Custom Holsters and Magazine Carriers
This week I’m featuring another TSP Directory business that focuses on tactical gear. Werkz LLC has over 150 different pistol molds and dozens of light/laser molds. Chances are really good that they can build you what you need. Werkz is a custom shop that designs OWB (Outside The Waistband), IWB (Inside The Waistband), and AIWB (Appendix Inside The Waistband) carry gear. What sets Werkz LLC and many other businesses in our Directory apart from the competition is customer service. If you call their toll free number it rings through to the owner’s cell phone! Reach out to Werkz to see if they have the holster that’s right for your application.
Right now Werkz is offering a combo discount when you buy a holster and magazine holder in the same order. You can get 10% off your entire order when you buy both products. Visit their website to learn more. While you’re there, check out the Custom Holsters and Mag Carriers page. You’ll see some examples of their custom work. They have products to accommodate your accessories like lights, lasers, and suppressors. Expect a fast turn-around time on orders. Even though Werkz is a custom shop, they ship most items within two weeks or less.
Custom Work, Retention, and Ride Height
One important thing to note is that your particular pistol might not be listed on their website. If so, you should reach out to Werkz to see if they can source the appropriate mold for your holster. They have a policy in place that says if a customer requests it, they will attempt to source a new mold and buy it to build holsters on. So, definitely reach out if you don’t see your weapon listed. If you want to know a little more about performance, read on to see what they have to say about retention and ride height:
Werkz tunes the holsters to have enough retention to hold a fully loaded pistol upside down with some movement. Vigorous shaking upside down (obviously pistol must be unloaded) will allow the pistol to release. Holsters for nearly all models should allow the pistol to “snap” into place, which you should both feel and hear.
A sharp tug on the pistol should allow the pistol to release cleanly after overcoming the initial retention. Werkz holsters do not use external retention mechanisms, and relies upon this natural retention in the Kydex.
If your holster needs more or less retention, please send it to us with a note indicating what you desire. We will tune it and send it back no charge. If you insist on trying it yourself, we will not warranty the product. We can tell when Kydex has lost its shape due to overheating, and will not replace the holster. That said, if you insist, I’ll let you know the best way to do it. Get a heat gun or hair dryer.
MAKE SURE THE PISTOL IS UNLOADED AND SAFE. Set the heater on low so you don’t “burn” the Kydex which can result in offgassing of hazardous chemicals. Heat slowly around the trigger guard area, including inside the trigger guard (i.e. where the trigger is). Move the dryer / heat gun constantly to reduce the chance of overheating one specific area.
Once the Kydex reaches about 140 to 160 degrees, it still retains its shape but can start moving. If you want more retention, pinch the front bar of the trigger guard, pressing also inside the trigger guard to dimple it in. If you want less retention, pinch in front of the trigger guard (below the muzzle) and start pulling the pistol from the holster, and reinserting repeatedly. One method causes more material to be “in the way” of the trigger guard front bar on draw, and the other method pushes some of that material out of the way. If you didn’t get it right the first time, keep trying. Remember, you just voided our warranty, so keep trying until you get it right.
You can adjust the ride height most of the time. If your holster has 5 eyelets on each side, which most full size pistols do, then you can unscrew the belt loop assemblies from both sides of the holster, reposition them in the next lower set of belt loops, and reinstall things. If you have a compact pistol, you may only have 4 eyelets, but you will likely be able to turn the belt loops upside down to push the pistol up a little bit further on your body. If you need to drop the pistol, contact Werkz to purchase drop belt loops, which will drop the pistol about 1/2″.
If you visit the FAQ page you can learn more about other adjustments that can be made to your holster. Overall, the craftsmanship and quality is very impressive. Check out their site and have a look for yourself. You can also find Werkz listed in the TSP Business Directory along with many great businesses owned by members of the TSP community.