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Our Story

About Us

We are an innovation company dedicated to bringing to market new and inventive products that will enhance the lives of those that have committed to carrying concealed every day.

The core of our industry leading designs is our patented Ventcore® technology that has made our holsters the standard of excellence for comfort, retention, and access to and protection for the firearm it carries. Every year since 2015, at the firearm industry’s largest annual trade show and exhibition, over ten thousand voters have awarded our holsters as “The Best Guns and Gear” for our Ventcore® family of holsters. We believe it is our dedication to building the ideal “every day carry” holster that is custom designed to carry a specific firearm model in all weather conditions that has made our Ventcore® products the choice for concealed carriers worldwide.

Our hand-built products are made in American Fork, UT with materials that are sourced in the USA. We offer several configurations of carry options including: Outside-the- Waistband (OWB, multiple options for Inside-the- Waistband (IWB), and two types for Appendix-Inside- the-Waistband (AIWB) holsters. Our Appendix+ holster is a unique offering in the hybrid holster market as it accommodates a firearm and an extra magazine on a single platform.

In addition to our vast catalog of holsters and mag carriers, we offer a carefully curated selection of flashlights, utility tools, knives, and other EDC essentials from only the most trusted brands. All of this is driven by our mission to help others live the life they want to lead with products that have been made ready for when it matters most.

Our Story

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.

From the Founder: It 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 pile.

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 tucked in my waistband and soaked with sweat every day.

Non-bendable, all-Kydex® holsters were out of the question because to be comfortable, I felt that a holster needed to be flexible, not create pressure points. 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. There are videos all over YouTube that tell you how to make the same thing in an hour for $20 or $30.

I finally decided that I needed to build myself a BETTER holster. I grew up on a farm, working with equipment and tools, where I was always tinkering, making repairs and finding ways to get work done in a better way. I was confident that, with a little trial and error, I could find the right materials to design and build a holster that improved greatly upon current offerings available. I needed a safe, rock-solid holster that would always perform flawlessly. It would need to be built without moisture-trapping leather, with completely synthetic materials, vented, and padded for comfort. It would need to be lighter, tougher and more comfortable than other holsters on the market. After a nationwide search for the most specialized materials available, my unique IWB holster began to take shape.

My original intent was to just build a holster for myself, but after seeing the first VentCore® versions, many friends and family members asked me to make one for them, and I quickly realized that this holster design could be the answer to what many other firearm owners were looking for. With numerous design and material improvements along the way, and after extensive field-testing, the StealthGearUSA VentCore® IWB Holster was born and evolved into what I believe is the best and most innovative IWB holster on the market. That one product – which I did not actually create to become a commercial product, was the beginning of StealthGearUSA. It started in my basement in 2012 and before the end of 2013 we shipped holsters to concealed carry customers in all 50 states and 9 countries.

Today, StealthGearUSA ships hundreds of orders daily to responsible citizens worldwide and provides the most comfortable and reliable high-performance gear to some of the greatest Military and Police forces, Defense agencies and Special Operations teams in the world, from the United States to Australia, South Africa to Switzerland. Our products are now in well over fifty nations throughout the world in a myriad of situations that demand the very best. We are pleased to do our part for the professionals who keep us safe, regardless of the flag of freedom they serve under.

Award-winning, made in USA, VentCore® holsters have received accolades from leaders in the firearms industry such as Guns & Ammo and American Rifleman magazines, Hickok45, Shooting for Women Alliance, The Truth About Guns, Guns.com and many more. Our StealthGearUSA team is dedicated to a culture of excellence and a philosophy of creating and building gear that instills confidence to take on real life missions, and perform when called upon.

We invite you to give our gear a try, and look forward to you joining the StealthGearUSA family.

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