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The Nine Lives of Efego Baca

Monday, April 15th, 2019

FRISCO SHOOTOUT

“The Legend of Elfego Baca”

By Alan Soellner

   “Six Guns Were His Calling Cards- Along With a No-Nonsense Attitude”

In October 1884, a New Mexico newspaper headline read “Nineteen year old Elfego Baca held off 50 heavily armed cattlemen in a furious gun battle at the village of “Frisco” (now Reserve, NM).”

Thanks to Baca’s uncanny marksmanship, sheltering in a Jacal cabin with a sunken dirt floor, and the arrival of a county Sheriff, he survived and was later elected to the Sheriff’s position himself.

In 1958, 13 years after Baca’s death on August 27, 1945, Walt Disney was researching famous old frontier legends to create TV programs and Western movies. He came across Elfego’s story and was hooked. He produced a TV series “The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca,” and later a movie. Disney was fascinated with the fact that after the famous shootout, Baca went on to become a lawman, lawyer, and politician.

The actor, accurately portraying Baca was Robert Logia. We were fortunate to meet him at the Memphis Cowboy Film Festival several years ago and discussed the series and his thoughts on Baca with him.

After reading several articles on the shootout I became very interested in how a 19 year old had acquired such left and right hand dexterity with both handguns and rifles. As I continued to research his life, I found out that, in 1880 he moved with his father to Belen, New Mexico where his father became the Marshal. Being a curious youth I would assume he watched his father practice and probably participated in shooting at various still and moving targets.

After purchasing the book “Destined to Survive,” by Robert Alvarado at the Socorro, New Mexico historical and welcome center I found out how Elfego must have learned six-gun mastery. Baca’s grandparents had a cattle ranch and Elfego went to work on it at about age 16.

He was on a roundup at the La Parida ranch twelve miles north of Socorro and met William H. Bonney, alias Billy the Kid. According to Baca he and Billy had several adventures together which included gun play.

Another gunfighter that Baca got to know was Texas Ranger James B. Gillett through his uncle, Judge Joe Baca. Ranger Gillett was often in the area arranging to extradite prisoners or out of his jurisdiction chasing outlaws.

One day soon after, Elfego was at a nearby farm to help thresh wheat. As dinner was being prepared he walked over to a group of boys. He asked one to throw a can into the air. Efuego’s gun appeared as if magic in his hand and when the can hit the ground it had five closely spaced holes in it.

The older men looking out the windows observed this display and Uncle Espedion said there might be some use for Baca after all. It was no exaggeration that Elfego Baca was an accomplished gunfighter.

South and West New Mexico was thinly settled at that time with farmers and shepherds. Land was cheap and the area was soon used mostly for cattle ranching. Many large Texas outfits moved in along with their “Cowboys.” The ranch hands worked long hard hours with little to do in their off time. About the only thing available was to visit the town, drink liquor, and hurrah the local populace. It must be noted that the war with Texas and the Alamo was still a very sore spot with these homegrown Texans.

Elfego Baca was only 19 when he became a Deputy Sheriff in Socorro County, New Mexico. His obtained his gun leather from a local Socorro area saddle maker.  It is unknown where he got his guns, but he was able to handle them with cool dexterity and was deadly accurate. Baca was involved in many early scrapes and was, by this time, already known as a gunfighter.

Photos of Elfego during this era depicted a smooth faced young man of average height and weight with black hair parted on the left side and trimmed around his ears. He sported a mustache that stopped at the corners of his mouth. The most outstanding feature was his dark penetrating eyes that would seem to unnerve a person that did not know him. In family pictures he dressed conservatively in suits, vests, ties, and often had a jaunty handkerchief tucked in his suit jacket.

Baca said that his goal in life was to become a peace officer. He said “He wanted the outlaws to hear his steps a block away.”

In January, 1883 a year before the Frisco Shootout, the County Sheriff was in pursuit of a group of cowboys that had shot up the town. The Sheriff came across Elfego with his horse and had his six-guns strapped on. The lawman asked Baca to join him and the chase was on. During the pursuit Elfego was able to shoot one of the cowboys. Later he was asked if he knew the name of the cowboy he shot, he was heard to say “He was not able to tell me by the time I caught up with him.”

Still only a teenager, he seemed to be reckless and wild. However, Elfego Baca did try to settle down. For a time he was a clerk in a Socorro mercantile

At that time a cantina owner and deputy Sheriff by the name of Sarracino told Elfego that there were serious problems in his village of Frisco. When asked what he did about it, the Sheriff said he had done nothing. Baca had no patience with law officers that put up with lawlessness and told him so. Sarracino slapped his badge down and told Elfego if he could to better, then do it. Elfego’s answer was to pick up the badge and head for Frisco.

When Baca arrived in Frisco he arrested Charlie, McCarty, a drunk cowboy who was shooting at everything that moved. He showed McCarty his badge and took his gun. Friends of McCarty tried to take the drunken cowboy from Baca who opened fire, killing Rancher John Slaughter’s foreman. During the same gun battle, Baca also shot another cowboy in the knee.

The local Justice of the Peace would not prosecute and turned McCarty loose. He then wanted to question Elfego about, what he called, the murder of Ranch owner Slaughter’s foreman. The JP sent a second rancher to bring Baca back, who then broke down the jail door trying to get in. There was another gunfight and Baca won, killing the second rancher.

Elfego, retreated to a jacal hut that had wooden post walls and a sunken dirt floor, with a solid plank door. The cowboys surrounded the structure taking protected positons to fire into the hut. The villagers reported that there were around 40 cowboys shooting. It was thought that over 4,000 shots were fired at the house. Not one bullet struck Baca, who lay on the sunken floor, firing through cracks in the walls.

When Baca shot he was deadly accurate killing four and wounding eight. This is the longest gunfight on record in the old west and the most lop sided. The siege lasted 33 hours with an estimated four thousand rounds fired at the jacal.

Sheriff Naranjo persuaded Baca to surrender. The Sheriff drove a wagon to the jail only after he agreed that Elfego could ride in the back with his guns drawn. Baca went on trial and when the defending lawyer presented the jacal front door as evidence with around 400 bullet holes in it and he was acquitted. This gunfight became rapidly known as the “Frisco Shootout.”

Soon after, Baca officially was elected as the Sheriff of Socorro County. He immediately obtained indictments to arrest the lawbreakers. He did not have his deputies arrest the wanted men. Instead he sent each of the law breakers a letter.

In the letter it said he had a warrant for arrest. It went on to tell them that if they did not give up and come in by March 15th he would assume they would resist arrest and he would shoot them on sight when the deputies came after them. According to historical record the majority came in voluntarily.

In 1888, Elfego Baca moved into the positon of a U.S. Marshal. During this time he studied law and two years later he was admitted to the bar.

We discussed Baca with his biographer Leon Metz in El Paso, Texas several years ago. Metz wrote a book called “The Shooters.” In the book he said that Baca was controversial. Metz said Elfego drank too much; talked too much; and had a weakness for wild women.

During his career, Baca was known to work as a private detective and a bouncer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. One legend says that while in Mexico he managed to steal a pistol from Pancho Villa, who put a $30,000 bounty on his head. Later in life he was interviewed and said “I never wanted to kill anyone, but if a man had it in his mind to kill me, I made it my business to get him first.”

Sculptor James Muir, was commissioned to create a bronze statue of Elfego Baca at the exact spot where the Jacal stood during the shootout. Muir spent hours researching the style and type of holster Baca might have worn and statue looks very authentic posted in the center of Reserve, (formerly Frisco) New Mexico.

He wears one gun belt around his waist with a drop loop holster for a 7 ½” Colt SAA. The gun belt has several bullet loops in front of the holster. Around his neck, over his right shoulder he wears a second gun belt and holster in a shoulder holster position. Apparently this was a common practice when you expected trouble and did not know how many bullets or guns you might need.

We tracked one of Baca’s Colt Single Actions and his jeweled Sheriff’s badge to Ron Peterson who has owned a gun shop in Albuquerque since 1984. Ron has put these items in an Albuquerque museum. He has also led us to the owner of the 7 ½” Colt used by Elfego on that fateful day of the Frisco Shootout. He has an awesome gun shop and we recommend you visit if you are in the area. Ron’s knowledge of guns is total.

With guidance, we obtained two original, authentic holsters created during the Frisco Shootout period. They were made by the only saddle maker in New Mexico around the Socorro area. We have used them as the patterns for our Elfego Baca holsters and gun belts, making them as close as one could get to what he wore.

Chisholm’s Trail is honored to reproduce both Elfego Baca rigs which can be found under our “Historical” button on this web site. The holster and gun belt title will be called “Frisco Shootout” Give us a call and have us recreate one for you.

U.S. BORDER PATROL “ROUGH DUTY’ GUN LEATHER

Sunday, January 27th, 2019

AGENT CHARLES NESTER – BORDER PATROL “ROUGH DUTY” SET

History of the Border Patrol “Rough Duty” Set

“I have used this holster up until 1990 when we went to semi-auto pistols. This is probably the best revolver duty holster I have ever carried of its type.” Agent Charles Nester, Border Patrol, Customs, Immigration, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Instructor

Early Border Patrol personnel were coming up against tougher and tougher challenges. As a result, changes were needed in the Border Patrol service revolver and gun leather. Input from several professionals in the Border Patrol resulted in Smith & Wesson introducing the Model 10 with a heavy, .38 Special, 4” barrel in 1959. To go with this new revolver, the “Rough Duty” holster and belt came out in 1960 and soon became property of Agent Charles Nester, who has trained hundreds, if not thousands of law enforcement personnel in his long career.

This holster will also fit S&W Models 15 and 19 with 4” barrels. Charles Nester obtained and wore this rig throughout many years of his career. This was the rig that was used in all terrain and weather. It was used on foot, in vehicles, horseback, airplane, and boat duty.

Several manufacturers made these including Myers, and Blumel of El Paso, and Don Hume of Oklahoma. This style was also issued to the U.S. Customs Service, Immigration Service, and instructors at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

This “Rough Duty” set differed from the later Border Patrol rigs and the Dress Duty set which had a toe plug. This holster had two snaps on the back of the belt loop to allow quick off and on. The holster safety strap also had two snaps. One length allowed the gun to rest securely in the holster. The second snap allowed the strap to be pivoted and snapped around the front of the holster for firing range practice or when a fast draw was needed.

Very rare was the hammer spur guard that slid on the safety strap to guard against the hammer being inadvertently cocked. It could be used or removed as desired. The holster drop was 2 ½” and the early holsters had a round toe without a toe plug.

The “Rough Duty” belt was called the “River” belt and had two snap belt keepers worn one in front of the holster and one behind the holster. All hardware, buckles, snaps, etc. were made from brass only.

Agent Charles Nester told me that it was common practice to thread your pant belt through the holster loop, and then thread the gun belt through the holster loop for the most secure set up. All leather gear was black and there was no decorative stamping.

The gun belt was 2 ½” wide and lined. The sewn on tongue and buckle ends were 1 ¼” as well as the heel bar buckle. The tongue end had five holes 1” apart. The buckle end had a tongue keeper on the top and two belt keepers on the back.

Additional items worn on the belt were a handcuff case with flap, a folding knife case with snap flap, and a six shot cartridge slide.

Chisholm’s Trail focus in reviving the early Border Patrol gear is so that the knowledge and examples of these pieces will not be lost to history because of all the focus on modern plastic guns and gear. We are reproducing the “Rough Duty Set” especially to honor Agent Charles Nester and all his years of service, and to thank him for all of the above priceless information and input. Our production will be made from a detailed study of Charles Nester’s original for historians to enjoy – and get their own set to use or collect. You can find it under our “Historical” button. Call for yours today.

WOMEN’S ADVENTURE BELT & BUCKLE

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

2018 saw a new raider’s film with a fresh new star. She went though several months of physical training to be able to do many of the stunts on her own. I wondered how they could justify her ability to be able to do so many things and handle so many weapons comfortably. Well the answer is in her buckle. “Her buckle,” you say? Yes, that buckle is a two piece semi military buckle with the word “BOYS BRIGADE” on the front with an anchor and the words “SURE & STEADFAST” on it. I researched the buckle and found that it was a late 1800’s early British group, like our Boy Scouts, focusing on the outdoors, gymnastics, archery, how to handle a knife and an axe, and survive in the woods. They had a women’s section called “Amicus” which Laura belonged and where she learned most of her skills from. I would bet that very few folks even know about the buckle and even fewer have researched it.

Chisholm’s Trail has located an early turn of the century original buckle and it is coming from England as this post is being written. We were fortunate that the buckle still has the belt with it. If you look closely in the film or on still photos of the movie you will see on her right side there is a second very small buckle called a “Belt Adjuster.” That is how you make the belt tighter or looser. We are now casting this belt and making this buckle. If you are recreating  the raider’s look or just want this set give us a call. Belt with edge groove, belt adjuster, and two piece Boys Brigade buckle ~ $164.95. Buckle alone~ $59.95

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BELT ADJUSTER BUCKLE

 

BOYS BRIGADE TWO PIECE

THE BOYS BRIGADE BUCKLE

WORLD TRAVELER TOUGH-PYRAMID RAIDERS © GEAR

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

PYRAMID RAIDERS © COLLECTION

This “World Traveler Tough” expedition gear is all custom designed by Chisholm’s Trail to stand up to the toughest demands of archaeologists, adventurers, and those combing the back country for treasure and gold. These items have recently been to some of the most remote ancient Anasazi cliff dwellings and pueblos in New Mexico, such as the Puye Kiva ruins, Acoma Mesa Sky City Pueblo, the Bandelier National Monument, and of course the world famous Chaco Canyon. When you are in that part of the country we highly recommend you visit these locations.

Our symbol for this collection will be the Egyptian “Eye of Horus.” This is one of the earliest ancient symbols of protection, power, and good health. It is often meant as the “risen one” from the image of a cobra rising up in protection. In early next year Alan will wear this collection as he travels to the Egyptian pyramids, the Sphinx, Pietra, and the newly accessible  King Tut’s Tomb. (Each piece of gear is branded with the Egyptian Eye of Horus, your guarantee of this gear’s toughness)

PREK: EXPEDITION-MAX KNIFE & SHEATH aka “The Beast” (Necessary Gear)

The large EXPEDITION MAX knife is almost a 1/4″ thick with a blade 8.5″ long for a total length of 14.25”. The knife weighs in at 1.28 lbs. and is a serious bush knife- perfect for survival in very harsh locations. We have used this to actually dig, helping at approved archaeological sites, and found it to be very useful when no other tool is available. Of course you will dull your blade which can be rapidly re-sharpened. Our custom leather sheath has six grommets on the belt loop and two at the bottom. The handle is secured with camo para cord and the toe has a length of cord to lace to your leg or equipment as needed. The large EXPEDITION knife and sheath is economically priced at $249.95. “Several customers that have used this knife in serious situations have nicknamed it-The Beast.”

 PRBCK:  BASE CAMP KNIFE & SHEATH  (Necessary Gear)

The BASE CAMP knife blade has a total length of almost 9″, with a 5″ blade and a 4″ handle. The blade is about 1/4″ thick for a total weight of 9.5 oz. For tough activities such as prying, chopping, and slicing, the smaller blade will fill all of your utilitarian needs.  Our custom leather sheath has grommets to lace the sheath to a pack or your leg as needed. The handle is secured with a camo para cord and a length of cord is also attached at the toe to lace to your leg or equipment as needed. . The BASE CAMP knife and sheath is budget priced at $224.95.

These two knifes are perfect for a back country trek and in camp tasks. We have sourced these blades from a company that began making them in Germany over a hundred years ago using the finest Solingen steel and crafting. In time this style was sent out to other countries to manufacture using the same strict guidelines. Field tested and built fitting to our specs,  Both knives are 1075 high carbon heat treated steel and annealed to about 50-55 HRC. The edges are hand finished and polished to a razor sharpness.

Both knives have a clip point, convex grind blades and Walnut handles. The antique finish is hand hammered to give a classic antique look with black accents in the pebbled grooves.  Both of these blades are made from a special carbon steel that is not prone to rusting if you wipe them down after heavy use with any light oil. Your best choice would be to get both blades for a complete knife task set.

Our Chisholm’s Trail custom designed EXPEDITION scabbard is based on a custom U.S military 1913 large knife sheath. Combat tough with any size loop to fit your belt. It also has blackened solid brass grommets to secure to your leg, or tie to other equipment or a back pack. The BASE CAMP scabbard also has a series of grommet holes to lace to equipment if needed. Both the inside and out side of these sheaths are hand rubbed with saddle finish to retard moisture transfer. The large EXPEDITION knife and sheath is economically priced at $249.95 and the smaller BASE CAMP knife is $224.95. Your choice of color. Buy the pair for $449.95 and save $25.00.

B-22  PYRAMID RAIDERS ©  EXPEDITION BELT

Jungle tough, 1 3/4″ wide, 9-10 gauge thick Raider belt with riveted parallel tabs for extra strength and rugged safari look. Solid brass buckle for durability. Buckle attached with Chicago screws so you can interchange buckles at any time. You can choose five or seven holes in the tongue. See the home page for color choices ~ $124.95. Ladies belt 1 1/2″ wide with one strip instead of two.

PRDB ~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © DRESS BELT

(Photo Pending) Most expedition cargo pants have at least 1 3/4″ belt loops so we have created a dressy looking belt with a two piece buckle with a palm tree on it for an “in country” look. Several extra adjusting holes and hook closure will insure you can fit your waist size. If needed we can make this belt in 1 1/2″ with a different two piece buckle.

PRBP ~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © BELT POUCH

(Photo Pending) Every expedition into uncharted territory needs a rugged belt pouch. Perfect for aviator sunglasses, cell phone, small camera and other accessories. ~ $124.95

PRH ~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © HOLSTER

(Photo Pending) Retro World War holster with half flap and Sam Browne stud closure. Can be sized to fit a double action or a single action revolver, or a Colt 1911. Any barrel length or color. ~ $124.95

PRGB ~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © GUN BELT

(Photo Pending) Retro gun belt similar to the one issued by the US Military during the Indian wars in the southwest. 2″ tapered down to 1 1/2″ at the tongue and buckle ends. Solid brass, nickel plated center bar buckle. Two tone belt with the body in saddle tan and the sewn on tongue and buckle end in Cowboy Brown. Includes up to 18 bullet loops centered in the back. Additional loops available for $1 per loop. ~ $169.95

PRBS~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © BULLET SLIDE

Folded and lock stitched slide to fit your 1 3/4″ or 2″ belt with loops for six cartridges in your rifle or pistol caliber. Get a slide for each caliber you are going to use and wear one or more on your belt ~ $49.95

PRSH~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © SHOULDER HOLSTER

(Photo Pending)The original will be similar to the ones worn by our World War fighter pilots. One style can be worn across the chest “Bandolier style,” and the other would go over one shoulder and have a chest strap for additional stability. The original is made for a Colt or Smith & Wesson 4″ barrel (N) magnum frame. This size double action revolver usually used the Colt .45 ACP round in half moon clips or Auto Rim rounds that would eject easier. This can also be made for the normal Colt or S&W 5 1/2″ 1917 revolvers. An alternate pattern can be made for the Colt Single Acton or the Colt 1911 Semi Auto.

PRHB ~ PYRAMID RAIDERS © HAT BAND

(Photo Pending) Wide billeted tongue and buckle hat band in your choice of color with the “Eye of Horus” stamped onto the side ~ $79.95

NEW PYRAMID RAIDERS © GEAR COMING SOON: Talking to many world travelers we have found there are several things they would like to see us make such as a leather cover for Passports that can also store your shot immunization record, your international driver’s license, Emergency Information, Critical phone numbers and other data. Several complaints centered on a much more durable luggage tag. Ours will constructed from 4-5 gauge leather, sewn at the seams that will fit a business card size info sheet with a plastic window. The leather will be three thicknesses at the end with a tie wrap to put around your luggage handle. A simple business card holder will be made from leather that will hold a significant number of cards. If you have other needs or input please contact us and will will make it.

PYRAMID  KNIFE  SHEATH  FEATURES

  • Sheaths made from three layers of 9-10 gauge Wickett & Craig tooling leather- front, welt, and back. Final back layer of premium pig skin.
  • All sheath front areas decorated with a hand applied edge groove.
  • Sheath hand colored with oil base, Saddle Tan stain.
  • Egyptian Eye of Horus tooled into the front and hand painted chocolate with a camel’s hair brush.
  • Inside and outside of sheath coated with saddle finish to retard moisture transfer to the blade.
  • Sheath seams are hand grooved so thread is not exposed to wear and sewn with heavy duty 346 nylon thread ending in a lock stitch.
  • Blackened solid brass grommets with camo para cord to secure sheath to pack, equipment or leg.
  • Blackened solid brass, open back Chicago screws to secure belt loop.
  • Length of camo para cord used to make a compression slip to secure the knife handle in the sheath.

CORRECT MAG POUCH WEAR

Sunday, January 7th, 2018

THE ONLY CORRECT WAY TO WEAR YOUR MAG POUCHES

Ok, I have made magazine pouches for almost every model of semi auto pistol for my customers out there. Sometimes with the bullets toward the front and sometimes toward the rear. On double pouches, often bullets to the right and bullets to the left for looks.

BUT, guess what, I was wrong. I normally use leather pouches but was going to get into some very wet situations so I ordered a pouch from Blue Line LLC. in dark earth kydex. They arrived with bullets to the front.

I called the maker and said they were wrong. At that point he proceeded to instruct me he had been a law enforcement officer for over 20 years and was trained to always have the bullets to the front. He said you are supposed to pull the magazine out of the mag pouch with the index finger of your right hand touching the bullet tip.

You rotate the grip of the semi auto to the left while pressing the magazine release button keeping the gun pointing at your target whether it is moving or not. Your index finger on the bullet tip finds the magazine well of the butt of the gun and you slap it in place.

Immediately your right thumb presses down on the slide release and you are almost right back on target.  This makes sense.

To make sure I sent out a “Friends and Kin” blast to folks I know handle guns daily including a DEA contact, several Texas Rangers, other law enforcement friends, and several of those pesky three letter government agencies.

Every one of them agreed with the practice above. The best response came in from Colonel Brian, currently an active U.S. Army Green Beret, and former Highway State Policeman. He states:

If you have more than one magazine, it is important to have them both face the same direction- front.

That way you can train using muscle repetition. I have seen some failed mag set ups in the past that had them facing opposite directions for “design” aesthetics that form an arrow “^” between them.

This is a cardinal sin for any serious gun fighter. Repetition of training and muscle memory kicks in during a gun fight. Any distraction to include a nano-second it takes to stop and think which direction my mags are facing can be life or death.”

Therefore we are now producing single and double magazine pouches with the bullets to the front.

As a side bar, I used to call them clips, but the former curator of the Buffalo Bill Cody museum and my personal friend Warren Newman has corrected me many times stating the correct term is “magazine” for the rectangular metal box that cartridges are in.”

We hope this has helped you and cleared up any misinformation. If you have any other interesting stories about this practice please share them with me. Oh, and by the way, we are ready to make your mag pouch also ~ Alan

 

DEFENDER

Sunday, December 31st, 2017

DEFENDER

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TND ~ THE NEW DEFENDER

Holster length extended and totally redesigned perfect fit for the new Colt 3″ barrel 1911 DEFENDER or AGENT. It will also fit the Kimber, Springfield, Para Ordinance, American Tactical Fat Boy, Titan or clones. Since this is an open bottom design you can also fit any barrel length 1911 or clone with the end of the barrel fitting through the bottom of the holster. Re-engineered and “French Cut,” the rear is relieved so the magazine release will not be accidentally pressed. Belt slots can be either 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ This will be your most comfortable belt slide holster to wear daily. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ add $10. With full coverage like basket weave ~ add $29.95. Exotic leather appliques ~ POR. Single and double mag pouches available.

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS PENDING

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)