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A Horseman's Holster

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by Vern Humphrey, May 21, 2013.

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  1. Vern Humphrey

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    In another thread, I was asked to post a picture of my holster for single action revolvers. This is one I have used for quite a while -- a plain, working holster.

    As you can see, this holster is different from the standard Three Persons Holster. For one thing, I spend a lot of time on horseback (the bowie knife is for hacking through brambles and branches in the Ozarks.) A gun that exposes the trigger guard and leaves half the gun hanging out like a starlett's boobs on opening night is going to result in a lost or damaged gun. If you need a thong to hold your gun in the holster, by the time you get back from bashing through the woods, your holster will be empty.

    With this design the holster "swallows" the gun and keeps it safe. And the holster is formed to the gun for greater security.
     

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  3. Vern Humphrey

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    This holster has retained my gun even when a horse was actively trying to make my saddle not retain me.
    I've seen a gun fall from a Threepersons -- it wasn't my gun.
    In my opinion, for a horseman's holster, a thong should not be necessary.

    Something that occasionally happens when riding:

    "Never a hoss that couldn't be rode
    "Never a man that couldn't be throwed.";)

    Well, I've made about 400 parachute jumps, and fought as a Mechanized Rifle Company commander -- is that strenuous enough for you?
     
  4. Clippers

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    Nice holster. I usually carry my SP101 when I ride using this simple holster. Even got bucked off the other day and the holster held my SP101 tight to my side.
     

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    I like that design Vern. I'm not a big fan of exposing firearms to the elements more than is needed. I usually have a flap holster but those are slow to get into. Yours looks like a good compromise.
     
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    Vern: "A gun that exposes the trigger guard and leaves half the gun hanging out like a starlett's boobs on opening night is going to result in a lost or damaged gun"

    <chuckle>

    Now that has got to be one of the classic lines written here at The High Road ! :D
     
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    Too bad you couldn't have had the holster made by the same guy who did the knife sheath.
     
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    That's a cool thing about a well made pancake such as yours, as you cinch up it pulls that top layer of leather tightly against you.
    Nice looking holster.
     
  9. Vern Humphrey

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    Randall has all his output tied up until around 2214.:p
     
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    I've been using a Bianchi "Lawman" holster for a Ruger 6 1/2" Blackhawk. The trigger guard is exposed and it uses a strap and snap to retain the weapon. I, too, am a horseman and ride high mountain trails (Cascades and the Bitterroots) and the rough country of the Ozark "foot hills". I, also, have had a few "unauthorized" dismounts and have never lost the Ruger from my holster. Though I have damaged a few grip panels in the "upside down" landings.
     
  11. Vern Humphrey

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    My point is, the snap and strap are not needed if the holster properly contains the gun.
     
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    Virtually any properly fitted holster, including the one you're deriding, will retain the handgun. Snaps and thongs are just insurance. Believe it or not, some people actually put some effort and thought into this. Believe it or not, you're not the only one that actually "uses" them outdoors.
     
  13. Vern Humphrey

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    Tell ya what -- I'll arrange for you to ride a certain horse I know, and you can test your theory.:p
     
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    Vern-- looks like a great rig to me. Happy trails! Derry
     
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    I ain't riding that horse..!! I have enough troubles with my "independent, I'll do it my way" mare.

    No arguement intended, Vern. Just mention another way to carry on horse back.
     
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    You don't want to ride the Strawberry Roan?:D
     
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    So that's where he went...I was wondering. And NO!!
     
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    For those who just tuned in, the Strawberry Roan is the legendary horse no one can ride.

    "I know there're some ponies I cannot ride
    Some are still livin' -- they haven't all died
    And I'll bet all my money, there's no man alive
    Can stay on old Strawberry when he does his High Dive."
     
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    The Strawberry Roan---Marty Robbins. From the album "Big Iron"
     
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    While assigned to the USMC Mounted Color Guard, I learned, the hard way, that a lanyard is a Very Good Thing<tm>.

    "Detail, halt!"
    "Lets go back and look for my forty-five..."
    :rolleyes:
     
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    Truthfully, I prefer a cross draw with safety strap.
     
  22. Vern Humphrey

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    Having also made a few hundred parachute jumps, I am a big fan of a lanyard on a pistol.
     
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    I Swinglined some leather together once. true story
     
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    I would think cross draw made a lot of sense if one spent a lot of time on a horse....til Hollywood came along...
     

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    I like the holster, but i would still add the thong because i would invariably go thru some brush and cock the hammer. Thong would prevent that.
     
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