Which holster for an 1860?


Texas Moon
April 6, 2010, 07:03 PM
Let's talk leather holsters for an 1860 Army.

Which type/brand/maker would you recommend for a period correct belt holster and belt?

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April 6, 2010, 07:41 PM
Dixie makes a wonderful reproduction cavalry holster.

April 6, 2010, 08:16 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // Yep Dixie Flap Holster

Here is part of mine (black on right), barrel length makes a diff. this one does ok with either the 4" or the 8 1/2". The belt holder needed to be reinforced. It keeps my powder dry but it is definately not set up for a quick draw.


April 6, 2010, 09:50 PM
John Wesley Harding did not use the flap holster for his gun of choice the 1860. Cabellas has nice choices, but I decided to make my own! Cheaper that way and every pistol I own now has it's own home! It's realy not that hard to make your own, just a few little tricks with water and imagination and you can have an original one of a kind! Don't be afraid to experiment or you will never learn!

April 6, 2010, 09:53 PM
Wow nice job button thats talent

April 6, 2010, 09:53 PM
By the way the gun in the holster is the 51 colt sherrif model with round 5 & 1/2" barrell.

April 6, 2010, 09:58 PM
just a sharp knife, water bottle, waxed thread and a Dewalt 18 volt drill with a small drill bit to make the holes in order to thread the holster. I beleive in as little thread as possible, Just were needed. This is my 5th attempt and so far my best work! Practice makes perfect, I was once told. If I can do it ya'll can too! Good luck!

April 6, 2010, 10:10 PM
I've got three of these, and am happy with them. Not exactly what I was lookin' for, but they'll do till I learn how to make my own.


April 7, 2010, 01:04 AM
I like this one the best.


April 7, 2010, 07:24 AM
If you like the military flap holster style, this one (http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/templates/links/link.jsp?id=0079263210187a&type=product&cmCat=SEARCH_all&returnPage=search-results1.jsp&Ntk=Product_liberal&QueryText=flap+holster&sort=all&Go.y=0&N=0&Nty=1&hasJS=true&_dyncharset=ISO-8859-1&_DARGS=%2Fcabelas%2Fen%2Fcommon%2Fsearch%2Fsearch-box.jsp.form23&Go.x=0) at Cabelas is on sale. I just received one with a used revolver I bought and it's a nice holster.

April 7, 2010, 07:46 AM
Here's another quality flap holster that's billed as historically accurate from El Paso Saddlery


April 7, 2010, 09:08 PM
Content and Pulp, it's not that hard to make your own! I use bull backstrap 1/4" thick and most of the molding is done by spraying or soaking the leather in water then forming it to the shape or design you want! let dry for about 45 mins to 1 hour (best overnight to keep true form) and you can still mold if needed by spraying more water on the area. I usually spray the leather (covering every inch, front and back) and then clamp the edges together and then slide the gun into the leather and let set overnight to dry. (no worries about rusting as long as your gun is oiled and no sticking as long as you use real leather and not man made) Just keep in mind when wet, scratches or designs applied will be permament once dry. Be careful if you want a holster that a Dandy would own! :) It's really fun and gives a good feeling when you finish one!

April 7, 2010, 09:18 PM
Content, nice array of guns! Question (sorry to stray from question asked) On your 1851 colt were you able to purchase the extra barrels seperately? If so where did you get them? That is something I am interested in doing. one body with diff barrels. Multi purpose gun for every use. Thanks.

April 7, 2010, 10:36 PM
Hello friends and neighbors // I used to make my own belts but not gun belts. It might be time to break out the old leather kit.

I purchased the 1861 Pietta Navy .36 cal with two cylinders one fluted, one navel scene, two sets of grips, and three barrels from Smokin Gun here on THR last year for $375.00 shipped. The 7 1/2" barrel was tight but works fine now.

Pietta has almost everything listed. Buying separately from them including tax and shipping, cost is over $800.00.
Keep your eyes open and you might find something you consider a deal on this forum, BP handguns of this type ship directly to you so no FFL needed.
You can also post a wanted to buy (WTB) thread.

Thanks for the tips on the holster ...once again extremely nice work/ content

April 8, 2010, 07:19 AM
The type of holster would depend on what style of shooter you want to depict. With an 1860, (or 51, 61, Dragoon) there are a variety of choices but primarily it would filter down to either the full flap military or the Slim Jim holsters. Another option would be to take the military holster and cut slits in the flap. Fold the flap over and run the body of the holster through the slits to make a style similar to the Mexican holster.

The hollywood buscadero holsters did not appear until the middle of the 20th Century so might not be considered appropriate for the 1860.

April 8, 2010, 05:16 PM
BlackNet where did you holster at?

April 8, 2010, 06:10 PM
BlackNet where did you holster at?

In a previous thread, BlackNet posted that he bought his holster here:


And it was a custom order:


April 9, 2010, 09:51 PM
Content, dig out the tools and have some fun. I bought a 5 foot section of bull back strap for around $150 at the Alafia river rondeavouz (or how ever it is spelled) and so far made 2 full holsters out of it, one with a knife sheath and a slide on cylinder holder. (Holster previously posted) also 3 regular belts and a slide on holster and a slide on magazine holster with a 2" belt for a 1911 military .45 acp springfield. (father-in-law's) and only used 1/4 of it! Well worth the investment. Not to mention 2 sets of leather cuffs.

April 13, 2010, 04:05 PM
If you like the military flap holster style, this one at Cabelas is on sale. I just received one with a used revolver I bought and it's a nice holster.

I've also got that Cabela's holster for my 1860. Out of the package, it's stiff as a board and requires a gentle hand to open the flap without breaking the plastic "button". Over time, though, it softens up some and gets pretty easy to open up. Just be patient. I think that, for the money, it's hard to beat.

April 14, 2010, 07:16 AM
Take a look at the holsters from Track of the Wolf. They have both military flap style, and western types. I picked #Holster-WBR for my '60 Army, and the fit is perfect.

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