Posted August 13, 2018 10:30 am by Comments

By Jacki Billings

Dark Star Gear offers Kydex holsters the company says can withstand both regular carry and the rigors of competition. (Photo: Dark Star Gear)
Dark Star Gear has maintained a quiet appeal for years, confined largely to word of mouth and internet forums, but the holster maker is steadily gaining fans as consumers gravitate towards the company’s solid engineering and exceptional quality.
Dark Star Gear sprang to life in the warmer months of 2008 as founder Tom Kelley was on the hunt for a standard pancake holster design. Despite his best efforts, Kelley just wasn’t finding exactly what he needed from the designs currently on the market.
“I wanted a few tweaks from the standard pancake design that had a long lead time,” Kelley told “Lots of other makers were coming outta the woodwork to fill the demand but none were too terribly interested in the nuance stuff I wanted to change.”
Kelley soon took matters into his own hands. Locking in the principles and design by fall 2008, by October of the next year, Kelley had crafted a few designs that he listed for sale on forums and the initial response was encouraging — the holsters were nabbed almost immediately by eager consumers.


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