A holster study

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Bob Wright

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I've carried a Single Action revolver most of my adult life, and come to some ideas for my perfect holster. Note that these are my observations and suit me, but maybe no for someone else.

Some years ago I made a few holsters, copying as best as I could the Lawrence #120 favored by Elmer Keith. And it worked well for me when worn on a 3" wide gunbelt.



Some years ago I began carrying a Ruger Blackhawk for every day social use. After searching holster makers, those made by Doc Barranti seemed to suit me best. What I did not want was those thongs or safety straps. After some conversation with Doc, I chose his No. 1 Shuck for my daily dose of Blackhawk:



This holster is very quick to get my gun into action. It is not one for an active man who jogs or does calisthenics while armed. The open toe allows lint etc. to fall through, as well as keeping the holster short enough to be comfortable while seated in my Jeep or the church pew.

In the movie, "The Searchers" John Wayne wore a holster of his own choosing that was worn over the gun belt, not hung from a slot. That holster covered more of the trigger guard more than I would like, but I did like the idea of the band, or cuff. I asked Doc to combine the cuff of his Ethan Edwards model into his No. 1 Shuck, and this was the result:



This works well with a 2 1/2" wide gun belt, but also carries well on the pants belt. Again comfortable for everyday wear.

I did try his Ranger Model, a version of the A.W. Brill design:



This is a beautiful holster, and beautifully made. But the extra length of the stitched closed holster, plus stitching the back to the bottom of the holster, makes the holster about 1 1/2" longer than the No. 1 and pokes the seat when I'm seated.

The banded No.1 Shuck being my favorte, I've recently ordered one with basket weave stamping and dyed in saddle tan.

That's my experience and observations.

Bob Wright
 
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Bob, those are some nice holsters. Have you ever used or thought about a Kydex holster for carry? They are lighter weight than leather and come in a variety of styles.
 

Bob Wright

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Kevin said:
Bob, those are some nice holsters. Have you ever used or thought about a Kydex holster for carry? They are lighter weight than leather and come in a variety of styles.

No, Sir, I've given no consideration to Kydex. I want my guns steel or brass; grips stag or wood; boots, belts, holsters to be of leather. Nothing against them, just my picadilloes.

Old song: "Don't give me no plastic saddles, I want to feel the leather when I ride."


Bob Wright
 

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