DIAMOND D CUSTOM LEATHER
540 West Hjellen Drive                                     
Wasilla, AK 99654
Sales@DiamondDCustomLeather.com
907-631-4212 Leather Shop
                    

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"Home of the Guide's Choice™, the ultimate outdoor holster."


FAQ

1.  Is each holster made to fit only a certain gun?

2.  Do you have holsters in stock?

3.  Where can I check my online order status?

4.  Why don't you expand to have faster production times?

5.  Does Diamond D Custom Leather do custom work?

6.  Do you finish the interior of your holsters?

7.  How should my gun fit my new Diamond D Holster?

8.  What type of leather do you use?

9.  Which belt do we recommmend?

10. Are all of the guns you make holsters for on the list?

11. How long have you been in business?

12. What are your current wait times for holsters?

13. Why did I not get an email confirmation or the follow up email status?

14. The status pages say my order has shipped, where is it?

15. What retains the guides choice holster?

16. Why do you not use Suade lining inside your holsters like other manufacturers?

17. When do you charge my credit card?

18. What is the barrel length of my gun?

19. What is my belt length?

20.  How do I care for my Holster after I receive it from Diamond D Custom Leather?

21. What type of Gun Models and Manufacturers do you make holsters for?

22.  How do I wear/adjust or put on my Guides Choice Chest Holster?

23.  Fitting issues when your Guides Choice arrives.

24.  Does the Guides Choice come in any darker colors?

25.  What is the largest size chest that the standard Guides Choice will fit?

26. Can I use just one strap system with two or more holsters?

27.  Do you make your holsters to fit guns with lasers or scopes?

28.  Do you make your holsters for left handed shooters?

29.  Does your Guides Choice Chest Holster come in any color other than Natural Oil?

30.  Are you hiring for leather workers or any position?

31. What is the white film on my holster after stored and is it damaging?

 1. Is each holster made to fit only a certain gun?

Each holster is cut, stitched, and molded precisely to fit only the gun model you select. We make truly custom holsters. Below you can click a link to view photos of holsters fitted precisely to various handguns. You will notice we stitch accurately to the shape of the specific gun, not a generic fit!

 2. Do you have holsters in stock?
It would be impossible to keep stock of all of the holsters and products that we offer however we do try and keep on hand a selection of our most popular holsters.  If this is the case, and your holster is in stock than the wait time will be considerably less.  When your holster ships we will notify you via email.  To see a list of our most popular holsters that we usually have in stock for our Guides Choice Chest Holsters, please click HERE.


 3. Where can I check my online order status?

You can find that link to the left toolbar on every page.  Titled ORDER STATUS.  We update this page depending on what month of orders we are currently working on.  If you are curious about your order status then please check this page first.  We are running 10-12 weeks out on MOST orders, even the ones we usually have in stock are 6-8 weeks.  Thank you for your patience, we are going as fast as we can and we DO NOT allow cutting in line or paying extra for expedited orders, each order is of equal importance to us and get's the same care.


 4. Why don't you expand to have faster production times?

Diamond D Custom Leather feels strongly that in order to get the quality product we produce it would be impossible with mass production. Other small holster companies will tell you the same thing. If you want off the wall quality and that works for you then there are many out there. If you want the highest level of leather craftsmanship then look no further. We put so much into our work that it is not always that profitable when you figure in the time.

 5. Does Diamond D Custom Leather do custom work?

Everyone of our products is hand-crafted by skilled Leather Smiths who pride themselves on high quality leather work.  That puts the "CUSTOM"  in our name.  We do not however accept custom jobs for jobs for projects that are not our standard line up, just too busy. Some of our products are easier to make than others. Therefore, delivery times are affected by our hand-crafting methods and attention to detail and finishing the final product. The methods we use to create leather holsters, belts and accessories can not be done with mass production and are labor intensive but worth the wait for a quality superior product.


 6. Do you finish the interior of your holsters?

Yes we do. We spend a lot of time finishing the inside of your holsters so your gun's finish will enjoy it.


 7. How should my handgun fit my new Diamond D holster?




This is another very helpful video to reiterate the frequently asked questions we get.

Some of Diamond D’s holsters feature one or more tension screws. These types of screw(s) may have to be adjusted to holster your gun the first time. Once holstered you will need to tighten or loosen until the desired tension is achieved. We recommend you check the screws and adjustments before and during each use.

If your holster is still too tight, the natural leather may need to be stretched. (A break-in period is needed, similar to a new pair of leather shoes.) Holding your unloaded handgun by the grip and pushing it into the holster while pulling the safety strap up with your other hand, will normally allow the handgun to seat in the holster. This may need to be done several times to break-in the holster. If your holster does not have a safety strap, hold the holster body when following the procedure above. Try to snap the safety strap. It may need to be broken-in as well.

  8. What type of leather do we use?
All of our leather comes from Hermann Oak Leather in St. Louis, MO.  They are known to provide the only the absolute best leather available on the market.  Our leather is shipped to our shop at least twice a month where we inspect every hide to ensure the highest quality leather will be used on each piece me hand craft.  Our cowhide holsters use vegetable tanned leather. The benefit of this technique is that it provides a leather that will not cause your weapon to rust or corrode the way chrome tanned leather can do when the gun is left in it for extended periods of time.


 9. Which belt do we recommend?
Don't overlook a good belt. A flimsy belt will not support the weapon and superior holster as well as a quality belt. For medium and large frame handguns we strongly suggest using a 1.5" wide double thickness gun belt to attain the best possible holster support.


 10. Are all of your guns that you make holsters for on the lists?
We try to constantly update the lists of guns that we make holsters for. However we sometimes inadvertantly omit some of them. If you don't see your gun model call and just ask us.


 11. How long have you been in business?

Diamond D Custom Leather has been in business for over 30 years.


 12. What are your current wait times for holsters?
That information is updated frequently on our ORDER STATUS tab on the left.  We are running on average 10-12 weeks out from when the order is placed.

 


 13. Why did I not get an email confirmation or the follow up email status?
AOL, Earthlink, Hotmail and a few other email domains block our emails at times or label it as spam or junk. So check your spam folder for the second email notification.


 14. The status pages say’s my order has shipped, where is it?
Your order may just have shipped or is ready to be picked up for shipping. Please be patient. We ship through the post office and sometimes that takes time.  Our shop is also located in Alaska, it may take an extra day to get your package.  We will never ignore your order and not ship it to you. If it is finished we ship it.

 

 15. What retains the Guide’s Choice Holster?

Revolvers have 3 types of Retention:
1.  Form fitted to the specific gun model
2.  Rubber tension screw located in front of the trigger guard that allows you to adjust how tight you like the draw.
3.  As a safety back-up there is a hammer thong.  THE HAMMER THONG IS ONLY ON REVOLVERS.  THERE IS NOT AN OPTION ON REVOLVERS FOR A RETENTION STRAP.

Semi-Autos have 2 types of Retention:
1.  Form fitted to the specific gun model
2.  Retention Strap.  THE RETENTION STRAP IS FOR SEMI-AUTOS ONLY, NO HAMMER THONG FOR THE SEMI-AUTOS. 


 
16. Why do you not use Suade Lining inside your holsters like other manufacturers?

We find that any fabric such as Suade has a tendency to retain moisture, dirt, and sand.  In the tough conditions we test our holsters this was not a desirable condition.  This sand, dirt, and moisture that was retained had a tenancy to scratch the finish of guns, instead we double line the holsters with leather making the inside smooth, this is best for the finish of the gun.  With all of that said, there are times when we do have to use suade lining due to sharp front sights that tear the smooth leather interior.  On ALL Freedom Arms models Suade Lining is used.
 17. When do you charge my credit card?

Your credit card will be charged when the order is completed.  Custom orders will be charged at the time of the order.  Diamond D Custom Leather's lead time on most of our products is within 1 week and you will receive an email confirmation of your order along with an email when your order ships.

 18. What is the barrel length of my gun?

ALL HANDGUN BARRELS ARE MEASURED FROM THE BREECH FACE TO THE MUZZLE END OF THE BARREL, BUT THE BARREL ON REVOLVERS AND PISTOLS IS MEASURED DIFFERENTLY. 

Autoloading Pistol Barrel Length (semiautomatic pistol)  The method of measurement recommended by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is: 

1.  Unload the Gun.

2.  Pull back the slide and cock the pistol, letting the slide close in the forward position.

3.  Insert a dowel rod of appropriate diameter down the barrel of the gun until it stops at the breech face.

4.  Mark the dowel rod at the muzzle end.

5. Remove the dowel rod and measure from the end of the rod to your mark.  This is the barrel length.

This length may be closely estimated without a dowel rod by following this method: 

1.  Unload the gun.

2.  Pull back the slide and lock it open.

3.  Measure from the end of the barrel where the cartridge is inserted forward to the end of the muzzle, along the side of the barrel. 

 Revolver Barrel Length Measurement

  1.  Unload the gun. 

  2.  Insert a dowel rod of appropriate diameter into the muzzle end of the gun. 

  3.  Slide the dowel rod into the barrel until it touches the face (front) of the revolver's cartridge cylinder. 

  4.  Mark the dowel rod at the muzzle end.

5.     Measure the dowel rod from the end of the rod to your mark.  This is your barrel length.

If you are ordering a holster for your Taurus Judge, we need to know the chamber length in addition to barrel length, specifically whether you have a 2-1/2" or 3" chambered gun. If you don't tell us the right measurement, you may not get the holster that you expected. Please measure your gun properly, and please call or e-mail with any questions before you order.

 

 19. What is my belt length?

PLEASE DO NOT SEND THE OVERALL BELT LENGTH; THIS IS NOT YOUR BELT SIZE!

Your belt size is measured from the fold right before the buckle to the middle hole.

A.  Your belt size is typically the same as your pant size plus 2 inches.

B.  To verify place a cloth measure tape THROUGH (NOT around or over loops) the pant belt loops to get an accurate reading. Where the cloth tape crosses should be your belt size. Pull it as tight as you are going to wear it.

C.  The preferable method is to measure an old belt from the fold to the hole you are wearing it in now. This should be the middle hole if the belt fits properly. 

Do NOT go by the size written on the belt, these have proven to not always be accurate!

 20.  How do I care for the leather after I receive my Diamond D Custom Leather Holster?


Do not oil the holster when it arrives. All of our holsters come pre-oiled and ready for immediate wear.  Oil is not a preservative, do not use it as such.  If you get your holster wet in the conditions that is OK.  Just let your holster air dry or put it in front of a fan.  After it dries you can use some pure virgin olive oil on a damp sponge to re-moisten it.  These holsters are made to last in the toughest conditions, you should not worry about taking special care and "babying" your holster.  Enjoy it, use it, and take care of it.....Our holsters will last you a lifetime!

 21. What type of Gun Models and Manufacturers do you make holsters for?

Diamond D Custom Leather makes all of our Holsters for the most popular firearm makes and models.  You will find below a list of those.  If you do not see your gun on the list, please email us using the Contact Us link on the left of the page and we will see if we possibly just haven't updated our list.  There are too many models of guns to list and the chances are we can make a holster for your gun, this list therefore is not a complete list.

 

Alaskan Survival-M-4 ASM4
Beretta-92 C B92C
Beretta-92 D B92D
Beretta-92FS/M9 B92FS
Browning-Buckmark BB
Browning-Hi-Power BHP
Colt-Anaconda CA
Colt-Magnum Carry CMC
Colt-1911 Commander w/ Rail C1911C
Colt-1911 Commander CC
Colt-1911 Government C1911G
Colt-1911 Govt w/ Rail C19GAS
Colt-Junior CJ
Colt-Mustang CM
Colt-Pony C
Colt-Python CP
Colt-Scout CS
Colt-Single Action Army CSAA
Colt-Trooper MKIII CMKIII
Desert Eagle (50) DE
Desert Eagle - Micro Desert Eagle 380 MDE
FN-FN5.7 FN57
FN-FNP-9 FN
FN-FNP 45 FNP45
Freedom Arms 83 FA
Freedom Arms 97 FA97
Glock-17/22/31 G1722
Glock-19/23/32 G1923
Glock-20/20SF/21/21SF G2021
Glock-20/21 with Rail G21SFP
Glock 20/21 w/ Lone Wolf Barrel Extention 20_21L
Glock-26/27/33 G2627
Glock 29/29SF/30/30SF G2930
Glock-34/35 G35
Glock-38 G38
Glock-39 G39
H&K-HK 45 Compact HK45C
H&K-USP 45 Compact HKU45C
H&K-USP 45 Fullsize HKU45F
H&K-USP 45 Tactical HKU45T
Kahr-P9 KP9
Kahr-P380 KP380
Kimber-1911 K1911
Kimber-Ultra Raptor 1911 I & II KUR191
Kimber 1911 W/ Tactical Rail K1911T
Magnum Research-BFR MRBS
Ruger-Alaskan 44 or 454 (Super Redhawk Alaskan) RA
Ruger-LCP RLCP
Ruger-LCR LCR
Ruger-LC9 LC9
Ruger-LC9 with Crimson Trace 9ct
Ruger-GP100 RGP100
Ruger-Redhawk RR
Ruger Super Redhawk RSR
Ruger-NM Blkhawk RNMBH
Ruger-NM Super Blkhawk RNMSBH
Ruger-NM Super Blkhawk Hunter SBHH
Ruger-New Model Vaquero RNMV
Ruger-Old Model Vaquero ROMV
Ruger-Vaquero Montado RVM
Ruger-P90 P90
Ruger-P95 RP95w
Ruger-SP101 RSP101
S&W X Frame X
S&W N Frame N
S&W K Frame K
S&W L Frame L
S&W J Frame Hammerless SWHL
S&W J Frame j
S&W-Backpacker SWB
S&W-15 SW15
S&W-19 SW19
S&W-28 sw28
S&W-29 29
S&W-57 sw57
S&W-99 SW99
S&W-329 329
S&W-625 625
S&W-629 629
S&W-646 SW646
S&W-651 SW651
S&W-908 SW908
S&W-909 SW909
S&W-4040 SW4040
S&W-5905 SW5905
S&W-6946 SW6946
S&W-317 SW317
S&W-325 THDR Ranch W/ Rail (specify top or bottom) SW325w
S&W-325 THDR Ranch w/o Rail SW325o
S&W-442 SW442
S&W-460 SW460
S&W-500 500
S&W-60-18 SW6018
S&W-66 SW66
S&W-686 SW686
S&W-686P (7 Shot) 686P
S&W-M&P 327 R8 SWMP32
S&W-M&P9/40 Compact SWMP9C
S&W-M&P 9/40 Fullsize SWMP9F
S&W-M&P45 SWMP45
S&W-M&P45 Compact SWMP4c
S&W - M&P Shield MPS
S&W-Nightguard 325/327/329 SWN333
S&W-Nightguard 386/396 SWN386
S&W Governor SWG
S&W-Performance Center Stealth Hunter StHunt
Sig Sauer-220 Compact SS220C
Sig Sauer-Mosquito SSM
Sig Sauer-P220 SSP220
Sig Sauer-P220R SSP22R
Sig Sauer-P225 225
Sig Sauer-P226R SSP226
Sig Sauer-P228R SSP228
Sig Sauer-P228/P229 229
Sig Sauer-P238 SSP238
Sig Sauer - P938 938
Springfield-1911 S1911
Springfield-Marsoc 1911-A1 w/o Rail Marsoc
Springfield-Marsoc 1911-A1 w/ Rail 1911M
Springfield-XD 9/40 Sub-Comp SXD40s
Springfield-XD 9/40 SXD940
Springfield-XD45 SXD45F
Springfield-XDM SXDM
Springfield - XDS XDS
Taurus-444 T444
Taurus -M44 M44
Taurus-PT 24/7 T247P
Taurus-Judge 2.5" Cyl 3" BBL TJ25
Taurus-Judge 3" CYL 3"BBL TJ3
Taurus-Judge 2.5" CYL 6.5" BBL 65
Taurus-Judge Public Defender TJPD
Taurus-Raging Judge TRG
Taurus-Raging Judge Magnum RJM
Taurus-Raging Bull TRB
Taurus-Public Defender POLY POLY
Taurus-PT140 Millenium PT140
Taurus-PT140 Millenium Pro 140Pro
Taurus-Tracker TT
Walther-PPK WPPK
Walther-P99 P99
Beretta Cougar/8000 8000
Kimber-Grand Raptor 2 GR2
Colt-1851 1851
Ruger-380 380
Beretta-PX4 Storm PX4
Ruger-SR9c sr9c
Ruger-SR40c 40c
Ruger-SR9 SR9
CZ-75B 75B
Bersa-TH380 th380
Beretta-Nano nano
Kimber-Solo solo
Ruger-Bearcat bearct
Ruger-Single Six RSS
Glock-20SF Lone Wolf 20sflw
Colt-45 New Agent (1911) 45NA
Ruger-SR1911 SR1911
S&W-329PD 329pd

 22.  How do I wear/adjust my Guides Choice Chest Holster?


The images below do a good job of demonstrating how to put on our Guides Choice Holster.

The Guides Choice Chest Holster is an easy three step process to wear. 
     1. Put your arm through the main harness
     2. Wrap the nylon band around your back
     3. Connect the nylon band to it's clasp and cinch tight until the weight is off
         your shoulders and carried on your chest.
 23.  Fitting issues when your Guides Choice arrives.

Click HERE for a video demonstration of how to make sure your Guides Choice Holster fits properly when it arrives from our leather shop in Alaska.



 24.  Does the Guides Choice come in any darker color?

The guides choice comes in one color, the natural oil finish.  This is just a natural oil that we put on the leather and allow it to tan before shipping it out.  We have found this method will help the holster to last longer by not compromising the leather and also making sure to not have any dye rub off while being worn.  That being said, the leather will tan and darken considerably when worn or exposed to the sun and elements.  If you would like your holster darker than just put it in a window sill, the leather will darken in just a few short days.  Below is an image of a new holster on the left and a used holster on the right.  Notice the difference in color.  The holster on the right has not been treated with anything since it was made about 2 years ago.



 25.  What is the largest size chest that the standard Guides Choice will fit?

The Guides Choice strap system will fit up to a 58" chest comfortably.  If this does not fit you then let us know and we can make a strap that is larger.

 26.  Can I use just one strap system with two or more holsters?

Yes you can.  The option is available online to select "without strap system".  This will save you $30 (the price of the strap system) and you will be able to use the same strap system on multiple holsters.  To exchange the straps just remove the 4 screws and one snap and put it on the other holster.  By doing this however we do recommend that you purchase the extra screws for $5 as you are more likely to loss screws.

 27.  Do you make your holsters to fit guns with lasers or scopes?

No we do not.  Our holsters will only be made to fit the standard gun as put out by the factory.  There are a couple exceptions such as hi-vis front sights (please tell us about that at checkout) and longer barrels such as the long wolf barrel extension on the Glock's however we do not make our holsters for custom guns or scoped/laser mounted guns.  Sorry, we are just too busy to stop production and take the time to hand cut out each different variation.  No exceptions.

 28.  Do you make your holsters for left handed shooters?


Yes we do.  The option of left or right handed draw is available at checkout online.

 29.  Does your Guides Choice Chest Holster come in any color other than Natural Oil?


No, the only color available is our Natural Oil Finish.  Over time and when exposed to the elements it will darken up.  You may notice some variations in the tan color in different pictures, if it is darker it is usually because it was closer to a window in our show room.  For a good example of how it will darken up with use look at the picture in question 24.

 30.  Are you hiring for leather workers or any position?

We are always on the look out to expand our team with skilled and knowledgeable people that are willing to learn.  Customer service is of the most important aspect of our business and individuals interested in joining our team will not only need some experience, but a great hard working attitude.  If you are interested send us an email and we will see if there is a fit to our needs at the time.

 31.  What is the white film on my holster after stored and is it damaging?

When you holster is new or not well broken in and stored in either a dry or cold area for any length of time it can develop a white wax that comes out of the leather.  There is nothing to worry about as this is normal break in.  Not all of our holster do this however this wax is just the oil coming out of the holster and part of the initial break in.  You can take a rag and wipe it down to get the new shine back into your holster.  It will not damage the holster and will stop after the holster if fully broken in.