Red Nichols is the "Yoda" of Holster Designers. 

American Handgunner,  2017

Welcome . . .

G'day, I'm Red Nichols, and my holsters for professionals were once made right in here in my shop located in sunny Queensland Australia. I retired from that in Jan 2000 but you can receive free updates to Holstory by visiting


ALL NEW in 2018:

"HOLSTORY - Gunleather of the Twentieth Century".

The full-sized 224-page book that is filled with the biographies and color images of the makers, holsters and guns that created gunleather history 1905-1985.

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Red Nichols joined the gunleather industry over a half-century ago when he apprenticed as a designer/maker to world-renowned John Bianchi in 1970.  He spent the decades of the 1970s and 1980s developing all of the Bianchi Holster Co.'s American-made product line and setting new benchmarks for gunleather performance and construction.


Then came the 1990s and his Nichols Innovation Co., the world's first consulting design service to the holster industry, where he created more industry standards for holster companies including Aker, DeSantis, Galco, Shooting Systems and dozens more.


Now after another two decades in Queensland, Australia designing and building the ultimate horsehide gunleather, finally Red has retired with 50 years' service to gunleather and hung up his shop apron forever.  Visit his gunleather blog, though, at!


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