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Offline BrushyCreekDouglas

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Cheyenne Thread
« on: November 13, 2022, 02:16:34 PM »
Alright folks, since the Cheyenne may just be my favorite 19th Century holster design, how’s about we start a thread. If this has been done before (I’m sure it has) then let’s make a new one to add to. Show off your favorite Cheyenne rigs and feel free to share any stories you have about making them.

I’ll start with one I just finished. I enjoy giving each holster I make a back story. I’ve always had an overactive imagination, but sometimes it can make a fairly repetitive task more entertaining.

This holster, belt and gun combo I like to think comes from around 1919 and might’ve  belonged to an old Line Rider in AZ. Former Rough Rider who kept his issued artillery model SAA. He’s about 65 years old and wears a rig that’s comfortable and familiar to him. A mix of Tom Rynning and Jeff Milton I suppose.

I know I’m probably a bit hokey, but it’s fun. Do any of y’all do the same with your projects?

Hope y’all are doing well and God bless!

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2022, 03:09:46 PM »
I don't have a good story to go with this but it's one of a pair I made to wear when I first got into CAS. I left out the toe plugs thinking it was a good idea then but would put them in if I made them today. I have since changed my rig(s) to follow my likes but this was my first.



And this is the first rig I made for my wife. It's an olive pattern rather than a Cheyenne but it's still fun to look at. This rig is one of her favorites still.


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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2022, 03:11:04 PM »
I don't have a good story to go with this but it's one of a pair I made to wear when I first got into CAS. I left out the toe plugs thinking it was a good idea then but would put them in if I made them today. I have since changed my rig(s) to follow my likes but this was my first.



And this is the first rig I made for my wife. It's an olive pattern rather than a Cheyenne but it's still fun to look at. This rig is one of her favorites still.



Dang nice rigs Marshal, as always!

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2022, 11:09:23 PM »
Thanks, BCD.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2022, 03:44:32 AM »
That olive pattern is great, Marshal.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2022, 08:42:11 AM »
Thank you, Skeet.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2022, 08:48:54 AM »
Here are a few that I have made. The Cheyenne is a great looking and classice pattern that looks good with most any gun.
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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2022, 09:30:04 AM »
Here's a pair I made from 8-9 oz leather and lined with 8-9 oz. It was an experiment to see how stiff I could make them. They were a bear to wet mold but once done, I could drive over them with my truck and not hurt them. ;D



This one for an 8" Remington. Again, not quite a Cheyenne but still a Mexican Loop.


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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2022, 11:12:06 AM »
I bet you could drive a truck over those. I just did a pair of holsters in 8-9 oz leather with a 3-4 oz liner and the were super stiff once done.
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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2022, 02:13:40 PM »
I just finished this one. Hope it fits in the Cheyenne category.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2022, 09:01:14 AM »
It looks like a lot of you sew the bullet loops individually.  That's the way I do it. The idea is if one breaks- you only have that to repair. I also put a dot of waterproof glue over the threads on the inside- looks like maybe others do the same thing.
The double loop.  To me I think it was the ultimate design. The skirt with the two loops sort of bonds to the pouch creating a solid holster while using only one layer of leather.  If you don't have the skirt the pouch can become sort of weak and need a two layer type construction.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #11 on: November 16, 2022, 10:11:29 AM »
It looks like a lot of you sew the bullet loops individually.  That's the way I do it. The idea is if one breaks- you only have that to repair. I also put a dot of waterproof glue over the threads on the inside- looks like maybe others do the same thing.
The double loop.  To me I think it was the ultimate design. The skirt with the two loops sort of bonds to the pouch creating a solid holster while using only one layer of leather.  If you don't have the skirt the pouch can become sort of weak and need a two layer type construction.
I have to agree with you on cartridge loops. I haven't found a better way to make them than stitching them on individually.

The Cheyenne style holster is, as you mentioned, quite secure and a great design. You don't have to stitch a belt loop on and it's hard to beat the looks. That said, I find a Slim Jim design more comfortable. A skirted holster can be somewhat restrictive.

The most restrictive holster I ever made was the Rice-style Dodge City due to the width of the belt loop formed by the skirt. It doesn't move on you, though.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #12 on: November 17, 2022, 12:25:48 PM »
I must agree that the skirt is wide and noticeable compared to other styles.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2022, 03:29:43 PM »
Here's a 5 1/2" Cheyenne holster and a money cartridge belt that I sent to a customer a few months ago.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2022, 07:19:59 PM »
That's a beautifully authentic looking one, Buck. Very nice work. I'll bet the customer is happy with it.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #15 on: November 20, 2022, 07:50:11 AM »
Buck, you make the rest of us look like amateurs.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #16 on: November 20, 2022, 09:26:38 AM »
I very seldom show any of my work on this or any other forum, because I don't want it to seem like I'm advertising.  There are a lot of pics I'd like to post.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #17 on: November 20, 2022, 09:48:42 AM »
Please post them.

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2022, 11:17:21 AM »
Beautiful work!

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Re: Cheyenne Thread
« Reply #19 on: November 20, 2022, 10:55:11 PM »
Buck, by all means post those photos.

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