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U. S. 1916 Model holster drawing?

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by rcmodel, Jul 19, 2011.

  1. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Anyone know where I could find the blueprint or "leather pattern drawing" for a GI Model 1916, 1911 pistol holster?

    I'm thinking I am eventually going to buy one of the little Browning 1911-22 A1 pistols, and I want to make an 85% scale GI flap-holster for it.

    I have searched the net high & low with no success finding the drawing or blueprint.

    I did find one drawing for the 1912 Calvary swivel holster, but it was too fuzzy to be much good in scaling it up to full size, then back down 85% for leather patterns.

    I guess I could cut one apart for a full-scale pattern, but my WWI & WWII ones are getting too valuable for that.

  2. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    Hi. There's no drawing, but J. David McFarland's 'How to make Practical Pistol Leather' (1981. Desert Publications. Cornville, Az. ISBN: 0-87947-150-6) has a how-to for making holster patterns. Should be in Tandy's.
    Been using it for eons myself. So long that it cost me $8.50Cdn.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Thanks Sunray.

    I made the pattern this one for a Colt Woodsman, so I guess I will have to do the same thing if I get the Browning.
    Only make it more GI'ish looking.


  4. Mizar

    Mizar Well-Known Member

  5. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Was going to say thats a US GI design, patent had to have long expired.

    Maybe get a well used more modern black one to cut apart and measure?
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Old and expired.
    Kinda like me.

    Thats why I thought I could surely find the contact leather parts drawing or print they sent to all the holster manufactures somewhere on the net.

    Guess not though.

  7. .45Guy

    .45Guy Well-Known Member

    I may have a beater around somewhere. Let me diga around and see if it made the trip down from Wisconsin... If so you can have it.
  8. Ron James

    Ron James Well-Known Member

    rcmodel, I was thinking along the same lines. I need another .22 pistol like I need another hole in my head. However,that little Browning looks so neat, I will probably get one and make a Black type of military holster for the now rare desert treks. It may be a permanent replacement for my great little Model 63. I also betcha that some one already has holsters in the works.
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    45 Guy said:
    I Really Really appreciate your offer.
    But I think I can dig an old beater holster up somewhere locally if it becomes absolutely necessary.
    I actually think I can hand cut a pattern like I have done many times before if it comes to that.
    Thanks again for your offer though!!
    But I haven't got the gun yet!

    Ron James said:
    I betcha they do to.
    But I don't like to buy holsters when I can make them just as good myself.

    Last edited: Jul 20, 2011
  10. Sunray

    Sunray Well-Known Member

    "...more GI'ish looking..." Getting ready to do one for my Series 70 with Millet sights(Doesn't fit in the issue holster.) for no apparent reason other than something to do. I'm thinking I'll use the flap as a pattern.
    Working on making the dye. Fiebings runs close to $10 for 4 oz up here. Very strong coffee(3 tblspns to a cup of water) gives a light brown. Isn't dark enough though.
    Played with that and some vinegar, steel wool and black walnut bark(gives black dye. The vinegar eats Ruger GP bluing right to the bare steel when forming. Previous holster. Also made for no apparent reason.) on the same test hunk of hide. Gives brown with black on the bumps in the hide.
    "...E-Bay link..." E-Bay is an evil, antifirearm ownership, epmire that financially supports The Brady Bunch.
  11. Mizar

    Mizar Well-Known Member

    - Well, OK... I agree, but... I was trying to help...:confused:


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