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Classic Leather Holsters

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by Bodyarmorguy, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. Hey gang, I thought this might be a good place to post these pics. I have a couple of Safety Speed "Clamshell" pop-open holsters for medium framed revolvers. I just always thought they were cool, recalling Reed and Malloy on Adam-12 drawing from these. One is mounted on the wall of my home office.

    The second is a recently acquired Ted Blocker swivel model for a a 1911 platform. I found this one in basketweave but also recently located one in plain leather, awaiting it's arrival.

    They just take me back to when I started in law enforcement in the mid-80's. For the most part holsters were REAL leather and guns were steel with wood grips. Now holsters are either PLEATHER or plastic along with the guns....sigh!

    Maybe start this up as a "Show Us Your Classic Leather Duty Holster" thread??

    Last edited: Aug 4, 2011
  2. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Cool pics, thanks for sharing. Nothin say "old school" like exposed triggers and lack of a level 7 retention device.

  3. Sharky7

    Sharky7 Boomshakalaka

    Feb 21, 2009
    Uh oh, wait til Lawman800 gets off shift....
  4. Speaking of which, where is Dragoon?
  5. txleapd

    txleapd Hook 'Em Up

    Aug 27, 2004
    I keep thinking that those things must have been a pain the butt to draw from.
  6. Panzergrenadier1979

    Panzergrenadier1979 Keystone Cop

    Jan 16, 2009
    Central Pennsylvania
    He probably fainted when he read the thread title. I'm sure he'll post a glowing respond after EMS revives him. :supergrin:
  7. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

    Sep 16, 2009
    NW Burbs
    Considering I'd probably shoot myself in the ***, yeah, you're right.
  8. I pulled out a Safariland Model 55 (if memory serves me correct) for a 1911. It carried the pistol with about a 3 inch drop with the muzzle canted forward.

  9. Cool stuff!

    Back when I was in the academy I came across an old Hoyt holster in a box collecting dust. I'd have loved to have had it but it supposedly belonged to someone...

    Good taste in 1911 grips as well. My Colt XSE is currently wearing a set of VZ's ETC's. I've been tempted to get a set of Mil-Tac's 1* grips but have never gotten around to it. :cool:
  10. I will have to throw a pic of that gun up on the 1911 sub-forum, it is a Springfield redone by Yost-Bonitz with their 1* Elite package so it has that same logo engraved on the slide.
  11. G27Chief

    G27Chief Lifetime Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Southwestern Gawjaw
    Wow nice photo's, is that first revolver holster one like they used in filming Adam-12.

    This takes me back to the days of Jordan Border Patrol Holsters, River Belts and off duty cross draw Bucheimer's. I need to dig 'em out and shoot some photo's. The first retention holster I had was for my issued Model 28 6", was a Bianchi Judge. Took a while to master the draw.

    The classic look of gunleather and blue steel is hard to beat. Basket stamped cordovan and a nickel wheel gun with the smooth wood grips is a thing of unequaled beauty.
  12. SAR


    Apr 17, 2004
    LA LA Land
    I still wear a Hoyt swivel holster. There is plenty of retention. It's called a size 10 boot, and my fist.
  13. Sgt127


    Nov 5, 2002
    Uh oh. You opened the door for me. I love old duty holsters. Heres a small sample to get you started of some of the more unusual or popular ones.

    First off, A Bianchi Judge for a K fram. Beside it is a first generation Bianchi model 27:


    Next, Don Hume Jordan river holster with a strap and a thumbreak.


    Dallas PD issue M&M Leather K frame holster (up until the late 70's) and a Jay Pee NYPD holster:


    CM Leather company N Frame solid steel Trooper style holster. I'm pretty sure it was Oklahoma HP issue. Any more info on this one would be appreciated. Beside it, a Ted Blocker L frame holster.


    Last, my original duty holster. A Milt Sparks Government model holster. I only know of one other.