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Theis Holsters for Concealed Carry

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”][/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!

Wrapping Up

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.

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7 Responses to Theis Holsters for Concealed Carry

  1. Jamey July 2, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I am interested in a Theis holster for my M&P Shield as well. One of the small discrepancies I have heard with hybrid holsters is that the flap just above the beaver tail area (at the holster’s highest point) will sometimes flap over the gun. In your photo, it looks like there is a possible crease starting to form in this area. I was thinking that it might be advantageous to request a lower cut in this particular region of the holster, while possibly allowing for an easier draw of the firearm. I’m not sure if I am off-base on this line of thinking and would appreciate your input. Do you think I would be sacrificing any function or comfortability with such a request?

    • Brandon July 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      What you are seeing in the image above is the Theis holster logo that is stamped into the leather. There’s no crease.

      Having said that, yeah, I can see how it would be possible for the leather to break down overtime and flap over. But I have several Theis holsters and a Crossbreed holster, and none of them have had this problem yet. If I were you, I’d go ahead and order it with the sweat guard, and if you either decide you don’t like it, or if/when the leather breaks down enough to where it bothers you, you can then just take some sharp scissors and cut it down.

      Another option would be to have Theis cut it to fit flush with the top of the Shield if you think it will be a problem.

      Hope this helps!

  2. chuck pierson March 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm #

    What is the price for this holster for a SR9?

  3. Franco March 14, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I got a Theis holster for my shield 9mm and have loved it so far. Been wearing it for around 2 months, has broken in nicely and it’s great that it’s tuckable. I’m at work, in my business clothes and as Tommy says, “Always carry, never tell”

  4. Dennis November 8, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    $65 for the better one. I think the cheaper leather is $55 does not matter what type of gun.

  5. Richard Ermish October 3, 2014 at 4:16 am #

    Is he still in business? I’ve left some questions on his website twice now with no reply.