Holster design: does your maker use real pistols?
Here's one that's hard to check out: does your holster maker use real pistols when designing your holster (that is, when making patterns and building prototypes and testing them), or dummy guns?
This pic reminded me:
The maker here (from an album on this forum) has used a blue gun for his pic; and I'm not suggesting, nor do I know otherwise, that the maker has used blue guns for design.
But it's an easy practice to fall into; a small armory (I had 50 pistols) is expensive to maintain, and one could easily persuade oneself that a blue gun is 'just as good'. But it's not.
That's because the real-world issues of the pistol are not taken into account with solid castings. Is the holster so tight that the slide moves? Is the holster cut to interfere with the controls; for example, does something flip the safety to off from on, or vice versa? A little bump pop the mag button? The moulding such that it interferes with a trigger, such as a cocked-and-locked 1911? Does a safety strap slip into the trigger guard and interfere with the trigger when holstering? It's a long list; but just imagine combining several of them into a single situation: a 1911's safety gets knocked to fire, a safety strap slips into the trigger guard, BANG! One could only hope the slide was moved out of battery by the tight fit.
So I don't know how you, as buyers, would ever be able to verify that real pistols are used in the design and testing (and final QC) of your holster, as I'd expect any maker to claim they do, even if they don't. Rest assured the big and medium makers use the real thing, I've been in all their factories. But the little boutique makers? You'll have to wonder. Be careful.
Certainly one wouldn't want to be the maker defending in a courtroom. Plaintiff's expert would serve the maker's head up on a platter, for using a dummy gun for design and testing (easily proved which is being used).