Hey that reminds me..Rob Garrett sent me a bunch of Chick Gaylod catalogs. These are beautiful reprints of Chick's last catalog, and a wonderful piece of history for those of you interested in holster design, and history. Chick Gaylord was, in my opinion the Father of the concealment holster as we know it today. He provided holsters to the Intelligence services of the day, and agencies like the Bureau of Narcotics, and
Dangerous Drugs, (BNDD), which was the forerunner of the DEA. He popularized the pocket holster, known as the '8 Ball',(in the side pocket), and was a bonified artist.
He was the very first maker to extensively use Horsehide, and heavy bonded nylon thread for strength.
If anyone wants a copy, they are $10.00, plus
1.00 mailing. You can e-mail me at [email protected] and we'll get one right out to you.
Leave it to you to reprint a catalog of the master. It's appropriate for the heir of genius to display the originator of the modern form.
I read Gaylord's book when I was a kid in Joplin Missouri. They had his book and two of Cooper's earliest in the public library. You'd see my name on the signout card time after time as I read and reread his work.
Rich, Good to see you here. I also used to read Gaylord's book when I was a kid. They actually had a copy in our high school library! I was going to steal it, but I finally bought one at a used book store.
Still have it too.
OK, I'm sold. I went to Amazon.com found and ordered the book. Chic Gaylord
"Handgunner's Guide : Including the Art of the Quick Draw and Combat Shooting".
Believe it or not this is a complete reprint of the original, and it's in stock for $30.
I just ordered the ACP holster and belt from Dane. I really wanted to get the GWH and probibly will later this spring, should have just gone ahead and ordered both to start with.
I'm really looking forward to having my own piece of Lou's art to keep my Kimber snug and available.
Handgunner's Guide is a great book and well aheard of its time. Chic even has some morgue photos showing wounds. While some of the techniques are dated, he great majority of the book is very relevant today's armed confrontations.
I was fortunate to meet Chic several years ago. The meeting resulted in a series of articles in Combat Handguns on his life and work.
B.E. Lewis, Charter-Oak Leather now owns the rights to all of Chic's designs as well as the book.
He was the father, or grandfather of modern concealed leather.
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What a neat topic. My favorite holster design is one of the Gaylord designs, dont remember the name, but it is basically what the Null Super Speed Scabbard is today.
I like the fact that the holster is so slim in profile. Sure it may not pull in as tight as a holster with a rear seperate slot, but i can live with that.
Another neat old holster maker was the Burns/Martin company. I have 2 rigs from them, one is a for a large frame S/W, very unique belt (with cartridge loops) and a front break holster. The other is a shoulder rig (front break) for a j frame. The overall quality is amazing on both rigs.
Any how, im just wondering why more makers dont use that original SSS design of Gaylord/Seventrees???
RML, I have most of Paris Theodore's original patterns for the Speed Scabbards for various guns. They are not cutting dies, so must be hand cut. We still make them occasionally for the purists out there. I too always liked the classic looks of that holster, especially for the 1911. It's not as concealable as many of the newer designs available today, but still is esthically a great looking holster. I have modified the belt loop slightly to provide slightly more surface for the belt to 'pull' it into the body.
Alessi Holsters, Inc.
You'll never know it's there, until you need it..
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