Jackass is a model of shoulder holster made by Galco:
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Where did the term come from? Was it a model/manufacturer name, or was it named for the owners of such holsters?
I actually think Galco was called the Orignal Jackass Leather Company until, they changed the name and moved from Chicago to AZ. I could be wrong...but I think I read that somewhere.
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Derrin 33 is correct, Galco started out as Jackass in Chicago way back when, then relocated to Phoenix under the Galco name.
From Galco's website USGalco.com
Galco International was founded by Richard N. Gallagher in 1969 as a small family business in Chicago, Illinois. Known then as "The Original Jackass Leather Company", Gallagher specialized in holsters constructed of horsehide.
In 1980 the name of the company was changed to Galco International, and in 1983 the business was moved from Chicago to its present home in Phoenix, Arizona. Already famous for high quality and innovative designs, Galco gained worldwide notoriety when Don Johnson chose to wear the Jackass shoulder rig in the popular TV series "Miami Vice". Now known as the Miami Classic, this shoulder rig continues to be the most famous, recognizable, and imitated (but never duplicated) shoulder holster rig ever made.
Not only does Galco continue to be the favorite choice of Hollywood's hottest stars, but most branches of the military, federal law enforcement, and most local law enforcement agencies have put Galco holsters to work for them. Likewise civilians have found Galco to represent the highest quality the industry has to offer. From our Premium saddle leather, Ballistic nylon, and of course horsehide, to the designs that have made Galco famous, Galco continues to be "for those who demand the best... and know the difference."
Galco makes nice stuff with fast service.
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I always liked the first name better than Galco International.
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I have an original Jackass shoulder holster for a Colt Det Special. Best design out there . . . well balanced.
I don't use it (it's in a box of holsters, you know how that goes), but back in the day when I bought it, it was the only shoulder holster that I could wear without the straps digging into me. I also had a Bianchi Secret Agent which was horrid.