Nice grips too!
Just got a new hand tooled holster for my Colt Police Positive 4" 38 c1932. Wanted a vintage looking hoster to sometimes carry at the gun range. Thanks to one of our forum members for this nice Mint Holster, which is marked "Handmade by VIKING-Mexico - 62" Does anybody known about VIKING?
Nice grips too!
Niiicce set up. Enjoy your treasure!
Nice Colt and great grips. In the middle 60's My Dad bought me a Basket weave Viking Holster and belt for my 1st SAA Colt. I still have both. Sadly not the Colt. I've carried many other brands in it over the years. A year or so ago I finally got another Colt for it. I've always kept the leather treated and it looks much newer than it's age. It was not made from cheap Mexican leather. I felt the holster style and looks was similar to Lawrence at slightly less quality only because the holster was not lined.
The belt tore at the buckle last year. I fixed it and it is back in service. Most of the firearms supply houses had Viking leather up into the 70's. I don't remember when I last saw their products listed. I didn't find anything doing a web search.
'Viking' also used to make very nice, very simple, very thin IWB Holsters, and, I have a few of those and am very happy with them. All the IWB 'Vikings' I have are lined. I never had any experience with their regular Holsters though.
Far as I know, they have been long gone now since the late '60s or early '70s.
Viking Leather, The Old Company was Located in the Los Angeles Area, near Glendale as I recall. All their stuff was made in Mexico and shipped to the US. I bought a small Holster from them for a S&W 36 3' back in 1969 directly from the warehouse while on duty doing some follow up stuff.
I think, But I can't recall directly that the business had a connection to Bob Brenner, who established Pacific Ordnance in Pico Rivera, CA., and had a hand in Federal Ordinance.
Robert and Linda Thomasser worked for Mr. Brenner. The firm imported reproduction holsters and accessories for these time periods: American Civil War and World Wars I and II.
Pacific Canvas & Leather was established by Robert Thomasser (President) and his wife, Linda. The company is located in Phelan, CA. They are still in business and I have bought from them and referenced the Company here on the forum before. I think these may be the last two people alive that may shed some light on the company; from my references on California Connections.
Not Much Help, But I was helping doing other research and never explored into Viking.
Last edited by Kid Sopris; 02-26-2012 at 05:51 AM.
'Monte Carlo' is another Company who made many nice designs, and, I do not have any real impression on when they ceased. Dunno if they were So Cal based, or somewhere else...