Has your dad always fancied himself a modern-day John Wayne, roping up some friends to go out after some bad guys? Maybe you have a friend who’s seen Tombstone one too many times and thinks every trip to the range is the same as stepping out behind the O.K. Corral. Either way, a leather holster is an essential part of any gun enthusiasts gear, which means you could be the favorite son/friend/nephew/random stranger if you bought them one.
In case that mental image didn’t convince you enough, here are a few more reasons to buy your gun-owning loved one a leather holster.
1. It’ll Last Forever
We all know those people that took the presents that we bought for them one year and then told us how much they sold it for online the next. It’s frustrating, somewhat inconsiderate, and also slightly humiliating. A good quality leather holster, however? That’s a gift that will last a lifetime, provided the person that receives it takes good care of it. Keep in mind that, unlike other leather items such as wallets, belts, etc, leather holsters are designed to be stiff, so make sure they break them in the right way.
2. You Can Make It Look Awesome
Fabric holsters are practical, especially if you’re looking for something more minimalist and inexpensive that simply gets the job done. If that’s you, by all means, buy a regular black nylon holster and give that. If you’re looking for something with a little personality, however, it’s hard to beat a leather holster that has been weathered by time.
Like all leather goods, holsters have a character about them that is truly unique, and can tell the story of where the shooter has been, whether outside, on a hiking trip, in the sun, or any other place. Moreover, having a leather holster means that you can fully customize it to your liking as well. If you want to add various types of patterns or branding onto the side, or if you want to imprint the initials of your recipient on the side, you’re more than able to do that too. Leather gives you character, flexibility, and customization options that the standard holsters just don’t have.
3. You Might Get One With Some History
There might be nothing cooler than owning a gun holster that once sat on the hip of some famous Texas lawman, or that your grandfather took off the battlefield in World War II. But you don’t have to have a personal connection to anyone famous in order to have a holster that will give your friend something to talk about next time they hit the range. Since leather holsters last forever, there’s a good chance you can buy one off a secondary market that someone found inside their attic that has an amazing story behind it. If that’s the case, be sure to ask the seller the specifics, and include that in the gift-giving process somehow. If the story is really fantastic, it may even merit a trip to an authenticator’s office in order to collect a certificate of authenticity, which will not only add more weight to the gift, but will beef up the value if your friend decides to sell it in the future.
4. You’ll Probably Inherit it Anyways
Look, if you’re a gun enthusiast like your friend, then chances are you’ll either be swapping holsters at some point, or they may just outright give it to you, so it’s important to shop for it as if you’re shopping for yourself. Make sure you don’t skimp on quality or construction, as that can take away from the durability long-term, and opt for heavier grain leather that will last a lifetime. Hopefully, by the time your friend does decide to move on, you’ll be the first person they think of to bestow this one of a kind treasure to.