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Theis Holster Review

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by theis, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. theis

    theis Jake's Papaw Lifetime Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Theis Holster Review

    Published on August 1, 2012 by Ben Branam in Firearms, Gear
    There are so many good firearms and self defense products out there today that there is no way I can even know about them all let alone test and review them all. I love gear and love finding new stuff to try. This holster design is definitely a winner as many companies are now making it. On of my readers has been carrying the Theis Holsters for a while now and wrote a quick review for you guys. Check it out.
    [​IMG]Kahr family portrait (PM9, P380, single and double 9mm mag pouch)These holsters carry well in the appendix position!

    About a year ago, I was in need of an Inside the Waist Band (IWB) holster for a rather unusual handgun, but wasn’t having any luck finding one. I saw a lot of nylon holsters with Velcro for retention, but nothing similar to what was hoped for, a hybrid holster, leather backing with kydex pocket for handgun retention and clips to attach to my belt that would allow me to tuck in my shirt.
    While reading some posts on GlockTalk, there was a lot of chatter about a new holster maker in Arkansas making the exact type I was looking for. I looked up his web site to see if he had the mold to make one for me, but was disappointed to see that he didn’t. What the heck, let’s ask, anyway, I thought! I shot him an email and got a prompt response, no, he didn’t have the mold. But he said a friend may have the same handgun, and if so, he’d make me a holster. Thinking my dealings were done with this gentleman, you can imagine my surprise when I got a phone call from a Tommy Theis. He called me back within a couple hours to let me know he would make the holster for me! Imagine that, the holster I had given up hope of obtaining was now becoming reality! I was flabbergasted when I had said holster in my hands one week after that initial phone call!
    I share this with you so you have an idea of the passion this man has for taking care of his customers. In today’s world of big box stores with little to no personal service, how many times can you say you have dealt with someone so hell bent on satisfying you? In all my years, I can count them on the fingers of one, maybe two hands. I can’t recommend Theis Holsters to you without you understanding this background. Tommy offers a satisfaction guarantee: Wear the holster for a couple weeks, if you are not delighted, return it for a full refund. He also warrants the product for life against manufacturing defects. (I wasn’t happy with the draw of my J frame, worked with Tommy and he got it dialed in to exactly where I wanted it!)
    I own many different holsters by many different manufacturers, have probably sold twice as many as I have kept, always looking for the holster that fits my needs best. The only holster I consider anymore for IWB is the Theis Holster. Anytime I purchase a new handgun, the order goes in to Tommy for a new holster. Now he has started making magazine pouches, which I have purchased four or five, along with high quality belts. I am not in the market for a belt right now, but I’ll give you one guess where that next belt will come from.
    Tommy makes a holster that is very similar in design to a very popular holster on the market today (I won’t mention the name here, but you most likely will recognize it from Tommy’s design). He has a growing list of handgun models he can build a holster for. He uses a high quality leather, either a black cowhide or a natural tan horsehide for the base of his holsters, belts and pouches. To this, he will attach the custom molded kydex with six to eight high quality rivets. The belt clips, available in spring metal, kydex or j clip kydex, are attached to the holster with a small bolt and T nut. Most holster manufacturers use the T nuts with the barbs, which I fear will end up cutting and destroying the leather. Tommy uses a flat and wide base T nut. I have never had one loosen up on me. He provides three or four mounting holes, arranged up and down relative to the gun, so you can adjust the ride height and cant of the gun inside your belt. He will even cut a couple slots in the leather so you can wear the holster Outside the Waist Band (OWB). These options can all be seen on his web site at
    Here are some pictures of my Theis products. My holsters are all made of horsehide. I have a couple mag pouches made of horsehide and a couple of cowhide. I can say that I definitely prefer the horsehide, I find it to be a little more flexible and comfortable.
    [​IMG]1911 holster (SA-RO and single 45ACP mag pouch)

    [​IMG]Glock holsters (G19 or G26 with double stack single magazine pouch)

    [​IMG]J Frame products (S&W M&P 340 with Bianchi Speed Strips)
  2. unit1069


    Oct 10, 2007
    So. Central US
    What's the wait time for a pistol that isn't usually on the radar?

  3. theis

    theis Jake's Papaw Lifetime Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    My currant turnaround time is 2 to 3 weeks.
  4. DRJ1911


    Jun 30, 2011
    +1 one the Theis holster. I have one and love it. Tommy is great to deal with and I can recommend his holsters. I also like his holsters better than the other brands and yes I have tried them.

  5. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee

    Oct 19, 2010
    I've got to step in and vouch for Theis holsters, as well. I've been carrying a full-sized steel pistol in one for about a year and a half with zero complaints. Now, to be honest, I don't carry that full-sized steel pistol every day, but it is always comfortable and well-hidden when I do. I can also say that Tommy is really great to deal with.
  6. Razorback01


    Jun 28, 2012
    Another satisfied Theis user. I have a horsehide iwb for my G26 and couldn't be happier. My G19 also fits just as well, which I wear sometimes. I also have his belt and am just as happy w/ it. I received both items w/in approximately 10 days. The personal service and product quality are definately as good as advertised.
  7. LApm9

    LApm9 Silver Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    South Louisiana
    I was looking at "that other holster", but they didn't make it for a J-Frame. I need to start saving my lunch money!

    Thanks for posting, Tommy!
    Last edited: Aug 4, 2012