Cowboy Leather

Hand Made Leather Holsters

top quality hand made leather holsters for your S/A or semi-auto pistol custom made by the last best west

Made to order. Made to last. Made in America.

Back in the 1880s cowboys earned a dollar a day if they were good, and the luxury of a gun belt and holster or some other fine custom hand made leather work might often be determined by their own abilities as a leather worker.

Being skilled workers with leather, most saddle makers were commissioned to make gun leather, and a cottage industry thrived in the 19th and early decades of the 20th century.

Thanks to the Internet those days have returned. Why bother with cheap mass produced gun leather, when for a few extra bucks you can have quality custom leather work made to order and to last.

Tom Mix

Tom Mix lived the cowboy way, serving as Town Marshal in Dewey, Ok. in 1912, and later performed in Wild West shows.

Most every ranch or outfit had at least one person skilled with working leather – after all saddles, rein’s, bridles, and the such all needed maintaining, repairing and replacing, and a cowboy skilled with leather just added to his value as a ranch hand.

At The Last Best West we stay as true to the old west makers as we can, and make museum quality hats and custom leather and our hard wearing cowboy gear is renowned for its on trail performance.  ~ Testimonials

Our latest hand made western leather holster and gun belt combination is the Ben Wade Rig from that excellent western from 2007 with Russell Crowe, The 3:10 to Yuma. This holster and gun belt has a custom two-tone dye combination and is as functional as it is beautiful!

You should find our new website easy to get all the information you need when ordering, simply by clicking on the tabs near the middle of each product page. There you will find our hat colors, leather colors, options and instructions for hat sizing, measuring yourself for a gun belt, and other useful information about our products. 

What does Custom mean?

We make our Hand Made Cowboy Holsters, belts and Indian Rifle Sheaths to fit your firearms. We offer custom fit on our holsters for almost any pistol, and make our gun and cartridge belts to your waist and cartridge size. Enter your info in the comments box during checkout.

Classic Cowboy Leather

Hand Made Western Leather Holsters, Indian style rifle sheaths, chaps, and leather accessories that most every old west cowboy and wrangler would have needed to be a real working Buckaroo. Our old west single action holsters are true to the 19th century and perfect for SASS or cowboy action shooters.


Our gun belt backs are suede so the belt stays where it is buckled. With the exception of our shoulder holsters all holsters have a hammer tie down or strap.

All our western holsters can be ordered in any draw style. Cross-draw or strong-hand draw. For the twist draw we recommend our classic Slim Jim holster :: Testimonials

Our leather cowboy holsters; belts and chaps are based on pictures from museums, archival photos and mail order catalogs from the late 1800s and early decades of the 20th century. And of course all the great Hollywood Westerns of the past 100 years.

Classic Indian RifleOur Classic Indian Rifle Sheath with long waterfall fringe. This one was made for a vintage 1873 Remington rolling block 40/50 Buffalo gun



From: Watson, John D MAJ Sent: April-14-14
To: Service at The Last Best West Subject: (U) Belt UNCLASSIFIED

I received it today. It’s fantastic. Thank you very much.

MAJ John D. Watson
Chief of Staff, TMS

It was our pleasure to make a 1911 Hammerless holster with matching Masterson belt and 2mag belt pouch for the Majors’ Beretta 9MM. More Testimonials :: Oh – his Roughrider hat as well


Concealed Carry Magazine

Concealed Carry Magazine, May/June. 2016. Our thanks to everyone at Concealed Carry Magazine for the nice writeup on our Masterson Belt and M1911 Tactical Holster. You have excellent taste!

M1911 Tactical Holster

M1911 Tactical

M1911 Tactical

with fast release hammer strap hand-made by the last best west

Our M1911 Tactical Holster is hand-made in leather and has a fast release hammer strap for super fast acquisition, and firearm safety. Shown here in our classic antique brown color.

Designed for the back flap of the holster to slide behind your pants belt, and stays tight against your waist and hip by the pressure of the belt. A patch of velcro  is added at the bottom to offer additional stability and security.

We make our hand made leather holsters to fit your firearms. We offer custom fit on our holsters for almost any pistol, and make our gun and cartridge belts to your waist and caliber.


Wearing your Gunbelt/Cartridge Belt


William S. Hart

375_1880-ranger_202Everyone knows the common way to wear a gunbelt – with buckle in the middle, right above your groin. But many old timers and certainly anyone that’s spent any time in the saddle knows that sometimes you can get jammed by the buckle in your stomach or God-forbid, in your privates. Man that hurts!

Many pictures from the 19th Century show cowboys wearing their gunbelt’s with the buckle on their hips or at the back, as seen by the Texas Ranger on the far right. Wearing your buckle on the hip is more comfortable; and your reloads are quicker to the hand.


An old B-Western


Tombstone 1993

from Top: A Texas Ranger from the 1870s. Old west cowboy and silent film star William S. Hart in Hell’s Hinges; 1917. Powers Boothe wearing his gunbelt’s Curly Bill Brocius style in Tombstone; 1993. Johnny Mack Brown and buddy, with buckles on their hips, on the far left in an early B-Western.


History of the Buscadero

Paladin Buscadero

Drop loop holster or buscadero refers to a holster and gun belt together as one.

The 20th century brought many innovations to holster and belt design and the most revolutionary was likely the Buscadero or Drop-Loop Holster. This innovative design puts the pistol at the same height as your hand and allows for very quick and fluid draws.

The Buscadero was first made for a Texas lawman in the 1920s, where someone in the film business saw one and introduced the look to Hollywood. The design is very comfortable and makes pulling your pistol while mounted quick and easy. The early western stars embraced the look and soon buscadero’s were a standard in western movies right up to the present.

It is interesting that many, many western films depicting the old west, show cowboys, lawmen and gunfighters wearing buscaderos. Marshal Matt Dillon from Gunsmoke wore one. Richard Boone, who portrayed Paladin, in Have Gun Will Travel, wore one. All the main actors in Silverado wore one. And now you can too.

Last Best West Leather Colors

Leather colors

Made to order. Made to last. Made in America.


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