Friday, 16 March 2018. Winter is just starting to let up here at Trailmaster Holsters in Fairfield, Montana. We’ve had record snowfalls this year and it was a chore to keep our roads plowed. In fact, our bottom access road is closed with a solid 4-foot drift almost the entire length! I anticipate it opening sometime in mid-April.
My wife, Dawn, resigned from substitute teaching to help me keep up with the administration duties of running the business which includes keeping me in line! Dawn has made a huge difference in just a few weeks and while she has been with me all along, she is all in now! I couldn’t have a better partner. So, if you see her name on paperwork, you know she’s on board!
March 2018 marks 9-years since Trailmaster Holsters opened for business. Creating and running a business where you are the designer, craftsman, manufacture and salesman all in one is not an easy task. Even after 9-years it still requires long days averaging around 12-hours a day to make ends meet. As an example, the average tactical holster takes 2-plus days to make and at an average sale price of about $180, you can see the hourly wage doesn’t buy a lot of steaks. However, I take great joy in knowing the products I have created will be in use long after I’ve left this earth. The fact is, it isn’t all about the money, it is about building a quality and uniquely American made product.
There are so many upsides to owning an operating Trailmaster Holsters it is hard to list them all. What isn’t hard is listing the best part, and that is the customers. We have the absolute best customers. Who would have thought when I created this business I was creating a platform for new friends! And sometimes, when my new friends receive the custom holster I’ve built for them, they send me a thank-note like this one I received yesterday: “Howdy, Earl. Went to the post office this afternoon and the box was in. Came home and opened it and what a surprised guy I was. What a beautiful holster and ammo loop carrier. Lin and I went to the Bozeman Cabin Fever Gun Show on 10 and 11 March. There were a few holster makers displaying their works, but none of theirs came close to your leather holsters. I'm glad that I got up on that Tuesday morning and watched the Bozeman KBZK Morning News on their Montana Business show. Am sending some pics of my GP100 in your holster. Aren't they a perfect match? Thank you so much, Earl. Jack”
Yep, I love building holsters!
I’m Earl Southard, owner/operator of Trailmaster Holsters. Thanks for visiting my website. I hope you find my site interesting and easy to navigate. Please don't hesitate to give me a call at 1-406-467-2884 or drop me an email at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Since I maintain this website along with building and designing all of the holsters you see here, this site is a continual work in progress. Keep checking back to see if we’ve added any new holster lines or products. Once again, thanks for considering Trailmaster Holsters!
The following is a list of firearms I design and build holsters for: Ruger’s Redhawk, Super Redhawk, Super Blackhawk, SP 101 and GP 100 revolvers. I also make holsters for Smith & Wesson’s N-Frames and the big X-Frame revolvers such as the 460 and 500.
Click picture to view holsters made specifically for the Ruger GP-100