The shoulder rig became particularly popular at
the end of the 19th century. As civilization encroached on the raw
frontier, keeping a weapon out of sight while in town became a priority
for both lawman and unruly alike. Period-correct models laid the
gun straight up and down under the armpit and proved difficult to
access. Ours are styled for the period but are very slightly canted
forward and provide both excellent concealment and access to the
Field Thumb Break
Roy's Field Break
Sunset & Furstnow Border
This holster provides excellent protection and retention for a firearm in the field.
Shown is one of our classic borders. We can do this holster (plus matched belts, slides and other accessories) in any border, geometric or carved design shown on the website.
Thumb Tab ThreePersons
Furstnow with Repeating 9's Border
The legend says that Tom Threepersons cut the pattern for what was to become the Threepersons style of holster from a soda can and then asked Tio Sam Myers of SD Myers Saddlery if it could be made. It was an instant hit and forever changed the gunleather landscape.
This is ourthumb tab version, one of many that we make based on the original cut Myers perfected. The thumb tab retains the pistol securely and does doeble-duty in keeping the moveable rear sights on revolvers such as the Ruger Blackhawk, Single 6 and the S&W J,K & Land N- frames from getting banged around. (There are many ways to skin this cat. We illustrate other "systems" to protect rear sights on other holsters below.)
Classic Three Persons
No Noose Neal
While the name we have given this holster seems misleading -- there never was a Cecil Threepersons -- we are merely following a western tradition of associating names and ownership. In short, the fellow who asked us to make this for him is named Cecil. (It works for us!)
This is a quintissential Threepersons style. The safety strap is secured with a button stud which we prefer over snaps for simplicity and longevity. The kangaroo-laced main seam is not standard but is an option on any of our holsters. It can be stitched if you prefer it that way.
Brill with Trigger Recurve
The Brill holster remains as iconic a holsteras its contempory, the Threepersons is. It's trademark streamlined front loop gives it an appeal that takes you back very much to the past. Brill's holsters were mostle basketstamped. Our customer chose to have his done in our very classy Hamley pattern.
This one is raked about 20 degrees grips forward in the classic Brill style and is both handy to draw from and extremely comfortable.
British Tan with dark background
Furstnow of Hollywood
We're pretty certain that the folks at Furstnow's of Hollywood never interacted with those at SD Myers. One of our customers decided that this historical meeting should take place and the end result is one pretty little holster! There's just something about that Threepersons style that tells our customers that just about anything looks great on it. The fact that the Threepersons is an outstanding field holster doesn't hurt either!
British Tan with Dark Background and white goat rawhide laced mainseam
Furstnoew of Hollywood with no outer border
The best way to protect a prized firearm in the field is with a flapped holster. It's slow to draw from, yes, but there is no holster which does the job of protecting a firearm better. This one is patterned on the old Heiser 738 holster. The flow lines are all Heiser but we have substituted the floral elements from a Furstnow of Hollywood holster into those lines in order to match up a belt we did previously for our customer.
This holster is raked grips forward about 15 degrees and is dropped for a more efficient draw. When worn, the top of the grip frame is at the top of the belt. There is a toe plug and a removeable tie-down. The main seam is laced with white rawhide goat.
Hamley Shoulder Rig
Standard Old-style Shoulder Rig.
Hamley Geometric with Repeating 9’s Border
Figure of Eight (concealment)
Longridge Kelly’s Skeleton Rig
Figure of Eight (concealment)
The skeleton rig made its appearance towards the very end of the 1800's.This particular one is built on the same lines as the traditional turn-of-the-century models with the exception of the sterling appointments on the spring and the boot. (Traditionally, these areas were unadorned.). The carving pattern is also more modern than would have been the case on a rig from this era. While this is a handsome and showy rig, we would not recommend it for active participation in SASS or CAS shooting events as the sturdy spring necessitated for this sort of construction makes the rig slow for holstering. However, if you like gathering points for style… this rig definitely says: “In your face!”
SD Myers had a habi of working with people to create holsters which were functional, aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. We a pleased to offer this holster patterned after one of his field-style holsters. This one is straight up and fairly high-riding. It can be had in a classic FBI tilt or crossdraw as well.
Roy's Field Rig
Roy's Field Holster
Huntington Floral with Repeating 9's Border
Billets: Huntington FloralMain Body: Repeating 9's and Doc Martin Vine Border
We have always maintained that when you have completed your day out in forest or field that you should be able to hang your gunleather on a peg or over a chair and enjoy some memories. This holster is that pretty! But don't let appearances fool you. This rig is Field-hand tough!
Roy's Field Holster varies slightly from our standard holsters mostly from the cut at the throat and toe. The top of the pouch is cut with a fully-enclosed trigger guard for protection against brush and debri. The moveable rear sights are protected by an integral shroud. The combination of safety strap and shroud works particularly-well with the N-Frame revolvers which tend to have a wide, bulbous hammer that tends to hang up a thumb tab. The toe on this one is open by request. It can be had with a stitched-through toe or even with a toe plug.
MOOSE VALDEZ Chest Rig
Valdez Chest Rig
Oak Leaf with carved Moose insert
The Valdez chest rig is characterized by 1" straps throughout it's harness. The wider straps allow for attaching a slide for extra ammo or a knife sheath if you prefer wearing overalls or coveralls in the field.It also has a moveable shoulder "pad", useful for easing the weight of a heavy revolver when in the field. Initial adjustment is by chicago screw and buckle.Once fitted, it is very easy to resize for more or less clothing by buckles alone. The revolver is held in place with a thumb tab over the hammer which also does double duty in protecting moveable rear sights.
Bear VALDEZ Chest Rig
Valdez Chest Rig
Elko Leaf with carved Grizzly Bear insert
This version of our Valdez chest rig is shown as a close-up. It varies form the one above only in the model of revolver fitted, color of hardware and in tooling pattern. All else is identical.
Leaf & Scroll Spider Rig
Horizontal-Carry Trigger Break
Leaf & Scroll Floral
Among shoulder harness designs, this one deserves a great deal of respect. It is versatile and can be had in endless combinations. It is stable and, with the wide straps, exceptionally comfortable.
The holster on this rig is equipped with a trigger break. It was actually designed for the J-Frame Centennial which has no hammer and which is impossible to retain with a conventional thumb break. The weak hand side is equipped with a set of dump pouches for loose ammo or for tuff strips. The hardware on this particular one is a combination of stainless steel and hand-engraved sterling silver.
Dakota Doc Martin Huckleberry Rig
Havana with British Tan lining and loop, brass spots & Mexican Peso concho
Dakota Doc Huckleberry
Dakota Doc Martin Border with brass spots within tooling
Our Huckleberry harness is fairly typicsl in that it positions the firearm in a high crossdraw.The holster varies radically from standard model chest rigs in that it is presented as a slim jim with a Texas jock strap style loop.
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