Can you identify this holster?

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    Can you identify this holster?

    Greetings,

    I bought this holster at an antique shop because it looked so cool, but I don't know what it was used for.

    No numbers, letters, or other marks.

    Can you identify it?

    Thanks much.

    Bill
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    Not absolutely sure,but it looks like some i've seen issued to airforce pilots way back in the day,i've seen some that look similar to that on bases in history boxes.

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    It resembles the Bill Jordan Border Patrol holster made by Bianchi some 35 yrs ago. The Border Patrol had a snap on the side of the holster. In order to sit in your vehicle, you'd unsnap that button, and the holster would swing back and forth enabling you to sit.
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    Looks like an old Jay-Pee swivel holster.
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    Almost looks like a standard issue 1911 holster, but not quite...


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    It looks like it may be meant for a single action revolver like a blackhawk or Colt single action army... with a fairly short barrel

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    Quote Originally Posted by glockrocker View Post
    Not absolutely sure,but it looks like some i've seen issued to airforce pilots way back in the day,i've seen some that look similar to that on bases in history boxes.
    This might be on track - bet if you throw a K-frame in there, the grooves and wear marks will match.

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    Not a military holster, but a police holster prior to 1950. The revolvers of the period were often the SW N frame and the Colt of the same size.
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    Red hit it right on the mark. My first LE job many years ago I was issued one almost identical along with a S&W 38/44.

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    Possibly for a Mounted Police Officer.
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    the first 15 years I worked for the NC state prison dept. I guarded medium custody prisoners in the fields on horseback at the Caledonia prison farm in Halifax County we all were carring a holster just like this but in black. We carried a SW Victory model in 38 special. The holster held the pistol low on ur side and the loops held bullets next to the belt. You had to keep an eye on those bullets there because they had a way of getting pushed up thereby falling out. I was just a regular officer but the lead officer had a two holsters on, a left and a right side so that when one of us officers had to get close to the inmates we turned our weapons over to him for safety. Just the way we did things but it worked with no problems and later on when we moved up to the stainless SW model 65 357 mag we used the same holster. Now Transportantion officers and if u worked a gun tower we used a different holster , Jordan holster with no bullet loops but with the same side snap to retain the weapon. As a long arm out in the field the two officers carried 870 shotguns used number one buck and the lead officer had a Winchester 30-30 which later on the Winchester was retired and they got mini 14 GB models abt the same time we got the smith 65. Now when I retired after over 30 years all over the state went to the SW 40 caliber and keep the rem. 870 as the shotgun and the mini 14 in different variations. Now I work part time with the Sheriff's Office we carry Glock 17 as a side arm with moss berg 500 shotguns as a long arm with M16 in certain vehicles for tactical officers.
    bTW when the state switched pistols we were allowed to purchase them I have my victory model still and my brother talked me out of the model 65 which he still has. I told him if he ever decides to sell I have first option to buy back.
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    Dang, that leather still looks nice too. PM QKShooter for his recommendation for treatment - he knows a world of info on old leather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CLASS3NH View Post
    It resembles the Bill Jordan Border Patrol holster made by Bianchi some 35 yrs ago. The Border Patrol had a snap on the side of the holster. In order to sit in your vehicle, you'd unsnap that button, and the holster would swing back and forth enabling you to sit.
    I agree. It reminds me of some of those I have seen in old pictures of the Border Patrol and also the Texas Rangers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Dang, that leather still looks nice too. PM QKShooter for his recommendation for treatment - he knows a world of info on old leather.
    QKShooter knows how to treat old leather.... okay I am SO NOT going there!
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