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Does anyone know if Jerry Andolini at Lawman Leather is still in business and making the Dirty Harry type holster with the cylinder cut out? I have been trying to call them for some time.

Anyone have one of those and are the best shoulder rig going or is a Bianchi X15 as good? Are there others that I should look at for a 29-2 6.5 inch. Thanks,
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Does anyone know if Jerry Andolini at Lawman Leather is still in business and making the Dirty Harry type holster with the cylinder cut out? I have been trying to call them for some time.

Anyone have one of those and are the best shoulder rig going or is a Bianchi X15 as good? Are there others that I should look at for a 29-2 6.5 inch. Thanks,
I carried a Model 64 - 2 inch in a Bianchi X15 back in the 1970s off duty. Loved the holster. Sold it to a friend in the early 1980's - wish I had it back when I look at how much they cost now.

Have been looking for a used one at gun shows lately.
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I have a Bianchi X-15 that I bought in the early 1980s for a 6" Colt Python. The only thing wrong with it now is normal wear and tear. The elastic strap has stretched and needs to be replaced. Other than that it has been a great shoulder holster. That big Python was easy to conceal with a slightly longer than normal jacket. It was also easy to get to if needed. I have had other shoulder holsters for different handguns but the XD-15 has been the best I have used bar none.
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Does anyone know if Jerry Andolini at Lawman Leather is still in business and making the Dirty Harry type holster with the cylinder cut out? I have been trying to call them for some time.

Anyone have one of those and are the best shoulder rig going or is a Bianchi X15 as good? Are there others that I should look at for a 29-2 6.5 inch. Thanks,
I have a Lawman Leather that got years ago. There was an
article about Jerry in one of the gun magazines a while back.
They gave his web as: Holsters | Lawman Leather Goods
and his phone 877-445-2962
I had to replace part of my harness but the holster has
held up well. Here it is with my S&W Model 67.
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If Lawman Leather is indeed still operating, I'd think very carefully about any business dealings with him. There was a huge amount of controversy regarding him taking orders (and money) and then not delivering product. It seems to me that the whole dustup began with Lawman thought to be out of business and potential customers trying to get "Dirty Harry holster" repro's made by Ted Blocker. Somehow, Mr. Andolini got wind of this and a fair amount of unpleasantness ensued. If my memory is correct, the BBB got involved and Lawman Leather didn't come out on top of that portion of the incident.

At any rate, I'd research this before diving in with both feet. There was a long thread concerning this on this Forum.

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P.S. Here is one of the threads concerning the aforementioned "dustup": Dirty Harry Shoulder Holster

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The X15 is good -- I have personally built many of them there -- and was used by Dirty Harry in the final films. The Bucheimer has a big advantage over the X15: its spring originates behind the muzzle, so there is no muzzle drag during the draw as with the X15. So, though I don't have any personal knowledge about the current makers of either one, I'd look on eBay for the original Bucheimers instead! They do come up from time to time.
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I don't think Jerry Ardolino is with lawman Leather any more. It seems he left and set up Wild Guns Leather. I believe he was selling holsters on EBay in the last year or so at very decent prices. Looks like he might have been liquidating his stock there were so many for sale.

The "Dirty Harry" style holsters are up for auction every so often. Makers include Clark, Bucheimer, and others. Even the US government was buying them back in the late 60's and early 70's for issue to pilots. Those are usually black and for 4 inch K frames though I did find a government issued model for a 1911.

The X15 and X2000 and X2100 are good substitutes. As mentioned earlier A Bianchi was used in the later films. It can be clearly seen in Sudden Impact. The problem with those holsters is the elastic strap. That strap looses strength over time and the holster flops around. It's also a thin strap and tends to dig into your shoulder and neck. The trick is to replace it with a leather harness.









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I think that his son took that business over. Lurking back at the far end of my memory is the thought that there was a name change and a change of geography.

The Dirty Harry Holster is one of those things which was used in a movie that actually was a good product and not just a bunch of cool looking silver screen hype. Mine is a mid to late 1970's Bucheimer issue.

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I don't think Jerry Ardolino is with lawman Leather any more. It seems he left and set up Wild Guns Leather. I believe he was selling holsters on EBay in the last year or so at very decent prices. Looks like he might have been liquidating his stock there were so many for sale.

The "Dirty Harry" style holsters are up for auction every so often. Makers include Clark, Bucheimer, and others. Even the US government was buying them back in the late 60's and early 70's for issue to pilots. Those are usually black and for 4 inch K frames though I did find a government issued model for a 1911.

The X15 and X2000 and X2100 are good substitutes. As mentioned earlier A Bianchi was used in the later films. It can be clearly seen in Sudden Impact. The problem with those holsters is the elastic strap. That strap looses strength over time and the holster flops around. It's also a thin strap and tends to dig into your shoulder and neck. The trick is to replace it with a leather harness.













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