July 02, 2020
By Joel J. Hutchcroft
The new Ultra Custom Holster by 1791 Gunleather is an innovative and creative concept. Its patent-pending Memory-Lok technology allows the user to mold the leather/proprietary polymer gel-layered holster to fit his or her very own gun. The process is simple and requires three steps: heating, molding, and cooling.
First, preheat about a gallon of water to between 155 and 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not use a microwave oven or exceed 190 degrees F. While the water is heating, place the holster in a heavy-duty plastic bag and seal it. A small weight or river stone may be included to help keep the holster submerged during the heating phase. Make sure the bag’s seal is tight and secure.
Place the bag with the holster in it into the water, making sure the holster is fully submerged. Try to keep the bag’s seal above water. Leave the holster in the water for at least five minutes; 10 minutes may be required depending on bag thickness or other variables.
Second, once the holster is malleable, remove it from the bag, making sure to keep it dry. Insert the handgun into the holster to the desired depth and then insert the provided sight-spacing tool between the top of the gun’s barrel and the inside of the holster to provide a clear path for the gun’s sights to slide in and out of the holster. Work the outside of the holster with the provided leather tool—around the outside of the trigger guard as well as around the inside of the trigger guard. Then use your hands and the leather tool to outline the firearm, the ejection port, and the bottom of the barrel. This step will take about five minutes.
Third, allow the holster to cool for at least 10 minutes with the gun in place.
One of the really cool aspects is you can remold the same holster to fit similar guns. For example, I received an Ultra Custom Holster for a snubnose revolver, and I molded it to my 1.88-inch-barreled Smith & Wesson J-Frame Model 442. Later, I remolded the same holster to fit my 3-inch-barreled Ruger SP101, and the holster fit both guns extremely well, although the S&W J-Frame’s barrel did not fully fill the holster whereas the longer SP101’s barrel did.
Another cool aspect is you can form the holster to your gun’s shape in as much detail or as little detail as you like. Samples I’ve viewed ran the whole gamut from simply outlining the gun’s form to molding in every frame-contour detail.
During the SHOT Show, I watched as the 1791 Gunleather crew molded holsters to fit the ubiquitous Glock G17 pistol, and they even did one to fit the brand-new Ruger-57 pistol for which holsters are few and far between. Both examples looked and worked great.
Interestingly, 1791 Gunleather chose its company name carefully, with “1791” honoring the year the Second Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution was ratified. The company has a hard-earned and well-respected reputation for quality leather holsters, belts, and magazine pouches. It offers IWB and OWB holsters in many styles and shapes, and now with the Ultra Custom Holster, it’s offering a unique product that lets the customer custom mold the holster for the utmost in personalization.
Made of soft cowhide, the Ultra Custom Holster is offered in six sizes to fit the most popular full-size and compact semiautomatic pistols and short-barreled revolvers. Holsters come with a reinforced synthetic tuckable clip for IWB carry, and they are comfortable, concealable, and durable.
MSRP: $109.99; 1791gunleather.com