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Scott Reitz’s ITTS is top of the line for anyone from absolute beginner to seasoned law enforcement or military personnel (www. InternationalTactical.com).
In addition to its excellent gunsmithing, Robar offers a bewildering selection of coatings that can be mixed and matched to meet your precise needs and specifications (www.RobarGuns.com /customfirearm-finishes).
I used two different holsters for this course. The one in the photographs is the work of Horsewright Clothing and Tack’s Dave Ferry, who also makes custom knives. The carving is done by his wife, Nichole, who also makes vests, wild rags and a wide range of leather goods for cowboys. Everything they make comes with a lifetime guarantee—no questions asked (www.horsewrightclothing.com).
I also used a Wright Leather Works holster (the Predator model), which has an extension that fits between the exposed portion of the slide and your body. I believe it was developed to protect your waistline from the slide, but it was recommended to me because a shirt can rub against the thumb safety of a M1911 and take it off safety. It’s not an issue, because you still have both the grip safety and the ultimate, primary safety (your finger), but I thought I would try it. It worked like gangbusters (www.WrightLeatherWorks.com).