& Other Information About Me
I have always been
and we will most likely remain a small custom shop. When I say
I mean that I design and make the patterns for the articles I build.
Changing designs to meet each customer's need, requires that I
hand cut most items. I use the best quality leather available and
continue with each step in the process until the holster or other item
is complete. If you buy
a holster from me, it is made by me
specifically for you. It does take longer to do it this way but
the only way I know to provide the design flexibility necessary to
provide a product that addresses as many of your needs as possible.
Since 2004, my daughter Gina has worked in the shop taking care of
nearly all of the office work including answering initial phone
calls, email, billing, shipping and records keeping. She
also helps with the final finishes. This has allowed me to spend
much more time at my bench.
When viewing the photos on this site, you will, no doubt, see holster
features which bear some resemblance to the concepts and designs of
past and present master craftsmen. Although I think you'll find a number of
original designs unique, there is no doubt that my views on design,
construction, and finish have been influenced over the years in some ways by holstermakers such as Roy Baker, John
Bianchi, Chic Gaylord, Bruce Nelson and Milt Sparks.
In addition to the holstermakers listed above, I think there are some
very talented men who are currently providing concealment leather.
The small shops (either one man or just a few) include Lou
Alessi, Andy Arratoonian, Tony Kanaley (Milt Sparks), Ken Null, and Thad Rybka.
In my opinion, each of
the ten men listed have made contributions to the industry that have
had an impact on the
designs and/or construction methods currently used by many makers
of concealment holsters. I have provided links to the web sites
where available for some of these men so you can peruse
their offerings. If one of the above makers can better meet your
I think you should buy from them. That may sound strange to those
of you who are used to cut-throat marketing. Although I'd sure like to build you a
holster, I'd much rather see you happy with your purchase.
The photos on this site were taken of holsters and other gear made for
customers. The photos and the names of the holsters and components are
intended to give you a starting point in choosing the features that
will make up your holster or accessory. In most cases,
customers choose features from different holster "models" to get a
holster they want. If you need an item completely different from
anything pictured, I'll try my best to help you bring it to life.
For more than 27 years, I carried a handgun or two on a daily basis
as a part of my career in law enforcement. That doesn't mean I
all the answers. It does mean I have a lot of experience.
knowledge I've gained from that experience is that handguns carry
for different people and what works great for me might not suit you at
As an example, wearing a holster with a rake that's comfortable with a
may feel strange with a S&W or Colt. Your hand will hit the
backstraps differently because the grip angles are different.
My point is that
everyone has a unique combination of needs. Your height, weight,
the proportion of your torso to legs, orthopedic problems, and the
handgun you've chosen should all be considered when deciding on a
holster. Add to that,
your particular carry needs such as level of concealment, primary use
the holster, usual activity while carrying, and the carry duration and
already confusing issue just became harder. If what you want is
I don't or can't make, I’ll refer you to another holster maker who
My goal is to use
experience to help you decide what gear would best fit your
It won't do you any good to have a generic holster that ends up in a
instead of being worn. It won't do me any good if you're unhappy
a holster. Much of my business is from repeat customers and from
referrals. An old Amish furniture maker told me as I left
shop with a rocker, “If you like it, tell everybody. If you don't
it, just tell me.” It was said with a smile, but it's true.
you're not happy with any of the gear I build you, I expect you to tell
I want the chance to make it right so your custom gunleather meets your
Matt Del Fatti