VM-2, Horse or Cow?

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    Go with the horse, it looks amazing.
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    Horse, with no name.
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    If trying to decide between Horse and Cow hide, you might want to go to Gary Brommelands page HERE and read why he chooses to use Cow Hide over Horse Hide in the manufacture of his holsters.

    I found it to be very interesting and informative!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    If trying to decide between Horse and Cow hide, you might want to go to Gary Brommelands page HERE and read why he chooses to use Cow Hide over Horse Hide in the manufacture of his holsters.

    I found it to be very interesting and informative!
    Interesting article, although that hasn't been MY experience with premium horsehide holsters. They held the gun perfectly, yet molded to my body and were comfortable from the start.
    Given the choice, it's horsehide for me!
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    I must say Kevin's picture of his VM-2 in horsehide and shark is a very beautiful holster! A-1

    What I do like about the Brommeland is for pistols with ultra short barrel's like the XD sub compacts, he has an extended leather "wing" at the bottom of the holster which helps keep the holster against your body to keep the "top heavy" butt of the gun with a high-capacity magazine from "rolling over" the top of the belt causing it to stick out away from the body.

    I have found that to be kind of a problem with some IWB style holsters when worn on guys who tend to have a bit of a gut on them. My Brommeland is glued to my side with no flopping around what so ever!

    Note: I have not tried a Sparks VM-2 however.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bark'n View Post
    If trying to decide between Horse and Cow hide, you might want to go to Gary Brommelands page HERE and read why he chooses to use Cow Hide over Horse Hide in the manufacture of his holsters.

    I found it to be very interesting and informative!
    And from the MS website;

    What is the difference between cowhide and horsehide?

    One of the more notable properties of horsehide is its natural ability to repel moisture. This is due to the dense cell structure of the hide thus limiting its porosity. This natural ability to repel moisture makes it very useful for certain applications, particularly for use inside the waistband.

    Unlike with cowhide, horsehides non-porous nature reduces its ability to fully absorb the casing solution during the forming process, making it much more difficult to get good crisp detail of the weapon when molding around the gun. Also for the same reason horsehide tends not to absorb the dye and finishing materials as evenly making it in my opinion, somewhat inferior in that respect to good cowhide.

    On the durability issue there has been much BS circulating on the mythical wear characteristics of horsehide. I will not argue that a well made horsehide holster will give you many years and possibly a lifetime of good service, but with proper care a good cowhide holster will last just as long.

    Some of our holsters combine the use of both horsehide and cowhide, taking into advantage the desirable attributes of each material. So which material is better?? That is a personal preference issue. Where horsehide is available as an option, the choice is yours.


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    Kevin - You just cost me some money. The picture of your's looks so good that when my order confirmation came today and I immediately called to change it to horse with shark trim.

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    Always go for horse hide. My wife and daughter have 9 horses on our 20 acres around our house and making a holster out of them is the best use I can think of for them. My Rhino and Prairie ATVs are much more useful then a horse will ever be. I've also got a Kramer IWB horsehide holster for my Baby Eagle .40 and it holds it's shape very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ridurall View Post
    My wife and daughter have 9 horses on our 20 acres around our house and making a holster out of them is the best use I can think of for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MitchellCT View Post
    If you are going for a high class holster, go whole hog.
    A bacon holster would be classy.

    Horse in the hands of a leather craftsman is the way to go.
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