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CHISHOLM’S TRAIL OLD WEST LEATHER, LLC.
RIDE FOR THE BRAND – That was a phrase used in the old west. It means that you’ve got loyalty, pride in yourself, your job, and the land. So saddle-up, toughen-up, cowboy-up and buy Chisholm’s Trail gun leather. We do NOT have a shopping cart. We feel that is rude and we prefer to spend time talking to you and tailoring Old West cowboy leather to your specific needs. Please look below for your color choices. Most of your questions will be answered by reading this home page.
NEWS: Chisholm’s Trail & Alan Soellner have just been made members of both the Former Texas Ranger Association and Foundation. We encourage anyone with an interest in the old west to donate to the new Texas Ranger museum being built in Fredricksburg, Texas. Contact them via www.formertexasrangers.org
TEXAS RANGER ENGRAVING ~ We have partnered with a world class engraver that will engrave your Colt 1911 or other gun with old style, western, and L.D. Nimschke type gun engraving. He had done several former and current Texas Ranger guns. When you buy a holster from us we will put you in contact with the engraver who will give you a significant discount. Photos pending. <dallasengraver.com> Be sure to tell him we referred you…
Here at Chisholm’s Trail we produce all our Old West gun belts and cowboy gear from original historic pieces or period patterns from vintage sources. Many items we make are similar to examples found in the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, The Gene Autry and Buffalo Bill Cody Museums. Others are from the pages of the book “Packing Iron”, “Tombstone – The Guns and Gear”, and similar great collections of the American Cowboy, featuring Old West gun belts. ***We have not raised our prices in over five years. However, because of the constantly increasing costs of leather, oil base stain, saddle finish, hardware, shipping, handling and other factors we are having to raise our prices by $10 per item. We are very sorry and held the line for many years but are just forced to make this change. If you are in a hurry this might not be the place for you. We take great care with each item and the name does not go on till the quality goes in. Donna and I thank you for your patronage.
Chisholm’s Trail Old West Leather can directly trace its roots to Jesse Chisholm who blazed the first famous cattle trail North out of Texas. Alan Soellner, who is a descendant of Jesse, has visited many of the old leather & saddle shops in the West and has learned “Sheridan Carving” from K.C. Krueger and some of the other current masters. He learned leather working skills from John O’Rourke of Hartsell, Alabama who is one of the best leather crafters extant. This is why his craftsmanship on his Old West gun belts is rare and of high quality. Volumes of valuable advice have also been graciously shared by Will Ghormley, one authentic craftsman. Alan has recently been personally trained by the world famous John Bianchi, Holster Maker to most western movie stars from John Wayne to the present day. Donna grew up in Peabody, Mass., the town called Tannery City. Her father made his living by tanning leather and her mother colored leather for the Lawrence Leather Company. The magazine cover cowboy single action holster to the left is our Buffalo Bill set. The 45 auto holster is made by John Bianchi of FrontierGunleather.com
For the finest in cowboy history, guns and gear be sure to immediately order your subscription to Harris Publications “GUNS OF THE OLD WEST” magazine. You get a discount by ordering on line. They are really great folks.
***NEW*** Don’t forget to view the “BUCKLE” button for our continually growing line of historical and western movie buckles.
ORDERING IS SIMPLE AND EASY for Old West gun belts and other cowboy gear :
We do not believe in the “shopping cart” concept. We prefer to talk to our customers in person and provide input. However, we can complete some orders over the internet if you wish. Please feel free to contact us anytime reasonable “Atlanta” time. Call (678) 423-7351. Or send us an e-mail and we will call you. Basic rigs are unlined and the gun belts can have up to 18 cartridge loops (additional loops are $1 each) and an edge groove. Most basic holsters = $99.95 Most basic belts $124.95. To add one line of edge stamping =$10. For double line stamping add =$20. Finally for full coverage stamping such as basket weave or tri-lobe holster =$50, or Belt =$55.
For color stain in saddle tan, cowboy brown, old walnut, chocolate, or black add $10.00. Please note! that variations in color and darkness will occur from one cowhide to another. We can not guarantee the exact shade. The final process will be hand rubbed saddle finish. Let us know if you want leg ties or hammer thongs added. Please include $15.00 for shipping and handling for up to two pieces. For more than two pieces, include $20.00 shipping handling. There will be additional charge if special shipping or large boxes are required.
~ SEE OUR OTHER GEAR PAGE FOR NEW 1911 Colt .45 Auto and other modern holsters ~
Note: we make gear based on the stock firearm and accessories. If you have modifications such as a bumper pad at the bottom of your 1911 magazine then it is your responsibility to let us know because the clip pouch will not fit. Please enjoy looking over the photos on this site. Notice the various types of edge stamping, holster and Old West gun belts and designs so you have an idea if what you might want when you call. You may “click” on any photo to view an enlarged photo. Our special focus is on clean neat even stitching and smooth finished edges. You can call and leave a message any time, but we are available most evenings. Saturday we will be in the shop working on your holster and gun belt. We believe in the personal touch and will enjoy discussing any new project or design with you. If we have not made it before we will make it anyway. I’ve lost count, but I know we have over 400 different patterns for the Old West gear we make and are adding new ones each week. I hope you will enjoy owning one of these contemporary originals as much as we do making them. If your order is other than what we have in stock, then it will be a special order. Please allow at least 6 months for assembly and delivery for these custom orders. ***NOTE ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE***
Museum Display ~ Chisholm’s Trail has been asked to provide authentic cowboy gun leather for display at the following museums: The Billy the Kid Museum in Ft. Sumner, N.M., The Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, GA., and the Texas Ranger Museum in San Antonio, and the new Texas Ranger Museum in Fredricksburg, TX.
To understand how a cowboy holster should be made please take the time to view the video below!
NOTE: Indian replicas not made by Native Americans as defined by 2.5 USC & 305 ET SEQ.
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