Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dragon Leatherworks Talon

While sitting in Newbius' hotel room at the NRA convention, in between spurts of Laura's gigglesnorts, I mentioned to Dennis of Dragon Leatherworks that I'd recently bought my first 1911 and needed an open carry holster for it  He graciously offered to make me a left-handed one of his Talon OWB holsters for my Dan Wesson.

Let me start off this review by saying that this is my first leather holster as well as my first custom / handmade holster.  The multitude of different options Dennis offers for the Talon was dizzying for this neophyte.  I went back and forth about getting a design, pattern, or any kind of color and ultimately the minimalist in me went with plain black.  I think that was the right choice, as the holster compliments the Heritage well without distracting from it.

 While I have nothing similar to compare the Talon to I was unbelievably impressed with the quality and workmanship that went into making my holster.    As someone who has previously used kydex one of the first things that jumped out at me was the weight.  I was expecting something that weighed significantly more than a Serpa holster and was pleasantly surprised by how featherweight the Talon was.  The last thing you want when carrying a Government sized 1911 on your hip is more weight.  In this regard the Talon does not disappoint.  It distributes the weight well on the belt, is supremely comfortable to wear all day long, and the holster body is exceptionally rigid despite the light weight.

Having carried my 1911 in Dennis' Talon holster quite a bit for the past three weeks I can enthusiastically say I endorse his product. The Talon is an OWB holster obviously meant for open carry, yet it could easily be used for CCW if needed.  I could conceal the 1911 in it under a polo shirt far better than I could do so with a Sig P220ST in a Serpa holster.  That said, I'm not sure why you'd want to conceal such a gorgeous gun and gorgeous holster unless you were forced to.

On a customer service note, Dennis stayed in constant contact with me throughout the holster making process, even going so far as to rush things and priority mail me the Talon so I'd have it to wear in time for Open Carry Day on June 5th.  That shows a dedication to his customers which is above and beyond what I expected.

Why by one of a million cookie cutter mass produced 1911 holsters?  This is the 100 year anniversary of the 1911, so put yours in a Dragon Leatherworks Talon and carry in style.  You won't be disappointed.*  John Moses Browning (PBUH) would approve!  I know I do!

*Beware that the holster maybe tight when you first get it. This is normal. I gave myself wedgies the night I got my Talon the retention was so tight.  After wearing the gun around the house and a few dozen practice draws the Talon allows for smooth draws while providing excellent retention, a must for someone like myself who open carries.

I purposefully overexposed this shot to show the stitching.

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