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Post 86: Would you know it if you saw it?

Updated: Oct 14

Or, "Rarely seen Bianchi holsters". And I've added more at the end of this post :-)


The original Number One 'Lawman' holster had no strap:




Nor did the original Number 2 'Donihoo':


The original Number 4 was not the Askins Avenger, but rather was a strapless revolver scabbard:



Looks just like a 5B but it's had its muzzle cut off -- for the CDF (California Department of Forestry):




The Number 7; it is intended to carry the 1911 with the chamber empty, then be partially drawn and reinserted in the holster to cock the slide and chamber a round:




The original Number 13 is also a horizontal shoulder holster (but don't wear it upside down as suggested in this image) and has a belt loop on its backside:



The original Number 17 shoulder holster was 'inside out' (this is the outside of a right hander, not the backside of a leftie):




The original Model 999 holster was outfitted in the same manner as the 1930s Askins type by Myres: no metal up into the belt loop and behind the belt as with a Jordan. Called the 999 yet there was never a 998 nor a 1000:



The original Model 9R had no 'tension screw' (it's not a tension screw, it's a pivot point for the muzzle) and few of them have survived:




The Model 2A 'Protector' was an intentional copy of the then-new Berns-Martin "Raider":




The original version of the 'Pistol Pocket' had a fixed belt loop vs. the adjustable-angle, patented version known best today:



The Model 11 calf holster, to combat the tendency of purist ankle holsters to fall down:



This Bond-inspired Model 14 was a great theory but doesn't hold the pistol in! For 32/380s:



The Model 17 preceded it and carried a Walther PP at roughly this angle; as a youth I won a contest to name it the "Right Guard" (for underarm protection):



The Model 52 had a low-cut side for crossdraw use:


For scoped pistols, the Model 91 hung on the shoulder:



For a policewoman's handbag, the Model 110 that also could be worn on a belt:



For the P-09 Lugers being imported by Interarms:



The carbine scabbard for the John Wayne Commemorative program:



For the Mercox dart pistol (not what it sounds like; the Mercox was a real revolver converted to fire a paint ball type round) it's a spring holster with a flap on it:



A chopped-and-channeled Model 16 flap holster:



And a super-rare, Safari-marked holster from the single year of Safari Ltd that was 1964:



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