Rohme has been in the leather business for decades and had the privilege of being mentored and befriended by some of the great American leather holster makers. Rohme’s designs come to him organically, mostly by working cops and concealed weapon permit holders who get an idea of what they need, and bring it to Rohme to work his magic.
The Badger Reload is a design local cops have been requesting for many years, as it combines a holster and spare magazine pouch into one solid continuous piece of kit. He created a weak side draw, pancake-style holster for back-up guns with an integrated pouch in front for the primary handgun’s spare magazine. This design compresses the space needed on the weak side of the body, but allows you to comfortably carry both your spare magazine and back-up handgun.
Rohme makes his holsters out of a multitude of exotic leathers. The only limit is your imagination, wallet and what is available on the market. As a working stiff, I chose my leather based on durability, not looks...but even his standard models are beautifully crafted and esthetically appealing. For the last six months I have been using a pancake-style holster and two magazine pouches Rohme made for my SIG P226R. They barely look broken-in and have served me well. The holster is easily the most comfortable concealment holster I have ever used for a full-size handgun.
What I really like on the DGL design is the small section of leather that rides between the top portion of the slide of the handgun and your body. This keeps the handgun protected from contact with your body and your body from being in contact with the handgun—a good thing for both, as sweat does not play well with the finish on your gun and your body does not like having rough steal pressed into it.
One of the magazine pouches he provided was his Covert Reverse Cant pouch. This pouch is designed to be placed between the belt buckle and the front pants pocket on the weak side. It has a very aggressive rearward cant that, when placed up front as described, allows for a very fast reload. When seated in a vehicle or fighting from the ground on your back, this pouch comes into its own and is another example of DGL’s creative ability steeped in experience.
I continued on through my county looking for something else I might need, that I could also save a lot of money on, by getting locally. A fellow range master and friend of mine suggested I train with Rudy Waldinger at Defensive Firearms Training in Coarsegold, Calif. Rudy has earned a solid reputation with law enforcement firearms instructors in the area of providing top of the line training. Rudy was asked to be the lead instructor for a gathering of law enforcement range masters from all over the area who wanted a chance to train together. Rudy led an event that was challenging and rewarding for this highly trained and knowledgeable group of students.
I contacted Rudy and asked if I could attend his next handgun class. He agreed, and a short time later I found myself with other students on the range receiving a detailed safety briefing. I learned a bit more about Rudy’s background. Rudy had served in the military in his native country, as a paid soldier in Africa, and with the U.S. State Department. Over the years he was involved in a number of shootings.
Rudy’s assistant instructor was a Vietnam veteran who had also been in many firefights. Both men have years of experience as competitive shooters. They draw on their combined combat and competition experience to develop a firearms curriculum that starts with the basics of safe gun handling, and moves the student to more advanced and dynamic defensive use of the firearm.
The class was composed of everything from brand new shooters to those with years of training. Each student was pushed to improve according to our level of competency with the task assigned, regardless of past experience. During the class I learned a lot and improved as a shooter. I have trained with some of the best, but to have an instructor of the caliber of Rudy Waldinger in my backyard allows me to fit more training into my busy schedule and tight budget.
My little California county, with a population of less than 200,000, yielded a custom gunsmith who can make just about anything I want, a high-end AR-15 manufacturer, one of the best holster makers I have ever seen, not to mention a Tier One firearms instructor who can meet the needs of the beginner to the advanced shooter.