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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. Orders ship in 3-5 weeks

Made to order. Made to last. Made in the USA.

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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 cowboy leather work made to order and to last.

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hand made leather holsters

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!

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.

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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. 

Option Tabs

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M1911 Modern Shoulder Holster

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.

ALL OUR HOLSTERS ARE LINED

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.

Searchers Rifle Sheath

A great gun deserves a dynamic sheath. Shown here is our Red Phoenix with long waterfall fringe.

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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
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Afghanistan

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

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M1911 Tactical Holster

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.

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

The M1911 Tactical Holster is 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.

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Wearing your Gunbelt/Cartridge Belt

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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 at right. Wearing your buckle on the hip is more comfortable; and your reloads are quicker to the hand.

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An old B-Western

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Tombstone 1993

 

Clockwise
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.

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History of the Buscadero

Paladin Buscadero

Fancy Buscadero Leather Holster

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

Orders ship in 3-5 weeks

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  •   Masterson Hand Made Leather Holster 

    Classic Cross Draw Holster - Simple, elegant and functional

    Masterson Belt if you order the Rig is 1 1/2" - to accommodate belt loops on today's britches. We made sure it fits Levi's jeans, and when worn with a sport coat or longer coat, is the perfect holster for people with the conceal & carry permit. Holster works equally well as either a cross draw or strong hand draw style. If you'd like the cut out star concho on the holster, please request it in the production notes below. 250_white_filials
  •  Johnny Ringo leather holster hand made by the last best west A classic Hollywood holster and gun belt- from Tombstone. {1993} This closed toe design is made for quick draws with it's trigger guard fully exposed from the holster. We're showing our Johnny Ringo in our classic old mahogany color .  Movie rig is black.
  • Curly Bill Movie Holster - a hand made leather holster from Tombstone. {1993} COLOR SHOWN: Deadwood Brown This close toed holster is a little fancier variation of our traditional 19th century Teddy Blue Holster. The Curly Bill Movie Holster has a fancier border and the look is toughened up with 10 spots per holster. The 2 rig set that Boothe wears as Curly Bill Brocius, in Tombstone, was patterned after the rig that the historical Curly Bill wore. 2 Cartridge belts, one worn backwards and two strong hand draw holsters.   To order the complete Curly Bill Movie Rig, with 2 holsters and 2 fully looped cartridge belts, add all 3 options below where it asks, Add a Matching Belt and/or Holster? This will save you 35 dollars for the complete 2 rig set. Total will be 905.00 plus shipping. Choose your Buckle Set, Leather Color and Belt Style
  • a classic cartridge belt made by hand from the last best west 3 Inch Cartridge or Gun Belt - A cartridge belt with your choice of loop size is a handy addition to any SASS shooter's or hunter's equipment. Our cartridge belt as shown has 30 loops to hold any size cartridge you want. Whatever size you wear, we will fill the length of the belt with loops. The exact number will vary by the length of belt, and the tapered design holds more than the billeted style.
  • Big Game Hunters Cartridge Belt - We made this three {3"} inch cartridge belt for a big game hunter, before he went on safari to Africa. Shown in our classic antique brown color, we've double looped this belt so it will hold your high velocity cartridges securely. Shown holding .30CAL WINMAG, and the belt is a Tapered style, but can also be done as a Billeted belt. We will confirm your specific cartridge, and other order details, within 1 business day of your order being placed.
  • Old West Shoulder Holster - Based on the classic Texas pattern shoulder holster from about 1890, and once again we have eliminated the chest strap and the holster is secured by using a strap and buckle that goes across your back, and over the opposite arm. To secure the holster up and down we have a strap and buckle that loops over your pants belt. We have left lots of length to the straps so you can adjust it to fit comfortably.
  • Combination Shoulder Holster - Comes complete with holster, knife sheath, and 6 cartridge loops. We put our thinking cap on to come up with this versatile design! The strap system that secures the shoulder holster can be easily changed so the harness can be worn two ways, vertically or horizontally.
  • a classic old west holster from the last best west Charley Leather Holster and Gun Belt - The Charley Waite rig from Open Range{2003} The Charley Leather Holster is patterned after a traditional 2 loop holster from the 1880s. The Charley is a closed toe design and is shown in the movie color, antique brown. Available in all colors.
  • Teddy Blue

    $365.00$550.00
    Teddy Blue Holster and Belt Teddy Blue Holster and Belt hand made old west leather by the last best west This Rig is based on leather holster and cartridge belt from the 1880s. This is also the same rig that Kurt Russell wears as Wyatt Earp in the excellent western film, Tombstone {1993}.
  • Vin Movie Holster - Steve McQueen's holster and gunbelt from The Magnificent 7 Color Shown: Saddle Tan Our version of the holster worn by Steve McQueen in that iconic western; The Magnificent Seven, our Vin holster is angled forward to speed the pistol into your hand. Movie style is shown with a bit of barrel out the end of the holster, but holster looks and works just as well if made to the same length as your firearm. Gun belt has the gunfighter infinite stitching, with 6 loops for reloads at the tail end of the belt. Save $20 when you buy the complete rig - just select "Add Matching Belt" at checkout. 
  • Blondie Movie Holster hand made by the last best west The man with no name rig from the spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s. Color: Brown - natural rough out leather. Also available in black rough out. Our Blondie Movie Holster has a fully exposed trigger guard, affording fast access. Choose black or brown rough out leather (suede).  Gun belt has the classic gunfighter stitching, and 6 cartridge loops.

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