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Thread: That Box of Holsters

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    Mr. Love Life -- I went out to the shop and searched through the two totes full of "stuff", but found nothing for a 5 1/2" SSA. Also, although I'm sure someone makes them, I think a lined version will be hard to find. I have several lined holsters for other handguns, but they were always hard to find or special order as I recall.

    Anyway, I thought you might be interested in these holsters. I got them from Midway USA. Not that long ago, maybe 6 -8 months. They are called, "Cowboy on a Budget" holsters, and on the back side they say "Made in Texas", "N", "Colt SAA", and "Vaquero" Also the barrel length.
    I think they were about $39.99. They seem like a fair product for the money. The leather could stand to be a heavier grade and the belt loop stiffer, but they're just fine for my purpose of packing around in the woods. They are not lined. They probably wouldn't stand up to much Cowboy Action Shooting, but should last quite a while for casual use.

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    So....I'm not too certain on how to proceed with implementing the idea of a holster swap meet. I think we may need some Forum Supervisorial input. Maybe the holsters should be offered and displayed in the "Swapping and Selling" section. Probably so. Then, for example, if I was to display 10 (because I think that's the item limit) holsters that I wanted to get rid of, I'm not sure where to go with it next. Maybe "open to trades and monetary offers"? If others would then subsequently add to the thread we could see what was available to swap. Should probably have a photo of both the front and back of each holster. That hits me kind of bad, because I'm already having to go back 3 years and delete photos I've posted in old threads because I'm at max storage capacity with the Forum's computer, and that would mean eliminating 20 previous photos to post 10 holsters. But, I might give it a try if others are interested and will participate.

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    Boolit Grand Master Texas by God's Avatar
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    DG, I got that 5-1/2" SA holster from you - that's why its missing..... I like where this is heading. Perhaps to S&S. Maybe list what we have and state our wants.

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    I wondered where it went....does it say Arvo Ojala on the backside? Anyway, it wasn't lined like Love Life wants. Yes, this could be a good thing. Within the next couple of days I'm going to take photos of some of my surplus and never-use-again stuff and post them in Swapping & Selling under "Holster Swap Meet". Like I said, I've been thinking about it some and I'll need help from others to make it work. Right at the moment there aren't any holsters that I want for myself that I don't have, so it would be hard to swap me for one of the ones that I don't want. So maybe I'll say that and put some minimal pricing on them. This could be one of those threads that goes on forever as the guys become aware of it and keep posting their wants and their surplus, but for it to work really well and be an asset to the Forum it will need some participation. And....it was all your idea!

    DG

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    http://jacksonleatherwork.com/ Daily carry Glock 19 for 4 or 5 years and it is still snug enough it isn't going to fall out. Has out lasted my Galco's.

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    No famous Hollywood maker; it's a Hunter. I will check out what you do and follow suit, DG!

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    Yes sir, we all have the holster box!
    In all, the .41 Magnum would be one of my top choices for an all-around handgun if I were allowed to have only one. - Bart Skelton

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    What stopped my holster box at 2 is the decision to pocket carry exclusively. Lotsa compromises to that decision but it does make holster selection quite easy.

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    I never put them in a box. Instead I'd put them in milk crates (I am a part time dairy farmer). Then my wife started to demand the crates back because I was filling so many and stacking them in a closet that we were running out of bottle storage space. That's when I realized that it was ridiculous and something needed to change.

    I had bought some junk. And I bought some stuff from well known makers like DeSantis, Galco, etc. I figured I just needed to level up so I cracked open the wallet and bought a custom built holster from a reputable custom maker...who made the single most disappointing holster I own. Really, this taught me something about holsters. Like ammo, you don't understand until you start making it.

    So I went to Tandy leather, bought what the salesman recommended, a few books, and started to build my own hoslters. Now I look at a Galco or DeSantis and see all the cheap tricks and shortcuts they take because they cannot do what is necessary for a truly great holster...you need the EXACT GUN that it will be made for in order to wet mold it. Sometimes just a inch change in barrel length, for example, will completely alter the dynamics and use of the holster. Without the gun, your body, and making it yourself you will not understand, because words simply can't.

    And you don't really know what is "best" until you use it. Bodies are different and many people seem to assume that what works for their preferred authority will work for them. The truth is body/hand shape has a lot more to do with it. Before you start to marry yourself to the ideas of some gun writer take a look at them. If they are short and stout (Elmer Keith for example) and you are short and stout you may find out it will work well for you. If they are tall and lanky with (Bill Jordan for example) and you are tall and lanky then you may find out it will work for you. If you are female all bets are off.

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    I've used a lot of different holsters over the years and I will say that I learned what I liked and what I didn't like.

    Some makers "fit" my needs better than others.

    There are a lot of factors involved and when you SLOW DOWN and look at the differences between holsters, you can really learn a lot.
    Little things like high or low the holster rides in relation to the belt, high much forward or rearward cant the holster has, how deep the gun sits in the holster, etc.; are all important.

    Holsters, like grips; are an individual thing. What works for me may not work for you.

    I still favor Don Hume holsters but I know they may not work for everyone. I've owned some holsters from top name brands that were horrible - the name isn't everything. I've taken a chance on some no-name holsters and found a great rig.

    There just isn't a rule.

    I will say that there are some brands that I just will never buy again.

    It's just part of life, you have to go through the process.

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    Don't remember where i got them but have about 5-6 ex-police holsters for the Beretta 92FS. I can only use one holster. Most are in decent shape except one has a busted snap. Can't sell them as no one wants them. Guess I'll give them away. Frank

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