Interest in fast draw competitions led Ted and Jean Blocker to open their own holster business in 1972. Jean set a world record of .31 second on a David Frost television show taped at Knott's Berry Farm. Ted was a bit quicker with a record draw of .29 second. In 1985, they moved Ted Blocker Holsters to San Dimas, California. However, being raised in Oregon, Ted and Jean later moved the business to the Portland area.
In 1999, the Blocker's sold the business to Don and Shelley Brown. Don began his career in the holster industry in the early 80's with the George Lawrence Leather Company. While with the Lawrence Company, Don had the privilege to create a beautiful flower-carved Western Buscadero Rig that was presented to President Ronald Reagan. When the Lawrence Company stopped production in Portland and not willing to leave the beautiful state of Oregon, Don continued to produce holsters as DB Leather. Now, with Ted Blocker Holsters, Don is able to combine his expertise gained at both companies to produce high quality leather goods.
Ted Blocker holsters and accessories have been used in several movie and television productions such as Alien Nation, Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai, and Indiana Jones The Last Crusade along with Simon and Simon, Dukes of Hazzard, Hunter, and most notably, Miami Vice. Sonny Crockett, played by Don Johnson, wore the Ted Blocker Lifeline Shoulder Rig the first season and into the second season of the show. More recently, holsters have been created for several television productions such as Saving Grace with Holly Hunter, Southland's John Cooper played by Michael Cudlitz, Private Practice, Sons of Anarchy, and for Agent Seeley Booth of Bones starring David Boreanaz. Recent movies include Terminator 2, The Changlings, Public Enemies staring Johnny Depp, Cowboys & Aliens, and Gangster Squad.
Don and Shelley are both hunting and shooting sports enthusiasts. Don has had the privilege of attending classes by Massad Ayoob and Clint Smith. Shelley spent a weekend of defensive pistol training at Gunsite Academy. Both are NRA members and have been Single Action Shooting Society members since 1997 shooting under the aliases Coho Kid and Brassy Shell.
Ted Blocker Holsters 4500 square foot manufacturing facility and showroom is located in Tigard, Oregon, approximately 12 miles south of Portland. Our showroom is open Mon-Fri 8am-5pm. Skilled craftsmen use only the best top-grain vegetable tanned leather. All holsters are hand oiled or dip dyed in the Tigard facility. Refinished or "painted" split leather is not acceptable for Ted Blocker Holsters. Every holster is molded to fit the gun, and over 350 gun models are available. All edges are sanded, beveled, buffed and finished with an edge coat. Attention to detail and customer service is what makes Ted Blocker Holsters stand out above the rest.