Custom Leather Holster
Having crafted over 1,000 custom holsters, building custom leather holsters is one of our greatest strengths and is certainly our specialty. Each custom holster is made entirely to order for each specific firearm to ensure a perfect fit. Our process is simple, build each holster one-a-time with the highest quality materials, so that each piece is worthy of being passed down for generations. Whether you have a rare firearm, unique lasers, lights, and optics, our talented crew of craftsmen will be able to deliver a holster that is comfortable, exceptionally crafted, and a true work of art.
How To Order A Custom Holster
Please follow this guide while ordering your custom holster. We will promptly call you to confirm the details of your order. You can also call us at 843-501-2771 to place an order over the phone.
Step 1) Choose your firearm manufacturer, model number, and any modifications (lights/lasers/red dots) from the drop down menu above.
Step 2) Choose how you would like to carry the holster, as an outside-the-waistband or inside-the-waistband or dual carry (has belt slots for OWB and comes with IWB clips that attached to belt slots)
Step 3) Choose the style of holster. A taco style holster is made one piece of leather that is sewn together. A pancake style holster is made from two pieces of leather that are sewn together.
Step 4) Choose how you would like the holster to attach to your belt.
- Belt Slide - Your belt will be fed through the belt slots. Our belt slots are cut to 1.75", so that they will fit a 1.5" gun belt.
- Metal Clips - The holster will clip onto your belt with one (or more) reinforced metal clips. Our metal clips are made for 1.5" gun belts and are very durable. The "tooth" on the the clip will secure the belt to the holster and will not damage your belt.
- Leather Snap - Our leather snaps are made to match the holster and your belt, which naturally camouflages the holster snaps on your belt for ultimate concealment.
- Paddle - Our plastic paddles are lightweight and comfortable and are made for 1.5" gun belts.
Step 4) Carry Position and Dominant Hand- Choose how you would to carry the holster on your belt and whether you shoot right handed or left handed.
- Dominant Side - Also known as strong side carry, is where you carry the firearm on the same hip as you dominant hand. If you are right handed, your holster will be on your right hip.
- Appendix - This is the most common concealed carry position, and is where you carry the firearm near your belly button.
- Cross Draw - This is where you use your dominant hand to reach across your body to draw the firearm. If you are right hand dominant, the holster will be on the left side of your body.
- Back - This is position is generally between 4:00 and 8:00 o'clock on your back. You can carry it anywhere between your hips.
Step 5) Choose type of leather. We have a wide range of types of leather to choose from. All of our exotic leather is dyed to order and we will call to confirm the colors that you would like.
Step 6) Choose if you would like a thumb break. A thumb break is the snap that covers the slide/hammer of the firearm, which prevents the firearm from being removed from the holster, when the snap is engaged. Each holster is made to be very snug, and a thumb break is not necessary, but is recommend if holster will be worn while riding ATV's/horseback, or other related activities. We can make the thumb break for either locked & cocked or hammer-down positions.
Step 7) Choose thread color - Available in a range of colors.
Step 8) Choose if you would like the holster to be lined with soft cow suede. Our unlined holsters have been resurfaced and slicked to provide a smoother surface than traditional rawhide leather. Upgrading to suede is not required, but the suede lining is technically softer. All of our leather holsters are made from vegetable tanned leather, so there are no chromium chemicals that would remove the finish from your firearm.
Will you call me to confirm my order before you being making it?
Yes, We will call you within 48 hours to confirm all of the details of your order, so that you will have the opportunity to make changes, choose your colors, or cancel your order.
What colors can I choose from and how do I choose them?
We custom dye all of our leather, so we can choose any color. Our craftsmen will call you to confirm the colors and we will provide you with color options during our phone call.
Can you make a holster for a laser/light/red dot sight?
Yes. We will be able to make a holster for your firearm that has a laser/light/red dot sight.
My firearm/laser/light is not on your list, will you be able to make a holster for it?
Most likely yes. New models are released every month and we try to update our drop down menus as frequently as possible. If you have a very rare/unique laser/light, we will still be able to make a holster if you send it to us. If it turns out that we cannot make a holster for your firearm, we will promptly provide you with a full refund.
Can I order a matching belt, mag holder, gun grip or shoulder holster?
Yes. We will be able to make a matching belt, mag holder (single or double), gun grip, or shoulder holster. The price will depend on the type of leather and other customizations. After you place your order, our craftsmen will call to confirm the details and will ask you if you would like to add anything else to your order.
Do I need to send you my firearm to make the custom holster?
No. We use replica gun molds to make our holsters.
Does my custom holster come with the 100-Year Warranty?
Yes, your custom holster will be covered by our 100-Year Warranty.
What does the 100-Year Warranty cover?
Our warranty covers any issues that arise from workmanship. Workanship includes: Thread coming undone, leather ripping, ETC.
What doesn't the 100-Year Warranty cover?
Our warranty applies to products used responsibly, and damage caused by misuse will not be covered, for example: your dog chews up the holster, if you fall off an ATV and the holster rips apart, If your holster falls into murky saltwater while you are wrestling gators, which causes it to shrink to change colors, we will attempt to repair it but we will not make an entirely new holster for you. Exposure to chemicals like chlorine, detergent, and conditioners may result in a breakdown of material, which will not be covered by our warranty.
What is the lead time for a custom holster? How long after placing an order will it take until I receive it?
Our current lead time for custom holsters is about 8-10 weeks, depending on how complex the holster is.
What is the best type of holster for me?
Our craftsmen will speak with you about how you plan on carrying your firearm and we will help you determine what type of holster is best for you.
Can I choose the angle (cant) of the belt slots?
Yes, we can make the belt slots at any angle. Generally we recommend a 15-degree forward cant. We will confirm these details during our phone call.
Are the metal clips adjustable?
Yes, the metal clips are adjustable. You can adjust the clips for height and angle.
If I lose one of the metal clips or hardware, will you replace it?
Yes, we can replace any lost clips or hardware.
How much retention will the holster have?
All of our holsters are made for each specific firearm and will be made very snug. Your firearm will not wiggle around in the holster. You will be able to adjust the amount of retention by breaking in the holster. We provide break-in instructions with all of our holsters.
Can I remove my thumb break or add a thumb break later?
No. After the holster is made, it cannot be modified to remove or add the thumb break.
If I do not choose to line my holster with suede, will the holster scratch the finish off of my firearm?
No. Our holsters are made from vegetable tan cowhide leather that has been resurfaced and slicked to be smooth. The suede lining is softer, but our unlined holsters will still protect the firearm's finish.
What happens if the holster does not fit?
When a holster does not initially fit, it is almost always because it has not been broken in yet. Our holsters are made from genuine leather, and require a break-in period, just like a new baseball mitt. If the holster is too tight after breaking in, we can stretch the holster at no additional cost. If the holster does not fit the firearm after being broken in and stretched, we will remake the holster at no additional cost.
What is your return policy?
Our craftsmen do their best to build each holster to your specific requests. We do not carry an inventory of custom holsters, therefore we will not be able to accept a custom holster as a return. However, we will work with you to resolve the situation on a case-by-case basis.
How will you ship my order?
We offer complimentary USPS shipping, but you can also pay for for UPS delivery as well.
Will I receive a notification when my order ships?
Yes. You will receive an email or text message with the tracking number when your order ships.
Can I send you my rare gun so that you can make a holster for it?
No. We use replica gun molds to make our holsters and we do not need you to send us your gun. We will use a two ton press to mold your holster, which could bend the barrel or frame of your firearm. Therefore, we will not allow you to send us your firearm.
If I already own a holster that I like, will you be able to recreate it?
Most likely yes. Please email us photos of your holster to Orders@TheSouthernTrapper.com