Galco® International was founded by Richard N. Gallagher in 1969 as a small family business in Chicago, Illinois. Known then as "The Famous Jackass Leather Company," Gallagher specialized in holsters constructed of horsehide.
In 1980 the business was moved from Chicago to its present home in Phoenix, Arizona, and in 1983 the name of the company was changed to Galco International. Already famous for high quality and innovative designs, Galco gained worldwide notoriety when the Jackass shoulder system became a recurring character on the popular 1980s TV series Miami Vice. In the new century, Galco continues to be a favorite choice of Hollywood, appearing in more films and TV shows than any other holster maker.
Perhaps more importantly, Galco remains a major force in real-world firearms usage. Military and law enforcement personnel around the nation and across the world are issued and use Galco products everyday use and in the Global War on Terrorism.
With the rise of Shall Issue concealed carry laws in 41 states, hundreds of thousands of lawfully armed citizens have chosen Galco to carry their defensive handguns. With holsters for every practical carry position and holster handbags for female gun carriers, Galco has become the choice of law-abiding Americans who prefer to go armed.
From premium saddle leather, ballistic nylon, advanced thermoplastics and of course horsehide, and for almost every conceivable firearms use, Galco continues to be, "For those who demand the best... and know the difference."