Aker Leather – Class & Comfort

The New line of belts. The bottom left three are all sharkskin.

The New line of belts. The bottom left three are all sharkskin.

Here is a close up of the sharkskin belts. A nice way to dress up and still secure your gun on your belt.

Here is a close up of the sharkskin belts. A nice way to dress up and still secure your gun on your belt.

Another new design is this leather belt, with sharkskin detail on the buckle/loop portion.

Another new design is this leather belt, with sharkskin detail on the buckle/loop portion.

The new sharkskin / leather combination holsters: open top, in both black and brown. Give your gun something classy to ride in.

The new sharkskin / leather combination holsters: open top, in both black and brown. Give your gun something classy to ride in.

The new sharkskin / leather combination holsters: open top, in both black and brown. Give your gun something classy to ride in.

The new sharkskin / leather combination holsters: open top, in both black and brown. Give your gun something classy to ride in.

The new version of the 169 holster with the leather/sharkskin combo.

The new version of the 169 holster with the leather/sharkskin combo.

Basketweave is back. This will be available in the flatsider holster line as an optional finish.

Basketweave is back. This will be available in the flatsider holster line as an optional finish.

All leather

All leather

By Brian Jensen

http://www.akerleather.com/

Any handgun works together with a holster as part of a weapon system. It amazes me how many people shell out over a thousand dollars for a pistol, then skimp on a cheesy holster that doesn’t hold it where it’s supposed to be, and looks like it’s a cheap piece of whatever.

Aker is a small company out of Chula Vista, CA, who makes quality leather holsters for people who carry weapons, either in uniform, or out. While the company is not a monster producer of holsters, they do very well, with contracts for government and civilian sales. I spoke to Mr. Aker himself, who said they make quality, molded holsters with a process he keeps close to the vest, but he said it does it faster, and much more economically than other methods.

What they are bringing out for SHOT show this year is a new direction, looking to move into the higher end market; a dressier holster for the distinguished carry of a handgun. When I asked why, they said that basically, they wanted to make a nice, classy holster to complement a fine pistol. This gun could be a “showpiece” as it were, or maybe it’s just your favorite that deserves something nice to ride in.

The new line for Aker will be a line of sharkskin belts and leather with sharkskin holsters. They are still in development, but they gave me a chance to peek at them. They will all be released in 2012.

The first thing they showed me was a nice sharkskin belt that will look classy, regardless as to whether you are carrying a gun or not. The belt has two layers, the sharkskin (brown or black) on the outside, with an inner layer of leather. The width is similar to a traditional “Sam brown” belt, but is sturdy and felt like it would hold a gun firmly in place without issue.

The next thing they showed me was their prototype sharkskin and leather combo holster. This is a pancake-style, open-top holster with button snap straps to that hold the gun on your belt. The holster can then be put on and off without removing the belt. The look was classy, without being too bling. It would be a nice place to put your custom 1911, or even your Glock. The leather first rate, and felt like it would be comfortable to carry for long periods of time. Since these were early, pre-production models I couldn’t wear them around. No model number is out yet, but they are set to release this year.

In addition to this new holster, Aker dressed up one of their standard models, the model 169 Nichol’s Avenger with a new Sharkskin trim. This takes an already successful holster, and dresses it up a bit. It is one of their more successful designs, and gives the weapon good support to keep it close to the body for good concealment and speed with an open top design.

I asked what the price points would be on the new sharkskin holsters, and since there are pre-production, that hasn’t been determined yet. They did say, their goal was to give consumers a custom-style holster at a reasonable price.

For those who carry professionally, they have introduced a method to have a basketweave finish on many of their Flatsider holster series. The lines are crisp, and bring back the weave style. They also have a new, open top holster meant for guns with lights, I saw their prototype, and it’s a no-nonsense leather rig to carry your weapon with light securely.

Overall, the new holsters look to be of great quality, and would be a nice “dress holster”. The new open top light bearing holster is interesting too, as many people are carrying their guns with their mounted lights these days.

{ 14 comments… add one }
  • Tony P. February 1, 2012, 10:49 am

    Aker makes great leather gear…I have been using thier products for over 26 years now. To help out on a few questions I see listed here.

    Aker makes holsters for most guns that Law Enforcement uses today (1911, Sig, Glock, M&P,XD,Beretta,H&K) to name a few.

    Now for you lefties here….Aker will usually make and stock left handed holsters for the guns above for the popular holster models.

    BELTS….The B-21 and B-22 reinforced gun belts are all I will wear…This is the best belt out there in my professional opinion..If you are interested in a belt you will need to follow this proceedure for the right fit.

    TAKE A BELT YOU WEAR EVERYDAY AND MEASURE FROM THE TIP OF THE BUCKLE TO THE HOLE YOU USE…

    This will be the size belt you need.

    If you have any questions feel free to send me an email at pesty3782@gmail.com

    Tony P.

  • steve Elliano January 31, 2012, 6:56 pm

    Looking for a World War 2 flap over for a springfield .45 with a 5″ barrel, it ‘s not from WW2 but that’s the kind I’m looking for Thanks for your time steveE

  • Brian Jensen January 31, 2012, 6:52 pm

    For those looking for a holster. Your best bet will be to contact Aker Leather via gtheir website:

    http://www.akerleather.com/about-us.php

    or by phone at (619) 423-5182

  • John R. Beltz January 31, 2012, 5:26 pm

    Looking for a nice belt slider leather holster that will handle an H&K .45 Caliber, Compact, Variant 3, threaded barrel semi-auto.

    Have any available for sale? Photos?

    Thanks,

    John Beltz

  • John Richmond January 31, 2012, 3:08 pm

    I am looking for a brown leather holster for a Taurus PT-22. Please let me know if you have one available.

    Thanks

  • Bennie D. January 31, 2012, 2:22 pm

    I have an assortment of hand guns and need good holsters for most of them, do you have a catalog? If so how do I go about getting one. Please let me know.
    Thanks, B.

  • richard irvin January 31, 2012, 2:17 pm

    looking for a leather holster with a soft liner inside
    walter 99 40 and 45… left handed..witha leather strap
    to keep gun inplace

    have a great day

  • Doug Talley January 31, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Do you have a catalogue? I am definately interested for 1911 and 38 cal revolver.

    Thanks.

  • Nicholas Chorey January 31, 2012, 1:36 pm

    Sirs: I need a holster to accomodate my CZ Po7 .40 cal. Can you help me (in black leather) Thank You
    Nicholas Chorey, 2096 NE 6th St., Hermiston, Oregon 97838-1492 -541 571 4601

  • Mark Krajewski January 31, 2012, 1:20 pm

    looking for a conceled holsters for ruger p90 brown with sharkskin, with matching belt. waist 42

    Thanks

  • Chas B January 31, 2012, 12:23 pm

    I to am a sinner being left handed, I am looking for a good leather left handed holster for a 1911 IWB, left handed holsters are hard to find any Ideas where to find a good one at not such a spendy price, one that is reasonable?

  • Edward Faude January 31, 2012, 8:20 am

    While the holsters are really nice, my problem seems to be easy to fix but hard to get anyone to take action on. Maybe you guys are the ones! I am LEFT handed, I know thats a sin but it is what it is and I would still like to have a nice leather holster! Believe it or not some people are lefties and we do carry guns. What do you have to offer? Thanks. Ed.

  • Brad Coffing January 31, 2012, 7:06 am

    I own a Aker holster for my Sig P226 with a TLR-2 light, I can’t praise it enough. Fantastic Quality

  • Tom Palmer January 31, 2012, 4:13 am

    Love the look…can you send me a nice brown leather with sharkskin trim for my Colt 1911 Gold Cup National Match?? tp

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