Leather-wrapped wheelie


October 12, 2011, 01:35 PM
The "modern" D/A wheel gun. Holstered. All the cops in my town wore them when I was a kid.

That hooked grip. The hint of frame and top strap peeking out from the holster.

There is something .. I dunno .. elegant about a wheelgun sitting in a leather holster. You got photos of holstered wheelies? Show them off.

And let us know who made your leather.

Besides, seeing some leather will give me ideas for my accessory wish list.

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October 12, 2011, 02:12 PM

A retired Texas lawman and friend of mine made this one and several others for me.
Link to his site:


October 12, 2011, 02:38 PM
Iggy, I never get tired of seeing that gun, those grips and Mr. Keith's leather. Outstanding.
l enjoy making my own holsters.
3" M625-3
4" M19-5

October 12, 2011, 03:25 PM
Nice leather guys.....classic, timeless and beautiful !!
Oh almost forgot nice revolvers.....:)

October 12, 2011, 04:03 PM
Off to a good start. Iggy, that's a pretty rig. Very nice.

October 12, 2011, 07:36 PM
Bamabiker and a dang fine job you are doing. That pancake is striking.

Nice job.

Cocked & Locked
October 12, 2011, 10:58 PM
S&W 19-2 .357 and Tom Dyer "Saguaro Gunleather"



S&W 627-PC eight-shot .357 with Murph's Custom Leather holster, RafterS sharkskin belt, and B&H Saddle 8-round speed strip pouch.


Colt Python .357 with Tom Dyer leather


Colt Python .357...no maker's name on the holster


Colt 1917 US Property .45 with Tom Dyer leather



October 12, 2011, 11:23 PM
Somebody likes that Saguaro Leather! All beautiful rigs BTW, including the no name holster!

October 13, 2011, 02:01 AM
from a bygone era...Safariland / S&W model 10 from 1965


4v50 Gary
October 13, 2011, 02:37 AM
No image and holster is packed away, but I carried my revolver in a black basketweave, brass hardware Hoyt breakfront holster.

This image is from another website. I never carried my reloads in anything other than a HKS speedloader case (black basketweave, brass hardware of course).


October 13, 2011, 05:34 AM
m 58/Kirkpatrick leather:


October 13, 2011, 09:17 AM
I carried a model 58 in one of those Safariland holsters for over a decade.
Mine was the jacket slot version.
Still got it somewhere.

October 13, 2011, 11:03 AM
Does the belt still fit?

I find that the leather used on belts is often inferior quality to that used to make the matching holster and accessories. Take an old duty rig and put it away for a few years. Pick it back up and the holster is still well formed, the accessory holders work well but the actual belt seems to shrink. It a weird thing but seems to happen often.

October 13, 2011, 11:20 AM
Why are the triggers exposed on revolvers with some holsters? I've always wondered that.

October 13, 2011, 04:10 PM
Ruger 2-3/4" Security Six in a Desantis holster & 6" GP100 in a Simply Rugged holster.

October 13, 2011, 04:23 PM
Ruger New Vaquero 3.75" .44 special in a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake


October 13, 2011, 07:43 PM
Does the belt still fit?

Around one leg, yeh, why????:(:o

Why are the triggers exposed on revolvers with some holsters? I've always wondered that.

They were fast. A heck of a lot of us old timers managed to muddle through an entire career without shooting ourselves in the butt too.:cool:
Those extra safe rigs of today woulda got me killed a couple of times. I can tell you for sure, when you're watching the muzzle of the BG's gun come up at you, you don't want to be remembering to push some buttons or stuff.

October 13, 2011, 10:25 PM

Blue Brick
October 13, 2011, 10:31 PM

Brian Williams
October 14, 2011, 06:50 AM
Why are the triggers exposed on revolvers with some holsters? I've always wondered that.
Many times a holster that did not cover the trigger had a strap of leather or a loop that prevented the gun from going off because while pulling the trigger because the strap or loop would not let the hammer back.

October 14, 2011, 08:47 AM
This Bianchi 5BH has carried my N frame for a few years. Prior to that, a Safariland equivalant.


October 14, 2011, 02:32 PM
Some pretty nice lookin' gun hides here.

Good thread.

October 14, 2011, 04:12 PM

Crazy Carl
October 14, 2011, 05:11 PM

How's Saguaro's pricing? Realling diggin' his work, but no pricing info on the site.

October 15, 2011, 08:45 AM
Here's a Mod 65-3 with a an open triggerguard design Galco holster, ...


... and I ( like Iggy ) haven't shot myself yet. :)


October 15, 2011, 09:51 AM
A 2" S&W Model 10-5 shipped in 1969. Engraved by Michael Gouse of Montana and wearing ivory stocks. Gunbelt and holster by El Paso Saddlery. Gold and silver belt buckle added. Two speed loader pouches with HKS loaders and knife scabbard holds a Buck Model 110 converted to auto configuration.

If open carry were legal here this is what I would wear.


October 15, 2011, 10:29 AM
Not a good picture, but a 19-4 in nickel, Smith & Wesson holster and belt.


The belt has shrunk over the years for some reason.

October 15, 2011, 10:31 AM
S&W 586 L-Comp in a Black Hills Leather rig-


October 15, 2011, 10:39 AM
SP, that is one fine looking rig.
You need to do like me and get the BBQ rig thing going.
No sense in those Texans having all the fun.

October 15, 2011, 10:42 AM
Wow, haven't see one of those plastic cartridge carriers for years. I use to carry extra ammo for my Model 58 in one of those. Still got it and the shrunken gun belt too.

October 16, 2011, 08:30 AM

Thats the kind of rig I carried back in the day only in black.

Belt still fit but not for a good reason.

October 18, 2011, 12:52 AM
More please, this thread shouldn't die. I can stare at my own all day, but have no way to share. So keep putting up more and I'll share when I can. I am a simple wheelie whore like the rest of you.

Incidentally, I carry a K-frame. I emailed Crossbreed Holsters to see if they could make their very popular supertuck holster for a K-framer. They emailed back that there was no plans to make one. Is it really to the point where you can't even get a decent tuckable holster for a 4" K-frame?

October 18, 2011, 08:14 AM
Wow, haven't see one of those plastic cartridge carriers for years. I use to carry extra ammo for my Model 58 in one of those. Still got it and the shrunken gun belt too.

Iggy, I haven't seen one in a long time either, but MTM still lists them on their website.

October 18, 2011, 11:05 AM
Great photos, folks! Keep them coming. I only wish I had a holster worth showing off.

WC145, nice gun, nice rig. That dark cherry/chocolate leather is gorgeous.

October 18, 2011, 06:49 PM
All you brethren are very lucky!! I'm kinda embarrassed by all fancy leather out there. The vast majority of my holsters (both shoulder and hip) are tan/brown, un-tooled, lined leather. My flap holster for my 1911A1 was made in 1943 and is brown leather with US embossing on the flap (inherited from my foster father). Maybe it's time for me to get a fancy leather rig for a couple of my "more seasoned" civvie wheel guns.....1951 Official Police and 1961 Detective Special....any recommendations, guys?

October 18, 2011, 07:50 PM
You know, NONE of my gunleather is 'fancy' in any way, but it's functional.

Colt Magnum Carry .357 , Galco Speed Scabbard, Triple K western belt--- the gun just snugs down inside that clamshell of leather. Very secure/sturdy.I bought the Galco as a CCW rig and you have to admit the gun dissapears in there. I wish speedloaders could be so well concealed.

Colt Official Police (1927) .32-20 6 inch, jade grips, vintage Bauer Bros. holster, Trailrider products cartridge slide, vintage leather belt hand made.

Ruger Vaquero .44 mag tucked away in a woods-worn Trailrider Products 1863 pattern holster and cartridge belt, Cold Steel Tanto bought in 1985 lurking under there.

Colt 1917 New Service Army in an IMA repro 'butt back' WW2 style holster, Bianchi gunbelt. Love this holster but it's very stiff. I have seen this style of half flap made now and aagain by other makers and really like it.

As you can see I prefer a belt holster that nearly completely covers the gun, the Bauer is an exception as I wanted a 'period' look. I tend to wear my 'belt guns' cross draw (Vaquero, 1917, Colt OP).

October 18, 2011, 07:54 PM
My belt, unknown maker, was obtained at a gun show: $15. Holster (El PAso Saddlery) was bought off gunbroker: $75 Don't ask me about the grips. :o http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m247/matquig/DSC05276.jpg

October 18, 2011, 11:28 PM
WC145, nice gun, nice rig. That dark cherry/chocolate leather is gorgeous.
Thanks. I also had them make a matching holster and double mag pouch for when I want to carry a 1911 instead-


October 19, 2011, 02:00 AM
Sharp dressed man: that is a Lawrence belt !

October 19, 2011, 03:56 AM
Just one more I got this at a gun show with a Ruger Blackhawk Hunter, it's a lovely cross draw by John R. Puthoff (a Colorado local who has been doing this stuff for years-- http://www.great8newspapers.com/Articles-i-2006-03-09-155228.112112_The_handicraftsman.html ) I feel very lucky to have gotten one of these used, if not a tad abused hand made holsters.

It's modeled with my Ruger Vaquero 44 Magnum and a Bianchi belt.

October 19, 2011, 09:28 AM
I forgot I had these. They're nothing fancy I suppose, but they are good revolvers in good leather.

Ruger Single-Six, and Bearcat, in Ruger holsters.


October 19, 2011, 03:07 PM
Ruger BH in a Simply Rugged Range Master:)

Hondo 60
October 20, 2011, 03:03 PM
OK - I'll add.
Even have one for the lefties



October 20, 2011, 04:51 PM
Plain and simple...


451 Detonics
October 21, 2011, 12:15 PM
My leather is rather plain compared to some but very durable. For most of my revolvers for daily carry I use the Don Hume J.I.T.


My 5 inch 625 wrapped in a Kramer crossdraw


Not a wheelgun but a classic piece of leather, from Rogers, a Plaxco World Speed Model for the 1911...


Here is the P7M8 in a Ken Null horsehide holster that I have been carrying for close to 30 years... (wish the belt still fit...lol)


October 21, 2011, 02:52 PM
I used that Plaxco world speed holster in the late 80s onward for a BHP (which fits perfectly by tighten the screw down) by Novaks. It is the nicest fast leather holster I've found and the rest of my stuff is Sparks.

October 21, 2011, 07:09 PM
will someone tell me a SIMPLE way to enter photos ? I use Picasa but will do it anyway I can understand.........thanks

October 24, 2011, 01:50 PM
The way I do it is to manually use the HTML image tags. I'm not sure how Picasa works but you'll need the URL for the pic you want to post. Once you have the URL for your pic, type the image tag and then paste the URL for your pic and then type the closing image tag and post.

October 24, 2011, 02:39 PM
will someone tell me a SIMPLE way to enter photos ? I use Picasa but will do it anyway I can understand.........thanks
Right click on your photo in picasa, in the window that pops up click on "properties" at the bottom, in the next window that opens highlight and copy the URL address.
Now click on the "insert image" button in the menu at the top of this box and paste the URL address you copied where it tells you to. Click okay and it should insert your pic URL in your text with "" at the beginning and "" at the end and when you post your reply the pic will be there.

Hope you can understand that, it's not as hard as it sounds.

October 30, 2011, 11:56 AM
There's some nice leather featured here. But I'm seeing a lot of single action and cowboy leather. I'd like to see more leather for MODERN double-action revolvers. Any volunteers?

October 30, 2011, 01:37 PM
wditto - are you using Picassa for an online photo library? If the images are only saved to your computer's hard drive, you can't post them from it to this website because THR does not support photo hosting. You have to find an online photo hosting site, get an account with it, upload your images to your account on that site, and then do as instructed above - enter the URL from your photo hosting site for the image you want to post in the photo sharing dialog box.

Photobucket works for image hosting, and is free.

October 30, 2011, 05:03 PM
Well, a few with nice leather, although they are both carried, so they have carry wear. No safe queens. All the leather was done by Tracker Leather.

And the lonely S&W Model 67 with no wrapping. I'm thinking old school for it. Maybe a Bucheimer Federal Man...

Ruger Redhawk. 4" .44 Magnum. Customized by Andy Horvath.


Smith and Wesson 3" Model 66 .357 Magnum and K-Bar Carry Knife


Smith and Wesson Model 67 .38 Special (No wrap yet...:()


Frank V
October 30, 2011, 07:21 PM
Those bring back memories. Some pretty nice rigs fella's, thanks for sharing.

January 22, 2012, 11:00 AM
This one's purty. Was a gift from a good kid.

January 22, 2012, 11:02 AM
Cobbled up in Ohio by an enterprising guy. Gun is a 19-4. Shotgun is King Of Shotguns.

January 22, 2012, 11:18 AM
Same holster works well with a 4" K frame S&W

January 22, 2012, 12:24 PM
Love this Galco with our King Cobra. The two screws run through spacers keeping the entire back side of the holster open.

January 23, 2012, 08:54 AM
I share 451 Detonics love of the Don Hume J.I.T. slide!


Frank V
January 23, 2012, 10:32 AM
Some pretty nice leather there, thanks for sharing. I really like nice leather.

January 23, 2012, 11:30 AM
Here's a 1975-built Colt Detective Special. It's in a hand-made holster, created by one of the members of our club.

Iron Sight
January 24, 2012, 05:39 PM
Ruger with Ruger leather


January 24, 2012, 05:51 PM
.32 H&R mag in Ruger Single Six.

Triple-K leather.


Has option for strong-side or cross-draw.


January 24, 2012, 09:05 PM
Not my most exciting holster...
66 snub in a Galco speed scabbard OWB.

Derry 1946
January 25, 2012, 10:55 PM
These are nothing fancy, but I'll put my two cents into this great thread.

From left to right:
1911 in an M3 shoulder holster from estate of John Hart, WWII veteran, actor (Lone Ranger, Rawhide, various films), and gun enthusiast. http://www.lonerangerfanclub.com/johnhart.html

S&W .45ACP 1917 in repro flap holster.

1905 Hand Ejector in 32-20 in vintage holster of unknown make, stamped 45106A/0732.

S&W Model 10 in Jay-Pee #4.

DS in shoulder holster.

February 5, 2012, 05:36 PM
I love a good pic thread, so here is a bump to the top.

Ruger SPNY in my new IWB by Elmer McEvoy of the leather arsenal:


Same great wheelie in an OWB by a local shooter (no website):


Split over the belt SL holders by Andrews Leather.

"FBI" load by Remington.


February 5, 2012, 07:41 PM
Only have one revolver, Smith 10-8 4 inch, but a few different holsters.

Old Bianchi duty rig,


Master's Leather belt rig


No name shoulder holster that needs the snap repaired.


"Antiqued" version of the top picture, just for fun.


February 5, 2012, 08:37 PM
Wow, what a thread!

Some truly awesome leather and wheelies!


Hondo 60
February 5, 2012, 09:19 PM
Ok - I'll play again - with modern this time.
My EDC - a S&W Model 38
Brauer Bros Leather
St Louis, MO




Cocked & Locked
February 6, 2012, 09:03 AM
1917 Colt .45 Custom in Tex Shoemaker leather.


February 6, 2012, 02:16 PM
S&W Model 10 in a Tauris of New Hartford, NY holster I bought used;



S&W Model 64 in a vintage Buchmeier/Clark duty holster.



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