Bill Grover style holster - anyone use one?

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woodpuppy

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http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/CC1.php

I've been reading Taffin's Single Action Sixguns. It's a great read, but I am afraid it will cost me more money...

At the end of the chapter concerning the Improved #5 (page 68.), there is a photo of the #5 and a holster put together as a boxed package and sold to help fund a new Shootists building. Also shown is a photo of Bill Grover wearing a similar holster and his #5. This holster looks like a great way to carry a large revolver. However, I would want mine built for my 6.5" .44 mag flattop.

Has anyone used one, and if so, can you provide comments?

thanks,
Dave
 

Double Maduro

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Puppy,

I haven't used this particular holster, but I have several articles from Ted Blocker Holsters, and can attest to the quality and durability of their products.

The people there are incredibly knowledgeable and very friendly and helpful. If you have any questions, give them a call, they love talking to their customers.

I can't say enough good things about this company, (people will say I exagerate).

DM
 

woodpuppy

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Well, I received the holster, and it is top quality for sure. Very versatile and comfortable. I'll have my '59 flattop with me when hog hunting this year.

Dave
 

JimMarch1

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Referring to the current-production Ted Blocker version, it sure looks interesting. I'm very fond of belt holsters that hold the cylinder above the beltline as this reduces bulk by not stacking the belt width on top of the cylinder width. It also facilitates a type of draw where you're heading up to eye level instead of shooting from the hip.

I can however think of a couple of ways to improve this rig.

First, I really doubt the hammer strap is necessary - or at least, not the part that goes up to the hammer. You DO need the piece that drops from the body of the holster down to the "belt slide" portion, otherwise you might draw the holstered gun out! Ooops.

It occurs to me you could do a pair of snap-straps like this - one the way Blocker has it from the forward edge of the upper holster down to the slide, and another from the holster's tip UP to the rear of the slide. This would let you set the angle of the holster to whatever you wanted, including a 15degree forward cant "FBI style" if desired. You might have to lengthen the slide piece just a bit to allow this rotation effect.

Lengthen the slide piece even more and you could go all the way to a crossdraw effect if desired. Possibly have two different slide pieces for the different angles involved.

This would be a particularly easy design to do up "homebrew".
 

cubrock

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Huh - I missed this post this whole time. I have one of the Blocker versions and also a few of the Texas Longhorn Arms versions. It is a good holster and I use one when carrying my TLAs. It is very nice to be able to take the holster off without undoing one's belt. With this design, it is imperative to use the same width belt as the slots. Otherwise, it tends to slip down and get a bit uncomfortable.
 
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