Old West Holsters

Old West holsters for your single action pistols from the last best west

Old West Holsters

1890s working cowboy with many of his tools of the trade, including his old west holster.

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 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, reins, bridles and the like 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 back 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 and inferior mass produced cowboy gear made overseas, when for a few extra bucks you can have quality custom cowboy hats and leather work made by cowboys.

Old West Holsters. Orders ship in 3-5 weeks.

Curly Bill Brocius

Curly Bill 2 Gun Rig With 2 Belts

Curly Bill old west holsters

Curly Bill Rig from Tombstone
Color: Old Mahogany

This close toed holster is a little fancier variation of our traditional 19th century Teddy Blue Holster. The Curly Bill has a fancier border and the look is toughened up with 10 spots per holster.

The historical Curly Bill, was a real hand full and one of the truly dangerous men of the old west. He rode out of Texas into Arizona and landed at the notorious Clanton Ranch, the headquarters of just about all the lawlessness in the southern half of the Teritory. Old Man Clanton liked the young shootist and admired his ruthlessness and calm under fire.

He was soon one of the most trusted outlaws the Old Man had and Clanton let it be known that Curly Bill would take over for him, when he was dead. He was a likeable enough man, when he was sober, but Curly Bill was a mean drunk, and people tried to stay clear of him when Bill was in his cups. ~ Bill’s Hat 

The 2 rig set that Boothe wears as Curly Bill Brocius, in Tombstone, (1993) was patterned after the rig that the historical Curly Bill wore. 2 Cartridge belts, one worn backwards and two strong hand draw holsters. Like most of the actors cast in Tombstone, Powers Boothe has an uncanny likeness to the historical Curly Bill. In our books this makes 1993s Tombstone, perhaps the best cast western yet made.

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Nat Love

Nat Love

Smithsonian Reenactment

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Hello Longfellow and Sonja!

Xavier Carnegie here, just writing to thank you for your amazing work on our gear pieces at the Smithsonian Institution for our program “Love on the Range,” featuring historic cowboy Nat Love. Everything you folks made, from the beautiful custom hat, to the leather chaps and gunbelt, have been fantastic.

Attached is a reenactment photo of the famous Nat Love photo I sent you months ago as the blueprint for the gear, with myself as the actor, which was taken by someone in our Media Department, and digitally manipulated for an 1800s effect.

I submit it to you, with all the gratitude I can muster for your expertise and guidance in this process!

S. Xavier Carnegie
Theatre Programs’ Creative Director
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

We were honored to be asked to reproduce the hat (modified Curly Bill), chaps (modified open range), and cartridge belt (our 3 inch), shown being worn by 1870s cowboy, Nat Love, for the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in Washington.


ALL OUR OLD WEST HOLSTERS ARE LINED

Our gun belt backs are suede so the belt stays where it is buckled. 

Besides all our holsters being lined, all our old west and leather service holsters have a hammer tie down or strap across the action to keep your firearm secure in the holster.

All our old west 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 :: Leather Service Holsters

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Top-quality gun belts and holsters, authentic to the era. All sizes are in INCHES.

Old West Holster

Teddy Blue Rig in Deadwood Brown. This holster is a strong hand draw but can be ordered in a cross-draw style as well. Or one of each.

Teddy Blue Rig 

“All the cowboys I know are afraid of only two things. . . a decent woman and being set afoot. . .” Teddy Blue Abbott: Cowboy, 1882.

This old west holster and gunbelt is similar to the gun belt and holster shown on the traditional 1880s cowboy at the top of the page.

The cowboy likely personalized his rig by adding the brass spots or tacks himself. This is also the same rig that Wyatt Earp wears in the excellent western film,Tombstone {1993}.

All our hand made leather items are made in America, and our Leather Master has been working with leather, hide and fur since 1978.

For truly authentic, top-notch cowboy and gun leather you’ve come to the right place! :: Indian Rifle Sheaths :: Leather Chaps and Accessories

Made to order. Made to last. Made in America by the Cowboys at The Last Best West

LEATHER COLORS

Last Best West Leather Colors

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