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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 Sport Holster

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 holsters.

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 models.

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 Rosen ARG Holster

Mitch's most popular models include the Premier, the ARG, and the 5JR.

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 Rosen:

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:

 

 
Mitch Rosen Workman RH Holster for Glock 27 Brand New
Mitch Rosen Workman RH Holster for Glock 27 Brand New
   $75.00
Holster Mitch Rosen USD-EXP 1911 5
Holster Mitch Rosen USD-EXP 1911 5" IWB Leather
   $47.00
Mitch Rosen left hand Ruger LC9 leather holster
Mitch Rosen left hand Ruger LC9 leather holster
   $50.00
Mitch rosen Ruger SR9/SR40 Holster & belt
Mitch rosen Ruger SR9/SR40 Holster & belt
   $110.00
Mitch Rosen Sig Sauer 229 RH Holster ARG Model IWB
Mitch Rosen Sig Sauer 229 RH Holster ARG Model IWB
   $50.00
Ruger SR22 holster Mitch Rosen Made in USA
Ruger SR22 holster Mitch Rosen Made in USA
   $62.00
MITCH ROSEN EXPRESS LINE RUGER SR9 LEATHER HOLSTER - RH.
MITCH ROSEN EXPRESS LINE RUGER SR9 LEATHER HOLSTER - RH.
   $69.74
Mitch Rosen Custom Black Tiger Shark Right-Hand Inside-the-Waistband Glock 29/30
Mitch Rosen Custom Black Tiger Shark Right-Hand Inside-the-Waistband Glock 29/30
   $200.00