Some folks come to us because they heard rumors that we will custom build a shell for your specific rig (Rig= Any combo of Pistol and/or Light/laser, and/or optic). Heck, even our own website mentions that we custom mold our shells to fit your firearm so we can understand the confusion. This will hopefully shed light on the difference.
Custom Fit: A custom fit holster from Alien Gear Holsters will be a holster that has been custom molded to a specific pistol and/or optic and/or light/laser combination. This means that we have a mold created custom to fit that specific pistol with or without a specific combo of specific optics and/or light/laser attachments. If we do not show an option that fits ALL of the options you run on your rig specifically, we likely will not have a holster that fits for your needs.
Custom Order: A custom order is asking us to build a one off or "spot order" outside of what we offer on our current "Search by Gun" list. We would not be able to offer this service. Our R&D team do extensive research to ensure that holstering, drawing and carrying from the shell we create can be done so safely, efficiently and comfortably. Since this process cannot be done with a "one off" mold we would not offer it as an option. This is also true in respect to the design of our holsters. If you are wanting special sizing or design we would not be able to provide this for similar reasons as our inability to create a custom mold for you. If our R&D team has not put it through their testing process ensuring it can be used safely, efficiently and comfortably.
"Well couldn't you just take my gun and use it for the mold?" The answer to this question is "no" and here is why: When we mold a shell it requires the pistol or a mold of said pistol but it also requires a frame and a cut file. Also creating a mold from the "live" pistol can subject the pistol to extreme heats and we do not want to risk any harm to a customers pistol. (Enter picture examples of a mold gun, frame and Trim cabinet using cut files)
"Could you use my gun to make a mold?" The answer to this question is also "no" and here is why: When we create a mold from a live pistol, the whole pistol gets completely submersed in silicone. This silicone gets inside the inner workings of the pistol and we have a certified gunsmith that does this whole process including completely tearing the whole pistol down to the last part, cleans, lubricates and reassembles the pistol. In some of these instances we use non functional pistols but for the live guns we run the risk of them never being 100% clean and functional again. This is not a message we want to have to deliver to one our customers so we will not offer this as an option.
"What if I sent you a "blue gun" to mold?" (A non functioning, plastic replica of a pistol, sometimes with specific lights/lasers/optics also included in the mold) The answer to this question is still "no" and here is why: We learned our lesson early to use blue guns as molds for shaping Bolteron shells. The molds we make are a much harder polymer than the blue gun material. Blue Guns are designed for safe training not for molding. They can warp, shrink or expand under different heat and conditions. This puts the shell at risk to not fit the actual firearm.