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"It Ain't Necessarily So" -- UPDATED

Updated: Apr 11

Title of a gospel song, and mentions David's "alleged" slaying of Goliath. We weren't there, who can argue one way or the other today?

Above, from Bob Arganbright who still writes on the subject today including at least one PR piece on my book "Holstory" (P.S. third edition being written now). The featured holster set above is a very unique take on the Threepersons style, by trick shooter and saddler A.H. Hardy (men in those days were distinguished by their initials, but we do know his full name).

Anyway, here are some very good articles from the late 20th century, about gunleather. There wasn't the research and therefore the knowledge, then, that we have now, thanks at least to the 'net (and crazies like me who use it to learn about gunleather) so there are some "ain't necessarily so"s in them.

1945 mcgivern quick draw
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1951 reeves (1)
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1957 heard
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1957 1974 mcgivern
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1959 03
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1960 heard (2)
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1961 gun digest (1)
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1966 gun digest weston
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1976 AR
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1986 arganbright roundup
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1993 arganbright roundup (1)
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1998 arganbright roundup (1)
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For example, Myres and Heiser and certainly Lawrence, didn't make gunleather for the Frontier West or in the 19th century at all. 1910s for Heiser, 1920s for Myres, 1930s for Lawrence. Civilian gunleather was almost literally 'caused' by the Model T, which put most saddlers out of business by 1930.

And there are so many 'debunking the fast draw' including by Ed McGivern, that someone needs to write a 'debunking the debunking of the fast draw', because I expect the early Mexican Loop was 'fast enough' when the full grip and hammer spur were fully exposed and the belt worn low enough as Tom Threepersons did, around the hips not the waist. The Ojala holster is very much a Threepersons including Tom's own, which hung straight down -- it was 'cocking in the holster' that set an Ojala apart from the Old West.

Notice that respected author Bob Arganbright has written several of them. These are called 'roundups' in which every maker the author knows of gets a mention, on behalf of the publisher who has hopes for advertising from those makers as a result. Believe me, I know that if a maker doesn't get a mention, they bitch directly to you! Not much to worry about today, though, these makers are all dead but a handful (by which I mean, fewer than 6)!

Gunleather for civilians was entirely a 20th century 'thang', and for evidence one can look CAREFULLY at the book "Packing Iron" that physically separates military gunleather of the 19th century (first half of the book) from civilian gunleather (last half) -- ALL of the latter having 20th century dates! "Not a history book", I was told by a contributing editor to the tome.

Enjoy them. With a grain of salt :-).

Read more in my book titled "Holstory -- Gunleather of the Twentieth Century -- the Second Edition" that is available at and printed for you/shipped to you in USA.

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