Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Holster for 8" barrel 1861 navy

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Mictlanero, Jan 10, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Dr.Rob

    Dr.Rob Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 23, 2002
    Messages:
    14,744
    Location:
    Centennial, CO
    As much as I like the slim jim style for fast handling.. I much prefer a flap-style holster for BP revolvers.
     
  2. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,015
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    I've been using a cheap Oklahoma Leather flap holster for my 1860's and Open Top for the last several years and have really come to appreciate the design. It's a little slower to access but for sheer utility, it's hard to beat. Much as I hate to, I'll probably de-stitch it to use it as a pattern. Or maybe I'll just try adding a flap to a Slim Jim pattern. Maybe do a right side, butt forward configuration. Lots of options to play around with.

    IMG_7062b.jpg
     
  3. YumaKid

    YumaKid Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    For my 8" Pietta Remington; I just bought the "Slim Jim"-looking holster that Cabela's sells all the time. I think it was $17.95 or thereabouts at the time. Then, because I'm just goofy about these things; I dumped the holster in a 5 gallon bucket of HOT water and wrapped the '58 in about 14 layers of saran wrap. Pulled the holster out, jammed the NMA in deep, and worked the leather into all the nooks and crannies of the revolver. Then I let the holstered pistol set out in the Sonoran Desert August sun 'til it dried. El Cheapo 'molded' holster!
    Added a thong to catch the tail of the hammer for retention, wiped it down with Lexol and called it good.

    mike.: Your "Home Fashions Express" link wasn't a total waste I actually found a good looking left-hand holster for my 5.5 Remington NMA for $25. Already pulled the trigger (pun intended) on one.
    http://www.homefashionexpress.com/genuine-tooled-leather-western-gun-holster-left-handed/

    EDIT: Forgot to mention that my S&W M629 is gonna be soooooo happy to be snuggled up back in the cop-surplus Safariland duty holster that's been carryin' the li'l Remmie around.

    Never can tell who the final seller is gonna be when you order through Amazon....
     
  4. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,015
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    You don't have to get it sopping wet, use hot water or bake it in the sun. Just dampen it with a soft cloth or run it under the faucet for a few seconds, stick the pistol in it and let it dry overnight. I just do it when I finish dyeing because it's wet anyway.
     
  5. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    Ah… It’s a good idea to lightly grease the gun and wrap it in plastic kitchen wrap before you stick it in a wet holster and leave it. Unless of course you intend to strip the finish.
     
  6. YumaKid

    YumaKid Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    CraigC: I wouldn't say it was "sopping wet", was only in the water for 2-3 minutes; just long enough to ooze a little oil out.

    Old Fuff: To quote myself: "... and wrapped the '58 in about 14 layers of saran wrap....". Because it's been my experience that plastic kitchen wrap (Mom always called it "Saran Wrap" and I never realized that such was a brand name) doesn't stick to even slightly oily surfaces - like the Tupperw... Ahem, plastic food storage bowl with the missing lidthat is then covered in Saran Wrap. While I did not specifically douse the Pietta in Ballistol prior to wrapping it up; neither did I make any effort to remove the oil wiped on it after cleaning it two days prior.

    Which is why "about 14 layers of saran wrap"" is not all that much of an exaggeration - dang stuff kept slipping off the weapon whilst I was attempting to wrap it up. :banghead:

    After 14 hours of 100+ degree temps that Tuesday, the holster was board-stiff; and firmly seating the revolver in the finished holster almost negated the need for the hammer-retaining thong. :p
     
  7. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,015
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    Just trying to save you a little effort. ;)


    He already said he wrapped it in plastic so I did not feel the need to reiterate that point. :rolleyes:

    I use one gallon freezer bags.
     
  8. YumaKid

    YumaKid Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2011
    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    Yuma, AZ
    I tried using a "zipper style" 1 gallon plastic storage bag.... tried TWO of them, in fact. Neither one responded well to the front sight. When I tried it "zipper side down" the sight blew out the bottom seam. "Zipper side up" resulted in the sight 'unzipping the zipper'!
    Since SWMBO did the grocery shopping before running up to Tucson to see that her mother made it through surgery, and since she bought something like 65 lineal feet of plastic wrap in the handy dispenser box for the cupboard; I made an Executive Decision to wrap up the NMA. Afterwards I braved the lunatic Sunday afternoon crowds at Wally World (where, at least in Yuma, AZ; there is ABSOLUTELY NOTHING available in black powder supplies) and bought another 65-foot box of the stuff before she got home.

    Only big problem was that I bought the REAL Saran Wrap, rather than the el-Cheapo "Great Value" brand. So, I got caught. Oops.

    The holster turned out great, though! In fact it came out too well; so well that I was "gigged" by a 'costume judge' at a re-enactment contest three weeks later.
    "Son, ain't NOBODY that wet-molded their holsters in the 1870's." Yeah, whatever.
    Ya want "realistic"? I'll ram a ball on top of that cardboard wad - how's THAT for "realistic"? :evil:

    I don't play in re-enactment competitions any more - maybe some skits with the gang at swap meets, now and then, but that's all. Would rather poke holes in cardboard or ring some steel anyhow.
    Sgt Michael "Dawg" Kelly, (formerly of the 10th, fought alongside Forsythe at Beecher's Island) doesn't need to be lectured by some dude -in a snow white fru-fru shirt, pince-nez spectacles and a dove-gray bowler hat with matching gloves- about realistic!
     
  9. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,015
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    You don't have to zipper closed. I used a single one gallon bag for the big Dragoon above and there's no way it would all fit in the bag. You just need a barrier between the gun and the wet leather. So enough to cover the parts of the gun in the holster is sufficient.

    Chuck Burrows makes the most authentic frontier holsters I know of and he wet molds. Which simply ensures that there are no tight spots and is not the same thing as boning the holster to the gun, as they do with "modern" holster designs.
     
  10. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    They did so indirectly. The leather generally used then was thinner that what we see today in reproductions of frontier era rigs, and since most travel was by horseback or open wagons the originals’ occasionally got wet and self-molded to whatever revolver they were carrying. I have examined a number of pre-early 1900’s “scabbards” as they were sometimes called, that were molded enough so one could identify the make and model of the gun therein.
     
  11. SleazyRider

    SleazyRider Member

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2008
    Messages:
    1,822
    Location:
    New York
    Tell me more, Craig C, if you don't mind, about the belt, buckle, and knife sheath on that rig. Thanks!
     
  12. CraigC
    • Contributing Member

    CraigC Member

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2006
    Messages:
    15,015
    Location:
    West Tennessee
    The belt came from the Leatherman. The hand forged buckle from Dixie Gun Works and the knife is a custom from ML Knives. I'm in the process of doing a new belt that will be thicker and stiffer, along with a smaller buckle. Then I'll do a new sheath for the knife. ;)
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page