Leather. I haven’t had the opportunity to try one out yet so I’ll save comments on them for another time. Visually speaking, they look great and would be a fitting addition to casual or even dress attire.

We can’t end without saying something about their mag carriers. They have all the same sturdy construction as their counterparts with some really cool features. Close your eyes and think for a minute…what’s the one uncomfortable thing about carrying mags (no I’m not talking about weight)? I’m a big guy so for me it’s the bottom corner of the mags digging into my side or the corner of the carrier doing the same thing. Well for those of us with that problem, Wes has a solution. I know we all enjoy the body shield section of a holster…well why not include that on your mag carriers too? Privateer has done just that with their Limpet model. They give you the option of full shield, half, or none. See what I mean below.

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Front of the Limpet model

Of course they have a few other models but this was one with features I just had to share. I do enjoy the FBI cant to the mags but of course I

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Rear of Limpet model

have to be difficult. For me, and this is just my opinion for my body type and carry style, I would like to see them cant slightly to the rear. I think, key word there, think that would give the hand a natural angle to fall onto the magazine. Depending on the angle and carrier tightness, one could simple pull almost straight from there with no issues. Again…my funky opinion dealing with my funky body construction.

I’d like to say that was it…but like all good companies Privateer is always innovating. I heard this morning that I will be getting pictures of a new project in a few weeks. That’s right…new Privateer awesomeness. So go take a look. I don’t intend to give these out to everyone but Privateer has earned the Gundoc Seal of Approval.

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Privateer Leather

If you haven’t heard of Privateer Leather…shame on you. They make a fantastic holster. There really isn’t enough I can say about the quality. The stitching is even and tough. The leather is top quality and a great thickness. The mouth of the holster stays open for re-holstering. Is there really anything else we look for in a holster?

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Kydex Holsters

So I have some general observations on Kydex holsters and then I’ll get into some pictures and stuff you can actually buy at a discount.

I really like Kydex as a material. It’s tough, it is easily molded, and can be made into a comfortable holster. I love the fact that you can get it in more colors and patterns all the time, too. Heck, if you want…Cerakote it so it has a unique look that speaks to you. It’s great stuff.

I’ve had a few by Concealment Solutions and let me start out by saying that Jason (owner of CS) does a fantastic job on Kydex holsters. Everyone I’ve had has been leather backed and pretty comfortable. They have concealed well and I recommend Concealment Solutions highly. There is one thing that I would do differently on a hybred holster. I prefer belt loops. Oh, wait….Crossbreed does that…but let’s face it, they don’t let anyone else do it. I would much rather thread my belt through a metal belt loop than to have the spring clips. Yes, I know that the clips are there to make it easier to remove without taking my belt off. I still don’t like clips (although maybe we’ve found those “assault clips” we’ve all been hearing about). Even still…I want belt loops. I think they’re more secure and I don’t intend to take the holster off until I’m damn well ready to do so anyway. So the ease of the spring clips are a non issue for me.

I understand the concept and ease of manufacture of some total Kydex holsters. I really think we can do something with the look of them other than mimicking a shovel. I know they are made to protect the muzzle (which I prefer in a holster) as well as wrap around the hip. I get that. I really do and appreciate the amount of thought it takes to develop that design and would absolutely have one for my winter OWB carry. They are still butt ugly…just say’n.

So, for anyone out there with the creativity to tackle this problem, please take the inginuity that designed this holster and make it look better because this thing needs some help.

Okay…Kydex…I love a company willing to lube up the wheels in their head and come up with something new and exciting. I’ve talked about these before but I really want to get the word about these. I know my readers use web gear. You have a battle belt or a plate carrier that needs to be populated with only gear that you can rely on in a pinch. So knowing that I want to bring you info about what I’ve found that is blowing my mind. That is the MOLLE-LINK holster. I can’t say enough about these. Molding is exquisite. It fits my Glock perfectly and keeps it more secure than I was expecting. I like a holster that I have to make a conscience decision to unholster my sidearm. I hate a holster that my gun slops around in or I try to move quickly and the pistol bounces in the holster. I hate that with a passion. I don’t have to worry about that with the MOLLE-LINK.

This holster doesn’t require some bulky piece of hardware to cling to the webbing that the holster will then attach to. This is such a simple process that it’s brilliant. Seriously, why didn’t I think of this? This holster connects directly to the webbing so well that I have zero worry about my pistol moving around or ending up damaged when “moving and grooving”.

Now don’t think that you backup has been forgotten about. These actually come in a smaller package perfect for backup sized pistols. Same great tech, came rock solid fit, same awesome quality.

Anyway, I want to get to posting pictures of this holster. I can type my fingers off but once you look at it you will see for yourself and that means more than anything I can type. As a parting shot, get your MOLLE-LINK though Crusader Weaponry and receive an exclusive 10% off code. Buy yours through Crusader and save, it’s a beautiful thing.

 

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Concealment Solutions

If you haven’t heard of them I’d like to introduce you to Concealment Solutions. They specialize in hybred holsters. I have both an IWB and a OWB holster from them and they are top quality. My latest addition is their new magazine pouch. It’s a hybred of kydex and horse hide. It fits tightly onto your belt and snug against your side. I’ve had other brands and other materials but no hybred gear has proformed as comfortably, conceled better, or been constructed better than this one from Concealment Solutions.

Go check them out. http://www.concealmentsolutions.com

New Option

I have been working on this since SHOT Show. I met the incredible young man (owner of Adams Holsters) and his bride that just impressed the heck out of me by the work he does. The level of craftsmanship was  unmatched. We’ve worked out a deal on his newest design that I am extremely excited about. This holster has a newly designed set of loops that allow this holster to be worn inside or outside the waist band. The base holster is an IWB holster and is a great fit. Outside the waist band you still have a great hand fitted holster.

These holsters are available individually for your pistol of choice or as an add on to one of our upgraded Glocks. I’m also looking at adding these to our custom 1911’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These holsters are made of thicker leather than any big name maker. They are assembled in such a way so comfort is maximized. Getting this holster for $150 is a screaming deal. However this holster is only $95 ($5 shipping charge applies). Mine (for my G23 Reaper) is showing up by the end of the week…how soon will you have yours?

Galco Avenger + Crusader Reaper

I really hate to do it. No, really I hate to say this…again. The Galco Avenger…don’t like it. Nice duty holster for security work. As a concealment holster of a Glock it doesn’t work well for me. It does as advertised and keeps the grip tight against your side. That is a beautiful thing. The problem with that is the back of the slide is forced to obviously protrude from my shirt. No matter where I move it it’s the same thing. It’s enough that I might as well be using my Sherpa holster. Yeah it’s that bad. So I’m on the watch for a better holster for next summer. With the Utah winters the way they are I’m more than good with the holsters I have.

Next summer…I would prefer not to have something over my t-shirt. I love IWB holsters. I haven’t found a comfortable one for the G23 Reaper. I tried one…It flat out hurt. I wore it for two hours and swore I’d never do so again. I’m open to suggestions.

Galco N3 Holster

I’ve been carrying my 1911 in the Galco N3 holster for about 2 years no. It’s a good quality holster and I feel that my pistol is very secure in it. My favorite point about it is the fact that I can hide my full size 1911 in that holster better than a Crusader Reaper in a belt holster (but that’s a post in and of itself). The N3 is made of very good materials and is something I would expect from Galco.

I do have a couple things, though that I would fix. It only has one belt loop in the back…that’s it. What ends up happening is the heavy pistol tilts forward and must be readjusted periodically. That can become a real pain for all day carry. The simple fix is just to add another belt loop in the front…no more sliding. Not that the GunDoctor has a lot of pull with Galco but that would be my recommendation to them. I have no doubt that the N3 would be just fine the way it is with a compact of subcompact pistol but not so with a full sized all steel pistol.