Galco was founded by Richard N. Gallagher in 1969 as a small family business in Chicago, Illinois. Known then as "The Original Jackass Leather Company", Gallagher specialized in holsters constructed of horsehide.
In 1980 the name of the company was changed to Galco International, and in 1983 the business was moved from Chicago to its present home in Phoenix, Arizona. Already famous for high quality and innovative designs, Galco holsters gained worldwide notoriety when Don Johnson chose to wear the Jackass shoulder rig in the popular TV series "Miami Vice". Now known as the Miami Classic, this shoulder holster continues to be the most famous, recognizable, and imitated (but never duplicated) shoulder holster rig ever made.
Not only does Galco continue to be the favorite choice of Hollywood's hottest stars, but most branches of the military, federal law enforcement, and most local law enforcement agencies have put Galco holsters to work for them. Likewise civilians have found Galco to represent the highest quality the industry has to offer. From our Premium saddle leather, Ballistic nylon, and of course horsehide, to the designs that have made Galco Holsters famous, Galco continues to be "for those who demand the best... and know the difference."