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Indian Style Rifle Sheaths

Indian Style Rifle Sheaths

Native Americans are masters at making useful leather clothing and covers, and have refined their abilities over thousands of years.

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Indian style rifle sheaths – Mountain men and trappers were the first whites to wander the wild places of the west, and they soon learned the value of fine leather work from the Indians.

The Mountain Men, Trappers and Scouts either traded, learned how, or took a native wife or “squaw” who made them beautiful leather and fur clothes and covers.

Each Indian tribe has its own unique bead work designs they used to decorate their hide and leather. Experts can tell which tribe and at what period in their history the bead work is from. The Searchers is set in North Texas circa 1868; which leads us to believe that the bead work on the Indian Style Rifle Sheath that Ethan Edwards carries is Comanche.

THE RED PHOENIX

Searchers Rifle SheathOur version of the Indian Rifle Sheath from the classic western film The Searchers {1956}. The Comanche style bead work is custom made for us by a skilled native craftswoman. The hide is milky soft and the long, spaghetti fringe gives it a dramatic look. Any fine rifle deserves a spectacular sheath.

Set right after the Civil War in North Texas, The Searchers is a powerful story, with great costuming. This is our version of the sheath Ethan Edwards is carrying with an 1866 Henry Repeating Arm in the rifle sheath.

The sheath is just long enough to cover the rifles’ action. We will custom make to fit your specific firearm. Once your order is placed, we will e-mail you within 24 hours to confirm the order details, and confirm your firearms dimensions.

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

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All our Cowboy leather has been researched and designed; tried and tested in Old West Shows and at Cowboy Action Shoots.  We try to stay as true to the old west makers as we can, so our cowboy leather has that authentic look and feel to it.

Medicine Bear Rifle Sheath

We promise to make no two custom pieces exactly the same – and our originality and individuality bring clients back time and again to our order catalog. We have 5 different qualities of fine Indian Rifle Sheaths. All are well made and will give you good service.

Basic :: Good :: Classic :: Better :: Best

We will contact you within one business day of your purchase(s) being made – to confirm the details and make, model, and barrel length of your firearm. Or enter the info in the comments box during checkout.

Buckskin Fact

Buckskin clothing and covers virtually always had a fringe attached. Why is that?

Most folks think it was for show – but like most things cowboys used – the fringe on a buckskin jacket, shirt, knife, or rifle sheath had a function – it channeled water off the garment – keeping it dryer – and after it was wet, allowing it to dry faster. Just another adaption copied from the Native American Indians.

Basic Leather and Buckskin Care

When wet – allow the leather to dry naturally at room temperature. If stained use a mild mix of dish soap and water and clean carefully with a clean cloth. Commercial cleansers and chemicals should NOT be used, or they may cause discoloring. In the first year the natural oils in the hide should keep it fairly weather repellent. After we recommend using a spray protector like Tandy, or Mink Oil, which is an excellent protector for leather (NOT buckskin: it will cause matting if used) mink oil will condition the leather and waterproof it to a certain extent.

Disclaimer! Supplied as information only – your own common sense should always be followed.

Indian Style Rifle Sheaths


  • Best Rifle Sheath - THE RED PHOENIX - the Indian Rifle Sheath from the classic western film The Searchers {1956}, hand made by the last best west The Comanche style bead work is custom made for us by a skilled Indian craftswoman. The hide is milky soft and the long, spaghetti fringe gives it a dramatic look. Any fine rifle deserves a spectacular sheath. Our Red Phoenix Indian Rifle Sheath certainly fits the bill. Because of the intricate nature of these sheaths, our NORMAL shipping is 8-10 weeks.
  • Crow Rifle Sheath - A variation of our Red Phoenix this sheath has the barrel end adorned with Crow Indian Beadwork.
  • Plains Indians Rifle Sheath - We use the same high quality hide to make this sheath, adding ready-made beadwork to finish off the design.
  • Classic Rifle Sheath hand-made by the last best west Color: Black with tortoise rosettes. We start off with garment quality leather and fashion this Indian Style rifle sheath to match the length of your long-arm. Cascading fringe gives it a unique look. Your choice of color is black or brown, and you can pick from 3 different beaded rosettes to personalize your sheath with. Protect your long arm with our beautiful Classic Rifle Sheath, made to measure! Get yours today!
  • Good Indian Rifle Sheath - a classic Indian Rile sheath hand-made by the last best west This rough-out or suede rifle scabbard has a long fringe, and a fold over weather flap with button for closure against the rain and snow. Decorated with beaded rosettes and studs. Make a real old west statement with our beautiful Good Indian Rifle Sheath for your prized long arm. Please include not only your barrel length but overall length of your firearm in the appropriate spot as you put your order together.
  • a basic soft leather indian rifle sheath hand made by the last best west Our basic rifle sheath comes in a natural color, is made from rough out leather and is simple and durable. The stitching is reinforced at wear points and has a fold over flap with lace, for rain and snow protection. Long leather flap with a tie down allows you to carry several different length firearms, by simply folding the flap over as much or little as needed. Order for the longest firearm you plan to carry in it and include the dimensions in the FIREARMS box as you put your order together.
  • a spectacular soft Indian rifle sheath hand made by the last best west Our Medicine Bear Rifle Sheath is a traditional Indian Rifle sheath with a medicine bear motif (on both sides) in a beautiful warm tobacco color. This special order item is made to fit your firearm. Enter your specifics and dimensions below as you build your sheath order. Color: Tobacco Shipping time: 3-5 weeks Price: $625.00 plus shipping ($35.00)

  • Augustus Custom Handmade Hat

    $335.00$750.00
    augustus custom handmade hat style from the classic mini-series, Lonesome Dove (1989) Loveable old Ranger Augustus McCrae is the scalawag that keeps the Hat Creek Cattle Company loose and is a great counter balance to the salty Woodrow Call.  This style of old west crown with it's 3 pinch cavalry creasing was first called the "Tom Mix" after the early movie star, and then became known as "The Gus" crease because of  Lonesome Dove. This is a great look for both men and women! 250_white_filials
    • CROWN: 6 inches
    • BRIM: 4"
    • Crown: Modified 3 pinch cavalry
    • Brim: Hand worked and rolled
    • Hatband: Custom 1/2" leather twist
    • Color shown: Sand
    • hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Captain Call Handmade Hat

    $335.00$750.00
    A custom cowboy movie hat from Lonesome Dove (1989) Our take on the hat style worn by Tommy Lee Jones The Tommy Lee Jones cowboy hat from Lonesome Dove. The Captain Call Handmade Hat is like the character simple, unrefined, and basic. A classic Boss of the Plains with a heavy dip front and back on the bound brim.
    • Crown: 6 inches
    • Brim: 4"
    • Crown: Open - uncreased
    • Brim: Bound Hand shaped dipped front and back.
    • Hatband: 1" grosgrain ribbon with bow
    • Color shown: Black in 20X fur-felt
    • hats ship in 6-8 weeks.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
    • Hatband not sold separately
  • Samuel Jones Movie Hat

    $360.00$750.00
    Our version of the Samuel Jones Movie Hat - from The Missing The Samuel Jones Movie Hat is the one worn by Tommy Lee Jones, as Samuel Jones, a  white man turned Apache, who returns to his estranged daughter in time to try and rescue his grand-daughter from slave traders. Like the character there is nothing fancy about this hat, a simple open crowned cowboy hat with a bit of a pencil roll.
    • CROWN HEIGHT: 5" INCHES Open
    • BRIM: 4" 1/2" Pencil roll, with a gentle hand roll - Bound.
    • Color: Pecan
    • Hatband: Satin Ribbon with bow, with matching bound edge.
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Sundance Kid Cowboy Hat

    $370.00$750.00
    Our take on a classic western movie hat Sundance Kid Cowboy Hat - the hat worn by Robert Redford in 1969s, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  This hat is pretty nondescript and is a good representation of the type of hat that would have been seen in the later half of the 19th century on many of the cowboys riding through the west.
    • Crown: 4 1/4" inches Telescope
    • Brim: 3 1/4 inches open with a gentle hand-roll
    • Color: Chocolate with light trail dust
    • Hatband: 1/2" distressed brown leather
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat

    $360.00$790.00

    a historical reproduction of Wild Bill Hickok's hat 

    Hickok Old West Cowboy Hat. We start with an over sized hat body to make this classic western hat, with a short crown and wide pencil rolled brim. Brims worked different - but essentially the same hat worn by Wild Bill on HBOs Deadwood.
    • Crown: 4 1/2 inches Texas flat
    • Brim 4" Pencil rolled and Bound
    • Color: Black
    • Hatband: 1" inch Satin with Bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks
  • Yellowstone Kelly

    $360.00$805.00
    an authentic old west hat with over sized brim  Yellowstone Kelly Custom Hat - We introduced this hat design in 2008 based on what we think Yellowstone Kelly is wearing in the historical photo from the 1890s. The brim we have pretty dang close and we have used a crown treatment that would have been in keeping with the style exhibited by this cultured warrior. 250_white_filials
    • CROWN: 5 1/2 inches
    • BRIM: 4 1/2 inches
    • Crown Shape: Modified Cavalry Pinch
    • Color: Whiskey
    • Brim: Hand rolled with 1" kettle curl Bound Edge
    • Hatband: 1" inch Chocolate brown satin with 1898 bow
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hats ship in 6-8 weeks

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