Meet the Makers: Ted Blocker

Ted Blocker Holsters was founded in 1979 by quick-draw world record holders Ted and Jean Blocker. With a deep interest in quick draw and leather goods, Don and Shelley Brown purchased the company from the Blockers in 1999. From the outset it was a natural fit. 

Don grew up working with his hands. Whether building houses or crafting custom holsters, Don has always been interested in mastering his craft. Ted Blocker holsters have been used in Hollywood movies such as Johnny Depp’s Public Enemies, Miami Vice, Dukes of Hazzard, Cowboys & Aliens, Gangster Squad, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, among others. 

Ted Blocker is located in Tigard, Oregon where skilled craftsmen and women use the best top-grain vegetable tanned leathers. The reasons behind our partnership is their appreciation of quality materials, experience and attention to detail.  

This year will be Don and Shelly’s 39th year anniversary. Their relationship and passion for each other and their business has never been stronger. Since the beginning, Ted Blocker has been one of the highest quality custom holster manufacturers in the USA living by the motto “If you can’t do it right, don’t do it at all”. We couldn’t agree more.


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