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Philem Withlead
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Published Aug 27, 2021
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Our Top Picks For Best Custom Holsters

Review Of The Best Custom Holsters From Our Research

1791 GUNLEATHER Ultra Custom Leather Holster

1791 GUNLEATHER Ultra Custom Leather Holster fits Sig P320x, P320c, P229, H&K VP9sk and Similar Frames - IWB CCW Holster - Memory Lock Right Handed Leather Gun Holster
  • CUSTOM FIT - The comfort of leather with the retention of Kydex. Fits H&K 45c, P2000USPc, VP9sk, Ruger American, P90, P95, Security-9, Sig Sauer M11A1, P229c, P229 Legion, P320 X Carry, P320c, Springfield XDMc, And similar frames
  • CUSTOM RETENTION: This Ultra Custom Holster is the only revolver Sig or HK IWB holster which uses the 1791 patented memory lock system that allows this holster to be custom molded to your pistol's exact specifications.
  • CONCEALMENT & COMFORT: 1791's Ultra Custom leather gun holsters are designed for custom retention, concealment and convenience. Our easy to conceal leather holster has a quick draw design making it the perfect inside the waistband holster for your everyday carry.
  • PROTECTION & CRAFTSMANSHIP: Made with all 100% American steerhide that is reinforced and double stitched, American steel clips and a smooth suede interior 1791 Gunleather's smooth concealment holster is hand crafted to protect both you and your gun at all times.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: All 1791 products are backed by our lifetime warranty. We produce the finest leather gun holsters used by law enforcement, sportsmen, veterans and patriots around the world. We guarantee 100% satisfaction and offer no-hassle returns.

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.

Pros

  • Quality leather
  • Improved retention and fit
  • Semi-tuckable clip

Cons

  • Not necessarily a con but the holster is at the top end of the mid-price range

Springfield Hellcat Holster - OWB Holster for Concealed Carry / Custom fit to Your Gun - Bravo Concealment

Springfield Hellcat Holster - OWB Holster for Concealed Carry / Custom fit to Your Gun - Bravo Concealment
  • ✔ FITS GUN MODELS: Springfield Hellcat (3") OSP 9mm, Springfield Hellcat (3") 9mm.
  • ✔ ADJUSTABLE RETENTION: This Springfield Hellcat Gun Holster has a retention setting phillips screw for your desired retention. So whether you like full retention or more on the lighter side, rest assured that you will have the ability to choose what works best for you.
  • ✔ UNLIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY ✔ 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE: Bravo Concealment offers high quality and durable products. This means that as long as you own your holster, you will be covered. If your holster ever breaks down for whatever reason, simply contact us. If we can't fix it we'll replace it. We stand by our products for a lifetime. That's a guarantee you can stand by.

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.

Pros

  • Adjustable retention
  • Good range of accessories and modifications
  • Accommodates tall sights, threaded barrels, and some optics

Cons

  • The cant is not adjustable

1791 GUNLEATHER 1911 Optic Ready Holster - OWB CCW Holster - Right Handed Leather Gun Holster for Belts - Fits 1911 Models with 4" and 5" Barrels

1791 GUNLEATHER 1911 Optic Ready Holster - OWB CCW Holster - Right Handed Leather Gun Holster for Belts - Fits 1911 Models with 4" and 5" Barrels
  • CUSTOM FIT: This Optic ready belt holster will fit 1911's with most Optics systems including 4" & 5" Colt, Rock Island Sig Sauer & Springfield; 5" Kimber; Browning HP.
  • CONCEALMENT & CONVENIENCE: 1791 Gunleather's 1911 Red Dot Optic Ready holster fits most Optics systems, is easy to conceal & has a quick draw design, making it perfect for everyday carry.
  • PROTECTION & CRAFTSMANSHIP: Hand crafted in the USA, 1791's leather belt holster provides superior retention, maximum reliability and durability, protecting both you & your firearm at all times.
  • COMFORT & QUALITY: The 1911 Sight Compatible holster is made with reinforced and double stitched 100% American Steerhide Leather, providing a comfortable, durable, lightweight and safe holster.
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY: All 1791 products are backed by lifetime warranty. We produce the finest gun holsters used by law enforcement, sportsmen, veterans and patriots around the world.

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.

Pros

  • Excellent quality leather
  • Robust design
  • Fits 1911s with optics

Cons

  • The cant is not adjustable

COMP-TAC.COM International Holster

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Comp-Tac International Holster - Compatible with CZ 75/85/P-01/SP-01 - Right Hand - Black
  • All Kydex OWB Holster- Perfect for use in Competitive Shooting Sports
  • (3) Mount Options included- Belt Mount, Paddle Mount, Drop Offset Piece
  • Cant Adjustable
  • Belt Width Adjustable from 1.5" to 2.25"
  • Retention Adjustment- Allows Customer to Tighten or Loose Holster Hold on Firearm

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.

Pros

  • Fits belts up to 2.25-inches
  • Adjustable cant and retention
  • Three mounting options
  • Fits threaded barrels and suppressor height sights

Cons

  • Right-hand draw only

Concealment Express: Springfield XD-S 3.3/4.0" Tuckable Ambidextrous IWB KYDEX Holster

Concealment Express: Springfield XD-S 3.3/4.0" Tuckable Ambidextrous IWB KYDEX Holster - Custom Fit - US Made - Concealed Carry Holster - Fully Adjustable (BLK, ULTI)
  • Fits: Springfield XD-S 3.3/4.0" 9/40/45 - Style: Tuckable Inside the Waistband (IWB) - Material: .08" KYDEX
  • Hand: AMBIDEXTROUS (Both RH & LH) - Carry Position: Appendix Carry, Hip Carry (3/9 O'Clock), Back Carry (6 O'Clock) - Ride Height: Standard or Deep Conceal
  • Cant: USER ADJUSTABLE FROM -15 to +15 DEGREES - Retention: USER ADJUSTABLE with POSI-CLICK
  • Standard Belt Clip: 1.5" ABS Belt Loop - Optional Belt Clip: ULTICLIP3
  • 100% Hand Made in the USA - Unconditional Lifetime Warranty - Absolute Satisfaction Guaranteed

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.

Pros

  • Adjustable cant, ride height, and retention
  • Tuckable
  • Ambidextrous

Cons

  • The holster does not have a sweat guard

Buyer's Guide For Custom Holsters

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 Holsters

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.

Gun Modifications

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.

Custom Holsters

FAQs For Custom Holsters

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CUSTOM HOLSTERS?

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.


ARE CUSTOM HOLSTERS MORE EXPENSIVE?

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.


Final Thoughts

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.

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