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Standard Leather Paddle Holster

Paddle holster

Paddle Holster Glock 19The key features of the American Holster Company Paddle holster is that the paddle is all leather which allows it to form to your body unlike a plastic paddle which forces your body to form to it. The paddle is adjustable for cant and works well for strong side carry or cross draw. As with any of our holsters, the mouth is held open with extra thick reinforcement leather – there are no spring steel or plastic stiffeners that can break or bend. Every stitch is hand placed to eliminate the possibility of damage to the seam-line. And our 5 step finishing process for the holster edges – trim, sand, dye, burnish, wax & burnish again – is another example of the craftsmanship and quality that goes into each American Holster Company product. Click here to order yours today.

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by Bud de Laurier on American Holster Company
Awesome OWB Paddle Holster

I had this made to conceal carry a Beretta 92fs and it is the best holster that I've had that works both strong side and cross draw because the cant adjusts. The workmanship is top drawer and soooo comfortable to carry. Thanks American Holster and Jay for a superb product!!

by Mike M. on American Holster Company
Walther PPK Paddle Holster

This is the finest and most comfortable paddle holster I have ever owned. It was definitely worth the wait!

by Robert Danaher on American Holster Company

For some years I have been in search of the perfect holster/gun combination for concealed carry. I think I have found it: A .357 Ruger SP101 with 4.2 barrel and one of your High Ride OWB Holsters with one of your super-stiff belts. I have tried most types of carry (shoulder, IWB and OWB) with multiple types of guns, both autoloaders and revolvers. To me, the most comfortable and most accessible carry is OWB. I greatly prefer the simplicity, ruggedness and reliability of a revolver and for some time had been carrying a Ruger LCR revolver in .38 Special +P with Speer Short Barrel 135 grain loads. But, I wanted something in a revolver more ballistically effective, such as the .357. The problem with the .357 is that when using a barrel less than 4", performance falls off a cliff, ballistically speaking. So when Ruger brought out its 4.2 inch-barreled 5-shot SP101 in .357 I got one. The problem was, though, that with ordinary holsters the gun hung so low that I could not conceal it with any of the multiple vests I ordinarily wear for concealment purposes. I read about your High Ride OWB Holster and decided to try one. When I received the holster and one of your belts, I was delighted to discover when I put them on that the end of the gun barrel is about 3" above the bottom of the entrance to my pants pocket and is easily concealed by all of my vests. This gun with 5 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense 125 grain .357 ammunition weighs just under 32 oz. Even though the cylinder sits entirely above the belt, with your holster/belt combination the butt does not kick out and and does not print through my vest. Thank you for your extraordinarily well designed and well made products, and thank you for finally ending my quest for my perfect concealed carry rig.


  1. 4-5-2014

    Given its open top, how is the firearm retained in the holster (i.e. tension, etc…)?

    • 4-5-2014

      All of my holsters are molded to the particular handgun. A properly made leather holster should be molded in such a way that it is able to retain the handgun it is made for. Any holster that is marketed as Large, Medium, small should be avoided as the maker did not take the time to mold the holster. Secondly you should never put just any gun in a leather holster (example if it is made for a P938 you should never put a P238 in it) even though you think the gun fits fine you are taking the risk of loosing the gun and/or possibly damaging the holster.

  2. 3-31-2013

    I am interested in the paddle style for S&W shield. I never wear a belt so for me I think the paddle would be great,my question is does your design stay put when drawing? thanks V

    • 3-31-2013

      A paddle holster is designed to be easily removed if you use the holster without a belt you will need the waist band tight enough to hold the paddle with just the tension of the material. In most situations you should use a belt when carrying a gun. Think of it this way a loaded Shield weighs about the same as about $40.00 in quarter’s so if your pants will stay up and not sag with that amount in your pocket then the pants will support the gun.
      Jay Nelson

  3. 10-18-2012

    Do you carry the max iwb holster for a Kahr cw40?

    • 10-18-2012

      I have to assume you are asking about the Invisi-Tuck IWB Holster.
      Let me start by saying I do not stock holsters I make holsters to order. I can make the Invisi-Tuck Holster for the CW 40.
      Please take a look at the order page to review the order process.

  4. 9-7-2012

    Can you make a holster for the Sig P938 that will have an extension of leather where the safety would touch the skin?

    • 9-7-2012

      With a paddle holster the gun will never touch your skin because the holster is completely outside of the clothing. If you feel the need for a slide shield I can make a custom holster for you. Please feel free to give me a call to discuss this option.

  5. 7-16-2012

    have a hk45 with lasermax looking for a paddle style holster

  6. 2-5-2012


    • 2-5-2012

      This holster will not work for a P238 with A CT laser. I can make a paddle holster for the P238 with a CT laser. If the waistband was tight enough the paddle holster would work ok.


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