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Old 05-13-2019, 04:16 PM
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Guide Gear Leather Holsters?

I know it's not a high-end manufacturer, but I'm still hoping for opinions on Guide Gear Leather. I can't find much on them in terms of opinion pieces, just want to hear your experiences with this brand of holster. Looks like they're sold through Sportsmans Guide.
Are they well made? How long did the leather/stiffness/use-ability last you?
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Old 04-09-2020, 11:33 AM
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Never got a reply on this, so I'll bump it up once again, anyone know anything about Guide Gear leather?
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:22 PM
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I'm sorry I can't help you, I haven't used any of their products.

Here is what I see they offer. https://www.sportsmansguide.com/prod...6&b=GUIDE+GEAR

There is nothing they offer that would interest me from a feature standpoint, so I'd not be able to comment on the quality.
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:56 PM
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I've never heard of them either, but the fact that they are being sold by Sportsman's Guide tells me enough. They are the Harbor Freight of the industry.
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Those one size fits all holsters are wonderful, and they're under $50 !
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Old 04-09-2020, 07:39 PM
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The Guide Gear Protector holsters are made by Versa Carry Holsters, do a search on Google for Versa Carry Holsters for more info.

If you look at my video I did a review on one of the Versa Carry Holsters

I found them a good value for money and being able to fit multiple guns is a plus. I know some on this board will disagree with that. But that is just my two cents. To each his own

Here is the YouTube video on Versa Carry I did

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g11frmBuMqo

There are numerous reviews on youtube for the versa carry holsters so check them out
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Thanks for the reply. That was useful information.
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Old 05-21-2020, 01:34 PM
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I got a Guide Gear holster and it seems OK. I had an odd pistol (EAA Witness) so I had to wet it and rebone to stretch it out and refit.
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Old 05-21-2020, 02:06 PM
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I can't speak to their quality, but I can say with confidence that out of their line up I don't see a holster I'd want to have. Their cowby rigs might be OK for a 6 shooter, but I don't own any wheel guns. The shoulder holster is set so the muzzle will be sweeping everyone behind you. Image taking a slip with a small of back holster and you gun anywhere near your spine. Anything referred to as an SOB can not be a good thing. And thumb breaks can be an unwanted hassle if you need to draw and for whatever reason the snap doesn't cut loose when you want it to.

If it has a reasonable amount of retention their Protector S3 might make a serviceable hold over until you can obtain a better holster. But considering it's $35, and I just paid $79 for a Galco Speed Master holster (they're running a %20 off deal at the moment, and that figure includes shipping), I think it would be worth spending the extra money to get the better gun leather. Or even something in between, like:

https://www.galcogunleather.com/stow..._8_7_1302.html
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I can't speak to their quality, but I can say with confidence that out of their line up I don't see a holster I'd want to have. Their cowby rigs might be OK for a 6 shooter, but I don't own any wheel guns. The shoulder holster is set so the muzzle will be sweeping everyone behind you. Image taking a slip with a small of back holster and you gun anywhere near your spine. Anything referred to as an SOB can not be a good thing. And thumb breaks can be an unwanted hassle if you need to draw and for whatever reason the snap doesn't cut loose when you want it to.

If it has a reasonable amount of retention their Protector S3 might make a serviceable hold over until you can obtain a better holster. But considering it's $35, and I just paid $79 for a Galco Speed Master holster (they're running a %20 off deal at the moment, and that figure includes shipping), I think it would be worth spending the extra money to get the better gun leather. Or even something in between, like:

https://www.galcogunleather.com/stow..._8_7_1302.html
I don't know this Guide Gears Leather outfit from Adam, but I find some of your comments most interesting.

Shoulder holsters with muzzle pointing out the back isn't new or news. As a matter of fact, Galco made their name on these types of shoulder holsters.

https://www.galcogunleather.com/jack..._8_2_1167.html
https://www.galcogunleather.com/miam..._8_2_1211.html

While I agree that any holster referred to as SOB isn't a good thing, once again, Galco also made and sold plenty of these SOBs throughout the years.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/galco-s...-holsters.html

And them infernal thumb breaks...the 1980s is calling, right?

https://www.galcogunleather.com/flet..._8_4_1118.html

Indeed, with such offerings, no wonder I too don't bother with Galco products.
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:04 PM
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I don't know this Guide Gears Leather outfit from Adam, but I find some of your comments most interesting.

Shoulder holsters with muzzle pointing out the back isn't new or news. As a matter of fact, Galco made their name on these types of shoulder holsters.

https://www.galcogunleather.com/jack..._8_2_1167.html
https://www.galcogunleather.com/miam..._8_2_1211.html

While I agree that any holster referred to as SOB isn't a good thing, once again, Galco also made and sold plenty of these SOBs throughout the years.

https://www.opticsplanet.com/galco-s...-holsters.html

And them infernal thumb breaks...the 1980s is calling, right?

https://www.galcogunleather.com/flet..._8_4_1118.html

Indeed, with such offerings, no wonder I too don't bother with Galco products.
Yes, the muzzle in a shoulder holster sweeping everyone behind you isn't new. In fact it was pointed out to me 10 years ago when I was first shopping for holsters. I opted to purchase a vertical shoulder holster because I agreed that having a muzzle sweep everyone behind me isn't something I feel comfortable with.

I used to own a Galco SOB holster. The downsides of it were pointed out to me as well before I purchased it. Needless to say, I didn't listen about the SOB, but I could've saved myself around $90 if I had.

I think I outlined well enough what I dislike with respect to a thumb break. Now, the difference between Guide Gears Leather and the brand I mentioned is, in the link provided by jtq there are 2 options from Guide Gears that seem to fit a 1911: Shoulder, SOB, and the third that I mentioned might be viable is apparently not designed for them. Galco has a much larger line up, with far more variety.

What I like to see in a leather holster is an open top that allows for a smooth fast draw. Some sort of positive retention like adjustable tension screws. Thick enough leather that the holster doesn't flop closed without a gun in it, and a covered trigger. Guide Gear's Protector S3 does tick 3 of 4 of those boxes. I'm going to assume at $35 the leather is kinda thin and flopsy, but without having one in hand I really can't say.

But I think there are better options for not a lot more money that have thicker leather and a better general build quality. Buy cheap, buy twice as they say. Perhaps I was remiss in not pointing out Desantis and Bianchi as well?

In any case, thus is my opinion, based on my training, preferences, and experience. Others will surely have differing opinions based on their training, preferences, and their experience. As with all things related to opinions, people are free to take it and run with it or discard it and try things out for themselves. In fact it's probably better that they do the latter, what works for me doesn't necessarily work for everyone and I think we all go through a hand full of carry options before we hit the sweet spot.
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Old 05-22-2020, 07:12 AM
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What I like to see in a leather holster is an open top that allows for a smooth fast draw. Some sort of positive retention like adjustable tension screws. Thick enough leather that the holster doesn't flop closed without a gun in it, and a covered trigger.
Davis Leather Liberty holster http://davisleathercompany.com/concealedcarry/

Andrews Leather Saddle Style http://www.andrewsleather.com/saddle.htm
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Quality well-fitted holsters are an excellent investment.


Cheap solutions often become regrettable wastes of money....that add up as one jumps from one budget model to the next. A quality holster would have been the lowest price option from the start.
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Yes, the muzzle in a shoulder holster sweeping everyone behind you isn't new. In fact it was pointed out to me 10 years ago when I was first shopping for holsters. I opted to purchase a vertical shoulder holster because I agreed that having a muzzle sweep everyone behind me isn't something I feel comfortable with.

I used to own a Galco SOB holster. The downsides of it were pointed out to me as well before I purchased it. Needless to say, I didn't listen about the SOB, but I could've saved myself around $90 if I had.

I think I outlined well enough what I dislike with respect to a thumb break. Now, the difference between Guide Gears Leather and the brand I mentioned is, in the link provided by jtq there are 2 options from Guide Gears that seem to fit a 1911: Shoulder, SOB, and the third that I mentioned might be viable is apparently not designed for them. Galco has a much larger line up, with far more variety.

What I like to see in a leather holster is an open top that allows for a smooth fast draw. Some sort of positive retention like adjustable tension screws. Thick enough leather that the holster doesn't flop closed without a gun in it, and a covered trigger. Guide Gear's Protector S3 does tick 3 of 4 of those boxes. I'm going to assume at $35 the leather is kinda thin and flopsy, but without having one in hand I really can't say.

But I think there are better options for not a lot more money that have thicker leather and a better general build quality. Buy cheap, buy twice as they say. Perhaps I was remiss in not pointing out Desantis and Bianchi as well?

In any case, thus is my opinion, based on my training, preferences, and experience. Others will surely have differing opinions based on their training, preferences, and their experience. As with all things related to opinions, people are free to take it and run with it or discard it and try things out for themselves. In fact it's probably better that they do the latter, what works for me doesn't necessarily work for everyone and I think we all go through a hand full of carry options before we hit the sweet spot.
True. Cheap and good are usually not synonymous.
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Old 05-22-2020, 01:58 PM
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Davis Leather Liberty holster http://davisleathercompany.com/concealedcarry/

Andrews Leather Saddle Style http://www.andrewsleather.com/saddle.htm
Stop that! I'm going to end up with a box full of holsters if I keep this up!
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