Mitch Rosen Holsters
Based in New Hampshire, Mitch Rosen started in the
gun holster business in 1991. According to Rosen, he got into the holster business because he could do a better job
making holsters compared to what was on the market. Originally, the company was called "Mitchell Leatherworks", and
you can still find some older Rosen holsters that bear that company stamp.
Rosen later changed the company name to "Mitch Rosen Extraordinary
Gunleather". Although Rosen makes an entire range of holsters, he is best known for his line of concealed carry
Rosen's holster line can be a bit confusing as he makes gun
holsters in 4 different lines: Express line, Standard line, Slim line, and Exotics.
Express line - The Express line is the budget
version of Rosen's holsters. The Express line is only available in certain models and doesn't have all the bells
and whistles like handboning and stitched in sight rails. All Rosen dealers are only allowed to carry and
stock the Express line. The largest Rosen dealer is Dillon Reloading as they carry a large number of Rosen Express
Standard line - This is a step up from the
Express line and features most all the standard features like handboning, stitched in sight rails, etc.
Slim line - The Slim line is only available for
select IWB holsters and is produced with a different process so they are very slim in width.
Exotic line - Like most custom holster makers,
Rosen also offers a very expensive line of exotic hides and skins like elephant, shark, ostrich, and shell
cordovan. If you are looking for a one of a kind holster, then the exotic might be an option for you. Be
forewarned, they are not cheap.
Mitch's most popular models include the Premier, the ARG, and the
The Premier is a strongside belt holster that attaches to the belt
with two snap straps. It's very easy to put on and take off as well as being comfortable. The Premier rides at a
forward cant and features something that Rosen calls an "offset" construction for the holster body.
The ARG is one of Mitch's original designs and one of his oldest
holster models. It's designed as a strongside or behind the hip. The ARG was originally named after Massod Ayoob,
but was later changed to stand for the American Rear Guard.
The 5JR is Rosen's best known belt holster model and comes in a
couple of different versions including a slide model, an open top model, and a thumb break version.
In addition to gun holsters, Rosen also offers a full line of
matching mag carriers and belts. While he really focuses on the major popular weapons (Glock, Sig, Colt), he also
makes for other models as well.
A few points that will help you if you decide to buy a
For starters, all new Rosen holsters are unbelievably tight.
There's a good chance that you won't be able to get the weapon out the first time you fully insert in a brand new
holster. Mitch Rosen markets a product call Leather Lightning that I highly recommend if you buy a new Rosen. If
you don't, it will take months to get one properly broken in.
If you are buying new, the only place to get a standard Rosen,
slim line, or exotic is direct from Rosen. Depending on the model you want, expect to wait 5-8 weeks for these
holsters to be completed.
Here are a few Mitch Rosen holsters that are ready to be purchased
now without the wait: