View Full Version : Where's a good place to get a holster?

September 20, 2010, 03:05 PM
I own a .41 mag Blackhawk that i absolutely love. Stag horn grips, custom trigger work...but no holster yet. I want the belt, bullet loops, and the holster for it. I live very close to tombstone AZ, so i can always run down there and get one, but the prices aren't all that great. so are there any suggestions for any sites or anybody you may be aware of who sells on these forums?

September 20, 2010, 03:11 PM
Cabelas has a pretty good selection, and from what I have seen, pretty reasonable..and you can order from their website..I think they might have that holster...not exactly certain, but its worth a try.

September 20, 2010, 05:21 PM
have you looked at the cochise leather website?

September 20, 2010, 05:24 PM
Simply Rugged. He's in AZ, Prescott, I believe, and has the best holsters I've ever purchased. Expensive and worth every penny.

the prices aren't all that great
If there ever was something where you get what you pay for, holsters are it. Never, ever buy a cheap holster. A gun will eat a cheap holster alive. Second place goes to a good gun belt. You really have to spend serious money to get quality in both belts and holsters, and poor quality is just plain painful.

September 20, 2010, 07:18 PM
You didn't state what style of rig you are looking for. If you want a full blown western gunfighter rig expect to pay some serious money. If you are looking for a working rig with a western flavor check out the Tom Threepersons rig that Ray at www.lobogunleather.com makes. You can have it all the way from plain vanilla to fully carved in the original S.D. Saddlery pattern with a belt and bullet slide to match and it won't break the bank and will be superb quality.
There are a plethora of holster makers out there currently. Some good, some not so good and a lot that are very very good and prices are all over the board.
A good rule of thumb to know is that a simplistic pancake holster of top quality leather has no more than $10 of material and no more than 40 min of actuall working time a very complex holster with exotic trim will have no more than $40 in material and two hours working time. That's a good baseline to start from in deciding if you are receiving value.

September 20, 2010, 07:34 PM
A lot of Cabela's leather is Oklahoma Leather and is chrome tanned. You want good quality vegetable tanned leather. With leather you pretty much get what you pay for and quality leather isn't cheap.

September 20, 2010, 07:39 PM
I make a nice holster and I have a 41 Blackhawk so I can give you a perfect fit. If money is tight, I have one made right now that I call my "Workin Man".

I sell it for half of the cost of my signature holsters. I make them from reall heavy leather and it has been wet moulded to fit the 41 BH.

Let me know if I can help

September 20, 2010, 07:47 PM
I agree with Hawg on the Oklahoma leather gear. Not good quality. However some of the other stuff at Cabelas from Triple K, Ross, and Galco are very good.

September 20, 2010, 11:44 PM
I've had three made from this site,http://harrisonleather.com/, and have no complaints.

September 21, 2010, 12:56 PM
i'm definitely looking for a cowboy rig, tooled leather, i'd like some silver in it. not a lot but a conch on the holser or something like that. I also like the bullet slots on the holster itself instead of silver. it's one of those things where i'll know what i want when i see it:). i have the basic idea, but exact details i just can't give. but definitely western and definitely with some flare to it. and the belt (not sure what they call it in this style) need to have the holster slung low on the hip, not up on the waist. definitely want the bullet loops on the belt. My intention is to eventually add a knife sheeth to it and likely some rifle bullet pouches. brown is a definite because i prefer brown saddles.

Freedom, i do like that holster and i think it's good work but i'm looking for something more ornate and i want the full rig with the belt included.

September 21, 2010, 01:39 PM
I think the term you are looking for is Bascadero. You might want to google Bianchi Western Gunleather. A quality rig from what you describe is going to run you around $350 on the low end to around $800 on the high end.

September 21, 2010, 02:21 PM
"Freedom, i do like that holster and i think it's good work but i'm looking for something more ornate and i want the full rig with the belt included."

I can make them just as fancy as you like... here is a pic of my "Remington Rig"

Not too fancy but still has some western flare.

September 21, 2010, 07:19 PM
That's some great looking stuff you have on your your site Freedom.

I hate to ask and don't want you to give away any trade secrets, but I'm working on making my own and would love to know how you harden and finish the leather.

Don't worry about me becoming competition, I'm just making my own for me. Even a PM would be great.

If not I totally understand.:)

September 21, 2010, 07:29 PM
I don't know how Freedom does it. I do know how I and a lot of other custom makers do it. To harden the leather. Once you have it dampened and formed it is heated to about 130 deg F for about a half hour a convection oven is good or a heat box then finish dry natrually. For finish I like the acrylic finishes like leather sheen or resolene. Here's a secret for a really nice sheen to the leather. While it is still damp from forming and before the heat buff it vigorously by hand with a piece of sheepskin.

September 21, 2010, 10:41 PM
Thank you,,PM sent

September 22, 2010, 12:34 PM
:) thanks for the info guys

October 3, 2010, 01:55 AM
I recently purchased 2 holsters from Simply Rugged Holsters and am more than happy with the quality of the holsters and speed in which I received my purchase. Give them a look.

Linda Ambert

October 3, 2010, 01:59 AM
I recently found an AZ leather holster and accessories maker and just received two holsters for my 38 special. The quality and workmanship is excellent and shipping was less than 2 weeks. Give them a look "Simply Rugged Holsters".

Linda Ambert

October 3, 2010, 02:01 AM
I agree, Simply Rugged Holster in AZ produces the best leather holsters I've seen anywhere.

Linda Ambert

October 3, 2010, 06:20 PM
Here's some first class leather: http://westernstarleather.com/gun_leather.html#rigs
Bout fifteen years back I called Western Montana home, Jocko Valley on the Flathead Indian Res. I packed a 3 screw Ruger .41 mag while guideing and hunting in the Bob Marshel Wilderness area. I used a hand-made rig by a local saddlemaker. I loaded cast gas-checked 240 grain bullets (not an easy mold to find) real hot and did get some barrel leading. Later I switched to a 4" S&W model 29 .44 mag. I loved that Ruger, fine gun. A fine gun deserves fine gun-leather.

October 15, 2010, 04:56 PM
freedom definitely makes some good holsters. I found a guy at a gunshow in tucson a couple weeks ago. i'm currently trying to get more details on exaclty what i want and when i find out, i'll have to compare what he does to what freedom does. I'll PM when i have a more definite idea and see what the prices will be.

by the way, i just put stag horn grips on that .41 mag. I love this gun. it's getting a good holster:). i'll also be looking for a rifle holster for a saddle soon too.