About Us

Hell-Bent® Holsters is owned and operated by founder Glade Smith and his wife Johnnie. Forged from a dream and out of sheer necessity, Hell-Bent®Holsters started with a single sheet of unused Kydex. With it, Glade created his very first product, the “bare-bones waist holster.”

Hell-Bent® Holsters fired onto the tactical scene after their first big order from a gun shop just south of Houston, TX. Glade’s deep passion for guns, survival, and tactical accessories and gear is the root of his business and what drives his motivation for 100% customer satisfaction.

Before starting Hell-Bent® Holsters in April of 2011, Glade ran a custom upholstery business specializing in hot rod interiors. The previous venture gave him the skills and know how to make us what we are today. We are Hell-Bent®!

Why Hellbent?

hell-bent (hel ‘ bent) adj.
Bound and determined to achieve anything at all costs..

Glade’s determination and fire to make the perfect holster gave birth to our company. If you ever ask him where the name came from, he’ll tell ya, “I was hell-bent on making this stupid thing, it was hot as hell in that attic!” He made it all happen by using the skills he obtained from both his schooling and having previously run his own upholstery business. That’s why he brings to you a sense of detail and craftsmanship unmatched by any other holster producer on the market. We’re not exactly heaven sent. We Are Hell-Bent®

Meet the Crew!

We’re not exactly heaven sent…
But we are Hell-Bent!!

And we are family!

Glade & Johnnie Smith


Tommy Freitag

Shop Director

Keifer Bell

President Holster Dept.

Mr. Dirty Murphy

Security Assistant


Head of Security