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Some Re-enactor friends of The Last Best West

 The Last of The Wild West

Old West Poster of Jesse James

The Killing {Assassination?} of Jesse James

The James-Younger Gang seldom strayed far from Missouri – except to do their robberies; confident their friends and family would hide them out. Once the reward got to 25,000 for Jesse in 1882 it was just a matter of time before the dirty little coward (Bob Ford), would kill Mister Howard (Jesse James), as he stood on a chair to straighten a picture, in his own home.

As word spread of Jesse’s death – Bob and his brother Charlie raced to the telegraph office and cabled Governor Crittenden: “I have killed Jesse James. St. Joseph.

Bob Ford”. Jesse’s two murdering cousins rushed back to the James House, now swamped with curious onlookers. Spotting the local authorities, the brothers rushed up and staked their claim to the infamous deed.

“I’m Bob Ford,” gasped Bob, ” I shot him”.

“I’m Charlie Ford,” gushed his brother, “I saw him”.

Custer and the 7th Cavalry Poster

George Armstrong Custer Poster – Colonel U.S. 7th Cavalry

Not only was Ulysses Grant a real military genius, he was an astute politician. In 1875 President Grant knew there was a possibility that George Custer could be the Democratic Candidate for the Presidency in the next election. Grant knew Custer; knew he was charismatic, liked to talk, and knew how to do it. Everything the President wasn’t. So President Grant had Custer transferred out west, knowing that there’d be a good chance Custer would get himself killed.

Custer couldn’t help himself, and on June 25, 1876 his headstrong, break-neck attack methods sealed his fate, and that of his command against the 2000 or more Sioux and Cheyenne at the Little Big Horn or Greasy Grass River.


the last best west novel

If a cowboy hat is a regular part of your attire, and you think that black jeans are dress pants, then you are going to want to read The Last Best West.

Set in 1896 amidst the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush, this western adventure tells the story of a lifelong grudge between Wasey Bruce and Poke Roberts. Their hatred travels the breadth of the North American West, and sets the men on different paths for the gold fields of the Klondike River, in the wilds of the Yukon Territories.

Two thousand miles of adventure are between the men and the Klondike and each will have their mettle tested before they arrive by different paths in Dawson City – where millionaires are a dime a dozen and horses are as rare as a pretty woman. $6.99 at

Texas Rangers Company A Badge

Texas Rangers Company A 

The Texas Rangers were often called cruel – but they were formed in cruel times and they had to police a cruel frontier. Often incredibly outnumbered – companies of Rangers were victorious against Comanche warriors, Mexican Armies, rustlers, horse thieves, and assorted other bandits — including Bonnie and Clyde.

Legendary Ranger Exploits

Captain Jack Hays and his company took on most of the Mexican Army to break the trap holding General Winfield Scott’s Army in Central Mexico. The year was 1847 and Scott had sent word to President Polk that it would take 50,000 troops to break the army free. But all he needed and all he got was Captain Hays and about 40 Rangers.

This early 20th century Ranger badge was actually pressed out of a silver Peso from Mexico.


old west leather from the last best west

  •   Masterson Single Action 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

  • Solid Wood Hat Stretcher & Size Retainer

    Our solid wood hat stretcher is hand crafted and made in the USA.

    FOR SIZES 6 7/8 TO 8

    We recommend all customers who OWN a good hat, get a hat stretcher. If you have a tight hat this little tool is just the thing to stretch your tight hat to fit. It is a small cost for a tool that will keep ALL your hats fitting properly. As well, if you only wear your hat seldom; or have a number of hats you wear, you will find our wooden hat stretcher a valuable addition to maintaining the perfect shape and fit of your custom cowboy hat for long term storage or display.
      • The hat stretcher and retainer works on hat sizes 6 7/8 - 8
      • The hat stretcher is designed for Long Oval hats.
  • Solid Wood Hat Stand PLUS Hat Stretcher -Two great items that fit perfectly together a Solid Wood Hat Stand and a Solid Wood Hat Stretcher & Size retainer to keep your hat in that perfect fit and size. The two pieces are designed to fit together so once your hat stretcher is inside the hat it fits on top of the stand for long term storage or display.
      • Hat Stand
      • Solid Wood
      • Height: 13 1/2" inches
      • Base: 5 1/4" square -1 1/2" thick
      • Top: 4 3/4"
      • Hat Stretcher/Retainer
      • Works on any hat
      • Works on hat sizes 6 7/8 to 8
      • Long Oval head shape
  • Big Heat Handmade Fedora

    Big Heat Handmade Fedora Hat - our take on Glenn Ford's fedora from The Big Heat. {1953} The Big Heat features great fedoras in almost every scene, and this is our take on the Dave Bannion hat.
    • Crown: 5" inches
    • Brim 2 3/4"
    • Hatband: 2" Black grosgrain ribbon and bow.
    • Crown: Fedora
    • Brim: Hand shaped snap brim, with front dip. Bound
    • Color: Granite
    • Personalized with your name inside the crown
    • Hatband not sold separately

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