The best and one of the largest holster manufacturers in the industry is the Galco brand. Galco International was first founded in 1969 in Chicago, IL where it was initially known as the "The Original Jackass Leather Company" . The original named derived from their exclusive use of horsehide compared to their competitor's use of cowhide. It didn't become Galco International until it's founder Richard Gallagher moved the company to Phoenix, AZ in the early 1980's.
Galco International, best known for it full line of holster products, started out only offering their holsters and gear to armed professionals like law enforcement and military personnel. Their superior workmanship and style have made them the most holster used in movies and television today. They started the Holsters for Heroes program, donating shoulder holsters to deploying soldiers. And a range of their products from concealed holsters to rifle slings have been approved by the National Tactical Officer's Association for tactical use.
Today, the Galco brand is the only commercial holster company that utilizes horsehide leather. And although this material is more expensive and harder to work with, its founder has always felt that this material is superior to that of cowhide leather, and is what helps distinguish the Galco brand from the other holster makers in the industry.
Well known for their quality and the innovative designs of their products, Galco International offers more IWB holster models and CCW models than their competitors. Their high quality line of products include an array of concealment pistol and revolver holsters, paddle holsters, inside the pants holsters, ankle, belt and vertical shoulder holsters, even concealable belts and magazine carriers.
Galco International products are for those who want the best and know the difference. While Galco is not a budget brand of products, they are a leader of the highest quality products.