Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you make your holsters in left hand?
A: All holsters and accessory carriers in the Rudy Lozano's lineup are offered in either right, or left hand configuration.
Q: What is the difference between cowhide and horsehide?
A: One of the more notable properties of horsehide is its natural ability to repel moisture. This is due to the dense cell structure of the hide thus limiting its porosity. This natural ability to repel moisture makes it very useful for certain applications, particularly for use inside the waistband. Horsehide is also somewhat rustic in appearance in comparison to cowhide.
Cowhide is graded at the tannery in direct relation to the percentage of scar, range marks and other surface imperfections on the hide. Grade (A) being the best, is what we order from the tannery and a true Grade (A) will generally, but not always, be devoid of any surface imperfections.
Horsehide on the other hand, basically only comes from the tannery one way, un-graded and usually with plenty of the above imperfections. On the bright side, much of the scaring, stretch and range marks common on much of the horsehide we get today, is present in unique patterns much like figured wood. Since horsehide is unpredictable in its grading, you must accept the fact that any horsehide product you order from us may exhibit some of the above characteristics and is not considered by us to be a defective product. Any horsehide we use in our products is guaranteed to be structurally sound, regardless of any natural markings that may be present on the surface. I guess the bottom line is if you expect from us a clean holster, devoid as much as possible of any natural markings, order cowhide.
On the durability issue there has been much BS circulating on the mythical wear characteristics of horsehide. I will not argue that a well made horsehide holster will give you many years and possibly a lifetime of good service, but with proper care a good cowhide holster will last just as long.
Q: Why does it take so long to have a holster made?
A: One of the most frequently asked questions is "Why does it take so long to have a holster made?" The answer is that the demand for our product has always exceeded our ability to produce. It doesn't take so long to actually make the holster, its the processing of the hundreds of orders that are ahead of yours that keeps us behind.
Q: What can I do to maintain the appearance of my new leather?
A: Nothing much needs to be done other than an occasional waxing to help maintain appearance. That applies to items with the smooth-out finish only! You can disregard most of the advice put out on the various internet forums suggesting applications for holsters that are better suited for a pair of boots, or on a saddle. On holsters and belts of our manufacture- do not use silicone, oil, or product that advertises itself as an aid to help soften leather- Period!
Angelus has a product we use called Lustre Cream and it is available in both cordovan and black. Fiebings, Carnauba wax is also a good protectorate for smooth leather, but will oxidize on the leather surface if not used or buffed occasionally.
Q: How important is it that the holster be fitted to the width belt I will be using?
A: It's about as important as selecting the right size shoes for your feet. A sloppy, loose fitting holster on the belt will not allow the holster to perform its intended function and that is to help stabilize of the butt of the gun in regards to both accessibility and concealment. Comfort, concealment and ease of weapon presentation, is as much a result of a proper holster loop to belt width relationship, as is the firmness of the belt that will be the foundation of your carry package. Check out our belt page for more info on this.
Q: Can I make additions to, or change my order after the order is placed?
A: We will allow addition or change to a customers order, as long as the addition is made within 10 calendar days from the date the order is originally placed.
Q: How to measure belt and gun barrel?
A: Here is an image with the instructions