Rob Pincus Remembers Crossbreed Hosters Founder Mark Craighead

Personal defense and shooting instructor Rob Pincus shares fond memories and his thoughts on the loss of a friend, Mark Craighead, founder of Crossbreed Holsters:

My good friend and industry Leader, Mark Craighead passed away today. Mark owned & operated Crossbreed Holsters with his family and friends.  I received the news today from the family and they asked me to pass on their thanks for the thoughts of the firearms community and their assurance that things would continue as expected at Crossbreed. We have lost a great asset today.


Mark quickly became a leader in the industry as his incredibly innovative Crossbreed Holster design and company quickly become respected for quality and function. He and I worked together on many projects over the last few years and have had the pleasure of hearing from many of his customers in my courses who greatly appreciate his efforts and his company’s efforts to meet their needs. Mark would often ask me what people were saying about the products and how they held up in class and he was always very proud to hear the great reports. He was also very eager to find ways to better serve his customers, the firearms community and the industry as a whole.

Approximately 3 weeks ago, Mark had a heart attack after a successful outpatient surgical procedure and had a very bad few days. We all believed that he had come through it and was on the road to full recovery. Earlier today, he had another massive heart attack and we lost him.

Outside of work, which he very much enjoyed, Mark was both a dedicated family man and a bit of an adventurer. One of his biggest hobbies was motor sports. He had some very impressive vehicles that he enjoyed driving/riding when time allowed. He even ran his beloved Lingenfelter Cadillac CTS-V in the Cannonball Run last year and had planned to try the Vegas to Reno Desert Race in 2013.

One thing that truly stood out about Mark was his commitment to friends and family. As Crossbreed Holsters grew, he continued to bring more and more of both into the operations to share in his success and in fulfilling his commitment to excellence. I have yet to meet anyone in the industry who had a bad word to speak of him and doubt sincerely that I ever will.

Rest In Peace, Brother.

-Rob Pincus
-8/24/12

2 Responses to Rob Pincus Remembers Crossbreed Hosters Founder Mark Craighead

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  • cabestre says:

    This is so far the best IWB concealed carry holster that I have used. for every handgun that I carry and use I own at least 2-4 holsters which runs into a lot of $$, so I have done my research and am really learning what not only works but what is comfortable when you have to carry every day for many hours on end. The CrossBreed is most comfortable because the base is a large leather plate which takes the pressure of the weapon pressing against your hip and spreads it out so there isn’t pinpoint pressure. additionally, the weapon fits just snug enough to be solid. the only thing that could be a shortcoming is that on the draw it is a challenge to get the correct purchase (grip) because the weapon is tight against the leather back-plate. I might have to shave the leather down in that area a little. Otherwise this is a very good product and I highly recommend this to anyone who carries concealed.

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