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Why Aren't There More Alien Gear Pistol Holsters For Laser Sights?

One of the questions we get a lot is why we don't have more models of pistol holsters for laser sights. It's not that we don't; we definitely do.

With that said, we get a lot of questions where people ask us if we happen to make a holster for their pistol with the laser or light that they have. You'll notice that we do make some gun holsters with attachments but the selection is much narrower than our standard gun library.

One of the most common questions that people asked us at the 2019 NRA Meetings was "do you make a holster for a X gun with a laser?" Trust us, it's not that we aren't aware that these things are out there.

Making Laser/Light Holsters Is Kind Of Like Making Red Dot Holsters

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Why don't we offer more laser/light holsters? Well, it's pretty much the same reason why we don't have any red dot holsters at the moment.

You see, it's not as simple as you'd think.

WHICH laser? On WHICH gun? If you just ask us "why don't you make a holster for a Glock 9mm with a laser?"

Which 9mm Glock? And which laser or light? There's a HUGE degree of difference between, say, a Glock 34 with a Nightstick TWM 850XL light and, say, a Glock 43 with a Streamlight TLR-6. The former is a really big gun with a really big light; the latter is a small gun with a small light.

We Deal In Custom-Molded Holsters


So, part of how Alien Gear Holsters operates is that we make custom-molded holsters. They're made for the exact make and model pistol that you order. If you order a holster for a pistol with a laser/light attachment, it's made for that exact make and model pistol with that exact make and model laser/light attachment.

In order for a holster to carry securely, as well as provide a reliable draw AND reliable reholstering (the primary jobs a holster does!) it is necessary for it to be fitted for the make and model pistol that the person using it is going to carry. Sometimes there's some wiggle room, but for the most part, it's the most reliable way to make a gun holster.

Why bother telling anyone this? Seems pretty obvious, right?

We have to make a holster for a precise make/model pistol with a precise make/model holster, or else it won't function to our standards. We don't accept "eh, that'll do" here. It works as it should or else it goes on the scrap heap.

Now, making a mold for a specific make/model pistol takes time and investment. If there isn't sufficient demand for a specific make and model pistol with specific make and model laser/light combo, then we don't do it.

We can't give you the actual numbers, but we can give you an idea of how popular laser/light attachments actually are.

The M&P Shield is a VERY popular carry gun; Shield holsters are some of our top sellers. (It's usually somewhere between #2 to #4 every month, jockeying with the Sig P365 and Glock 43.) Now, we also offer a holster for the Shield with the factory laser, which is a Crimson Trace Laserguard. Very popular gun, with the laser that Smith and Wesson actually install at the factory. Tough to get more popular than that...right?

Going by last month's sales (again, we can't give you numbers) the Shield with factory laser is less than 20 percent as popular as the bog standard Shield 9mm. Earlier we mentioned the Glock 43 with TLR-6. The Streamlight TLR-6 is a very popular laser/light attachment...or so you would think. In fact, Glock 43 with TLR-6 holsters sold slightly less than 5 percent as well as the standard Glock 43. The most popular Glock 19 with laser was the 19 with Crimson Trace Laserguard...and we sold less than 0.5 percent as many as the standard 19.

Now, some people have slagged us online and elsewhere for not offering more holsters for lasers/lights...but the ones we do have are very popular pistols with very popular lasers/lights...and we don't sell too many of them.

We'd love to buy the world a Don Draper (wait...that's not how that line goes) and make a holster for every single make/model gun with every single make/model laser/light and red dot. But, just as with making holsters for red dot pistols, if there aren't enough people who are going to buy it...

Unfortunately, the bottom line does have to intrude at SOME point. It's unpleasant, but that's business.

But...all hope is not lost.

We Do Add New Pistol Holsters For Laser Sights

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If you check our available holsters every so often, you'll notice new additions and among them are new pistol holsters for laser sights. We DO requests for them, after all! The companies who make the laser sights also occasionally talk us into making a holster for a popular pistol/laser combo.

For instance, here are some recent additions:

And there are more in the works! So it's not so much, as you can see, that we have a strict no-laser policy. It's more the case that while we want to be able to make a holster for every pistol under the sun and for every red dot and every laser...Alien Gear Holsters is a business, and unless we know the demand is there for a specific gun, with a specific attachment...we're pretty sure you get the idea.

Want A Specific Pistol Holster For Laser Sights? Please Tell Us!

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If there is a specific pistol holster for laser sights that YOU want, please tell us about it! We love to hear from our fans, existing customers, and pretty much anyone else!

Get in touch with us somehow. Call or email our customer service. They can be reached at 208-215-2046, or you can drop us a note through our Contact Us form. We do monitor these things.

You can also contact us through social media, such as through Facebook, Twitter and other social media networks.

Look, the more requests we get for a specific make/model gun with a specific make/model laser/light, the better the chances that we'll actually produce a holster for it.

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