Help a dude buy himself a holster


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CallsHimselfDan
May 13, 2007, 09:46 PM
So I've been planning on starting up with cowboy action for quite some time. I've been reading and researching and drooling over The High Road, cowboy movies, CAS websites and other forums for a couple years now, and I've finally got a little more money and a little less debt, so it's time to start gathering gear.

Yesterday, I made my first cowboy action gun purchase. A well used, but solid Ruger Vaquero in .357. This ruggedly handsome fellow right here:

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/179/496855937_80336f12d8_o.jpg

I'm in a good state for this stuff, and I'm sure I'll be able to get an equally good deal on a partner for this dude soon enough. First though, I want some leather.

I've been hunting for guns long enough that I know what to expect price-wise, but leather's another thing entirely. I'd like to find a good price on a good holster and belt with cartridge loops. The catch is, I want to buy online, but quality is tough to spot on a webpage. I learned the hard way that it doesn't take much for ugly to look good when photographed for the internet. Damn online dating sites.

Anyway, I'd like some help getting started shopping for good leather on a budget. All I'm lookingofor is a sturdy belt with loops for .357 and a simple, simple holster. A slimjim, maybe. Nothing fancy, just functional and well-made. Preferably a belt with room for a second, cross draw holster later. I'm on a tight budget, so the cheapest I can get without sacrificing quality will make me a happy dude.

So what should I know about a cowboy rig? Where should I start my search? What do you keep in mind while shopping for your leather gear?

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applekev
May 13, 2007, 10:07 PM
Check out Kirkpatrick Leather.

bulltaco
May 13, 2007, 10:12 PM
Look up their website and then email the Chief at Little Feather. I got an outstanding rig for my S&W Model 57!

351 WINCHESTER
May 13, 2007, 10:21 PM
You might give Cabellas a try. You can probably get one for a song.

MikePGS
May 13, 2007, 10:25 PM
Nice looking gun:)

CallsHimselfDan
May 13, 2007, 11:06 PM
Check out Kirkpatrick Leather.

Yikes, those are some pretty, pretty rigs. I can't afford a one of them.

ArchAngelCD
May 13, 2007, 11:31 PM
http://www.oldwestreproductions.com/Splash.asp

http://www.brigadegunleather.com/westernholsters.html

http://www.andrewsleather.com/ (Very high prices but nice stuff)

songsofreedom
May 14, 2007, 03:08 AM
I would go to: www.cheaperthandirt.com, they have their Cowtown holsters and belts there. The holster was about 30 bucks and their belt was around 40? Thats the price of a galco holster alone, and it is made in usa, texas in fact! They looked pretty good to me, and follow all traditional styles. All the stuff I ordered from them is always the best, and their customer service is awesome. Check them out, I think cabelas is overpriced, never under the msrp on any item, they always charge the max.

Songs of Freedom

OBXMIKE
May 14, 2007, 04:53 PM
Hey, Dan....
I know a lot of folks just getting into CAS like San Pedro saddlery's "Tom Threeperson" model. Pretty basic, but workable, and you can upgrade if your interest stays. Also, for a few dollars more (sorry for the pun) check out circle KB. Lots of candy at reasonable prices. They have a model A-1 unlined job that would probably outlast us both. For the ULTIMATE (in my opinion) CAS rigs, look up Bob Mernickle. I have some concealment rigs from him that are the bomb. Search "gunleather" and you'll have days of stuff to look at, and don't forget flea-bay...some good deals from time to time on there as well. Good luck and have fun!

Morglan
May 14, 2007, 05:31 PM
I know a lot of folks just getting into CAS like San Pedro saddlery's "Tom Threeperson" model.

I think you mean El Paso Saddery, and they are a GREAT holster maker.

Frandy
May 15, 2007, 11:54 AM
A "simple" Mernickle crossdraw.
His CA-12 Slim Jim:



(http://www.mernickleholsters.com/ca/ca12.html)http://homepage.mac.com/franman/.Pictures/Handguns/SSS_WMR_cylinder_Mernickle_holster_640.jpg

usp_fan
May 16, 2007, 01:05 PM
No he means San Pedro Saddlery (http://www.sanpedrosaddlery.com/frames.htm?). I've got one of their bargain "duke" style rigs and it is good.

--usp_fan

Old Fuff
May 16, 2007, 04:03 PM
A lot of "cowboy leather" is more Hollywood then historical, which explains the high cost. For more historical (and much less fancy) leather go to: www.dixiegunworks.com

Very basic, but correct. ;)

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