February 14, 2018
By J. Scott Rupp
Like most of you, I've got my fair share of holsters. None of them is fancy. The Predator Pancake that Wright Leatherworks sent me for review isn't fancy, either, but man is it one good-looking rig.
Wright is a five-year-old company, started, as Brandon Wright told me, because the founders had a "do-it- yourself" mentality and wanted to make what they thought was a good holster. Today those efforts have culminated in a line that includes nine styles encompassing inside-the-waistband, outside-the-waistband, shoulder and pocket holsters — plus belts, magazine pouches and more.
All are made at Wright's Fremont, Ohio, facility, and the company carries its "made in America" ethos to include its raw materials: All Wright holsters are constructed from 100- percent domestic steer hide that's tanned here in the U.S.
The Predator Pancake is the company's most popular model. I've been wearing it for a few weeks and found it be a really comfortable holster that holds the gun tight to the body. The company suggests this holster is best worn at the four or five o'clock position, and after experimenting a bit, I ended up carrying at four o'clock.
The 15-degree cant angle makes for an easy and sure draw, and it was a pleasure to work with at the range. The Ruger GP 100 .44 came out smoothly and went back smoothly, the latter thanks in part to a stiffening strip of leather at the front that ensures the mouth stays fully open. A custom-cut body shield adds comfort and protects your gun from sweat
The slots are cut for belts up to 1.75 inches. I tried the Predator on a 1.25-inch belt, and it slopped around a little. However, it was fine on a 1.5-inch belt.
As for the number of gun fits for this holster model...well, I can't count that high. If for some reason your gun doesn't show up on the list, Wright will work with you. Color options include black, coffee, mahogany, saddle tan and, my choice, walnut.
The Predator Pancake sells for $98, and you can upgrade the leather by ordering the Master Collection version for an additional $60. The company currently has a four- to six-week turnaround time. Check them out at WrightLeatherWorks.com.