When the Christmas presents are unwrapped, guys silently moan, “Great, another necktie.” Gals sigh inaudibly “Terrific, another scarf.” And each gender tries not to visibly roll their eyes as they think “Aarrgghh, more socks.”
For the pistol packers in your life, consider giving … holsters.
Precision Holsters (precisionholsters.com) is run by a man I’ve come to know and respect, John Marques. He does some fine things with Kydex, and has recently branched into top-quality leather dress gunbelts. For the last several weeks, I’ve been wearing one of the latter. I like the extra attention paid to the edging, the way the double layers of leather hold the holster tight to the body so the gun conceals better and is always where you expect it to be when you reach for it. I like that he uses tough shoulder hide, not “belly leather.” He spaces the belt notches at every ¾” instead of the usual inch, which gives the wearer more latitude for adjustment.
The holsters themselves I’ve been using for a while now. I’ve won shooting contests drawing a Glock from his forward-tilt, open-top hip scabbard, and I like the security of the “Court Holster” for the Smith & Wesson Shield .45 he designed for the police department I served for 27 years. The agency in question issues a Smith & Wesson M&P .45 full size with tactical light in a Safariland holster for uniform patrol wear, and the smaller Shield for plainclothes, off duty, and administrative assignments such as court appearances, hence its name.
If you are sure what your “giftee” carries, where they like to carry, and whether they’re right- or left-handed, you can place your order toll-free at 800-575-9374. If it’s for one of the common guns, they can probably get it to you in a week or so, plenty of time for you to get it gift-wrapped and under the tree.
Precision Holsters are used and endorsed by National Champion Mike Seeklander. Ace instructor Wes Lagomarsino recently used one to win Stock Service Revolver Champion at one of the largest IDPA matches in the country. Wes was using an inside the waistband version for his big Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 Magnum revolver, and he found it comfortable and concealable as well as fast. That says a lot.