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Old 07-22-2009, 03:30 PM
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Default Anyone still make Bill Jordan holsters?

Just wondering if any modern manufacturers are still making this holster..
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:03 PM
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El Paso Saddlery makes the #5 Patton holster which is similar to the Jordan holster, but is more like the older Border Patrol holster.
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Old 07-22-2009, 04:46 PM
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Hume is a good suggestion.. I called and they said they hadn't made one in years.
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Bill Jordan (US Border Patrol prior to WW2, US Marine Corps during WW2, returned to US Border Patrol after WW2, retired a a senior inspector of that organization) was known as a law enforcement officer, innovator in firearms (S&W Model 19 and .41 magnum developments for law enforcement applications) and leather (collaborated with Don Hume in the "Border Patrol" holster and "River Belt" products). Fantastic career and contributions! Wrote the book "No Second Place Winner", detailing his experiences and advice on guns, gear, and gunfighting; still recommended reading.

Jordan literally "rode the river" back in the days when Border Patrol agents lived and worked on an assigned sector for weeks on end without relief, provided only a small salary, a shack to call home, a couple of horses, and a Thompson submachinegun to deal with smugglers! There were only the most primitive radios, none of which were portable. Transportation was almost always via horseback. Encounters with smugglers were sudden, seldom with warning, and frequently deadly.

I had the opportunity many years ago to spend a day on the range at Quantico, Virginia including a lecture and shooting demonstration by retired Inspector Bill Jordan. Long, tall, laconic Texan that he was, he seemed almost casual as he drew and fired repeatedly, cutting playing cards in half on a target stand 7 yards away. Repeatedly, Mr. Jordan recorded speeds of under 1/3 second to draw and fire on a silhouette target, reacting to a signal given from behind him with no warning whatsoever.

Mr. Jordan's design for the "Border Patrol" holster became pretty much the standard for American law enforcement use during the 1960's and later. Drop-loop design, steel-reinforced drop angled out to provide maximum access to the grip, modest forward cant, with retention strap and snap. Don Hume Leather Goods of Miami, OK produced these for many years, along with Jordan's "River Belt" design.

S.D. Myres Saddlery, El Paso Saddlery, Bucheimer-Clark, Bianchi, Safariland and others all made competing products. Eventually, the thumb-break development ended the days of the Border Patrol design, probably about the mid 1980's at the latest.

There are literally thousands of these holsters in existence, and they turn up regularly on eBay. I would suggest searching using "Hume", "Don Hume", and other variations. You should be able to find something for your needs within a reasonable period of time.

Don Hume of Miami, Oklahoma continues to produce top-quality products at very reasonable prices. Unfortunately, like all manufacturers, they have dropped from production many fine products that some of us would be happy to order, if available.
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Just wondering if any modern manufacturers are still making this holster..
aterry33, I have a Don Hume Jordan B. Patrol holster I am willing to part with. Is 4" plain black with brass strap snap for S&W 19/66 in excellent condition. Also have a Don Hume (same holster) for 6" M-19 that is black basketweave w/ snap-off belt loop in good condition. Have no idea of value or what price to ask. If you are interested give a PM.
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Tex Shoemaker catalogs the Jordan design, according to their website. I've never seen one so can't say if it accurately captures Jordan's design. I understand the Jordan design includes a welt that creates space between the frame and the holster to allow a better firing grip.
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I have two. One made by S&W Leather and the other by Simon's of Albuquerque. Never particularly liked them although they were my duty holsters from 1978 to about 1984 or so.
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I have several of the Don Hume ones. Basketweave brown and black. I PMed you.
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2nd for Tex Shoemaker. Been thinking of ordering one.
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Years ago I had don hume make me up both belt and holster, think it was called a "River rig". I wore it on the job for years and then some q5@&b stold it. It was my favorite rig of many I wore in 35 years.
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