Theis Holsters is a custom holster maker located in Arkansas that specializes in concealed carry holsters. Theis (pronounced Tice) Holsters is owned and operated by Tommy Theis. Tommy makes all of the holsters by hand one at a time for a perfect fit to just about any handgun. The holsters come with a lifetime warranty and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
Theis Holsters are designed to be worn around the 4 to 5 o’clock position for optimum comfort, and can be purchased in either 8-9 oz Premium Cowhide or Horsehide backing. Horsehide is a little bit more expensive than cowhide, but is thinner and stronger than cowhide, and also does not absorb sweat like cowhide, making it a better choice for warmer climates. The horsehide used by Theis Holsters is 100% natural with no color or dyes to stain your clothing.
This style of Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster is very popular, and for good reason. The combination of leather and Kydex makes for not only a comfortable holster, but a very functional holster as well. I purchased the horsehide version for the Walther PPQ (see our Walther PPQ review).
Quality and Fit
[image title="Walther PPQ in Theis Holster" align="left" lightbox="true" size="medium" autoHeight="true"]http://monderno.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/PPQ2.jpg[/image] I’ve owned dozens of holsters over the years, some cheap, some not, from many different holster makers, and Theis Holsters quality is simply top notch. The horsehide, Kydex and metal clips are all great quality. If metal clips aren’t for you, you can get Kydex clips or J-Clips instead.
Fit and finish is also excellent. Theis did a great job on the Kydex molding, the fit is very secure, with a medium level of retention.
Theis Holsters are also high value holsters. If you compare Theis Holsters to its competition, you will find that to get the same level of quality, you have to pay a higher price. One of the more popular makers of this style of holster is Crossbreed Holsters, who also makes a high quality hybrid leather/kydex holster. The big difference between Theis Holsters and Crossbreed Holsters is the price. At the time this post was written, to get a comparable Crossbreed holster it was over $90, compared to $65 for the Theis holster.
Another value add that you get with Theis Holsters is the customer service. Theis customer service is really second to none, the kind that you can only find with a small shop. Tommy includes his personal cell phone number with your confirmation email! No automated phone system, no calling customer service…the cell phone number of the owner and the guy who made the holster. For anyone who has ever had to deal with customer service (everyone, right?), this cannot be overstated!
Needless to say at this point, I am very pleased with my Theis Holster, and will be purchasing more. If you’re looking for a high quality, high value custom made IWB holster, I think your search is over.