Restored Post 56: I'll Have My Bianchi Holsters Rare, Please
Updated: Dec 16, 2022
One upon a time, Bianchi was the largest gunleather company that had ever existed. Today it is just a brand, subsumed by the Safariland conglomerate that grew from JB's nemesis Neale Perkins.
The sheer size of the Bianchi company led to lots of innovation and lots of models that represented that. Some were limited production, some were even one-offs for writers and the likes. Most were simply replaced by better models! And some were rare simply because of their maker's mark from JB's earlier entities:
Above and below, the revolver version of the Cooper Combat No. 45, called the No. 12. The strap, or at least the snap, is a replacement on this holster because that button with the Bianchi logo appeared mid-80s.
Above, the first of the Triple Draws for autos because of the Bond films. All kinda dangerous as an inverted shoulder holster relying on just the thumbsnap!
The derringer holsters by the company were standard with a belt clip instead.
Getting a shoulder holster to lay flat is difficult in a vertical. This one was an attempt to do that by having the suspension ears entirely on the outside as did Lewis Holster.
The handmade (hand cut from a pattern vs using dies) AutoMag holster. Generally it was I who made them, early '70s during the AutoMag's heyday.
Read more in my book titled "Holstory -- Gunleather of the Twentieth Century -- the Second Edition" that is available at www.holstory.com and printed for you/shipped to you in USA.