Real-world solutions to real-world problems. This isn’t just a nice sounding slogan. This was the genesis of StealthGearUSA. This brand does not exist, and these people would not have come together for this work, without the experiences and passions of the founder, Paul Laemmlen.
In his own words: This all started the day my loaded handgun fell out of a poorly-designed IWB holster and onto the floor of a busy retail establishment. That holster (manufactured by a major US holster company) was retired that day to the reject holster box. I take seriously my responsibility as a father, grandfather, husband and citizen gun owner to be safe and protective first and foremost. After an exhaustive search for a better IWB holster, I was disappointed with the poorly-conceived and over-priced offerings on the market. Don’t get me wrong, I love leather craftsmanship, but I was not looking for a beautifully crafted piece of leatherwork to be hidden away and soaked with sweat every day. I was also disappointed with the leather/Kydex hybrids and their claims of being the “most comfortable holster available.” After field-testing several, I knew there had to be something much more comfortable than a Kydex shell riveted to a piece of leather.
I knew there were videos all over YouTube that tell you how to make the same thing in an hour for $20 or $30. I knew that I needed to build myself a better holster. I grew up on a farm, working with equipment and tools, where I was always having tinkering, making repairs, finding ways to get work done in a better way. It’s in my nature to make improvements, to do a job just the way I believe it should be done, without any compromises. So I was confident that, with a little trial and error, I would be able to build an IWB holster without moisture-trapping leather, with completely synthetic materials, ventilated, and padded for comfort. It would need to be lighter and tougher than other holsters on the market. I was looking for rock-solid confidence knowing my holster would always perform flawlessly, and also be comfortable. After a nationwide search for the best and most specialized materials available, my unique IWB holster began to take shape.
“My original intent was to just build a holster for myself…”
My original intent was to just build a holster for myself, but after many friends and family members asked me to make one for them, I quickly realized that this holster design could be the answer to what many other gun owners are looking for. With numerous design and material improvements along the way, and after extensive field-testing, the StealthGearUSA VentCore® IWB Holster evolved into what I believe is the best and most innovative IWB holster on the market today. That one product – which I did not actually create to be a product sold to anyone – was the beginning of StealthGearUSA. StealthGearUSA started in my basement and by the end of our first year we shipped holsters to all 50 states and 9 countries. Our products have received great reviews from trusted publications and reviewers such as Guns & Ammo magazine, Hickok45, The Truth About Guns, Guns.com, Gun Digest magazine, and many more. I still read almost every single review and comment from our customers. This connection to real users and authentic positive impact on people is what’s most important to me, and to StealthGearUSA.