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#182914 - 08/27/17 04:18 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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James,

It has seen a few miles that's for sure. And it came to me already with plenty of experience, or at least time in a holster. The Micro Sight added to it tells me the previous owner may have been more than just a casual user.

Not to get this thread too far off track from leather but I bought it shortly after we were married 26 years ago. I was working seasonally for the Forest Service, about 7-8 months a year and trapping professionally in the winter. It was a great life. Not much money but we got by and had a little left at the end of each month.

I needed a good little sidearm for dispatching furbearers. I had a little 1902 single shot Winchester I was using to dispatch animals but worried that modern ammo might be too much for it and retired it. A friend had a small gun shop and that little SS was in the display. He let me put it on lay away while I grabbed every extra hour of fire patrol and wildfire fighting OT I could get. I got it paid off in time for trapping season and it has been with me ever since. It has dispatched enough coyotes to sink a barge.

I once put it in the Ransom Rest just to see how it fared. I knew it was a shooter but was shocked when the old yellow box Winchester put six into one ragged hole at 25 yards. I carry it often when I'm moose and caribou hunting to harvest the occasional ptarmigan and snowshoe. It's one that will stay with me to the end. It deserves a nicer holster than that old Hunter and maybe a full refurbish. I at one time considered doing a 38 Special #5 on it but can't bring myself to change it.
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#182915 - 08/27/17 05:27 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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that`s a story for Field & Stream.......
shooting the Win. ammo like that makes it a keeper for sure... a perfect candidate for "one gun" situation......
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#182916 - 08/27/17 06:06 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: Handgun400]
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WENT TO A GUN SHOW LAST WEEK, 1 DEALER HAD ABOUT 100 HANDGUNS, ALL SEMI-AUTOS, NO REVOLVERS. AS FOR HOLSTERS, MOSTLY NYLON AND OTHER SYNTHETICS, AND MOSTLY FOR SEMI-AUTOS. ONCE IN A WHILE YOU SEE "CUSTOM" LEATHER HOLSTER MAKERS AT THE LOCAL SHOW, REAL CLUNKY LOOKING STUFF, NOT FOR ME. THE YOUNGER GUYS ARE ALL IN TO BLACK GUNS, SEMI-AUTO PISTOLS AND TACTICAL ACCROUTEMENTS. NICE TO FIND LIKE MINDED PISTOLEROS ON THIS WEBSITE.

AND YES MART, GOOD GUNS AND GOOD HOLSTERS ARE TO BE USED AND ENJOYED.
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#182917 - 08/27/17 07:03 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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 Originally Posted By: 45MAN
THE YOUNGER GUYS ARE ALL IN TO BLACK GUNS, SEMI-AUTO PISTOLS AND TACTICAL ACCROUTEMENTS.


This is why I stopped my Shooting Times and Guns & Ammo subscription....
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#182918 - 08/27/17 07:23 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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Some of the shooters in my circle are surprised to find despite being a LE handgun and tactical shotgun instructor, I don't own any black guns other than one Glock 22. And that's because we train on and carry that weapon. When I retire it'll probably go by the wayside and I'll only carry my beloved revolvers.

I'm far happier with blued steel, nice grips, and fine leather. I don't mind the occasional stainless steel revolver. As long as it has nice grips and is housed in nice leather.


Edited by mart (08/27/17 07:25 PM)

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#182919 - 08/27/17 07:58 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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 Originally Posted By: mart
Some of the shooters in my circle are surprised to find despite being a LE handgun and tactical shotgun instructor, I don't own any black guns other than one Glock 22. And that's because we train on and carry that weapon. When I retire it'll probably go by the wayside and I'll only carry my beloved revolvers.

I'm far happier with blued steel, nice grips, and fine leather. I don't mind the occasional stainless steel revolver. As long as it has nice grips and is housed in nice leather.


Mart,
I spent a couple of decades training with black guns too. By the time I had been in the field for 10-12 years my Glock 22 came so natural to carry that I all but gave up my long guns for handgun hunting. I still own a couple, ok several, black guns but my heart is in the wheel gun and specialty pistol arena. They bring something to the table that few other things do for me.
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#182920 - 08/27/17 08:27 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: Handgun400]
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Sorry for derailing this leather thread. To make up for my indiscretion how about a picture of the gun belt I'm considering. The belt is a Lawrence and the holster a Hunter. The holster needs some restitching but the belt is in nice shape.

In all the holsters I've owned, I've never had a gun belt like this. Duty belts yes, but a gun belt with cartridge loops, no.

I'm weighing whether it will be practical or not. I guess I should just buy it and see how it works for me.


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#182921 - 08/27/17 08:57 PM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: mart]
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AFTER YEARS OF HYPE AND COVER TO COVER COVERAGE IN THE GUN SLICKS I SUCCUMBED AND BLEW SOME MONEY ON AN AR (A ROCK RIVER COYOTE SPECIAL OR SOMETHING), IT GAVE ME A SOFT ON. HAVE SHOT IT AT THE RANGE BUT HAVE NEVER TAKEN IT A FIELD.

MART: MY ROUGHOUT MONEY BELTS HAVE 24 BULLET LOOPS, AND WITH A LITTLE LUCK MAYBE I COULD REACH A FEW OF THEM, FOR ME THEY ARE OVERKILL AND I JUST CARRY 6 OR 7 ROUNDS. IF I WAS GOING TO BUY A NEW GUN BELT IT WOULD HAVE NO BULLET LOOPS AND I WOULD JUST RELY ON A BULLET SLIDE OR 2.
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#182925 - 08/28/17 02:46 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: 45MAN]
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forgot to post this holster made by a good friend for me to carry my TLA #5....below: same holster with Gallagher 475... both 5 1/2" single actions fit..... bottom:
I have a soft spot for flap holsters and after seeing an old ad from a 1920`s NRA mag for a Heiser flap holster I had a copy made for my FA`s 44 mag....the darker brown leather color was caused by the lighting when I took the photo........

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#182928 - 08/28/17 06:45 AM Re: PACKING IRON [Re: jamesfromjersey]
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VERY NICE LEATHER AND GUNS JAMES. I AM AMBIVALENT ABOUT FLAP HOLSTERS BECAUSE THEY HIDE THE GUN AND I DO NOT USUALLY SEEK THEM OUT. ON KNIFE SHEATHS, SINCE I AM RIGHT HANDED AND CARRY MY REVOLVERS ON THE RIGHT, WHENEVER I ORDERED A CUSTOM KNIFE I WOULD ALWAYS ASK FOR A LEFT SIDE SHEATH.
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