We have taken allot of time and effort in putting this page together for our customers, spend some time here and you will get an education in concealed carry.  Please remember, concealment holster selection is not a science, its a discovery of preference. Each individual has clothing, body type and activity preferences which will determine which concealment method will best fit within their own lifestyle.       

Enjoy and stay safe. 
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  1. What's the difference between horsehide and cowhide?
  2. I am concerned about holster wear on my guns' finish. Is there anything that can be done to prevent this?
  3. What's the difference between your holsters and those of another maker?
  4. My holster is too tight! What's the best way to break it in?
  5. Why leather, we are in the 21st century,  what happened to technology?
  6. What kind of thread do you use natural cotton or synthetic?
  7. What is meant by FBI tilt?
  8. What type of snaps do you use?
  9. How important is it that the holster slots match the belt width?
  10. How do you draw the gun out of the Pocket Grabber?
  11. Ordering On line Questions?
  12. What are your Warnings and Disclaimers?
  13. What are your Terms Of Sale?
  14. Why are there some marks on my holster?
  15. How do I adjust the tension screw?
  16. Do you make combination holsters?
  17. Care and Maintenance Answers?
  18. What's the difference between the Bare Asset and the Mr Softy?
  19. How do I choose a holster for concealed carry?
  20. What is your best holster for concealed carry?
  21. What if my holster gets wet?
  22. I got mildew and green stuff on my holster how do I get it off?
  23. What's better for an IWB, a clip or strap?
  24. What's the difference between the Hideaway and the Mister Softy?
  25. Why don't you sell Kydex holsters?
  26. Why do you use full grain leather on your shoulder holster harness, when other manufacturers tend to use suede or nylon?
  27. Why don't you stock more holsters?
  28. What do you guys recommend thumbreak or open top holster?
  29. I will be visiting Florida can I have a tour of your factory?
  30. Can I stop by and take a look at your holsters before I buy?
  31. Why is your site red, distorted, dark, unclear ect ect
  32. Will the salts in the leather attack my firearms finish?
  33. How will I know my holster is ready to be shipped?
  34. How will I know you got my on line order?
  35. I'm not sure whether to order the right or left handed version?
  36. I am from XYZ forum , why don't you advertise with us?
  37. Why don't you use steel to reinforce your holsters?
  38. What's a good holster for a women?
  39. Why don't you sell a J hook for your IWB holsters?
  40. Why doesn't the holster hold the gun closer to my body?
  41. Why does my holster not conceal well?
  42. Why are your magazine carriers not molded?
  43. Why don't you sell a 3 slot holster?
  44. Why don't you make a holster with all the molding on the front of the holster?
  45. Why do I feel my holster shift when I move fast?
  46. Why do some other holster makers have two versions of their lines?
  47. I got my tracking number, where's my order?
  48. Why don't you sell a thumbreak for a 1911?
  49. My holster smells because of sweat, what do I do?
  50. Will the gun fall out of an open top holster?
  51. What does open muzzle design mean?
  52. What do I get, a straight drop holster or a canted holster?
  53. Missing a rivet, rivet pulled thru, rivet not installed correctly?
  54. Why don't you sell nylon holsters?
  55. My holster squeaks, creeks or makes noise, why?
  56. Will the same gun with different size barrels work in the same holster?
  57. Why don't you do custom work, I like one of your holsters but want it modified?
  58. Why don't you offer Non reinforced 1/4 inch double thick belts like other makers?
  59. If I refer your holsters out can I get a discount?
  60. Why don't you make a Split Decision, Bare Asset, Mr. Softy, Hidden Ally holster with an extra piece of material that separates the back of the gun from contact with the body? (like in some of your other holsters)
  61. Why are you posting inaccurate lead times on your web site?
  62. I bought a holster from XYZ company, my holster dye is bleeding? Does yours bleed?
  63. Why does your holster not work with another makers belt?
  64. Why do you make your most of your inside the waistband holsters with the ruff side of the leather out?
  65. Why don't you make your inside the waistband holsters sit lower?
  66. Why don't you break in your holsters before you send them out?
  67. What does it mean when someone says I carry at 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock, 5 o'clock?
  68. Why does the belt stiffener stop at the belt holes or Does the ROCK STEADY's synthetic center extend through the buckle support area for all models?
  69. What does the term "Genuine Leather" mean and do you use "Genuine Leather" for your holsters and belts?
  70. Why don't you expand the business to produce faster?
  71. Do you finish the interior of your holsters?
  72. Should I get suede lining on my outside the pants holster?
  73. How tight should the tension screw be?
  74. What if I get my holster wet?
  75. Are there advantages to a pre curved belt?
  76. What is meant by a sight track?
  77. When do you charge my credit card?
  78. Why doesn't my holster have a silky smooth draw?
  79. Why does your holster move my slide back on my gun when I reholster?
  80. How important is it to be able to reholster your gun with one hand?
  81. Which width belt do we recommend?
  82. Is a horsehide holster thinner then a cowhide holster?
  83. What is a "thumb break"?
  84. Where should I carry my gun?
  85. Why don't you list your leather suppliers like some of the other sites I have visited?
  86. Why don't you make a combination holster with leather and kydex?
  87. What is shell cordovan?
  88. Why do you use tension devices on all of your holsters?
  89. Will I have to buy bigger pants to be able to use an inside-waist-band holster?
  90. What is meant by the term full firing grip or combat grip?
  91. What type of leather do we use?
  92. Are all of your guns that you make holsters for on the lists?
  93. What gives leather its "scent"?
  94. No matter what I do I think people can see my gun, why is this?
  95. How do I store my leather holster?
  96. Are there any penalties or fees to return something?
  97. How often is your order status page updated?
  98. Why does Appendix carry make the holster or gun push deep into my thigh when sitting to make the combo uncomfortable when sitting?
  99. Does the Skin line (Bare Skin, Skin Guard, Skin Tite)  offer one handed reholstering?
  100. What can I do to keep my holster looking new?
  101. Where does most of the leather used in the world come from?
  102. Why don't you ship thru the US mail?
  103. What does Stocking Item mean?
  104. What advantage does having a 15 degree forward cant or 0 degree straight drop give to a wearer? 
  105. Why does my holster move and shift thru out the day?
  106. Why don't you size the straps on your inside the waistband holsters perfectly?
  107. Why is there fuzz on my gun from your holster?
  108. Why do you have different design variations for the Pocket Grabber?
  109. Why does my tuckable inside the pants holster shift when I am wearing it?
  110. Why does my holster shift when I am wearing it?
  111. Should I oil my High Noon Holster?
  112. Why does your holster not conceal my gun?
  113. What are the advantages and disadvantages of pocket carry?
  114. What are the tie downs on the shoulder rig for? 
  115. How do I get used to carrying a gun inside my pants? It's so uncomfortable!!
  116. How important is clothing selection?
  117. Why don't you make a bikini type inside the waistband holster, so one holster will fit a family of guns?
  118. What is a concealment holster trying to achieve?
  119. Why are the Mr. Softy, Split Decision, Hidden Ally and Bare Asset holsters so cheap, I heard holsters in this price range are junk?
  120. What are the different types of holsters, I am confused?
  121. Why is the Down Under in black so much money?
  122. Can a Glock 19 and Glock 26 be able to use the same holster?
  123. What type of draw can you expect from a low ride deep concealment holster?
  124. What is a non molded holster?
  125. What is a molded to the gun holster?
  126. Why can't one holster accommodate all my needs?
  127. Why does the butt of the gun stick out, announcing I have a weapon?
  128. What's the difference between your thin Inside the waist band holsters and your Thicker Inside the waist band holsters and why the huge price difference between them?
  129. What is appendix carry and why should I want to carry appendix carry?
  130. Why don't you have your logo stamped onto your inside the pants holsters with clips?
  131. Why does your pocket holster tip over, not stay steady and not fit in my pockets?
  132. Why does your pocket holster print?
  133. Why don't you have different color clips for your Inside The Pants Holsters?
  134. What do you think of the new no clip, no strap compression type inside the pants holsters?
  135. Your inside the pants holsters with clips are hurting my hands why did you make it so stiff?
  136. Your holster makes my gun rust but my friend has the exact same setup and he gets no rust. why is my holster defective?
  137. Why don't you make different size clips instead of just the 1- 1/2 ?
  138. Why don't you make a holster with a magazine holder attached?
  139. What is weapon retention?
  140. Why doesn't my revolver holster fit as good as my automatic holster in your soft line?
  141. What does the term ride of the holster mean. (High Ride, Low ride)?
  142. What is more important weapon retention or concealment?
  143. Why is leather so expensive?
  144. Are there different qualities of leather?
  145. How strong is leather?
  146. Will Leather fade?
  147. What is the difference between a lined holster and an unlined holster?
  148. Are there unique variations in each product you make?
  149. Is my gun more likely to rust in a leather holster?
  150. Is it safe to use my credit card or debit card on your site?
  151. Is bullhide better then cowhide?
  152. How do I store my leather holsters?

     

Much debate goes on about this one. We find it amusing to read what the  Internet myths say about what horsehide can do. There is no scientific test that we know of  that has been done that can prove one is better than the other. Which means its all somebody's opinion or preference on this debate. So here's the scoop from High Noon Holsters® point of view.

Mr. Ed  VS  Clara Bell
            Round 1

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 1 Whats the difference between horsehide and cowhide?

   Horsehide is not as readily available as cowhide, we eat more cows than horses. In other words, using the supply and demand principle, horsehide will be more of an investment then cowhide when it comes to your holster. Vegetable tanned horsehide is extremely firm-grained, dense and water repellent. And one of the more notable properties of horsehide is its natural ability to repel moisture. This is due to the dense cell structure of the hide. This natural ability to repel moisture makes it very useful for certain applications, particularly for use inside the waistband or if you were going to be exposed to an excessive amount of water, moisture, body fluids and humidity. Unlike cowhide, horsehide's non porous dense nature reduces its ability to fully absorb the molding solution during the forming process, making it much more complex to get good detail of the weapon, but it can be done if you have the skill. Some holster makers claim horsehide can't look as good as cowhide after the molding process. We disagree with them 100%. With High Noon Holsters' special forming process it can be done and look just as detailed as cowhide. {Click here for Picture of Horsehide Holster} 

    Also horsehide tends not to absorb the dye as well as cowhide. That's why you see many horsehide holsters sold as natural finish only. The firm grain texture that you will see in a natural finished horsehide holster is considered part of the beauty of the material and attests to its authenticity. When horsehide is dyed black it hides allot of the beauty of the material but has a look all its own with dull spots and shiny ones. A good picture of that is over here.  We recommend the natural finish highly.

    Some makers also claim the stitching will wear out faster on a horsehide holster because horsehide is so hard that the thread sits on the surface of the holster where it is easily damaged, unlike cowhide which is just soft enough to allow the stitching to be pulled tight below the surface, where it is protected from abrasion. If you are using a quality thread it doesn't matter. And if you do believe it and are worried, our stitching is guaranteed for the life of the holster, cow or horse.

   The bottom line is, Horsehide is more difficult to get and work with than Cowhide. Most holster makers will not touch this material and do not want to carry horsehide, they do not want to work with the material.  Also, its not a big money maker, lots of waste and a cemetery full of products that do not turn out good . From past history thruout the web even if one does put it in their line, eventually it gets discontinued  because of not being able to make a profit on it. We understand, the material kills the sewing machine needles, dulls them and breaks them quickly, puts more stress on all the machines being used ( its a dense, dense, hard material), and its unpredictable in the manufacturing process. Also it takes more skill to sew horsehide and harder to get a good mold on the holster. We have a grave yard full of them that did not come out right. Sometimes its not at all profitable. But from the consumer end horsehide has some extraordinary properties cowhide doesn't have.

     So which material is better? Well, you can't deny there are more famous horses then cows. How can you beat Mr. Ed, he even spoke English, a plus in our book! And don't forget about Black Beauty. And HEY we never seen a cow in a merry go round. We can't even think of a famous prime time cow. Anyway, enough nonsense, we like the horsehide for inside the pants holsters better because of its water repellent properties and makes a slightly stiffer holster then the cow. That's not to say cowhide is inferior for inside the pants or makes a soft holster,  its stiff, just not as stiff as horse. Now some people hate that never ever break in feel from horse, but that's the material. Outside the pants they are both excellent materials. It all depends on you and the application the holster will be used for. You can not go wrong with either choice. This needs to be treated as an exotic material like shark or gator skin and is a personal preference issue. You may not need it but it sure would be nice to have. If you do not own a horsehide holster try the material , you will not be disappointed!

 

 

 

 

 

  1. I am concerned about holster wear on my guns finish. Is there anything that can be done to prevent this ? 

    Our holsters are designed for use by professionals and others who carry a handgun consistently. The act of drawing your pistol from a  holster creates friction at the points of contact, and eventually those points will begin to show signs of wear. For that reason it would be unfair to expect that your personal sidearm will remain in new condition forever.  A lined holster is a way to simply delay the inevitable, which is holster wear. If you practice hard, your guns' finish will wear, lining helps retard the process.

                                                   But there are other benefits to lining besides protecting your guns' finish.

   Our lining is made from a material that is produced exclusively for High Noon Holsters®. It is a special synthetic material (man made) that is super slick and has cutting edge durability. It wears in and burnishes smooth by use. The material will draw moisture from the surface of the weapon and then, dissipates it quickly into the atmosphere. Being a man made material, it has water repellent properties. Also, because of the laminating process creating a sandwich of leather, glue and lining creates a stiffer holster then an unlined version. This does not mean a unlined holster is soft, its just means when you compare them side by side, the lined holster has a stiffer feel to it.

  Some makers offer suede lining, in other words some animals skin, there are drawbacks to to this lining method. In our tests, most of them absorb oil, dirt and powder residue. We feel our synthetic material out classes and out performs the suede lining. We do not care if it costs more money and is more time consuming to apply, its the best and that's why we use it. High Noon Holsters®  is not into cutting corners or making the most money we can from a holster. High Noon Holsters®  is all about producing the ultimate best holster we can. That's why we have the reputation we have.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What's the difference between your holsters and those of another maker and what makes yours better ? 

    As you know, there are many other holster makers out there that make a similar product, that is designed a bit differently than we do. Almost all of the top shelf custom holster makers are the same page with this one. We respect each others' work and let the customer make their own decision without speaking negatively of a competitors' product in a attempt to try and convince you that ours is superior. With that said, there are some out there that do not follow this rule.

        Anyway before you make a decision to purchase, you must compare the quality, design, price, guarantees, return policies, what's written in published books and gun magazines and delivery time of our product with what other makers offer. When you are ready, if you still have any questions give us a call and we will be more than pleased to discuss the benefits of our designs with you so that you can make an educated decision. But our web site is second to none, 99% of the information you need is here. We have put a lot of time and effort into our web site so you can cruise around 24-7 without having that hollow feel you get from most other sites. 

 
 


 

  1. My holster is too tight! What's the best way to break it in ? 

     We build our holsters for a snug fit. It may appear the holster fit is too tight at first but this is by design. Tightness in a new holster is not uncommon and is much preferable to the alternative. If the draw is a little stiff at first, it is recommended that you work with it to see if it doesn't loosen up with a bit of use, it is leather and by simply using it the product will stretch. About 25 to 35 draws should be a good indicator of whether the holster will break in on its own.
     There are many reasons as to why a holster would be excessively tight ranging from the texture of your guns finish, minute variations in the hand stitching process, to slight changes in climate or humidity from where the holster is made. Regardless of the reason, a too tight holster can easily be remedied by the end user. Generally leather will stretch slightly with use. A break-in period may be needed, similar to a new pair of leather shoes.

Tension Screws
      If your holster has a tension screw, the tension screw is not preset at the factory. You may need to loosen the tension to holster your handgun the first time, after which you can adjust the tension screw(s) to the tension you desire. We recommend you check your screws and adjustments before and during each use.  There is no reason to completely remove tension unit.  Some people who do not want to remember to check the screws, use Loctite 222 Thread locker or a drop of clear nail polish which may prevent it from backing out.  Both are a low strength thread locker.  Parts can be separated using hand tools if ever needed. But even using these methods,  you should always check the screws each time to make sure everything was good to go.

Thumbreaks

    If the thumbreak strap is difficult to use at first, insert a  completely unloaded handgun into the holster. Be sure the handgun is fully seated in the holster. PUSH the gun in all the way so the trigger guard is stopped by the stitching. Hold the gun with your right hand, hold the strap with your left hand. Now at the same time pull the gun to the right and the strap to the left while keeping it taught. Six to Twelve times should do it. Now you are ready to try and  snap the thumbreak together. Pull the strap over the back of the firearm without releasing tension, while maintaining the tension,  snap the thumbreak strap closed.

Right handed shooters should pull to the left while left handed shooters pull to the right. Once the thumbreak is fastened over the handgun keeping it fasten will quickly break it in.

Holster Fit - Break In Methods

  1.  Blocking Process:  First place a completely unloaded handgun into the 4 mil plastic bag that your new holster was packaged in.  Then carefully insert the bagged gun all the way into the holster, do not wet or spray the holster with any solution to aid in the stretching process. Now twist the gun about 1/16" in both directions a few dozens times. Next, work the weapon in and out of the holster a few dozen times. Remove the bag and see if you like the fit. If it is still too tight, then repeat the process. This blocking out process as described above will in no way harm the detailed molding of your new holster, nor will it ruin its retention qualities. It serves simply to stretch the leather a few thousands of an inch larger then the gun. The amount of stretching time needed for satisfactory results range from a just a few minutes to overnight.

  2.  Kitchen wax paper: You could also try wrapping it with 1 layer of  kitchen wax paper ,with the wax to the outside and seat the completely unloaded handgun  fully into the holster. Now twist the gun about 1/16" in both directions a few dozens times. Next, work the weapon in and out of the holster a few dozen times. Remove the paper and see if you like the fit. If it is still too tight, then repeat the process with 2 layers of wax paper. Continue until you get it close to the desired fit. Remove the paper and do a few dozen practice draws. The holster should now be sufficiently broken in to allow you to wear it and finalize the break in process. This process as described above will in no way harm the detailed molding of your new holster, nor will it ruin its retention qualities. It serves simply to stretch the leather a few thousands of an inch larger then the gun. The amount of stretching time needed for satisfactory results range from a just a few minutes to overnight.

  3.  Nylon stockings:  Place a completely unloaded handgun into the nylon stocking and seat the gun fully into the holster. Now twist the gun about 1/16" in both directions a few dozens times. Next, work the weapon in and out of the holster a few dozen times. Remove the stocking and see if you like the fit. If it is still too tight, then repeat the process. Continue until you get it close to the desired fit. Remove the stocking and do a few dozen practice draws. The holster should now be sufficiently broken in to allow you to wear it and finalize the break in process. This blocking out process as described above will in no way harm the detailed molding of your new holster, nor will it ruin its retention qualities. It serves simply to stretch the leather a few thousands of an inch larger then the gun. The amount of stretching time needed for satisfactory results range from a just a few minutes to overnight.

  4. Kitchen saran wrap: You could also try wrapping it with 1 or 2 layers of  kitchen saran wrap then seat the completely unloaded handgun  fully into the holster. Now twist the gun about 1/16" in both directions a few dozens times. Next, work the weapon in and out of the holster a few dozen times. Remove the paper and see if you like the fit. If it is still too tight, then repeat the process with 2 layers of wax paper. Continue until you get it close to the desired fit. Remove the paper and do a few dozen practice draws. The holster should now be sufficiently broken in to allow you to wear it and finalize the break in process. This blocking out process as described above will in no way harm the detailed molding of your new holster, nor will it ruin its retention qualities. It serves simply to stretch the leather a few thousands of an inch larger then the gun. The amount of stretching time needed for satisfactory results range from a just a few minutes to overnight.

   If you feel the body of the holster is too tight, using your hands only, loosen up the seamed edges by gently flexing the holster in all directions repeatedly. This does not mean severely folding, bending or smashing the leather. Once the body of the holster starts to feel less rigid, insert a completely unloaded handgun into the holster. Be sure the handgun is fully seated in the holster. Holding the handgun by its grip and the holster with your other hand, twist the gun to the right and then to the left.

Etching
It is common for the inside of a leather holster to scratch from a single holstering. A smooth leather lined holster will be even more subject to this normal occurrence, called etching. After this initial etching the holster will custom fit your handgun.

Sharp Edges
Some firearm manufacturers still sell guns with very sharp edges. They have not been deburred/dehorned. If your gun falls into this category, it is highly recommended that you have a qualified gunsmith deburr/dehorn your firearm.

 

 

 

 

  1. Why leather, we are in the 21st century, aren't we, what happen to technology?

    There is Nothing Like Leather! It's a delicious smell like no other, sneaking up to greet as you stand at the racks of  leather at your local store. The scent almost implores you to spend money, it's an intoxicating leather smell.

     Leather is a product of Nature. Leather has been used by man for thousands of years. It is one of the few things that has stood the test of time because of it's practical benefits. Take a piece of leather and observe the way the fibers are knitted together.  It is Nature's work. It is so wonderful that man cannot hope to reproduce it. He cannot even recreate it. Boil a piece of hide or skin. It will turn into gelatine. (Gelatin is a translucent, colorless, brittle (when dry), nearly tasteless solid substance derived from the collagen inside animals' skin and bones. Gelatin melts to a liquid when heated and solidifies when cooled again.) No power known to man can turn that gelatine back into leather. Shred it. No machine can reweave the fibers into their former wonderful fabric. Take all the chemicals which go to make up a piece of leather, and mix them in all the ways that can be imagined and man cannot make a single inch of leather.

     Leather truly is a one of a kind material. It's both strong and soft,  it can breathe as well as insulate, it can stretch, but will not tear. With such diverse characteristics as these, it's no wonder so many products are made from leather. Leather making can be traced back to the earliest dawn of history back to ancient Rome, and even Adam and Eve. Today, we see leather everywhere in shoes, jackets, gloves, furniture, bags, you name it, it's available in leather and of course gun holsters. As leather continues to grow in popularity, it will be available on more products and in more styles.

     This is possible because leather is a uniquely versatile fabric. The functional, physical properties of leather are, for the most part universal, regardless of origin (cow, steer, goat, deer, pig, etc.). Leather offers the benefits of high tensile and tear strength, elongation, flexibility, puncture resistance, capacity to absorb and transmit moisture, breathing and insulating qualities and lasting molding abilities. For as long as leather has been around and used, there should be no mystery to it. But many don't realize or understand the amazing properties leather possesses, so here is a brief overview.

     The tensile strength of leather or greatest longitudinal stress a substance can bear without tearing apart is very high. Leathers unique physical structure is responsible for this. Nature created millions of coil-like molecules into tiny fibrous strands, twisting the strands together into bundles of fibers, and finally interweaving the fiber bundles about themselves in a three-dimensional manner. An untold number of interactions within the substance are a result of this intricate fiber network and results in a very high tensile strength.  Leathers ability to withstand tearing forces, or tear strength, is probably the one property most taken for granted, and it gives leather products exceptionally long life. The interwoven and locked fibers of leather form a random, three dimensional design. Because they are not oriented in any fixed directional pattern, there is no easy path for a tear to follow. This helps with one handed reholstering with the thicker leathers.

     Elongation refers to a substances ability to lengthen, or stretch, when stress is applied to it and represents the maximum extent a material can stretch without breaking. Leather is seldom stretched to its maximum capacity allowing future stretching to occur if necessary. This is one reason why leather finds its way into so many different types of products and the reason why a break in period is needed for your holster.  Leather also has natural properties of flexibility, which again originate from leathers unique matrix of fibers. This flexibility is maintained without failure through numerous flexing, temperature fluctuations, and moisture ranges. It's not measured in years that's to short, decades are a better example of leather maintaining its flexibility. Leather boots, clothing and dog sled harnesses, gun holsters used in the Arctic are prime examples of leathers performance under extreme conditions. The irregular fiber pattern of leather also allows for incredible puncture resistance. Manufacturing a material that is both flexible and tough to puncture is quite difficult, but leather is a natural for both. Leathers puncture resistance is especially evident when sewing it's not easy to push a needle through leather.

     The capacity to absorb and transmit moisture is another natural property of leather. It will absorb liquids, wick away water from damp material and pick up moisture from the humid air. Combine this with our in house lining process, the product is unbeatable. Shoe manufacturers also take advantage of leathers ability to absorb moisture. They often dampen upper leathers before molding because when the water content increases in leather, strength and elongation value also increases.
Leather has excellent breathing and insulating properties throughout all seasons. In warm seasons, leather allows skin moisture to evaporate through its pores. In cold seasons a comfortable temperature is maintained within the leather garment as the porosity acts as an insulation. The dense fiber structure of leather also provides a windproof feature unique to flexible, lightweight fabrics.

     Persons concerned about the environment and recycling should embrace the use of leather because it is a renewable resource. As long as people eat beef instead of soybean substitutes, the hides for making leather will be there as a byproduct. It's not our fault they are delicious. It would be as unthinkable to waste this resource as it would be to waste the wood scraps that are made into chip board.

     Another important characteristic of leather, especially in shoe making and gun holster making, is its lasting molding ability leather can maintain a new shape and retain the valuable properties already mentioned. This Truly is an incredible "accomplishment". There you have it, why leather when we are in the 21st century? Well because there is nothing better to hold your gun till you need it to defend you and your family's lives.  So get off the computer and go relax on your kydex couch.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What kind of thread do you use natural cotton or synthetic?

    We use synthetic thread.

     Synthetic thread is impervious to deterioration from the long-term effects of perspiration, UV light, chemicals, moisture and will not rot. They are far stronger and more resilient to the effects of abrasion in addition to having a higher tensile strength.
    
     Another significant point to consider is the effect of sweat on these fibers. This is particularly important when considering IWB and other deep concealment holsters, normally worn close to the body or on the skin itself. Cotton is a natural fiber and, if used, is liable to deteriorate when subjected to the effects of perspiration over a period of time. Synthetics, on the other hand, would still retain their integrity, even after the cotton and possibly the leather had completely rotted away.

     Many are put off by the erroneous idea that synthetic threads have a plastic appearance. This may have been the case in the early, experimental days of manufacture. Since then, however, the industry has spent a fortune in ensuring that modern synthetic threads are equally attractive and indistinguishable in appearance from cotton. Our stitching is guaranteed for the life of the holster.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What is meant by FBI tilt?

     FBI tilt refers to a holster that is designed in such a manner that the grip of the gun angles forward and the muzzle of the gun points to the rear, as opposed to a neutral or vertical rake where the gun rides straight up and down. Usually the FBI tilt is approximately 15 degrees. This tilt offers an advantage in concealment keeping the butt of the grip from protruding away from the body.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What type of snaps do you use?

     Depending upon the application, we will use either standard or high tension snaps. In some cases we use "pull the dot" snaps. These are one way snaps and will only snap on and off when pulled in a specific direction. These snaps are used for additional security, when it is essential that the snap not come undone.

 

 

 

 

 

 9.  How important is it that the holster slots match the belt width?

 OUTSIDE THE WAISTBAND HOLSTERS

   Our slots for outside the pants holsters are made 1.75" to fit a 1.50" belt perfectly. You need that extra room so your expensive gun belt can slide in and out without friction. Do not be fooled by the Internet myths that you have to match the belt width with the holsters slots. This is untrue and the friction caused by this setup will prematurely wear out your expensive gun belt.

   If you use a narrower belt then 1.50"  and want to lock it in place better, you can run the belt through a holster slot and then under your belt loop on the pants before you run it back out the other holster slot. We do this when using a dress belt 1.25" and it makes the whole thing more secure.

INSIDE THE WAISTBAND HOLSTERS

   We size the straps on our inside the waistband holsters 1.75" to fit a 1.50" close but not exact. You need the extra room so the straps work as intended, so you can snap it over your belt. If it was sized perfectly 1.50" too 1.50" you could not snap the holster on your belt, it would be way to tight, instead you would be forced to pull your belt through the loops, which makes a snap on inside the waistband holster redundant.

   To fit a 1.50" belt perfect. Common sense tells you that if the holster slots are 1.50" and the belt is 1.50" you will tear up the top and bottom of your belt because of the friction when you put the holster on and off the belt. It's not critical at all to use a 1.50" belt with 1.50"  slots. The belt slots on the holster has to be a minimum .25 over sized. A difference of  .25 between the width of the belt and that of a concealment holster's belt slot is not generally significant. You need that extra ¼ so the holster goes on the belt without friction points. It will rarely move once the belt is tightened. The tighter the belt the less movement you

 

 

 

 

 

10 How do you draw the gun out of the Pocket Grabber or Pocket Reload.

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Put gun (unloaded for practice) in holster.
Put holster in pocket.
Grasp gun in pocket.
Use thumb on the very top side of the leather to push off and release the gun. Extend your thumb as far as it will go. The farther you push the more the gun comes out of the holster.
Now press the gun and holster against your pants leg.
At this point, the rubber exterior will grasp the pocket.
If you keep pulling, the gun will come out of the holster.

   The holster should not move upwards more than an inch. If it does, you are not extending your thumb far enough to release the gun or you are not pressing hard enough against your pants leg or the holster has to break in. It could be a combination of all three.


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To break in a Pocket Grabber or Pocket Reload:
   Insert a completely unloaded handgun into the holster. Be sure the handgun is fully seated in the holster. Holding the handgun by its grip and the holster with your other hand, twist the gun to the right and then to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

12 Warnings and Disclaimers

   Warning – Important Consumer Information

     These warnings should be read prior to the use of any High Noon® products. All firearms are potentially dangerous weapons. Firearms should be kept out of the reach of children. Use of a handgun under any conditions may be dangerous. Serious personal injury or even death could occur without proper training in the safe handling of firearms by an accredited firearms safety course. No person should handle any firearm unless such person has successfully passed an accredited firearms safety program. Great care should be used when handling, storing or transporting firearms or when placing or removing a handgun from your High Noon Holster®. Never place a loaded handgun in a holster without first testing, in an unloaded condition, for proper fit with the handgun.

   Carrying any handgun with a live cartridge in the chamber immediately in front of the firing pin may cause an accidental discharge. Single action revolvers and some semi-automatic pistols, should be carried with the hammer or firing pin resting on an empty chamber. It is the user's responsibility to exercise extreme caution when handling or carrying any handgun and to assume at all times that the gun is loaded. Do not attempt to cock a handgun while it is in the holster. Cocking the handgun while holstered can cause damage to the holster, gun or both and may cause an accidental discharge. For information on how to carry your particular handgun, please refer to your handgun manufacturer's safety and instruction manual.

   High Noon Holsters® are designed to fit factory equipped handguns. The use of trigger shoes or grip adapters or any modifications to the handgun may cause improper holster fit and accidental discharge. All High Noon Holsters® are designed to function safely and are made for specific handguns. Any alteration to the holster or using a holster with a gun for which it was not made could also, render an unsafe condition. It is the user's responsibility to; personally check for holster handgun compatibility using actual products. It is also the user's responsibility to regularly check the holster and its hardware (including but not limited to, snaps and screws) not manufactured by High Noon for proper fit and function. Should any High Noon Holsters® product become worn, loose, broken, defective or ill-fitting, cease use immediately.

   Please be certain that your gun is securely seated in the holster before use. Keep thumb on the back of the hammer {excluding cocked and locked carry method, slide must be used} or slide when inserting the handgun in the holster to help assure that no movement occurs during insertion. Keep fingers clear of the trigger when drawing or replacing the handgun in the holster. For maximum safety, holster retaining straps must be used when provided. During vigorous physical activity, such as running, the gun should be held in place with your hand to prevent the gun from falling out of the holster. We strongly recommend a regular practice routine be utilized to assure the continued capabilities of both product and user.

You must acknowledge and realize that this disclaimer is a condition of the sale of the High Noon product involved.

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13 Terms of Sale

   TERMS OF SALE — All High Noon products are sold as is and "with all faults". The entire risk as to the quality and performance of the product is with the buyer. Should the product prove defective following its purchase, the buyer and not the manufacturer, distributor or retailer assumes the entire risk of all necessary servicing or repairs. Under no circumstances shall High Noon be liable for incidental or consequential damages, such as loss of use of property, commercial loss and loss of earnings or profits. The implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose and all other warranties, expressed or implied, are excluded from this transaction and shall not apply to the product sold. The determination of the fitness or the suitability of any product for a specific use is the responsibility of the buyer. High Noon reserves the right to make changes in products built and or sold by them at any time without incurring any obligation to make same or similar changes on products previously built and or sold by them. All High Noon products are made in the U.S.A. and produced according to rigid specifications. Prices and models are subject to change without notice.

   High Noon Holsters® designs, features and model names are the exclusive property of High Noon Holsters® {a registered trademark}. Any and all persons including, but not limited to, individuals, firms and or corporations are forbidden from imitating, copying or reproducing them in any way.

   You must acknowledge and realize that this disclaimer is a condition of the sale of the High Noon product involved.

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14 Why are there some marks on my holster?

   Our leather products are made from natural cow hides that are range bred and grown. Therefore, there may be natural range markings in the grain of the leather. This is normal for top grain cow hide and is a very desirable feature among leather collectors. It also adds to the beauty and character to your High Noon leather product. These same natural range markings will appear in our genuine horsehide.

 

 

 

 

 

15 How do I adjust the tension screw?

   If your holster has a tension screw, the tension screw is not preset at the factory. You may need to loosen the tension to holster your handgun the first time, after which you can adjust the tension screw(s) to the tension you desire. We recommend you check your screws and adjustments before and during each use.  There is no reason to completely remove tension unit.  Some people who do not want to remember to check the screws, use Loctite 222 Thread locker or a drop of clear nail polish which may prevent it from backing out. Both are a low strength thread locker. Parts can be separated using hand tools if ever needed. But even using these methods,  you should always check the screws each time to make sure everything was good to go. If you lost your tension screw  you can get more here.

 

 

 

 

 

16 Do you make combination holsters?

   All of our holster designs take a great deal of time to develop and field test. It is difficult enough to manufacture a holster to perform one function correctly, let alone two! Don't be fooled by the lower quality products on the market that promise far more than they deliver. With that said, these types of holsters can work if they are designed correctly.

 

 

 

 

 

17 Care and Maintenance Answers

                                                                  Care and Maintenance of Leather

   High Noon's® cowhide and horsehide holsters, belts, and accessories will need minimal care and maintenance.

   Our products are made from natural cowhides and horsehides that are range bred and grown. Therefore, there may be natural range markings in the grain of the hide. This is normal for top grain cowhide or horsehide and is a very desirable feature among collectors. This holster may contain range mark or marks. A range mark is a natural occurrence in the hide. It tells a story of the animal's life. It also adds to the beauty and character to your High Noon product.

 Do's
The occasional application of paste shoe polish to touch up surface wear is all that is needed.
Do make sure the holster or magazine carrier provides secure gun and magazine retention.
If holster gets wet, dry the leather naturally. A fan blowing room temperature air will do the job or just leave it alone it will dry by itself.

Don't
Never use anything like saddle soap or mink oil. It will make your holster too soft. We oil them as part of the manufacturing process and that should be enough for the life of the holster.
Do not submerge or saturate your leather product in water or any other liquid.
Do not dry your leather product with forced heat from a hair dryer, oven, radiator, direct sun light, etc.
Do not use holster if tension unit(s) are missing.

 

 

 

 

 

18 Whats the difference between the Bare Asset and the Mr Softy?

 The Mr Softy is a straight drop holster meaning it has no cant, and is a low ride holster, best worn from 12 o'clock to 3 o'clock. The Bare Asset has a cant to it and is a high ride holster that features a combat grip. It is best worn from 3 o'clock to 6 o'clock.

 

 

 

 

 

19 How do I choose a holster for concealed carry

  Choosing a holster for concealed carry will depend upon many factors. It is imperative that the weapon you choose be in keeping with your physical characteristics. If, for instance, you are very slight of build but feel the need to carry a large handgun or a wide-bodied weapon, then you are creating a set of problems that aren't going to be solved by anything as simple as a holster. The same set of difficulties may also be experienced if you have a large waist. A Surplus waistline will tend to push out and highlight any additions on your belt ,such as a sizable, holstered handgun. Don't worry. You'll find the perfect compromise among body size, weapon size and clothing style. It's a personal thing. You will need, ultimately, to invest in about two, or possibly three, holsters to cover every eventuality.

   For most males { and slim females } a belt holster mounted just behind the strong side hip is perfect. The covering garment drapes down from the latissimus dorsi { shoulder area } muscle and hides the holstered gun in the natural hollow of the hip. Or if you have a proportionally large waist, you may be better served with an " appendix carry " forward of the strong side hip. In other words between your belly button and the strong side hip. The appendix draw is much more natural for people with impaired mobility of elbow or shoulder. Only you can decide which holster will work best for you and the chances are, that no one single holster will meet all of your requirements.

 Now  answer at least some of these questions below, you will have a better idea of a starting point for both a holster and a handgun.

Your Body:

Are you tall or short?  Is your torso long, regular or short?  Are you thick or thin? Is the cross section of your waist round, round oval or flat oval?  Do you have any shoulder mobility problems? 

Clothing and Weather:

 What climate do you live in. What will you normally be wearing for clothing when you carry the handgun?  Will the pants you wear help to support the weight of the handgun (jeans vs light weight dress slacks)?  Do you typically wear draped or fitted outer clothing?  Do you normally wear your pants fairly snug or comfortably loose?  Do you have fairly large weight fluctuations?  Do you wear a belt with sufficient support capabilities?

Time and Activities:

What will you be doing while carrying this handgun?  Standing?  Sitting?  Will you be removing your covering clothing frequently?  How many hours a day will you carry? Are you seated most of the day? Are you riding in a car most of the time? Will you be removing the holster frequently during the day? 

Concealment Level:

How critical is it that you cover or conceal your handgun?  Are you in Law Enforcement and just need "casual concealment" and cover?  Does it matter if someone sees a "bump" in your clothing if you move wrong?  Is it absolutely critical for the handgun to be completely undetectable? 

Choice of Handgun:

How long is the handgun you wish to carry?  How much does it weigh loaded?  Is it thick or thin?  Is it fairly smooth or does it have sharp edges?  Is it new or have you carried it for some time?

Other considerations:

Have you carried a gun for some time?  Where and how have you been carrying it?  If you already have a holster type and cant that works well for you, what is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 What is your best holster for concealed carry?

   Asking a hundred different shooters their favorite modes of carry will probably get you a hundred different answers. Each will swear by his or her own particular preference. And in a way they are all correct. But what works  for a 6.5 225 LB person may not work for a 5.4 150 LB person. Clothes that you wear plays a big factor here also. Suit and tie every day or work boots and jeans? Narrowing the choice down to match your own particular set of needs is not always easy, so you shouldn't be discouraged if you don't get it right the first time. Very few people ever do.

    The honest answer is that there really isn't one. Every one of our holsters is designed for a specific application and performs admirably within the parameters of that application. Many are very strictly task specific, so any sort of general comparison would be quite inappropriate. A lot depends on body type, climate, concealment level, time, activities and weapon choice.

   You will need, ultimately, to invest in about two, or possibly three, holsters to cover every eventuality. Don't worry. You'll find the perfect compromise among body size, weapon size and clothing style. It's a personal thing. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21  What if my holster gets wet?

DO NOT force dry it with hot air Like a hair dryer or an oven, this will cook and dry out the leather. Just let it dry naturally under a fan, blowing room temperature air does a good job.

 

 

 

 

 

22 I got mildew and green stuff on my holster how do I get it off ?

Chances are something went wrong, you did not store it right or it got wet and was not dried correctly.

Anyway, to remove mildew from leather, create a mixture of one-cup rubbing alcohol per one-cup of water. Wipe the mildew area with a cloth dipped in the diluted
alcohol, then allow it to dry. If the mildew persists, use mild soap and water that contains a germicide, then remove with a clean dampened cloth and allow to dry.

 

 

 

 

 

23 Whats better for an IWB, a clip or strap?

They are both good and get the job done. It all depends on what you want out of the holster.
Clips are easy on and easy off. You can wear it without a belt, but this is for short term only, a good gun belt is recommended like our Rock Steady belts.
Straps have more options, you can get different colors {black, tan or natural} and different strap sizes{1 1/4 or 1 1/2} to match your belt exactly. Straps may wear out or stretch and may need replacing over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

24  What's the difference between the Hideaway and the Mister Softy?

 They are both the same holster except for the material used. Its a trade off .The MS is super thin, but when the gun is drawn the holster will collapse. The hideaway is thicker leather and when the gun is drawn, will allow a one handed reholster.

 So, if you want a super thin holster the MS is better. If you want a holster that doesn't collapse when gun is drawn the hideaway is better. Some people get both and wear MS for summer because it's so thin and The Hideaway for winter.

 

 

 

 

 

25  Why don't you sell Kydex holsters?

   We haven't found a Kydex holster that didn't scratch your weapon!!!  It's a dust magnet to hold your gun in. It's a maintenance problem also. You need to keep the inside CLEAN, or you could damage the finish on your gun with dirt.

  They are also very noisy going in and coming out, which lets everyone know where you are. This noise or the click that Kydex fans rave about can get you in a lot of trouble.

   And just forget about inside the waistband carry with Kydex!!!! Don't believe a word about it. It's a painful thing to do to yourself. It's not flexible, so it does not follow your moves as well as leather. Leather or Horsehide is impossible to beat for IWB carry. It's more comfortable against the body then a HARD synthetic {plastic}. Did you ever wear a pair of Kydex shoes?

   This also stands for the new half leather and half kydex holsters. The kydex makers are trying to address the shortcomings of their plastic holsters. Its still kydex against your gun and the same concerns as you have just read about above. If kydex is so great why do you need leather to make it better? Hey throw some nylon in there also!!! Enough said here. Go sit on your kydex couch.

 

 

 

 

 

26  Why do you use full grain leather on your shoulder holster harness, when other manufacturers tend to use suede harness or nylon?

   We call suede harnesses the one year rig. It absorbs everything it comes in contact with , which is mostly body perspiration. Don't believe us , put a drop of water on it and see where it goes. After a while it gets a perspiration stain that smells like your under arms after you have sweated all day long. It does not come out even if its' washed. Most of the big boys on the block use full grain leather. Its' MUCH more expensive to stock than suede and has the strength to support the largest of handguns in a shoulder rig. Our full grain harness repels moisture, it will last a lifetime and will not absorb your body perspiration. Nylon is too slippery and will slip and slide on the shoulder and creates an unstable situation.

 

 

 

 

 

27 Why don't you stock more holsters?

   It is impossible for us to stock everything. We currently produce more then 36 holsters in our line, in three colors, left and right hand, lined or unlined and two different materials{Horse or Cowhide} for over two hundred semi autos and revolvers, which means that we would need to have about 90,000 holsters in stock just to have one example of each. Therefore a large part of our holster line are made up as the orders are received.

 

 

 

 

 

28 What do you guys recommend, thumbreak or open top holsters?

   We like open top holsters better than thumbreaks. They are quicker on the draw and on the reholster. The straps on the thumbreak always seem to get in the way on the redraw. Take note here, the danger of an unintended discharge when a strap gets caught in the trigger guard is a real one, and by no means limited to a certain gun, any one of them can do it if you are not careful.

   Its' also harder to practice drawing with a thumbreak holster than open top. People that have thumbreak  holsters usually do not practice. People that have open tops seem to practice more, because its a lot easier. For most people that have a concealed carry permit, open top is the way to go. Its just simple, nothing to worry about except drawing. Most people are not going in harm's way, you are avoiding it, so a thumbreak holster is not needed. Law enforcement is a different story, some departments mandate a  thumbreak off duty holster. Its also difficult to try and hand cuff someone if you can't reholster.

   Some people believe a thumbreak is safer in case someone tries to take the gun away from them. Its not safer when you need the gun in a hurry, to have to go thru a thumbreak to get to it. As we said before simple is always better. Here's the part everyone is forgetting. It's a concealment holster. It's supposed to be covered so no one knows you are carrying a gun, it was designed to conceal, rather than secure the gun.

   Its not like a cops duty holster, for all the world to see. That needs to be in a secure holster. They need level 2,3,4 holsters. Most of us will not be carrying a gun for all to see.

   Some people also believe that if the holster does not have a  thumbreak on it, the gun will fall out. This is a tall tale. Our open top holsters are molded to a specific gun you order it for and will be so tight when you get it you will hardly be able to put the gun in or get it out till the break in period is over. Also we have designed a tension screw into the holster to adjust the draw. This could be tightened down so much that the gun may not come out.

  Some people also believe that if you run with an open top holster it will pop out. First of all you need to learn how to run properly with any holster on, this would be the key. If you are running with a gun holster on, the first thing you should do is put your hand over the gun and holster. This serves two purposes, first one is you will be able to run allot faster without something bouncing up and down , the second would be to make sure everything stays in place{ shirt or covering garment, holster shift front to back } in case you need the weapon. You would be surprised how the shirt or covering garment bunches up right over the handle of the gun when running. This is for short distances, not miles of jogging.

   With all that said there are certain circumstances where you need a thumbreak (motor cycle, jogging long distances, horse back riding, mountain biking, ATV) and we make them, figure out the job you have for the gun and get the appropriate holster,  for most it will be the open top.  Here's a question to think about, why is it hard or almost impossible to find an inside the pants holster with a thumbreak?  I think you get the picture.

 

 

 

 

29 I will be visiting Florida can I have a tour of your factory?

Unfortunately, the answer is no. We also do not have a cash resister at hand, we are not setup for retail visits. We are a working factory complete with heavy duty machines. For your safety, tours or visits are not available.

 

 

 

 

 

30 Can I stop by and take a look at your holsters before I buy?

 Unfortunately, the answer is no. We also do not have a cash resister at hand, we are not setup for retail visits. We are a working factory complete with heavy duty machines. For your safety, tours or visits are not available. We do have a 30 day beat it up money back guarantee in place for your complete satisfaction.

 

 

 

 

 

31 Why is your site red, distorted, dark, unclear etc. etc.

   If you've never changed your monitor's settings since it came out of the box, then perhaps you should see what it can look like. Its just like a TV, adjust the settings the way you like them .We have seen some absolutely awful colors and distorted pictures on monitors that were badly adjusted. If your monitor is difficult to read, icons and fonts are too small, too large, colors are garish and hard on the eyes? Check your settings.


    We personally use 1920 x 1200 w/ a 24 inch screen. There are many other settings you can use, but for most people 800x600 is a good starting point. Experiment a bit by sliding the settings pointer across and click OK. You'll be prompted for confirmation, and your computer will blink for a second or so.

   Now view a Web site with your new setting and see if it's more comfortable. If not try another setting. Don't worry, it's very easy to restore your original settings just by repeating the process.

.  You'll find more setting buttons on the front of your monitor. Remember its like a TV. Every make is different, so we can't give precise directions. Look at your manufacturer's handbook for instructions.

   Adjust the contrast and brightness etc etc. Black should be black and not gray for instance. Then adjust back to suit your own preferences. If you monitor allows it, tweak the picture for horizontal and vertical settings so that it's perfectly central and fills the screen. Also if its not a  newer model computer with a good video card {within the last 3 years at least} there is not much that can be done.

 

 

 

 

 

32 Will the salts used to tan the leather attack my firearms finish?
  

  Gun holster leather is tanned using the "vegetable tan" method not the "chrome tan" method. Chrome tanned leather is what you will find in shoes, jackets, wallets, and certain outdoor leathers like that used to make Harley saddlebags or motorcycle chaps. Chrome tan leather cannot be shaped and molded like holster leather.

  Vegetable tanned leather, which is what we use for making quality holsters, is not tanned with any kind of salts. Vegetable tanning uses only organic substances like live oak bark, tree bark, beets, walnut shells, clay, plant extracts or other vegetable matter containing tannins, not man made chemicals to tan the leather. Just as a comforting  thought for you, perspiration and humidity will have a far more damaging effect on a firearm than any chemical traces left from modern tanning processes. Also, there are new ways now to seal the back of any chrome tanned leather.
 

 

 

 

 

33 How will I know my holster is ready to be shipped?

    If you ordered on line and put a correct e-mail address in the order form, when the order is shipped, you will be e-mailed a UPS tracking number. This way you can get right on line and watch your package move from our manufacturing factory here in Florida to your door step. Just go to www.ups.com then the tracking page, paste your tracking number in there. More information on our shipping decisions here.

 

 

 

 

 

34 How will I know you got my on line order?
If you ordered on line and put a correct e-mail address in the order form, you will receive a conformation e-mail of the order.

 

 

 

 

 

35  I'm not sure whether to order the right or left handed version. I am right handed and want the butt of my gun to point toward my right side while wearing the gun. I want to carry it in the small of my back and draw across, with my palm facing out.


      If you buy a left hand and you are right hand, sooner or later when you draw, you will cross your body with the muzzle of the gun. Its very possible you could shoot yourself if this draw is not done perfect. This is because you have to twist your hand to bring the gun on its intended target. We know what you want to do,  here is a picture. It does not matter whether its an outside the pants holster or inside. The idea is still the same. You twist your wrist to get on target, crossing your body with the muzzle of the gun. We will say it again, its very possible you could shoot yourself. Its an unnatural move.

    Just try it yourself with just the gun, slip it inside your pants, you do not need a holster to test this out.

   Now if you buy a right handed version, as you draw, the muzzle is pointed to the ground and then comes up, around and to the side of your body, to its intended target without the muzzle ever crossing your body path. Left handed people just switch these directions around for you, its works the same way.

 

 

 

 

 

36 I am from XYZ forum , why don't you advertise with us? f

   We are popular on all forums because our products speak for themselves. We have from time to time advertised on forums, but very selectively. High Noon Holsters® happens to be a more main stream company in the public eye. We are a full time holster making company. We are written about in almost every major gun magazine in the United States and you will see our advertisements in them. We are in the gun Paparazzi's cross hairs without advertising.

   Also, forums are good places to get information most of the time, we think they are a great tool, but on rare occasions we have seen wrong information posted. We do not have the man power to monitor the web, with that said it's almost impossible to have an unsatisfied High Noon customer. At High Noon this cannot happen, we have a 30 day beat it up guarantee return policy in place to insure a customer's satisfaction. If you did not like the product, just send it back, no questions asked. On top of that we have a guarantee in place.

 

 

 

 

 

37 Why don't you use steel to reinforce your holsters like some other makers?

 First of all,  its old technology that has some serious drawbacks, we used to do that 20 years ago when we had NO CLUE what a synthetic was.
Here's what was learned.
    Steel is heavy and makes your holster heavier than it needs to be. It can and has been crushed closed preventing one handed reholstering, this was a major complaint and life threatening for some people! The makers even instruct you to push the mouth of the holster closed to get more retention on the draw. Doesn't that tell you something, it may crush closed and in our tests it has. You now have a one draw holster but thats exactly what you did not want?

Here are the facts, we tried steel and do not like the outcome.
     1 Steel will corrode, we do not care if the steel thats used is galvanized to prevent corrosion, it will still happen.

     2 Buffing the steel mouth band reinforcement plates to a glass like smoothness does not help either, it will not prevent the steel                   from eating away at the leather.
     3  When its hot out the leather is soaking in the moisture from the air and your body, where do you think its going? Its takes a                          bullseye right to the steel. It makes a nice sandwich leather/steel/leather.

The facts and our own R&D work don't add up for us to use steel.

     There are better ways to deal with reinforcing holsters than steel. If you are on the cutting edge of holster making, synthetics are the way to go, they are light  in weight, does not rust, will not let the holster mouth crush close and will not eat away the leather. We have had law enforcement agencies test our synthetic reinforced holsters against makers who use steel reinforced holsters. There is no comparison, our holsters won hands down.

   There are also many examples of where synthetic material has replaced steel in the world. One would be garbage cans, remember the old steel ones, They got all dented, disfigured and had sharp edges all over the place. What type of garbage cans do you buy now? Synthetic Only !!!!! Light weight and crush resistant . The leaders in the field of holster making are using synthetics. Oh, not to mention metal detectors will find you every time, they are not just at airports anymore. And yes, we know the gun will get picked up also, but some people have to check the weapon at the door and then walk thru the detector. An example would be if you have to go into a court of law or some restricted area. So much for trying to do the right thing and being discreet.
 

 

 

 

 

38 Whats a good holster for a women?

    The Slide Guard is a best seller, for women. Ladies hips are bigger then men which tends to make the gun dig into their ribs and the Slide Guard gives a lot of protection from the digging.

 

 

 

 

 

 39 Why don't you sell a J hook for your IWB holsters?

   We have tested the J hook. We HATE IT. This goes for the newer version also, a three point that attaches to the top and bottom of the belt, which addresses the original J hooks short comings.

PROS
Yes, it does provide more concealment because there is less to show. But that's all it does!!!!

CONS
    In our tests, 9 out of 10 times during the course of a 10 hour day, the J hook slipped under the belt without us even knowing. The difference between the J hook and ours is a trade off in stability vs. slightly more concealment. What do you need most?  Our clip we use creates a very stable method for carrying your Inside the Waistband holster. The clip helps keep the holster secure to the belt without very much movement. It  also provides the greatest amount of stability when drawing and re-holstering your firearm. The J hook does not, you will pull your gun and the holster will come out with it because it slipped under your belt. Gravity is pulling the gun and holster down, most J hooks there is only 1/8 of an inch of material showing. Bend and move a little and its detached.

     You make the choice, do you want to know for sure only the gun is coming out and going back in, or do you want to go for more concealment and in the gravest extreme when you need that gun to defend your life,  not really know if its coming out with the holster because the clip slipped under the belt. All you are betting is your life when the gun is drawn.  Just look at the two designs, you can figure it out yourself without even wearing it. Click here for pictures. Also our black clip against a black belt DISAPPEARS. You can barely notice it. Also, almost everyone these days has either a cell phone or pager attached to their belt. Click here for some pictures that will help disguise the clip.

 

 

 

 

 

40 Why doesn't the holster hold the gun closer to my body?

   Most times this is due to your choice of belt or its the users self conscious that is at work. The holster and belt are part of a system. A cheap belt or even a double thickness non reinforced belt will allow the gun to hang outward from the body. This bulges and violates concealment discretion. It can even cause the gun to bump into things or snag on them. And before long, it becomes uncomfortable. High Noon Holsters® belts are double thickness and reinforced. If you wear our Rocky Steady belt , a piece of paper can not separate you from your holster. In other words nothing gets between me and my High Noon.

 

 

 

 

 

41 Why doesn't my holster conceal well?

First off it may your own newbie self conscious working on you.

   We have all gone thru it. People who are new to carrying worry about printing simply because they are not use to having a gun on them. Think about every time you have been out around town, have you ever noticed someone else with a firearm? Generally you are not going to notice unless you know what to look for. We have found that the vast majority of the world is not looking. They don't care, they don't expect people to carry guns, and it is not in their domain of thinking.


   If you decide to carry a firearm to protect yourself, you will need to modify your dress code. Your concealment for the weapon cannot come from just the holster. Some concealment must come from your clothing. Because of this  you should select clothes with the handgun on and in place. You need to consider opacity of clothing, will the weapons silhouette show thru? Make whatever concessions necessary to do that. If that means wearing pants slightly bigger this is what you must do. If it means adopting a different means or strategy of personal dress like an untucked shirt, longer jacket then that is what you must to.

   Do not be afraid to buy clothing that will help to conceal the gun. In fact you NEED to buy clothing that helps conceal the gun and holster combination. Here is an example. Many people have tried an inside the waistband {IWB} holster and found it uncomfortable. Of course it will be !!!! You bought the pants to fit you. Now they have to fit both you and a holstered gun. Thats a tight fit, no doubt !! 

Heres the solution, a simple experiment.
For about a week, unbutton the top button of your pants. Let the belt out two notches and try the IWB holster again. All of a sudden it will be comfortable. Now buy pants two inches larger in the waist then you normally buy. Belts have to be replaced also, same way, two inches larger.

This accomplishes  two things:
It will provide comfort and the MOST concealable way to carry a gun.
It will also keep you honest and force you to carry your gun, because without it, you will feel like those pants are falling down.

Next Assemble a holster wardrobe:
One gun with multiple holsters of different styles will cover you for the various climate changes and  various dress codes, then several guns with one holster for each. Wear outside the pants with pants to tight for IWB. Use IWB for better concealment in pants that can take it. The heavy material in tweed jackets does not let guns and holsters print as much as lighter thin material jackets do. Find a gun savvy tailor. Suits can be made around the gun and holster. Its no big secret , buy off the rack and let the tailor do his job. Jackets, one size larger then normal, single rear vent only. Side vent jackets are NEVER in style for those who wear guns at their hips, the butt will always find its way thru.

 

 

 

 

 

42 Why are your magazine carriers not molded?

   There are many different ways to get the same job done. Some holster makers do mold on the exact magazines. But where does this leave the customer? Having to buy different  carriers for each different magazine that person owns. Lets say you own a Glock 19, a Sig 226 and an H&K compact. All three are staggered magazines and if you look at them closely, they are very similar. So, if you buy from a maker who molds on the exact magazine, you need three different carriers.

   We agree when it comes to a gun holster it has to be molded on the exact gun or it will not work properly, no two guns from different makers come that close in design, but when it comes to a magazine, we knew we could design something different that would help the customer handle the problem of buying different carriers for different magazines. 

   So the answer to the question is, our magazine carriers, the Tie BreakerDouble Take, Single Skin, and Double Skin do not have to be molded on the exact magazines because of our double tension screw setup and the fact that most staggered magazines and single column ones are close in dimensions. What does this all mean?

   It means that you need one mag holder for staggered 9/40 magazines. Yes, if you own a Glock , Sig, H&K, CZ, Browning, S&W etc etc etc. As long as its a staggered 9/40 magazine , the double tension setup will work and can be tightened down so much that in some cases you won't be able to get the mags out. The same goes for single column mags and staggered 45's. So who needs the old way of doing things, molding on the exact magazine? One carrier takes care of all staggered 9/40 mags , another one does all single column mags and another one does staggered 45's. Three sizes , thats it. So, we saved you some money, go buy more guns, ammo and maybe another High Noon Holster.

 

 

 

 

 

43 Why don't you sell a 3 slot holster?

   It looks great doesn't it ? You can have a choice of a straight drop or a canted holster. In reality, you are going to adopt only one of these cants, now what you have left is a wide over bloated piece of leather. Its like buying a quart of milk in a one gallon container. Its a concealed carry holster, less is better. It is difficult enough to manufacture a holster to perform one function correctly, let alone two! Don't be fooled by the lower quality products on the market that promise far more than they deliver.

 

 

 

 

 

 44 Why don't you make a holster with all the molding on the front of the holster?

   With all the molding on the front, the gun sticks out and creates a big bulge. Also, if you use the holster day in and day out, with many draws for long enough, it will get a little loose. And then instead of just not liking it because it sticks out,  now you will hate it because it does not retain the weapon correctly.

 A picture is worth a thousand words. Look for yourself 

   As you can see, with all the molding on the front of the holster it is less concealable. Pancake style holsters have been used for hundreds of years since the beginning of holster making. 95% of makers today are producing pan cake style holsters. There are a few holster makers touting this molding on the front design as better, a more comfortable carry, a narrower profile than ordinary pancake-style holsters, more compact and concealable. We have tested both designs and find the opposite to be true. We hate all the molding on one side, it does nothing but let everyone know there is something on your hip. Also some makers refer to this as " offset construction ". Its the same thing.

 

 

 

 

 

45 Why do I feel my holster shift when I move fast?

   All holsters will shift as you move fast and allot depends on what kind of belt you have on. Our Rock Steady belt will support the weight of the handgun in a big way. On inside the waistband holsters 90% of the pressure holding your gun comes from the belt, we will give your pants 10%. On outside the pants holsters 100% comes from the belt. If you have a thin unsupported belt you are going to have a tough time carrying comfortable all day. 

 Think of it this way:

   Think of a car accident at 20 mph, the car stops suddenly, now the contents start moving at 20 mph. But we have our seat belts on, so we get a sudden jerk but for the most part stay in place. The faster the crash the more jolt you will get, but again for the most part you stay in place.

   Its the same scenario with you and your holster throughout the day. You run and stop suddenly, but now the gun starts moving. The gun belt now acts as a seatbelt. Twist right or left, same thing.  If you have a thin unsupported belt, the gun will shift much more than a Rock Steady supported belt like we sell.  A good gun is important, and a quality holster is unbeatable, but it's a good leather supported gun belt makes the first two items work well.

 

 

 

 

 

46 Why do some other holster makers have two versions of the same line?

    Here at High Noon we do not put out a cheaper line imitating the same holsters. There are NO second lines made without the molding and cheaper components with a cut corner quick delivery time. We will  not economize anything. This you see in the market because of the dealers who want a cheaper item on the shelf. Our decision was made a long time ago to manufacture a high quality line at a reasonable price. There is no need to second guess the pricing and come out with a cheaper line of the exact same holsters. It just does not make any sense and does not do you any good.

 

 

 

 

 

47 I got my tracking number, where's my order?

   Accounting is always ahead of the shipping department, so as soon as accounting has your order they will generate a UPS label and they will send it to you thru email. When you get your tracking number this does not mean your order has been shipped, but you're getting closer. In stock items are likely to ship in about 1 to 5 days depending on the day's volume, this is just a paper work process, we pick and ship in chronological order. For made to order items check the current Turnaround Times page.   Please remember there may be many orders ahead of yours that have to be processed. Here is what you need to know when you get that email with the tracking number, look for the first scan which is Clearwater FL. When you see this, it means that the package has left High Noon Holsters and is on its way.

 

 

 

 

 

48 Why don't you sell a thumbreak for a 1911?

There are a few compelling reasons why we no longer offer a thumbreak for  1911 style guns.

  Any thumbreak holster for a 1911 gives you no protection from the ambi safety, cocked hammer, end of the slide and grip safety digging into your side. Its just plain uncomfortable and High Noon does not want to contribute to that box of holsters that you do not use anymore. Most people that complained of this problem purchased the Slide Guard and loved it because of the pure buffer it gives between you and the gun.

  1.   Trying to practice with a thumbreak holster is a pain, the thumbreak gets in the way, this is a common complaint. Fact is that you just won't practice
  2. The draw for most people is much slower. Most people that complained of this problem purchased an open top holster, it is faster to get the gun out and one less thing to worry about in the gravest extreme.
  3. It was not a popular selling style for us.

 

 

 

 

 

49.My holster smells because of sweat, what do I do?

A few suggestions below.

1 - Spray the inside of your holster with febreeze.

2 - Get an old pair of tights or pantyhose (the thinner pairs tend to leak a bit, so thicker like tights is usually better) and fill them with baking soda and leave them in the holster overnight. It will absorb odors.

3 - Dust the inside of your holster with baking soda. It will absorb odors.

4 - You can also put dryer sheets in the holster overnight. It will absorb odors.

5 - Dust the inside of your holster talcum powder or special anti bacterial powder available at the drugstore. It will absorb the odors.

 

 

51 What does open muzzle design mean?

Open muzzle design or open bottom holster means the holster is not sewed closed. You always want an open bottom or open muzzle holster. All of High Noon's holsters are open muzzle designs. We know some look like they are sewed closed, but we feature pictures of lined holsters on the web, which give the look of  being sewed closed, but they are not. A lined holster has to be sewed all around but it is still an open muzzle design. Click this link for picture of open muzzle design. Closed or sewed bottom holsters are 25 year old designs. Don't go near them. They serve no purpose except to create problems. Lets go over both designs below.
 

 Disadvantages to closed bottom holsters:

1. Lets dirt accumulate in the holster. The dirt, dust has no where to go because the holster is sewed closed.
2. Lets dirt accumulate in the barrel of the gun. The first 1/8 of an inch mostly.
3. Holds moisture in the holster and on the weapon.
4. No air flow in and out of holster.
5. The holster is about 1 inch to an 1½ longer at the bottom then it has to be. Its a concealment holster, less is better. Click here for picture of closed bottom holster.

Advantages to open bottom holsters:

1. Dirt can not accumulate in the holster.
2. You will not get dirt in the barrel of the gun from the holster.
3. Does not hold moisture because of the open muzzle design.
4. Allows Air flow in and out of holster.
5. Its a nicer looking design. Click this link for picture of open muzzle design.

 

 

 

 

 

52 What do I get, a straight drop holster or a canted holster?

There is no right answer, its what you are most comfortable drawing with. That said:
If you are carrying from the side of your hip {3 o'clock} to the small of the back  {5 o'clock} a cant is better as in the picture below.
If you are carrying from the side of the hip{3 o'clock} to the belly button {12 o'clock}, a straight drop is better.

From the side of the hip {3 o'clock} both straight drop or cant is acceptable.

 

 

 

 

53 Missing a rivet, rivet pulled thru, rivet not installed correctly?

   This is a good question because its not what you are used to seeing, when it comes to a rivet. The rivet on our clip holsters is a specially manufactured exclusive rivet for High Noon Holsters. It is sandwiched between the two pieces of leather. This is done on purpose and is a manufacturing trade secret that High Noon Holsters holds along with the manufacture of the rivet.

   The reason why it is done this way is because in our testing, if the rivet is not hidden it will eventually wear a hole in the holster or tucked in shirt {tuckable models} A normal rivet would roll over the leather to hold the clip in place, this is exactly what we did not want, metal rubbing against the holster and or tucked in shirt. So in other words, we did not forget to install the rivet, it did not push its way thru the leather and the hole is supposed to be there. This is what our exclusive rivet looks like installed. Click here for picture.

 

 

 

 

 

54 Why don't you sell nylon holsters?

    Nylon was intended for pantyhose, not gun holsters. Most of the time its a sloppy generic fit. Every dealer has them in the store because they are CHEAP!! They can fill the wall with holsters for a few hundred dollars and have something for everyone. In the end you think you have saved money by buying nylon,  but the product you bought can not get the job done. So what you have accomplished is making it more expensive for yourself when you buy the holster you should have bought in the first place.
 

 

 

 

 

55 My holster or belt squeaks, creeks or makes noise, why?

The fibers on the holster are compressed during the molding process. Its really a break in problem that will go away when the leather relaxes and breaks in. Also, the squeak is sometimes caused by the two pieces of leather rubbing against each other , like a holster- belt combo. There are times when it may never go away completely. Remember we are working with a natural product, its leather. Each and every piece is unique in its own way. Sometimes you just do not know why.
 

You can try these two things.
1 - Sprinkle a little bit of talc (baby powder) on the threads and seams of the holster and or belt. Work it into the stitching and that will remove much of the squeak. A toothbrush helps get the power deep into the seams.

2 - Rub the belt with white candle wax where the holster rides.

NEVER USE anything like neetsfoot oil or mink oil on the holster. This will make your holster SOFT. These products were developed for other leathers not gun holsters.

 

 

 

 

 

56 Will the same gun with different size barrels work in the same holster?

   Getting the full size holster and putting the compact size gun in it seems like a good idea at first. You get one holster for both guns, but in reality when you put the smaller size gun in the full size holster, it's like carrying around a gallon of milk in a quart container. You will not like it. This is supposed to be a concealed carry holster, something that no one is supposed to see?  OK, you are starting to get the picture. Now if you get the compact size holster and try to put the full size in it we still have a problem.  The front site of the full size gun will sometimes catch on the smaller holster when drawing. This is because you are putting a gun in there that is to big for the holster. The leather does not cover the gun. So, can it be done, sure it can. After awhile will you like it, the answer is no.

 

 

 

 

 

57 Why don't you do custom work, I like one of your holsters but want it modified?

   We wish we could take every request, but no one really understands what it encompasses. Everyone thinks it's going to be $25.00 and a few minutes to make a design change. Well, we got news for you, it takes so much more then that.

   It's the same as if you get your car fixed, you are paying by the hour for labor and for parts, but no one seems to relate that to designing and manufacturing gun holsters. Most independent repair shops charge between $70-$90 per hour and most dealerships charge between $80-$125 per hour ( as of this writing ). So what makes a redesign of an existing gun holster any different?

   For High Noon To make a modification of an existing design (which we do not do) it would go something like this:

   Design time 90.00 per hour.   Let's say .....Min 1.5 hrs maybe 2 hrs. We have never seen a change take less time then this. At least 2 samples have to be made that may not be right and have to be thrown out and the patterns have to be tweaked a bit more to be perfect. $50.00 in leather material at least. So now we are at about $220.00 before we actually make your product. Do you want to pay $220.00 for your design change? We know the answer is no.

    Keep in mind it's an existing design in the line that you want something changed. A brand new design will run over $1,500. And now what if it's not what you wanted and you do not like it?

   We like to stay friends, this is why we do not bother with custom work unless we are going to add the product or change to the line. With that said feel free to suggest, many new ideas come from our customers suggestions.

 

 

 

 

58 Why don't you offer Non reinforced ¼ inch double thick belts like other makers?

     Some makers advertise there belts as being ¼ of an inch thick. Nothing screams out loud ,I have a gun, then a fat over bloated ¼ thick belt and yes we think ¼ inch is too much. Its not a symmetrical look to your wardrobe. You can tell something is out of place. You are supposed to be carrying a concealed weapon? Concealed meaning so no ones knows you are armed? Why wear a belt that BLOWS your cover ? Why not have a classy belt that looks like a dress belt instead of a fat ,wide, old time, outdated looking gun belt. Hey we got news for you, being thick does not make the belt any stronger, just makes them ugly.

     This is a marketing myth by holster and belt makers that do not want to deal with the labor it takes to manufacture a real synthetically reinforced belt. The same thing will always happen to the belt unless you reinforce it . If its Cowhide, Horsehide or Bullhide (however its marketed) the leather will stretch and the fibers will break down eventually and lose its rigid new feeling. Thats the nature of the material, it stretches, why do you think break-in instructions are given with holsters. The facts are the facts. The cowhide, horsehide or bullhide fibers break down unless you synthetically reinforce the belt like we do.

     High Noon Holsters® was the first in the industry to reinforce gun belts with a synthetic insert.  Also, if the belt is too thick , accessories that clip to the belt do not clip on fully due to its thickness. Phones and other clipped items all fall off the belt when moving around. Not good to drop your iPhone a few times each month.  Also  with certain OWB holsters, these  belts are too thick to fit well in the slots on the holsters.

      We now have the copy cats or the me to's, as we expected. Those are the ones that offer both belts, reinforced and non reinforced. High Noon Holsters®  offers one belt, a synthetically reinforced two piece belt, (in other words two pieces of leather with a synthetic insert in the middle) because it's far superior then just two pieces of whatever sewed together. Don't be fooled when a maker advertises how thick there belts are, its whats on the inside that counts. Customers describe our belts as if someone is holding or pushing the gun against their body all day. Now thats a good feeling instead of it hanging and pulling on you.

 

 

 

 

 

59 If I refer you guys out can I get a discount?

   We do not have a compensation system set up for discounts. Two reasons for this, one is it would be to hard to keep track of the paper work and the second is it becomes a big game where people refer the company out just cause they can get a discount. When you hear good things about High Noon Holsters® you know it is because of 100% satisfaction, not because they can get a discount or build up referral points for a free holster. Some makers do offer this, we feel its unfair to the consumer. In our opinion its just smoke and mirrors.

 

 

 

 

 

60 Why don't you make a Split Decision, Bare Asset, Mr. Softy, Hidden Ally, Upper Cut Up or Centerfold holster with an extra piece of material that separates the back of the gun from contact with the body? (like in some of your other holsters)

  That's a great idea, we tried it and it does not work. The leather is much to thin, it flops back and forth. The four holster lines listed in the question was designed to be as thin as possible, almost like wearing no holster at all. The problem comes in when you go to thinner leather you lose some performance from it, like being able to support the guard coming up the back of the holster.

 

 

 

 

 

61 Why are you posting inaccurate lead times on your web site?

   There are no problems with our stocking items, they ship most times in 24 to 48 hrs. The whole problem comes in when the holster has to be made to order, custom made for your gun you choose to buy, in the color you want, lined or unlined, in cowhide or horsehide, with a clip or a strap? I guess you get the picture here, Two Hundred choices of guns, right or left hand, three different colors, two different materials etc etc etc When you are done with the math, about 90,000 items to have one example of each holster. All custom holster makers are backed up for this reason.

The problem with the lead times is that we would need a full time mathematician to calculate every day the seven months worth of orders in house and then calculate the current days events. The delivery times would shrink and get bigger each day, maybe even each few hours. Thats something we can not do. There are many unpredictable things that happen every month that throw off our delivery times. Listed below are just a few.

 

1 - Products that do not come out to our liking, every month this happens and we can count on it, but we never know just how many. These have to be re manufactured which pushes things back.

2 - Customers that order the wrong size belt. Some people think they are thinner then what they really are. All of us here at High Noon fall into this category, we think thin but the scale and measuring tape say different.

3 - Customers that ordered the wrong holster.

4 - Customers that ordered for the wrong gun.

5 - Customers that just don't like the holster they ordered. It may not fit their body etc etc.

6 - We made the wrong holster.

7 - Back order on raw material.

8 - A machine breaks.

9 - We do not like the way the product came out.

   Every month these things happen, but to what extent we never know. Numbers Two, three, four, five fall into: It would be unfair to the customer if they had to wait another 20 weeks because a mistake was made, their mistake or ours, it does not matter. So these go to the head of the line and get walked around the factory to expedite the order. So in other words custom is custom, there are problems with any holster makers process and there is always a wait for a highly refined product like a High Noon Holster®. Just take a close look at it and compare. You will be drawn back to this site and you won't know why at the beginning. After a while you will figure it out.

 

 

 

 

 

62 I bought a holster from XYZ company my holster dye is bleeding? Does yours bleed?

   No, our dyed holsters do not bleed. We are experienced manufacturers. The leather, the dye, the finish, etc etc all have to work together, if they do not get along, you have a problem. Its not normal for the holster to bleed. 

   Amateurs, part timers and hobbyist etc etc only option when buying dye is OTC or in other words, over the counter. Whatever the supplier or distributor, has to offer. This is where most of the problems come from, they are cheap inefficient hobbyist type dyes. They are not professional grade products. They can never tweak the product to make it better because they are buying in small quantities. So they have to find a dye that they think works. We do not use suppliers or distributors, High Noon Holsters deals directly with the dye manufacture. The dye company will do whatever you want if you can buy allot of it. Let us explain, the dye may dry to slow, it may make the holster soft, it may make the holster hard, the dye could be weak in color, forcing you to double dye in two separate sessions to get a good color. All these things can be tweaked to work with a specific manufacturing process if you have the money to run your own dye lot. I want the dye to dry faster, I want the color deeper etc etc. The part time hobbyist can not do this, so they are at the mercy of the OTC market and this is why we have the problem of holsters bleeding in the industry. Not all OTC dyes are bad, they are just not as good as the ones made to a makers specifications.

   Sometimes when a holster does bleeds, when you first get it and then it never happens again, it's gassing out. You get that slight black rub off because it was just dyed. This is also rare but happens. If the holster keeps bleeding something is wrong.

Gassing out can be explained like this:

   It's like when you get in a brand new car and you smell that new car smell. Did you ever wonder 6 months later where did that smell go? Thats all the plastic, new carpet, leather like seats etc etc gassing out. The chemicals and what ever else that were used to make those products that go into the car are coming out. And that's a good thing, you do not want to keep breathing that in. Same thing as re carpeting a room in your house, new carpet smell, paint a room, it smells for a few days. Its gassing out.

   We have taken a newly dyed holster, still wet and put it in a plastic bag and sealed it. The gassing will damage the bag. After the holster is dried and sealed this does not happen. So to close this up, ninety nine percent of the time a holster bleeds is because of the part time and full time amateurs who think they know how to make a holster.

   In general most holster makers are a good bunch of  honest people and we are sure if you bring this bleeding to their attention they will somehow correct it. As for the kitchen table warriors making holsters, thats another story. Those are the ones that take people's money and do not fill the orders at all or let the customers wait for years when they promised a few months.  The stories are on the forums, just look and you will find them. They dirty up a trade that we hold in high esteem.

 

 

 

 

 

63 Why does your holster not work with another makers belt?

   You should always buy the belt and holster from the same maker when you can. This way you will not run into trouble. What we are saying is our holsters and belts were tested together to work as a team, we use a certain stiffener, that we felt worked, a veg tan leather thats cold pressed ( thats an in house term) that weighs XX oz's when the pressing is thru. The glue is special made for us, it has to be flexible without cracking. We could go on and on here but the point being that if you just make belts, what do you test it with and every makers products will be different. There are some makers belts that are just way to thick to work with some of our holsters. The reinforcements,  leather stiffness and thickness being used will  over power an already beefy holster. This  has been a documented problem throughout the various gun forums. Its a guess if company ABC's belt works with company XYZ's holster. Now there are some good makers out there and most interchange with each other, but some combinations have problems.

      We have had belts from other makers back at our shop because customers complained that our holster did not work, would not lay close in to the body and would refuse to break in, which does not make sense. So we said, send in our holster and whatever belt you are using. When we got the belt/belts in house, we took the belts apart. On some we found the  insert used as a stiffener was to stiff and the leather was way to thick. There is no way that belt is going to give at all. The belt flexed the holster so bad that it was hard to get the gun in or out and the over thick belt made the slots on the holster not lay flat causing the gun to not lay flat on the body.  A major pain for the customer. Its a clear case of the belt overpowering the holster. Something like a good holster overpowering a department store belt. We all know about that one. We are not saying you can not get it to work, but we would not want to touch another makers product and they would not want to touch our holsters or belts.  This is like making a cake, if two people take the same recipe and change it, you now have two different out comes. A belt is not just a belt and a holster is not just a holster. Thats not to say our belt will not work with another makers holster or vice a versa.  Its just less trouble for you getting them from the same maker. They have been tested together. If it does not work they will know why, cause they did the R&D work on it. They can make it work.

   Again, with that said most makers interchange with each other, but there are some out there that just will not work.
 

 

 

 

 

64 Why do you make your most of your inside the waistband holsters with the ruff side of the leather out?

   We can manufacture holsters either way, ruff side out or smooth side out.  But we had to pick just one way to do it for our inside the waistband holsters. Rough side out construction has been used since the beginning of  time with great success. A good example would be the old west.  Rough side out boots & chaps were common in the old west because they held up better at least in appearance to smooth leather subjected to the same abuse. Manufacturing with the ruff side out gives you a few big advantages. With the leather we use, the ruff side out has so much more grip to it then a smooth side out holster for inside the waistband carry. With the smooth side in to protect your gun it is now a leather lined holster, that produces a slick draw and protects your guns finish better. Ruff side out does not show as much wear and does not get scratched and dinged up like the smooth side out holsters.  It just takes abuse with a better attitude.

   Keep in mind the ruff side out does not keep the holster in position, that's the belts job and a good holster design. We are talking about extreme hard use, with little or no signs of the holster having gone thru it, nice gripping, no slipping or sliding around the spot where the holster is on the body.

   Smooth side out holsters do give a nicer molded look to it, while always getting great reviews on gun forums for its beauty, but never a word said for its function.  Its slips and slides compared to ruff  side out holster. Many people buy smooth side out based on the looks only, but reality is, it's an inside the pants holster and you cannot show off that fancy look anyway! You need to buy because it works. The guys who draw their weapons for a living want ruff side out, it's a common request on an extreme duty hardcore holster. Our view is Ruff side out wins hands down in our tests.  Click here for a picture comparison so you can understanding what we are talking about. Please keep in mind we could do it either way, but whats the purpose giving you smooth side out?

 

 

 

 

65 Why don't you make your inside the waistband holsters sit lower?

     We can only design it so low before you can not get a combat grip on the gun.  You need to get a combat grip on the gun fast, which means your whole hand around the gun. If you wear a low riding holster, you will not be able to get a full firing combat grip on the gun and draw in one motion. You will have to use your thumb and two fingers to get the pistol moving out of the holster and then re-grip the gun during the presentation. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as you know that information before the presentation and its slow and risky under stress.  We do offer three low ride holsters for deep concealment, The Hidden Ally, the Hideaway , the Hidden Impact and the Mr Softy.  

 

 

 

 

 

66 Why don't you break in your holsters before you send them out?

   It's all a matter of personal preference. Different people have different likes and dislikes, different strength and weakness, different injuries in different parts of the body. There is no way we are psychic enough to anticipate every persons preferences. So our holsters are generally made tight. Also different finishes hold differently to leather. A parkerized gun can really "stick" to new leather as opposed to a gun with a slicker finish on it. The best thing is for you to customize the break in of your holster, the way you like.

 

 

 

 

67 What does it mean when someone says I carry at 3 o'clock, 4 o'clock 5 o'clock?

      The locations on the body are illustrated in "clock" positions. This is for a right handed shooter. 12:00 being directly in front of you, while going clockwise around your body,  3:00 Right Side hip or side of body, 6.00 Directly behind you.
                                                                                                      
                                                                                      

                                                                                                      
                                                                   

 

 

 

 

68 Why does the belt stiffener stop at the belt holes?

     It wouldn't work well if the buckle tongue had to go through the stiffener and it would serve no purpose in the fit hole area. But, if you request the belt to be made like that we will do it, but again it serves no purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

69 What does the term "Genuine Leather" mean and do you use "Genuine Leather" for your holsters and belts?

   It is fairly common to see department stores promoting merchandise as being "Genuine Leather".  The problem with using a term like " Genuine Leather " is it offers no details about specifically what kind of leather it is. Then again, maybe that's the point...

     In general, there are five different grades of leather: bonded, split grain, top grain, belting, and full grain. High Noon Holsters® uses full grain and belting leather.

 1.  Bonded leather is leather that is made of bits or scraps of leather which are then 'bonded' together into a single piece of leather. In the manufacturing process, this type of leather may be made to look like a single piece of leather, but it lacks the strength of a single piece of hide. Another comparison you may relate to is  real wood and then particleboard, or particle board. It is an engineered wood product manufactured from wood particles, such as wood chips, sawmill shavings, or even saw dust, and a synthetic resin or other suitable binder, which is pressed and extruded.

 2.  Split grain leathers are the next grade up.  Manufacturers typically split hide into the outer most and inner most layers.  The inner most layer of hide that is produced in this process is called split grain leather.  Because it is a single piece of hide, instead of multiple pieces bonded together, split grain leathers offers more strength and better life than bonded leather. When something is labeled "genuine leather", it is typically a split grain or bonded material.

 3.  Top grain leathers are made of the outer most layer of the hide, processed or sanded to hide serious imperfections in the leather. Top grain leathers are stronger than split grain leathers because this outer layer of the hide is the most durable. Top grain leathers may be formed in the manufacturing process to look like exotic skins such as alligator or ostrich. In other words imprint a design into the leather.

 4.  Full grain leathers are made of the outer most layer of the hide.   Unlike top grain leathers, full grain leathers are not sanded or processed; rather, the beauty of the natural markings are left untouched.  In general, full grain leathers are preferable because they offer a combination of strength, durability and appearance. Though full grain leathers are generally preferred for their strength, appearance and durability, they are generally more expensive than other grades of leather. Depending on the tanning process, full grain leathers can be manufactured to look and perform very differently.

5.   Belting leather gets its name from its original application; belting leather was manufactured to drive pulley belts in early industrial plants.  Special care in the tanning process makes belting leather one of the stiffest and strongest leathers. 

 

 

 

 

 

70 Why don't you expand the business to produce faster?

    If you want the highest level of leather craftsmanship, you have found the right holster maker. High Noon Holsters® has a cult like following when it comes to gun gear. The guys who draw their weapons for a living use our holsters. The problem is that we like to produce a holster that we would carry ourselves, not just a holster that makes us money and we decided long ago mass production is not possible with most of our holster lines. More inexperienced hands helping does not keep the quality high. You will not see the type of quality gear we produce in mass production. We are artists in leather gun holsters. We won't apologize for longer lead times because of the time it takes us to do high quality work, thats just the way it is. We do have many in stock items if you need something now, which get the job done and work great. Stock Items are listed in bold red letters and it says STOCKING ITEM.

   Also, customers tend to blame us for the copy cats. They say we should just hire more people to keep up with the demand so that the copy cats wouldn't have a foothold in our product line. They think that any person should be able to make holsters and since their isn't any shortage of people on this planet, they don't understand why we aren't willing to add the number of people necessary to our staff to keep up with the demand for our holsters. The problem is, that most of our customers don't want their holsters made by some inexperienced person that doesn't understand the intricacies of what we do, or why we do it. So it stands to reason that those who do understand why they have to wait for our product, appreciate the fact that we care about quality over quantity. And that hiring all the people we can find isn't going to solve the supply problem. At least to the satisfaction to those who know what we are all about.
 

 

 

 

 

71 Do you finish the interior of your holsters?

   Yes, we do. We spend a good amount of time finishing the inside of your holster, its just as important as the outside. For those that are extremely particular about the finish on their gun, you will be happy to know most of our inside the pants holsters are lined with smooth leather. We construct a ruff side out holster for its gripping properties and leather line the inside so its gentle to your guns finish. Outside the pants are lined with synthetic suede.

 

 

 

 

 

72 Should I get suede lining on my outside the pants holster?

   It does not need it to function. But if you want the ultimate interior then go ahead and get it, you will not be disappointed. More lining info here.


 

 

 

 

 

73 How tight should the tension screw be?

      There is no correct answer here, people have varying degrees of strength. What feels good to one person does not feel good for another. Most of the tension will be coming from the belt when the holster and gun are being carried. Some people make the mistake of setting the tension too tight. The tension screw should hold the gun in the holster snug, while allowing you a comfortable draw. You will need to find a good combination of the two so you are comfortable drawing. You may want to put a drop of non permanent loc tite or clear nail polish on the threads after you are comfortable with the setting. This will prevent the screw from backing out. We do like you to check the holster before each use but we know some will not do this. We sell extra tension screws here.

 

 

 

 

 

74 What if I get my holster wet?

   Remove the gun and allow the holster to air dry slowly with any type of fan. Do not use forced hot air, like from a hair dryer. That will dry out and shrink the leather.

 

 

 

 

 

75 Are there advantages to a pre-curved belt?

   Some manufacturers make their belts pre-curved to fit the body. The claim is that they are more comfortable this way. If we thought this was true, we would make our belts pre-curved. After a few weeks of wear, any belt will take a set or curve to YOUR specific body shape.

 

 

 

 

 

76 What is meant by a sight track?

   A sight track is a channel in the holster or a material sewn into the leather which allows the front sight of the gun to exit the holster without scraping or gouging leather as it is drawn. This is so you see your front site and not a ball of leather.

 

 

 

 

 

77 When do you charge my credit card?

  The card is charged when you place the order.  Our Turnaround Times page and our Order Status page has lots of information on the process.

 

 

 

 

 

78 Why doesn't my holster have a silky smooth draw?

   Its a friction fit holster, it will never slip in and out with ease, its not supposed to. The gun is rubbing against leather. Your belts tension also plays an important part in how the gun comes out of the holster. The belt flexes the holster which puts tension on the holster. Its never going to be an everything holster, what we mean by that is, you want it to slip in and out silky smooth on the draw and then when you are jumping a fence or get knocked down or attacked you want the gun to stay in the holster. What we really need here is a computer chip inside the holster that reads your brain waves to evaluate the current situation. That technology is not yet available, so to tight a holster with a slight drag on the gun is good. You also have to figure in the gravest extreme, adrenaline is pumping thru your body and you will not even feel any drag at all.

 

 

 

 

 

79 Why does your holster move my slide back on my gun when I reholster?

    Its a friction fit holster, it will never slip in and out with ease, its not supposed to. When you reholster your thumb should always be on the rear of the slide holding the gun in battery and pushing in. This is so the user has complete confidence that the gun is ready to go. You should do this on any holster you have not just a tight or new one. Its a good practice to get into.

 

 

 

 

 

80 How important is it to be able to reholster your gun with one hand?

     For police officers you might be putting your gun away to cuff a suspect, dragging your partner, opening the door to your cruiser or transitioning to your long gun. The basic idea is your other hand is probably going to be busy doing other things. This isn't for the range it is for a dynamic firefight or combat situation.

   If you are going to a shooting class or if you like to practice, that would be an important feature to have on your holster. For the average civilian, in a self defense situation you may not need it, you will be shooting and calling 911 letting them know you are the good guy and surrendering your weapon upon arrival. But there may be a few situations where one handed reholstering may save the day. It may be nice for the police to come on the scene without a gun in your hand. So, you might like the idea of putting your gun away after shooting. Also, you might be grabbing a child and moving  away from whatever you just shot,  or keeping your hand on your new found hole in your body the bad guy just gave you, locking a door or doing several other things with the free hand on your worst day ever.

   Some people will have you believe you need one handed reholstering or you are ill equipped and thats just not true. Every person has different likes and dislikes, some cannot wear an extreme duty holster that has one handed holstering capabilities. They need a thin simple holster that just holds the gun in a stable platform when they need it. With all that said you could just stick the gun in your waist band and not worry about getting it back in the holster, that will work till the cops get there. So it all comes down to personal preference and the job you need the holster to do.  The truth is you will have both holsters in your collection, some will be able to do one handed reholster and some will not.

 

 

 

 

 

81Which width belt do we recommend?

   If you have a choice, we suggest using a 1.5" wide gun belt to attain the best possible holster support. If you have to use a 1.25 cause of dress clothes, this will work but the 1.5" gives more support

 

 

 

 

 

82 Is a horsehide holster thinner then a cowhide holster?

   Here at High Noon Holsters®, different holsters call for different weights and thickness. When it comes to High Noon, outside the pants holsters are heavier then inside the pants holsters, only because we want them to be that way. If  its the exact same holster, horse or cow, lined or unlined, they will be the same weight in ounces.

 

 

 

 

 

83 What is a "thumb break"?

   A thumb break is a retaining strap secured by a snap and released by a pushing motion of the thumb. A thumb break usually secures the weapon in the holster by means of a strap going over the hammer, or rear of the gun. A thumb break should release with a quick, positive, crisp, motion that doesn't have a "spongy" feeling or require any excess motion. To achieve this, we reinforce a piece of steel to the thumb portion of the break. High Noon does not sell many of these.

 

 

 

 

 

84 Where should I carry my gun?

   Carry position and angle differ from person to person. There is no correct answer to this question. There is no one spot thats best and they can change, you are never locked in to one location. The best advice is to experiment as much as you can. Once you find where the firearm best conceals on your body, is most comfortable and you can draw with good speed then practice as much as possible. A good page to visit is our holster help page it will assist in narrowing down your requirements. 
 

 

 

 

 

85 Why don't you list your leather suppliers like some of the other sites I have visited?

   Well .............. because we are a professional company that is confident in the product we produce. What listing leather suppliers on your web site has to do with the design and manufacture of gun holsters we do not know! This behavior, most times comes from new companies, "the part timers,"  inexperienced people, or just a small " me too " business trying to gain your hard earned money by telling you where they get there leather from, thinking that makes a product and company creditable. Well it does not. Remember, this is the world wide web where all you need is a computer, a garage, one dollar and your in business.  We are in a very " copy cat " industry.

    We think as a consumer you are smarter then that. You have the web in front of you, find out who you are doing business with.

    So, why should you care where someone gets their supplies from? You shouldn't, its whats done to the product by the manufacturer that counts. You know what you should care about? The final product, the guarantee that goes with it, the integrity and the reputation of the company standing behind it.

 

 

 

 

 

86 Why don't you make a combination holster with leather and kydex?

   Thats the latest fad holster we will not contribute to. Its still a piece of plastic that will scratch your gun and make noise on the draw and reholster. The kydex just does not make a good holster. Its hard on your gun finish and the kydex makers realize the material has short comings. Thats the reason for the combination holster. But the combination holsters still fall short, no matter what you read on the forums. Leather was created to cover. It is a product specifically designed by nature to cover the bodies of animals. Leather has been with us for thousands of years and will be available for many more years to come. It has a unique capacity to endure the elements and hence has the ability to last where other materials would just fail.

   Leather is one of the worlds most adaptable and pleasing materials. It offers unsurpassed satisfaction and endurance in a variety of impressive finishes, textures and colors. When most people see leather, their first reaction is to touch it.

The Natural Characteristics of Leather

   Real leather is a natural product. It breathes, is warm and has individual characteristics which make each hide unique. Leather will always bear the marks of its natural origin and these characteristics can show as healed scars, growth marks, areas of differing fibre density and hair pore structure. These hallmarks in no way detract from the wearing qualities of the leather. They are signs discerning owners cherish when buying leather. With the passing of time and use, it develops a patina (An industry word we will explain below) which enhances its beauty.

   Figuratively, patina can refer to any fading, darkening or other signs of age, which are felt to be natural and or unavoidable. Patina is everything that happens to an object over the course of time. All these things add up to create a softer look, subtle color changes, a character. Patina is built from all the effects, natural and man-made situations in our factory, that create a true piece of art, a High Noon Holster®.

Growth Marks and Veins - These are an indication of the age of the animal and in that respect are similar to the graining on a piece of timber. They range from often quite pronounced marks in the neck area to subtle bands across the hide perpendicular to the backbone.

Scars - These form usually as a result of barbed wire damage or by the horns of other cattle. In their healed form the new skin is as strong as the remainder of the hide but unhealed damage should be avoided as tension on these parts may cause the leather to split or burst.

Grain Variation - The fiber texture varies greatly from being loose in the belly and flank areas to being relatively tight across the backbone. The looser areas consequently have more stretch. This is the area by the animals belly. Holster makers do not use this, its much too soft. The variation in hair pore structure is particularly noticeable in untextured leathers where clusters of open pores can sometimes be seen.

Shade Variation - No two hides are alike and due to the varying grain structure mentioned above the dyes and finishes penetrate to differing degrees in different parts of the hide to give an attractive variation. While every attempt is made to achieve uniformity this is not always possible and sometimes not desirable. Thats why a leather holster is unique!

 

 

 

 

 

87 What is shell cordovan?

   Contrary to popular belief, cordovan is much more than just a color.  Shell cordovan is very special leather that comes from a horse's hindquarters. In this area, lies two oval pieces of leather sufficient to make just about two pairs of shoes. These hides must be slowly tanned, nourished with natural oils, shaved and then polished the old-fashioned way. Its a very rare piece of horse. We are not willing at this time to get into the custom market to this extreme.

 

 

 

 

 

88 Why do you use tension devices on all of your holsters and what is it for?

   The tension screw will allow for fine adjustments of the draw. We all have different strengths in our body, are different ages and have different injuries, so whats a sloppy draw to one, is a tight draw to another. On our wet molded holsters you do not need the help of the  tension screw in the beginning, but as the holster goes thru its life it may loosen up. It also may not loosen up. No one really knows.  The non molded holsters if needed you could start using it out of the box. 

   Think of it like an insurance policy for your holster. Its for the future and maybe the present use of your holster. If you like to have more draw tension now, you have that option, if its OK then leave it alone.  And as we all know and can agree with, inevitably cowhide or horsehide or any animal's hide will stretch. This fact is well documented and the tension device will come in handy to re-firm the tension on the gun to the level you want. Its sure nice to have the option of putting more tension on the draw if you need to. You can in some cases tighten it down so much that its difficult to get the gun out of the holster. A good idea if ATV, motorcycle riding or horseback riding are on the days events.

   With that said, its much harder to design a tension screw into a holsters design. It takes much more skill of the designer, the tension setup has to be perfect, a centimeter one way it does not work, a centimeter the other way its just too tight. So, it takes a bigger bite out of the companies pocket book in terms of samples made.  It also takes at least ten times longer to get the design right. Its more difficult and time consuming in the wet molding manufacturing process, takes more money stocking the hardware and then more assembly time out the door to the customers. This is why you do not see a lot of holsters out there in the market with tension screws. Its just easier to design a holster without a tension screw. We do have many amateurs, home hobbyist and new makers who are just, to put it plainly, not talented.  We feel its worth the extra money and effort to include this option on our holsters. With that said there are some small, home hobbyist and new makers that put out a decent product. The problem is the bad out number the good.

   Also, the tension screw has nothing to do with the fit of the weapon to holster, its job is not to take up slop because of a bad fit. It does not work well in that role. We think that information is partly due to an Internet myth anyway, but the story comes mainly from the many amateurs out there that have no clue about designing gun holsters and can't include a tension screw in the design. Remember, all you need is a computer, a utility knife, a cell phone that takes pictures  and you are in business.  

 

 

 

 

 

89 Will I have to buy bigger pants to be able to use an inside-waist-band holster?

   Unless you wear your pants so tight that you cannot get your hand between your pants and your body, then you may need to get the next size bigger. A general rule is if you can get your hand between your pants and your body (without your belt on) then you are good to go for an inside the waistband holster, you may not need to buy new pants. But some people find it more comfortable going a size bigger. There is no correct answer here, it depends on you. Experiment, see what works.

 

 

 

 

 

90 What is meant by the term full firing grip or combat grip?

   A good holster design will allow a full firing grip or combat grip as soon as the gun is grasped. Which means you get your whole hand on the gun and draw in one motion, your middle finger should be just at pants level without getting in the way of your pants line. This means that you can draw your gun and comfortably fire it without having to shift the position of your hand on the gun in order to attain a more comfortable grip.

   Now with that said we do manufacture holsters that are low ride for deep concealment, that draw  would be a two stage draw, two fingers to pull the gun up because it's in there so deep and then you have to position and shift your whole hand on the gun to draw. The second step gets you into the combat grip position. This type of draw is slower than a combat grip draw, no big deal because your job for the holster may be deep concealment and that's what you need. The speed of the draw is second to the deep cover you require. It all depends what's important to you in a holster and what job you need the holster to perform. This type of That type of draw is associated with a low ride deep concealment holster, we have those also.

 

 

 

 

 

91 What type of leather do you use?

   Gun holster leather is tanned using the "vegetable tan" method not the "chrome tan" method. Chrome tanned leather is what you will find in shoes, jackets, wallets, and certain outdoor leathers like that used to make motorcycle saddlebags or motorcycle chaps. Chrome tan leather cannot be shaped and molded like holster leather. 

  Vegetable tanned leather, which is what we use for making quality holsters, is not tanned with any kind of salts. Vegetable tanning uses only organic substances like live oak bark, tree bark, beets, walnut shells, clay, plant extracts or other vegetable matter containing tannins, or in other words, not man made chemicals to tan the leather. Just as a comforting  thought for you, perspiration and humidity will have a far more damaging effect on a firearm than any chemical traces left from modern tanning processes.

  The benefit of this tannage is that it provides a leather that will not cause your weapon to rust or corrode.

 

 

 


 

92 Are all of your guns that you make holsters for on the lists?

   We try to constantly update the lists of guns that we make holsters for. However we may miss one of them. If you don't see your gun model call or E-mail and just ask us.

 

 

 

 

 

93 What gives leather its " scent "?

The Tanning Oils and Chemicals used in the tanning process.

 

 

 

 

 

94 No matter what I do, I think people can see my gun, why is this?

   How often do you walk into a room feeling like all eyes are on you? Probably every room you walk into. It's our ego-centric nature to think everyone is thinking about us especially when we know we are carrying concealed. We have news for you, most of us are too busy thinking about ourselves to have time to think about you! Don't worry what "they" think of you, because "they're" busy worrying about what you think of "them".

   Most members of the general public could not spot a firearm related bulge even if you pointed it out to them. When you are new to concealed carry you are super self conscious about carrying a gun. Most of it is in your head, just like your first day of school jitters. You could carry allot under your shirt and most of the people will never spend a second looking at you.  With over 60% of Americans overweight, lumpy, bumpy and with all the body shapes people have, do you really think they are going to notice a slight  bulge on your body. Do you think their first thought is GUN. We think not. Their first thought is to much donuts, ice cream and Twinkies. Even if you are in shape, the same thing applies. The point is, do not be preoccupied with printing. A little bulge here or there will occur, don't sweat it no one will scream gun!!! Plan instead to keep it covered so that routine activity will not display your firearm needlessly. Also keep in mind, a holster is not a magic bullet, its just ONE of the ingredients in the recipe to concealment.

 

 

 

 

 

95 How do I store my leather holster?

   Remember that leather is a natural material and should never be stored in plastic because it encourages the growth of mildew and bacteria and will ruin the leather. Always store leather in a cool dry place away from heat.

 

 

 

 

 

96 Are there any penalties or fees to return something?

   No, we do not have any restocking fees with the 30 day BEAT IT UP return policy we have in place. Its a true no BS policy.

 

 

 

 

 

97 How often is your order status page updated?

   The page can only update when each months manufacturing steps are complete. About every 4 to 6 weeks. If we have information sooner, its updated. We understand the importance of this page.

 

 

 

 

 

98 Why does Appendix carry make the holster and gun push deep into my thigh when sitting to make the combo uncomfortable when sitting?

   The longer barrel guns have more of a problem with this then the shorter barrel guns. We have included in the design of our inside the pants holsters a small amount of play in the straps and clip. What we do when we sit is, shift the handle of the weapon to the right (right handed people) so now the gun and holster is slanted so it will not dig into your thigh when sitting. Left handed people just shift the gun to the left.

 

 

 

 

 

99 Does the Skin line (Bare Skin, Skin Guard, Skin Tite)  offer one handed reholstering?

   That depends, it is a non molded holster and does take a self mold after 2 weeks of wearing. The whole holster will not stay open because its not wet molded, but you will be able to get the muzzle of your gun in there and then just push. So yes it will one handed reholster, but not like a wet molded holster.

 

 

 

 

 

100 What can I do to keep my holster looking new?

   If you want it to stay looking just like it did when you took it out of the box......... put it back in the box.

   We have oiled it, sealed it and have done anything else that needs to be done to it before it left here. If anything, the occasional application of paste shoe polish to touch up surface wear is all that is needed on outside the pants holsters. Inside the pants needs nothing except maybe a wipe down with a damp cloth. Never use anything like saddle soap or mink oil. It will make your holster too soft. We oil them as part of the manufacturing process and that should be enough for the life of the holster.

   We have come to believe that there may be something to the theory of evolution. For thousands of years, tanning and maintaining leather required a lot of rubbing oils into leather. It now seems to be instinctive in humans if indeed it has not produced a new gene. Whatever you do to leather will change its appearance in some way. This, as well as normal use, will make the item uniquely yours. If the leather stays dry it will give you years of use. What really destroys leather is mold growing on the leather. It feeds on the fibers, eventually the leather goes dry and powdery similar to dry rot in wood. Just putting on oil will not repair the leather. Mold comes from damp humid conditions. You need to combat this quickly. If it gets wet and dried repeatedly, it will eventually need to have the oil in the leather restored for looks and flexibility, more oil will darken leather, but more importantly it should not be left in a damp enclosed environment where mold can grow. If it gets wet the leather needs to be dried. Remove the gun and allow the holster to air dry slowly with any type of fan. Do not use forced hot air, like from a hair dryer. That will dry out and shrink the leather