Bobbed Hammers and Concealment Holsters

Time was when it was popular to cut the spur off a revolver’s hammer to keep it from snagging in your pocket or coat linings when you made a fast draw. Combat shooting authority Paul Weston, who favored this type of modification, aptly described the standard hammer as fishhook shaped.

Flying with Guns

Flying with Guns on United Airlines

Laws regarding taking guns through an airport and onto a plane have changed over the years. In the modern era, many law-abiding citizens run afoul of these confusing and ineffectual restrictions.

It wasn’t that long ago that traveling with firearms wasn’t considered a big deal.


Cowboy Shooting Holster Tips

The gunslingers of the old west always had some trick or method they used to gain an advantage over an opponent in a gunfight. Sometimes they worked…other times they did not.

Back in 1962, George Virgines wrote an article on the Gun Tricks of the Old West. In it, he specifically addressed the insider tricks of the trade to improve your odds of survival in the outlaw days.

Here is an excerpt from the original piece that talks about cowboy holsters.


Classic Rigs: JC & G Combat Special Holster

Way back in 1965, there was a company called JC &G Limited. Started by Jack Couper, a cop and entrepreneur, the company made a revolutionary new duty holster.

At that time, nearly every police duty rig was made of leather. Couper, on the other hand, developed a rig made of thermoplastic. While not as robust as today’s Kydex, thermoplastic was one of the tougher materials of the time.


The Original Bra Holster

Bra holsters may seem like a relatively new innovation, but these bosom buddies have been around for a long time.

Did you know that Safariland – the premier duty holster maker – got its start, in part, by selling bra holsters?

It’s true. The following is a story from the July 1965 issue of Gun World.


Bianchi Holsters: Emphasis on Quality

This article on Bianchi Holsters comes to us from 1968. Enjoy!

“My idea of a good gun scabbard is easy to sum up,” said John Bianchi. “It must be simple, comfortable, fast – and made of the best materials available.”

John Bianchi sitting in his office
Policeman-turned-holster-maker John Bianchi in his office.

This notion of holster-making has propelled John Bianchi’s one-time hobby into an enterprise that will soon do a million dollars worth of business a year.


Welcome to Blue Ridge Holsters

Welcome to Blue Ridge Holsters. Our developers are hard at work pulling the site together for us.

pizza for the Blue Ridge Holster programmers

I’m headed out now to pick up pizza and Mountain Dew to keep them motivated!

See you all very soon!