Milt Sparks Holsters: Summer Special 2

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To talk about the Summer Special 2 (or SS-2), we have to touch on the OG. The original Bruce Nelson Summer Special, designed in '67, is arguably the most iconic IWB holster ever made. Milt Sparks began producing his Summer Special (or S/S) in the mid-70's with Bruce's permission to help meet the demand that Bruce alone could not. Milt's Summer Special took the design, and tweaked it to add some of his own additions. You can read up more on the Summer Special's design and features on our Summer Special page.

Fast forward to 1992, and the Summer Special 2 is released from Milt Sparks. It builds off of the original Summer Special while incorporating features from other Milt Sparks Holsters models. The medium-low ride height, "FBI" rake, and close carry positioning makes the SS-2 one of the most concealable holsters from Milt Sparks while still riding high enough for full, fast access to the entire grip. Features include:

  • Like the original Summer Special, the SS-2 is traditionally offered with a rough-out cowhide construction with smooth out mouth band and loops (but unlike the original, is available in black with horsehide construction).
  • Steel-reinforced cowhide mouth band that makes sure that the SS-2 stays open and ready, even when empty and being pressed in by your belt and pants.
  • Integrated sweat guard works double time to keep your sweat from contacting your gun, and keeps the hard angles and uncomfortable components of your gun from pressing into your soft squishy bits.
  • Like the original, the SS-2 features sewn in sight rails to give clearance for your front sight, so there are no snags when drawing or re-holstering.
  • One-way Snap loops for easy donning and doffing, that are easily removable and replaceable.

Note: these holsters are not optics-ready unless denoted on the model selection with "Optics Ready". Optics compatibility depends on the exact optic you are using, so be aware that some will not fit.

For more information on Milt Sparks Holsters and a guide to help you determine which holster is right for you, check out our article featuring Jason Burton of Heirloom Precision.

Notes on Leather:

Cowhide leather (and other hides) is a truly wonderful material. It has been used since the dawn of man to protect and aid us apes, and it's still the go-to material for premium gear for the same very good reasons. It is strong, comfortable, and beautiful. It smells good and feels good. Knife sheaths, EDC gear, holsters, boots - you name it - it looks and feels amazing in leather. "Leather sounds amazing, what's the catch" you might ask? Well, the "catch" is only a "catch' if you have the wrong attitude towards leather. See, the aspects that make leather oh-so-wonderful, are also the aspects that make it unique - literally. Specifically, leather WILL change and develop its own character over time. As you use it and it breaks in, the colors will patina, it will get softer and more comfortable, and it will tell its own story after days and years of daily use. It also will scratch if you scratch it, wrinkle if you bend it, and generally change colors and shades if you touch it. Each and every hide used will have its own unique character representative of its origins.

This is a GOOD thing - but we have to address the elephant in the room: if you are not someone that likes how a material ages and changes, leather might not be for you. There are plenty of amazing modern materials that change very little with use, and if you are someone that likes a clinically clean aesthetic and wants your gear to stay that way over time, those are likely better alternatives suited to your tastes versus the leather option. Additionally, when someone wants a nice piece of leather, they want to get that new leather goodness that has not yet been worked over by some other chimp. That being the case, we have special rules regarding ordering, handling, and if it comes up, returning leather goods. So if you are thinkin' about buying some leather gear, you should REALLY read our Leather Guidelines and Return Policy so you don't monkey something up and find out you can't return it.

  • Rake: "FBI" rake, ~18 degrees Rearward
  • Medium-low ride height
  • Sewn-in Sight Rails
  • Premium cowhide and horsehide construction (depending on variation)
  • One-way snap belt loops
  • Fits up to 1.5 inch wide belts
  • For right-handed users (holster on your right side)
  • Made in Boise, Idaho, USA
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