You can get an older used Heiser, Lawrence, Eubanks, Bauer holster in a variety of styles for the Woodsman for modest prices on ebay.
That will enable you to holster your pistol right now. Try to find one in better condition. When the Woodsman was more of an Everyman's gun most makers of the day offered a holster. Many of these are as good as any made today.
June 23, 2012, 01:12 AM
Except none of them fit properly, and will quickly wear the finish off a fine condition Woodsman just from it bouncing around in a loose fitting rough old holster.
You would be better off carrying it in your hand then putting it in an old Heiser, Lawrence, Eubanks or Bauer one size fits all holster of the day.
I have enough of them in fine condition in a junk holster box to tell you that it is a fact they don't fit the guns they were made for properly, or well enough to prevent accelerated finish wear.
True, they were a good leather holster 60 years ago, and a well made holster at that.
But they were not fitted to the gun properly, and will quickly wear the bluing off.
June 24, 2012, 01:09 PM
I would imagine anyone that makes holsters could, as I know there is an aluminum mold available for it. Maybe give Simply Rugged or Lobogunleather a ring?
June 24, 2012, 01:21 PM
The best you can get.
It will fit, pigskin lined, and not wear the finish off.
June 24, 2012, 01:29 PM
I think it is deceptive to say that it will not wear on the finish, you'll get wear on anything you holster frequently despite the finest money can buy. EPS is some of the nicest.
June 24, 2012, 01:34 PM
I meant it will not wear the finish nearly as bad as a cheap one-size-fits all Lawrence holster made 60 years ago.
On the other hand, I use an El Paso with my Colt SAA, and there is not a trace of bluing wear on the gun after 10 years.
Pigskin lining is something else!
June 28, 2012, 12:37 AM
I don't know that I would characterize the likes of Heiser and Lawrence holsters as "cheap, one size fits all". True, some vintage holster may fit that description, but many do not.
Like others, I have quite a number of vintage holsters and I am willing to stipulate the quality and the precision of the fit varies somewhat, like the better brand holsters of today. I have quite a number of those also, many from very, very well known makers that vary in precision of fit. Most of the better-brand vintage holsters were designed to fit specific firearms, so the "one size-fits all" simply is not true.
It is true that any holster from any maker will contribute to wear on any blued gun to some degree or another. We might also agree that the use of any holster will "accelerate" wear to bluing. I have a two 99% Colt Woodsman MT's that will never, during my stewardship, see the inside of any holster for that very reason, EPS's (or anyone else's) apparent quality notwithstanding. It is simply a matter of repetitive friction localized to the high spots on the gun that contact the holster. So if one is fastidious about wear on collector grade guns, then holster use should be rare or never.
But it is far from axiomatic that older holsters were mere loosey-goosey scabbards that will necessarily result in accelerated wear compared to more modern offerings. I have a another Colt Woodsmen that has seen extensive holster use in the field over a period of nearly 30 years of use in a Lawrence and the accumulated "holster wear" is no more significant than what I might expect from a high modern holster that is hand boned fto the degree that it permits no internal movement of the gun inside the holster after holstering.
Do I believe that Heiser, for example, is equivalent to EPS in terms of precision of fit? Maybe, maybe not. It would take a side by side comparison using the same gun to establish that, and I cannot do that. I do own examples of both, but not one of each for any one gun. I don't know that the relative difference between an EPS field holster and a Heiser field holster in good condition is all really all that significant. The quality of each is superb. I don't agree that the older holsters are not worth having because they are cheap and ill fitting.
And I am not so sure that there is widespread agreement that lining (which Heiser and others offered, by the way) will substitute for a good, tight fit to a specific model of gun.
I do agree that it is all about fit. But I disagree that the older holsters do not meet a reasonable standard in that specific regard.
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