Good day Folks,
I'm Eric Larsen, Owner and Maker at HBE LeatherWorks. For years, I've loved and carried CZ Firearms. When I looked for a good holster for my CZ PCR. There were none available. So... I made one, then another and so on. My sickness started! :) After making many holsters, my work slowly became better and with more than a decade of help from great teachers, it is what it is today.
When I was looking for a better holster I learned that there is no "one size fits all holster". Each person is unique in size, shape, proportions, dress, habits, environment, mobility, experience, weapon preference etc.
All of these factors affect what holster and its details, will work the best for you. That's why I make gun leather the way
that I do. I have 14 styles of holsters. All have strengths and weakness's but there is usually 1 or 4, that will fit the criteria
that you are looking for. The details can be adjusted to your wants and needs, from that point.
My professional goal is to offer you very high quality gun leather at reasonable prices. I do this by using the best materials, production techniques and proven designs. Choosing the right details for your gun leather can be very confusing, so I am here to help you figure it out. Picking out the right carry gun is hard and picking the right carry holster can be harder....but it doesn't have to be.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my website and products, Peace, Prayers and Prosperity.......Eric L. @ HBE
Ok..this is just basic info to get you thinking the proper way. Although I cannot teach you how to pick the perfect holster in a couple of lines of text, but can start to steer you in the right direction.
What is your level of experience? If you're new and need help..then read on. If you are an old pro.....skip this and just call me with what you want!
First off...Please forget some of what you've heard or read on the innerweb. Horse hide is not better or more expensive! IWB carry does not mean you have to buy all new clothes! Thumb breaks are not needed for CCW leather. Did you see a great SOB holster in a movie that looks so cool? :) You get my point..... Einstein said "question everything".
Now....Think about the size of gun you have...how will it carry? Is it small and non intrusive or a 5" 1911? How are you built physically? Are you a big guy who can hide a cannon or smaller framed and need a Micro 9mm? How do you dress and where you will go while carrying a gun? Are you a jeans and Tshirt guy or Semi Casual? Do you think you want to carry OWB or give IWB a try?
For OWB CCW work, this is easy. Pancakes are usually a better choice for most people.
Pancakes hold the gun so closely to the body, that a body shield is standard on them. Body shields
protect you from the sharp parts of the gun. A fairly large t shirt will hide properly made pancake.
Thinking maybe IWB? Hmmmmmm. There are 2 types of IWB, regardless of who makes them.
1) Stacked loop design (like my Pro or a Summer Special) The term "stacked" means the spring clip or snap loops, are stacked over the body of the gun. This can make the holster thicker, front to back, than the latter type. They can have banded mouths for strength, but like my Pro Slim can be very slim and very convenient to carry. These are great for short term carry, like after work or running errands. If you carry a snub nose revolver, this is not a recommended type of holster.
2) Offset loop design (Com series, Pro tl) The term "offset" means the spring clip(s) or snap loops are offset away from the body of the gun. They are usually on the outside edges of the holster and this makes them thinner, front to back, than the previous type. A dual offset loop has an increased width, that helps them spread the weight out of a heavy gun, more efficiently. They are also more flexible and move with the body. They can hold the gun closer to the body than the stacked loop type.
Revolvers are the thickest at the cylinder. An offset loop type will keep that bulk down and is more comfortable, for most people, than the stacked loop type. This is from personal experience and 15+ years of customer feedback.
No type is better than the other, both offer different strengths and weakness's. I depends on what your priorities are for your holster and personal taste as well.
How do you want it to attach to the pant/belt? Steel spring clips are very secure and very quick! Snap loops are more of a classic look for belt retention but require a belt all of the time. Spring clips can be worn without a belt, but we always try and recommend you wear one. (cough)
The mouth of the holster is where the gun goes into it. These can be strengthened by adding material around that area. This makes is easier to reholster the gun. Some models can be reinforced/banded....some cannot. If you are very new to CCW, a banded mouth can make it easier and safer while you get used to your gun/holster.
Most people carry between 2-5 Oclock on their strong side. (look at the FAQ page for terminology) Most of those carry between 3-4:30. This allows for great comfort, concealment and access to you gun, should you need it. Always consider the fact that you may need to get to your gun with one hand when choosing a style and carry location. If you are fighting off an attacker with one hand, you want to be able to get your gun.....quickly and conveniently!!!!
I hope this has helped you narrow down your choices or at least educated you a little and got you thinking! :) Also, trust your first instinct or gut feel. If you are attracted to one style over another, there is usually a reason for that.
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*** I do have already made CCW holsters for sale all of the time. Just check out my For Sale page. Eric
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