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36. Here is a Heiser 757. I have been told that it is fairly rare.
It looks black in the photo, but actually it is oxblood. Oxblood
has been described as a dull, reddish, brown, and I think this
one fits that description. I would like to know how to lighten
it up and shine it a bit. It is shown with the Texas Gunslinger
belt, Bear knife, my Boonie hat, and the S&W Model 10 4" barrel.

For comparison, the belt is Cordovan. Technically, cordovan is
a type of leather, but the word is used often to describe a color.

Well, here is what I tried. I sprayed the holster with a degreaser,
covered it in corn starch thinking that might suck the grease up
out of the holster, then dried it with a hair dryer. Then I applied
a little Blackrock Leather 'N Rich with my fingers, wiped it down
with a cloth, and dried it again with hair dryer. Then brushed it
with a shoe brush. The results are not spectacular, but there is
a little more definition in the carving, and the brown in peeking
through. Before on the left, After on the right.
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Thank you Joe. You made it sound so good that I had to
go back and look at them all again.
YOU ARE MORE THAN WELCOME, crazyphil. ALL OF THOSE ACCOLADES ARE ABSOLUTELY TRUE ! ! !
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37. Here is a good one for packin a 1911. It's by Kirkpatrick,
and they call it a Texas Strong Side. I like it a lot.
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36. Here is a Heiser 757. I have been told that it is fairly rare.
It looks black in the photo, but actually it is oxblood. Oxblood
has been described as a dull, reddish, brown, and I think this
one fits that description. I would like to know how to lighten
it up and shine it a bit. It is shown with the Texas Gunslinger
belt, Bear knife, my Boonie hat, and the S&W Model 10 4" barrel.

For comparison, the belt is Cordovan. Technically, cordovan is
a type of leather, but the word is used often to describe a color.

Well, here is what I tried. I sprayed the holster with a degreaser,
covered it in corn starch thinking that might suck the grease up
out of the holster, then dried it with a hair dryer. Then I applied
a little Blackrock Leather 'N Rich with my fingers, wiped it down
with a cloth, and dried it again with hair dryer. Then brushed it
with a shoe brush. The results are not spectacular, but there is
a little more definition in the carving, and the brown in peeking
through. Before on the left, After on the right.

Phil, I am certainly no expert, but the one on the right looks better to me.
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38. This one seems to enjoy quite a lot of time hanging on my hip.
It is an RSS (Revolver Super Speed). One of Seventrees designs made
by Ken Null. S&W Model 10 2" barrel on board. The knife is a Junkyard
Dog II by Kershaw. The Carhart keeps my noggin warm.
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I'll take it. PM sent

Just kidding, nice collection! Photography is well done.
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I have shared this information before, but it's been a while, and maybe
worth repeating. For reference, I will call the following #39, 40, 41 & 42.

Charles Askins was firearms instructor for the Border Patrol in 1936 when
he, and S. D. "Sam" Myres designed a holster for the Border Patrol. It is
shown below on the left.

Bill Jordan was a Border Patrolman in 1941 and was not satisfied with the
Askins design or the Tom Threeperson holster either. So he borrowed the
best features from those two and also from a military holster for the .45
auto. He took his design to C. H. Werner at Alpine Saddlery in Alpine, TX.
and had his holster made.

He carried it all through WWII while island hopping across the Pacific as
a Marine. By the time he got back his holster was well worn and kinda
beat up, so he stopped in to S. D. Myres shop in El Paso and had it
replaced. It became the Jordan Border Patrol holster. Sam put it in his
catalog and it wasn't long before every lawman in the country wanted a
holster just like Bill Jordans. It is shown below 2nd from left.

The Korean War started in 1949 and Bill, being a Marine reserve officer,
was called back to duty. While he was away Sam Myres passed away.
Many other makers copied the Jordan Border Patrol holster. Some not
very good quality. So when Bill returned he had the holster named for
him trademarked.

Bill became acquainted with Don Hume, and liked his work, so he gave
Don the exclusive right to the use of the trademark. Don Hume's Jordan
Border Patrol is shown 3rd from left.

Hume later upgraded the Border Patrol replacing the retention strap with
a thumb break, as shown in the photo 4th from left.

To me this is eye candy too.

PS the Ranger style belt in 1, 2 & 4 was made by, and a gift from, Red Nichols.
The belt in #3 is by Bianchi.
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Another little history lesson that, in my humble opinion,
is worth repeating, I will refer to as #43, 44, 45 & 46.

Royal Eubanks started Eubanks Leather in Boise in 1939.
A holster marked Eubanks Leather is shown below left.
The cartridge belt is by Lawrence. The knife by Marbles.
The S&W is a Model 10 with 4" barrel.

Pioneerer Tent & Awning was already in business. An example
of Pioneer Leather holster is shown 2nd from left. Lawrence
cartridge belt again, and a Schrade knife.

In 1949 Eubanks sold to Pioneer, and Pioneer started using
the Eubanks Pioneer mark. Example 3rd from left. The same
Lawrence cartridge belt, a Buck knife, and Spegel grips on
the Colt's Agent. This little holster needed re-lacing, so it
was done by an amateur who uses the alias crazyphil.
The S&W is Model 10 with 2" barrel.

In 1954 Eubanks covenant to not compete expired, so Royal
went back in to business, Pioneer had trademarked the name
Eubanks Pioneer, so Royal Eubanks took the name Idaho Leather.
An example is shown 4th from left. The holster was made for a
Ruger, but I don't have one. The Colt 1911 fits, so why not?
The knife is by Case.

Shortly after starting Idaho Leather, Royal Eubanks passed away.
His widow sold to a family friend Bud Wetzel. Bud's son Ben Wetzel
operated Idaho Leather until he died December 17, 2016.

Pioneer ceased operations in 1972. So, Eubanks, Eubanks Pioneer,
and Idaho Leather are all history.
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Today's photos are #47, 48, 49, 50 & 51.

In 1908 President Theodore Roosevelt directed his Attorney General to
start an investigative unit. It became the FBI.

For the first 25 years 1908-1933 Agents used their own guns and holsters.
They had to obtain permits from sheriffs in whatever county they were
assigned to.

In 1933, according to Larry Wack, Colt's Police Positive was designated
"the weapon of choice" by the bureau. The Kansas City massacre in 1934
convinced the FBI that they needed a formal firearms training program.

One of the gunslingers they brought on board to provide training was
Jelly Bryce. He was in charge of training at Quantico for a while. Jim
Higinbotham, a credible witness, was quoted as saying that Jelly Bryce
"designed a Threepersons style holster with a covered trigger."

I have a holster, made by Crump, shown below on the left, with the
covered trigger. The holster is stamped Q37. In Ron Owen's book
Legendary Lawman, there is a photo on page 99 showing Jelly Bryce
teaching at Quantico in 1937. Coincidence? I don't think so.

During the 1940s and into the 1950s new agent recruits were given a
choice of the S&W Military & Police (now known as Model 10) or Colt's
Official Police, both in .38 Spl. They were also provided a holster. The
holsters were Heiser 457s provided by Evaluators, shown 2nd from left,
or a similar model by Crump, shown 3rd from left.

Myres model 614 "Tom Threepersons holster", 4th from left, and
Berns-Martin's Universal Speed Scabbard, 5th from left, were both very
popular, and though not issued, they were authorized.

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Here are photos #52, 53, 54, 55, & 56.

Agents wore suits in those days, and the hammer spur on their revolvers
would shred the lining of their suit jackets. Some smart maker designed
a hammer protector, to form a barrier between the hammer spur and the
jacket lining. By the early 1950s Myres, Heiser and Crump were offering
the hammer protector as an option. Myres #624 is shown on the left.
Heiser's #459 is shown 2nd from left.

The hammer protector had and has several different names.
My favorite is "Dog Ear" which is the name given it by Texas Rangers.

Lawrence also made FBI style holsters, but didn't get involved until
the 1960s. A model #34, that the owner shortened for better concealment,
is show 3rd from left. It is also called the FBI "Quick Draw" model.
4th from left is a Lawrence with the hammer protector. It is called
the "Special Agent".

Just 15 or 20 years ago the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team chose a single
action 1911 semi-auto by Springfield as their official sidearm. They
chose a DeSantis holster, appropriately called the HRT. Shown here
5th from left.
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I am ashamed. My wife caught me looking at such stuff.
Thank you for sharing, sir.
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Today's eye candy is all by Price Western Leather (PWL). A large British
company that makes and sells fine leather holsters all around the world.
Not particularly well known in the USA however.

Here are #57, 58, 59, 60 & 61:

I bought the model 120TS many years ago for my Colt's Agent,
shown on the left.

On their web page catalog they showed a neat little OWB holster that they
said was based on Chic Gaylord's "eightball". Being a student of Gaylord's
holsters, I knew the eightball was a pocket holster. Like eightball in the
side pocket. I pointed out their error to them.

They made the change and started calling it their version of Chic Gaylord's
speed scabbard. It is their model 320.

2nd from left is a black one with my Colt's Agent, on a Culver gator belt,
with a silver Navajo buckle by O. Nezzie, a Case knife, and HKS loader.

3rd from left is a chestnut 320 shown with my S&W 642 on a Haugen belt
with a Columbia River Knife & Tool (CRKT) knife.

4th from left is the same 320 in black on a Sparks gunbelt, shown with
an S&W 642 and S&W knife.

5th from left is also a model 320 in Havana, on a Culver belt, with my
S&W 642 and Kershaw's Junkyard Dog II knife.
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I noticed that you really liked the Haugen Belt. Was that belt made by the founder of Haugen belts in North Decoatie? He was a very nice person. You sir, have a EXCELLENT eye for QUALITY.!!!!
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I am afraid that I will run out of libations before Phil runs out of holsters. Keep 'um coming.
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He's the one from Bismark alright. Good guy.
Good belt too.
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Wally Wolfram's "dog ear" holsters. I have a biography of Wally here
on the forum titled WALLY WOLFRAM'S SAGA. If interested, just go up
to the SEARCH function and plug it in.

Here is my little Wolfram collection. Numbered 62 through 66 for
identification.

On the left a very early Wolfram when he was a police officer in
Albuquerque, NM. He called his brand WOLF at that time.

2nd from left is one of his BLAZER brand. Made after he had moved
to Monrovia, California. His understudy, John Bianchi, says nice things
about Wally in his BLUE STEEL AND GUNLEATHER.

3rd from left is one that he made for Colt. He made a lot of holsters
for resale by vendors, such as Colt, Cake, Pitt, etc.

4th from left is one he made for S&W. Wally sold his business to S&W
and helped them get started in the holster business.

5th from left is another one made for S&W, but this one is for a 4".
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Today's eye candy might be remembered by some of our old cops.
I was never a cop, but a "rent a cop" for a while. Numbers 67 - 71.

Jim Cirillo served on the NYPD Stake Out Unit 1968-1973. It is well
known that he used a .38 Spl. M&P with a 4" bull barrel. I wanted to
know what kind of holster he used.

I found a clue on page XIV of his book GUNS, BULLETS, AND GUNFIGHTS.
The photo shows him wearing a swivel holster with 12 cartridge loops and
an extra slide with another 12 loops. Closest I could come to identifying
it is the Bucheimer-Clark Patrolman. Two separate former NYPD cops who
knew Jim, and shot with him at the range, said the holster looks like the
model Jim wore, or one very much like it. Shown on the left below.

In 1960 Bianchi acquired the Berns-Martin patents. Ten years later his
model B27 appeared in his catalog. The "break front" was used by many
cops in the 1970s. 2nd from left.

Bianchi's model 2800 "The Judge" opened the muzzle to overcome the
"muzzle drag" of the B27. It also provided a swivel. 3rd from left.

When the Beretta M9/92 came along a lot of PDs adopted it. One of
the holsters made for it was this Tex Shoemaker model shown 4th from left.

I kinda like the Safariland, shown 5th from left, for carrying the 1911
cocked and locked.
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Here are a few more small "dog ear" style holsters. #72 through #76:

On the left, this black floral carved no name holster was a gift from Tom
aka -db- It is on Milt Sparks gunbelt with my 2" Model 10. The knife is
from Benchmade and the cap by Carhart.

2nd from left is this Heiser #459 made for Evaluators, on a Haugen
gunbelt. The knife is a Puma Prince and the speed strip a Bianchi.
Hosting my vintge Charter Undercover.

3rd from left is a Maverick brand paddle on a Simply Rugged Belt.
The silver dollar buckle is my birth year (1935) The Puma knife again,
and the Charter Undercover.

4th from left is another paddle style holster by Crump on a Culver belt
with a silver Navajo buckle by O. Nezzie, a very sharp Piranha knife,
and my Colt's Agent.

5th from left is a Lawrence 34V pigskin "Special Agent". Haugen belt,
Puma knife, and the S&W 2" model 10.
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