1791 holsters often feature on our top picks lists because they make great quality leather products that are made to last. This particular 1791 Ultra Custom has an interesting new selling point that professes to offer the retention and “click” of Kydex, but with the comfort of leather.
Is this a gimmick? No, it is actually a pretty novel idea. The memory lock technology is actually contained inside the leather.
From the outside, it looks like any other well-made holster but by putting the holster in an air-tight bag and leaving it in hot water for about five minutes, you can create an almost perfect mold for your gun.
Don’t worry though, the holster comes with instructions and the process is not difficult to follow at home and it’s pretty quick. A short video of the process is available here
The memory lock series is available for many other gun makes but the holster under review is for the Sig Sig P320x, P320c, and P229.
Another nice feature of the 1791 is the holster clip. It’s similar in design to the clips used of tuckable holsters but is maybe not quite as deep.
I would say that the clip makes the holster semi-tuckable. If your shirts are not very long then you should be able to tuck them in over the holster leaving only the clip exposed.
1791 has come up with an interesting idea here and if you are a leather fan, but have always dreamed of somehow getting a “click” sound to let you know that your gun is properly retained, this is definitely a holster series that is well worth trying out.
Bravo Concealment has made a polymer holster to accommodate guns with a range of after-market accessories.
The bottom of the holster has a round opening for Hellcats with threaded barrels. In addition, the holster is also designed to fit sights with tall clearance and the Shield and Hex wasp optics.
It’s important to note that the holster will not fit a Springfield RDP or the Trijicon and Vortex optics. In terms of design, the Bravo has three levels of retention that you can choose and the clips will fit belts up to 1.5-inches in height.
The cant is not adjustable and is set at a slight forward angle, roughly 15 degrees or the FBI cant. This is a good mid-price range OWB holster and would be ideal for range use and carry where states permit.
Bravo Concealment also offers some accessories that are sold separately such as a paddle attachment and pancake loops which will allow for cant adjustment.
The 1791 leather OWB holster for 1911 models is a particularly robust design. It has double stitching and two-layer leather in all of the right places. Its main selling point is that it is molded for 1911 frames very well and can fit most optics on the market for 1911s.
There are only two belt loops which means that you won’t have a choice of cant and the default cant is set at a slight forward angle but a third belt loop may have made the holster too bulky anyway.
Three color options are available, namely classic, signature brown, and black. There are not very many leather holsters on the market for 1911s that will also fit optics so this fills the niche nicely and comes in at a very reasonable price.
Finding a good OWB range holster for the CZ SP-01 Shadow can be hard but Comp-Tac has done a good job here. They have thought about almost everything that you could want in a holster for competitive and range shooting.
Firstly, the holster can fit belts from 1.5 to 2.25-inches in height and comes with three mounting options: belt mount, paddle, and drop off-set. CZs with raised sights and barrel threads will also fit and many rear slide mounted optics are also accommodated.
The cant and retention are also fully adjustable to maximize personal draw preferences. In general, the Comp-Tac is range-specific but you could use it for normal OWB carry but it may not be the safest option for that purpose.
The holster design is available in left and right-hand draws for many other makes of auto-pistols but unfortunately, the CZ 75 design is right-hand only.
Concealment Express has made a pretty versatile IWB holster for the Springfield XD-S 3.3 and 4-inch models. The holster is ambidextrous by simply moving the clip from one side to the other.
The cant can also be adjusted through the clip positioning but is limited to a range of minus 15 degrees to plus 15 degrees. The ride height can be adjusted between two positions, standard and deep concealment.
The versatility comes into play with the different carry styles that you can use. The holster is tuckable but can be worn on the hip, back, or appendix style.
Design-wise, the holster fully covers the trigger guard and partially covers the magazine release but is raised at this point to make it impossible to push the magazine release in error.
Overall, the Concealment Express offers a custom mold for the Springfield that is comfortable, adjustable, and provides choices for carry style and clothing.
For the price, this is a really good buy for Springfield owners that want a multi-purpose holster. If I had to point out one potential fault, the holster lacks a sweat guard which may or may not be a major concern for potential buyers.
There are some companies that make holsters from scratch, particularly leather ones that can be made to your own specifications. We are covering the other kind of custom holster, the Kydex, and leather holsters that are molded for a specific make and model of gun.
We have also included holsters that are designed to accommodate accessories and modifications such as suppressor height sights and optics.
Normally we also like to cover a range of materials but unfortunately, nylon or neoprene just doesn’t cut it if you want a holster that fits your gun like a glove.
Custom Kydex or custom leather holsters have their appeal for obvious reasons. There is nothing better than a holster that is molded for your specific gun because it gives you the best balance between retention, or snug fit, and a good draw.
Not all custom holsters are the same though and we have selected a range of options for carry style and use. The holsters mainly fall within the mid-price range with only the 1791 Ultra Custom getting closer to the hundred dollar mark.
In our view, all of the holsters are good value for money though and many of them have some novel features that make them stand out from the crowd of custom holsters on the market.
A custom holster is one thing but finding a good custom holster that can fit the common pistol upgrades such as optics, threaded barrels, and taller sights is not always easy.
If this is what you are looking for, we have two Kydex and one leather option. Go straight to the Bravo Concealment or Comp-Tac holsters on our list for your Kydex choices. Check out the 1791 optics ready holster if you are a leather person.
A custom holster that is specifically molded for your make and model of gun will almost always have better retention and a more snug fit.
If you consider the types of “universal” holsters on the market, they will typically be made to fit most full-size guns or most sub-compacts. Some will even claim to fit just about any size of gun, auto, or revolver.
The chances of a holster of that type being a great fit for your gun is slim to none and they will invariably need to have an adjustable retention strap of some kind.
If you want a holster that provides a combination of a smooth draw, great retention, and trigger guard coverage then a custom holster is generally the best way to go.
Not necessarily. It depends on the material used. Kydex molds can be made very cheaply and there are plenty of decent custom mold Kydex holsters that are priced at the lower end of the market.
The only general difference I find with the cheaper custom Kydex holsters is that clips and the screws are often of lower quality. Otherwise, they fit the gun they are molded for just as well.
Leather custom holsters are pretty much the same, relatively speaking. You can find some surprisingly good quality custom leather holsters that are not much more expensive than the “one size fits many” varieties. The two 1791 Gunleather holsters on the list of our top picks are good examples.
That concludes our round-up of the best custom holsters.
Just remember that with almost all of the holsters reviewed, we may have looked at a specific gun model but the styles of holsters are generally made for a good range of guns.
If you liked a holster on our list but it was not for your make of gun then just check on our Amazon link, you are sure to find the holster with the right mold.