History Of Gun Holsters

History Of Gun Holsters: Learn About Gun Leather

If you're searching for books about gun leather, you'll find a handful available. But if you want a history of gun holsters, then there's no better read than renowned craftsman Red Nichols and holster guru John Witty's Holstory. The duo teamed up to create this coffee-table volume and one of the most comprehensive books about gun leather that you'll find, complete with full of beautiful, full-color photography from Witty's collection. You'll learn about the history of gun leather through an in-depth review of holsters, catalogs, and advertisements from the most significant gun holster makers of the twentieth century. Witty's carefully chosen photos illustrate the most significant developments in the history of gun holsters.


Nichols brings decades of experiences and relationships to this history of gun holsters that makes Holstory one of the most comprehensive books about gin leather that you'll find. He had the opportunity to learn about gun leather from one of the innovators in the history of gun holsters, John Bianchi, in 1970. Nichols spent the next decade developing Bianchi Holster company’s extensive catalog of designs. Then he went on to create custom holsters, with an incredible 50 patents, making him an excellent resource for books about gun leather. Nichols offers us a comprehensive history of gun holsters in the 20th century. The detail and footnotes provide an opportunity to learn about gun leather in chronological order that illustrates the fascinating history of gun holsters.


You learn about key designers and company histories. Nichols also dissects the details of these historical holster designs in a way that only a craftsman can. That means that you'll learn about gun leather and the history of gun holsters through names such as El Paso Saddlery, Berns-Martin, S.D. Myres Bucheimer, Don Hume, and Chic Gaylord. You'll read about authentic gunfighters in a captivating American history of gun holsters. For example, there are full-page images of holsters such as the Heiser Mexican Loop holster, circa 1922, worn by the likes of Texas Ranger Capt. J.R. Hughes and J.C. “Doc” White. And if you're a holster fan, you're probably familiar with the Bucheimer holster, circa 1978. But you may not know the Holstory. There aren't any books about gun leather that get as deeply into the history of gun holsters and help you learn about gun leather as this incredible book by Nichols and Witty.


Holstory has 360 color images along with footnotes to support the history of old west holsters. With commentary from Red Nichols, the guru of custom western holsters, and photos from Witty's historical collection, Holstory is one of the best books about gun leather on the market that you'll ever read. Learn about the history of gun holsters from Aker, DeSantis, Galco, Shooting Systems, and many more.


If you want to learn about gun leather, check out our blog, and purchase Holstory online.

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