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A few years ago, I got my dad a Ruger Blackhawk for Christmas. At the time, I wanted to make a holster to go with it, but I was finishing up my post doc.  Simply, I didn't have enough time to get it done. 

He asked me for a shoulder rig earlier this year, and I said, how about a bandolero. That way you dont have buckles and snaps to fool with. 

 

 

 

 

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Top work,nice and simple. Should give years of use

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Nice job Colt!  Will you provide details on materials used, finish, etc?

Gary

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Oh hell yeah!

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That's awesome!

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11 hours ago, garypl said:

Nice job Colt!  Will you provide details on materials used, finish, etc?

Gary

Sure thing. 

The Bandolero is 5/6 oz double shoulder lined with 5/6 oz double shoulder. I cut it in the V shape so that it flow around the shoulder better than a straight strap. The bullet loops are 2/3 oz kipskin leather. The holster is 7/8 oz double shoulder lined in 2/3 oz kipskin. Dyed on the front with fiebings pro oil dye black. Then finished with air brushed mop n glo thinned with water. the edges were burnished first with saddle soap, then beeswax. The bandolero is machine stitched, except for the where the holster folds over and meets. I had stitched that with some really thick thread for strength. My big sewing machine is on campus, and I didn't want to drive all the way out there for such a short stitch. The holster was wet molded, and baked to make it hard so it will keep its retention and shape for as long as possible. 

 

 

When I case my leather, I take that opportunity to give a good wash with saddle soap. I find this conditions the leather, and removes all the oils and dirt that can screw with dying. Before dye, I gave it a good coat of oil, let it sit overnight. 

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Sweet!

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Gorgeous and unique. Great job!

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Thanks for the details Colt.  Where do you get your kipskin?

Gary

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On ‎3‎/‎21‎/‎2019 at 7:48 PM, garypl said:

Thanks for the details Colt.  Where do you get your kipskin?

Gary

This came from Weaver, but I generally get leather from Hide House

 

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I love this, I’m sure your dad will too!  - I have a Blackhawk as well and that revolver is a tank to lug around in a standard western rig. (I’ve settled for a pancake type with a thumbreak, but I really don’t like to carry a single action strongside as I am not proficient with it as a a defensive pistol) I’m very interested in this type of rig for field use or to carry a second pistol comfortably for hunting. 

 

  I’m curious if you could illustrate or expand on how you cut the bandoleer shape?  You say “v” but do you mean a rounded off “v” ?

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That will be one of your Dad's favorite items for as long as he lives. 

Great looking and a great job.

Well done Colt!

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