Review: Custom Holsters from Privateer Leather

Privateer Leather: Holster, Badge, Wallet, Lifter’s Lether Sheath, Emerson CQC6, Croc speed strip holder, and the 44spl.
May 18, 2020  
Categories: Guns

Several years ago, I became interested in wheelguns. I eventually found a custom Smith and Wesson 28-2 converted to .44 Special (a Skeeter Skelton special) by master gunsmith David Clements. A custom gun like that is too nice to sit in the safe and since I wanted to occasionally carry it, I went holster hunting. I asked a good friend, we will call him Uncle Voodoo, who is a retired cop and wheel gun extraordinaire, where to go for a custom holster. Uncle V. didn’t hesitate when he told me to seek out Wes Dahl of Privateer Leather.

I contacted Wes and after some very specific questions and a reasonable wait, Wes told me I had a package en route. I ordered a black Highwayman with shark trim and a Croc speed strip carrier. Also, I asked Wes if he would put my name on the back.

The Privateer Leather Holster

What arrived was simply the best holster I’ve ever had. The finish was amazing, and the fit was so good I knew I had a new holster guy.

Privateer Leather custom holster, .44 Special with VZ grips.

My .44 Special with VZ grips in the custom holster by Wes Dahl.

Backside of custom .44 Special holster made by Privateer Leather.

The backside of the holster is as nicely finished as the front and Wes even put my name on it.

When I put it on, I was really impressed. It held the heavy N frame revolver high and tight with the grip turned in. It’s hard to conceal a big N frame gun but it was easily covered by an untucked shirt or a suit jacket. The holster also handled the weight of the .44 Spl. When paired with my favorite gunbelt, it rode well — even after long hours in court under a suit.

Privateer Leather custom holster also fits 45 ACP N Frame Smith.

My 45 ACP custom N Frame Smith with Black Cherry VZ grips, a JetBeam Titanium Light, and my PoBoy CQC7. Wes made the holster to fit both guns so I could get twice the use out of it.

I’ve spent a bit of time on the range running the holster between the two guns. I feel perfectly secure carrying the big Smith in the Privateer Leather Holster.

Croc Speed Strip Holster

The Croc speed strip holster is a wrap around which holds close to the belt. It is easy on and off, and uses a pull-the-dot snap for security.

Croc Speed Strip revolver reloader holder.

The Croc Speed Strip holder from Privateer Leather.

Croc Speed Strip holder, open, in hand.

It’s not coming loose until you want it to. Wes’s turn around time was reasonable. His price was more than fair, and the product he turned out is exceptional not just in fit and finish but in function. I’ve since gone back to Wes and he’s working on another holster for another .44 Special, this time a converted Old Model Blackhawk. It’s the matching Skeeter Skelton Special, again converted by David Clements. A gun that nice deserves to be carried.

If you are looking for something other than kydex or polymer to carry a gun in and maybe even to show off a little I can’t help but pass along Uncle V’s recommendations and my own for Wes Dahl of Privateer Leather.

Check it out at Privateer Leather.

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Jake is a LEO down Georgia-Florida way. Jake describes himself thusly: I’m a small town deputy sheriff. I’m not special forces, I’m not SWAT, I’m not metro with LAPD or a homicide detective with the NYPD. I’m basically a problem solver. Everyday I handle calls from the mundane car in the roadway, to the worst calls for service, and everything in between. What I write will be from this perspective because I have no other. I hope something I write helps you.” Jake has been a night-shifter for years, and a cop for over a decade and a half. Despite an uncanny resemblance to Peter Griffin (especially when he’s in his uniform shirt), we really like him. In fact, we count ourselves lucky to have him aboard.


  1. Andrew Blesh

    I will CERTAINLY agree Wes Dahl crafts one mighty fine holster. He just completed mine for my G40 MOS….a very difficult Glock to find a nice carry holster for. Wes blew this one out of the park.

  2. Wild, wild west

    Wes did me up a near perfect rendition of the old Askins Avenger for Browning High Power a few years ago and I would concur that Privateer is a darn good choice for gun leather. Very responsive and high quality.

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