Single Action Slim Jims

The slim jim was the 1st holster style adopted when new metallurgy and designs transitioned the intensely heavy horse pistol into something that could be handily carried on a belt. The California style slim jims were the holsters of that era. The echo of that remarkable holster resounds to this day in the field holsters of the 20th & 21st centuries.
The holsters below are styled in both the classic California era styles and in those of the modern field holster. We have attempted to indicate period correctness just in case the object of your holster search is for historical reenatcment or simply for a love of the guns and history of the period.
Please also look at the Field holsters in the Double Action Section. They are related in shape and form and we can accomodate the frame differences withjout difficulty.

1949'er Gun Rig

Antique Brown

Old California 1949'er

2-1/2" Taper

Holster: 1849 Main & Winchester Floral with Repeating 9's Border

Belt: No Noose Neal Border

The quintessential California Slim Jim has a deep trigger recurve in front and back as well as a gentle recurve at the rear sight. The trigger area is curled ever so slightly into the back of the trigger making for an excellent retention mechanism. As a result the holster required no safety strap or hammer loop to retain the firearm.. (Over time, this proved to be a weak point in the holster as well as a hang point if an emergency arose and was eventually discontinued. ) There is a toe plug. This holster is true to its origins being one patterened after an original Main & Winchester holster of the era. It is a very high-riding holster.

The holster was normally carried on a narrower belt than shown. Wider belts did exist however and this belt reflects this. The cap box is cut along the military style of the day but with a more civilian-style scallup to the flap.

Yes, from the Goldrush era into the 1880's

Phil's Gun Rig

Antique Brown

Old California

3" Money Belt

Holster: 1949 Main & Winchester Floral with Running S & Repeating 9's Border

Belt: Runnning S & Repeating 9's Border

This is a period-correct style for the early frontier. With the exception of a slightly reconfigured trigger area and a lowered drop, it is identical to the '49'er. The carving pattern is also identical to the 49'er with the noted exception that an additional layer of borderstamping has been added. Sadly, the buckle is no longer available.

Yes, for the late 1860's on through to the late '80's and beyond

 

Florida Militia Gun Rig

Light Mahogany

Old California

Militarywith Florida State Buckle

Holster: 1949 Main & Winchester Floral with Sunset Border

Belt: Sunset Border

When we were asked to build a rig for an original Colt '51 Navy, we decided to approach it from a historical perspective. We chose to deal with it as a Private Purchase, probably made by the theoretical owner while living or even possibly stationed prior to the war in California. (The Main & Winchester Connection.) Once sided with the South, it made sense to "refit" the belt with an appropriate state's buckle. Post war, the rig would likely have been worn as is or might have had the belt replaced by something along the lines of a civilian money belt as in the rig presented above this one.

We also offer this in Union black with appropriate buckles if you are inclined to follow Northern history.

Yes, from 1850's to late 80'son through to the late 1880's and beyond

 

Sunset 1851 Holster

Antique Brown

1851

Sunset Border

While the pouch of this holster bears a striking resemblance to the 1949'er above, a closer look will reveal that they are related yet different. We have maintained the recurves at the trigger and rear sight but have straighted the curl over the trigger back out to allow an easier draw and to eliminate the wear point. The recurve at the back of the holster has also been lowered and this area has been widened and extended to allow a belt loop placement for a lowered ride -- again to facilitate an easier draw.The mainseam is also slightly more contoured with a delightful little bit of necking down at the toe.

Yes, from the Goldrush era into the 1880's

 

 

Sacremento Rose Holster

Light Mahogany

Sacremento

Main & Winchester 1890 Rose

This holster shows further refinement of the slim jim style. It is slightly more tailored at the trigger recurve. There is a gentle contour at the back of the firearm which gives a more elegant profile to the entire holster. We think it is one of the prettiest of the California slim jim styles.

Yes, from the 1880's into the 1890's and beyond. (Based on more modern carving design)

 

 

 

Ennis Gun Rig

Light Mahogany

Ennis

1-1/2" Straightcut

Holster: Meanea Bronc Rein withrosette

Belt: Meanea Bronc Rein

The pouch and tooling pattern on this holster are based on one found on a Meanea Cheyenne-style holster. We simply turned it into a slim jim and straightened the mainseam. It follows the California style from the front but has a very modern belt loop in back.

The border pattern is pure Meanea. The rosette is one of our own design built up from a carefully stamped series of impressions to form our signature rosette. This system of putting a rossette together was common to many makers. They used the tools they had to create unique rosettes. Many of the larger manufacturing houses had enough work volume to commission "cheater stamps" which would complete the rosette with a single stroke rather than a painstaking series of strokes.

Sort of. If you look at the front, yes, from 1880 on. If you look at the back, no.

 

 

ENNIS Field Rig

Light Mahogany

Ennis Field Holster

Hawk Stomp Center with Meanea Bronc Rein Border

Taking the Ennis Holster to the next level and turning it into a true field holster was an absolute no brainer. By lowering the throat profile at the top of the cylinder, maintaining the dip of the trigger recurve and adding a safety strap, we ended up with a really great looking and extremely functional field holster. This one is shown with a toe plug. We can as easily do it with an open toe.

Modern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cecil Threepersons

Antique Brown with chocolate whip laced main seam

Threepersons

Heiser Bud

One of the most famous slim jim field holsters of the modern era saw its birth along the Texas/Mexican Border. Legend has it that 2 lawmen, Tom Threepersons and Lee Trimble, talked dream holsters over a campfire one night. Trimble went to AW Brill who made that holster famous. Tom went to Sam Myres with his and the rest is history. It remains one of the quintessential holsters of the 20th century. We make ours with a button stud rather than the usual snap button. These "Sam Browne buttons" have been around for several centuries. They are efficient,quiet andnever fail. And before you ask whether Tom had a brother named Cecil...no he did not. The Cecil part of the holster name is in honor of one of our favorite shooting pards who happened to commisiion it. He also asked us to whiplace the mainseam, a very common treatment for holster back in those days.

Yes, from the mid 1920's to current.

 

 

 

Tom's Purdy Threepersons

Black

Purdy Threepersons

Huntington Leaf Floral

The biggest complaint about the Threepersons holsters eminate from the guys who have moveable rear sights. There is a point to that. Sights can really get banged up in the standard Threepersons holster. We gave that some serious thought and came up with a deep recurve at the front of the holster and a covering patch we call a sight shield. The sights nestle down into the well created by the recurve. The patch does the protecting. We show it here with a Freedom Arms '97. You will see other examples scattered through this section and in the Double Action Field section.

Modern

 

 

 

Wind's Threepersons Holster

Light Mahogany

Threepersons with Hammer Tab

Taper Web Belt

Holster: Furstnow Border

Belt: Repeating 9's & Beartooth Border

Before we were smitten with brilliance and tripped on to the sight shield concept of the Purdy Threepersons, we fell back on an old field holster retention mechanism trick that also seemed to work to protect rear sights well. That solution was the hammer tab. It also make people who dislike safety straps happy.

The photo was provided by Wind.

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Best Chil-Cookin' Rig

Havana

Boxkicker Field Holster

1-1/2" Straightcut

Holster: Sunset, Celtic Twist and Beartooth Border

Belt: Sunset and Celtic Twist Border

Normally, we try to name gun rigs after the people who asked us to build the 1st one. The gentleman who got this one is honored by the story he told us. He wore his brand-spankin' new rig while cooking some chili and maintains that because he was wearing this particular rig that it was the best darned chili he ever made! We sure understand where he's coming from! The throat on this holster sits high over the cylinder and trigger to protect as much of the firearm as possible. It is raked in a classic crossdraw with the carry high enough to be out of the way yet low enough to fascilitate a nice draw. Not only a nice rig to be cooking chili with, but a good companion for a day's wandering over forest or plain!

Modern

 

 

 

Captain Gus' Gun Rig

Light Mahogany

Fastdraw

3" Gunfighter

Holster: Old El Paso Floral with Flame Border

Belt: Ocean Flame Border

This is a handsome holster with a slim jim profile. The mainseam is uncontoured and the trigger guard is open on both front and back. The Heiser company of Denver marketed a cut similar to this as a "Quick Draw Option".

Modern

 

 

 

Buffalo Head Field Holster

Golden with dark background

Roy's Field Holster

4-petal Flower with Buffalo Head Motif

By far and away, Roy's Field Holster has become one of the most popular field holsters we have ever built. The original was commissioned by Roy Huntington, editor of "American Handgunner" Magazine. He is an ardent appreciator of fine revolvers (and pistols as well). His instructions to us were to build a holster with a safety strap, an open toe and an enclosed trigger guard with a throat high enough on the cylinder to provide good coverage for the firearm. His original is on page 1 in the DA Field pages.

This particular holster is one we created for the Shooting Masters Charity for 2014. The firearm was chambered in .44 mag so we proposed an American hunting theme. The buffalo head was the perfect choice.

Modern

 

 

 

Roy's Spartacus Holster

Light Mahogany Topband with Golden Polished Roughout Body

Spartacus (Roy's Field Holster with Spartacus Topband)

Huntington Leaf Floral

Roy Huntington's Field Holster has i nspired many holsters. We have variants for virtually any handgun we can fit. The Spartacus or topband variant came from a conversation with Roy where he asked us to make him a nice holster that would take the occassional abuse of having to roll in the muck or gravel under his tractor. (The tractor was named "Spatacus".) A carved topband to reinforce the throat and a polished roughout body seemed to be the way to go. Polished roughout is a tough as an old goat finish used on buckaroo saddles. The lines and color you see in this one are actually the lines from blood vessels servicing the skin of the cow who donated its skin to the cause. Very desireable to some and not so to others, we can look for a less rustic piece or even build it smoothout for you. We can also leave the body in an unpolished state. See the holster below for a peek at that.

Modern

 

 

 

Roy's Roughout Spartacus Gun Rig

Ligh Mahogany Topband and "Dark" Roughout main Body & Belt

Spartacus (Roy's Field Holster with Spartacus Topband)

1-1/2" Straightcut

Huntington Leaf Floral

This is the same holster as the one above but done with a shaggier, unpolished main body. We used a slightly darker roughout rather than the standard golden one, feeling that the slightly deeper beige tone complimented the deep color of the topband a bit more in the rough.