Kramer® Handgun Leather was founded in 1983. We were introduced to the world market in the December '89 issue of Petersen's Handguns. Since then, we have developed a following of savvy pistoleers in over 150 different countries. Whether it be U.S. Secret Service protection details or Top Secret government covert ops teams, Kramer® Handgun Leather has become the choice of the armed professional. Our acceptance among this close-knit fraternity has been the result of a fundamental business philosophy: "Produce the very best product of its kind, sell it at a fair price, and treat every customer as we would like to be treated."
Quality is the hallmark of Kramer® Handgun Leather. From day one, it has been a near obsession around our shop. We have received international acclaim as a leader in the design and manufacture of superior quality gun leather. The name Kramer® Handgun Leather is your assurance of unsurpassed quality, and an unwavering commitment to client satisfaction.
Kramer's original holsters are made from premium horsehide. This outstanding leather is the finest material for holster making. Its glass-like inner surface is very gentle on a gun's finish and requires no lining. Our impact has been felt within the industry. Other holster makers now offer horsehide as a custom option. We were (and still are) the ONLY maker to work primarily with horsehide. We are now pleased to offer select models in Premium Cowhide, for those who demand traditional Kramer® quality and design, at a lower price. Over 35 individual hand operations go into making Kramer® holsters. We lockstitch every holster with double rows of black nylon or Dacron® thread. Old-fashioned paste wax and elbow grease are used to bring out a rich, subtle luster in the leather. Edges are hand burnished to a brilliant sheen. Sight tracks are permanently molded into each holster. No effort is spared to bring you the finest possible gun leather.
We do not offer thumb breaks on our holsters. We realize some law enforcement and military agencies require the use of thumb breaks, and we will be happy to supply holsters with thumb breaks on a multiple piece, agency order. LAW ENFORCEMENT and MILITARY ONLY. Call us for details.
We want to thank our many steady clients for their continued loyalty. If you are new to Kramer® Handgun Leather, we are confident that once you've tried our holsters, you too will agree—a superior holster cannot be had at any price.
We want our holsters to be the finest gun leather available
We want to provide you with a level of customer service that makes YOU feel good doing business with our company
We want you to be thoroughly and completely satisfied with your experience at KRAMER Handgun Leather
In the spring of 1976, Ed Vogler, my oldest, dearest friend introduced me to Gene DeSantis of DeSantis Holster & Leather Goods Company. I started working for DeSantis on a part-time weekend basis and quickly moved into a full-time position. At the time, DeSantis was in a barn in Long Island, New York and I was the only full-time employee learning the basics of holster making and design. In 1978 I moved to the state of Washington.
For the next five years, holsters were a hobby, not a business. I learned more and more about leather craft and honed my design skills. I made holsters solely for myself and a small group of friends.
In 1983 my wife suggested that we turn my hobby into a part-time business. KRAMER Handgun Leather was born. At this time we named our business PRO Line Handgun Leather. A trademark dispute with another unrelated company lead to our changing the name to KRAMER several years later.
By 1985 we were enjoying a reasonably successful, albeit very local holster business. We were networking with the local police officers and gaining valuable insights from them about professional carry techniques.
For the next five years, I worked full time as a mail carrier, and full time as a holster maker after delivering my route. I would skip lunch and breaks each day and run my mail route down so that I could take leave without pay at the end of the postal day and go home early to work on holsters. Five years in the Post Office gave me the time to refine my design skills and plot a direction for the holster business to take. Each day I would deliver the mail, keeping just enough presence of mind to make sure that letters went in the right mailbox. My mind was off in space designing a holster that I would make later that night, or dreaming of the day I would get a big break and be written up in a gun magazine.
The big break came in the fall of 1989. A soldier from Fort Lewis called and asked to come over and discuss a holster. I made several holsters for this individual over the next few weeks. Finally, he asked me if he could write an article about our holsters and submit it to a gun magazine. Naturally, I said OK, but I was somewhat skeptical of the chances that an article by an unknown writer would see the light of publication.
Three months later Duane Thomas came over to the shop, a big grin on his face, holding a contract for article publication from PETERSEN's HANDGUNS, the most prestigious of the handgun magazines! A couple of months later in the December 1989 issue of the magazine, Duane's article was finally in print. One month later I was so flooded with work that I gave notice to the Postal Service and haven't looked back since. This was the start of new careers for both Duane and I. He got out of the Army and is now a prolific, well-respected gun writer and author.
Several highly placed individuals at PETERSEN PUBLISHING were extremely instrumental in the success of our business. In particular, Jan Libourel, editor of HANDGUNS magazine and Geoff Steer, publisher of GUNS & AMMO and all of the other PETERSEN Outdoor Group magazines were very helpful by introducing me to significant players in the firearms industry and in getting magazine coverage for us. I couldn't begin to thank them enough for the support they gave us in the early days when we were launching the business on a national level, and for their continued support over the years. We have always viewed their support and friendship as a real blessing.
Through media coverage, the business grew, and we met many professional people who gave us their ideas and input. New designs were born from ideas presented to us by members of U.S. NAVY SEAL teams and other elite covert ops groups. As the business grew, we began to hire and train employees. Larger work spaces were needed. What was once a hobby and part-time business had become a well-known contender within the industry so much so, that we were awarded a registered trademark on the name KRAMER. To register a surname, you must prove that it has taken on a secondary meaning. No small task!!