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Saturday, December 10th, 2022

Chisholm’s Trail has just introduced five new gun rigs from historical examples and the famous book “Packing Iron.” They can be found under the first button “HOLSTER” page.



Holster made famous by maker M.E. French, of Montrose, Colorado. Unique style lends well to floral carving or basket weave. Often found with a Bisley Colt riding in it. Unlined with edge groove ~ $129.95. With lining add ~ $49.95. With floral carving and edge stamping add ~ 69.95.



A trim, double drop loop holster typical of the mid 1870?s with good access to the hammer & trigger guard. Will fit adjustable sight pistols such as the Ruger Black Hawks or normal single actions very well. Adapted from the book Packing Iron. With one line edge groove ~ $124.95. With one line stamp add $10. With basket weave or full tooling add $49.95. Lining adds $50. Available in any barrel length, straight draw or cross draw for any cowboy gun. Request a special pattern to fit an 1858 Remington conversion.



A turn of the century holster found in a Flues, Colorado ghost town in 1919. A very different an distinctive look. The smooth flowing lines along the stitch line are really pleasing. Holster with one line edge groove ~ $124.95. Two inch gun belt with 2″ Clipped corner buckler, edge groove and 18 loops ~ $159.95. With one line stamp add $15 per piece. With basket weave or full tooling add $59.95 per piece. For lining add $59.95 per piece. Available in any barrel length for any cowboy gun. Antiquing and distressing add $59.95 per piece.  Special buckles available. See our buckle button. Pattern available for Colt SAA or small frame .38 Model P Jr. or .38 Special Stallion.



Original made in Pueblo, Colorado by S. Gallup. This company made holsters from the Civil War to the turn of the Century. Traditional high Western holster for an 1873  Colt SAA or Remington 1875 in 7 ½”. Holster with one line edge groove ~ $124.95. For edge stamping add $15. To line add ~ $59.95. To add floral carving or basket weave add ~ $59.95.

CH 100 ~ SWOPE

Early holster made by Charles Swope in Colorado. Double Mexican loop design for a Colt 1878 double action, a Colt SAA, or Smith and Wesson Schofield.  Can be spiced up with studs and or conchos.  Unlined holster with edge groove ~ $124.95. For edge stamping add $15. To line add ~ $59.95. To add floral carving or basket weave add ~ $59.95. For studs and conchos add ~ $29.95


Sunday, November 6th, 2022


This versatile SAA is surprisingly tough and is now made by the Taurus company who has manufactured revolvers for many years.  They come in both 4” and 6” barrel lengths. Our tribute to this early single action is a timeless fold back “Slim Jim” style, in RT, LT or cross draw. With edge groove ~ $124.95. To add a rattle snake, mountain lion, scorpion, or other image add ~ $10.  (WILL ALSO FIT A RUGER SINGLE SIX or a Ruger Wrangler)


Sunday, August 28th, 2022



In 1971 Clint made this really well written and directed western about the new U.S. Marshal of Yuma, Arizona.

It was a good western with a twist at the end you do not expect.  During much of this film he wore a suit coat. To carry his SAA he used a slight right cross draw holster that rode high on his pant belt. He could conceal it very well under his jacket. The holster was only slightly cross draw and the trigger guard was outside the holster body for quick access.  The pant belt had 6 bullet loops on the right side. Holster and pant belt with special buckle $349.95. Holster ~ $174.95. Suggest a six shot cartridge slide instead of bullet loops on our pant belt ~ add $49.95. (click on photos for larger view)

Here at Chisholm’s Trail we get the fun of trying on all the new stuff we make. I really like this holster. I can work all day at the bench and hardly know I am wearing it. We have tried concealing the SAA under a sport coat and drawing the gun with great speed. This one is recommended by Chisholm’s Trail – in business for 20 years. Alan


Monday, May 30th, 2022

The weekend of May 27-29 saw the first (NRA) National Rifle Assoc. Meeting since Covid first started. At this show we were able to meet and make friends with Patrick Henry III, owner of the new .44 AUTOMAG pistol company.

You may remember the old AutoMag pistol being used by Clint Eastwood, as Dirty Harry in the 1983 movie “Sudden Impact.”

Although this gun looks a lot like the old one, there are a slew of improved things both on the outside and inside of the world’s most powerful hand gun.

Chisholm’s trail has been asked to make both strong side and cross draw belt holsters, as well as single and double mag, belt slide pouch. In addition we have designed a shoulder holster with the input of more than half a dozen combat military/law enforcement shooters at the NRA that gave us “Real Time” ideas on how to construct this rig for actual tactical use.

Chisholm’s trail has also been contacted by a Big Budget action movie producer to use our holsters and mag pouches in this movie. NO we are not allowed to share what action movie actor will wear this gear.

We expect a tremendous back log in orders. Get on the list now. We are open for questions?


Primarily for the new .44 AUTOMAG © 6 1/2″ and 8 1/2″ barrel semi auto pistols. The most powerful handgun in the world. This shoulder holster is crisscrossed in the back with pivoting adjustment. The holster and double mag pouch can be adjusted up or down for the best draw. The holster has a safety strap with snaps and the holster and mag pouch will have buckle straps to hold the rig to your pant belt. The holster is lined to reduce wear on the pistol’s finish. This is the only and finest shoulder holster for the Auto Mag. made. Each one can be serial numbered to your pistol. We also make this for the Glock, Colt 1911 and others. $574.95.


Made specifically to fit the AUTOMAG© 6 1/2” WAR-MAKER Stealth black .44 AUTOMAG© lined, straight draw, belt holster ~ $174.95.

LIMITED EDITION BELT HOLSTER – made specifically to fit the AUTOMAG© 6 1/2” or 8 1/2” barrel .44 automag pistol. Can be ordered in straight or cross draw. Unlined holster with edge groove ~ $149.95. For lining add $49.95. For one line of decorative tooling add $10. For basket weave or floral carving add $49.95.

LIMITERD EDITION SINGLE OR DOUBLE MAG POUCH – made specifically to fit the AUTOMAG© seven round magazines. Belt slide version with open tops for rapid access. Unlined double belt slide with edge groove ~ $124.95.Unlined single mag pouch ~ $99.95. For one line of decorative tooling add $10. For basket weave or floral carving add $49.95.

LIMITED EDITION GUN BELT– 1 ¾” wide heavy duty 9/10 gauge belt or lined 4/5 and 7/8 gauge belt. Unlined belt with edge groove ~ $149.95.For lined belt add $49.95. For one line of decorative tooling add $10. For basket weave or floral carving add $49.95.


Friday, October 9th, 2020



It was said that Texas Ranger Captain John Hughs right arm was shattered in combat with Indians in the 1870’s, and when healed ,could not raise a gun out of his holster if it was mounted high on his belt. We were told that he tried several lowered holster styles before the “Buscadero” was created. This early example is not a true Buscadero, because a normal holster can be mounted on this attached “BELT SLIDE” and be worn as low as you want. Or you can remove the holster from the belt slide slot and wear it as normal higher on the belt. This is a great combination. Holster with edge groove, jock strap drop loop and belt slide ~ $174.95. With hand floral carving or basket weave add ~ $49.95. With out belt slide ~ $149.95. With out jock strap drop loop ~ $124.95. The holster in the photo is is an original old West Texas holster obtained by Chisholm’s Trail.


New Authentic Dodge City Collection

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Because of very high demand, all of these Dodge City Marshal items are extremely limited and if you want one, or all of them please contact us as soon as possible.  If you have any questions please feel free to e-mail or call anytime reasonable East coast time.


Finally this year Chisholm’s Trail has obtained the correct pattern and color from an original holster and gun belt used on the series to make the famous Dodge City Marshal’s rig. Attention to detail was focused on the smallest details such as the small rectangular buckle on the holster cross strap, The long row of back stitches on the holster throat, the squared ends of the sewn on tongue and buckle ends of the gun belt, as well as the 1 1/2″ chap buckle ~$549.95. “Our version”, including badge is $589.95 plus shipping and handling. For antiquing and distressing as shown in the photo add $49.95 per piece. The owner of the original rig and SAA was hired on the TV series as a young man to shovel up horse droppings between scenes. He once asked the actor playing the Dodge City Marshal if he could have the gun and leather when the series ended and he was astonished that it was given to him many years later when the series finally was over.



We have tracked down the badge worn most during the 20 seasons this show was on the air. It is on display in the Minnesota Historical Society museum, along with his hat and boots. Upon close examination we found that the (L) on the word Marshal is very unique with the top of the letter facing the right. Watch any close up in the series and you can see the (L) clearly.

We were fortunate to find a law enforcement badge maker to reproduce this badge just as it is in the museum, with the unique (L). This is a thick badge with a hinged pin and (C) clasp just like current peace officer badges. It is for sale at our introductory price of $59.95 plus shipping and handling. Only small batches are made by hand and production will be limited.


So many of our repeat customers have requested that we make the Dodge City Marshal’s famous pant belt buckle as well. Everyone that has ever watched an episode can not help but notice the silver colored, heel bar buckle with three large humps or fingers. this pant belt was so liked by the actor that he made it official that he wanted to wear it in every season after the first one. We took all existing black and white and color photos and measurements, as well as examining the original on display. Our Native American Jeweler created a wax model which we made changes to until it was perfect. This model then went to our partner foundry where a mold was made and it was cast in solid American White Bronze to give it a sterling look. This buckle will fit up to a 1 3/4″ belt, which we make from a pattern of the original also. Buckle is $59.95. Buckle and belt is $159.95, plus shipping and handling. Buckle available in solid sterling silver for $250 (P.O.R.) For antiquing and distressing as shown in the photo add $49.95 per piece.


This Dodge City Deputy Marshal rig will fit up to a 5 1/2″ Colt SAA or Clone. The “Gunfighter Black” rig is fully lined and comes standard with 24 bullet loops centered on the back. More loops can be added for $2 per loop. The trigger guard is exposed and the holster has a wide laced drop loop across the front like the original. For most seasons there was a tool edged concho on the cross strap.  ~ $549.95. . “Our version,” With Deputy Marshal Badge ~ $579.95. For antiquing and distressing as shown in the photo add $49.95 per piece.


(IN STOCK) Replica Deputy Marshal badge as worn in 11 seasons and 304 episodes. Two badges were used with different fonts. Our replica uses the antique western font. Badge has a heavy pin clasp on the back side and is not as thick as the U.S. Marshal badge ~ $39.95


The Dodge City Gunsmith was finally was hired as one of the Marshal’s Deputies. This actor went on to play a main character in  “Tombstone.” Although Not a true Buscadero, this rig did use a 4 1/2″ to 5 1/2″ buckle strap holster from one. The gun belt was 2″ wide and tapered down to 1 1/2″, using a rectangular California buckle. This rig had six bullet loops on both the tongue and buckle ends. At times the rig had six bullet loops centered in the back and on other rigs he wore, there six sets of suede (X) lacing- your choice. Talking to the actor at the Wanamaker Collector’s show last year I was told that although the leather looked black it as really dark walnut, again your choice. “Our version”~ $499.95. Can be made in left or right hand. With Deputy Marshal Badge ~ $539.95 For antiquing and distressing as shown in the photo add $49.95 per piece.

The Nine Lives of Efego Baca

Monday, April 15th, 2019


“The Legend of Elfego Baca”

By Alan Soellner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Sunday, January 27th, 2019


History of the Border Patrol “Rough Duty” Set

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, December 29th, 2018

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

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








Thursday, November 29th, 2018


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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