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The holsters and gunbelts below are based on late 1800's patterns (except the Parson), time-tested under tough conditions. They can be made in three degrees of carry: Horse-safe; revolver carries very snugly and automatically comes with a hammer loop, for safety a-horseback and on foot to minimize the chance of brush, reins, and ropes dislodging the gun; Medium Carry; not as snug, good for draw and security, gun rides a little higher in the cup; Quick Draw, can be made quick out of a traditional style or, for more speed, can be made like the Parson (below) with lower cup and less retention, specify your preference.  Holsters can be made for any length and style of gun, and they can be made left-handed or cavalry draw, as well. 

Holsters can also be made as replicas of famous makers or styles.  Toe Plugs, available for $20, add a nice period touch. Silver and brass conchos or spots are also available. Add $15 for leather-lined holsters, $40 for lined belts. Slim Jim holsters were typically made for cap and ball revolvers, conversions, and were also used with cartridge revolvers. Loop pattern holsters became popular as cartridge revolvers became more commonly used. Holsters can be made for any length and style of gun. Loop holsters with a bulge between the loops, to keep the holster down when drawing a pistol, are a type made popular by the makers on the Northern ranges. The pictures below are only a small sample of the many styles available, and can be made for any type of pistol.

Money cartridge belts are made of chap leather folded over and sewn to form a hollow body for silver dollars. Comfortable and authentic, they fasten with a skirting leather belt and buckle billet matching the holster. Skirting Leather gunbelts are one layer of heavier leather (or can be lined) and have the billet and belt closure unless ordered otherwise.

Most of my gunleather carries natural finishes, as shown in most of the photos, but if you prefer a glossier type of finish, let me know.

When ordering, include either actual waist size or waist size measured over a  dress belt, type of guns, barrel lengths, caliber, and right or left handed, lined or unlined, strong or cross-draw. Average waiting period as of April 2014 is approximately 4 months.


Californio Slim Jim for Cap and Ball Revolver

Period Floral carving on holster for Remington 1858 Army Revolver, with matching possibles bag and belt. Lined with a Flathead Cherry (dark red) goatskin, this set sells for $495. I searched the Sheridan Saddlemakers' Show for three days to locate just the right red lining for this rig. To fully appreciate the color click on the holster thumbnail below, and to view the features of the Possibles Bag, including pocket for period capper and matching bullet bag, click on the thumbnail below. 


"The prettiest holster ever" Peder Beck (owner)





Floral Carved Holster for Dragoon or Walker

Antiqued Chesnut leather, secure flap with loop and finial closure, toe plug, kidskin lined, cross draw slant, $370


Detailed photos of complete gunbelt set and some other rigs



The Parson 
Semi-Buscadero, quick draw, right side, 5 1/2" bbl, and right-hand cross draw, 4 3/4" bbl., 20 ctg. loops, dyed and sealed black, completely lined, $530








Northern Plains Loop Holster (5 1/2" barrel shown)  

as shown, Embossed Holster $95, Belt $125  


Floral Carved Slim Jim (for cap'n'ball and conversion pistols), Period Floral Carving,  5 1/2" barrel   $175

Triple Loop Holster, 7 1/2" barrel, Brass spots

Lining of  locally Brain-tanned buckskin, $205

Matching Belt, $125

($10 discount if you supply your own brains!)

Hog Heaven Rig 

Loop holster for 6 1/2" o 7 1/2" hoglegs, accented with serpentine border stamp.$125

Matching Money Belt, $125

Sale Items:

Lefty, 30" waist, buscadero, 44-45cal loops, stamped,$30 Sold

Large, sheepskin- lined, breast collar,$165

20 gauge belt, waist 34-38", $25

All above items in stock and on sale.

Vince's Rig

Old time floral carved holster for modern 5-shot Taurus Titanium .41 Magnum, Mahogany finish (shown after use during bow season), with toe plug for quick draw, $175

Battle Butte Rig

Loop Holster for 7 1/2" barreled .41 Magnum Blackhawk, with toe plug, $225

Dark Money Cartridge Belt, 2 1/4" width, with billets matching holster, $175