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Updated on December 13, 2013
Simple. Rugged. These two descriptors are what Simply Rugged Holsters were founded on. “As the name indicates, each gun holster is a simple design, but also very rugged and will protect the firearm while you are out in the field or carrying concealed,” wrote owners Rob and Jan Leahy on the website.
Most of the holsters have the pancake design. The gun is held firmly between two pieces of leather. The wide-set belt slots hold the gun close to the body and apply tension to the gun. “It is a very stable design concept; the gun rides with your body, it becomes part of you and does not flop around.”
The holsters are hand molded around each type of firearm, which provides a snug fit. The leather is dyed a cordovan color and finished with a clear coat to protect the leather. They offer a conversion system, the Chesty Puller, which allows customers to carry their belt holsters on their chests or under their arms.
“Most of our holsters do not require snaps or straps for field retention purposes. They are closely molded to a specific model of pistol. They will surpass the ‘One G test’ of combat competition.” Essentially, they promise that handgun will stay in place if holstered in a “simply rugged” manner.
Mr. Leahy shared some photos of his everyday packing rig for his Smith & Wesson Mountain Gun.
“I carried this for years in North Idaho, Alaska and now back in the high desert of Northern Arizona,” he said. “Loaded with .44 specials, it is nearly the perfect packing pistol. This old shark skin over leather holster is as tough as the gun, it’s been on an impromptu swim in the waters of Prince William Sound, held my gun in place during other misadventures and so comfortable I have slept with it on during marathon fishing trips along the Russian river.”
“I am blessed to be able to make a living building holsters and gear for good folks,” he added.
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