I'll make the point, that y'all have actually gone backwards! At the turn of the last century all automatics had external safeties, even -- especially -- the striker-fired ones. But at the end of that last century y'all let Gaston Glock, a sewing machine man, con you into pistols with NO safeties -- especially on his striker pistols!
Slowly external safeties are reapparing on other makers' striker pistols. But in the meantime even holster makers failed to see that a covered guard on a Glock does nothing to protect the user except keep a stranger from pulling the trigger (in the old Ranger's day, even trying was asking to be shot dead); while ADDING the danger of the covered guard catching the trigger finger of the unwary and actually firing the pistol.
For that reason I don't make gunleather for Glocks -- holsters lull consumers into thinking they have made their Glocks safe as they would've on their 1911. But in fact that is impossible; the pistol can still be fired in the holster and many, many, many have been fired in Safarilands. I've quite a long list of their shootings.
A Texas Ranger 1911 from the early days...carried in a holster that didn't cover the trigger guard, loaded and unlocked. Dangerous? Sure...to anyone down range when the gun cleared leather. Times have changed.
That's a great picture- I read somewhere that in the early years of the 1911, Rangers and other South West lawmen like notorious coffee pot ventilator Charlie Miller, would carry them with a round in the chamber at half cock with rawhide wrapped around the grip safety and then, thumb cock them when they cleared leather like a SAA, hey that's what worked for them and what they were used to doing.
No way in hell I would tell them ''yer doing it wrong."
Here's another photo of a Texas Ranger with his (engraved and ivory handled?) 1911 and carved leather carry rig- from the 50's? Looks like he has a Remington Mod 11 or a Browning A5 with a carved leather ammo carrier as well.
Both holsters shown could possibly be the "Audley Safety Holster" similar to this one. The safety holster has a sprung lock incorporated into the holster - it must be depressed before the gun can be drawn from the holster. Here's one, similar to the one I bought from Turnerriver a year or two ago (except the one I bought is in a lot nicer condition):
I finally got my first Colt SAA (4 3/4", .45), and now, of course, I have the bug to match it with suitable gun leather. I've been reading the forum as much as possible and there seem to be a lot of good recommendations for holsters. So far, I've been looking a lot at El Paso Saddlery and Rick...
The elevation cover screw on my Colt 4x20 scope is in there really tight and the "slot" is like none I've ever seen before. What should I use to try and get it free?
Also, I've seen references to Hakka (sp?) as the manufacturer of these scopes but mine was "Inspected by Asahi Optical Japan"...
Looking for 1880's style 3" 40 Loop Leather cartage belt would like 9/10 oz weight leather - unlined I think.
I have seen belts from $ 125 - $ 300+ Loops from 18 - you tell the bulder what you want..,
I posted this in another thread along with "The Rifleman" episode where Sammy Davis Jr. wore the fancy rig pictured here. Both are Ojala's. Two layers all one piece with the holster and belt made from the same leather. The background of the carving was removed so an ornate material of some kind...