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My edc is a G-19 in kydex, I've never felt fancy or kinky enough to ever own a leather holster or leather anything.

But now, I actually own a leather gun belt, thanks Armor Belts, and I think this P-228 belongs in a leather holster. Cowhide or horsehide? Lined or unlined?

I'm thinking something along the lines of R. Grizzle GS2 or High Noon Snapper.

Anything else I should know?


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TT Gun leather iwb mikes special.
 
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Thanks, but my P-228 is too pretty to be in a IWB. This is my BBQ gun.


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Thanks, but my P-228 is too pretty to be in a IWB. This is my BBQ gun.


Check out TT's OWB holsters. They are my default holster for each new gun I get.
 
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TT Gunleather makes some very nice stuff. I've got several, including some with exotic hides. Highly reccomended. I've got a snap on pancake hoster for my 228 with Ostrich trim that is fantastic.

Ryan Grizzle posts here and is an absolutely top shelf holster maker. I have several of his rigs as well. His wait time has crept up there, but he still offers an expedite service for a very reasonable fee for his basic designs.

Top Gun Supply carries a lot of Ritchie Leather in stock. They got their start working for the late Lou Alessi and sell really nice versions of his designs.

Lobo Gun Leather isn't as pretty as the others, but they wear like iron. My duty holster in plainclothes is from Lobo.
 
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For me, my P228 rides in a Kramer Leather horsehide belt scabbard.

It will last past my lifetime and the gun's.
 
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For an OTC High Quality Leather holster---I can't speak highly enough of The Galco Fletch or any of the Galco Holster----Next best thing to custom and often better than some of those. Here is a link:

https://www.amazon.com/Galco-F...alco+Holster&sr=8-25


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Can y'all tell me if a leather holster should be lined or unlined? Is horsehide better than cowhide?

If I have to do a quadruple somersault with a ninja back flip to get the last bacon wrapped jalapeno popper, will it stay holstered, or should I get one with a retention strap like rwilli's recommended Galco?

This is a bbq gun, but I've been to some rowdy bbqs.


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One more to check out: Wright Leather Works. Beautiful, lined and unlined.



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Horsehide or cowhide is personal preference. I have both. Both are excellent materials when used correctly. Horse doesn’t take crisp molding or dye as well. It’s generally a bit stiffer and has a reputation for being better at resisting perspiration. Cowhide can be plenty stiff and generally looks better dyed. I really like the look of natural horse, so for me it’s a wash.

I’m okay with smooth linings, but avoid anything like suede. It catches dirt and grit and will increase wear on a finish.

Thumb breaks aren’t needed in properly fitted holsters. I can hold my Smith and Wesson Model 28 RGrizzle holster inverted and the gun will stay put. The only holsters I have with retention straps are my duty rigs, and that’s a matter of policy.

I’m not personally a fan of Galco. I’ve owned a ton of them over the years, and still own a few. They are soft. That lets them break in quick, but their lifespan is fairly short as they tend to stretch out and loosen up after a couple of years of use. They used to be much better, but quality has slipped in the last 20 years that I’ve been carrying a weapon for work. Cost has gone up. For what they charge you can get a nicer custom rig from several makers, some of whom have pretty short wait lists. Don Hume was my choice for off the rack leather for years, but they aren’t as available as they once were. Now I tend to go Kydex for off the rack until I can get something made. But that’s me though. I’ve got a Galco Fletch around here somewhere that I never use any more. You’re welcome to it if I can find it and you’d like.
 
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Take a look at High Noon Holsters. I carried my 228 in one of their pancake holsters and it's a great holster. Plus, I think they have a sale going on right now.
 
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copuap-Thanks for that info, exactly what I needed to know. Also, thanks for the offer of the Galco, but the P-228 is safely snuggled in a kydex holster right now.

Bulldog7972-High Noon and RGrizzle are the two I'm looking at, thanks for the suggestion.


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You will NOT be disappointed with the R.Grizzle GS2....Definitely worth the wait! Wink


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Check Nightengale Holsters. Guy does great work.
 
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For those who wear a jacket Mitch Rosen's shoulder holster and the 228 are a great match. Siting, in a car or otherwise, a ver accessible combo.


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Nightengale does look nice, thanks for the suggestion.


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Another recommendation for TT Gunleather, excellent workmanship.


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Galco satisfies the mass-market, price sensitive crowd.

I've got a Kramer #2 in horsehide for my P225 for 15+ years now, and still going strong. No fading, no collapse, stays open and secure without any issues. No hesitation in recommending them, best to get an order placed as their wait-times continues to increase.
 
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Thanks, for the Kramer suggestion, never heard of them.
Went with R.Grizzle, mostly because he is a forum guy and I enjoy helping members as much as I can.


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