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    Tied down guns (holsters)?

    Was this all Hollywood stuff or is there any provenance of any gunfighters that used a holster tie?

    Granted my holster still needs broken in, and I have no a** to hold a gun belt, but unless I cinch the crap out of it the holster still moves with the gun
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    I am pretty sure those didn't come along until the "Buscadero" style for western movies came along. The drop down holsters in use today were designed to keep a draw from hanging up on body armor.
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    I assume you mean vertical movement when you draw the gun because it sticks in the tight holster?

    It’s been many years since I’ve played around with a Hollywood-style leg-tie holster. But the leg tie is primarily to prevent the gun from swinging out and about while walking and running. If you tie it so tight that it prevents vertical movement of the holster while drawing, you’re likely pinching off your femoral artery.

    So the gun/holster interface is your issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Absalom View Post
    I assume you mean vertical movement when you draw the gun because it sticks in the tight holster?

    It’s been many years since I’ve played around with a Hollywood-style leg-tie holster. But the leg tie is primarily to prevent the gun from swinging out and about while walking and running. If you tie it so tight that it prevents vertical movement of the holster while drawing, you’re likely pinching off your femoral artery.

    So the gun/holster interface is your issue.
    That's what I was thinking. I need to find a beater to use to form the holster a little better. I have kind of been using my Ruger BH to form since it is slightly bigger.
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    Yes they did,Walt Coburn was born & raised on the Circle C out of Malta Montana & went on to be prolific western writer.He wrote some articles for True West magazine back in the '60's,in one of them he wrote about when he was 12 or 13 around 1899,1900 about once in awhile a cowboy would come into town "riding the grub line" & looking for work & he said "you could always tell they were veterans of the Johnson County War" because most of them wore their holsters tied down.His family were also well acquainted w/the "Wild Bunch" which he also wrote about.
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    That's cool Jim. Any links for reference?
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    Why not try looking up the author's name?
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    Hollywood popularized wearing the holster down around the knee.

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    There were tied down holsters for US Army 1917 revolvers, and 1911s too. The idea must have come from earlier. You'll find earlier photos of leg ties are very uncommon.

    I think it was mostly for cavalry soldiers, so the pistol didn't flap up and down when you galloped on your horse.

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    The holster shown in the photo is the Model 1912, and it didn't take long in military years to figure out that the Model 1912 was unsatisfactory, and the change to the Model 1916 was instituted. The Model 1916 was then used for the next 70 years.


 
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