A batch of my new model, the OSSS (Old School Speed Scabbard). These
feature Elephant trim and my Antique Brown dye. These are part of a
Custom Collaboration with one of the top 1911 Shops in the country.
I will post an announcement on my Facebook Page when they are up for
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,
web site looks great, and I wanted to thank you publicly for the
very kind words you had to say about me helping you.
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.
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
proud to call you a friend, and I wish you all the success you deserve.
You have 'arrived' my friend.
- Reprinted here, with the permission of the late Lou Alessi - 10.28.1944-2.21.2009
2013 was my best year ever, with production
far outpacing previous years. Unfortunately, orders have continually
outpaced production over the last 3 years.
In order to make some headway on
order backlog, I am closing my order books until the end of May.
I am hoping to know a big chunk out of the backlog and get leather
to those who have been patiently waiting the past 18 months for
I am not looking to hire additional help,
as the tasks suited to an apprentice don't really help me a great
deal and I would be spending more time training them when I should
be focussed on finishing holsters. In addition, one small mistake
could result in ruined rig, and then I am even further behind. I
am keeping the idea iin the back of my head, but it doesn't really
fit in with my goal of producing heirloom quality holsters.