1. All Cartridge belts standard with up to 18 loops in your caliber. Additional loops at $1 per loop. 2. Due to rising costs in supplies, materials & leather, prices have increased $10 per item. 3. All items made in natural leather. For oil base color stain and hand rubbed saddle finish add $10 each. 4. See home page for color choices on photo with cowboy boots. 5. For lining add $40 per piece. 6. For antiquing and distressing add $40 per piece. 7. For semi autos- If you have an extended magazine or bumper pad at the bottom, it is your responsibility to let us know and you will need to send one of these into us for correct fit if we are making a magazine pouch for you.
ALL OF CHISHOLM’S TRAIL HISTORICAL GUN LEATHER HAS BEEN RESEARCHED AS THOROUGHLY AS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE, INCLUDING PERSONAL VISITS OUT WEST TO ACTUALLY EXAMINE, HANDLE, AND TRACE MANY OF THE ITEMS ON THIS PAGE.
Billy the Kid Collection
#HH- (A) BILLY THE KID ARCH TOP .45
Adapted from the only authentic picture of “Billy the Kid.” Photo shows a drop loop holster with a military throat that covers much of the gun. Design and style common for New Mexico during the late 1800′s. $349.95 for holster and belt.
#HH- (B) BILLY THE KID DOUBLE DROP LOOP
Our adaptation of Billy the Kid’s double drop loop small frame holster. Pat Garret stated that Billy carried one and there was also one in the movie “Young Guns.” $99.95 with edge groove. Will fit Colt or clone lightning, Model P Jr., or Ruger Single Six. Holster with tapered belt and clipped corner buckle. $299.95
HH- (C) BILLY THE KID LIGHTNING
(Original Photo) We have examined a new holster attributed to Billy the Kid in a private collection. This one also has large arch top and tooling on front. Will fit Colt or clone lightning, Model P Jr., or Ruger Single Six. Holster with tapered belt and clipped corner buckle. $324.95.
#HH- PAT GARRETT
In 1881 sheriff Garrett killed the Outlaw “Billy the Kid.” Pat’s holster has a unique feature that depicts a large oval at the top of the rear of the holster. This was used to put his coat lapel behind to keep it from getting in the way of his quick draw. Our holster is patterned after the original in one of our customers private collection. Garrett wore a 1 ¾” Town cartridge belt with a square Garrison buckle. Set ~ $249.95. Holster alone $99.95
Wild Bill Hickok Collection
#HH- (A) WILD BILL
Wild Bill’s California style Slim Jim holster with early style cut design tooling and black powder military belt without cartridge loops on display at the Buffalo Bill museum in Cody, Wyoming. Originally for a Colt 1851 Navy. Can be sized for any Old West pistol or cartridge conversion. One holster with edge groove, solid brass military buckle & belt ~ $324.95. With cut tooling ~ $349.95. For lining add $25 per piece. For bullet loops add $1 per loop. For second holster add ~ $174.95
#HH- (B) HICKOK in DEADWOOD
Hickok’s last holster & military cartridge belt on display at the Adams museum in Deadwood, SD. Originally for a Colt Richards cartridge conversion. Can be sized to any Old West pistol. One holster with edge groove, hand cast, solid brass buckle and belt $324.95. For lining add $25 per piece. For second holster add $149.95
Hickok holsters with full tooling and hand darkened background add $ 99.95 to the above price.
#HH- (C) JAMES BUTLER HICKOK ~ MARSHAL
The famous marshal wore many different holsters in his career. This is our adaptation of the one in the Gene Autry Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Photos on page 88 of “Packing Iron,” by Richard Rattenbury. Normally made to fit his favorite Colt 1851 Navy, but can be sized to fit any other single action pistol. Worn, as usual, with his 1 3/4″ leather belt and silver wreath military buckle. One holster with edge groove, hand cast, solid brass buckle and belt $324.95. For lining add $25 per piece. For second holster add $149.95
#HH- Colorado Charlie Utter
(IN STOCK) Charlie Utter was a good friend of Hickok’s even before they both showed up in Deadwood. Utter’s S&W Russian revolver is on display also at the Adams Museum in Deadwood. Our adaptation from discriptions of his gear reveals a high top Slim Jim Style holster with a tapered gun belt and a fancy buckle made of nuggets. Buckle available in brass or nickel. ~$324.95
FRANK & JESSE JAMES, AND THE YOUNGER GANG
Note: Jesse James, his brother Frank, and many of their gang wore a number of different holsters, gun belts, and styles of guns. They would often have to discard them when capture might be imminent so they could not be accused of being soldiers or guerrillas. More and more of these examples are coming to light as collections are sold and pieces that have been in families for generations are being sold or donated to museums. Below are a few that we have found so far that seem to have provenance. No provenance is ever perfect but these examples are really neat.
#HHRSH- JESSE JAMES RIGHT HAND SCHOFIELD HOLSTER
The right hand holster, gun belt and buckle now in the Gene Autry Museum in LA. Adapted from original photos and museum study. Color photo on page 222-223 of Harold Peterson’s book “The Treasury of the Gun.” The holster is 9-10 gauge, folk cut and hand tooled with leaves and vines. One holster, folded money belt, and California style buckle ~ $399.95. Second holster $179.95. (Original holster temporarily on display in the NRA museum in Virginia.)
As shown with antiquing and distressing add $80.
#HHLSH- JESSE JAMES LEFT HAND SCHOFIELD HOLSTER
Chisholm’s Trail was asked to make a museum quality copy of Jesse’s left hand Schofield holster, currently in the NRA museum in Springfield, MO. The previous owner has authorized us to have the exclusive rights to his photos for historical recreation and promotion. These highly detailed photos of the front and the reverse side of this rig provides us with additional insight to the correct tooling pattern changes and the unique belt loop and how it is attached to the back. ~ $189.95. With antiquing and distressing add $40 per piece. For lining add $40 per piece. ORIGINAL PHOTO
#HHJJQ- JESSE JAMES QUANTRILL RIG
Jesse rode with Quantrill in the Civil war. During this time he wore a Colt 1860 Army in a double drop loop, closed toe holster with a 1 3/4″ straight gun belt and a gorgeous engraved rectangular buckle, keeper and tip.The belt is hand tooled, reproducing designs from the Confederate group “Knights of the Golden Circle” that are clearly visible on it. The holster pattern can be made to fit any single action, 1851 Navy, Colt 1873, Rem 1875, or other~$399.95 with correctly engraved buckle & keeper. (Tip available at a later date) For buckle set in solid Sterling Silver call P.O.R. For extra holster add $149.95.
The patterns and molds to make this complete set are made from the Jesse James originals, and the exclusive rights to manufacture this rig have been purchased from the previous legal owner and are now registered with our intellectual property attorneys. Starting in 2015, no copies or reproductions other than those made by Chisholm’s Trail are allowed. Get your set today. Color is chocolate.
HH – JESSE JAMES WITH BLOODY BILL ANDERSON SHOULDER HOLSTER
(Original Photo) The number of authentic and different guns and holsters that continue to be found that were used by Jesse James through out his wild career continues to grow. Right in Washington, DC, our nation’s capital, on display in the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is a shoulder holster that has provenance. The rig would carry a Colt 1851 Navy or a Colt 1860 Army at a slight butt forward draw. He began carrying it as a member of the Confederate guerrilla group led by Bloody Bill Anderson. The holster has two rows of hand tooling along both stitch lines. It has a very slight re-curve throat and rounded toe. Holster with shoulder straps ~ $299.95
HH – JESSE JAMES STARR SHOULDER HOLSTER
Chisholm’s trail obtained this shoulder holster at a collectors show with the legend it was given to a Minnesota farmer who helped Jesse James escape after the ill fated Northfield, MN raid. This is a big holster and did not fit a standard Colt or S&W. Jesse was known to like the big Starr double action so we tried one in it and it fit like a glove. While doing this we discovered a maker’s mark faintly visible on the pebble grain leather. It was Kennedy Bros. Arms Co. of St. Paul, MN. We got excited when we researched this company and found that they sold, not only, guns and ammo, but also made holsters and gun belts in St. Paul starting in 1867. That timing works out awfully well with Frank & Jesse’s escape from Minnesota. Can be made for any old west revolver. Holster with shoulder straps ~ $299.95
HH – JESSE JAMES BUSHWACKER RIG – Robin Hood of the West
(Our Original Photo) New rig found, original in the collection of John Taffin, Senior Editor for Guns Magazine. This set consists of a Civil War guerrilla right hand Slim Jim style holster with rivets and narrow belt. This unique belt is held together with a snap link and ring. A combination we have never seen before. The original pistol was manufactured at the Colt factory from standard 1860 parts and modified into the Richards .44 cartridge conversion. The serial # indicates it was made the first year of production in 1871,. History with the rig says that Jesse James gave this gun, holster, and belt to an “Elderly Black Gentleman” that he knew and kept horses for the gang. The man came to Jesse saying that the Federals and carpetbaggers flooding into Missouri and Kansas were threatening him. This is not the only example showing that Jesse James had compassion and often helped those less fortunate. Indeed it seems he was a Robin Hood of the West. Our version of the holster, belt and buckle ~ $325
HH – JESSE JAMES BORDER BANDIT RIG
During our visit to the Jesse James Farm Museum in Kearney, Missouri we found Allen Parmer’s right hand Colt Dragoon, butt forward, Slim Jim style holster and pistol. This revolver is the 3rd model Dragoon made between 1851 and 1860 with a round trigger guard. The holster is plain, without decoration, and ready for business. It has an attached belt loop on the back and the stitch line very closely follows the outline of the big Colt. Members of the various guerrilla bands would often trade, sell, or loan their gear to each other. Allen, having married the James brother’s sister Susan, would have most likely allowed Jesse to borrow and wear this rig. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $325 The rare and famous guerrilla 2 piece buckle with the words “Freedom or Death,” is available to purchase separately and is cast from an original ~ $49.95.
HH- JESSE JAMES BANK ROBBER
For a number of years I lived in Hopkinsville, Ky. which is just a few miles from Russellville, Ky. On March 20, 1868, six members of the James – Younger gang robbed the Nimrod Long Banking Company. Jesse triggered off a round that hit the wall. The bullet hole is still preserved in the bank lobby today under a plexiglass panel for all to see. Additional gunfire ensued and during the melee Jesse’s 1860 Colt and holster was dropped. This rig was on display for many years then was lost. We have found it on display in the Ralph Foster Museum located at the College of the Ozarks, in Hollister, MO. We have visited and examined this holster and Colt and made a pattern from it.
HH- JESSE JAMES ALIAS MR. HOWARD
On April 3rd, 1882, Jesse James, one of America’s most notorious outlaws was shot to death by Robert Ford, a new gang member and close friend of the James family. The inquest stated that there were 5 guns and 3 gun belt rigs found in the house. Jesse James, Jr. grabbed this holster and belt before souvenir hunters could snatch it. This rig has a very narrow, billeted gun belt, and a close fitting Slim Jim style holster with edge tooling. This pistol and gun leather was in the James family until sold at auction in 1994 and then went on display at the Frazier museum, Louisville, KY in 2002. We have examined and made a pattern from the original.
HH – JESSE JAMES BILLETED/TAPERED GUN BELT
In the early 1880’s Jesse was living under the assumed name of “Mr. Howard.” His normal guns and gear were well known and he still wanted to carry weapons so he often used this neat little gun belt. The rig has a billeted (sewn on) buckle end with a clip cornered rectangular buckle and a tapered tongue end. The cartridge loops were attached by shifting their position to the left so he would not have to carry his holster over bullets. Gun belt, 18 loops in your caliber, and nickel buckle ~ 149.95
CWSJ ~ CIVIL WAR GUERRILLA STARR SLIM JIM
A customer shared his photo of a genuine Civil War Starr revolver with it’s “Knights of the Golden Circle” markings worn by a Confederate guerrilla. This rig is attributed to, but not proven to have been worn by Jesse early in the war. The five-point star was taken from the KGC and its predecessor the “Order of the Lone Star.” That order was responsible for the Texas Revolution in 1836 and the star symbol also dates back to the medieval Knights Templar and even before. The crescent moon is also of KGC and much more ancient origin. Holsters for the Southern favored Starr double action revolver are extremely rare without a flap. This one was obviously set for a fast draw. Holster with edge groove ~ 99.95. Holster with star, crescent moon, and pineapple checkering like on Jesse James with Quantrill’s gun belt~ $159.95. A 1 3/4″ militia gun belt with 1854 Western Division buckle ~$149.95. Lining adds $40.
#HH- Frank James Schofield
Right hand holster with hand tooling along the stitch line and two large flowers for 7″ Schofield and tapered 1851 US Garrison buckle belt, or original style belt – $374.95 See home page for color choices.
#HH- Frank James Remington
Holster, gun belt and correct military eagle two piece buckle as they would have looked new. Adapted from original photos and the Gene Autry museum study in Los Angeles. Holster 9-10 gauge leather. 7 1/2″ barrel California Slim Jim style with edge groove and hand tooling,made with or without the Frank’s cut out to be able to cock the gun while still in the holster. Unique flower stamps recreated from the originals. Will fit a Colt SAA or a Remington 1875 and can be sized to any barrel length. Military style gun belt with 18 bullet loops centered on the back. Additional loops can be added for $1 per loop. Holster, gun belt, & buckle~ $374.95 Knife and military frog sheath not included, but can be ordered. Additional holster $174.95.
Same rig with movie quality antiquing and distressing- add $40 per piece. Upon surrendering to Missouri Gov. T.T. Crittenden in 1882, Frank was asked why he carried Remington’s. The desperado replied, “Because the Remington is the hardest and the surest shooting pistol made, and because it carries exactly the same cartridge that a Winchester rifle does [.44-40]. My armament was two Remington’s and a Winchester rifle. The cartridges of one filled the chambers of the other. You can now see why I prefer the Remington. There is no confusion of ammunition here. When a man gets into a close, hot fight, with a dozen men shooting at him all at once, he must have his ammunition all of the same kind.”
HH – PISTOL FIGHTER (FRANK JAMES COLT 1851 NAVY RIG)
An associate of the James was once over heard saying “Make no mistake- Frank James is the real gunfighter.” During our visit to the Jesse James Farm Museum in Kearney, Missouri we found a very special right hand Colt 1851 Navy holster with fancy stitching that belonged to Frank James. These outlaws would constantly practice until they had “muscle memory” and were able to draw and fire without aiming. This leather has good provenance and we appreciate the curator allowing careful study of the original in the museum. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $325
“Have you any idea of what a man must endure who leads such a life? No, you cannot. No one can unless he lives it for himself.” —Frank James
HH- FRANK JAMES EAGLE BUCKLE AND GUN BELT
The most common gun belt Frank James wore was the 1 3/4″ gun belt with full bullet loops and the U.S. Eagle, two piece buckle. The buckle attaches on the right side of the belt and the belt goes through the keeper on the left side. It continues under the belt and attaches to the belt with a hook to the back side without interfering with the belt loops on the front. The right hand holster, gun belt and buckle now in the Gene Autry Museum in LA. Color photo on page 222-223 of Harold Peterson’s book “The Treasury of the Gun.” .Gun belt with 18 loops in your caliber and the two piece buckle~ $174.95. Additional loops for $1 per loop.
#HH- FRANK JAMES LEFT HAND RIG
Shortly after Jesse James was killed, his brother Frank James surrendered to Gov. Crittendon. At that time he gave his left hand holster to the Governor along with his gun belt held together with a black “Japanned” roller buckle. This holster is an early style Slim Jim and will fit either a Colt Single Action or Remington 1875. The complete set of holster, belt and buckle ~ $349.95 Holster can be made left, right, or cross draw.
HH – FRANK JAMES FLAP HOLSTER
As historians continue to research and museums and private collections come to light, more and more Jesse and Frank James gang artifacts with provenance appear. This early, right cross draw, fully tooled flap holster, including a Colt 1851 Navy, serial # 32488 with Frank James name engraved on the back strap was inherited. It came with a provenance book and one of a kind photos of Frank and his family. This set was acquired in 1939 and went into a museum. When the museum closed it was purchased by a private collector. Our reproduction of this rig includes holster, cap box, belt and buckle ~ $324.95
FRANK JAMES LAST GUN
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 James publicly for his part in the bank robbery. 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. We met with the current current owner of this holster and made a pattern from it.
THE JAMES YOUNGER GANG
The Younger brothers rode with the James boys as guerrillas during the Civil War. They tried to return to a peaceful civilian life but were not allowed to and were constantly hounded by Federals and the Pinkerton Detective Agency. After may skirmishes with the law the Pinkerton’s fire bombed Jesse James mother’s home killing his little brother and blowing off his mother’s arm. The James Younger gang was now out for vengeance and revenge – which they got.
PINKERTON ~ GOVERNMENT GUARD
Mistakenly believing Frank and Jesse James were hiding out at their family farm, a gang of men led by Pinkerton detectives mounted a raid on the night of January 26, 1875. In an attempt to flush the outlaws out of the house, the gang threw a smoke bomb through the window. This was kicked into the fireplace exploding instantly, killing the James boy’s young half-brother and blowing away their mother’s hand and damaging her arm.
When the house and grounds were searched after the detectives fled, a holster and pistol was found, stamped with P.P.G. (Pinkerton Government Guard) exposing the members of the raid. This is our adaptation for S&W Schofield or Colt SAA, based on discussions with Pinkerton company historians and collectors. Holster, belt with 18 loops and black roller buckle ~ $324.95. Two piece Prison buckle & adjuster buckle with cartridge belt slide~ $374.95. Shield Pinkerton Badge~ $24.95. Pinkerton star badge with hinged pin clasp ~ $49.95.
HH- COLE YOUNGER’S FAST DRAW
After the Northfield, MN robbery, Sheriff Glispin shot Cole at the Hanska Slough and took this rig from him. The set includes a wide folded money belt with full long bullet loops and two rows of stamping, a right hand single drop loop holster, and black Japanned roller buckle. The gun he used was a Nickel Single Action Colt with a 4 3/4″ or 5 1/2″ barrel. He also carried a second Colt with a 7 1/2″ barrel that he asked the Sheriff to send to Belle Starr for safekeeping. To her surprise one day Belle actually received this gun in the mail. UPDATE: we recently visited the museum that has Cole’s 7 1/2″ Colt on display that was purchased from the Starr family. We also found the museum this rig is displayed in and examined it for authenticity. We were not surprised to find the back strap was engraved “Coleman Younger ~ 1876.” We painstakingly recreated the hand stamps that are close to 150 years old to complete this project. Our version of the Holster, belt & buckle ~ $399.95 in the original “Cowboy Brown” color. For the additional holster add $174.95.
For antiquing and distressing add $99.95. When captured, Cole said “We tried a desperate game and lost. But we are rough men used to rough ways, and we will abide by the consequences.”
HH- COLE YOUNGER’S HOLD OUT
Cole used a seven shot cartridge Moore pistol as his “hold out” gun in the Northfield, MN raid. When captured at the Hanska Slough this set was taken from him. Our version, like the original, will also fit a Colt 1849 Pocket pistol or an 1862 Police. We have personally examined this rig. Holster, gun belt, and 2 piece buckle ~ $399.95. Antiqued and distressed $449.95. Cole said “A fair field and no favors. That’s the best any man ought to expect. If he can’t take care of himself with his own weapon, he don’t deserve to be saved, and he won’t be, no how.” Original photo credits to the Northfield, MN museum and the great staff. We totally recommend that you schedule a visit to this location. You can see more at www.northfieldhistory.org
HH- Hot Tempered ~ BOB YOUNGER
Bob was the younger brother of Cole and Jim. He was only 23 when he joined the gang. Bill Chadwell had the idea for the robbery, but it was hot headed Bob and his mentor Jesse James who convinced the others to make the long journey up to Minnesota. This rig’s is what Bob might have worn. Being younger he might have used the newer shield style single drop loop holsters currently being made. We have seen this style made by more than one maker used during this period. With the James-Younger gang favoring designs stamped and tooled into their gun leather we thought this one was appropriate. Guns and leather gear got all mixed up after the gang was shot all to hell and it was all dumped into a pile at the Sheriff’s office. The gun belt has full bullet loops but none under the holster. ~ $374.95
HH- JIM YOUNGER, Member of the KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle)
Legend has passed to us that Jim’s rig was more traditional and may have been the one of those he wore as a confederate guerrilla ten years before. The Gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide and has a black japanned roller buckle. It has full bullet loops with none under the holster, which is a Slim Jim style embossed with a Confederate rose on the front as well as a row of KGC (Knights of the Golden Circle) “All seeing eyes” along the holster edges. The color appears to be dark walnut. The holster had a Remington 1875 but will also fit a Colt 1873. Holster, belt, and buckle ~ $374.95 (For more on the history of the Knights of the Golden Circle just Google KGC on the internet)
HH- The Last Draw ~ CHARLIE PITTS (Killed at the Hanska Slough)
Charlie Pitts also known as Sam Wells, was born in 1844. He was credited as a member at the Otterville James Younger gang train robbery and was cornered in Hanska Slough by a posse in a shoot-out after the Northfield, MN raid. Charlie was shot five times and killed at Madelia, September 21, 1876. He carried a S&W Russian in a right hand tooled flap holster with a narrow gun belt and full loops. A black “Japanned” roller buckle completed the set. We have personally examined this set. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95. Antiqued and distressed $425. Will fit a Russian, Schofield, or # 3 S&W Laramie, other sizes for Colt or Remington.
HH – GUN MAN ~ CLELL MILLER, (Killed at Northfield)
At the age of just 14, Clell Miller joined Bloody Bill Anderson’s guerrillas during the American Civil War. He was captured during the skirmish in which Anderson was killed on October 26, 1864. Clell continued to run with the James Younger gang and on September 7, 1876 Miller was shot and killed by townspeople in the robbery attempt on the First National Bank of Northfield. Legend has it that this rig was the one he wore. Note the distinct diamond, 5 pointed star, crescent moon, and tear drop K.G.C. symbols on the pistol grip.
This long, lean Slim Jim style holster has a double edge groove as well as a decorative suede thong on the front. The gun belt is 2″ wide with a brass 2″ clip cornered center bar buckle and double edge groove. The bullet loops are threaded through the belt alternately. Will fit Schofield, S&W Russian, S&W #3, Colt or Remington. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95
Bob Leskovec did the outstanding multi-dimensional nickel silver inlays recreating the original S&W Russian grips perfectly.
HH – OUTLAW BILL CHADWELL alias William Stiles (Killed at Northfield)
After getting out of prison after 25 years, Cole Younger returned to his home stomping grounds in Missouri. It is reported he met with a man he called Bill Stiles and they had a good laugh. Cole asked how he liked being dead all these years. The truth may never be known but one of the guns Bill wore into Northfield was a Smith & Wesson Russian. Our version is reputed to be the one he wore but there is no provenance. The holster is really well made and impressive and will fit the Russian, Schofield, or # 3 Beretta Laramie, Colt or Remington. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $374.95 (Holster photo below courtesy of the famous old west Delapoer collection)
HH – NORTHFIELD DEFENDER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
“Get your guns boys, they’re robbing the bank.” On September 7, 1876, eight bandits rode into Northfield, MN to rob the First National Bank. It did not go as planned. When the townspeople were alerted and the shooting started, the robbers dropped everything and fled. The pursuit of the gang went on for weeks and covered 400 miles. In Just seven minutes, two of the robbers lay dead on the street with two more badly wounded. The remaining six outlaws fled, triggering the largest manhunt in U.S. history. This period holster and gun belt was obtained from a customer and friend who’s great grandfather was a well known shootist in early Minnesota and was in the vicinity of Northfield at the time the James Gang attempted to rob the bank. . Knowing his response to gunfire it is very possible this set was used in a gun battle with the gang or even Jesse James himself. The holster will fit a 5 1/2″ or 4 1/2″ Colt SAA or clone. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $475
HH- ED ~ THE DALTON GANG- EMMETT
The famous Dalton gang’s crime spree ended abruptly on October 5, 1892 when they attempted to rob two banks at the same time in Coffeyville, Kansas. Four gang members were killed and a photo of the dead bodies was published for all to see. Emmett, the gunslinger, was a tough one surviving 23 gunshot wounds. His prison life sentence was pardoned after 14 years and went on to Hollywood, where he was involved in several western movies. Emmett was once quoted as saying “We’ll see Jesse James and go him one better.” Emmett Dalton’s gun rig has a rare use of studs and tooling of flowers and vines on the same piece . This is a beautiful but difficult rig to make. Holster must be lined due to studs. Belt is unlined. Hand applied studded holster, gun belt and California buckle with 18 cartridge loops in your caliber and your choice of color ~ $549.95. Belt lining adds $40..
(Original photo shared by historian Marc Newman)
THE DOOLINS ~ OKLAHOMBRES (Coming Soon)
CIVIL WAR PARTISAN RANGERS, GUERRILLAS, BUSHWHACKERS, & BORDER RUFFIANS
HH- UBF ~ UNDER THE BLACK FLAG (Capt. Bloody Bill Anderson)
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 unsecuring the Sam Browne stud holding the flap down. Milliseconds 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.
Bloody Bill Anderson’s right cross draw, butt forward holster with flap and loop and 1 3/4″ military belt and CS marked buckle ~ $374.95. Cap box available at an additional price. 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.
HH – QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS – MISSOURI PARTISAN RANGERS (Capt. William Quantrill)
(Photo Pending) Captain William Quantrill led a band of Confederate guerrillas behind enemy lines during the Civil war. Many members became known nationwide including Frank and Jesse James. Right or left side butt forward or to the reverse flap holster, secured with a tab and loop, smooth cap box, 1 3/4″ military belt and militia buckle ~ $324.95
HH – GMCS ~ GEORGE MADDOX, QUANTRILL’S CHIEF SCOUT
George was smart, he carried a pair of 1858 Remingtons. We all know from watching “Pale Rider” that all you have to do to replace the gun with a loaded cylinder is to drop the loading lever, pull the cylinder pin, swap cylinders and reverse the process. You can do this while galloping and you can’t with a Colt. Old Sam Colt’s six shooter requires the removal of the barrel to replace the cylinder. Maddox was a deadly and successful guerrilla fighter. Legend has his rig consisting of a 1 3/4″ gun belt, buckle and a pair of flap-less high top Remington holsters. $324.95
HH- HOLD OUT
Many guerrilla fighters had a small “Hold Out” pistol tucked away. This was often in the middle of the back and was open top or had a flap. This young border ruffian most likely carried one also. Highly triple edge tooled flap holster for a Colt 1849 Pocket pistol, 1 5/8″ belt and CS buckle ~ $324.95. For antiquing and distressing add $35.00 per piece.
HOLE IN THE HOLE IN THE WALL GANG COLLECTION – “THE REAL WILD BUNCH”
HH – BUTCH CASSIDY
(Original photo) (Authentic reproduction pending) On September 30th, 2012 this impeccably documented Colt and holster were sold. Butch Cassidy’s Amnesty Colt was handed over to Juab County Utah Sheriff P. Christison in October 1899 in good faith to appeal to the authorities for Amnesty. It was not granted and Butch slipped away. Lula Parker Betenson, Cassidy’s younger sister can be seen holding the rig on page 2 in her book “Butch Cassidy, My Brother.” The Colt SAA 4 5/8″ serial number 158402 along with the A.W. Brill Sr. fully floral tooled holster is verified as being Cassidy’s. (Note: There is some controversy over the authenticity of this claim) Our version of this rig made from examining the existing photos and examples of A.W. Brill Sr. other similar holster and tooling result in an almost identical rig. Holster, belt and buckle ~ $399.95
HH – BUTCH CASSIDY’S LAST RIDE
(Original Photo) Recently the last guns and gun leather Butch had at the shoot out in Bolivia has been found. It will be auctioned in 2016 and then be lost forever, if it does not go to a museum. (Note: There is some controversy over the authenticity of this claim) We will use our best techniques as “Historical Gun Leather Archaeologists” to recreate this historically famous leather. His rifle was a Winchester 1892 in 44.40, serial # 88433. Cassidy’s hand gun was a nickel Colt SAA, serial # 13428. Unlined holster, gun belt and buckle ~ $399.95. For lining add $40 per piece.
HH – SUNDANCE KID
(Original photo & authentic reproduction pending) In the spring of 2015 we visited the Crook County Museum in Sundance, Wyoming. With the gracious permission and assistance of Rocky Courchaine we feel we have discovered one of the real Sundance Kid’s holsters and gun belt. This was a simple farming and ranching community at the time the Kid was in the area. It was not a gunfighter’s paradise. Most holsters of the period were soft and roomy covering most of the gun from the elements without thought of a fast draw. This holster has seem much modification. It is cut down from 7 1/2″ to 4 1/2″ with rivets at the trigger guard and toe to keep the gun at the exact position the shootist wanted it to be. In addition, there was more leather added in the trigger guard area to keep the position exact. Even today you can draw with lightning speed from this rig. Our version with holster, billeted gun belt and buckle ~ $399.95
HH – KID CURRY aka HARVEY LOGAN
(Original photo) Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan, was the second-in-command in Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch crew. He was a true gunfighter and William Pinkerton once said of him ” He has not one redeeming feature, he is the only criminal I know of that does not have one single good point.” This rig consists of a fully floral tooled single drop loop holster and unique tapered gun belt. Our version ~ $399.95
HH – US MARSHAL JOE LEFORS
This set is made using the actual holster and and 1875 Remington pistol used in the movie. We met and purchased this rig from Ken Mars, the actor that played U.S. Marshal Joe Lefors who tracked Paul Newman and Robert Redford without ceasing in the 1969 movie “Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid.” You will remember them saying “Who is that guy?” We met this actor and obtained this rig from him personally during one of our revisits to Tombstone, Arizona. The holster is an original HH Heiser with studs along the stitch line and other decorative tooling. Our version ~ $349.95
Indian replicas not made by Native Americans as defined by 2.5 USC & 305 ET SEQ.
#HH- SITTING BULL HOLSTER
Our adaptation of the original holster proven to be worn by the famous Indian Chief “Sitting Bull.” Can be sized for any cartridge or percussion pistol. $124.95 . With 1 3/4″ gun belt and matching stamping, including round brass buckle.$324.95
HH- Geronimo’s Gun leather
This historically correct holster, gun belt , knife and sheath has over 300 spots, 20 conchos, and a sterling silver “Naja” amulet and buckle. Due to the constantly changing prices for Sterling silver the cost will be around $2,000 + depending on sterling silver cost ~ P.O.R. This rig took us three years to complete and involved personal visits to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma to be able to view the actual gun leather in a vault under ground. A limited number will be made and will include our “Maker’s Certificate” as constructed for you.
HH – General Crook’s Gun leather
Geronimo captured General Crook and took his weapons including his S&W American .44, camp knife and sheath, and cartridge belt including black “Japanned” roller buckle. Holster & belt~ $349.95. Camp knife and Apache studded sheath ~ $ 124.95
HH- QUANAH PARKER
(Original photo & authentic reproduction pending)
HH – APACHE SCOUT
Numerous Apaches served as loyal scouts for the U.S. Cavalry. They were often issued nickel guns for two reasons. One they looked flashy and nice and the other was that the Apaches were not fond of cleaning up the black powder mess from firing the guns. Nickel plating resisted corosion. Captain Jack had many scouts with him and they were often photographed. Tooled holster, belt and buckle ~ $299.95
IP – INDIAN POLICE
This set was adapted from an original certified Reservation Indian Police rig sold to a back country Colorado pawn shop by an Indian from the reservation. Includes our BJ-34 Indian geometric buckle, lined single drop loop holster with inlaid, solid brass, antique engraved star studs and matching gun belt with alternating stars and large domed conchos. ~ $399.95. Folded Indian large pouch sheath with matching studs ~ 149.95 (knife not included)
TWB – TONKAWA WAR BELT
This year’s old west research trip took us through Ponca City, OK. At a trading post there we were able to obtain a genuine TONKAWA Indian war belt. Tonkawa is a term meaning “they all stay together.” This tribe was a nomadic buffalo hunting group whose warriors wore protective leather jackets, breastplates, and caps decorated with horn and brilliant plumage. A picture taken in 1871 shows a Tonkawan, with a long belt made of round large and small silver conchos. Texas Ranger Rip Ford claimed to have witnessed Tonkawas celebrating victory with a feast of their fallen enemy (fixed as a stew with potatoes and carrots). The photo to the left with the belt is Chief Johnson who also scouted for the Texas Rangers and the U.S. Cavalry. The belt can be made adjustable with lace ties at both ends or a tongue and buckle end. POR
NWB – NAVAJO WAR BELT
(Photo Pending) Visiting an Indian Trading Post just outside of Monument Valley, Utah we found a genuine Navajo War Belt. This belt had a tapered tongue and buckle end with a solid brass 2 1/2″ clipped corner buckle and many large and small decorative conchos. POR
SWC – SIOUX WAR CHOKER
Chief Dan American Indian made in the USA. The bone is hand drilled American Buffalo carefully antiqued and countersunk to fit the authentic Czeck glass beads. Deerskin thongs hold this museum quality piece together and the rosette is select genuine rainbow shell. If this is to be worn, measure around the neck to get a comfortable fit. Very limited production ~ $174.95
WBP – WAR BREAST PLATE
Matching war breast plate to the above choker, this large approximately 14″ x 19″ plate is something to behold. Because of the careful construction and countersinking of the beads to the American buffalo bones this plate has very little sag. Our original is held up with only two shirt pins on the wall and is destined for a museum someday. As shown ~ $499.95 plus shipping and handling.
RCWC – RED CLOUD WAR CHOKER
Another authentic old west design by Chief Dan. This countersunk American Buffalo bone is white and soft deerskin thongs hold it together behind your neck. the rosette is select genuine rainbow shell. If this is to be worn, measure around the neck to get a comfortable fit. Very limited production ~ $174.95
#HH INDIAN WARS BLACK FLAP HOLSTER
Conversion holster designed by the U.S. Military to fit S&W Schofield, S&W # 3 (Beretta Laramie) or Colt Single Action Army. Available in 5 ½” or 7 ½” in Black, Right or left side, butt forward or back. Great for old west reenactments or flap field holster for hunting without a toe plug. $149.95. With military 1 3/4″ belt and buckle and no loops ~ $324.95 (non riveted design). For bullet loops add $29.95. Pistol cartridge box or bullet box is not included but can be ordered separately. Indian Wars set with butt to the rear and (US) marked cartridge box in Walnut color.
HH- 1872 INDIAN WARS CARTRIDGE BELT
Often found in leather or canvas and varies from 18 to full loops for cartridges. Crisp 1872, two piece, US buckle cast from an original. Many civilian copies were made and worn by both military and cowboys. Unique tongue loop allows bullets from end to end if desired. We provide 18 loops in your caliber. Additional loops $1 each. Belt and two piece buckle ~ $149.95
#HH- INDIAN WARS BROWN FLAP HOLSTER
Holster. Same features as the black holster. Used during the Indian and Spanish American Wars. Went up San Juan Hill with Teddy Roosevelt. Also available in 5 ½” or 7 ½” in Brown,left or right side, butt forward or back. Non riveted design. Great for old west reenactments or flap field holster for hunting without a toe plug. ~ $149.95. With military 1 3/4″ belt and buckle ~ $249.95 (non riveted design). For bullet loops add $29.95. Pistol cartridge box or bullet box is not included but can be ordered separately.
#HH- Early Mexican War Holster
Large Half Flap holster for Colt Walker or Dragoon. Can also be made for 1860 or smaller pistol. With edge groove- $149.95 with edge stamping- $159.95 . With early cut tooling and hand background staining $ 199.95.
HH~ MEXICAN WAR FULL FLAP HOLSTER
Full flap Mexican War holster for a Colt Walker or Colt Dragoon pistol. Can be made butt forward or butt to the rear. Color choices on home page. You can order a separate belt with this holster or specify your belt width wanted. With edge groove- $149.95 with edge stamping- $159.95 . With early cut tooling and hand background staining, or floral carving $ 199.95.
#HH ~ CIVIL WAR MILITARY FLAP HOLSTER
Full flap, butt forward holster for the Colt 1851 Navy or Colt 1860 Army. The pattern is from an original and this holster by Chisholm’s Trail is on page 307 of Dennis Adler’s epic “Guns of the Civil War,” available from Amazon books. Can also be made in civilian version without the flap. Holster, 1 3/4″ belt and CSA wreath buckle or USA eagle buckle. In black or brown ~ $324.95. Add $25 for antiquing and distressing.
HH – CIVIL WAR STARR FLAP HOLSTER
A very advanced gun for the Civil War. It came in both single and double action, and was favored by many officers. The pattern is from an original and this holster by Chisholm’s Trail is on page 139 of Dennis Adler’s epic “Guns of the Civil War,” available from Amazon books. Also available in civilian version without the flap like the one worn by William Munny in the western “The Unforgiven.” Holster, belt and buckle ~$374.95. Add $25 for antiquing and distressing.
HH – CONFEDERADO
(Photo Pending) After the American Civil War many Confederate soldiers migrated to South America rather than live under federal rule. They developed their own communities which exist today. They took their arms with them and modified them when needed. This reproduction of an original results in the flap being removed and the belt loop extended for a wider belt and placed on the reverse side allowing the gun to be worn butt to the rear. High re-curved throat and low cut over the trigger guard area provides a very nice look and serviceable holster. Can be sized for any single action. Holster ~ $109.95. Holster and gun belt without bullet loops ~ $124.95. Loops can be added at $1 per loop.
HH-QRH ~ “I RODE WITH QUANTRILL” BELT HOLSTER
In 1862, Quantrill and his Raiders were sworn in as Partisan Rangers with the Confederates in Missouri. Many famous men rode with him including Jesse & Frank James, the Youngers, and “Rooster,” who later became a U.S. Marshal in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. After the war many of these raiders kept their weapons and gun leather. Holster with lines of tooling will fit all versions of Colt’s Dragoons and Walker. Holster as shown for all Dragoons ~ $109.95. Holster, gun belt without bullet loops, and round brass buckle ~ $249.95
HH-QRPH ~ “I RODE WITH QUANTRILL” POMMEL HOLSTERS
A pair of the same holsters above attached to a wide pommel strap to go over both sides of the front of a saddle. The hole goes over the wide top of the pommel then buckles so it will not bounce off while riding. Set can be positioned with butts to the front or rear. Measure from the base of your pommel down each side indicating how far down you want the top of the holster to set. Holsters in photo are approx 8 1/2″ from pommel. Set of two Pommel holsters ~ $274.95 Can be ordered with one pommel holster if wanted. Antiquing and distressing as shown adds $25.
John Wesley Hardin Collection
HH – HARDIN DESPERADO
John Wesley Hardin killed his first man at fifteen. His gun of choice was a Colt 1860 Army in .44 caliber. Hardin’s first rig was most likely a closely contoured, edge stamped Slim Jim with a 1 3/4″ gun belt and a long rectangular brass buckle. Set- Holster, belt, cap box, and buckle ~ $299.85. Bowie knife and sheath ~ $249.95. Complete set~ $519.90
HH JOHN WESLEY HARDIN – DIE BEFORE I’LL RUN
For a time Hardin led the famous Sutton-Taylor Texas feud. His next gun rig was for an S&W Schofield in a fold back Slim Jim style holster. Sometimes he had six bullet loops stitched on the front and sometimes he wore holsters with none. His buckle was a unique southern English buckle. Set- Holster, cartridge belt, and buckle ~ $299.95 without holster loops. (Available with bullet loops- call for pricing)
Hardin’s most unique gun rig is adapted from our discussion with Leon Metz, who wrote the best biography of John Wesley Hardin’s life. Set includes fringed, billeted gun belt with riveted tongue, oval buckle with edge scallops, and a double drop loop holster with edge line stamping & flower tooling. ~ $424.95 (In a section of the book it relates how Hardin’s life was spared when a bullet hit this unique buckle). Color shown is Walnut.
HH – HARDIN’S FOUR SIXES TO BEAT
The very last Hardin rig was his two holster set with holster tooling and brass studs. The belt was tapered with a special flat space for the holsters between the bullet loops. (Original on display in the New Texas Ranger Museum in San Antonio.) Set includes two lined holsters, cartridge belt, and buckle~ $ 449.95
HH ~ GONZALES
(Photo of original) Hardin gave this holster, belt, & buckle to his cousin Joe Clements after he broke up a fight in Gonzales, Texas. Clements wrote a letter stating this set also came with an 1851 Navy Colt, but an 1860 Colt Army will also fit. The original was initially a military flap holster with the flap removed for faster access to the gun. It was worn on the right side with the butt forward and required a reverse draw. We can also make this with the butt to the rear. The gun belt was a matching military 1 3/4″ belt with brass buckle. The set- holster, belt and buckle ~ $324.95
HH – BADLANDS ~ Teddy Roosevelt in Dakota
Before he became a US President, Teddy Roosevelt proved himself as a resourceful rancher in Dakota. Abercrombie and Fitch, a supplier in New York provided Roosevelt his handsome, nickel plated, engraved, ivory handled Colt 45. They also had a double drop loop Cheyenne style holster made for him with full floral tooling and a 3/4 pigskin lining. Teddy used both a billeted belt and a folded belt at different times. Our version with single stitch, open toe, 3/4 lined holster and a billeted unlined belt ~ $450. With folded money belt~ $499.95. With double stitch line and closed toe ~ POR.
For antiquing and distressing add $40 per item.
HH – TOM HORN
The famous Lawman, Rough Rider, & stock detective carried a Colt .38 Special in a fast draw fold back Slim Jim holster. He also wore a billeted, folded money belt with rectangular California buckle. Set- holster, gun belt, and buckle~ $299.90 (See our buckle button for the Tom Horn buckle.)
HH – TOM HORN RIFLE BELT
This double loop rifle belt was recently sold at auction, with authentication and Tom’s name stamped into it on the buckle end. This slightly tapered belt has a 1 3/4″ tongue and buckle end with a solid brass Garrison buckle. Original loops were for 30.30 Winchester, but the pattern can be adjusted to your caliber. Rifle belt with full loops ~ $169.95
HH ~ SAM BASS
(Gun leather in progress) Bass was an orphan who made his way to Texas as the war began. He rode with Quantrill’s Raiders and turned outlaw after the war and had his own gang which was masterminded by Joel Collins. Bass needed Collins because he was illiterate, but he was a deadly gunfighter.
HH ~ JOEL COLLINS
(Original Photo) Collins was an outlaw along with Sam Bass. They began as cattle rustlers and ended up on the most wanted list. Collins steer head handled Colt and his gun leather are on display at the museum of the Ozarks. The holster is studded and hand laced. The gun belt is a folded money belt style. Our version of the holster, belt and buckle ~ $399.95 In his last gunfight with the law he was heard saying “Pard, if we are going to die, we might as well die game.”
HH- MBM ~ MOUNTED BAT MASTERSON
The historical Bat Masterson rig is much different from the movie cross draw rendition. Lawmen on horseback would often carry as much ammo on their gun belts as possible. Masterson’s belt was a pebble grain, folded money belt style with full bullet loops from tongue to buckle end. His holster was a double drop loop style and Cheyenne, Wyoming made. The complete rig as shown in wet saddle tan ~ $425. Can be made for different guns, barrel lengths, and less decoration for revised price.
HH- MJS ~MARSHAL JOHN SELMAN
On August 19th, 1895, Marshal John Selman killed the notorious John Wesley Hardin in a gunfight at El Paso’s Acme saloon. The Marshal was himself killed in a gunfight in 1896. Ironically they are both buried in El Paso’s Concordia Cemetery. Selman was an accomplished gunman as can be seen from his holster design. It had a high back to tuck his coat tail behind, a single drop loop, and was worn high and tight for a fast draw. He used a billeted gun belt with a very popular sway back “Gunfighter” buckle. Holster, belt and gunfighter buckle ~ with edge groove only $299.95. With edge stamping ~ $325, with full floral tooling~ $349.95
#HH- MARSHAL DALLAS STOUDENMIRE
Famous El Paso City Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire was fond of carrying his 3 ½” 1860 Richards conversion in his pocket. However, on horseback he would have toted his Colt in a holster similar to this one based on West Texas museum examples of the same period. ~ $99.95
HH- BAT~ BAT MASTERSON
The TV series Bat Masterson rig was a low cross draw. This edge groove holster is a correct copy of Gene Barry’s original that we were allowed to examine. It is on display in the Buffalo Bill Cody museum in Cody, Wyoming. Set includes cross draw holster, a 1 ¾” Town Belt and six bullet cartridge slide ~ $324.95
HH-LLS~ LUKE SHORT
This gunfighter wore his gun in leather lined pockets. He did wear a belt holster some of the time, especially when on horseback. This rig was developed with input from Bob Wood the famous Luke Short historian. Note the close contour to the gun and the full access trigger guard. Cross draw holster for 3 1/2″ barrel, 1 3/4″ town belt, and six loop cartridge slide ~ $274.95 (available in regular draw & other barrel lengths)
OKLAHOMA’S THREE GUARDSMEN
The Famous U. S. Marshals – Bill Tilghman, Heck Thomas, and Chris Madsen
HH- MBT ~ MARSHAL BILL TILGHMAN
One of the famous “Guardsmen” of Oklahoma, Marshal Tilghman worked out of “hanging Judge” Parker’s court in Ft. Smith, Ark. A friend of Waytt Earp, he came out of retirement in the 1920’s when asked to be Chief of Police and clean up Chromwell, Ok. Tilghman was portrayed superbly in the 1999 TV movie “You Know My Name.” We visited Ft. Smith and interviewed numerous historians, museum staff, and the wonderful folks at the Ft. Smith National Historic Site to create this double drop loop closed toe holster, gun belt and buckle from the movie. His original blue Colt working gun is still on display in the Davis Collection in Claremore, Ok. We were allowed to examine and hold Bill’s nickel engraved Colt at the “Boot Hill” museum in Dodge City, KS. Our movie adaptation of Tilghman’s Holster, cartridge belt and buckle in cowboy brown~ $324.95
Finally we have access to the original Bill Tilghman holster, gun belt, six shooter, and badge. Note the unique stamps on the leather. Our version of the holster, gun belt, & buckle in cowboy brown after personal examinaing. ~ $474.95. This was discovered by http://www.vaquero.photography and graciously shared with us. If you need superior photos of your gear, your family, or projects we totally recommend you contact Verne.
Bill Tilghman Quote: When asked how he lasted over 50 years in law enforcement he said “A man who knows he’s right has an edge on a man, who knows he’s wrong.”
HH – MHT~ MARSHAL HECK THOMAS
(Original Photo) A contemporary of Heck Thomas wearing a single drop loop Colt SAA 7 1/2″ holster with “Fish Scale” tooling. A wide, folded “Money Belt” style, billeted cartridge belt, and clip cornered buckle. This belt has a mix of necked down double rifle loops and pistol cartridge loops. Heck’s elderly daughter gave this gun belt to their family friend and Milkman. In later years, he in turn passed it down to a younger friend. The photos we used to construct this Heck Thomas belt are from those of the current owner. While in Ft. Smith we continued our research and found numerous other photos of “Heck” and his gun leather. Holster, double loop gun belt and buckle~ $474.95. At other times Heck wore a narrower, 2 1/2″ wide single bullet loop gun belt. You may substitute this gun belt with full bullet loops except under the holster if desired. Holster and belt in chocolate, photo shows antiquing and distressing, add $40 per piece. Quote: “I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned, or see you hang in Fort Smith at Judge Parker’s convenience. Which will it be?”
HH- MCM ~ MARSHAL CHRIS MADSEN
The third member of the “guardsmen,” Marshal Madsen wore a double drop loop, closed toe holster, a 3″ billeted, folded cartridge belt, and ornate shield brass buckle. Wide belt has six double loops for rifle cartridges and a “Lawman” shield style buckle. Additional research in Ft. Smith revealed many other photos of “Chris” and his gun leather. At other times the Marshal wore a narrower, 2 1/2″ wide single bullet loop gun belt. You may substitute this gun belt with full bullet loops except under the holster if desired. Madsen was in the Danish army and the “French Foreign Legion” prior to joining the U. S. Cavalry fighting Indians in the west. When war with Spain broke out he was a volunteer “Rough Rider” with Teddy Roosevelt in Cuba at San Juan Hill. Later he was a U. S. Marshal in Oklahoma Indian Territory killing over 300 outlaws with the Guardsmen. Holster, belt and buckle~ $474.95. Holster and belt in walnut, photo shows antiquing and distressing, add $40 per piece.
HH- KANSAS CITY “COW TOWN” POLICE
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) An early, Cowboy Era, Kansas City Police holster from the cowboy days. The original, in our personal collection, has documentation and carries a 5 1/2″ Colt SAA like a glove. We can adjust the fit for any barrel length. Rare original pattern from the cattle drive days. Who knows what stories this holster could tell. Police officers were issued a belt and two piece buckle. They were allowed to obtain their own holsters. This one was made by the C.P. Shipley co. of Kansas City. Holster with edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping add $10. For full basket weave or flowers and vines add $49.95. For lining add $25. Correct authentic Kansas City 1 3/4″ adjustable Police gun belt with two piece “Police” marked buckle~ $149.95. With one line of edge stamping add $10. For full basket weave or flowers and vines add $49.95. For lining add $25.
HH- TG- TERRITORIAL WARDEN
Smith & Wesson’s 1st Model Double Action .44 came out in 1881. It became a “cracker jack” side arm for prison guards because of its double action ability to fire faster. Holster with edge groove ~ 99.95. With one line of edge stamping add $10. For full basket weave or flowers and vines add $49.95
HH- NMMP ~ NEW MEXICO’S RANGERS (The Mounted Police)
(Original photo) To the Legendary Lawman called “Kid Lambert,” who trailed the desert with the New Mexico Mounted Police. This little known mounted force functioned like the Canadian Mounties or Texas Rangers. Organized to battle crime along the border, Lambert was as tough as they come. His gun rig consisted of a 2 1/2″ wide gun belt with an 1872 “US oval in a square” brass buckle, and bullet loops that would accommodate rifle or pistol cartridges. The leather had several conchos and a holster with a re-curved throat fitting a 4 1/2″ or 5 1/2″ Colt SAA or S&W Schofield. The Kid’s knife sheath was unique and had a wide skirt with a snap strap to secure the handle. The gun belt with edge groove, buckle and 18 bullet loops ~ $179.90. Holster with edge groove ~ $114.95, Knife sheath without knife ~ $134.95. Total for individual pieces~ $429.80. Save and buy as a set ~ $$415. Per piece- With one line of edge stamping add $10. For full basket weave or flowers and vines add $49.95. For lining add $25.
MEXICAN “COWBOY ERA” GUN LEATHER
HHLS- THE LEGEND OF SOCORRO (One black Belt in stock – for right hand holster – 39 1/2″ to 42 1/2″ – ready to ship)
There is a legend of a Mexican PALADIN along the Mexican border and the El Camino Real during the old west. He wore a gun belt with large oval conchos that flashed in the sun. His nickel plated Colt pistol was deadly accurate and he struck fear into the hearts of bad men. The word Socorro means to get relief, If shouted it means “Help.” The meaning comes from Spanish with the thought of coming to aid or offering help or relief. Depending on your belt size this rig can hold up to 6 conchos at 2 3/4″ tall and 3 1/8″ long, with a matching concho buckle. These conchos are not thin or tinny but are of buckle quality. The unlined belt without holster is $449.95. The Socorro holster is a lean South of the border Slim Jim style with a gorgeous tangle of Mexican vines and leaves. In addition it has several small four pedal flowers, each one with a nickel stud in the center. You can choose an “unlined” holster with an edge groove- $99.95, or with one line of edge stamping- $124.95. Lined holster with full tooling and silver studs- $174.95. Unlined, tooled holster with no studs and belt together ~ $549.95. Lined holster with tooling, studs, and unlined belt~ $624.95 (Note: different thickness of leather are used when lining the holster. The belt is normally unlined and therefore could be very slightly darker or lighter than the holster if any color other than black is used.)
TEXAS RANGER COLLECTION
A special note of thanks to Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson, Cliff Knappenberger, Randy Edwards, Marshal Steve Carson, Former Texas Ranger Assoc. Member Bob Bailey and many others for their personal research into the Texas Rangers for us and their gracious design assistance. NOTE: All semi auto pouches are wet formed to standard factory clips or magazines. If you have an extended magazine or bumper pad at the bottom, it is your responsibility to let us know and you will need to send one of these into us for correct fit.
TEXAS RANGER ENGRAVING
We are now offering Texas Ranger engraving on Colt 1911 autos. If you purchase a holster from us we will set you up directly with the engraver who will give you an agreed upon discount. This engraver’s work is world class and will end up in many museums. Photo shows gun “in the white” prior to polishing and bluing.
TEXAS RANGER BADGE COLT 1911 GRIPS
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail holster collection museum
After much time searching we have found a craftsman to reproduce the fancy floral engraved grips the Texas Rangers favored after the turn of the century on their Colt 1911’s. Don’t be fooled with imitations. These are not cast or made from nickel silver or plated brass. These grips are hand constructed using pure Sterling Silver and “hand engraving.” Guaranteed to fit full size Colt 1911 or Commander grip frames. Both sides have a miniature Texas Ranger badge inletted into the surface. ~ $499.95.
HCR ~ HILL COUNTRY RANGER – Colt 1911 Auto Holster, Double Clip Pouch & Belt set
High top holster covering the trigger guard & securing the gun for rough use. The top tab protects the rear site. Can be made with or with out drop loop. Fits full size Colt 1911 autos. Can be made for the Colt Commander or Officer’s Model. Unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $40.95. With engraved or smooth studs on drop loop add $20. With studs on drop loop and holster body (lining required) add additional $25. Holster only as shown $219.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95 (buckle not included) . For a Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip, add ~ $124.95. Double or single mag pouch additional price. HILL COUNTRY RANGER IN BROWN BASKET WEAVE (Photo Below).
Unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Double 45 auto clip pouch secured with nickel or brass Sam Brown studs instead of snaps. With edge groove~$99.95, with tooling~ $124.95. With tooling and studs~ $129.95.Reproduction Company D Ranger badge ~ $29.95. Ranger 1 3/4″ billeted gun belt or 1 1/2″ pant belt with 1″ or 3/4″ tongue and special nickel silver, hand crafted, four piece Ranger buckle set. Edge groove ~ $224.95. With edge stamping ~ $234.95 . With floral tooling or full basket weave~ $249.95. (Special Thanks to Randy Edwards for his inspiration and input on this holster). COMING SOON- Cast antique pewter finish 1911 Colt grips cast from original WW I diamond checkered walnut pannels. Minature Texas Ranger badge inletted in the middle of each grip between the large diamonds over each screw head. Will fit Colt 1911’s perfectly. Other clones will require some fitting. Several Rangers also carried grips like these in wood. A very high quality grip ~ $99.95. Order yours now. Supply will be limited.
ATR – AUSTIN TEXAS RANGER
When the Rangers moved from horses to vehicles, Texas Ranger Lee Trimble went to craftsman A.W. Brill (1930’s-50’s) in Austin, Texas. With Trimble’s input, Brill came up with a very unique design, made with or without a front drop loop. Many former and current Texas Rangers have his holsters and still use them. This style has an open trigger guard and an angular oval drop loop with a hidden skirt. This holster is donated to the Silver Stars & Six Guns Former Texas Rangers Gala to be auctioned in support of their new Museum. The prototype of this holster for a Colt 1911 Commander will belong to Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson. Holster unlined with edge groove ~ $134.95. With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. Holster as shown ~ $199.95. Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95. A Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip ~ $124.95. Double clip pouch floral tooled ~ $$139.95. Large open top folding knife pouch~ $59.95. Total set $674.95. For a matching 1 1/2″ pant belt including Ranger buckle set add ~ $275.
TBR – TEXAS BORDER RANGER
An example of a favored style holster used by Texas Rangers along the border. With the switch from horseback to vehicles, holsters started to have just enough leather to carry them safely and not get in the way of a fast draw. Makers such as S.D. Myres responded with similar gun leather. This style has an open toe design. Holster with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Ranger gun and pant belts, and clip pouch descriptions and prices above. Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95 (buckle not included) . For a Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip, add ~ $124.95.
DWH ~ DANGEROUS WOMEN- TEXAS RANGER “DOG EAR” AUTO HOLSTER
Short lived TV series depicting a very competent woman in the Texas Rangers. Unique “Dog Eared” Colt Commander holsters worn by both Ranger Molly and Lt. Zea with full size 1911 Colts peeking out the bottom. It’s interesting how some makers back in the day called it a hammer guard holster. Some called it a hammer protector and others called it a hammer shield 1911 holster. Floral tooled, Colt Commander or full size 1911 auto holster, pigskin or leather lined ~ $225. Pigskin or leather lined, floral tooled 1 3/4″ billeted Ranger gun belt with Ranger buckle, 2 keepers, and tip ~ $300. Floral tooled double mag pouch ~ $165. Cuff case ~ $74.95. Matching pigskin or leather lined, floral tooled 1 1/2″ pant belt and buckle~ $300. Order the complete set and save. Total $999.95.
PHR- PANHANDLE RANGER
Inspired by the design input of an active Ranger working the Panhandle area of Texas near the Oklahoma border . Similar to the A.W. Brill style, this holster has no drop loop and the hidden skirt does not extend beyond the bottom. This style has a closed toe. Holster can be made with an FBI cant or straight hang and is tightly wet formed to a Colt 1911. When asked by an inquisitive youngster why most Rangers do not use a retaining strap, the lawman responded “cause I don’t let the bad guys close enough to touch my gun.” Holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95 (buckle not included) . For a Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip, add ~ $124.95.
PHOM ~ OFFICER’S MODEL PANHANDLE
Scaled down version of the Panhandle holster to fit the short Colt Officer’s Model .45 Auto. Holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~$134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
LVR- LONGVIEW RANGER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Bedell Rogers was a high quality saddle maker, leather craftsman, cowboy, and rodeo performer. Rogers worked during the 1930’s and on, passing away in 1914. He spent his younger years in Wild Bill’s Wild West Show and was in rodeos for 15 years. His gear has been worn by Tex Ritter, Tom Mix, Ben Johnson, Hopalong Cassidy, and many Texas Rangers. Our adaptation of this style is dedicated to the master “Bedell Rogers. ” Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Thanks to Marshal Steve Carson for input on this set. Holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. Ranger 1 3/4″ billeted gun belt or 1 1/2″ pant belt with 1″ or 3/4″ tongue and special nickel silver, hand crafted, four piece Ranger buckle set. Edge groove ~ $224.95. With edge stamping ~ $234.95 . With floral tooling~ $249.95. Chain handcuff case ~ $74.95.
RLW- LONE WOLF GONZAULLAS
This is an actual photo of the original holster from the collection. Manual “Lone Wolf” (El Lobo Solo) Gonzaullas got his nickname by getting out of trouble by himself. Born in 1891, he was the first American of Spanish descent to become a captain in the Texas Rangers. Lone Wolf always got in the first shot and was quick on the draw, resulting in killing many men in his career. On some of his guns a code was engraved: “Never Draw Me Without Cause or Sheath Me With Dishonor.” Gonzaullas famous Colt 1911 holster was cut out in the trigger guard area and closely fit the gun. He never used a strap or hammer thong. Holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or correct hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $149.95. For lining add $24.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95 (buckle not included) . For a Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip, add ~ $124.95.
RJJ ~ RANGER’S EXTREME PREJUDICE
Special Thanks to Bob Bailey for his support of our development of this Ranger gear collection and for arranging for us to personally interview Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson on July 18th, 2011.
The movie “Extreme Prejudice” came out in 1987 with Jack Benteen as a border Texas Ranger. The Actor based his character on Joaquin Jackson, a tough Texas lawman who wore his badge cut from a Mexican cinco peso coin. The actor actually spent weeks with Ranger Jackson to learn to walk, talk and shoot like the officer. When they made the movie the actor looked like Ranger Jackson from his boots to his hat and gun leather. Complete Ranger set~ $1,100.95. If purchased Individually: ~ pigskin Lined, floral tooled Colt Commander .45 auto holster ~ $225, pigskin lined, floral tooled 1 3/4″ billeted Ranger belt with Ranger buckle, 2 keepers, and tip ~ $300, double, floral tooled clip pouch~ $165, large folding knife belt pouch~ $60, and matching pigskin lined, floral tooled 1 1/2″ pant belt and buckle~ $300.
RFKP ~ RANGER FOLDING KNIFE POUCH
Assembled like the Extreme Prejudice knife pouch above and like the famous Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson wore. Heavy 9-10 gauge tooling leather, form fitted to large double bladed folding knife. Will fit only one way and is a secure carry. Can be made with sewn on belt loop or with “press the dot” snaps to be able to take on and off with ease. With edge groove ~ $49.95. With basket weave or hand carved flower & vine style ~ $59.95. Knife and sheath sold separately. Knife is large two blade hunter style wit9h the main blade at 4″ and 1/8″ thick high grade stainless steel. Full size closed 5 1/4″. To add the knife shown in the photo add $74.95
JJRG ~ JJ RANGER 1911 GRIPS
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail holster collection museum
The ultimate in 1911 grips. Classic Texas Ranger era, border style Colt 1911 grips. Sterling Silver and Gold -$1,500. For daily use- made from nickel silver and brass ~$400. Border curling design. Indian head top, blank banner middle, and lucky horseshoe bottom. Pebble grain background. Each one mated to a Colt 1911 to insure perfect fit. Limited production so order yours soon. Note: price subject to increase at any time. Style shown as Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson.
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) Our Ranger buckle set – adapted from the style worn by past and present Texas Rangers. Each one is slightly different and hand crafted from Nickel Silver by our jeweler. The actual Rangers buckles are hand crafted by prisoners in the Texas Penal system. This style has been adapted from the one worn by Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson who was the technical consultant for the movie “Extreme Prejudice.” Lined and floral tooled gun belt is 1 3/4″ wide ~ $149.95. A Ranger buckle set includes buckle, two keepers, and tip ~ $124.95.
RTS – RANGER TRAPPER RIFLE SCABBARD
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Modeled after Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson’s Winchester 1894 “Trapper” short barrel saddle scabbard. Many Rangers ordered a no nonsense tough rifle scabbard with “no frills or dressings.” Built for hard use in the saddle this scabbard has cut outs along the stitch line for the saddle straps. Ranger Jackson kept his scabbard on the front floorboard of his vehicle within easy reach. With no riveted loops this removed the problem of scratching your gun while taking it in and out. Scabbard ~ $179.95. Two saddle straps with heavy duty buckles ~ $49.95. Edge stamping adds – $20.00. Full basket weave or Sheridan carving available. Also available the Ranger folding knife belt pouch, Elk’s tooth watch fob and chain, Horse hair hat band, and reproduction badge.
HWR – WORKING RANGER HOLSTER
No frills plain holster to carry the Colt 1911 or clone. Straight draw with good carry and clean lines. Constructed of 9-10 gauge Wickett & Craig premium tooling leather. Lock stitched for hard use. Wet formed to a Colt 1911 for superior fit and retention. Unlined with edge groove ~$99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage ~ $134.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
RSD1- STANDARD DUTY 1
(IN STOCK) These are not issue holsters, but they will hold up to the extreme conditions Rangers put their gun leather through. The current issue Texas Ranger pistol is the Sig Sauer P-226 in .357 Sig caliber. Rangers have a lot of leeway when it comes to firearms and holsters. Many opt for other guns and other calibers but some like to carry the issue pistol. After an in depth study of this gun and with the combat proven pattern input of John O’rourke Gunleather (www.gun-holsters.com) we have been asked to create an unencumberd, slim, belt slide holster to carry this semi auto. No frills just function. Nothing “added” to make the profile thicker.
This classic style and FBI angle allow this fairly large gun to be worn as close to the body as possible creating very little outline with a shirt, windbreaker or sport jacket covering it. Constructed from heavy 9-10 gauge wet formed leather and will fit up to a 1 3/4″ duty belt. Unlined belt slide holster with edge groove only ~ $124.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $134.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $149.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95.
RSD2- STANDARD DUTY 2
These are not issue holsters. However, we have been asked to create a classic holster for Rangers with a look at the past but updated for today’s Officer and his combat needs. Just like the above holster we completed a serious study of this gun and once again called on the pattern input of John O’rourke Gunleather (www.gun-holsters.com). Like the SD1 we wanted to create an unencumberd, over the belt holster to carry this semi auto. The “No frills just function” attitude continues. This style positions the gun grip away from the body. It is cut lower in the front for faster draw and muzzle on target. Constructed from heavy 9-10 gauge wet formed leather to fit up to a 1 3/4″ duty belt. This holster is lined & closely wet formed to the gun. Lined holster with edge groove ~ $149.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $159.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $169.95. With full tooling flowers & vines ~ $174.95. Currently made for Sig 226, Colt 1911, Glock 17/19, or Browning HP.
RSD3- AVENGING RANGER – STANDARD DUTY 3
As Rangers began to carry semi auto pistols they upgraded their gun leather as well. One favorite holster was called the “Avenger.” A belt loop is on the reverse side comfortably supports a heavy pistol. The trigger guard side of the holster has a generous belt slot to accommodate a heavy 1 ¾” gun belt. This slot holds the pistol tightly to the body. The muzzle will be back a little and the hammer area will be forward. This results is an ergonomic draw and smooth transition from holster to sighting the gun. Several examples are on display are in the Texas Ranger museum. Our adaptation of this holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95. A small sterling silver concho can be attached at additional cost.
TRBU ~ TEXAS RANGER BACK UP
Many Rangers used the dependable Colt 1903 or 1908 hammerless semi auto pistol for a back up. Each of these compact A.W. Brill style holsters are wet formed using an actual nickle 1908 carried by an active Texas Ranger. NOTE: Will also fit the new Kimber Solo 9MM. Specify the belt width you will use! Holster, unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $159.95. For lining add $24.95.
FTR ~ FRONTIER TEXAS RANGER
Colt’s .45 pistol came out in 1905. The Rangers naturally thought it was for them so most carried one. Gun leather still had a western flair and many examples were highly tooled with studs and conchos. See page 132 of the book “Packing Iron – Frazier, Pueblo, Colo.” – With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. For sterling silver plated, engraved studs add $24.95. Lined double tongue belt with two piece buckle ~ $149.95. With tooling add $24.95. Camel’s hump double clip pouch as shown ~ $139.95. Reduced price for the three pieces as shown ~ $499.95 Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
MTR ~ MOUNTED RANGER
(IN STOCK) A little after the turn of the century both the Texas and Arizona Rangers began carrying Colonel Colt’s 1911 Government Model. Rangers wanted leather gear to resemble what they carried their old Single Actions in. As a result, leather craftsmen began to adjust their drop loop patterns to fit this new gun. Holster unlined with one line edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line edge stamping ~ $109.95. With basketweave or hand tooled flowers & vines ~ $124.95. For lining add $24.95. Unlined Rifle belt or pistol cartridge belt with double rows of loops (badge not included) ~ $149.95
TRSCP ~ TEXAS RANGER SINGLE OR DOUBLE CLIP POUCH
Combat proven belt slide pattern for one or two clips. Comfortable clip tab to keep the metal from touching your clothing. Clips remain secure until needed then are ready for use. With edge groove only ~ $89.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $99.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $109.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $124.95. Example shows both plain and full tooled single pouches.
TRDCP- TEXAS RANGER DOUBLE CLIP POUCH
(IN STOCK) Double clip pouch with edge groove only ~ $109.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $119.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $129.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $139.95.
PBMP ~ PIGGY BACK MAG POUCH
Horizontal carry double .45 auto magazine pouch. One clip on top of the other for a very thin profile and comfortable carry. Closes with a button hole and Sam Brown stud. Wide sturdy belt loop on the reverse side- please specify belt width. With edge groove ~ $89.95. With U.S. – C.S. – or Texas Star in an oval ~ $99.95. Full floral tool or basket weave ~ 124.95.
TRCH ~ TEXAS RANGER CAMEL HUMP DOUBLE MAG POUCH
Early style, separated round bottom, double clip pouch with flaps and Sam Brown studs instead of snaps. With edge groove only ~ $109.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $119.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $129.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $139.95.
TRDCP-TEXAS RANGER DOUBLE MAG POUCH WITH FLAT BOTTOM
Double magazine pouch with tooling on flaps secured with Sam Brown studs. With edge groove only ~ $109.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $119.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $129.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $139.95.
TRCPS-TEXAS RANGER DOUBLE MAG POUCH WITH SNAPS
Double flap mag pouch “Extreme Prejudice” tooled on body and on flaps. Secures with line 24 nickle plated or black snaps. Wickett & Craig 7-8 gauge tooling leather in your choice of color. Sewn with 346 lock stitched thread for durability. Magazines wet formed to each pouch. With edge groove only ~ $109.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $119.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $129.95. Fully tooled on body and flaps ~ $165.
RANGER AR .223 CLIP POUCH
In response to the overwhelming requests from the border states of Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico for a belt slide pouch for a 20 or 30 round Colt AR .223 clip we have developed this serviceable slide. It holds the clip securely and is easy to draw. With edge groove only ~ $89.95. With one line edge stamp ~ $99.95. With Basket weave or pineapple checker ~ $119.95. With full tooling flowers and vines ~ $129.95.
TRWB ~ TEXAS RANGER CAPTAIN WILLIAM MILTON BANTA
Ranger Banta served Texas starting in the 1850’s & the Civil War. After he retired he wrote a book titled “Twenty Seven Years on the Texas Frontier.” This book told of his exploits as a Ranger and Indian fighter. Ranger Banta is my direct ancestor and as a result we have been inducted into the “Former Texas Ranger Association.”From examination of samples from this period we have developed a special rig honoring the fighting Banta Ranger. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. The rig will include a Colt Paterson 7 1/2″ or 9″ barrel, closed or open toe holster. We also have patterns that will fit the Walker, Dragoon, and 1873 Colt. This holster has several lines of edge tooling similar to originals. The top of the holster is scalloped and the body has a 1″ star in a circle Texas Ranger stamp. The 1 3/4” lined gun belt will have a very early Texas two piece star buckle with a wreath and matching stamping and tooling like the holster. Unlined belt, buckle and holster as described ~ $300. As shown with antique finish and distressing ~ $325. Frontier Bowie knife and sheath ~ $225. Small powder flask and belt pouch tooled, not distressed as in photo ~ $150 (includes flask). Add $25 for antiquing flask & holder. Save – complete set as shown ~ $685 (not including pistol)
TTR ~ TERRY’S TEXAS RANGERS
Out of the turbulent times in the Civil War, Terry’s Texas Rangers were formed. This group became a serious fighting force for the Confederacy and feared by the Union forces. The original owner of this holster was more concerned with keeping his Colt secure while galloping rather than a fast draw. This holster can be sized to any single action or barrel length including 12″. Holster, 1 3/4″ belt, and correct reproduction buckle $274.95.
TR~ TASCOSA RANGER
This one will be available after the Texas Ranger gathering in October 2013. It has been recreated to carry the Colt Walker and includes a Texas cap box, correct Walker brass powder flask and holder, and Damascus Bowie knife in a scalloped skirt sheath. Price POR currently.
TRBF ~ TEXAS RANGER BRANTLEY
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) Working Texas Ranger rig for a Smith & Wesson (K) or (N) frame or Colt Python revolver. Can be made for a Colt 1911 or Commander also. Reproduction set includes lined non two tone holster, lined gun belt with buckle set, six round cartridge slide in your caliber, and cuff case. Holster can be made with or without snap strap. Strap adds $10.00. See color choices on the home page. Set in basket weave ~ $514.95. Pieces also available individually.
TRDE ~ TEXAS RANGER DAVIS “DOG EAR” DOUBLE ACTION
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Few Rangers opted for a safety strap and snap for the simple reason that they often failed. Many prefered the “Dog Ear” style holster that has a small flap of leather over the top of the hammer. This kept the hammer from snaging on a jacket or coat without slowing a fast draw. Many were made by “Cowboy Ellis” who crafted holsters for the Rangers in Austin, Texas. Our holsters will be wet formed using a Texas Ranger’s model 19 Smith & Wesson. Unlined with edge groove ~ $134.95. With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. (Original holster photo courtesy of a Former Texas Ranger). Badge & bullet case not included. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit. Photo below is this holster up sized to fit an S&W (N) frame .44 MAG Model 29 Stainless with Kangaroo edge lacing. Unlined with edge groove ~ $134.95. With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $35.95. For hand Kangaroo lacing add $10 per inch. This one is Phil Chriswell’s, one of the best pistol instructors today. For combat training contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by the (N) frame Smith & Wesson .44 Magnum Model 29 often carried by Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson in the back country. This larger brother to the above holster is fully tooled and lined. It was custom made and carefully hand tooled for Phil Chriswell, famous combat firearms instructor in Idaho who convinced us to braid lace along the stitch line. If you would like firearms training for individuals or groups please contact Phil at email@example.com. Holster as shown ~ $224.95
TRDA 1- TEXAS RANGER DOUBLE ACTION- 1 (K Frame)
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Before Rangers carried the .45 Colt 1911 many packed a double action Colt or Smith & Wesson (K) frame revolver in .38 Spl, .357 magnum. This design is adapted from the A.W. Brill style and holds the pistol in place by friction and wet forming. This holster carries an early Model 10 with stag grips. Unlined with edge groove ~ $134.95. With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. (Original holster and badge courtesy of Bob Bailey) Badge not included. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
TRDA 2- TEXAS RANGER DOUBLE ACTION- 2 (N Frame)
Many Rangers prefered the larger (N) frame Smith & Wesson in .357, .44 Spl. or .44 Magnum. This larger double action holster allowed the big revolver to be comfortably carried all day in a vehicle or on horseback. This holster carries an rare early Elmer Kieth style S&W Model 29. Unlined with edge groove ~ $124.95. With edge stamping ~ $134.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. This holster is for an 8″ barrel. Other barrel lengths can be made. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
TRM- TEXAS RANGER MAGNUM
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Many Rangers carried their new (K) frame Smith & Wessons or Model 19’s in a distinctive double drop loop western style holster. Here is one in basket weave brown. Holster unlined with one line edge groove ~ $124.95. With one line edge stamping ~ $134.95. With basketweave or hand tooled flowers & vines ~ $149.95. For lining add $24.95.
ETRFH- EARLY TEXAS RANGER FRANK HAMER
(Photo Pending) Early in his career Hamer wore a single drop loop holster over a full bullet loop folded money belt in medium brown with a clipped corner buckle. Frank was rumored to have carried a Colt Bisley at one time. Our version with 18 bullet loops centered on the back ~ $374.95. With full bullet loops $425.95.
TRFH- TEXAS RANGER FRANK HAMER WITH TOM THREE PERSONS HOLSTER
When the Rangers began transitioning from horses to vehicles many of the Lawmen were comfortable with their Colt Single Action pistols and kept carrying them. However, the design had a tighter cut and more form fitting holster. Ranger Frank Hamer used an A.W. Brill style for his famous black handled, silver plated and engraved 1873 Colt “Old Lucky.” Unlined with edge groove ~ $134.95. With edge stamping ~ $144.95. With full basket weave or hand tooled flowers and vines ~ $174.95. For lining add $24.95. Original badge not included. Reproduction badge ~ $29.95. Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
TRCW ~ TEXAS RANGER WALKER – The Early Years
On the first season of Texas Ranger Walker, Cordell carried a 4″ Nickel or stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 Magnum. His rig was a that of a working Ranger with a lined, left or right cross draw, thumb strap holster and 1 3/4″ lined, billeted gun belt. The buckle was a heel bar style and the belt had two snap keepers in the rear to keep the gun belt secure to the pant belt. Finally he wore a cuff case on his right side. Complete rig- holster, belt, buckle, keepers, and cuff case ~ $449.95. Reproduction badge ~ $29.95 Please specify belt width you want this holster to fit.
Also available in strong side with FBI cant.
MORE RANGER STUFF TO COME….
SPECIAL AGENT COLLECTION
ETS ~ EARLY TREASURY AGENT
Early Treasury Agent’s often had to arm themselves, whether approved or not. There were no regulation holsters or grips back in the day so some agents dressed up their carry gear. This one is already slightly toe to the rear. Our version for either a (K) or an (N) frame with edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95. Specify fixed or adjustable sights.
SAHS ~ FEDERAL AGENT REVOLVER ISSUE
Early Federal Agents were armed with either Colt or Smith & Wesson 4″ barrel revolvers. Since they had to wear a coat they had to protect the gun from wearing a hole in the coat’s lining. In addition, they needed to draw fast so they did not use a snap safety strap across the gun. Instead they had an adjustable welt that held tension against the frame of the revolver with a screw attachment made popular by Special Agent Hank Sloan. This style was so successful that in 1960 and all agents were issued this holster. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95
SA45~ G-MAN 45 AUTO
In the 1973 crime drama “Dillinger” Ben Johnson portrays Special Agent Melvin Purvis. In that film he carries a nickel 1911 Colt pistol. This holster can be made with or without the famous “Dog Ear” hammer protector. The addition of this extra cover over the hammer kept the agent’s sharp edged gun from wearing a hole in his coat. This holster can also be designed to fit a double action Colt or S&W. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With “Dog Ear” add $10. With one line of edge stamping add $10. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines add $49.95
SWA ~ SOUTHWESTERN PEACE OFFICER
(Original photo- reproduction in progress) With the advent of double action revolvers, agents most often went with Smith & Wesson or Colt. In the Southwest, habits are hard to break and many holsters for these new and better guns had an old west look to them. This one has some of the best lines we have found. It comes with a 1 3/4″ Garrison belt and nickel or brass square buckle. The set with edge groove~ $249.95. With one line of edge stamping add $10. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines add $49.95. We would suggest a 1 3/4″ cartridge belt slide in your caliber for an additional $49.95
OLLB ~ OKLAHOMA LAWMAN (SPECIAL AGENT LUTHER BISHOP) – Alive If Possible…Dead If Necessary
Bishop served as a City Marshal of Britton, was an Oklahoma County Deputy Sheriff, an Oklahoma City Police Officer, a Deputy U.S. Marshal, and one of the first three Special Agents of the State Bureau of Investigation. Bishop and his partner Claude Tyler were involved in many deadly shootouts. He fired the fatal shot that killed Al Spencer, the last train robber in OKC. As a special note, Bishop’s partner Tyler invented the famous “Tyler (T) Grip” to make revolvers fit hands easier. In this image, Special Agent Bishop is wearing a frontier style Mexican loop holster with a “cocked and locked” Colt 1911 on his right side. On his left side he has a Colt SAA tucked into his belt full of cartridge loops and a single 1911 clip pouch. Colt 1911 holster, belt, buckle and mag pouch ~ $324.95
SWHD~ SOUTHWESTERN HOMICIDE DETECTIVE
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
This “Dog Ear” snub nose holster, with an FBI rake, was carried a New Mexico homicide detective’s round butt S&W for over 30 years. The hammer protector flap over the sharply checkered hammer kept this agent’s gun from wearing a hole in his coat. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95
LBU ~ LAWMAN’S .38 BACK UP
Colt Detective Special, Cobra, or Small (J) frame “Chief’s Special Style” Smith & Wesson double action revolver carried in a comfortable outside the belt holster. Vintage style often found in off duty law enforcement personnel. Color choices are found on our home page. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95
JB ~ JELLY BRYCE ~ FBI “QUICK DRAW” GUNFIGHTER
Special Agent Bryce was a snazzy dresser. In those days they were called “Jelly Beans.” An outlaw that lost a gunfight called him that and the name stuck. Agent Bryce’s bark was as bad as his bite. Jelly got in many gun fights and always won. He was killing so many bad guys a reporter asked if he had any interest in bringing them back alive. He said he was more interested in bringing himself back alive. The FBI hired Bryce from the Oklahoma City Police because he was a gunfighter and they wanted him to teach their agents how to carry a gun and shoot. Because of Jelly’s unique crouch and draw, his holster had to be carried toe to the rear. This became the famous “FBI rake or cant.” The holster in the photo was most likely made by his father Fel Bryce, who was a famous leathercrafter. Our version includes his unlined floral tooled holster, from descriptions and photos, 1 3/4″ gun belt, and 6 loop bullet slide~ $399.95.
For matching cuff case add ~ $89.95. On November 12, 1945, Life Magazine had a photo showing his floral tooled Ranger style belt. Our version including fancy heel bar buckle and keeper~ $174.95 Floral tooled holster alone ~ $149.95. Jelly’s rig is in progress- The original is for a four inch S&W (N) frame. At this time in history, agents could choose their own guns, caliber, and gun leather.
Note: Special thanks for critical input from Mike Conti, author of several novels on Bryce. We recommend all three books for the early FBI. See Amazon for “Jelly Bryce: The Legend Begins.” Also thanks to Phil Chriswell, early special agent holster historian. Additional thanks to Ron Owens, author of “Legendary Lawman.”
JC ~ JERRY CAMPBELL
Special Agent Jerry Campbell (Coming Soon)
WW ~ WALTER WALSH
Special Agent Walter Walshl (Coming Soon)
FS ~ FLYING SQUAD
(Photo Pending) Hoover’s response the the escalating crime spree was to have a group of specially trained agents to be able to respond at a moments notice to a law enforcement need. Most often these agents would have to fly to the scene. They kept bags packed and were prepared to stay until the job was done. By now the holsters all had the distinctive FBI cant or rake. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $119.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $149.95. Six shot bullet belt slides available in your caliber. Specify 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ belt loop.
C40 ~ CLASSIC 1940
Many Law Enforcement officers and Private Detectives chose this style for their short barreled revolvers in the late 30’s or early 40’s. Can be made for the large (N) frame .44 or .38/.357, 38.44 Heavy Duty, 1917 Auto Rim .45, or the smaller (K) frame. Specify 1 1/2″ or 1 3/4″ belt loop. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $119.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $149.95. Six shot bullet belt slides available in your caliber.
HH – SHELTON PAYNE EL PASO LAWMAN
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) Single, angled Drop Loop Colt 1911 holster secured with a rivet. The skirt is oval and will fit over any size gun belt. Gun belt is 2″ and has a square nickel or brass buckle. Double magazine pouch with directional clip sleeves is secured with flaps and snaps. Unlined holster for 1911 or Commander with edge groove ~ $124.95. Add $10 for one line decorative edge stamping. Add $49.95 for full flower and vine tooling or basket weave. Add $25 for lining. Add $10 for snap and strap. (No metal on drop loop) Unlined 2″ Gun belt with 2″ buckle and edge groove ~ $124.95. Add $10 for one line decorative edge stamping. Add $49.95 for full flower and vine tooling or basket weave. Add $25 for lining. Double mag pouch with flaps, snaps, and edge groove ~ 124.95. Add $10 for one line decorative edge stamping. Add $25 for full flower and vine or basket weave tooling. Three piece set as shown ~ $374.85 (No metal plate on drop loop)
HH- THE NEW YORK RELOAD
Double back to back holsters in a belt slide format. The term New York Reload means that you have a second gun to go to after you have expended all the shells in your first gun. Normally for a pair of Colt 1911’s or Commanders. P.O.R.
HH- BLUE BLOODED DETECTIVE
(An original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) In the series, Frank carries his father’s “Fitz Special” with the front of the trigger guard cut away. This is a very dangerous hand gun to carry without a lot of practice. Short holster with screw tension retainer will hold a Colt Detective Special, Colt Cobra, Smith & Wesson Chief Special, or S&W K frame snub. With edge groove ~ 124.95 (Note the front of the trigger guard has been purposefully removed from the gun in the photo but holster will work with normal guns as well) Early designed holsters like this were made by Clark, Bucheimer, Safety Speed, Brauer Bros. and many others. The main difference was the grade of quality by the maker.
HH ~ MAJOR CRIMES DETECTIVE
Snub nose holster for N, L, or K frame S&W. Photo has pigskin lining. Can be made for strong side or cross draw models in any barrel length. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95
HH – PEACE OFFICER
(Photos and descriptions coming soon) Available in S&W double action or 1911 configuration. Holster with an FBI cant and a “Dog Ear” to protect the hammer from wearing a hole in the lining of your coat. Also available with strap and snap which requires the holster to be lined. Horizontal clip pouch that can be snapped on or off . 1 3/4″ gun belt with sewn on tongue and buckle ends. Standard buckle is our Brass BJ- Standard Dress buckle. Available with brass keeper and tip if desired. P.O.R. (Peace Officer badge not for sale)
OTHER NOTABLE OLD WEST HOLSTERS AND GEAR
HH – BELLE STARR BANDIT QUEEN
Belle Starr was a notorious outlaw that was number one on hanging Judge Parker’s go gett’em list. Ft. Smith, Ark. saw a lot of her and she was finally killed with a shotgun blast to her back two days short of her 41st birthday February 3, 1889. The Ft. Smith Federal museum has several photos of Starr including one full size so you can clearly study her gun leather. We have faithfully reproduced her rig including her unique belt buckle (in stock now). Holster, belt and buckle ~ $369.95
HH- CATTLE BRAND
Unique hand tooled, raised cattle brands on holster. Two tone hand oil base stained. Diamond drop loop style patterned from the pages of “Packing Iron,” by Richard Rattenbury. Pebble grain folded money belt with sewn on tongue and buckle billet ends. Upgraded Wickett & Craig premium tooling leather and matching cattle brand buckle. ~ $449.95
HH- UNCLE JAKE
Charlie’s Great Uncle Jake was born in Lincoln, Nebraska. His father installed telegraph lines in the west, so Jake moved frequently, saw a lot of rough towns, and worked with Grandpa as a “power boomer”. His family moved to San Antonio where he played cowboys & Indians in the Alamo. The next stop was Butte, MT where he began to wander and work ranches. Then two years in rough Boulder, CO. Jake did cowboy work through northern CO and WY, finally ending up on a line crew in Yellowstone. Great Uncle Jake “cowboyed” until his health and cold weather caused him to move to a better climate. He had F.A. Meanea make him a civilian copy of the 1885 half flap Cavalry holster to better protect his six gun from the elements along with a fancy billeted cartridge belt.
Holster without a toe plug. $149.95. Edge stamping add $20. Full floral tooling or basket weave add $49.95. Billeted gun belt with 18 bullet loops and edge groove only~ $129.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $139.95. With full coverage such as basket weave ~$149.95. Full flower and vine tooling ~ $169.95 All belts over 50″ add $10. Western leather belts. Lined add $35. (Works great as a field holster for a double action Smith & Wesson. We can adjust the pattern for any size gun.)
#HH- COMMANCHE MOON PATTERSON
(Photo Pending) Adapted from the final segment of the “Lonesome Dove” series called “Commanche Moon,” comes this authentic holster for the Colt Patterson revolver with retracting trigger & no trigger guard. Edge groove $89.95 . With gun belt & round brass buckle ~ $249.95
#HH-9 – COLT .45 AUTO COWBOY DROP LOOP HOLSTER-
Cowboys carried the newest and best handguns they could buy. As soon as these automatics were available, many obtained one and promptly had a western holster made. Adapted from the book “Packing Iron,” by Richard Rattenbury and private collections. With edge groove $99.95 without retaining strap. With strap and brass stud ~ $124.95. Edge stamping adds $10. COWBOY .45 DROP LOOP HOLSTER FULLY DRESSED- Floral tooled, lined, with Sam Brown stud strap~ $ 159.95
HH9A–DOUBLE CLIP POUCH
Colt .45 Auto double clip pouch with flaps secured with Sam Brown studs. Snaps were not used in the Old West. Unique and authentic way to carry your 1911 clips. $99.95. Add $10. for stamps, stars, or other designs. For floral carving or basket weave-POR.
#HH-THF ~ TRANSITIONAL HALF FLAP HOLSTER WITH CUT TOOLING
“Packing Iron,” pages 69 & 70. Dark brown, Post Civil War, half flap holster with or without early cut-style tooling. Design can be adjusted to fit 1851 Navy, 1860 Army, all Conversions, 1873 Colt & 75 Remington. With edge groove ~ $124.95. With hand folk cut engraving $149.95.
#HH- ERD ~ EARLY REVERSE DRAW SLIM JIM
This Slim Jim California style holster is focused on protecting the pistol. At the same time it is cut out on the reverse side to get a good grip on the handle as you draw the gun. Most often worn in a butt forward style. This holster is displayed on a buffalo hunter, worn over a Sharps cartridge belt, in the National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City. Can be sized for any black powder or other Single Actions. The original has flowers, vines and a tooled “Rams Head.” Edge groove holster and straight belt with 2″ buckle – $249.95. Straight belt with edge groove and holster with Rams Head or floral tooling – $349.95
#HH – QUANTRILL’S RAIDERS
The guerrillas under Quantrill learned the hard way that the more guns you carried the better off you were in a running battle. Often they carried four to six on their person and two to four on their saddles and in saddle bags. Hide away guns were common. This short barreled holster with decorative stitching is in the Autry Museum in LA and is attributed to guerrilla use. When captured, many of these holsters were then used by the other side as well. Holster, 1 3/4″ gun belt, and Quantrill buckle ~ $249.95 (Buckle photo under Buckle Button)
# HH – BUFFALO BILL CODY
The famous Buffalo Bill Cody set. Billeted tan pebble grain, folded cartridge belt with sewn on tongue and buckle ends. Unlined, double drop loop holster with stamping and tooling. Wine colored antique Czeck Indian beads woven on the left side of the skirt with solid brass beads woven on the throat. Large domed cast nickel concho on the holster with flowers, vines and Buffalo Bill Cody’s name, as on the original. ~ $499.95. Rig with hand engraved concho in nickel silver (each one slightly different and original) ~ $525. Concho cast in “Sterling Silver” ~ $550.
THE AMERICAN PUNITIVE EXPEDITION AGAINST PANCHO VILLA, &
THE AMERICAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE IN WW 1 COLLECTION
GSP ~ GENERAL GEORGE S. PATTON SET
The Chisholm’s Trail “PATTON” set is as close as you can come to the original. We have been to the Patton museum and own several books with color photos of the original. Patton himself designed a 1 3/4″ leather belt with hooks and grommets, your choice of Patton’s (2) piece U.S. or Eagle buckle ~ $149.95, Right hand 4 1/2″ Colt SAA holster ~ $149.95, Left or right hand holster for S&W (N) frame magnum ~ $149.95. 12 loop cartridge belt slide ~ 99.95. Belt compass pouch~ $99.95. Note: Our buckles are not like other reproductions, they are crisp and cast from actual original buckles of the same time period. Our version ~ two holsters, belt, buckle, & bullet slide ~ $539.95. (Does not include utility pouch- available at additional cost). Note: The French love General Patton and received assistance with this pattern from La Sellerie du Thymerais, a professional french saddler, a master leather craftsman, and good friend.
Patton Quote: “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.” Original photo
GPH ~ GENERAL PATTON HOLSTERS
General Patton wore two holsters that were almost identical. Although he had one made for both sides for both guns, the right hand one he wore most was for a Colt SAA and the left one was for a S&W Registered .357 magnum. They had ivory grips- not pearl. This holster was made from personal examination of the original Patton holster and currently is the only correct one in production. Can be made right or left hand for either pistol. ~ $159.95 (snap protector can be used to keep from scratching the pistol- as shown) This holster has a toe plug.
GENERAL PATTON SMITH & WESSON HOLSTER
GPCS~ GENERAL PATTON CARTRIDGE SLIDE
General Patton’s main gun was his first Colt Single Action Army and, when worn, he always carried a 12 loop cartridge slide in .45 Long Colt caliber which gave him two additional reloads. This slide was made to fit a 1 3/4″ belt. We can make this in your caliber to fit any width of belt ~ $99.95
GPGB ~ GENERAL PATTON GUN BELT
Between WW1 and WW2 General Patton had several custom gun belts made on a military pattern 1 3/4″ wide with brass or black grommets to hold U.S. web gear. The distinctive 2 piece buckles were held on with both stitching or screw rivets- your choice. Ours is normally made with screw rivets so you can take off the buckle to polish. Keepers were both brass or leather. Ours keepers are leather. The belt with your choice of U.S. or Rampant Eagle buckle~ 149.95. Additional buckle to interchange only $39.95 Patton Quote: “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”
GPUP ~ GENERAL PATTON FLAP POUCH
This is the correct flap pouch that General Patton used for his compass or to keep extra .357 Magnum shells. The flap is secured with a brass Sam Browne stud at the bottom. ~ $99.95 (NOTE: In discussing this pouch with the Patton museum we found out that it was too small to be a hand cuff case, but did fit a G.I. compass perfectly. Patton Quote: “Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory.”
GP1911- General Patton Colt 1911 holster
General Patton was seen occasionally with a Colt 1911 holster on his famous belt. This holster followed the pattern of his other holsters and had a snap flap. Our version of this holster ~ $159.95 Patton Quote: “Nobody ever defended anything successfully, there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”
GPFA~ GENERAL PATTON FIRST AID POUCH
This custom made First Aid Pouch was also designed by General Patton to hold a specific list of items. We are in the process of creating this pouch also.
CH-66C ~ WILD BUNCH EARLY GENERAL PATTON BELT POUCH
General Patton’s early pre-WW2 early belt pouch, embossed (US) with flap that closes with a button hole over a Sam Brown stud. Approximate size 2 3/4″ high, 3″ tall, and 1 1/2″ deep. Pouch with the large or small US in an oval ~ $99.95. General Patton U.S. or Eagle buckle available separately ~ $49.95 Patton Quote: “Don’t tell people how to do things, tell them what to do and let them surprise you with their results.”
CHSH~ OFFICER’S COLT .380 SHOULDER HOLSTER
Many officers had custom shoulder holsters made to concealed carry their military issued Colt .380 autos. This one has an extra magazine pouch. Can be made with a standard military U.S. in an oval on the front or branch of service. Measure around your chest over the clothes you are going to wear for correct size. In progress ~ P.O.R.
CHBH~ MILITARY OFFICER’S COLT .380 BELT HOLSTER
(Photo Pending) Some officers, including General Patton often wore their issued Colt Hammerless pistols in a belt holster. Specify belt loop size. Available with security snap add $10. ~ $99.95
45FH ~ 1905 / 1911 EXPERIMENTAL FLAP HOLSTER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) One of the first early experimental flap holsters for the 1905 / 1911 Colt .45 auto pistols. Original has .45 and 5 stamped on the reverse side. Flap secured with a Sam Browne stud. With edge groove $124.95. For large U.S. in an oval add $10. Color shown is Old Walnut. Additional colors displayed on our home page. Will fit Colt 1911 and Beretta 92 (We have # 1 in Stock and Ready to Ship)
45SH ~ U.S. 1905 / 1911 EXPERIMENTAL TANKER/CAVALRY SHOULDER HOLSTER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) Early Colt 1905 or 1911 US Military experimental shoulder holster with magazine pouch attached. Securing strap and single shoulder strap. With edge groove ~ $179.95. For a U.S. in an oval on the front add $10.
45USA ~ US ISSUE STYLE COLT 1911 SHOULDER HOLSTER
Often called the “Tanker Holster” since it was common to issue tank personnel with pistols instead of rifles in the confined space. Right hand 1911shoulder holster with single strap ~ $149.95. Over the shoulder strap with chest strap ~ $179.95. For a large US, CS, or Texas Star in an oval to the front add $10. For basket weave, or floral tooling add $29.95. (Also available in left hand)
Example of our Tanker right hand 1911 holster with single shoulder strap with floral tooling. As shown $179.95. Note: The early experimental “Piggy Back” 1911 mag pouch. Horizontal carry double .45 auto magazine pouch. One clip on top of the other for a very thin profile and comfortable carry. Closes with a button hole and Sam Brown stud. Wide sturdy belt loop on the reverse side- please specify belt width. With edge groove ~ $89.95. With U.S. – C.S. – or Texas Star in an oval ~ $99.95. For full floral tool or basket weave add 24.95. Will fit standard factory Colt 1911 and clone clips.
CH-67B ~ WILD BUNCH WESTERN SINGLE ACTION SHOULDER HOLSTER
Right or left hand SAA shoulder holster with single strap ~ $149.95. For over the shoulder strap with a chest strap ~ $179.95. For large US, CS, or Texas Star in an oval add $10. For basket weave or floral hand tooling add $29.95. The SAA shoulder holster with single shoulder strap and floral tooling as shown~ $179.95
TMP ~ U.S. EXPERIMENTAL TRIPLE MAG POUCH
Early US Military, flowing double arch flapped, triple mag pouch for the 1905 or 1911 Colt .45 Auto clips. Secured with two Sam Browne studs and double belt loops on the reverse side. A similar style was copied by the Canadian forces prior to WW1. Our adaptation with edge groove~ $124.95. For embossed US in an oval add $10. (An original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
GB ~ GARRISON BELT
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) This style belt was used from the beginning of belt loops in the military. The early style had a protective oval of leather behind the buckle as well as a keeper and good examples are very rare. The inter war version was the same with out the extra leather flap. Our early style with buckle cast from our original ~ $99.95. Inter war style without flap $89.95.
SBB ~ SAM BROWNE PISTOL BELT
General Patton 1910 Belt
COLT PRE WW I BELT– My great uncle, Captain Elmer Stetler, joined the U.S. Army in 1903 as a private. He would go on to serve in many famous locations & finally retire as a Captain as an expert rifleman & sniper. During visits I was often able to examine his Sam Browne belt. This is a wide leather 2 ¼” belt with a double tongue brass buckle, supported by a narrower strap passing diagonally over the right shoulder. History– British officer Sam Browne lost his left arm in battle. He then came up with the idea of a second belt to be worn over his right shoulder to hold his sword scabbard in one spot with a hook. “D-rings” for attaching accessories would be attached to the belt. A brass stud keeps the tongue held down. During World War I, the Sam Browne belt was approved by General “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force for American officers as a rank of distinction and was nicknamed the “Liberty belt.”
Basic 2 1/4″ unlined Sam Brown belt without (D) rings or shoulder belt and hooks, and no fancy stitching ~ $124.95. With partial lining and original style fancy stitching add $24.95. With (D) rings, and shoulder belt add $29.95. For utility pouch belt slide with two grommets ad $24.95. We have seen these produced in a rainbow of colors. View our home page for your color choice. (NOTE: While supplies last we will be using “original” Sam Browne double tongue buckles taken off non serviceable belts used in combat. This will be your last chance to get these 100+ year old buckles.)
BWS ~ BRITISH WEBLEY HOLSTER BELT AND BULLET POUCH SET
Specify barrel length and if gun is a Webley or an S&W 1917. P.O.R.
SBH- SAM BROWNE DOUBLE TONGUE ORIGINAL BUCKLES SETS
We have been fortunate to obtain a “cashe” of pre and post WW 1 original Sam Browne complete buckle sets. The belts are 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. We have both the 2″ and the 2 1/4″ available. 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. Each set contains Sold as sets only ~ $49.95
BH ~ M1910 BELT HOOKS
The “metal twisted things” that most folks try to describe are known in both military and collectors’ circles as “M1910 Belt Hooks.” They were ubiquitous on most WWI and WWII personal equipment, and came in both blackened steel and oxidized bronze versions. Chisholm’s Trail has been fortunate to obtain a package of original combat used “M1910 belt hooks. Some are still in matte black, but most have been polished bright through use. None are bent out of shape. You could use them as-is, if bright steel is okay, or use cold blue to give them a good darkened finish. Many were painted, so Krylon Satin Black renders a great original look–especially when sprayed over bluing. Guaranteed original at $9.95 each.
U.S. ARMY LEATHER BELT FROG MODEL 1912
When items to hang off of a military web belt were developed using wire hooks, this belt frog was created so the soldier could slide it on his leather belt and attach gear like pouches and the new Colt 1911 holster. Ours is reproduced from an original, complete with black grommets. Color in photo is normal russet tooling leather without any color stain or finish. Color choices are on the home page. ~ $24.95
SBBP ~ SAM BROWNE BULLET POUCH
This early style of bullet pouch was used by both the British and American troops. Very often officers of both armies obtained their own gear and the size and style varied greatly as well as the color. Normal belt loop is 2 1/4″ unless specified. Color choices on home page. ~ $69.95
1909 EH~ EXPEDITIONARY HOLSTER MODEL 1909
Half flap holster to hold the Colt double action .45 long Colt pistol. Embossed with a U.S. in an oval and will also fit the 1917 Colt & Smith & Wesson double actions. Normally made butt to the front but examples exist with butt to the rear. This original museum photo shows this holster being worn on a Sam Browne belt of the same period with the early double tongue buckle. Holster without toe plug~ $149.95 For description and pricing on Sam Browne belt see above ~
BUP ~ BATTLE UTILITY/AID POUCH
Rectangular leather utility or first aid pouch available with or without belt loop on back. With or without metal attachment to 1912 Leather Frog or web gear. Leather frog with two grommets available separately.These pouches were popular for holding various items as well as first aid tin. Colors natural russet or any of our colors on the home page. $49.95
CRS ~ U.S. CAVALRY 1905 RIFLE SCABBARD
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) Our original has Rock Island Arsenal and 1905 stamped in it. Also it is marked 10th Cavalry, which is one of the units that went with General “Black Jack” Pershing on the Punitive Expedition into Mexico after Pancho Villa. One of the last leather rifle scabbards made for the cavalry. This one very easily could have gone into Mexico. Will fit the 1903 Springfield 30.06 or the 30.40 Krag, as well as several Winchester lever action styles~ P.O.R.
SOLDIER OF FORTUNE COLLECTION
CFH ~ Colt 1911 SOLDIER OF FORTUNE FLAP HOLSTER
(Photo Pending) When the Colt 1911 first came out it was soon after the turn of the century and was initially limited to military sales. However, many found their way into the hands of soldiers for hire. There were hot spots in many countries where wars were imminent. This early version has a flap that can be totally removed and two belt size locations in the rear to wear a standard 1 3/4″ military leather belt or 2″ Sam Brown belt. Also the wider military web belt. Holster with edge groove ~ 149.95. With edge stamping add $10. For full coverage of basket weave or flowers and vines add $49.95. With a basic 1 3/4″ Garrison belt add $99.95. With a basic 2″ Sam Brown 2″ belt add $124.95
CH – 66A ~ PIKE’S WILD BUNCH HOLSTER
Actually never worn in the movie, but this style has really caught on and is often used in the new SASS Wild Bunch shooting matches. Traditional drop loop with martial U.S. stamp in an oval. Drop loop stamping such as a C.S. or a large Texas star in an oval are also available. Good carry and combat holster. ~ $99.95. Get the whole set including right or left hand holster, double tongue single buckle set with two piece Gen. George Patton buckle (US or Eagle), double or single standard 1911 clip holder with snaps or Sam Brown studs, and a US marked utility pouch ~ $459.95. Add $10 for tab hammer thong. Add $25 per piece for lining. Color in photo is cowboy brown. See home page for additional color choices.
FBSOF ~ SOLDIER OF FORTUNE – FREDERICK R. BURNHAM-
Burnham was the ultimate soldier of fortune. He was raised on a Sioux Indian reservation, learned from the early trappers & traders, and moved to Arizona. He fought in the Pleasant Valley war, was a civilian tracker for the US Army, and was a mounted messenger for the Western Union Telegraph Co. Burnham was on the expedition to capture Geronimo, and learned skills from Al Sieber, Chief of Scouts. He then went to Africa to fight in Durban and later the Boer War. After all these adventures Fred traveled to Alaska and the Yukon for the Klondike Gold Rush. Once the Spanish American War started he volunteered for the “Rough Riders.” His gun was a 71/2″ Remington 1875, carried in a double drop loop, low throat, edge laced, skirted holster, worn on a British pattern 1882 bandolier converted to a gun belt with a double tongue Sam Browne buckle. Our version with 50+ loops Colt or Remington holster, belt, & “genuine original period” buckle ~ $475.95. For antiquing and distressing add $40 per piece. For pigskin lining add $40.
HH- EL DIABLO
- An American soldier of fortune, Frank McCoombs, fought in the Mexican Revolution with Pancho Villa. He previously served in Greece, China, Nicaragua and with the British and U.S. navies. Joining the Mexican insurgents in 1910, he was quickly nicknamed EL DIABLO. Tex O’Reilly, another mercenary and friend said he didn’t know the meaning of fear and liked to crawl off at night and kill Federal sentries.Frank carries a long barreled S&W Schofield in a single drop loop Mexican holster. He wears the holster on a wide gun belt fit to rifle cartridges and a narrow knife sheath. Specify Colt SAA or S&W Schofield pattern. Holster only, with edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95. For snap strap or Sam Brown stud add $10. Snap or stud will require a lined holster- add $25. Call for pricing on belt and knife sheath.
- (Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
HH- BORN TO RAISE HELL
Edwin S. “Tex” O’Reilly was a soldier of fortune as well as reported wars. He was on staff for the Associated Press, an adventurer, and a policeman in Shanghai. He soldiered in the Spanish-American War, the Philippine Insurrection, the Boxer Rebellion, in Venezuela, Honduras and Nicaragua. In 1911 he was also one of Madero’s Foreign Legionnaires. later, fought with Pancho Villa. Lowell Thomas, the famous reporter chronicled O’Reilly’s life in his autobiography “BORN TO RAISE HELL”. Tex carries his Colt SAA in Mexican drop loop holster on a tapered gun belt. Holster only, with edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95. For snap strap or Sam Brown stud add $10. Snap or stud will require a lined holster- add $25. Call for pricing on holster and knife sheath.
THE REAL INDY ~ ROY CHAPMAN ANDREWS
Roy (Indy) was a naturalist, intrepid explorer, bone digger, hunter, writer, self- promoter, and sometime director of the American Museum of Natural History, he was the closest thing to Indiana Jones in the real world. He may have rubbed modest scientists the wrong way, but he had a genius for finding remarkable things even while looking for others. His most famous expedition discovered dinosaur eggs in a nest while looking for ancient “Peking Man,” whose remains suspiciously disappeared. He wore a spear point 2″ gun belt tapered down to 1 3/4″ for a Garrison buckle. His ammo was carried two ways. He often had a cartridge slide holding six 45 auto rim or 45 LC cartridges. At other times we wore a British ammo pouch. He also wore two different holsters. One holster was a WW1 military style with the flap removed and would hold a Colt SAA or a S&W model 1917. He also often carried an open top Webley holster with a Sam Browne stud and strap. An old style U.S. marked utility pouch was often worn with both styles of gun leather. At times he used an S&W Model 1917, a Webley 455, and a Colt Single Action. The complete set ~ $399.95
THE BANDOLIER COLLECTION
(For a greater understanding of authentic styles used, we recommend you scroll down our “Posts” to the BANDOLIER title on the top right side of the page) A Bandolier is a belt fitted with small pockets or loops for carrying cartridges and worn across the chest. They were usually slung sash-style over the left shoulder because most people are right handed. This keeps the belt off of the right shoulder where the rifle stock is going to be when shooting. Just the name brings to mind an image of banditos along the border, gringos fighting for gold with Pancho Villa, or galloping soldiers with criss crossed belts full of rifle and pistol bullets. When you study these, you will find that there were many variations of this belt at the turn of the century and they were more complex than just loops on a belt. Five basic styles were prevalent: those with exposed bullets and loops, others with the loops and bullets covered with a flap, others with pockets, flaps, and bullets poking through the bottom, and finally actual pockets with flaps. Clear photos of these styles show that all were worn along the Mexico/US border during and after the Mexican Revolution.
LSBS ~ LONG SAM BROWNE STUDS
We are the only maker of 1″ long Sam Browne studs in the USA or the world that we know of. To make ours we had to remove an original from a pre-World War One bandolier and have it cast in our partner foundry. They are easy to install, are threaded, and come with a matching screw like our original. Officers often had to obtain their own gear and there are examples of these being riveted or screwed into place. Ours are screwed (more secure). In addition some bandoliers had the cartridge loops sewn on and some had them threaded through slots in the belt. Ours are weaved through slots (more secure). If you need one to replace a missing one on your bandolier- here they are. These hand cast Sam Browne studs are $3.50 each. If you are going to construct a standard British bandolier you will need at least 10. We have a limited amount of these so if you think you might need some get your set now. (On Sale 10 for $29.95)
SBBB ~ STRAIGHT BELT BANDOLIER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
(Photos & descriptions pending)
1882 ~ BULLET LOOP & FLAP PATTERN 1882 CAVALRY BANDOLIER
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
(Photos & descriptions pending) Early Pattern 1882 bandolier with bullet loops and flaps. Four long flaps with 10 bullet loops each and two short flaps with 6 or 4 loops, attached with double securing straps & Sam Brown studs. Early Sam Browne style double tongue round buckle. Mid way (D) ring attachment with strap to hold to pant belt. This keeps the bandolier secure while galloping or in battle. (NOTE: While supplies last we will be using “original” Sam Browne double tongue buckles taken off non serviceable belts used in combat. This will be your last chance to get these 100+ year old buckles.) Totally USA made~ $299.95.
1888 ~ BULLET LOOPS & FLAPS 1888 PATTERN
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
The 1888 Pattern Bandolier is the next improvement with 5 pouches, each holding loops for 5 cartridges. The bullets are protected with short flaps & secured with single straps and Sam Browne studs. ~ P.O.R. (NOTE: While supplies last we will be using “original” Sam Browne double tongue buckles taken off non serviceable belts used in combat. This will be your last chance to get these 100+ year old buckles.) Totally USA made~ $299.95
1901 ~ BULLET LOOPS, POUCHES & FLAPS 1901 PATTERN
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
(Photos & descriptions pending) Finally we have an original 1901 pattern bandolier with full pouches, flaps are secured with Sam Browne studs and bullet ends protrude from the bottom. Ours came from South Africa and was in the Boer War and WW1. Much more secure and weather proof way to carry ammunition. Individual pouches secured to the bandolier belt. Early Sam Browne style double tongue round buckle.~ Totally USA made~ $299.95. (NOTE: While supplies last we will be using “original” Sam Browne double tongue buckles taken off non serviceable belts used in combat. This will be your last chance to get these 100+ year old buckles.)
1903 ~ BULLET POUCHES & FLAPS 19031 PATTERN
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
This 1903 pattern has totally enclosed pouches & flaps for the best ammo protection. It can be made original length or you can put a tape measure over your left shoulder and let us know how long you would like this bandolier to be. Many of these were made by leather crafters as were issued by the military. Each pouch can hold five to ten cartridges like 30.30, 303 British, 7MM Mauser, or other. Each pouch can hold two stripper clips of 5 rounds each. The complete bandolier has approx. 30 copper rivets. A Mid way Triangle attachment with strap holds the bandolier to your pant belt. This keeps the bandolier secure while galloping or in battle. (NOTE: While supplies last we will be using “original” Sam Browne double tongue buckles taken off non serviceable belts used in combat. This will be your last chance to get these 100+ year old buckles.) Totally USA made~ $299.95.
THE MEXICAN COLLECTION
There is no denying the beautiful contribution Mexican gun leather made during the cowboy days. The hand tooling was every bit as good as Sheridan and the Piteado cactus thread embroidered leather has no match. We are going to resurrect some of the best pieces with examples of the originals. We will tool but will not hand embroider leather due to the time consuming nature of this task.
HH- EL SOLDADO
The finest example of Mexican leather craftsmanship in a cartridge belt we have ever seen. Great for use on both sides of the border, military, civilian, or mercenary. Full bullet loops and a 1901 rifle cartridge pouch on the right side of the 2 piece buckle. Lots of adjustment for waist size. With or without D rings for shoulder suspension.~ P.O.R.
HH – ZAPATA
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Emiliano Zapata took up arms with Pancho Villa, using the slogan “Tierra y libertad” [Land and Liberty]. The Zapatistas, as his followers were called, blazed across southern Mexico. Many photos show him in his characteristic charro suit, with saber, crossed bandoliers, rifle, and “Piteado” holster and gun belt. Our version of his holster will be tooled with the flowers and vines, but will not be embroidered. ~ Lined $249.95. With snap strap add $10.
HH – VIVA VILLA
(Photo Pending) Finely tooled Mexican tooled holster, cartridge belt, and large Spanish buckle. Original dated to the Mexican revolution. Changes in the pattern will occur. ~$449.95
HH – MEXICAN LIGHTNING
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection) An excellent example of a Mexican holster for the popular Colt Lightning or Thunderer. Will also fit the Cimarron replicas and the Model (P) Jr. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $149.95. For snap strap or Sam Brown stud add $10. Snap or stud will require a lined holster- add $25.
HH- BANDITO CARDENAS
(Original in the Chisholm’s Trail gun leather collection)
Julio Cárdenas was a ruthless captain in Pancho Villa’s Villista Bandito military organization. He was second-in-command to Villa and the head of his personal bodyguard. One of General Black Jack Pershing’s aides-de-camp was Lt. George S. Patton. Cárdenas and two other men were found during a search of the San Miguelito Ranchero, after Patton arrived, Cárdenas and his two men fled on horseback, were cut off, and then opened fire on the Americans, resulting in a tremendous firefight between the two groups. In the skirmish, Lt. Patton was said to have shot Cárdenas with his nickel Colt SAA six-gun. My great uncle Col. Elmer Stetler was one of the Americans that was in the gunfight. (Original holster in Chisholms’ Trail museum collection)
HH- PANCHO VILLA FAST DRAW
This unique holster style is from the Mexican Revolution period. Notice the low cut front to allow for a faster draw. This pattern was traced from the original which had all the decoration shown actually hand sewn in a method called “Piteado,” which used the fibers from cactus as thread. Our version involves hand tooling and a pigskin lining. The back ground is hand darkened for contrast. Note the rampant Mexican eagle with a snake in its beak sitting on a cactus in the center. The belt has a scalloped lower edge and lazy S style tooling on the top and bottom. There are 5 domed conchos made from actual antique Mexican coins as well as a wide buckle adorned with flowers and vines. The color is saddle tan with a chocolate background. The rig, as shown, with one holster ~ $450.
HH- PANCHO VILLA S&W RIG
Documented Smith & Wesson Model 3 with Pancho Villa’s God-given name Doroteo Arango engraved in the back strap. The holster is a Mexican double loop style with double tooled design along the front with large brass, domed studs. The belt is 2 1/2″ wide with a lazy (S) tooled above and below the bullet loops. Holster, gun belt and buckle ~ $374.95
HH- EL CAPITAN
(Original Photo) The maker of this holster had to have studied Sheridan carving in great detail. Notice the pattern in a figure eight. One of the finest Mexican holsters ever seen. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $149.95. For lining add $40.
EL CAPITAN designed for a S&W Schofield, double buckle- double tongue gun belt, and matching Bowie knife & sheath ~ POR
HH – MEXICAN RURALE
(Original Photo) The Rurales were an elite unit of rural or wilderness police. The gendarmeria’s official job was to protect payrolls, chase Indians, catch smugglers, and defend banks along the national frontier. In their handbook it is stated “The purpose of the Rurale Police is to maintain security on the highways, assist the city police, protect the safety of all citizens, prevent transgressions of the law, pursue apprehend and place at the disposal of the authorities all criminals.” The officers of the gendarmeria were a hand-picked elite. New recruits were issued with a light grey uniform and a large grey sombrero. Their issued weapons were a saber and an American Remington Rolling Block carbine. Later they were issued Winchester 1894’s in 30.30 caliber. If they could afford it, they were encouraged to obtain a pistol and most chose a Colt SAA, a S&W Schofield or a Merwin & Hulbert. Rurales also chose and paid for their own gun leather. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95. For snap strap or Sam Brown stud add $10. Snap or stud will require a lined holster- add $25.
HH – CIBOLEROS
(Photo Pending) Ciboleros were Mexican buffalo hunters taking hides and meat from the American Southwest for nearly two centuries. Their name was derived from the Spanish cibolo, which means buffalo. Most operated out of Santa Fe, Taos, or the El Paso regions. They were a dashing group and often had highly decorated and very serviceable leather gear. Our reproduction consists of a tight profile holster that covers the trigger guard and much of the frame up to the top of the hammer for protection from the elements. A wide leaf shape flap covers the area just behind the hammer and secures to the holster front with a Sam Brown stud. With edge groove ~ $99.95. With one line of edge stamping ~ $109.95. With full coverage like basket weave or flowers & vines ~ $134.95. For snap strap or Sam Brown stud add $10. Snap or stud will require a lined holster- add $25.