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Old May 2nd, 2017, 04:08 AM   #1
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New leather Gunbelt.

I looked around El Paso Saddlery and even checked with the local Tack shop to find a complete gun belt and holster set-up. I don't compete in events but Open Carry my revolvers everyday. I make holsters myself and I love learning the leather making skills. I don't have a leather sewing machine so that was a reason I never made belts. I bought a belt from EBay and it's sort of OK, but not a premium belt grade. At first when it was legal to Open Carry I bought a complete gun belt off EBay and just was a complete Let down which shouldn't surprise anyone.

After a couple of weeks shopping around I settled on and purchased this gunbelt setup from Frontier Gun Leather by John Bianchi. It's my first purchase from a professional leather shop. I picked out the 1870's era "Wyatt Earp" design.



This my Holster I made with all the revolvers I carry in it.




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Old May 2nd, 2017, 05:58 AM   #2
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For those unfamiliar with John Bianchi, this is a good read: https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...erican-legend/

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 06:54 AM   #3
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Those holsters that you made look pretty top quality to me.

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 07:09 AM   #4
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Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful work with us. I love fine leather and wood products. In my state my last open carry was my Hopalong Cassidy Toy Cap gun Double holster set. It did not last my mothers purge while I was away at college or was it the Navy. I don’t remember. But this little set gave me a life long appreciation of the craftsmanship that went into real leather products....

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 07:41 AM   #5
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Nice work Hig.

How long does it take you to make that piece of artwork?

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Old May 2nd, 2017, 10:49 AM   #6
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Nice work Hig.

How long does it take you to make that piece of artwork?
It takes a couple of days...depending.

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Just beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

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You do really nice leather work. And you got a really nice collection of single actions there! But they need friends, they are much happier in pairs! Where do you get your grips?

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Nice rig! Do you have a favorite of the wheelguns?
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Old May 3rd, 2017, 03:06 AM   #10
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For those unfamiliar with John Bianchi, this is a good read: https://www.americanrifleman.org/art...erican-legend/
I enjoyed the article about John Bianchi very much. That must have been the reason they offered his book on the company website. They offer a Certificate of Authenticity for an extra $10 with your order and each Gunbelt and holster are serial numbered. Of course I didn't want such foolishness, but it appears that some do. You can get a Certificate of Authenticity for anything from a Hurry Cane to nail clippers.

I simply want a durable and tastefully piece of leatherwork at a reasonable price. So for $415 shipped to the front door is what I got out for and I was happy. It could have been worse money wise if I really wanted to dress it up even more. They offer a $3900 Gunbelt combo that is out of this world with silver concho's and dress up stuff...certainly out of my league for sure.

I will certainly continue to learn my leathercraft and build another couple of holsters for my expected custom engraved Open Top when it gets here in the next few months. In the mean time I will watch and look at these as they arrive. I'm currently learning and buying silver tip and silver plated buckles for my belts...for a BBQ occasions when you wear and display your finest handguns and belts/boots. Of course those events to strut around like roosters and peacocks are fun. We have a few events like that here frequently before and during rodeos and other public events.

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You do really nice leather work. And you got a really nice collection of single actions there! But they need friends, they are much happier in pairs! Where do you get your grips?
Grips are from http://buffalobrothers.net

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Nice work SFC higgins. My dad dabbled in leatherwork when I was very young and ended up with his set of leather working tools after he died. My intentions are to try my hand at it after I retire but I'll look like the amateur that I am compared to your product. Well done!

As a native Texan I like your grips with the Texas star on them. They look exactly like the star on top of the San Jacinto Monument.

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I looked around El Paso Saddlery and even checked with the local Tack shop to find a complete gun belt and holster set-up. I don't compete in events but Open Carry my revolvers everyday. I make holsters myself and I love learning the leather making skills. I don't have a leather sewing machine so that was a reason I never made belts. I bought a belt from EBay and it's sort of OK, but not a premium belt grade. At first when it was legal to Open Carry I bought a complete gun belt off EBay and just was a complete Let down which shouldn't surprise anyone.

After a couple of weeks shopping around I settled on and purchased this gunbelt setup from Frontier Gun Leather by John Bianchi. It's my first purchase from a professional leather shop. I picked out the 1870's era "Wyatt Earp" design.
You did a good job on that first holster, . . . nothing whatsoever to be ashamed of there.

I learned my "western trade" from John Bianchi, . . . he is an excellent teacher, and quite innovative in some of the things he does.

He also is more "fancy" than most of the work I do, . . . sticking more on the idea of "plain jane / utility", . . . but sometimes a bit different.

Keep up the good work.

May God bless,
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Old May 5th, 2017, 08:25 PM   #14
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Here you go, it came in today!


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Old May 5th, 2017, 10:56 PM   #15
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Good leather is expensive. I recently got a very nice holster from Mike Barranti for my Colt New Frontier. Most money I have spent on a holster, but no belt. I like Bianchi stuff, it was always top drawer work.

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