One of the coolest parts of my job is the designing of new patterns, and the subsequent “wearing around,” using, testing, cussing, and starting over again. The holster in the photo below is a “prototype.” It’s not much different than most of the other belt-slide, or “pancake” holsters out there. This one’s a natural oil finish with heavy white nylon stitching. The ride is high, the rake is 15-degrees muzzle-rear. It’s unlined, and has moderate “boning” or detailing. It’s also left-handed, as am I.
This one’s been worn for months–every day. It’s been drawn from, reholstered, beaten, abused. Worn with t-shirts, flannel, denim and cotton shirts, light and heavy jackets, etc.
It’s nothing new. It won’t turn the gunleather industry on its ear. It’s comfortable, and functional. When it’s all said and done, that’s what we’re shootin’ for.
The belt’s a dual-layer (lined) simple black gun belt we made about ten years ago. It’s been through hell, but it’ll go another ten with no problem.
All made in the good ol’ USA.
Full Definition of prototype
1: an original model on which something is patterned : archetype
2: an individual that exhibits the essential features of a later type
3: a standard or typical example
4: a first full-scale and usually functional form of a new type or design of a construction (as an airplane)