Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review Follow-Up - CZ-82 Holster from Michael's Custom Holsters

This time last year, I got my first custom made holster.  It was a basic high-rise pancake model from Michael, and it looked and felt wonderful:

Brand New Front
Brand New Back
I've been wearing this holster regularly for a year, and I have to say that it's held up surprisingly well.

One year on, front
This is the color of leather I prefer.

The opening is still stiff and snug

Belt loop

Belt loop

Back, one year on

Reverse of belt loop
As you can see, the leather is aging to a nice brown, and it should continue to darken as time goes on. On advice from Michael, I have used saddle soap and SnowSeal to clean and treat the leather.  The holster continues to be very stiff where it needs to be, but the belt loops have worn in to allow a gun belt to run through them without losing their grip.  Basically, it's easier to get the holster on, but once I have it set, it doesn't move until I move it.  

The holster grips the gun very well. If anything, it grips it better now than it did when it was brand new, as the leather has molded itself to the pistol.  The rough back has held up very well, but there is a very slight touch of wear where the belt runs against it.

As you can see, the construction of the holster is holding up extremely well  The stitching on the back has no sign of fraying or wearing out.  The layers of leather are all holding together very well, and like I said, it's become more comfortable and usable as time has gone on.

Normally when I do a review, I try to find a few things I like and a few things that could be improved, but in this case, I can't find anything amiss.  The comfort, looks, construction, and usability of this holster are all excellent.  I would definitely recommend Michael to anyone who wants to get a holster.


Old NFO said...

Yep, he does good work! :-)

Jennifer said...

Ooh! The color is really beautiful. Love that

agirlandhergun said...

Love my holster from him! Yours is very nice!

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