View Full Version : Leather holsters: Molded or non?
Dupe-ing my own thread but there is more traffic here.
Kind of in a pickle here. Here's the deal: I'm looking at getting a leather holster for my FNH FNP-9. Will be using this OWB holster for a self-defense class, probably some USPSA shoots and normal practice drills at the range/BLM. I believe the non-molded is ready to ship a.s.a.p. and about $50 cheaper than the molded. The site says that it would take two weeks for it to mold to your gun. Their molded one looks great, $50 more, and will take 3-4 months to get to me. Anyone with a leather holster have any thoughts on this? Here's a picture of the two:
09-10-2012, 12:07 AM
Molded for sure.
I'd check out tucker and byrd. Saw them at a local show, they make some great stuff and are very well known here in TX. Going to have them make me a IWB CZ 2075 holster once I finally find one locally.
Their website sucks, so might be worth giving them a call. 832-432-0077
Thanks, Z. I like the look of the molded, forsure. I'm guessing it would retain the gun better? Think I found their site but they have OWB holsters for the FNP-45 & the 5-7 =/
09-10-2012, 12:43 AM
Thanks, Z. I like the look of the molded, forsure. I'm guessing it would retain the gun well? Think I found their site but they have OWB holsters for the FNP-45 & the 5-7 =/
They are going through a bit of a switchup from what I heard, it used to be tucker gunleather (known for supplying a lot of the texas ranger's holsters) to tucker/byrd. They guy I was talking to at the show had a LOT of holster on display that was beyond what they were showing on their actual website. I gotta say, I thought they were leather lined kydex when I was handling them. Very precise molding work, all US made leather / hardware, nice stitch work. Overall very nice stuff.
Looks like "Military Arms" might do a review of his new highnoon holster soon :)
09-10-2012, 5:33 PM
I don't see anything special about that holster to warrant a 4 month wait. There are tons of makers out there making boned holsters. A holster without boning isn't really a holster, it's a pouch.
The FNP-9 isn't that popular, though :) So any holster maker that does make one for it catches my attention. From my limited research, they get good reviews. I think it's better than waiting for Raven concealment haha.
09-10-2012, 11:06 PM
A molded and boned holster, if done correctly, will help retain the gun.
I have used Aker Leather (http://akerleather.com/off-duty-holsters.php?cat=off-duty-xr&name=FlatSider+XR+Series+Holsters) for a number of years and their Flatsider (below) is an excellent basic holster. Very good gear for not being handmade in a boutique shop with a four month wait.
Not sure if they make for an FNP-9 yet, but if you call them you'll find out.
I'll send them an e-mail. The FN isn't listed there.
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