"Why in the Hell do you want to change your company's name?!"
I got asked that by a good friend almost a year ago when I came up with the concept. I had spent a lot of time and effort building up Personal Security Systems (psholsters.com) to the level that some of the most qualified and respected individuals were recommending us. So why change? Well, first of all PerSec is an acronym used for "Personal Security" - so really the name didn't change, it simply got shorter. Which is good, because "Personal Security Systems" can be a mouthful. But it was a bit more than that.
I brought my company to the modular kydex pancake holster scene early on. That meant it was hard to get materials and the "how to" tutorials didn't exist (or were in complete infancy). So basically I made every process up, and it paid off. Big time. This allowed me to truly learn the ins and outs of Kydex and holster making. Through the process, I gained a very real respect for many of the great holster makers. I won't get into naming, but I will say I am a fan of quality first line gear myself, and many designs are inspired by some great craftsmen.
Getting to the scene early was good and bad. The good was I got my foot in the door, and started getting the much needed repition of production. I've heard it said that one isn't a master of something until he has done it for over 10,000 hours. A few years ago, I wouldn't have believed it. Now, I have engrained that saying into many aspects of my life. Hardly ever does someone start something and instantly perfect it. The bad about coming early was exactly that - the early work was very amatuer. However, I never heard a complaint. So I got some help, and started working harder.
Eventually, the operation went from an "I" to a "team". This is important for any company, as different view points often yield great rewards. However, I've kept things small enough so that everyone is a true asset to our team. Every person here knows their trade well, and are true craftsman at this point (if even only in their specialized portion of production).
The basic idea of changing the name was to remember our past, but signal a new start. In comes PerSec Systems. Some prices may have increased, and some favorite items may have been dropped from the line. But for every price increase there has been an advancement in quality and materials used, and for every item removed - at least 2 have popped up to replace it.
I'm still amazed where our gear has landed. From the dark corners of under cover police work to the sandy theaters of The Global War on Terror, I'm always humbled by our growing customer base. I can tell you one thing, I take this very seriously. I won't let someone walk away unhappy, and I won't do something simply to turn a profit. The firearm and defense communities are truly the best groups of people in America. I've made some great friends through my day job who I am forever grateful for, and I am excited to see what the future brings.
So take a look around, check out the products, and I'd like to welcome you to try anything you wish. If you don't like it, you won't be out a dime. But be assured that my team and I are doing our best to put out the absolute highest quality Kydex first line gear on the market. And I'd like to think (based on customer reactions) that we've hit that goal pretty damn well.
Stay safe in all your endeavors and best to you and yours,
Steve StamperPresidentPerSec Systems, LLCsteve@persecsystems.com