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Old 03-06-2017, 06:50 PM
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I recently found this Bianchi X-15 in a pawn shop for 20 bucks. It looks unused. My question is it doesn't have the snap strap to secure the gun. When did Bianchi add the strap?
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I recently found this Bianchi X-15 in a pawn shop for 20 bucks. It looks unused. My question is it doesn't have the snap strap to secure the gun. When did Bianchi add the strap?
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Papaw
We (I was their chief of design 1970-90) added the strap in the mid-70s. We added straps to all holsters eventually, the price of being a big products liability target. Yours is recent enough (indicated by the lack of a second row of stitching for the spring, and the harness attachment) that it has the cutout for the mag button on your 1911; so all good if your spring still has its 'pop' :-).
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We (I was their chief of design 1970-90) added the strap in the mid-70s. We added straps to all holsters eventually, the price of being a big products liability target. Yours is recent enough (indicated by the lack of a second row of stitching for the spring, and the harness attachment) that it has the cutout for the mag button on your 1911; so all good if your spring still has its 'pop' :-).
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great info! The spring still has plenty of pop. Would you date this holster from the early 70s? Thanks again.
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great info! The spring still has plenty of pop. Would you date this holster from the early 70s? Thanks again.
You made me look, now I have to change my testimony :-). The harness change, from a review of the catalogues, was late '70s, and the addition of the strap was in the mid '80s. So: yours is in between. From the pic it appears to be in handsome condition, so well, done to Bianchi and your holster's previous owners :-).
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You made me look, now I have to change my testimony :-). The harness change, from a review of the catalogues, was late '70s, and the addition of the strap was in the mid '80s. So: yours is in between. From the pic it appears to be in handsome condition, so well, done to Bianchi and your holster's previous owners :-).
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It looks like it was never used. It wound up in the junk box at a pawn shop so I had to rescue it.
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The 'original' X15 (I put the word in quotes because there was a prior holster that was not much more than a Model 2 suspended from its mouth by a harness):

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Nice buy. Real bargain at that price. I bought one in 1976 and carried model 64 2" in it off duty. It did not have the strap. Sold it in early 1980's and wish I had it back! Always on lookout for a good used one at gun shows. Still have the model 64!

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Nice buy. Real bargain at that price. I bought one in 1976 and carried model 64 2" in it off duty. It did not have the strap. Sold it in early 1980's and wish I had it back! Always on lookout for a good used one at gun shows. Still have the model 64!
I have a 3 inch 64 which fits great. Also other medium size revolvers like a Charter Arms Bulldog and a 4 inch Colt Police Positive also fit very well.
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I've got a couple ........ my favorite is a "small" with the retention strap that is a perfect fit for my 3" Model 60-10........ micro 686.
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