Prohibition-Themed Holsters from Flashbang Holsters

What’s a good way to set your new holster line apart from the competition?

Call it the “Prohibition Series” and give each holster a name like “Capone” or “Baby Face.” Style counts too, so make everything in black leather with either red or blue stitching.

That’s exactly what Flashbang Holsters (makers of the famous Flashbang bra holster) has done. They’ve had holsters named after pinup models for years – I’ve carried a J Frame or LCR in a “Betty” holster for quite some time. But the “Pinup Collection,” as it was called, was intended for use by women, while the Prohibition Series is intended for men.

The most popular model seems to be the Capone, a hybrid suede-backed leather/kydex inside-the-waistband holster. But there are open top and thumb break leather outside the waistband holsters, too, as well as a kydex-reinforced pocket holster. The OWB versions are fairly basic, if stylish, and there’s a matching kydex-reinforced belt too, if you so desire. As with other leather products from Flashbang, the quality of the workmanship is very high – at least judging by my past experiences with leatherworking, which basically just involved earning the Leatherwork merit badge as a Boy Scout.

I actually kinda like the way the belts look.

I actually kinda like the way the belts look.

Why name the holsters the “Prohibition Series?” The owners of Flashbang Holster see current efforts to restrict firearm ownership in the United States as akin to the ban on alcohol consumption and production in the ’20s and ’30s, and the gangsters, however flawed they may have been, as fighting against unjust restrictions.

Given that a (very) distant relative of mine, Roger Touhy, was one of Al Capone’s main rivals, I really can’t bring myself to use a “Capone” holster. But if the pretty brisk sales on the NRA show floor are any indication, my one-man stand isn’t going to make much of a difference to their bottom line.

Andrew Tuohy

Andrew Tuohy was a Navy Corpsman with the 5th Marine Regiment. He makes a living by producing written and visual content within the firearm industry, and he also teaches carbine courses. He prefers elegant weapons for a more civilized age, and regularly posts at Vuurwapen Blog.


  • noob

    What style would a “Touhy” holster be? If you designed it (and Rick Taylor endorsed it) they may yet let you name it.

    • Lolinski

      Shoulder rig intendd to either hold a sawed off pump shotgun or a sawed off Browning BAR.

  • LJK

    “What’s a good way to set your new holster line apart from the competition?”

    Advertise it on a blog would be my guess.

  • wetcorps

    Do they make one to conceal carry a Thompson? ^^

    • Anonymoose

      Flashbang-brand violin cases. :3

  • So they are marketing their holsters to the organized crime or gansta/thug culture? Naming your firearms related products after criminals is questionable when the firearms community is trying to break the guns=crime stereotype pushed by the media. The gun industry is their own worse enemy.

  • Chucky

    1920s themed holsters? Then what’s that IWB Leather/Kydex hyrbid doing on the table? Colored stitching doesn’t really come across as 20s gangster for me either. Would be better off doing stylized surfaces like a double rope basket weave or pinstriped to match your suit.

  • SInce they have embraced alcohol-tax criminals, what will the next line be? Serial murderers? Politicians? Rapists?

    • noob

      at the risk of being completely tasteless:

      the zodiac holster. it holds a knife and a gun and a mask?

      the binladen. it’s a piece of rope to tie to an ak74u

      the atta. it is a carry on bag that holds a boxcutter.

      the bryant. it is a gym bag that holds two ar15 magazines.

      on the other hand, do you remember when every gun store had a spraycan gold ak for sale because saddam had a few 24karat plated rifles in his collection? well, it’s lousy politics, but more than a few sold and some people don’t mind making a buck even if it’s totally crass.

  • gunslinger

    what about the untouchables? at least a Ness…

  • Dan

    I bought a “Capone”, and it is a nice holster that so far seems very comfortable. I think it is funny that they went with these names. Lighten up a bit. My wife got a pretty good laugh out of it when she saw the name. The price was great, and below retail, too. ($44 at my LGS.)