Leather holsters have been used for ages because they offer reliable weapon retention, durability, comfort and aesthetics. Many designs and variations exist, but cowhide leather remains among the most popular holster materials on the market today.
However, for those folks seeking an added touch of class, holsters made from exotic materials offer a unique style and are tough enough to withstand the rigors of daily carry.
When it comes to unique style, exotic leathers are an excellent choice. You may be familiar with many hides like pig, alligator and ostrich. But other leathers such as cape buffalo, hippo, stingray, elephant, lizard and even frog are also available, each of which make for great holster designs. Which one you choose has to do with your personal needs, your tastes and your budget.
It’s important to note that the leather holsters listed here all come from animals that are either farmed for consumption (pig and ostrich) or the skins are harvested legally from species that are not endangered.
This showcase of exotic holsters is sure to take you for a walk on the wild side.
According to Galco’s Mike Barnham, “Tiger Shark is our most popular exotic hide. It combines rarity, beauty and durability at a price most people can afford.”
“The comfortable leather paddle slides over the top of your pants so there is no need to wear a belt,” says Megan Whitley. “You won’t find a holster easier to take on and off, perfect for people on-the-go. As a female I prefer this style. It isn’t too bulky, it looks really good and I can’t even tell I’m wearing it. Holster is lined inside and sweat shield keeps the firearm from rubbing against your body.” .
Megan Whitley of ETW says, “Two slots allow the holster to be pulled tight to the body. The flat back side of the holster conforms to the curve of your hip and the sweat shield keeps the firearm from rubbing against your body for a comfortable all day carry. This classic design is fit for open or concealed carry.”
Price: $300-$425 (holster)