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S&W single actions and leather
« on: July 12, 2022, 08:46:39 PM »
Got my first Schofield .45Colt 9yrs ago, the same year I started doing leatherwork. From that first afternoon I spent with it, I was hooked! I couldn't run it as fast as a Colt SAA but it was such a fun sixgun to shoot. Put a set of Eagle UltraIvory grips on it as soon as I could.




I also found it was a wonderful sixgun to make leather for. Something about the shape of a form fitted holster for a S&W single action is just the definition of elegant. The first was the Flames of Hell pattern from the 3:10 to Yuma remake.




Which looks very different with a traditional border stamp instead of the decorative stitching.




One of my favorite holsters in Packing Iron, is this variation of the Mexican loop from a maker named "Rice" in Kansas. Reproduced by Will Ghormley in pattern form as the "Dodge City".




Last year I added four more of these guns to the collection. First I found that Cimarron had started importing the American and ordered an 8" .45Colt off Gunbroker.  I always thought the Russian was the best looking of them all and in a twist of fate, found one used .44 CAS City. I was elated to find that while they're marked .44Russian, the chambers are .44Special. I have tons of Special and .44Colt brass but no Russian so this was wonderful!







The American is an inch longer than the Schofield and has a taller front sight, so a new pattern was drawn up from scratch. This left handed version I made went all the way to London.




Then my wife asked me what I wanted for our anniversary and this factory engraved (not laser) Schofield .45 from Taylor's was the answer.




Then Taylor's finally started shipping the New Model as their "Frontier" in .44Spl and I got ahold of one.




For the 7" Schofield, 6.5" Russian and Frontier guns, I ordered this floral carved holster from Skillet Creek on Etsy. The Frontier was carried all last hunting season. The belt and knife sheath are my work.

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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2022, 11:41:04 PM »
Great photos, such eye candy!  S&W's don't fit my hands but they do look elegant.  That engraved one is wowzer!

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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2022, 10:39:25 AM »
Great photos, such eye candy!  S&W's don't fit my hands but they do look elegant.  That engraved one is wowzer!
Thanks! I love them but nothing handles like a Colt! I do think the Schofield model is the best of the bunch. Followed by the New Model. The Russian is really comfortable to hold but that hammer is so far from the thumb and the hump is right in the way of that. For me, the American is uncomfortable to hold and shoot. Or maybe my hands are just so used to Colt pattern guns.
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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2022, 03:49:47 PM »
Great photos, such eye candy!  S&W's don't fit my hands but they do look elegant.  That engraved one is wowzer!

We've got opposite hands I guess.  My hands are too wide I guess.  My pinky hangs down on the SAA and I can't grip it well enough to shoot accurately.  The Schofield works MUCH better. 

What finish did you use on the Dodge City holster or did you get that from Will?  The shiny looks really good.
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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2022, 12:40:30 AM »
We've got opposite hands I guess.  My hands are too wide I guess.  My pinky hangs down on the SAA and I can't grip it well enough to shoot accurately.  The Schofield works MUCH better. 

What finish did you use on the Dodge City holster or did you guy that from Will?  The shiny looks really good.
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I start with gum trag, then buff while still damp. Then a coat of bag kote. Once it's completely dry I buff one more time. Leaves just enough sheen.
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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2022, 06:09:57 AM »
I see the late Chuck Burrows influence in your knife scabbard which I like.

Your yeoman works towards restoring his legacy and photographs has rubbed off, well done.
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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2022, 12:35:23 PM »
That's high praise, thanks! I also have to credit the late John Cohea with my knife sheath style. The most recent sheaths have been an effort to sort of combine the styles of the two.

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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2022, 10:43:42 PM »
Love the revolvers and the gun leather!

When I aquired my one and only S&W top break (a Uberti Russian Model) for use in conjunction with my GAF North-West Mounted Police impression (… and yes, the NWMP had some Russian Model revolvers, purchasing 30 of them in 1874 …) I ended up having to make myself another NWMP-pattern holster fo fit it, since it wouldn't properly fit in the holster I had previously made to fit my original NWMP-issue 1884 Mk II Enfield revolver.

My leatherwork is most definitley not as gorgeous as the works of art you have showcased, but I am satisfied with the end result, which is of the correct plain and functional service pattern …



Although I am admittedly neither as young nor as fit as NWMP personnel back in the day, it has been a fun impression to work up.  Here is a frequently seen "patrol uniform" consisting of the cotton duck fatigue jacket and cap, worn in conjunction with the regulation yellow-striped uniform trousers and black riding boots.



The Mills-pattern belt I am wearing above is a re-creation I had made to represent one of 200 such "olive green" belts acquired by the Force from the U.S, in 1885.  This type of belt, which had loops for both revolver and rifle cartridges, is seen being worn in a few period photographs, but no original examples are known to have survived …

Rattlesnake Jack Robson, Scout, Rocky Mountain Rangers, North West Canada, 1885
Major John M. Robson, Royal Scots of Canada, 1883-1901
Sgt. John Robson, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 1885
Bvt. Col, Commanding International Dept. and Div.  of Canada, Grand Army of the Frontier

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Re: S&W single actions and leather
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2022, 01:58:50 PM »
I can't post pictures (site says they're too big) but Craig made a beautiful Slim Jim cross-draw for my S&W 2000 Schofield. It is a delight to look at and carry.

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