Hand Made Leather

1890s Buckeroo in all his leather finery.

Hand Made Leather

quality leather holsters for your single action 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.

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 that was skilled with leather just added to his value as a ranch hand.

People were much more self-sufficient then, and you couldn’t always ride to town and get what you wanted or needed. So you made it – or paid a neighbor who was skilled to do it. Or you bartered your services for his. We try to stay as true to the old west makers as we can, and have incorporated what we found works over years of wear and use.

Why bother with cheap, inferior mass produced cowboy gear made overseas, when for a few extra bucks you can have quality leather work and custom cowboy hats made by cowboys.

What does Custom mean?

We make our Hand Made 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.

Custom Hand Made Leather

Slim Jim Holster


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

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

Our leather 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 those great Hollywood Westerns ::  A cowboy is a moral person with guts and a horse.

Custom hand made leather

Western style holster for a 1911

You should find our new website easy to get all the information you need when ordering, simply by clicking on the tabs on the bottom 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 each specific product. 

1911 Western Holster

hand made leather holster custom fit for your semi-auto

Our M1911 Western holster is a last best original. Our hand-made holster is an open toed design, that gives it a definite western flavor, and the design allows for quick, “locked and loaded” draws.

Shown  in our signature Deadwood Brown color, and we custom make to fit the make, model and caliber of your sidearm.

A great holster for anyone that shoots in the “Wild Bunch” category at SASS events. Gun belt is billeted style; 2 1/2″ wide; with border edging, better buckle, and a couple of Morgan Silver dollar concho’s.  continued


Traditional Slim Jim Holster

A great looking and functional holster to carry your long barreled or large caliber six-shooters in.

A Slim Jim Holster is what Wild Bill would have used with his Navy 36s’, when he wasn’t tucking them in his sash. Holster is a right draw and can be worn on the right hip, on the left for a cross draw or on the left for a left handed “Twist” or “Cavalry” or “Hickok” draw.

This is also the holster, coupled with our 4 inch belt, that we recommend for clients with large caliber firearms like the S & M 500 Magnum.

Patterned after the California Slim Jim shown in the leather makers Bible, Packing Iron. Nothing fancy – the look is, sleek, elegant, and versatile. Colors available are Saddle Tan, Deadwood Brown, Black, Antique Brown, and Old Mahogany. Shown in Saddle Tan. When your firearm is pushed deep into the holster, pistol is very well seated and secure; so you can break that bronc with confidence – still rigged up.


Leather colors

Leather colors

Our Hand Made Leather

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