We were talking holsters with a couple of our LE friends from the People’s Republic of California (we met them in Oakland at Urban Shield a couple weeks ago) and were astonished to find out they’d never heard of Kolbeson Leatherworks. Now, granted, we’re somewhat more on point than the average flatfoot or knuckledragger when it comes to gear, but still…carrying a gun and not knowing Josh Kolbeson is something akin to someone rocking a morale patch without having heard of MilSpec Monkey.
So, to educate you: Josh Kolbeson really is a Strativari of kydex and leather. He makes pistol mag pouches, rifle mag pouches and holsters of every conceivable breed and style of carry. Inside the waistband, outside the waistband, pancakes, clip-ons, MOLLE/PALS compatible, if you can shoot it, he can make a holster for it. We are unabashed fans, and given the reputation he’s earned in very high demanding end-user circles, he’s earned it.
Kolbeson holsters are all hand made in a truly one-man shop. He works at home and does not have a storefront for people to visit.... all of his gear is made one piece at a time with each order, so he doesn’t keep extras on hand for test fitting. You can figure weeks to over a month to receive a custom order, but the end result will be worth it (hand-stitched leather, and the kydex is typically lined with leather to make it quieter and protect the finish). We particularly like the adjustable cant knife and pistol mag pouches.
Kit Up! readers might also be interested in the fact that he has a discount for military and law enforcement as well as a standard Facebook discount. Check him out the Kolbeson Leatherworks web page or his Facebook page either one. Good stuff.
Oh, and if you’re interested, here’s a video review. If you watch One Man Army you might just recognize the reviewer.
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