Monday, March 3, 2008

Leather Gun Holster & Gun Belt Review

J.W. O’Rourke Leather Products
Belt & Holster Review

February 2008

John O’Rourke, the principal of J.W. O’Rourke Holsters of Hartselle AL, recently sent over a couple of fine examples of his custom-cut gun leather for review. The pieces received were a matched set, consisting of a suede-lined leather belt and a holster specifically cut for a full-sized 1911 with an integral frame rail.
As a bit of background, J.W. O’Rourke Holsters is a small gun leather shop producing a range of semi-custom holsters, belts, and associated items. While he offers a variety of basic holster and belt styles, actual production is based on customer-specified requirements regarding size, lining, color, and specific weapon type. From pancake, belt slide, inside-the-waistband, or pocket holsters for large frame/small frame auto pistols and double-action/single-action revolvers, O’Rourke’s standard holster offerings cover the vast majority of popular handgun makes and models typically found. By way of belts, he offers multiple widths with either leather or suede lining. He also offers western-style taper belts with cartridge loops, such as those popular with single-action revolver aficionados. Lastly, he can provide accessory items such as semi-auto magazine holders and rifle scabbards. John advises that if a customer cannot find an appropriate holster for their handgun from among his standard offerings he will work with them to produce one specifically for their gun. Given that he has a small, semi-custom shop, customers should be aware that a slight delay might be possible while he and his team of craftsmen produce the gun leather.

Upon inspection of the belt and holster I received it was immediately apparent that they were made by craftsmen skilled in the leatherworking trade. The belt is a 1 ½” wide suede-lined model cut out of 3/16” thick tanned cowhide. The hardware on the belt consists of a solid brass buckle affixed by two brass screws. Running parallel along both edges of the belt is stitching made of bonded nylon silicone treated thread. Not only does this serve to sew the suede lining to the leather, it also provides a nice looking aesthetic touch as well. The holster is a pancake style for large auto pistols. This particular model is cut to fit a 5” 1911 with an integral frame accessory rail. As with the belt, the unlined holster is constructed out of thick-cut cowhide leather and assembled using silicone treated nylon thread. It is an open top design without any retention strap and it has a slight forward cant. Both the belt and holster are in what O’Rourke lists as a natural saddle tan color.

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- ArmsVault

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