Galco Delivers the Thunderclap, First in New Masterbilt Series

Galco has introduced the Thunderclap, the first in its new Masterbilt series, which promises to deliver the best-quality, premier-grade holsters for everyday carry or “special-occasion” pistols. The Thunderclap is made from fully lined premium steer hide and features detailed hand-molding for both secure retention and a noteworthy appearance.

The Thunderclap’s smooth leather lining provides increased tactile feedback on the draw while easing wear on more delicate handgun finishes. In addition to being practical, it also enhances the overall look and feel of the hand-crafted holster.

Galco Holsters Thunderclap
The Thunderclap fits belts up to 1 1/2” wide and is available in black or tan.

Of course, looks are good – but the Thunderclap’s near-neutral (vertical) cant provides fast, wrist-locked draw stroke, while its reinforced opening provides an easy, one-handed return to the holster. It is also relieved at the base of the trigger guard, which offers a full firing grip in the holster. The metal-reinforced tunnel-style belt loop also provides excellent rigidity during carry and on the draw, while the Thunderclap’s trailing belt slot aids with concealment – even with large defensive handguns. A molded sight rail further prevents snags on the draw.

About the Masterbilt

As noted, the Thunderclap is also the first in Galco Holster’s new Masterbilt holster series, which promises to combine its finest-quality premium leathers with the skills of its most experienced craftsmen.

“The Masterbilt series is the pinnacle of leather holster construction, unrivaled by anything on the market. Masterbilt holsters get their final drying on a last, a solid form around which the holster is dried,” the company explained on its website. “They’re ready to go – right from Galco – with little or no break-in required. With detailed hand molding and full-grain leather lining, Masterbilt holsters are not only beautiful but supremely functional.”

Key Thunderclap Features

  • Lined, premium steer hide construction
  • Hand-molded by master craftsmen
  • Reinforced mouth and belt tunnel
  • Near-neutral cant
  • Fits belts up to 1 1/2 inch
  • Black or tan

The Thunderclap is now available in black or tan for select pistol models from Colt, Kimber, Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Taurus, Tsias, and Wilson Combat. The MSRP is $249.00.

Peter Suciu is a Michigan-based freelance writer who regularly covers firearms related topics and military history. As a reporter, his work has appeared in dozens of magazines, newspapers, and websites. Among those are The National Interest, Forbes, and many others. He has collected military small arms and military helmets most of his life, and just recently navigated his first NFA transfer to buy his first machine gun. He is co-author of the book A Gallery of Military Headdress, which was published in February 2019. It is his third book on the topic of military hats and helmets.

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