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I have always been enamored with vintage holsters. Crazyphil and turnerriver are always showing off their finds so I thought I would jump in on the show and tell....

First two pics are a Rogers clamshell for 4" K frame

Third pic is collection of Alessi holsters (clockwise start top left), Hideout for 1911 Officer model, Pancake for 1911 5", DOJ for 1911 Commander, DOJ/S (S for snap) for 1911 Commander

Fourth pic contains (clockwise start top left) Bianchi #50 Chapman for 1911 5", Roy Baker pancake for 4" K frame, Seventrees IWB for 2" J frame

Fifth pic contains (clockwise start top left) Bucheimer Concealer CL-75W for 1911 5", Bucheimer Federal Man (I think it is for a Colt 1903), Bucheimer/Clark Detective B37A-3W for Colt 1903
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My Lawrence 120 for a K-Frame 6"
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Issued Bucheimer.
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gnfrk, those are some very interesting holsters. As time marches on so does the consideration of what is vintage. Some define antique as 100 years or more old and vintage as 20 to 100 years old, that means that all 20th Century holsters would be considered vintage.
Hereís another Tulsa find, I have examples of this Lawrence model but this is the first floral carved one Iíve seen. It was made for the Colt Detective Special/Agent/Cobra revolvers.
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Letís go alphabetical starting with Bianchi .....





Couple of Heisers ....





Some from Lawrence .....









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Working holsters. Left to right HH Heiser, Bianchi 5BHL with Jackass Leather Dump pouch, and Safariland lined Model 29.

Guns:13-3 Nickel 3 inch (in a 4 inch holster)
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gnfrk, those are some very interesting holsters. As time marches on so does the consideration of what is vintage. Some define antique as 100 years or more old and vintage as 20 to 100 years old, that means that all 20th Century holsters would be considered vintage.
Hereís another Tulsa find, I have examples of this Lawrence model but this is the first floral carved one Iíve seen. It was made for the Colt Detective Special/Agent/Cobra revolvers.
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Great find. Is that Tulsa find from this April? My brother, Dad and I have gone every year for the past 10 years or more and my brother and I even longer. This year however we did not go due to lots of family events that had us all traveling for many weekends around it and since we are spread across Missouri and Nebraska it was just another weekend we were all going to be traveling, the biggest factor however was my daughter getting married in May so funds are much tighter. My brother and I though, are committed to going in November.

Sorry for the divergence. I love walking around Tulsa and finding great gems. So much to see. It is a great show.
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My Bianchi 5BHL with my police-issue P&R Model 65.

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S.D. Myres N frame 4"...
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How about a nice carved Hunter holster. It is J frame size, for a 4" barrel.

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This IWB holster is probably well over a 100 years old. It seems to be made of Oil Cloth with a neat hook for over your pant waist. I got it with a New Departure Safety Hammerless S&W Revolver.



Pocket holsters used to be often used in the good old days. This one evens has a little decoration with a .32 S&W Safety Hammerless.



How about another with a different stamping holding a S&W .32 Double action.



Some of the Police Officers that I trained with in the middle 1960's still used swivel holsters like this with their S&W model 10 or M&P revolvers. The range procedure was to stabilize the holster with your weak hand and unsnap and draw with the strong hand.

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Back in 1961 I was in the U. S. Army in West Germany. I discovered a copy of "Chic Gaylord HANDGUNNER'S GUIDE" in the Base Library and read it and reread it and reread it. What a great book with a lot of knowledge. When I got home my first revolver was a S&W 3" model 36 which Chic recommended over the 2" snub. I searched and found a copy of the Handgunner's Guide and then wrote to Chic and asked for his recommendation for a concealment holster for my 3" model 36. He recommended a Super Sleuth holster with a matching belt only around $20. I was only making $1.25 an hour at the time so I put that on the back burner for a later order but sent him a $5 check for one of his IWB holsters. I waited and waited but at the time Chic was going out of business. I never got my IWB holster and felt lucky that I had not ordered the Super Sleuth. After I got over that I would look for a Chic Gaylord holster whenever I saw a box of holsters in a gunshop. I only ever found one. It was this Q-4 Dragoon cross draw holster for a 6" K Frame. It worked well but I had convinced myself that any holster carried openly needed to be on the strong side. I soon sold it to another holster fan. I am still looking for another Chic Gaylord Holster.

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A couple Brills I acquired this year. 4" K frame and 5" N frame.

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A lined Myres N frame that I'm awfully fond of.

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3.5" Myres dog ear that Doc restored for me. If you have seen the welt repair photos in Holstory, this is the holster.

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Lined Heiser 6" N frame.

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Hereís a Colorado Saddlery that fits my model 30.
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Here is a Viking. Made in old Mexico. Just seemed 'right' with this 2nd model 44.

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"Vintage - Show them if you have them and drool a lot if you don't". Great pictures and fantastic holsters. Thanks for sharing.
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I don't know if this one would be vintage or not.
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Here are my only 2...the K frame snub is an S.D. Myres and the Chiefs is unbranded.
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Wolf & Klar "Fancy Mexican Holster" holding a Wolf &Klar shipped 3rd Model 44, AKA Model of 1926, the "Wolf & Klar" model. This one has been seen before.

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A nice vintage holster is the Bianchi model 45 designed by Jeff Cooper prior to 1966. Designed for a cocked and locked 1911 45acp. It has a forward rake and the pistol is held by fly off safety strap. Jeff Cooper reported that he had made and had photographed quick draw hits in 1/3 second. My example that I let get away from me has a replaced safety strap.

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I'm gonna begin with this O. F. Ball holster for a 3 1/2-inch N-Frame Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum. The maker was from my home town of Fort Worth, Texas.



I like these photos. I like this holster. I like the big 3 1/2-inch .357 Magnum revolver. I admit to really liking totin' this combination, even if both holster and revolver are vintage.






I didn't know I had a Brill-ness, but one snuck up on me. To my only barely educated notion, Brill holsters are everything they're cracked up to be by many gun leather aficionados. The workmanship, fit, and usefulness of any Brill holster above a relic grade piece just has to be experienced in person to appreciate. Here are all the Brill holsters on hand except for a recent addition given me by a relative. I haven't even photographed it yet. Perhaps I can photograph it and stick it up here tomorrow.





With the handguns they fit.

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Webster uses several adjectives to describe vintage:
old, recognized, enduring interest, important, quality & classic.

Here, left to right, are 7 of my favorite vintage holsters
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Lawrence model 34 with S&W Model 19
Heiser model 728 with 1911 Colt Gold Cup
Myres 614 with S&W Model 29
Chic Gaylord Speed Scabbard with Model 29
Berns-Martin Universal Speed holster with Model 19
Brill with S&W Model 10
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I like these photos. I like this holster. I like the big 3 1/2-inch .357 Magnum revolver. I admit to really liking totin' this combination, even if both holster and revolver are vintage.






I didn't know I had a Brill-ness, but one snuck up on me. To my only barely educated notion, Brill holsters are everything they're cracked up to be by many gun leather aficionados. The workmanship, fit, and usefulness of any Brill holster above a relic grade piece just has to be experienced in person to appreciate. Here are all the Brill holsters on hand except for a recent addition given me by a relative. I haven't even photographed it yet. Perhaps I can photograph it and stick it up here tomorrow.





With the handguns they fit.
I like Oliver Ball's leather work. I have a black one like the one
you show here, with the dog ear, and it is a favorite.
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This fits a 4Ē K frame. No makers mark. Donít know if itís vintage, but itís old, and from the San Antonio area.
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Here is a utilitarian model, shown with an early model 66

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This holster looked like a H H Heiser Model 125 shoulder holster but it was stamped Capt. A H Hardy. Another holster I let get away from me. But I did get a replacement for that one.



This A H HARDY Beverly Hills Calif Stamped Shoulder Holster



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Hers another Brill thatís new to me and the first black one Iíve ever had.
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I needed a holster for my S&W 4006 semi auto 3rd generation pistol. I found this IWB Lawrence Model 22 size 607 holster.





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I don't know if this one would be vintage or not.
Looks loike the Safariland holster and 12 loop cartridge carrier I used back in 1978 to the mid-80's.
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I like the classic Jordan Style Holsters and used them by various makers as my Police Uniform Holster for many years until Department Regulations spelled out Exactly what style holster every officer had to carry while in uniform. There was a few years that I could carry what ever I wanted for a service pistol and I chose to carry a S&W model 39-2 9mm. I saw this BIANCHI model 100A and my model 39-2 fit beautifully. I wore this holster for a couple years until a new Chief specified that we all had to wear modern double action revolvers 38 Special or 357 Mag.



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I’m not into vintage leather that much but I do like some of the holsters. These 2 are totin .44’s.
Carved is bucheimer for 5” and other fits 4” perfectly.

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"Hers another Brill that’s new to me and the first black one I’ve ever had.
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I saw what you did, stealing that one out from under me in such a "shameless fashion."

Good thing it wasn't high noon in the middle of the street for you'd have got me for sure. You're faster on the trigger, you are.

He who hesitates is lost. At least he doesn't get the neato Brill hoster.

Wonder what it fits? I dithered over whether it'd been dyed all while speculating that it was perhaps a fairly uncommonly seen style of Brill. Perhaps a department issued holster?
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This Model 1902 S&W and shoulder holster belonged to my paternal grandfather. In the early 20th Century, he owned a dry goods store in Crittenden, Kentucky, and used this gun and rig to walk his day's proceeds to the bank a few blocks away from the store. No maker's name on the holster.



...and this is an original U.S. Model 1912 swivel holster, surrounded by original M1911 pistols - Colt, Springfield Armory, Remington UMC and A.J. Savage slide. The leg strap on the holster is a reproduction.

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I saw what you did, stealing that one out from under me in such a "shameless fashion."

Good thing it wasn't high noon in the middle of the street for you'd have got me for sure. You're faster on the trigger, you are.

He who hesitates is lost. At least he doesn't get the neato Brill hoster.

Wonder what it fits? I dithered over whether it'd been dyed all while speculating that it was perhaps a fairly uncommonly seen style of Brill. Perhaps a department issued holster?
Itís an original black holster and Iím often the one it got away from. As to what it fits, itís a very small holster, Iíve tried a pre-war I frame and a little 1930ís Colt Police Positive .32, both donít seat as well as I think they should. Itís definitely for a small double action revolver, maybe a top break. Whatever it was made for wasnít in it for long, it hasnít seen much use.
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Looks loike the Safariland holster and 12 loop cartridge carrier I used back in 1978 to the mid-80's.
I'm sure that's the same time my brother carried them.
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This Model 1902 S&W and shoulder holster belonged to my paternal grandfather. In the early 20th Century, he owned a dry goods store in Crittenden, Kentucky, and used this gun and rig to walk his day's proceeds to the bank a few blocks away from the store. No maker's name on the holster.


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I thought that black Brill looked like it would be appropriate for a small revolver. I was guessing a Colt Police Positive Special. If a Colt Police Positive seems too large then it's hard to say. A Colt New Pocket or Pocket Positive is really a Police Positive with an abbreviated grip frame. As far as I know the frame size is otherwise the same.

Had promised to take a photo or two today so here is the latest Brill to be acquired and for me personally, the most important vintage holster I have. It had belonged to an uncle I thought a lot of. It had always housed a Colt Artillery Model Single Action Army when I was a kid. My dad said that my uncle bought the Colt and the holster for $5 in 1948 while they were up in Oklahoma on a fishing trip.

A year ago I saw one of my "huntin' cousins" at a family get together and had asked him to bring along his dad's old Colt just for fun. As a kid I remember it and recall shooting it. Either the Colt Artillery Model .45 or a Smith & Wesson Model 15 also belonging to my uncle was the first handgun I ever fired one summer in 1968. I got to shoot both on two different occasions that summer. I hadn't seen the Colt since the very early 1980s. He brought it along and the holster too. I remember seeing the holster with the rawhide cord wrapped around it as a kid, but never noted the holster's maker or if the Artillery Model properly fit it.

A few weeks back my cousin and his wife came here for a weekend visit and he brought the old Colt and holster again. We were again looking at the Colt and holster when he said he was turning the holster over to me as I had a Colt with a barrel length that properly fit. I was touched by the gesture.

My commercial Colt Single Action Army .38-40 in my uncle's Brill holster with the other Brill Single Action Army holster next to it.




The holster when I saw it in March last year. As may be seen it was very dried out and needed attention. I still have the leather thong and am of a mind to put it back on the holster "just 'cause." It was present when I was a kid and won't hurt a thing to be kept on it that way.




While my cousin was in we went to the local gun club range and held a Span Am/Philippine Insurrection Colt revolver shoot-fest. His Artillery Model, my Colt Model 1901 .38, and my Colt Model 1909 .45.

All guns gave a good account of themselves on target. The .38 is a real wheezer, both revolver design and cartridge, but the two .45 caliber Colts are substantial.

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I got this Audley holster just because it was old. The patent date was Mar. 3, 1908.



I got this older BIANCHI left hand holster to try the Cavalry Draw with my Great Western Sherriff model but soon gave up on the idea.



This older S.D.MYERS EL PASO, TEX. Patented Pat. No. 2092,222 Jordan Style Floral holster.

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Hereís a 5Ē model 27-2 with a Heiser model 514 holster.
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My wife's father left behind some Bucheimers and B-Clark holsters. When I looked for holsters for my model 10s I found a couple Concealers for $15-30 bucks.
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Jay Pee Python(4") and Official Police(?)5" service holsters and gear from the 60's w/the Colt Trooper.
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I only have a few vintage holsters but I do like them.

1 Smith and Wesson branded with a model 19.
2 Eubanks with a model 14.
3 Strong with a model 14.
4 Eubanks with my grandfathers High Standard.
5 Mixson with a model 15.
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The H.H.Heiser model 125 shoulder holster came in numerous sizes. I used to have a S&W Model 1913 type 2 .35 S&W. I found this Heiser model 125 that worked very well with the first S&W Semi Auto.
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The Berns-Martin Holster is fast and protects the revolver. This 3" model 19-3 rides well in this late model holster.


The Bianchi model 27 is the next generation of the Berns-Martin Holster. This one for a 4" S&W N frame was my duty holster for a time.

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