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    I've been looking for a new holster for my Les Baer 1911, but was not ready to spend the money on the one I really wanted. I was almost ready to just buy a $50-60 holster for now, and wait on the nice leather rig after I convinced my wife I really "needed" it!

    Well, a got a call from a buddy of mine, who had recently sold off his non-railed 1911. He just so happened to have a very nice Rafter S Gunleather 1911 OWB holster and double mag holder.



    He and I worked out an arrangement, and I was able to bring them home.

    I really like the quality of the construction, although I would have chosen different color/trim scheme if I were to have the choice. The leather is cowhide, and the color is dark brown with red trim. The trim leather is elephant, which has a nice texture.



    My choice would have been cordovan horsehide body (Rafter S only offers cowhide) and black alligator trim (to match my black alligator belt/boots), but that would require a custom order.

    And that's what brings me to the rub... Rafter S Gunleather once enjoyed a reputation for offering quality gunleather at a reasonable (if not economic) price. They represented the best "deal" in the holster world. However, they now have experienced the speed at which you can lose your good reputation, and become despised. They have charged credit cards weeks and months before delivery (against their posted policy), and numerous customers have requested charge-backs from the credit card company, canceling their orders with Rafter S from all the bad customer service (or lack thereof).

    So, if you can find one in person, or on the secondary (used) market, I would highly suggest them. However, don't bother placing an order with them until they get their business model straightened out...

    I must say, the wood grips on the Baer do look VERY good with the burgundy trim of the holster!

    J. Wise

    AR-15 - AK-47 - NFA Trusts - My Pick - Carry Guns - 1911s

    "Some say you can tell how the world stands by the prices of AK-47s...." Chit2001

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    have you ever used a Don Hume product?

    i have a Jit slide and a open top that i carry virtually daily..

    Made in Oklahoma too..


    http://www.donhume.com/
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    • #3
      Originally posted by jwise View Post
      I really like the quality of the construction, although I would have chosen different color/trim scheme if I were to have the choice. The leather is cowhide, and the color is dark brown with red trim. The trim leather is elephant, which has a nice texture.
      Very nice looking indeed! I personally really like the color scheme which matches your grips. My wife also likes the texture of the elephant!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Surf View Post
        My wife also likes the texture of the elephant!
        So how's that trunk treating you?




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        • #5
          jwise: Congratulations on your purchase and thanks for posting the warning regarding RafterS's poor reputation for customer service. I bought several of their holsters, magazine pouches and belts years ago and swore off their products for exactly the reasons you described. Great work (if you never receive it), isn't so great after all. Repeated and excessive delays on receiving orders (paid for well in advance), errors in size or items made for the wrong equipment...........I finally gave up on this company out of frustration.

          Here's a pic of my holster, magazine pouch, belt combo for a SIG P245 in "Honey" elephant w/brown alligator trim:

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          • #6
            Very nice rig! I'd really like a matching belt...
            J. Wise

            AR-15 - AK-47 - NFA Trusts - My Pick - Carry Guns - 1911s

            "Some say you can tell how the world stands by the prices of AK-47s...." Chit2001

            Any comments contained herein regarding the legality of firearms, or the application of law, are strictly applicable to Texas. If you live in CA, NY, IL, MA, D.C., etc., the above comments will probably shock you, and should be read for educational purposes only. Most likely nothing I write will apply to you.

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            • #7
              Check out "The Beltman": http://www.thebeltman.net/ Great quality and customer service at reasonable prices. He'll ship your order out pretty quick too!
              "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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              • #8
                Looks great, although my choice would be horsehide as well if I had the option. I ordered a brown belt from them about 2 years ago now and I was actually very impressed with their service, as well as the quality and fit of the belt. In fact, I wear it just about every day, whether or not I have a holster hanging off it. I was thinking about ordering a matching black version to wear under my duty belt to replace an old, thin, worn out Gould & Goodrich belt that I've had for more than a decade. Too bad their service has taken a nose dive I guess I'll hold off on that order.

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