5 SHOT LEATHER, LLC - Finely Crafted Custom Handgun Leather



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This year's 1st Place entry from the World Leather Debut. This makes 3 wins in a row, and is only the second time that anyone has taken 1st Place in 3 consecutive shows in a single category.



I am John Ralston, and 5 SHOT LEATHER, LLC. Making craftsman quality gunleather has been my passion for the past 10 years, and I could not have done it without the love and support of my wife and family. Having two jobs is not easy on anyone, and without my wife to pick up the slack, this venture would have surely failed. I have spent countless hours taking care of customer's orders while she takes care of everything else!

Every item that leaves the shop is hand crafted by myself, and I take great pride in each and every piece. My goal is to provide each customer with a piece of equipment that is a great value and one that they can be proud to wear. I strive to use the best materials available, so that a superior product can be expected.

As you browse my web site, you may see exactly what you are after, but if you don't, just ask. I am more than happy to create a truly custom piece to your liking.

I owe a great deal to the legendary Lou Alessi. Lou shared many, many tips, tricks and secrets of the trade, and is responsible for the quality of the work that I produce today. I could not have come this far without his help, and I am very grateful for that. His passing this year is a great loss to us all, but I am glad that I had a chance to meet him and have him call me a friend. I will truly miss him.

I have also been influenced by the designs, craftsmanship and friendships of others in the business, including Joshua Bulman, Matt Del Fatti and Tony Kanaley of Milt Sparks. I aspire to someday produce holsters that can be compared to the works of art that these three gentlemen create.

Thank you for looking,

John Ralston



The web site looks great, and I wanted to thank you publicly for the very kind words you had to say about me helping you.

What little help I was able to give you wouldn't have mattered if you didn't have the talent, the passion, and the drive to stick with it, and improve your product with every holster you made.

I've seen the transition from hobbyist to professional over the last couple years, and it's been my pleasure, and honor to have had a small hand in your development, but make no mistake, you did this yourself.

I'm proud to call you a friend, and I wish you all the success you deserve.
You have 'arrived' my friend.


1911Forum.com 3.31.06 - Reprinted here, with the permission of the late Lou Alessi - 10.28.1944-2.21.2009



Hopefully 2017 will see lead times shorten drastically for all orders.  I have not had my books open for some time, in an effort to get my head above water.  I have been making good progress this spring.

Look for another special run for Wilson Combat, later this year. Not sure what model it will be, but it will be spectacular!

Stay tuned for more info about special runs of some of my more popular models.









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