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AVENGING GOVERNOR

Monday, August 21st, 2017

THE GOVERNOR

GOVERNOR’S AVENGER

Many folks have asked us to make an Askins Avenger style holster for the new Smith & Wesson Governor revolver. After months of study and research we have collaborated with Adams and come up with this heavy duty and dependable holster. It is also available with a top security thumb strap.

The Smith & Wesson Governor revolver has a full six round capacity, one more than the Taurus Judge. It can be loaded with .410- 2 1/2″ shot shells, .45 ACP with half or full moon clips or .45 Long Colt. Most folks do not know that you can also shoot .45 Auto Rim which makes this revolver able to smoothly digest four different types of ammunition. In addition, it is very lightweight and versatile.

The barrel length is 2 ¾” which is one heck of a snub nose. Total length is 8 ½”. The sights are fixed, but appear to be well set for pistol range distance. It can be fired single or double action, which is very smooth right out of the box. The grips are spongy synthetic and absorb most of the recoil. The weight is only 29.6 oz. The cylinder and barrel are blackened stainless steel and the frame is Scandium Alloy. The gun is built on the (Z) frame, which is a stretched (N) frame and seems to also be available with a stainless steel frame. We have test fired this on a hunting trip in the deep woods and been able to consistently hit a paper plate at normal hand gun range. In every instance we were easily able to hit the target with all six rounds in all calibers.

If you want a home defense gun that will not have magazine feed problems like a semi auto, use as a carry gun in your vehicle, or carry as a hunting companion we thoroughly recommend this revolver and the holster we make for it- you will not be disappointed.

Call or e-mail us to order this holster. Check out our home page for color choices and other important ordering information.

http://www.westernleatherholster.com/  or (678) 423-7351

The Mossberg 590® Shockwave scabbard

Monday, August 14th, 2017

SHOCKWAVE

This shotgun has a Raptor bird’s head pistol grip, shaped to minimize recoil. After personally examining one, we found it has an ambidextrous safety on the top that can be used by either hand, two extractors, a steel-to-steel lockup, twin action bars, and an anti-jam elevator. We would recommend the aftermarket high rise steel safety, which is easy to replace with just a screw driver.

To make this legal, A brand-new receiver is fitted with a pistol grip first at the factory instead of a shoulder stock or pistol grip. The 14″ barrel Mossberg 590 Shockwave with Raptor bird’s head grip gives the gun an overall length of 26.32″. That makes it a firearm not a shotgun. Do NOT make any alterations to this gun or change the grip or this gun will be illegal. Shockwave features are similar to the “witness protection” shotgun used by many agents. The 590 is tougher than the normal Mossberg. It is classed as Tactical and normally made for military and law enforcement.

Shockwave Mossberg shotgun scabbard,Now becomes the problem. No one previous to Chisholm’s Trail has made a leather or nylon carry scabbard that does NOT have the trigger guard exposed. We have had numerous law enforcement and military customers come to us and request a scabbard that covers the trigger guard and has multiple features.

Our basic model has top and bottom attachments on the left side of the scabbard to carry it over your shoulder. The same attachments allow you to order an alternate drop belt loop and leg tie.

MALICE CLIPS

Other attachments will allow you to wear it bandolier style on your left or right side for a cross draw with your right hand.  We also offer attachments for MALICE clips to the back of the scabbard to secure to the reverse side of your backpack. Basic scabbard with two Malice clips ~ $174.95. Adjustable shoulder strap, drop belt loop, bandolier strap, and waist belt all available at an additional cost. Call and design your own scabbard. Heavy duty and ready for rough use- get yours now.

LOST TREASURE

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

DID THIS CROSS PROTECT AN ANCIENT SPANISH SILVER MINE   by Alan Soellner

On 4/9/17 we visited Ben Traywick, the Tombstone, Arizona historian and author of hundreds of articles and books on the old west. He was about 90 at the time of our visit and was then writing a new book on Geronimo. His home/shop was crowded into every corner with artifacts and relics of the past.

I commented on the large number of ancient Mexican carvings and effigies lining many shelves. Ben said it was time to sell some so I poked around and in one dusty corner I found an ancient cross fashioned into an oval background 8 ½” wide, 11” long and about ½” thick with rounded edges. Taking the cross off of the wall, I asked him what the story on it was.

Mr. Traywick just smiled and said I had picked the most curious item in his shop. It seems that many years ago he was friends with an old engineer and miner called Wayne Winters in Tombstone. Winters was prospecting just across the Mexican border when he was jumped by a javelin or wild pig. Wayne actually jumped over the pig when he saw it dart into a curious hole on the side of a slope.

When he examined the hole he realized that someone had mixed adobe and crushed rock to stucco over the opening. With his pick he pried enough of the cover loose to crawl in. Once his eyes adjusted to the gloom he saw a hand carved tunnel going back into the hill. On the wall was this cross made of the same crushed rock and adobe, hanging from a wrought iron nail driven into the rock. It was almost as if the cross was guarding the site.

Winters was a good enough prospector to see that there was sliver ore everywhere to just pick up. However, he had one problem- the mine was just on the Mexican side. He remembered he had a Mexican buddy that he might be able to enter into a partnership with, so he would contact him once the mine entrance was covered back up. He noted several very old, hand forged picks and other tools on the floor of the mine and Spanish markings on them. He noticed designs chiseled into the walls in the form of stars, crescent moons, diamonds, and other symbols. Could this be an old Conquistador mine that was rediscovered by elements of the KGC? Did the new wealth help finance the South’s war efforts? What happened to suddenly cause the mine to be hidden once again with the tools left in place?

Winter’s Mexican buddy readily agreed to the terms and once the contract was signed; his friend went for the silver and never gave a penny to poor old Wayne Winters. “So much for the partnership.” The mine ended up being tremendously rich and was written up in an early treasure magazine. When Wayne was very old and near death he gave, what he thought was the mine’s protective cross to Ben Traywick out of friendship and said it was the most precious possession he owned. Ben kept it all these years but now, at almost 90 years old, had to start letting things go to a new home. A close examination reveals that at one time this plaque was smooth and was fired in a kiln for stability. This ancient relic hung in place for so many years that the glaze has begun to wear off and only the cross on the front has any sheen. The back, although grainy, also has some shine.

We were fortunate enough to be allowed to get this cross from Ben and are now its new custodian, and that we made a new friend, I wish we knew the history of this hidden Spanish silver mine. We will continue to investigate its location and the magazine article it was in.

EXECUTIVE EMBASSY LEATHER STUDIO™

Thursday, December 17th, 2015

PREMIER LIMITED EMBASSY COLLECTION ~ Deluxe line of “IMPROVED” Avenger, Snap-On, and Pancake “welted” and non-welted Belt Slide holsters. Special tooling available as well as exotic leather accents can be applied. Currently working with Rogue Elephant, Bayou Alligator, and Rocky Mountain Beaver Tail vegetable tanned hides. Made for the discerning collector and serious operator that requires only the very best.   Executive belts coming soon in 1 1/2″ and 1 3/4″, lined and unlined with custom made buckles in solid yellow brass, white bronze and special order solid sterling silver. Home of the Sig Sauer “Legion” P-226 holster

Note: The application of exotic leather accents or making the entire holster out of a special hide requires an intricate, specialized and expensive production and tanning process which makes the final product more costly, but much more durable and beautiful. Each holster, belt, mag pouch or other item virtually ends up a “one of a kind” since each piece of exotic leather is different in pattern, texture and color. Our elephant hide is specially processed for use in cowboy boots and, as a result, is tougher and more durable than normal leather.

 US EA ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ AVENGER

EMBASSY AVENGER

EMBASSY AVENGER

One of our repeat customers is a special covert ops US Embassy agent who has provided us input on the favorite features of several holsters he has tested rolled into one. We have received much assistance with this pattern and this is our version he is wearing for the Sig Sauer P938 in 9MM (identical in size to a Walther PPK- but in 9MM), also available in SIG P238 in .380 caliber. With edge groove and no accent panel ~ $119.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

US EPBS ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ PANCAKE BELT SLIDE

EMBASSY BELT SLIDE

EMBASSY BELT SLIDE

Another Embassy customer required an off duty rig and specified a pancake belt slide style. This version he is wearing for the full size Colt/ Clone 1911 with Elephant hide accents applied to panel. With edge groove and no accent panel ~ $119.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

US ESON ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ SNAP ON BELT HOLSTER                                                                          (Home of the best holster for the Sig Sauer “Legion” P-226)

(photo pending) Many customers, Law Enforcement, professionals and others, are required to remove and put on their holsters and mag pouches many times a day due to various restrictions and tasks. Therefore we are now producing the “Snap On” belt holster for them. The belt loops can go over or under the belt depending on the pattern without taking off the belt. Most operators feel that the style that ends up with the flaps up is the most secure. If a flap comes undone for some reason at least it is sitting on top of the belt and will not fall through. We have been approached to make several of these enhanced designs for the combat quality Sig Sauer  LEGION P226 semi auto for another three initial Gov’t agency. With edge groove & no accent panel ~ $124.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers. This holster is made in Gunfighter Black with grey elephant hide accents (extra cost).

US ESHS ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ SHOULDER HOLSTER

SHOULDER HOLSTER WITH STRAP

SHOULDER HOLSTER WITH STRAP

This shoulder holster is extremely comfortable and it is dependable for being able to draw or re-holster with one hand. Our rig provides faster access to the gun, as well as a full chest strap. Holster can be secured to your pant belt. Available for Colt .45 Auto, Glock, Sig, Hi Power, Beretta and others. With edge groove – $199.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

US WACD ~ EXECUTIVE EMBASSY™ WINTER AGENT CROSS DRAW

(Photo Pending) Have you ever tried to get to your strong side gun while sitting in a vehicle, wearing a heavy coat and a buckled seat belt. It is almost impossible. That is why our cross draw is the answer. You merely slide your right hand inside the coat to your left side and draw the gun smoothly. This is our  deepest angle and, with our body shield, is is comfortable to wear all day. With this holster, you are not concerned with concealed carry but the ability to get to your gun quickly when the need arises. Unlined, with edge groove and no accent panel ~ $119.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

US CCD ~ EXECUTIVE EMBASSY™ COURIER CROSS DRAW

(Photo Pending) A little less angle than the Winter Agent, the Courier rides a higher. It has a body shield to cushion the hammer and grip safety from poking into your side and is a comfortable wear. Unlined, with edge groove and no accent panel ~ $119.95. Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

US EDE ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ PROTECTOR ~ ENHANCED “DOG EAR” PANCAKE BELT SLIDE

(Photo Pending) More than 50 years ago the Texas Rangers took advantage of this design. The front side of the holster has a straight up flap that protects the front sharp edges of the hammer and rear sight from rubbing against your jacket or suit coat. The Rangers often had to wear a dress coat and would find the gun wearing a hole in the lining. Chisholm’s Trail has enhanced this design by creating an identical back flap that acts like a shirt protector. If you have carried a belt holster for long periods of time you know how irritating it can be with the gun poking your side. The front and or back side “Dog Ear” can be covered with hand tooling or an exotic leather accent to finish this great holster. Unlined, with edge groove and no accent panel ~ $124.95.Accent panel adds $10. With one line of edge stamping on attached panel add $10. With special “knurled” hand tooling on attached panel add $20. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines on attached panel add $25. For lining add $40. Exotic skins applied as panel add $25. Single and double clip pouches available. Patterns are ready for Colt 1911 all barrel lengths, most Glocks, Most Sigs, Beretta 92, Browning HP, and many other semi-autos and revolvers

 DON’T FORGET YOUR KNIFE ~ A LIFE MIGHT DEPEND ON IT ! (see below)

US EFR ~ EXECUTIE EMBASSY™ FIRST RESPONDER KNIFE & SHEATH (Also see our knife button under the ASL blades)

ASL- 4 lo resThe Search & Rescue knife will be just as tough as its larger brothers, the ASL-5 and 6 . The only difference will be a shorter 4″ blade and a slightly shorter thinner handle. In addition, we have left the hand guard on the sharp blade side and put serrations on the flat side for secure grip. Note the new laser etched logo and ability to serial number knives. Currently available in Stealth Black with Carbon fiber sheath, or Desert Tan with Rare Earth color kydex sheath. Multi-use belt clip will be included and allow wearing in over 20 different positions including horizontal and vertical. Also an alternate way of securing with a Malice clip. Order yours now. Suggested list price $239.95, without sheath. The 4″ blade should be legal for open carry in most states. From the response at the Blade Show- this will be the one everyone wants.                                                                                                                                                (SPECIAL SALE- SHEATH INCLUDED)

US WASP~ CONCEALED CARRY & COMBAT KNIVES (Also see our knife button under the ASL blades)

THE WASP

THE WASP

A handy blade that can be worn around your neck for a good comfortable concealable carry. The knife is 7″ long and 1 1/8″ wide. A thickness of 3/16″ makes this a real tool. Handle area has cut outs to reduce weight but a handle can easily be fitted or para cord wrap for grip. Note the use of hi tech carbon fiber for the Shadow Sheath. A belt clip can be ordered for wearing this sheath in over 20 different positions. The same steel and hardness as our Tactical / Survival knives below and a choice of Hummer Desert Tan, or Stealth  Black ~ $79.95.

EXECUTIVE CARRY

EXECUTIVE CARRY

Executive Conceal Carry Note: Wear the cord under your dress shirt collar and under your tie. Run the cord through the keeper on the back side of the tie and even a “Pat Down” or a “Frisk” by the bad guys will not reveal you are wearing it…

(SPECIAL SALE- SHEATH INCLUDED)

US WASP- ENHANCED

ENHANCED WASP

ENHANCED WASP

So many customers liked and used the WASP neck knife that they wanted to see what it would do with a micarta handle like its larger brothers and our proprietary belt clip to wear on a belt in over 20 different positions. The rest is history, since these have come on line, we have sold more of these than the original neck knife. As always, all knives are ASL tough. Made with the same treatments and thickness as the combat knives below. Your choice of Hummer Desert Tan with kydex sheath, or Stealth  Black with Carbon Fiber sheath ~ $124.95. Sheath included if you are a First Responder, Veteran, or Law Enforcement.                                               (SPECIAL SALE- SHEATH INCLUDED)

CIVIL WAR PARTISAN RANGERS, GUERRILLAS, BUSHWHACKERS, & BORDER RUFFIANS

Friday, September 11th, 2015

Chisholm’s Trail is going to begin a series of Confederate Bushwhacker and Union Jayhawker gun leather. There is not a lot of research in this area and we will be visiting more museums and private collections to bring you the most authentic gear from this period of American history. The holster and belt of Bloody Bill Anderson is as close as we can determine from personal stories and military reports. The rampant eagle buckle is especially interesting since the Union flag is ground off of the shield in the center and a CS is engraved in its place.

UNDER THE BLACK FLAG (Capt. Bloody Bill Anderson)

Bloody Bill Anderson photo enhance & colorized

Bloody Bill Anderson photo enhance & colorized

Confederate guerrilla holsters of the period would have the trigger guard area exposed as well as the hammer. This would allow for a much quicker grasp of the gun butt and the ability to cock the gun while still in the holster. Note the Frank James holster above with these same characteristics. In addition the flap is closed with a tab and loop, which is faster than unsnapping or un-securing the Sam Browne stud holding the flap down. Seconds count in a gunfight. Many of the partisan holsters were brown so they would not be spotted as military. The toe is re-enforced with another layer of leather to hold the shape. The 1 3/4″ belt is adjusted by a second belt adjuster buckle on the side. There are several photos of rebel guerrillas wearing this type of belt. Note: All of our guerrilla and militia  buckles are cast from originals.

It is recorded that Frank James, Cole Younger, and Bloody Bill Anderson took buckles from fallen Union soldiers at the battle of Centralia, Missouri and wore them the rest of their outlaw careers. See the enlargement in the photo to the left. The buckle has the flag in the center shield ground off and an engraved CS applied. The two piece buckle can be ordered separate for $49.95.

 

BLOODY BILL ANDERSON

BLOODY BILL ANDERSON

Bloody Bill Anderson’s right cross draw, butt forward holster with flap and loop, smooth regulation black cap box, and 1 3/4″ military belt and buckle ~ $374.95

 

OUTLAW FRANK JAMES LAST GUN AND HOLSTER

Saturday, August 29th, 2015
FRANK JAMES COLT .32 AUTO

FRANK JAMES COLT .32 AUTO

I just finished reading John Koblas great book titled “The Great Cole Younger and Frank James Historical Wild West Show.” A lot of this book describes how Frank and Cole, the remaining members of the James Younger gang tried to run a clean, ethical, historical show. However, the managers and owners had other ideas. The show was followed by a large group of grifters, gamblers, con men, and swindlers.

Frank was often approached by the local sheriffs with complaints. It got to the point that Frank started to wire mayors and lawmen in the towns they were going to visit to beware of this crowd. As a result, after a brief scuffle, many of this bad element were rousted out of town or arrested. This really upset the managers and owners of the show who approached Frank with their thugs. At one point guns were drawn. Frank leveled his Luskard, S&W .38 at the men with steel in his eyes. As the ruffians looked down the barrel of the elder James silver plated, mother of pear stocked revolver- they backed down.

The owners plotted to assassinate the uncooperative James. On at least two occasions they confronted him when alone, luckily Cole Younger showed up in the nick of time at each occasion with his S&W double action .38. Friends on both sides calmed things down and I guess the “bad guys” still thought there was enough fire in the two old guerrillas not to open fire. As a result, both James and Younger went about always armed. One of Cole’s last statements to the owners was “I will drop any man that touches Frank.” Soon both James and Younger notified the show that they were leaving at which guns were drawn again.

After this the two last James Younger gang members continued to tour alone with one lecture group or another, careful never to go into Minnesota who threatened to revoke Cole’s parole, or to bring charges against Frank for the Northfield robbery.

In 1904, while touring with a lecture group in Butte, Montana, a relative of the cashier killed in the Northfield raid threatened to kill Frank publicly. The police asked Frank to get out of town. Frank replied “I will go when I am ready.” At that point Frank James started carrying his last gun, a new Colt 1903 hammerless .32 caliber auto pistol. It is hard to get your head around the fact that Frank started out with percussion, single action pistols in the Civil War, went on to cartridge revolvers for his outlaw career, and ended up with a semi auto pistol. I was able to find a photo which is posted with this history. Now you can finish your coffee ~ Alan

P.S. It is a small world. I was just contacted by the current owner of the Frank James Colt .32 Auto and he will be bringing it to this year’s gathering of the National James Younger Gang in October at the Jesse James Farm in Kearney, MO. While there we will be able to examine it and make a pattern. More to come~

HERE COMES THE JUDGE

Friday, August 28th, 2015

JUSTICE OVER BELT HOLSTER~ Here Comes the Taurus Judge

JUDGE FIELD HOLSTER

JUDGE FIELD HOLSTER

Taurus makes one great defense or offense pistol with a 2 1/2″ or 3″ five round cylinder for .410 buckshot magnum shells as well as hot 45 Long Colt cartridges. Our over the belt field holster is great for hiking, hunting, or general outdoors use. A heavy gun like this needs a well thought out, strong holster with retention strap if needed. After a period of testing, our prototype is ready to go. We use heavy 9-10 gauge tooling leather and wet form it to the Judge. Your choice of colors. Edge groove, Without retention strap ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines~ $134.95. For lining add $25. For snap or Sam Browne stud strap add $10. Six shot belt slide available below. Please specify cylinder and barrel length when ordering.

JUSTICE BELT SLIDE HOLSTER ~ TAURUS JUDGE IS HERE

JUDGE BELT SLIDE

New belt slide Taurus Judge holster with 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ slots for your belt. We use heavy 9-10 gauge tooling leather and wet form it to the Judge. Your choice of colors. Edge groove, Without retention strap ~ $89.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $99.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines~ $124.95.For lining add $25. Two sizes- 2 1/2″ cylinder or 3″ cylinder for .410 MAG. Six shot belt slide available below.

PUBLIC DEFENDER ~ TAURUS JUDGE DECIDES

JUDGE PUBLIC DEFENDER

New belt slide Taurus Public Defender Judge holster with 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ slots for your belt. We use heavy 9-10 gauge tooling leather and wet form it to the Judge. Your choice of colors. Edge groove, Without retention strap ~ $89.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $99.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines~ $124.95.For lining add $25. Six shot belt slide available below.

 

 

HUNTING .410/.45 LC BELT SLIDE

45LC/.410 BULLET SLIDE

Handy six loop belt slide for Taurus Judge or Smith & Wesson Governor. Normally in .410/.45LC or any cartridge you want to use. Standard size fits up to 1 3/4″ belt. We can expand the pattern to fit any width belt. With edge groove $49.95. With one row of edge stamping- $59.95.

NEW 4″ ASL (Air, Sea, & Land) FIRST RESPONDER KNIFE

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015
NEW ASL 4" BLADE

NEW ASL 4″ BLADE

In June, 2015 we took delivery of our NEW FIRST RESPONDER knife with a 4″ blade. This ASL tactical knife has been totally redesigned as to size, feel and balance. The same tough features in our other knives are in this one also. The Search & Rescue knife will be just as tough as its larger brothers, the ASL-5 and 6 . The only difference will be a shorter 4″ blade and a slightly shorter thinner handle. In addition, we have left the hand guard on the sharp blade side and put serrations on the flat side for secure grip. Note the new laser etched logo and ability to serial number knives. Currently available in Stealth Black with Carbon fiber sheath, or Desert Tan with Rare Earth color kydex sheath. Multi-use belt clip will be included and allow wearing in over 20 different positions including horizontal and vertical. Also an alternate way of securing with a Malice clip. Order yours now. Suggested list price $239.95, without sheath. The 4″ blade should be legal for open carry in most states. From the response at the Blade Show- this will be the one everyone wants.

ASL-4 FIRST RESPONDER

ASL-4 FIRST RESPONDER

HISTORICAL GUN LEATHER ARCHAEOLOGY

Friday, June 5th, 2015

HISTORICAL GUN LEATHER ARCHAEOLOGY © 2015

By Alan Soellner

western leather holsterChisholm’s Trail Old West leather has been making gun leather for about 15 years. We rapidly found that our niche and what we really enjoy doing was researching and recreating historical cowboy gun leather. We have found some of the most famous rigs from the old west, partially by scholastic research, a large dose of luck, and traveling thousands of miles to examine the original. Are our resurrected gun leather creations perfect, probably not, but they are as close as we can get without disassembling the rig and laying it out flat and tracing a pattern.
One of our best customers coined a new term “Historical Gun leather Archeologists ©,” for what we do. Our best description is the scientific research of historic old west outlaws, lawmen, and others. Analyzing their culture, all known artifacts, gun leather, buckles, inscriptions, wanted posters, writings, signatures, photos, paintings and other such remains and relics, especially those that have been excavated, discovered, sold, or handed down in families. Tracking provenance is paramount in this search. Hours must be spent on the internet, in libraries, reading books, periodicals, and newspapers of the period.
A potential target is then located and a personal visit is scheduled. This is where we found it critical to develop personal relationships with museum curators and owners of authentic old west gun leather. We created our own “C.S.I” kit with white acid free gloves to handle old fragile leather. Magnifying glasses, tape measures, high intensity flashlights, leather gages, and a very high resolution camera are some other contents.

Jesse Shoulder Holster research

Jesse Shoulder Holster research

We developed a Historical Gun Leather Archaeology analysis form that we use to record findings such as stitches per inch, width and thickness of the leather, markings including tooling, stamping, and maker’s names. The type of gun, barrel length and caliber are critical items that we record.
When we have accumulated enough data we reproduce the holster, belt and buckle for posterity we return to the shop and study all the data. If we do not have the stamps or other features that are on the leather we get replica stamps made so we can reproduce all of the features possible. This gets expensive and difficult when we have to employ an artist and jeweler to recreate a buckle, an engraver to apply the design, a mold maker, and a foundry to cast the buckle.
Chisholm’s Trail Leather currently has over 600 individual patterns to recreate holsters, belts, buckles, knife sheaths, saddle bags, rifle scabbards, pouches, spur straps, hat bands, and other cowboy leather gear. Each pattern is in a labeled manila envelope stored in alphabetically organized penda flex hanging files in file cabinets.

Original SAM BROWNE Buckle Sets & The Legend of the Lost

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

LEGEND OF THE LOST ~

LEGEND OF THE LOST

LEGEND OF THE LOST

The prototype is finished, IN STOCK and ready to ship. Another pseudo western movie filmed in 1957 with some of the biggest stars of the era. The story line involves chasing after a long lost treasure in the Sahara desert. In this film, the Dukes rig consists of a period 2 1/4″ wide Sam Brown belt with a double tongue, solid brass, Sam Brown buckle. The belt has no bullet loops and the holster is reminiscent of his normal trademark leather except for the toe that is sewn closed. The gun is very unique in that it is a Swiss Model 1882 revolver in 7.5 MM caliber. Our set is made for a Colt SAA but we can adjust the pattern to fit an S&W or Colt double action. Belt, double tongue buckle, and holster set with normal Sam Brown buckle ~ $274.95 For a more authentic buckle, yours can be made with a genuine battle used, pre-WW1 Sam Brown buckle. Grab a piece of history for $24.95 more. Belt, double tongue buckle, and holster ~ $299.95

BJ- 78 SBH- SAM BROWNE DOUBLE TONGUE ORIGINAL BUCKLES SETS ~

SAM BROWNE BUCKLE SETS

SAM BROWNE BUCKLE SETS

We have been fortunate to obtain a “cashe” of pre and post WW ONE original Sam Browne complete buckle sets. The belts were in combat and were unusable so the brass parts have been carefully removed and preserved. They have not been buffed or cleaned up, but kept in their original state with patina. We have both the 2″ and the 2 1/4″ available as stock lasts. The enlisted men were issued a plain unlined belt with out lining or fancy stitching. The officers were required to obtain their own personal gear as long as the size and look fell into certain parameters. As a result the buckles varied greatly in their basic look as did the belts and the fancy stitching. Sold as sets only ~ $49.95