Comfort - a holster needs to be constructed in such a manner that I can wear it all day with minimal discomfort. Notice I said minimal? Carrying a gun is going to cause some discomfort, one way or another.
Security – my gun should remain securely in place should I decide to do a handstand, a “Hondo roll”, or even (God forbid) run.
Durability – It needs to last, I don’t want to buy a new one every few years.
I have come to realize I don't need (dare i say it) leather. Kydex seems to fit the bill better. It's less expensive rigid, and impervious to moisture and oils.
What about pretty? I don’t need pretty because I carry concealed. I carry concealed because my handgun is my last ditch defense tool. That is my “ace in the hole”, so to speak. A pretty holster isn't necessary because no one will ever see it, until I need it.
What about protecting the finish on my gun? My guns are tools. I take care of my tools, and I use them. Guns carried daily will get scratched, dinged, and worn. Guns I tend to baby and don’t want scratched don’t get carried.
Enter Keith Lunsford……
Keith Lunsford operates Shoot-N-Back Firearms in St. George, about ¾ mile North of town just off of Hwy 15. Keith is a one man show with a modest Inventory, a warm smile, firm handshake, and a genuine sincerity I really like. Keith also makes some of the finest Kydex holsters I have ever seen. What makes his Kydex unique among the multitude of “garage cobblers” slapping Acrylic Polyvinyl Chloride Sheets together? Keith. He is an original, and his approach makes him unique…He cares. No preformed sheets, generic molds, or cookie cutter templates. He even makes his own unique belt loops in house. Every holster is handmade and formed specifically to your gun, in your choice of color. If it’s not right by his standards, he will simply toss it and start over. Nothing leaves his shop until he himself is satisfied with the result.
Keith has made several holsters and a knife sheath for me. The knife sheath was the first thing he made for me, and I got to sit and watch the entire process. I quickly understood why everyone isn't making holsters. I asked Keith to make a holster for a 2 ½ inch K frame revolver which turned out wonderfully. Another, and my personal favorite, was a holster for my Custom S&W 1911. I presented Keith with a sketch of a concept, and he reluctantly agreed to make it, grumbling about it being “ugly” or something. The result, however, was the best holster I have ever owned and which he refers to as “the Bastard”. Turns out, it’s everything I wanted in a holster and, its good looking to boot! Who Knew?
I consider Keith a true craftsman because of the skillful care and attention he devotes to his choice of media, and the finished product. Give Keith a call at 843-446-5215 or, go see him at his shop. Check out some of the finished holsters waiting to be picked up and judge for yourself. If you’re lucky, you might just get to watch him work while he chats with customers.