Winthrop Holsters

Discussion in 'Holsters' started by afoic2005, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. afoic2005

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    Hey all-

    First of all, no paid advertisement here...just wanted to give an update regarding a custom leather holster company that I've been eyeing for a while called Winthrop Holsters http://www.winthropholsterstore.com/servlet/StoreFront. They're in Lakewood, Ohio (north side of Cleveland area near the lake...hence the clever name...) and in addition to online sales, ebay sales and local gun shows, they also have a store front. They also have a ton of videos and some very positive reviews. The best part is their prices...they're insanely reasonable (great contradiction in terms)...$45-$100 (and the $100 is for a IWB holster-mag holder combo!!!)

    Now for the unfortunate downside: they currently only have a C9A1/C40A1 mold http://www.winthropholsterstore.com/servlet/the-429/Steyr-C9A1-OWB-w-fdsh-Shield/Detail and can make their various different styles of holsters for C9A1/C40A1s & S9A1/S40A1s. Which is great for all the C- & S-series...and not so great for the rest of the M-series.

    However, today I gave their customer service folks a bunch of Steyr-specific info (including this forum as an info source) as well as sources for MA1 blue guns (only $40). I also explained about our forum's loyal following and the limited number of holster makers (specifically leather holster specialists) that currently support Steyr pistols, after which I heartily encouraged them to get molds for the M9A1/M40A1 and that they would be more than paid-for once folks found out about their availability and the great prices.

    Here's where y'all can help out...check out Winthrop's website and videos (lots on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/WInthropHolsters?feature=watch). Based on that, if you're interested in one of their pieces for our favorite brand, email their customer service department at sales@winthropholsters.com and encourage them to get the blue gun so they can start M9A1/M40A1 holster production! From this specific section, I know I'm not the only one that wants to the get a good quality leather IWB for an M9A1 or an M40A1. Let's give them a reason to make us some gun leather!

    If anyone has any questions, please let me know-thanks!

    afoic2005
     
  2. Kennydale

    Kennydale New Member

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    Nice looking leather holsters and decent price, plus they make one for my Ruger SR40C, THANKS
     

  3. afoic2005

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    Yeah, they make some nice stuff and glad that you can get one for your Ruger. That being said, I was hoping more folks would be jumping on the M9A1/M40A1 leather holster bandwagon...Hopefully, we'll be able to get Winthrop to purchase the MA1-series mold so they can start making MA1 holsters (maybe we can even convince them to make an open-ended IWB so that the LA1 series will work too!). If anyone is interested, please post a reply and then contact Winthrop to tell them you want one!
     
  4. Derosa54

    Derosa54 New Member

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    The site looks interesting. I would consider one (IWB & OWB) for my M9.
     
  5. tinman

    tinman New Member

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    I'm not sure why it wouldn't work for the M9A1
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  6. afoic2005

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    Tinman-I was optimistically thinking the same thing, that the SA1 mold would work to make holsters for the MA1 pistols, especially since they're hand-boned & wet-molded leather and would stretch with a little bit of effort. However, I was looking at the dimensions and the 0.5-0.6 inch-difference in length (0.5 inch differential for the S9A1-M9A1 & 0.6 inch differential for the S40A1-M40A1) will make the holsters incompatible, since Winthrop makes them with a semi-closed bottom. I'll post a couple pics if I can get them to upload properly.
     
  7. afoic2005

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    Here are a few of the images as promised. The C-A1 is self explanatory but i thought the other pics gave a good idea of the craftsmanship & quality, especially the shark open-top stiffener/accent on the 1911 holster & the USMC embossed crest on the SIG piece.
     
  8. MGSalazar

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    Sir, I own a Steyr M40A1 and would love one of the Winthrop holster. Would you please inform me when they do start to manufacture them. Thank you in advance. Would they happen to make Level 2 holsters? As I will be starting to work as a Level 3 guard. Again, thank you Sir.
     
  9. afoic2005

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    MGSalazar-

    Glad to hear that there are more folks interested in Winthrop's products. That being said (& I don't mean for this to come across harshly or as a flame) but as I mentioned above I have no affiliation with Winthrop Holsters. The best recommendation I can give you is to call Winthrop (www.WinthropHolsters.com, 800-216-3217 or www.facebook.com/WinthropHolsters) and add your name to the list of requesters. I believe yours would be the third name on the list which was their threshold for the blue-gun/holster-mold purchase (if memory serves). That way, they can get the mold for the M-A1 series pistols, which would in-turn jump-start production.

    To answer your question about retention holsters, finding a strict definition of a " Level 2 Holster" is nigh on impossible. Winthrop does offer a thumb-break option (see YouTube link & pics) if that's what your looking for but for further retention options, you'll have to check in with their customer service (she's very helpful!).

    Hope all that info helps and please let them know you're interested!

    Winthrop Judge Thumb-Break Video: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-he0RoF882M&desktop_uri=/watch?v=-he0RoF882M

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  10. JeeperDana

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    I just sent them an email asking about M-A1 series holsters. Brown leather please.
     
  11. Drzzit

    Drzzit New Member

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    I ordered an OWB for a S9-A1 and now just waiting to get home to see how it's going to fit. (I'm an OTR trucker) Will update when I get home and let You know what I think.
     
  12. Nelsonholsters

    Nelsonholsters New Member

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    Would mind sharing the link to the blue guns for $40
     
  13. Eddythedog

    Eddythedog New Member

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    Agreed - is there also a S9 blue gun?
     
  14. Drzzit

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    Sorry it took so long, but the Winthrop holster is very nice. The finish was great and the stitching is very good. Holster fits very tight at first but with using a plastic bag, it stretched out fine. Only fault is that the mold used was a little bit off, so that the tip of the front triangle sight is making a small groove on the inside, but it doesn't look like it's going to be a problem.
     
  15. BrianG

    BrianG New Member

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    I realize this isn't exactly what you were looking for, but I do have a C9-A1 holster from these folks and simply wanted to recommend them. For the price, the quality is almost ridiculously good. It would be worth it for the folks on here to take a moment to send an e-mail with your suggestion. Being that an "L" series is in my immediate future, I sent an e-mail suggesting they look into creating holsters for both the "M" and "L" series. For those looking for a good quality holster for the "M" series right now, check out Falco Holsters. Also excellent quality at a good price.
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  16. afoic2005

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  18. jmart211

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    Added note, if you call Winthrop about the C-A1 series holster, which also fits the S-A1 series, they can offer you any leather or color option you'd like. They only offer black online but I spoke with them and custom leather/color orders can/will be taken over the phone only. Thought this might be useful info.
     
  19. Cyanide

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    I am another highly satisfied Winthrop customer. I was very pleased with the fact that from the time I placed my order until the holsters were at the house waiting was 4 days. I know that is due in part to them having the models I needed in stock but as far as quality goes, I am pleased. I did not have a long turn around time for a product compared to others costing much more.