Brain fart: forgot holster/rig site


June 17, 2010, 11:51 PM
There's a maker out there that IIRC specialized in full western rigs and was well thought of by Rangers; they had big glamour shots of some of the more impressive examples, and they were just breathtakingly beautiful - tons of tooling, conchos and the works. They were priced at something like $1200 per rig. Anyone know what I'm talking about?

Pretty sure it wasn't Tucker, Kirkpatrick or Andrews...

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Brian Williams
June 18, 2010, 04:26 AM
El paso or Myers

June 18, 2010, 07:48 AM
Are you sure it isn't Tucker Gunleather?

June 18, 2010, 11:53 AM
Probably one on this list

Old Fuff
June 18, 2010, 12:51 PM
I presume you mean companies or custom makers that are still in business today. If so, also look at:

John Bianchi is a legend within the gun industry, and if you have the money he'll make anything you want. Top quality, and he's recognized as an authority on "western rigs", past and present.

June 18, 2010, 04:52 PM
No matches so far.

Are you sure it isn't Tucker Gunleather?

Yup. No offense to Tucker, but the pics I'm thinking of make that rig look like amateur hour.

June 18, 2010, 05:03 PM
El paso or Myers El Paso Saddelry Co. is the only surviving old holster maker still in business that had any connection to old time Rangers.

They bought all the old patterns from S.D. Myers when that company folded many years ago.

They will do about anything you want if you have enough money.


June 18, 2010, 06:01 PM
They had a blurb somewhere about Rangers being popular customers - but they were referring to contemporary Rangers, not old-tyme Rangers. Sorry I didn't clarify earlier. They are still in business, these were examples of their custom work.

All I can really remember about the site is that the intro page had a few big pics of some of the full rigs they'd done - and they were the leather equivalents of a high-grade, engraved H&H or something. Truly incredible.

I've searched my bookmarks for "holster," "leather" and the like and haven't been able to find the site, so I assume I didn't bookmark it. D'oh! :(

June 18, 2010, 07:38 PM

June 18, 2010, 08:46 PM
Checked Mernickle earlier, and they sure have some nice stuff, but nope :)

June 18, 2010, 09:37 PM
Still looking. I'm thinking it may be Kirkpatrick Leather (, but I'm not sure...

June 18, 2010, 09:49 PM
One of those old Guns & Ammo collections of 1911 articles a few years back had an article on Western & Military style holsters for the 1911. They did cover the El Paso Saddlery models, but there was another maker that also offered tooled western style holsters. Sorry, but I can't remember the maker. It's one of those things that if I saw the name I'd recognize it, but I can't think of it.

June 18, 2010, 09:54 PM
I know what you mean. I've spent the better part of an hour scouring Google for "western rig," "custom holster" and a few other such terms and probably been through 50+ sites - unless whomever I'm thinking of changed their site layout, the closest I can find so far is Kirkpatrick (which I'm fairly certain isn't it). Whoever they are they're not easy to find... :D

June 18, 2010, 10:07 PM
Not the one I was thinking of, but another option.

June 18, 2010, 10:47 PM
I finally remembered the maker I was thinking of, H. H. Heiser. No doubt, not the one you were thinking of.

Here is another option for your search.

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