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Rough Or Smooth Side Out?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on July 31st, 2006

You’re ordering an IWB holster for your pea shooter and we ask you the question – “roughout or smoothout?”  The question is, do you want the outside of your holster to show the “flesh” side (rough) of the leather or the smooth side?

Traditionally, Inside the Waistband holsters were made roughout so that they “grabbed” your clothing a bit to stay in place better.  Today, that may not be necessary, especially with better belt clips and double-clip IWB holsters.

With a single clip holster like the Tucker Cover Up IWB, I personally use roughout.  To discover more about the Tucker Cover Up IWB, the Cover Up Plus and the Cover Up J-Frame, just go to http://tuckergunleather.com/ and click on the “Inside The Waistband Holsters and IWB Mag Pouches” button. It’s the third button down.

rough1a-1b.jpg Just the image to see their full-blown elegant functionality.

As I was saying, keeping it roughout helps keep it in place even though the belt clip works fine. The downside to roughout is that it gets “grody” looking over time and it’s hard to clean.  Personally, I use sandpaper on it.

It does help keep it in place even though the belt clip works fine. The downside to roughout is that it gets “grody” looking over time and it’s hard to clean.  Sandpaper is what I use on it.

With a double-clip holster, like the Tucker Texas Heritage IWB, many people order smoothout for looks.  It will look good for a long time (even though it’s hidden in your pants) and your clothing will move easily over the holster as you sit, stand and walk.

In the trio of Texas Heritage holsters below, you see the roughout version bracketed with two smoothout versions.

rough2.jpg Just click the image to see their full-blown elegant functionality.

One other question we get is about having smooth leather facing inward toward your gun. Does that protect the finish?  It does to a degree, because smooth leather is less likely to collect dust and grit over time. 

The “nap” of the leather on the rough side will compress pretty rapidly with use so having the rough side in toward your gun doesn’t wear the finish any in most cases.  If you have a concern, ask us about it.  We have a “secret” that addresses having rough side in if it’s an issue for you.

One thing that Tucker does automatically on Texas Heritage holsters is make the backside with the leather “flipped” to have the rough side toward your body and the smooth side toward the gun. 

The reason?  Over time we have learned that in hot, humid weather, smooth leather next to your skin feels sticky and tacky and uncomfortable. It’s that kind of useful, common-sense thinking that has our customers saying:

“Tucker Gunleather gives you a lifetime of elegant functionality.”

Call or click today and get a holster you deserve. Tucker makes his holsters with such craftsmanship, we guarantee them for a lifetime.

If you have further questions, we’re just a phone call or email from answering it. And if you have a comment, just post it here and let everyone else see how smart you are.

One Response to “Rough Or Smooth Side Out?”

  1. Tucker Gunleather Blog » Blog Archive » Rough or Smooth Out - from a Customer’s Point of View Says:

    […] I have two different Tucker Cover Up IWB holsters for my Glock 32.  One is rough side out and the other is smooth side out. I have found that the rough out stays in place a whole lot better for me than the smooth out does.  (link to prior blog post on roughout and smoothout here.)  […]

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