In honor of the 100th anniversary of John Moses Browning's 1911 ...
Finally, a holster worthy of carrying it.
Celebrating the popularity and longevity of one of the most recognizable and venerable designs in handguns, Dragon Leatherworks is please to offer the Talon, a holster originally designed with the 1911 in mind, then expanded to include a wide variety of compact through full size semi-auto pistols by Sig, S&W, Springfield Armory, Glock, Para Ordnance, CZ, Taurus, and many others.
Naturally, I've retained the classic Dragon Leatherworks tradition of being "overbuilt," designing the Talon specifically to make OWB (on the waistband) an easily concealable method, while retaining good looks and an eye-catching sillhouette for those who wish to OC (open carry) their sidearm using either a Strong-Side draw, or Cross-Draw.
I approached the design of the Talon from the ground up, asking 1911 owners for input on what they felt were the key aspects of a solid 1911 holster. I took the suggestions, tried a few designs, and the result is a holster that is as tough as it is good-looking.
The Dragon Leatherworks Talon line of Holsters now available to accomodate Crimson Trace Laser Systems!
Don't just acquire your target, influence it!
I simply love the Crimson Trace products so much, I wanted to start making Talon versions to accomodate the Laserguard® line of targeting aids. To that end, we're pleased to announce that we now fit our signature Talon line of holsters to the Laserguard® to certain Glock and Springfield XD/XDm handguns. We've also improved the design of our regular Talon offerings, with a scallop and curve to the top leather panel, so that all standard Talons can now accomodate the Crimson Trace Lasergrip®
For Glocks, we can fit the Talon to the following models equipped with the Laserguard® LG-436
Gen 2 / Gen 3 models 19/23/26/27/32/33/36/39
Gen 4 models 19/23/26/27
For Springfield XD/XDm, we can fit the Talon to all models equipped with the Laserguard® LG-448 in all sizes and calibers, with the exception of Gen 1 models with single-notch rails.
Standard Talons will now fit any pistols equipped with Crimson Trace Lasergrip®
- The pancake design hugs close to the body while the combat cut body sheild allows for excellent grip and draw of the firearm should it be neccessry.
- Molded to your specific firearm for a snug and secure fit.
- Belt slots standard, Yaqui-style belt tunnels available.
- Available with or without body sheild.
- Allows for the proper placement (on the hip) so as to have the most efficient and fastest draw possible.
When you place an order for a Talon, you'll have a few choices. Body shield or without? Standard belt slots or a Yaqui-style belt tunnel? If you'd like an exotic skin featured on your Talon, you'll get to pick a color for the diamond shape trim.
Below are a few samples to help you visualize the design of your one-of-a-kind holster.
Photo Courtesy of ©Oleg Volk
Owned by Breda
Your hand-made Talon is a $135 investment. Current lead time for assembly & shipping is 14 weeks. If you order your Talon today, it will ship on June 17, 2014. We do not export to foreign countries.
Be aware that the Talon is built for is a standard leather dress belt, 1.5" wide and 1/8" thick. If you intend to use the holster with a gun belt, please make the proper selection below!
Build Your Own Talon
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"One of the things about this holster is that, well, it's gorgeous. I'm a functional guy and typically don't pay much mind to aesthetics and looks when it comes to guns. If it shoots and works, I go with it. But that's a fine looking holster. The finish still looks great after months of carrying it several times per week, including at the beach, a few times while mowing (to see how it held up), and in the rain."
- Say Uncle
"Even the Officer's size 1911 is a heavy SOB in all-metal guise (nearly 38 ounces loaded), yet the Talon distributes the weight very evenly."
- Jay G of MArooned
"The holster doesn't dig or pinch, or chafe, but still carries the butt of your gun tight enough to keep from excessive printing."
- Weerd Beard of Weer'd World
"Not that mass produced holsters are bad... but the Dragon Talon is a whole step above. It's like comparing a very nice factory built Remington 700 varmint rifle to a hand tuned M-24 sniper rifle from the Army precision shooting shop. Both are rifles... and that's where the comparison ends."
- Art of CarTeach0
"The stitching was tight with no strands hanging out and the thick leather looked like it would stand up to some abuse."
- Rob Allen of Sharp as a Marble
"I've found, as have other women shooters ... that other manufactuers holsters are sometimes too big and we find that our jeans will bunch up badly on the holster side. This didn't happen with the Talon even with a belt that wasn't really heavy."
- Brigid of Home on the Range
"... the aesthetics of the piece are wonderful, the construction sturdy, and the wear extremely comfortable."
- Stingray of Atomic Nerds
"... Let me say first off, the work is outstanding! All the seams are even, the stiching is excellent with no flaws, and the 'scollop' I wanted as a finger guide is in the right place, even though it was only discussed over the phone. Dennis' attention to detail is excellent, as is the fit and finish."
- Old NFO of Nobody Asked Me
"... Lifetime warranty. Custom holster worthy of court or BBQ. Handmade one at a time to your specs. What's not to like? Why haven't you ordered yet? "
- ZerCool of Plumbum Et Circenses
"... Things that have been made skillfully and thoughtfully by hand have an incomparable beauty - and something that's been custom made especially for you by a talented craftsman is quite a treasure indeed."
- Breda of The Breda Fallacy
"First impressions: It's very well made, with thick, stiff leather, uniform stitching, and a beautiful finish. Mine is burgundy with the "black burst". My first-gen Kimber Classic Stainless fit it tightly, and the trigger is completely covered by the holster."
- Kevin of The Smallest Minority
"Once I put the holster on I was really surprised, from reading about the holster online I thought the holster would ride pretty low and this be a problem for concealment. In honesty it rode nice and high and my normal cover garment worked without any issue."
- Michael of Tactical Tupperware
"...As for the holster, I finally got a little time to examine it when I got home today. Have to say..... my friend, you do damn fine work. It will be a pleasure to take my own photos and review the holster on the blog, and not so much a pleasure to pack it up and send it off to a new owner."
-Carteach0 for the Wounded Warrior Prize donation of a Dragon Leatherworks Talon
"I really was that surprised to see something that thin be that stiff, and honestly I'd rate the finish on yours as dead equal to the [Milt] Sparks VMII. Rough interior ties, and all the stitching and dye and tooling looks like they could've both come from the same shop. The only place I'd say they really had you is on the break-in time, and if that's somebody's deciding factor they've got more than a couple issues to work out (especially with yours coming in cheaper)."
-Tom from New Mexico
Designed For These
1911 Platform 3" All MFR's
1911 Platform 4" All MFR's
1911 Platform 5" All MFR's
Beretta PX4 Storm Full Size
Bersa Firestorm .380
Bersa Thunder .380
Bersa Thunder CC .380
Bersa UC .40
Bersa UC .45
Bersa UC 9mm
Colt 1911 3"
Colt 1911 4"
Colt 1911 5"
Colt 1911 6" Longslide
CZ 75 COMPACT
CZ 75 Full Size (1976 - 1980)
CZ 75 P-07
CZ 75-B Full Size (1981 +)
FireStorm Mini .40
FireStorm Mini .45
FireStorm Mini 9mm
Glock 19 w/ LG 436
Glock 23 w/ LG 436
Glock 25 w/ LG 436
Glock 26 w/ LG 436
Glock 27 w/ LG 436
Glock 28 w/ LG 436
Glock 32 w/ LG 436
Glock 33 w/ LG 436
Glock 36 w/ LG 436
Glock 38 w/ LG 436
Glock 39 w/ LG 436
HK 45 Compact
HK 45 USP
HK P2000 (USA Version)
HK SOCOM 23
HK USP .40
HK USP 9mm
Kimber Compact 4" 1911
Kimber Custom 5" 1911
Kimber Custom II 5" 1911
Kimber Pro 4" 1911
Kimber Royal II 5" 1911
Kimber Stainless II 5" 1911
Kimber Ultra 3" 1911 Platform
Kimber Ultra Carry .40
Ruger LC9 w/ LaserMax Centerfire
Ruger LC9 w/ LG 412
Ruger SR9c w/ LG 449
Sig P220 w/o Rails
Sig P220 w/Rails
Sig P229 DAK
Sig P229 w/Rails
Springfield Armory 1911 GI
Springfield Armory 1911 Loaded
Springfield Armory 1911 No Rails
Springfield Armory 1911 w/Rails
Springfield Armory EMP .40
Springfield Armory EMP 9mm
Springfield Armory XD 3" SubCompact
Springfield Armory XD 3" SubCompact w/ LG 448
Springfield Armory XD 4" Service
Springfield Armory XD 4" Service w/ LG 448
Springfield Armory XD 5" Tactical
Springfield Armory XD 5" Tactical w/ LG 448
Springfield Armory XD(m) 3.8" Compact
Springfield Armory XD(m) 3.8" Compact w/ LG 448
Springfield Armory XD(m) 4.5"
Springfield Armory XD(m) 4.5" w/ LG 448
Springfield Armory XDs .45 cal 3.3"
SW MP 40 Compact
SW MP 40 Full Size
SW MP 40 Full Size w/ Crimson Trace LightGuard
SW MP 45 Full Size
SW MP 45 Full Size w/ Crimson Trace LightGuard
SW MP 9 Compact
SW MP 9 Full Size
SW MP 9 Full Size w/ Crimson Trace LightGuard
SW MP Shield .40 cal
SW MP Shield 9mm
SW SD 40 Full Size
SW SD 40 Full Size w/ Crimson Trace LightGuard
SW SD 9 Compact
SW SD 9 Full Size
SW SD 9 Full Size w/ Crimson Trace LightGuard
SW Sigma 40V
SW Sigma 40V w/LG 406
SW Sigma 40VE
SW Sigma 40VE w/LG 406
SW Sigma 9V
SW Sigma 9V w/LG 406
SW Sigma 9VE
SW Sigma 9VE w/LG 406
Taurus Millenium Pro .40 cal
Taurus Millenium Pro 9mm
Taurus PT 1911 No Rails
Taurus PT 1911 w/Rails
Taurus PT-145 w/Rails
Walther PK 380
Don't see your gun listed here? Let us know what kind of firearm you have before ordering, and we'll let you know if we can secure the right model to make sure your Talon is a perfect fit.
Below are samples of the exotic skins available for the DL Classic.
Be aware that due to differences in monitor settings, these colors should only be used as an approximation.
Tiger Stripe Stingray
Why buy a Dragon Leatherworks Holster?
Because it's a quality American-made product at an affordable price.
These hand-built holsters are made with the ultimate renewable resource: leather.
This classic material has been the partner of firearms, carrying and protecting the ultimate self-defense tool that man has created, for over two centuries.