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#182897 - 08/26/17 09:12 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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CRAIG44: BEAUTIFUL IRON PACKS. DO YOU JUST MAKE FOR PERSONAL USE OR IS YOUR WORK AVAILABLE TO OTHERS?
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#182898 - 08/26/17 09:49 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
mart
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I love the EK#5. Rides high on the belt and holds the revolver in close to the body. A very comfortable set up. I'm swooning right now for one of the Craig44's Paladin holsters in elephant hide. I've found several holsters on eBay, in fact that Lawrence 120 with the Bisley 45 and the Bianchi came from eBay, for not much money.

Here's a couple of pictures of the EK#5 in use.

Cooking breakfast at a men's ministry float trip.



And helping a carpentry challenged friend build a bear baiting tree stand for him and him daughters


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#182899 - 08/27/17 02:05 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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Left is a Lawrence 120 for my 6" DW .32 mag and right is an El Paso for my 4" S&W .32 mag... Bought on e-bay.... Below is a heavy leather holster patterned after a Lawrence 120 for my five shot 475 Bisley that was made by a good friend...bottom shows three Lawrence and a black Bianchi flap holster for a 8 3/8" S&W N-frame.... these four were purchased on e-bay and as 45man said,
the sellers usually don`t know what they have.....

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#182902 - 08/27/17 07:40 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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JAMES: I SEE WHERE YOU HAVE LEARNED HOW TO PICK FROM THE PICKERS ON EBAY.

THERE ARE 1,000'S OF HOLSTERS FOR SALE ON EBAY SO YOU HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO FILTER THRU THEM. REALLY GOOD VINTAGE HOLSTERS FOR SALE ON GUN BROKER BUT THE SELLERS ARE MORE SAVVY AND THE PRICES ARE HIGHER.

WHEN GIVEN THE CHOICE I PREFER HOLSTERS WITH A HAMMER THONG VERSUS A STRAP. SOME HOLSTERS ARE BUILT SUCH THAT YOU CAN PUT DA AND SA REVOLVERS IN THEM BUT A STRAP WILL NOT WORK FOR BOTH, IT WILL USUALLY ONLY WORK FOR ONE OR THE OTHER. I HAVE SOME REALLY NICE VINTAGE HOLSTERS THAT I CAN PUT N FRAMES AND RUGER SA's IN AND SINCE THEY HAVE THE HAMMER THONGS THEY ARE DA - SA.
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#182905 - 08/27/17 10:37 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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Actually the 1st pic is of the 3rd holster I ever made for a customer. I took orders from 2013 to 2016 but took a year off to get caught up, as this is only a side thing and my regular IT business was 7 days a week until only recently. Now I'm battling tendinitis but hoping to start taking orders again soon.

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#182907 - 08/27/17 10:49 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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I've purchased several Lawrence 120's on EBay before all you guys figured it out.
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Bought several for less than $50, some closer to $20.

I have a Barranti EK but mine shows quite a bit more wear than Mart's. It carries my Power Custom #5 Ruger and they have seen several miles together. The shuck is holding up fine but is quite a bit darker now. I need to figure out how to post pics again.

In my opinion El Paso Saddelry is producing some of the best "non custom" leather available these days.

Dan

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#182909 - 08/27/17 11:12 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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Thanks Rod. Craig44 you do beautiful work. Those holsters and especially the Knife sheaths are SWEEEEEEEET!!!!!!! Mart it's great to see that you use them, as they were meant to be used.


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#182910 - 08/27/17 03:34 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: junebug]
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I believe in using guns and holsters as they were intended and not just as show pieces. I like fine guns and fine leather, I just don't baby them.

It's hard to tell in this picture but that's the EK#5 on my hip while I'm dipnetting salmon. Had to clean a little fish slime off after the trip but it was no worse for wear.


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#182911 - 08/27/17 03:52 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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45Man, Yes...I`ve been getting Lawrence/El Paso holsters on e-bay for quite sometime and these are just a few of the many I own... Had to sell some cause I had too many...

MART, your SS in the Hunter holster must have some stories to tell.......Never walked a trap line but this S&W .22 Kit gun has killed more game then any of my big bore`s with finish shots... She was the 3ed handgun I bought in the `70s and was originally blue...Had it re-blued twice and then hard chromed. The holster is also by S&W and just like your SS Hunter... Had a mag cylinder fitted and a 40gr FMJ zips through the thickest skull..
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#182912 - 08/27/17 03:54 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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Well great! Now I've got to build another holster. You guys have some amazing looking leather. Something I've never said about nylon or kydex.
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