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DeSantis Gunhide is located in Amity, NY, and was founded by master holster maker, Gene DeSantis. Mr. DeSantis started making gun holsters in the late 1960's. When the company first started, he focused on leather holsters for concealment and some limited law enforcement applications. In time, DeSantis also started producing holsters in ballistic nylon and later, kydex.
In addition to Gene DeSantis and his family, DeSantis holsters has also been home to some other premier holster makers. In fact, fellow master holster maker, Greg Kramer of Kramer Leather, worked at DeSantis Holsters from 1970 to 1976.
DeSantis has a large holster offering that covers most every mainstream holster material and style. A pioneer in terms of holster designs, DeSantis has produced a number of innovative holsters that are now mainstream to the market:
Gene was the first holster maker to design a holster with a locking hole in the holster so a law enforcement officer could leave his weapon holstered and render it safe by running a handcuff through the trigger and security hole. This design has become a standard request for some federal law enforcement agencies.
DeSantis was one of the first holster companies to design a nylon pocket holster that used a tacky substance on the outside to keep the holster in place as the weapon was drawn. They were also one of the first manufacturers to offer a tension screw on holsters.
Today, DeSantis has models that are in use worldwide by various military units, federal agencies, law enforcement departments, and armed civilians for self defense and concealed carry. In terms of leather, DeSantis offers a black color and tan color. Their kydex and nylon holsters are generally black in color, although their nylon military line also comes in various camo configurations as needed. DeSantis has broadened their gun model offering and now offer models that will fit most all mainstream handguns.
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