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I was browsing through this forum some time ago and ran across this Heiser custom holster.




I thought this was a really neat rig but the flaps might be a bit of a challenge for my local
leather guy. He also told me some time ago that he really doesn't like to do laced edges.
I modified the design somewhat and this is what he turned out.

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First of all, welcome to the Colt Forum. :)

I think your holster maker did an admirable job on this recreation of a Heiser Hoster. It's so good I would be temped to have him make something similar to this for my 1937 Colt 380 Hammerless, unless he wants to charge close to what an original would cost.
Very nicely done, please give him my compliments.
 

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Very, very nice.
 

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Nice looking work. Both the original and your recreation.However, doesn't the mag. get in the way or"crowd" the grip hand on the drawstroke? This is not meant to be critical, just another step in my ongoing education of 50 years or so of studying holster designs. Thanks and best regards, Nick
 

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No, it doesn't crowd my hand. However, I have thin fingers. But this was just an exercise in leatherwork. I plan to use this as a display piece rather than an actual everyday holster. What I didn't tell you was that when my leather guy first made this holster, he screwed it up. He didn't leave enough skirt to put the magazine pouch on. So he cut the skirt down and this is the result.

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This is the holster I plan to actually carry the pistol in.
 

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Very nice work!

Seems to me though, that 'Flaps' and 'Bound Edges' would be just that much MORE fun and satisfying
to do!

I wonder why he does not wish to do them?
 

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He mainly does knife sheaths. And very well I might add. One time I asked him to do a sheath with a rawhide laced edge to match an El Paso Saddlery hoster. He did it but said that he did not ever want to do another.
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I'm lucky enough to own the Heiser your very able leather man copied. He did a very fine job. I'm afraid that rawhide edge lacing is a dying art- I heard that the guy who did it for El Paso Saddlery retired or passed away and that they no longer offered that option. Don't know if that's true or not. Your guy did some fine work on that sheath.
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Their website still shows the lacing option but does not specifically mention rawhide. I had that holster made five to eight years ago.
 

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Mike Barranti of Barranti Leather still does the hand lacing on the edge. Beautiful stuff if you have the coin.
 

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Heiser did some gorgeous work and your new rendition is beautiful as well. The old man has an old floral carved and whip laced edge holster for his High Standard that I would like to eventually copy. Never tried doing lacing with rawhide but I love the way it looks.
 

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Similar set

Had a similar idea; Smith 38-44 HD, Eubanks holster with the lacing, and a new version from Bob Cooper.



Bought the Smith on the Colt Forum, and the Eubanks holster afterwards from the same seller on the S&W forum.......

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