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Old 07-27-2009, 03:52 PM   #1
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Unique Flap Holster?

I think I once saw on a web site where they sold a handgun flap holster where the flap was hinged near the front so that you could just slide your hand under the flap and draw the gun without having to open the flap. I may be wrong because I cannot find that site again. Has anyone else here ever heard of seen anything like this?

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Old 07-27-2009, 03:57 PM   #2
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Nevermind! Just after I posted this I found it at http://www.simplyrugged.com/store/index.html


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Old 07-27-2009, 04:52 PM   #3
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Re: Unique Flap Holster?

The idea has been around for a while.
Back in the 1960's Bianchi Leather made a holster they hoped would be the replacement for the Model 1916 hip holster for the .45 automatic.

This was a holster that could be worn left or right handed, and had a flap that could be unsnapped and removed, or tilted forward to draw.
It never replaced the 1916, but later Bianchi used elements of it when they developed the nylon M-84/M-12 USGI hip holster that's still current issue.
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Old 08-15-2009, 10:18 PM   #4
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Re: Unique Flap Holster?

$90 is a lot of money for something you can make.
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Old 08-20-2009, 01:55 PM   #5
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Re: Unique Flap Holster?

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$90 is a lot of money for something you can make.
Back when I was in the leather business, I heard this sort of thing almost every day.
My answer? OK, man, go right ahead. Make one for yourself.
Lessee...a side of good-quality holster leather is gonna cost about the entire $90.00, and a shoulder will cost almost half that.
Then there are the necessary tools. (What? You don't already have a set of leatherworking tools around the house?) That'll run more than $100.00, just for the basics.
And then there's the leatherworking experience, because making holsters may look easy, but it isn't. Simply Rugged's holsters look like very basic, easy-to-copy designs...but they're not. They're much more sophisticated than they appear to be at first glance.
But, OK, go ahead and try it.
Then come back and tell me about it.
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:13 PM   #6
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Re: Unique Flap Holster?

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The idea has been around for a while.
Back in the 1960's Bianchi Leather made a holster they hoped would be the replacement for the Model 1916 hip holster for the .45 automatic.

This was a holster that could be worn left or right handed, and had a flap that could be unsnapped and removed, or tilted forward to draw.
It never replaced the 1916, but later Bianchi used elements of it when they developed the nylon M-84/M-12 USGI hip holster that's still current issue.
It was called the M66. I have one. Cool piece of kit.

Not only could it be worn right or left handed, but it could be worn on a pants belt or on a web pistol belt. While set up for 1911, it will also take a Browning P.35, Walther P.38, the Smith 39/59 series, and I imagine a great many other service autos. And, almost unbelievably, it will also take many 4" revolvers. Discovered this by accident one day when I suddenly needed a 4" revolver holster and it was the only thing I had at hand.

It's quite fat. In places, it is eight pieces of leather thick. These days I use mine for a case for my .22-converted Browning P.35. It lives in the bottom of my range bag, and still looks almost like new.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:35 PM   #7
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Re: Unique Flap Holster?

This guy makes beautiful holsters, they take some time to get, but well worth the money.

http://www.holsters.org/
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This was a holster that could be worn left or right handed, and had a flap that could be unsnapped and removed, or tilted forward to draw.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:44 PM   #9
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To ALL,

A lot of GIs bought their own (US-marked) Bianchi holster and the Military Police bought LOTS & LOTS of them with "year end funds".
(I still see them at gun shows from time to time & still own the one that I bought in the 1970s. - It lives on my old web-belt.)

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It was called the M66. I have one. Cool piece of kit.

Not only could it be worn right or left handed, but it could be worn on a pants belt or on a web pistol belt. While set up for 1911, it will also take a Browning P.35, Walther P.38, the Smith 39/59 series, and I imagine a great many other service autos. And, almost unbelievably, it will also take many 4" revolvers. Discovered this by accident one day when I suddenly needed a 4" revolver holster and it was the only thing I had at hand.

It's quite fat. In places, it is eight pieces of leather thick. These days I use mine for a case for my .22-converted Browning P.35. It lives in the bottom of my range bag, and still looks almost like new.
Yeah, that was one slick holster. Looks like Simply Rugged is picking up where Bianchi left off. Let's hope the Simply Rugged uses reasonable leather. Bianchi WAY over did it on the thickness of their leather. I guess they could never get out of the "duty rig" mindset. Leather thickness is one of the main reasons I rarely even think about Bianchi.

Milt Sparkís holsters are typically half as thick as a Bianchi, and I still think the Sparks holsters could be thinner. I have a Sparks VM II and an HBE Specialty Leatherworks Com III which is very much like the Sparks. But the Com III has much thinner leather. And because of that, I tend to wear the HBE holster much more than the excellent Sparks VM II. Too bad Bianchi never figured that out. Although the M66 is probably appropriate for such thickness since itís meant for military use.
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Late to this thread. IIRC the M66 holster had to be thick because it was designed to allow the user to rack the slide using part of the holster as the rest for the slide. Recall, if you will, that US doctrine mandated empty chamber carry at the time.
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Old 09-05-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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The Bianchi Model 66 wasn't designed to allow operating the slide.

The reason it was so thick was because it had belt loops on both sides, plus an extra set of narrower belt loops under those belt loops.
The holster was essentially six layers of leather thick.

I still have an old Bianchi catalog number 72 that has a full page on the Model 66. Nothing is said about operating the slide.
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