holster for hopkins and allen underhammer boot pistol


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AntiqueCollector
August 2, 2008, 06:45 PM
I got a "Hopkins and Allen" (Numrich Arms actually) .45 caliber underhammer boot pistol a while back and want a holster for it. I see holsters for "normal" single shot pistols available from DGW/etc., but would they work on this? Anyone got some suggestions? I don't want to spend too much on it, just something to carry it now and then...

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bigbadgun
August 2, 2008, 07:57 PM
post a picture so I can see what im up against.

mainmech48
August 5, 2008, 08:31 AM
Whoa! Blast from the Past, that one. Haven't seen an H&A underhammer of any sort in quite a while.

I'd guess that finding a ready-made pouch-style that'd work after a fashion may be possible, but I'd be surprised to see any made with them in mind anymore. The only place I've actually seen an underhammer pistol being used "recently" was at bullseye match at Friendship a few years back and those folks don't generally use holsters.

IMO your best bet is a simple custom job or DIY project. It wouldn't have to be elaborate or expensive and the finished product would be exactly what you'd want it to be.

unspellable
August 7, 2008, 10:06 AM
It's called a boot pistol because you are supposed to stick it in your boot.

On the other hand, I had one years ago, and lately have been wondering where I might find one.

AntiqueCollector
August 7, 2008, 06:22 PM
It's called a boot pistol because you are supposed to stick it in your boot.

Yeah, but it's not too comfortable that way for me, I usually wear shoes in the summer and with my winter boots they'd be a bit tight for that. Maybe I could slip it into my hip boots while trapping. lol

Okay, I rummaged through a box of old holsters my father has, after mentioning I'm after a holster for this gun. There were some oddball custom and semi-custom holsters in there that he's accumulated (without my knowing it until now) that he doesn't use/have a use for. I found a leather holster he had, intended for a semi-auto pistol but with a nice big tubular shape to it where the barrel would go and an open end, it fits, sort of. The front site catches when I draw it from the holster (but the gun slides in nicely) so I'm going to do a little modifying to the holster to fix that. It holds the gun nice and tight while wearing it. I also found a nice leather crossdraw holster that fits my Nagant revolver real nicely, so I guess I killed two birds with one stone, even though I was only after one bird. lol

I was kind of surprised they never made holsters for these pistols (recently that is), or maybe they did and they just aren't around much. The pistols seemed to of sold well when they were being made.

I bet you could find one on gunbroker or some site like it, unspellable, but stumbling on one at a yard sale might be a cheaper way to go. ;) I wasn't even looking for guns when I came across it, the yard sale ad never mentioned they had guns for sale, I was after some tools. I've got an expensive cross-country (VT to AK) move coming up in the future so I haven't been buying guns like I'd like to lately, but for $25 I couldn't pass it up...

Bigbadgun, thanks for offering the help, I'll keep that in mind if I do need a custom holster sometime in the future, it's definately possible since I collect some oddball stuff...

armoredman
August 7, 2008, 06:38 PM
How hard is it to keep the cap on when firing? Nifty design.

DrLaw
August 7, 2008, 07:26 PM
Also, you can stick it in a belt. When that gun first came out there were no holsters for it. That I have ever been aware of, never were.

The Doc is out now. :cool:

AntiqueCollector
August 7, 2008, 07:43 PM
How hard is it to keep the cap on when firing? Nifty design.

If the cap fits the nipple tightly, no problem at all. Mine had a nipple for musket caps put on, they seem to stay on okay...you could always rub a little sticky beeswax on the sides of the nipple to make a cap stay on if they fit loose, just don't plug it up...

arcticap
August 7, 2008, 08:10 PM
I searched "TC Contender holster" on eBay, and those look like they would work. There's several different new & used models listed on eBay right now for either the 10 or 14 inch Contender, including a leather shoulder rig or the 14" convertible cordura model listed below.

There should be plenty of room for the boot pistol since Contenders are often outfitted with scopes for hunting. Maybe turn it into a side holster. Well, it's just a thought....:rolleyes:

http://cgi.ebay.com/THOMPSON-CENTER-CONTENDER-SUPER-14-PISTOL-HOLSTER-NICE_W0QQitemZ250278710987QQihZ015QQcategoryZ73966QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

unspellable
August 8, 2008, 11:03 AM
I will have to admit that the H&A is larger and less streamlined than the general run of vintage boot pistols so it might be a snug fit in a boot.

scrat
August 8, 2008, 05:55 PM
Agree post a pic BIG BAD GUN is the best man to make you a holster. check out the bottom of his signature.

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