A lot has been said about horsehide as a holster material, and there are several very competent holstermakers using it in their products. However, I’d like to point out something: have you ever examined a really worn out holster? More often than not, it is the stitching that gives out, way before the leather does. One of the beautiful qualities of premium cowhide is that it molds up very firmly, yet is still fairly flexible. It is also just soft enough to allow the stitching to be pulled tight below the surface, where it is protected from abrasion. Horsehide is so hard that the thread sits on the surface of the holster where it is easily damaged. For this reason, I believe that a holster properly constructed from a premium cowhide is actually going to last longer than a comparable one made of horsehide. The other consideration that favors the use of cowhide is the issue of comfort. A holster’s job is to act as the “interface” between a block of steel and the human body. A holster made from cowhide will “break - in” and soften up just enough to mold itself to the contours of your body, which greatly enhances the level of comfort. Horsehide is almost as hard as Kydex when it is new, and will remain so for a very long time. The only solution is to oil it, which makes it too soft to properly support the weapon and makes an oily mess on your clothing. In the defense of horsehide, I will say this: The available supply of truly premium cowhide is rapidly dwindling. If it becomes unavailable, I will certainly employ horsehide rather than use a poor quality cowhide.
The bottom line with any piece of equipment is this:
Performance. All the hype and BS go out the window when the time comes that you actually need your leather to function.
I make each and every piece that leaves my shop like I am making it for myself, and all Brommeland products come with a lifetime
warranty covering flaws in design, workmanship or materials. Thus far, I’ve made something in the range of 30-40,000 holsters.
I’ve had to replace less than a dozen of them. A few were for broken belt clips (a component that I do not make), and another that
was not actually defective. One of my customers carries a tricked - out 1911 and is an absolute fanatic about training.
(He’s a dignitary protection specialist). After doing over a THOUSAND practice draws a week, he wore the stitching out on his
MAX - CON II after about a year and a half. So, I gave him a new one on the house. (You’ve just got to admire someone who’s that
dedicated to training).
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