1791 Gunleather Review – Smooth Concealment Holster

1791 Gunleather Review – Smooth Concealment Holster Miami, Fl based 1791 Gunleather makes pistol holsters of high-quality American leather in a variety of designs and styles. 1791 Gunleather offered their […]

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Miami, Fl based 1791 Gunleather makes pistol holsters of high-quality American leather in a variety of designs and styles.

1791 Gunleather offered their Smooth Concealment holster for review by Gear-Report.com.

One holster to rule them all

Recent trends in the holster industry have been towards custom molded holsters that fit one and only one specific model (or sub-model) of pistol. This has created a veritable nightmare for dealers that need have holsters on hand, and for consumers that may need a variety of holsters for even a modest collection of pistols. 1791 Gunleather has boldly chose the exact opposite course and brought a line of holsters to market that are all designed for a range of similarly sized pistols. The Smooth Concealment Holster is not molded to a particular gun at the factory, but comes in five sizes to fit any gun from a small .380 to large-framed duty size guns. As you wear it the leather conforms to your pistol to provide better retention and comfort.

IWB is for me

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Bob drawing from holster

The Smooth Concealment Holster is made for inside-the-waistband carry via a single wide belt clip to secure the holster to the user’s belt.  The Smooth Concealment Holster is designed for secure retention and a safe, quick draw.  The 1791 Gunleather website has a cross-reference to match the holster size to the customer’s pistol.

The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster has no retention devices or straps; the gun is held in place by the snug fit of the leather.

We ordered a 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster to fit the tester’s Springfield Arms XDs in .45 ACP with a 4″ barrel.

Specifications:

Color: Night Sky Black.
Height(in): 5″
Length (in): 4.5″
Soft suede interior and breathable leather exterior
Reinforced stitching
Lifetime warranty

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Trigger is completely blocked

First impressions

My initial impressions of the 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster were very positive. The 1791 holster is cut and stitched very well and, though the leather is strong and thick, it has a very soft feel.

At the time of order, the 1791 Gunleather website specified either size 3 or size 4 for the Springfield XDs.  I ordered size 3 and it was a snug fit.  Initially, the draw was difficult. So, I stored the XDs in a freezer bag inside the holster for a few days.  This loosened up the  leather enough to make the fit perfect; snug enough for retention, but allows the XDs to be drawn and re-holstered smoothly.

How it carries

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Bob wearing holster

The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster carries very nicely too; it rides close to the body, holding the XDs in an upright attitude that prevents it from printing through clothes.

After moving the cover garment out of the way, the strong-side hand falls naturally on the pistol’s grip to allow smooth draw stroke.  The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster completely covers the trigger guard to prevent the trigger finger from contacting the trigger until the pistol is free of the holster and on the way to the target.  On the range, the draw felt very natural and allowed quick access and effective, safe presentation.

The holster’s back-side leather extends up between the gun and the body to cushion the body and protect the pistol from perspiration.

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My every-day-carry gun has been a 9mm Ruger LC9S, carried in a pocket holster.  The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster will allow me to upgrade to a .45 and provide faster access when conditions warrant.

The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster is a high-quality item and a welcome addition to my Concealed Carry setup.

*Editor’s note: “…upgrade to a .45…” lol. Are you trying to start a Holy War with this review, Bob? – Jeff

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The 1791 Gunleather Smooth Concealment Holster carries very nicely.

About Bob

Bob - Firearms Review Specialist The Gear Report team is proud that Bob is on the team as a writer, instructor, range officer, and … dare I say it… A role model. Bob brings a wealth of firearms instruction experience as well as the heart of a true volunteer. Bob works with Chris to help those involved in shooting via the Boy Scouts shooting and archery programs to become safe and skilled. Bob also teaches a variety of NRA shooting classes, NC Concealed Carry course, 4H shooting, etc. Here is Bob’s info from the gun range where he is part of the Education Cadre: Bob is certified to instruct in several disciplines. Bob regularly instructs and coaches Boy Scouts and 4-H students. He especially enjoys working with new shooters and youngsters. He tailors his teaching to the desires, goals and skill levels of his audience. Bob began shooting as a child more than 45 years ago. He received his first formal firearms training during Military Service, qualifying as Expert Pistol Shot. Bob is a professional Project Manager, and became a firearms instructor in 2008. Bob continually seeks additional training to improve his shooting and teaching skills, and looks for learning and teaching opportunities in daily experience. Current qualifications: NC CCH Instructor NRA Basic Rifle NRA Basic Pistol NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home NRA Personal Protection Outside the Home 4-H Shotgun Instructor 4-H Pistol Instructor Range Safety Officer Boy Scout Merit Badge Counselor USA Archery-Certified Archery Instructor Cherokee Scout Reservation Rangemaster