Milt designed the original Hackathorn Special in the mid 70’s and named it after his friend and fellow IPSC founder, Ken Hackathorn. The Hackathorn Special was a high-ride, muzzle-forward rig for 1911’s that incorporated the adjustable tension welt that was the heart of our 200AW and Gold Label rigs.
Today the Hackathorn Special is no longer available for semi-autos but the concept and name have evolved into this highly popular revolver holster. The main difference between the HSR and 200AW holsters is the absence of the hammer shroud on the HSR. Also, the 200AW is not offered in the muzzle forward configuration, which makes the HSR ideal for those who prefer a cross-draw holster for hunting or field use.
In construction we use two layers of 6½ -7oz vegetable tanned leather bonded and stitched together, leaving the smooth finish on the inside and outside of the holster. The adjustable, slotted welt is skived and tapered to prevent the welt from backing out once the screw is tightened. It is then meticulously hand stitched in place for long lasting durability.
Standard cant is muzzle to the rear (FBI style rake). Straight drop or muzzle forward (cross draw) available on request. Please specify when ordering.
The HSR is available for most revolvers with barrel lengths up to 7½ “. It can be fitted to belts up to 2” wide. Colors available are black, cordovan or natural (tan)
All prices include shipping and handling unless otherwise noted.
Browse for in stock tension welt holsters here.
Model: HSR – Standard, cowhide. – $240
Model: HSR – Fully trimmed in shark. – $360 (+ $20 an inch over 5″)
Model: HSR – Fully trimmed in elephant. – $445 (+ $30 an inch over 5″)
Options available: (add to above price)
Additional Length Charge in cowhide (over 6″) per inch $20
BSK – Basket stamping $50
DS – Decorative stitching (loop and diamond) $40
BS – Border stamping $30