Galco International, LTD was founded by Richard N. Gallagher in 1969 as a small family business in Chicago, Illinois. Then known as The Famous Jackass Leather Company, the name took its inspiration from Rick’s stubborn adherence to the highest standards of quality. Jackass, as it was commonly called, was originally a custom leather shop and showroom displaying every imaginable leather product. From sheepskin jackets to handbags, sandals to hats, and wallets to horsehide holsters, everything was made on site.
In 1980 the name of the company was changed to Galco International, LTD. In 1983 the company moved from Chicago to its present home in Phoenix, Arizona, where all Galco products are still designed and hand crafted. Already famous for high quality and innovative designs, Galco gained worldwide notoriety when the Jackass shoulder system became a “recurring character” on the popular 1980s TV series Miami Vice. In the new century, Galco continues to be a favorite choice of Hollywood, appearing in more films and TV shows than any other holster maker.
Perhaps more importantly, Galco remains a major force in real-world firearms usage. Law enforcement personnel around the nation and across the world – from local departments to the largest federal agencies – are issued and use Galco products. Galco’s array of law enforcement products ranges from concealment holsters to rifle slings approved by the National Tactical Officer’s Association.
Military personnel from pilots to infantrymen have put Galco products to good use in the Global War on Terrorism. Particularly popular among the men and women of our armed forces are Galco’s shoulder holsters, and Galco offered donated shoulder holsters to deploying service members through the Holsters for Heroes program from 2005 through 2012.
With the rise of “shall issue” concealed carry laws in 41 states, hundreds of thousands of lawfully armed citizens have chosen Galco to carry their defensive handguns. With holsters for every practical carry position and holster handbags for female gun carriers, Galco has become the choice of law-abiding Americans who prefer to go armed.
Every type of gun user, whether fictional or real-world, from law enforcement officers to warfighters to armed citizens, has chosen Galco to represent the highest quality and performance the industry has to offer. From premium saddle leather, ballistic nylon, advanced thermoplastics and of course horsehide, and for almost every conceivable firearms use, Galco continues to be, "For those who demand the best... and know the difference."