- Are Galco Holsters for 1911s Designed to be Carried Cocked and Locked?
- You list SIG 1911s with "contoured slides." What does that mean?
- Break-In and Holster fit
- Care and Maintenance of Injection Molded Products
- Care and Maintenance of Leather
- Care and Maintenance of Nylon Products
- Choosing the Right Holster
- Do Galco holsters fit guns with Crimson Trace Lasergrips?
- Galco's Satisfaction Guarantee
- How do I determine what size belt to buy?
- Important Firearms Safety Information-Please Read Prior to Using Galco Holsters
- Ordering Details for Mailed or Faxed in Orders
- Privacy Statement
- Tension Screw Adjustment Instructions
- Terms Of Sale
- What are the basic comparisons between the Miami Classic / Miami Classic II / Jackass / Classic Lite shoulder rigs?
- What gun does my holster fit?
- What is Premium Center Cut Steerhide?
- What is the difference between a Galco holster belt and a typical pants belt?
- What is the difference between the Ultimate Second Amendment and Ultra Deep Cover holsters?
- What is the history of the Miami Classic?
- Where are Galco products manufactured?
- Which is better, forward molding or traditional pancake style?
The 1911s from SIG-Sauer have two different types of slides. The first is the "contoured slide" that preserves a common appearance with other non-1911-type pistols in the SIG line. An example is found here. Guns with these slides will fit only in the holsters we designate for "contoured slides."
The second slide type is the more traditional flat-sided/slab-sided 1911 design, very similar to the original Colt, as found here. Guns with these slides will fit in any of the holsters we offer for the traditional 1911s from Colt, Kimber, etc.
One of the side effects of wet molding is a consolidation of the leather fibers, which “shrinks” the holster. If the fit is too tight when holstering your firearm the first time, don’t force it. If you do force the firearm into the holster, it may be very difficult to remove. Instead, follow these simple steps to break in your new holster using a process called blocking:
1. Place the unloaded firearm in a plastic freezer bag, or cover it in 2-3 layers of plastic kitchen wrap. Do not cover the grip.
2. Insert the bagged/wrapped firearm slowly into the holster, gently twisting it side-to-side to minimize tearing of the bag/wrap.
3. Once the firearm is completely seated in the holster, twist it about 1/16” in both directions 6-12 times.
4. Allow the bagged/wrapped firearm to sit in the holster for about 15 minutes.
5. Remove the firearm from the holster and remove the bag/wrap from the firearm.
6. Insert the unloaded firearm into the holster, which should now be snug but not loose. If it is still too tight, repeat the above steps until the holster is broken in to your satisfaction.
If the holster has a retention strap, it may also need some break in. You can watch a video on retention strap break-in here.
1. Place your unloaded firearm in the holster.
2. Hold the firearm grip in your right hand and the retention strap in your left.
3. Prepare the strap for stretching by grasping the snap and pulling the strap taut (remove the slack).
4. Twist the strap back and forth in a clockwise and counterclockwise rotation, while keeping it taut, 10-12 times.
5. Firmly push the firearm away from you while pulling on the strap and continue rotating the strap.
6. Release the tension for a moment and repeat two or three times.
7. Pull the strap over the back of the firearm without releasing tension.
8. While maintaining the strong tension, attempt to snap the retention strap closed.
9. Repeat steps five and six as needed.
Try the fit with your unloaded firearm again. Repeat the process as needed.
Try our Draw-Ez applied to the inside of the leather holster to shorten the break-in period and to provide a slicker draw. Draw-Ez only treats the interior surface of the leather and will not be absorbed by the leather or harm the finish of the firearm.
A small amount of neutral Kiwi shoe polish, or Galco Draw-EZ™, applied to the interior of the holster, will reduce draw friction if necessary.
DO’S AND DON’TS
DO make sure the holster provides secure gun retention in all circumstances.
DON’T use Loctite.
DON’T use any Matrix™ products if tension unit(s) are missing.
DON’T expose your holster to excessive heat. Storing a Matrix™ near a radiator or oven, on a dashboard of a car in summer, or any other heat source, may cause damage to the product.
Our saddle leather products are made from natural steer hides that are range bred and grown. Therefore there may be natural range markings in the grain of the saddle leather. This is normal for top grain steer hide, and adds to the beauty and character of your Galco leather product. These same natural range markings will appear in our genuine horsehide.
By following the instructions below, you will add to the service life of your Galco product.
Regularly clean your leather product with Galco Leather Lotion or use a hard bar glycerin soap. Work soap and a small amount of water into a lather and apply to the surface of the leather, rub in and wipe off with a soft cloth. Galco Leather Lotion will replace the natural oils of the leather. Do not use additional oils such as Neats Foot or Mink oil, as they will soften the leather too much.
Holsters that come in contact with body perspiration on a regular basis may need to be treated as outlined above as often as once a month, to slow the natural breakdown of the leather fibers.
Dry the leather naturally – do not use any type of artificial heat.
Do not submerge or saturate your leather product in water or any other liquid. Do not dry your leather product with heat from a hair dryer, oven, radiator, direct sunlight, etc.
Do not use oils such as Neats Foot or Mink oil, as they will saturate and soften the leather too much.
Do not leave your leather product on the dashboard of your car in summer, or leave it otherwise exposed to the elements.
The above care and maintenance instructions cannot substitute for your good common sense. Following our recommended care and maintenance tips, along with common sense, will allow you to get the maximum service life from your Galco leather products.
Clean as needed by hand with a mild soap and water. Allow to air dry naturally. If needed, you may use a soft bristle brush (such as a toothbrush) to loosen any extra dirt or dust. After washing, apply a very light coat of WD40 to all metal components (hardware).
Do not put Galco synthetic material in the washing machine. Do not use artificial heat to speed up the drying process, such as that from a hair dryer, oven, radiator, direct sunlight, etc. Do not use Loctite Sealant on your screws if they come in contact with a plastic part. Vapors from Loctite Sealant can cause a chemical reaction with thermoplastic that will make the plastic become brittle, causing irreparable damage to your product. Do not use any solvents or corrosive chemicals on the product. Do not leave Galco products on the dashboard of your car. The above care and maintenance instructions cannot substitute for your good common sense. Following our recommended care and maintenance tips, along with common sense, will allow you to get the maximum service life from your Galco synthetic material products.
Covered trigger guard. A covered trigger guard prevents an object – including the shooter’s finger – from entering the trigger area and causing a discharge. Covered trigger guards are required at all legitimate training courses and competitions, and should also be selected for defensive handguns. The one exception is when carrying a single action revolver that requires the hammer to be manually cocked before depressing the trigger.
Combat grip accessibility. The shooter should be able to establish a shooting grip on the handgun while it is fully seated in the holster. This enables the shooter to execute a smooth, quick, and fumble free draw without having to make grip adjustments while the handgun is in motion. Of particular importance is the clearance at the base of the trigger guard, which allows sufficient room for the middle finger to make complete contact with the handgun.
Adequate retention. The holster must retain the handgun over the course of the gun carrier’s intended activities. Some gun carriers may require higher retention levels than others. For example, a law enforcement officer who must physically subdue a suspect may require greater retention than an office worker with a concealed carry permit. A competition shooter may require lesser retention than a hunter traversing rugged terrain or heavy brush. The greater the holster’s retention level, generally speaking, the slower the draw (and vice-versa).
One-handed draw ability. The gun carrier may need to execute a one-handed draw. The shooter’s other hand may be occupied fending off a close-range attacker, holding a critical object, or guiding a third party to safety. In these cases, the ability to draw the handgun with one hand is critical. However, if deep concealment is critical, it almost always requires one to “sweep” open a jacket or pull up a shirt with the off hand while drawing the weapon with the shooting hand. (See Deep Concealment options below.)
One-handed holstering ability. Some gun carriers prefer this feature. Law enforcement officers in particular may need to holster with one hand while drawing handcuffs with the other. Some citizens with carry permits also prefer it, though in most cases if a citizen must draw “on the street,” swift holstering will not be required. Virtually all competitive shooting events require a holster that allows swift, single-handed holstering as will defensive training courses. While taking a defensive shooting course, you will draw and holster your weapon hundreds of times.
The Holster Wardrobe
Remember that every holster type is a compromise, and that none is perfect for every person in every circumstance. Just as you wouldn’t wear the same pair of shoes hiking, at the gym, to church, and to the beach, you won’t necessarily be able to carry the same holster in all circumstances. Therefore, a gun carrier should have a “wardrobe” of holsters to accommodate different modes of dress while remaining adequately armed at all times.
Different holster types have advantages and corresponding disadvantages, discussed below.
Pros and Cons
Belt holsters worn behind strong hip. This is the most common carry position in use by American men. It is the method recommended at most shooting academies, and also commonly seen in practical shooting sports like IDPA.
PRO - Very comfortable when worn with a sturdy belt designed to support the weight of a heavy pistol.
PRO - Fast to draw from standing position.
PRO - Fairly easy for most men to conceal.
CON - Slower to draw from seated position.
CON - Can be trapped by seatbelt when driving.
CON - Requires longer concealing garment than other types.
CON - Can be uncomfortable when seated with certain chair backs.
Examples of this holster type are the Avenger, Combat Master, Concealable, Cop 3 Slot, Cop Slide, FLETCH, FX, M7X Matrix, Quick Slide, Royal Deluxe, Side Snap Scabbard, Silhouette, Speed Master, Training Holster, and Yaqui Slide.
Belt holsters worn crossdraw. This lesser-used carry position is underrated by many. While more difficult to conceal on some body types, it offers advantages not given by strongside holsters, particularly in comfort and adaptability to female gun carriers.
PRO - Very comfortable if worn with a sturdy belt designed to support the weight of a heavy pistol.
PRO - Fast to draw from standing position.
PRO - When drawing your motion is not telegraphed to those behind you.
PRO - Fairly fast to draw from seated position.
PRO - More comfortable when seated than strong-side holster.
PRO - Ideal for most women.
CON - Requires longer concealing garment than other types.
CON - Difficult for most men to conceal.
CON - Cross-body draw can be stopped by an arms-length attacker.
CON - Training courses and competitions often don’t allow crossdraw on the range.
An example of a holster usable as crossdraws is the Cop 3 Slot.
Belt holsters worn in small of back. This position shares some similarity with the strong side hip carry, but many gun carriers find it easier to conceal, especially when wearing a large pistol.
PRO - Very comfortable if worn on sturdy belt and wearer is standing.
PRO - Very concealable on most men who are in reasonable shape (i.e., waist is narrower than
PRO - Works well for most women.
CON - Draw requires more shoulder rotation than holster worn closer to side, and is consequently
CON - Uncomfortable when seated for long periods of time.
CON - Difficult or impossible for overweight people to draw.
An example of this holster type is the SOB.
Paddle holsters. The holsters offer the same advantages and disadvantages as belt holsters worn in equivalent positions, but are very quick to put on and remove. Many law enforcement officers prefer paddle holsters for this reason.
PRO - Relatively quick to don and doff.
PRO - Belt width not as critical as with belt holster (though a belt must still be worn).
PRO - Works well for some women
CON - Slightly less concealable than a belt holster, since the plastic paddle must lie between the gun
and the shooter’s body.
Examples of this holster type are the Concealed Carry Paddle, FED, M5X Matrix, PLE, Speed Paddle, and Yaqui Paddle.
Inside the pants holsters worn strong side. An excellent compromise between speed and concealability, “IWB” holsters are very popular, since they offer excellent concealment with even full-sized handguns carried under proper garments.
PRO - Very easy to conceal.
PRO - Requires only a very short concealing garment (waist length).
PRO - Relatively fast to draw from standing position.
CON - Uncomfortable unless clothing is adapted to holster (i.e., belt and pants purchased 2” larger
CON - Slow to draw from seated position.
CON - Can be trapped by seatbelt when driving.
Examples of this holster type are the NSAII, Royal Guard, Scout, Summer Comfort, and Waistband.
Inside the pants holsters worn in the middle of back. Offering the same advantages and disadvantages as other inside the pants holsters, the middle-of-back carry also has some unique features.
PRO - Very easy to conceal.
PRO - Requires only a very short concealing garment (waist length).
CON - Requires palm-out “cavalry” style draw, with consequent extreme wrist rotation during the draw.
CON - Requires extreme caution during draw stroke to ensure muzzle does not
cover the shooter’s own vital areas.
An example of this holster type is the MOB.
Shoulder holsters. Galco’s signature product is the Miami Classic shoulder system, which evolved from the original Jackass Rig. Shoulder systems offer several dramatic advantages that appear in real-life carry rather than range competitions and shooting academies.
PRO - Relatively fast to draw from standing position.
PRO - Relatively fast to draw from seated position.
PRO - Generally very comfortable when seated.
PRO - Requires only a very short concealing garment.
PRO - No belt is required.
PRO - Work well for most women.
PRO - Easy on and off.
CON - Not allowed in most shooting competitions.
CON - Concealing garment must cover shoulder straps in addition to pistol.
CON - Cross-body draw can be stopped by an arms-length attacker.
Examples of this holster type are the Classic Lite, Executive, Jackass, Miami Classic, SS2, and VHS.
Deep Concealment Options
There are some exceptions to the general rules listed above, particularly among holster designed for “deep” concealment, versus more generalized holster designs. These unusual holster designs also have advantages and disadvantages.
Tuckable holsters. Several Galco holsters allow the gun carrier to tuck in a shirt over the pistol, which is carried inside the pants. This enables the handgun to remain almost completely hidden even in business (or other less casual) clothing, while retaining a neat (and unarmed) appearance. The only thing showing when wearing a Galco tuckable holster is a small black tab (or tabs), which virtually disappears when worn on a black belt. Tuckable holsters are slower to draw from, requiring two hands to achieve reasonable speed, and are also slower when reholstering is required. However, the design is an excellent solution to the problem of carrying a medium or large handgun at the beltline with complete concealment when not wearing a jacket.
Examples of this holster type are the SkyOps, UDC, and USA.
Ankle holsters. The traditional solution to carrying in deep concealment, ankle holsters remain an excellent choice for carrying a small or medium sized handgun when rapid access is less important than complete concealment. Drawing from an ankle holster while standing often requires two hands, however, and immobilizes the shooter while the handgun is drawn. Very fast to draw from while seated, ankle holsters are excellent for those with desk jobs, or who spend long hours in a vehicle. It is also a very comfortable mode of carry.
Examples of this holster type are the Ankle Glove and Cop Ankle Band.
Pocket holsters. While limiting the carrier to a relatively small handgun (small frame revolvers and sub-compact autos), pocket carry does offer some advantages. Not only is the handgun completely covered and concealed, but the gun carrier can casually place a hand on the holstered pistol if a nonspecific threat materializes – and the fastest draw is to have the gun in hand. The downsides of pocket carry are that it limits the carrier to smaller guns, and is difficult to draw from while seated.
An example of this holster type is the Front Pocket Horsehide Holster.
Pushup holster. This holster sits completely below the belt line, giving superior concealment, and requires the carrier to push the pistol out of the pants with one hand while drawing with the other. It limits the carrier to very small pistols, but offers an excellent alternative to a pocket holster, especially if the carrier is wearing pants without pockets.
An example of this holster type is the Pushup.
Waist Packs. Sometimes the deepest concealment is hiding the handgun “in plain sight.” A waist pack is an extremely comfortable carry method, easy to take on and off, and offers pockets to carry other items (wallet, keys, cell phone, flashlight, pepper spray, extra ammunition, etc.). Rapid draw from a waist pack requires two hands, and is still not as fast as some other carry methods. Some shooters leave their waist pack at bedside during the night, so it is ready to grab and go – with all the necessary equipment – in case of a “bump in the night.”
Examples of this holster type are the Escort and Elite.
Off Body Carry
Carrying a handgun off the body is frowned upon in many circles (mainly those who spend large amounts of time on the shooting range) and in truth is not a perfect solution. However, we must keep at the forefront of our minds the First Rule of Gunfighting, which is “Have a gun!” A handgun carried in a purse or day planner may not be as fast to access as a handgun carried in a belt holster, but it is vastly better than the gun left at home! Like all holsters, purses and day planners are compromises, giving up some draw speed but allowing the gun carrier to always obey the First Rule of Gunfighting.
Examples of this holster type are the Defense Planner, Hidden Agenda, Backpack, Classic,Dyna,Eclipse, Meridian, Metropolitan, Pandora and Soltaire.
Holsters intended for carry in the outdoors differ from those used for concealed carry. Guns carried in the field run the gamut from .22s used to harvest small game to magnum revolvers used for protection against dangerous animals. The field holster must retain the handgun when moving through thick brush or during the spills and falls often suffered when traversing rough terrain, yet also keep it available for quick action when game appears or a bear comes too close to camp. Galco’s versatile field holsters can be carried either on the strongside or crossdraw, depending on the user’s preference. Heavy handguns are normally carried in field holsters, and a wide, sturdy holster belt is strongly recommended for reason of both comfort and performance.
Examples of this holster type are the DAO, Dual Position Phoenix and SAO.
A Word About Belts
Just as a good house is built on a strong foundation, an effective carry system – gun, holster, ammo carrier – is built on the foundation of a strong belt.
Many gun carriers try to get away with wearing a handgun on a flimsy department store belt. This usually leads to discomfort and dissatisfaction with the performance of the holster. In truth, the lack of performance can usually be traced directly to the belt! While a belt purchased in a department store may be of good quality, and do an admirable job of holding up your pants, it will not be designed to bear the weight of a handgun carried for many hours every day.
In addition to creating (or magnifying) discomfort, a flimsy belt will also not provide the stability required for a holster to be as concealable as it could be. A weak belt will often allow the butt of the handgun to lean out away from the shooter's body, thus impeding good concealment.
A flimsy belt will allow the handgun to move and flop as the gun carrier moves. This may take the form of the handgun bouncing against the shooters side – sometimes to the point of causing bruising – or simply shifting positions throughout the course of the day. Shifting requires the shooter to constantly reposition the holster, a dead giveaway to wary observers that you are armed. A constantly shifting holster also impedes draw speed, since the shooter’s hand needs to hunt and grope for the pistol.
Galco’s holster belts are designed to comfortably support the weight of a heavy pistol during a full day of carry, and keep the handgun correctly positioned for quick access and effective concealment. In the old days, a “holster belt” meant a wide, unfashionable belt that only fit in the belt loops of blue jeans. Modern Galco holster belts come in various widths, including 1 ¾” for wear with jeans and work pants, along with sturdy 1 ½” and 1 ¼” holster belts that mesh extremely well with casual khakis, dress pants and even suits. No longer is a wide, garish belt required to comfortably and discreetly conceal an effective defensive handgun.
Examples of holster belts are CB2, SB1, SB9, CB3, CB4, CSB7, SB2, SB3, SB5, SB6, and our Instructors Belt Non-Reinforced 1 ¾”, Instructors Belt Reinforced 1 ¾”, Instructors Belt Non-Reinforced 1 ½”, Instructors Belt Reinforced 1 ½”.
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- Contact Galco Customer Service at 800-874-2526 or firstname.lastname@example.org within ten business days of receipt of the item.
- Obtain a Return Authorization (RA) number and shipping instructions from a Galco Customer Service Representative.
- Return the item to Galco in new, unused condition for a full refund (less shipping and handling fees) or an exchange.
Galco’s goal is to satisfy the gun-carrying needs of all our valued customers. If the product you purchased from us doesn’t meet your needs, please let us help find the right product for you!
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Keep in mind: If you will be wearing a holster and/or magazine carrier inside the pants, you may need to add 2 more inches.
TESTING A NEW HOLSTER FOR PROPER HOLSTER AND HANDGUN FIT Never place a loaded handgun in a holster without first testing, in an unloaded condition (double-check to make sure the chamber is empty), for proper fit with the handgun. Galco 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 Galco holsters are designed to function safely and are made for specific handguns. DO NOT ALTER YOUR GALCO HOLSTER IN ANY WAY, INCLUDING ANY SAFETY DEVICE INCORPORATED IN ANY GALCO PRODUCT TO ACCOMMODATE HANDGUNS OR OTHER EQUIPMENT FOR WHICH THE GALCO PRODUCT WAS NOT DESIGNED OR INTENDED.
We have tried to clearly label which holsters offer proper fit for specific handguns. However, continual changes will occur due to the number of handgun makes and models available on the market. Galco will not be responsible for typographical and other human errors that can and do occur. 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 tension screws) for proper fit and function. Although Galco attempts to fit the most current model handguns, manufacturers of handguns constantly update their product specifications. Slight manufacturing changes in a handgun model can affect the proper and safe fit of your handgun and holster. Galco will not be responsible for such changes or for typographical or other human errors, which can and do occur despite diligent efforts. Should any Galco product become worn, loose, broken, defective or ill-fitting, or if in your opinion is unsafe, cease use immediately.
CARRY “CONDITION” OF FIREARM 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. All Galco holsters for the 1911 model/style firearm with safety straps and thumbreaks are designed to carry the 1911 in the “hammer down, chamber empty condition”. Galco 1911 holsters that are “open top” (no safety strap and no thumbreak) are designed to carry 1911’s in all safe “conditions of carry” as specified by the firearm manufacturer.
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 safely carry your particular handgun, please refer to your handgun manufacturer’s safety and instruction manual.
HOLSTERING YOUR FIREARM You must be certain that your gun is securely seated in the holster each time you holster your firearm before removing your hand from the grip. Firearms must fit snugly in holsters to guard against accidental loss of the handgun. However, a snug fit may cause the slide to go out of battery when holstering. Therefore, you should always place your thumb on the back of the slide to insure that the slide does not go out of battery while holstering. Keep fingers off the trigger and out of the trigger guard when drawing or replacing the handgun in the holster.
FIREARM RETENTION Always make sure your gun is fully seated in the holster, activating all auto and/or manual retention devices (when provided). Retention devices must be used when provided. Retention straps must be used when provided. During vigorous physical activity, including running, you should not rely on your holster’s retention capabilities; 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.
Tension units are not pre-set at the factory. You will need to adjust them to the appropriate tension to help retain your firearm. Checking your tension screws each time you use your holster is required as part of a regular safety inspection of your equipment. Applying a small amount of clear nail polish to the threads of the tension units after they have been properly adjusted will minimize screw back-out.
FIREARM SECURITY Carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility that requires constant awareness. It is your responsibility to exercise extreme caution during any situation where another individual may attempt to take away your handgun. Law enforcement officers in particular should be familiar with the departmental tactical and procedural guidelines regarding the use and carrying of firearms in close proximity to potentially dangerous individuals.
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Do not use Loctite. A drop of nail polish on the threads will keep the screw secure but can be broken free if needed.
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The SSH “wide comfort” harness is yet wider than the MCII harness. Again, this helps distribute weight, but is also more difficult to conceal and sometimes less comfortable in hot weather.
The Jackass Rig is less expensive due to the harness being premium center cut steerhide instead of smooth surface top grain leather like in the Miami Classic harness (MCH) and MCII system harness (MCIIH). In addition, the construction method for both the holster and ammo carrier is riveted, rather than stitched as on the Miami Classic and the MCII. Another difference is that the Jackass holster component is designed for diagonal carry, with the muzzle tilted slightly up, due to the patented swivel keeper being placed under the muzzle rather than above the muzzle as in the pattern used on the holster component for the MC and the MCII systems.
If you want a genuine Galco International shoulder holster system for part-time or occasional carry, the Classic Lite is for you. This complete system-holster, single ammo carrier and JRH harness-gives you the comfort and versatility of our professional rigs. We use the same patented and trademarked connectors and hardware to achieve the same great fit and design. Instead of full grain steer hide we use premium center cut steerhide, which has a proven track record in our Jackass harness. By avoiding the many hours of handcrafting needed to make full grain leather holster, we can offer you a very reasonably priced alternative.
The optional tie downs for each rig are made from the same leather used for that particular rig’s harness. STD = ammo side tie down for MC, MCII, or SSII systems. STDH = holster side for the MC, MCII, and SSII systems; JTD = ammo side tie down for the Jackass Rig or Classic Lite, and the JTDH = holster side tie down for the Jackass rig or Classic Lite.
The prefix identifies the holster model. For example, the FLETCH model's prefix is FL, the Royal Guard's prefix is RG, and so on.
The numerical suffix identifies the particular gun the holster is intended to fit. For example, the 212 suffix indicates a 5" 1911, the 224 suffix indicates a Glock 17, and so forth. A "B" or "H" at the end of the code indicates color. B is for black, H for havana brown, and no letter indicates tan.
Thus, an FL212 would be a tan FLETCH to fit a 5" 1911, while an RG224B would be a black Royal Guard for a Glock 17.
Holsters intended for the Miami Classic and Miami Classic II shoulder systems only have numbers that correspond to guns. A Miami Classic holster intended for a Walther PPK, for example, would simply read 204.
It has been treated at the tannery in such a way as to retain its natural lateral strength and, at the same time, provide a soft inner layer to protect the firearm’s finish. It also has an outer layer finish that is ideal for inside the waistband and pocket holsters due to its natural “grabbing” ability. Unlike our competitor’s products that are made from a rubberized fabric, our Center Cut Steerhide is an all-natural leather product that breathes, and therefore does not cause excessive sweating and chafing between the wearer’s body and holster.
Center Cut Steerhide works equally well for general holster designs because its exterior does not show scuffing or scratches, making for a much less maintenance-intensive product.
We use only top-quality leather for Galco belts: premium grade, full-grain, vegetable-tanned steer hide, grown and tanned in the USA. Vegetable tanning involves only non-hazardous organic materials, unlike other methods that use heavy metals.
Both dress and casual Galco holster belts are individually handmade. We align the grain of the top and lining of each belt. The stitching adds dimensional stability and has the distinctive look achieved only by skilled operators on harness stitch machines almost 100 years old. We step-skive the edges of our dress belts, and the edges of all Galco belts are dyed, burnished, polished, and sealed to a luster that exemplifies Galco’s craftsmanship.
Most belts curve to fit your body contour over time, but a belt engineered to be stable under a handgun’s weight resists molding. Galco’s Contoured belts are the ultimate solution. They are cut on a full contour, requiring more leather and labor, but for those who want stability plus immediate comfort and fit, it’s worth it.
Galco’s famous tan color is achieved by carefully hand-rubbing oil into the leather to bring out the optimum color and luminosity of each belt. For other belt colors, Galco avoids painted coatings or heavily pigmented dyes. Instead, we use aniline dyes, which penetrate the leather’s grain, imparting deep, transparent, permanent hues that resist abrasion without obscuring the natural variegations that make each piece of unpainted leather truly unique.
Galco fits solid cast brass buckles to its belts for superior durability, precision fit, and classic style. Some buckles are nickel plated to provide a contemporary look.
When the pilot episode of Miami Vice was broadcast in 1984, Galco had been manufacturing the shoulder holster rig eventually known as the Miami Classic for the past 14 years. It was then called the Original Jackass Rig, after the Jackass Leather Company, the name under which we did business until our company name was changed to Galco International, Ltd.
The first custom-made Jackass rigs began service in 1970 with officers of the Chicago Police Department, whose input helped Rick Gallagher develop and refine the earliest generations of Galco holsters. It was the Jackass Rig, which popularized horizontal carry and originated the silhouetted, cut-off end of the shoulder holster. In the early 1970’s polymer swivel connectors were introduced as a refinement to the Spider harness and holster, notably predating Fastex/Nexus. In this period the Jackass rig was advertised in Shooting Times magazine and written about by Dick Metcalf in the same magazine.
Hollywood recognized the appeal this product would have to the popular imagination and helped to give it the celebrity status it enjoys today. The Jackass rig worn by James Caan in the 1981 movie Thief documents the evolution of the Jackass rig and the fact that Michael Mann Productions was using it in Hollywood at that date. However, by the time that same production company was developing a television series starring Don Johnson, Property Master Charlie Guanci was (as were many of our loyal customers at that time) unable to contact us. In 1980, Jackass Leather had changed its name to Galco International, Ltd. and, in 1983, had moved from Chicago to Phoenix.
In desperation to get a Jackass-type shoulder holster for the Bren 10 that Don Johnson would be wearing in the series, they approached a local holster maker, Ted Blocker, who replicated a Jackass Rig to the best of his ability. Attempting to locate the polymer parts, his supplier went so far as to find Galco and speak with Robert Hansen, then Sales Manager. When pressed, the supplier admitted the true purpose behind his inquiries, but to no avail. When the level of frustration and desperation on the Miami Vice set finally reached our ears directly, we phoned Property Master Charlie Guanci, who requested that Rick Gallagher fly out to Miami immediately to custom fit Don with a holster like the Jackass rig used in the movie Thief.
At the time, Don was refusing to wear his existing rig and wanted to switch to a belt holster. The leather that held the harness together was printing through his Armani suits; it was also binding, pinching, and limiting his movement in performing his stunts; and much of the time the replica holster failed to conceal the Bren 10. Don’s problems, the wardrobe people’s problems, and the Property Master’s problems were all solved within seconds after Don put on the new Jackass Rig and declared, “It fits like a glove”.
From that moment, Galco’s Jackass Rig, designed by Rick Gallagher over 14 years earlier, became the real Miami Classic rig, destined to be the most copied shoulder holster system in the world today.
Over the course of the television series the Bren 10 was replaced with a S&W 645 and finally a S&W 4506. With each change, the appropriately fitting Galco Miami Classic shoulder rig was sent to the Property Master to be worn by Don Johnson.
We trust this account will clarify some misunderstandings and help answer the Number One holster trivia question of today!
On a traditional pancake design, the belt weaves in and out of the holster, causing considerable belt bulging both in front of and behind the holster, thus inhibiting good concealment. The pancake holster can also be difficult to put on the belt and thread through pants loops. This will eventually be minimized with many hours of wear, and the issue reduces proportionally with a larger waist, since the larger the circle the flatter any fixed length on the circle becomes.
A forward molded holster does not require as much cinching to eliminate the belt bulge. The lack of bulging and a more narrow side profile results in better concealment. Some will argue that molding on one side results in a thicker holster and thus a less concealable profile than having half the molding on each side. However, if one adds the thickness of the gun and the thickness of a piece of leather on each side of the gun, then simple math shows that the overall thickness of the gun/holster combination doesn’t change, which invalidates this argument.
As for comfort with a forward molded design, the curved and smoother surface on the rear of the holster (as opposed to a molded center area for the gun as found on a traditional pancake) is generally more comfortable – especially on those individuals who do not carry their own “built-in padding.”
Concealment is enhanced with the forward molded design, because it tends to pull the butt of the pistol closer to the body than a traditional pancake design, as seen in the illustration below.
Forward molded holsters require more work to design and construct. The vastly different shapes and sizes of the front and rear pieces of leather take additional time and skill to glue and stitch prior to molding. This added labor results in additional cost, but the forward molded design’s increased concealability and comfort over the traditional pancake holster make these costs justifiable to many.