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The Tucker Gunleather HF-1. Mine’s over a decade old, but she’s still a beauty.

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My Kimber Raptor napping comfortably in a much-loved Tucker Gunleather HF-1 OWB belt slide holster. Amazing design.

I know.  You’re not supposed to talk nice about other Maker’s product.  It’s business…go in for the kill, at all costs.  Win.  Always.  No matter what.

I call bullshit.

Fact is, I bought this holster second-hand over ten years ago.  “Stole” this holster would probably be more accurate.  I’ve loved it the entire time I’ve owned it, and it will easily out-last me.  It’s cool, it’s functional, and I’ve stolen more than a few of the “cool” features to enhance my own product.  Other than the belt slide, or pancake holster design in general, I’d say this design has probably been copied–attempted to be copied–more than any other.  Maybe with the exception of the Milt Sparks Summer Special, but I’d still say they’d at least be a tie.  The HF-1 has nothing in common with the Sparks Summer Special.  The Tucker HF-1 is a Southwest, sagebrush and tumbleweed functional tussler.  It is, what it is.  Awesome.

Phenomenal customer service, product excellence.  Function.  Pure function.  You should have one–at least one.  Rob Longenecker owns the operation, and he actually answers his phone, does what he says he’ll do, and has a bunch of time in the industry.  I’ve talked to Rob a few times over the years, and swapped a bunch of emails–he responds to those, too.  He’ll take care of you, or I wouldn’t be writing this telling you that he will.

Wrapping up this first blog post of 2018, I no longer accept advance orders.  I’ll build gunleather until I’m old, feeble and unable, but for now, I’m building what I want, and offering it here when it’s available.  I also love to brag on people I respect, that tell you what they’ll do, then do what they tell you.  Rob’s one of those people.

Don’t get me wrong–Rob’s gettin’ on up there, and if he ever retires, or slips a little, I’m 100% ready to steal this design and call it my own.  But, I don’t see that happening.  I’m convinced he’ll outlive me, so the only place you can get a true, Tucker HF-1, is from Rob.

Head over and check out what’s he’s got.  The website is www.TuckerGunleather.com

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IN STOCK! Gibson Black Cherry OWB plain basket stamp. Black stitching, 1911 4″ or 4.25″ Commander. One left! $159.00, shipped!

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This is hand-stamped one little bitty basket stamp at a time, and finished off with a Barry King flower border.  It’s a right-hand, high-ride with a full combat grip.  Your middle finger won’t rub on anything.  Hand-dyed Black Cherry, with hand-dyed black waxed, burnished and polished edges and slots.  The slots are designed to fit a dual-layer, 1/4″ thick heavy gunbelt.  The backside is left natural, so there’s no chance of any dye rub-off or transfer.  You can sweat in this thing and not look like you’re bleeding.  It’s made from premium, American-tanned Hermann Oak leather, and machine stitched with heavy black nylon cord.  15-degree muzzle-rear rake, and a molded sight channel.  Only one of these, and she’s in-stock and ready to hit the road via USPS Priority Mail.  You can have it in your hands within a week or so.

Kimber Pro Raptor II and Wilson Combat mag not included.

$159.00, shipped.

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Sam Andrews of Andrews Custom Leather makes a holster with Hank Strange.

It’s a little long, but this is an excellent video done by Hank Strange in Sam Andrews shop down in Alachua, Florida.  This one takes you step-by-step through Sam’s process of making a belt slide, or “pancake” holster for a Glock 19.  Sam recently moved his shop from Alachua to St. Augustine, Florida.

Sam’s process is a little different than mine, but similar in many ways.  He’s been at it for some 40-years, and he stays booked with an extended backlog.  As a Maker, I love watching other Maker’s processes.  I always learn something, and this video is no exception.  One thing I learned from this one is that Sam Andrews seems to be a heck of a nice guy.

Awesome video from Hank Strange on a process I’m always fascinated by.  Check out Andrews Custom Leather here Andrews Custom Leather and Hank’s YouTube Channel here Hank Strange YouTube.

Check it out, and comment below!

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Ten year anniversary of the iPhone. Yee…haw.

I stumbled across this on my facebook “news” feed this morning.  It’s been ten years–it seems longer.  I’m saddened and amazed by the effect it’s had on this generation in such a short period of time.

I’m not a fan of cellphones, whether the “i” version, or generic “smart” versions.  In fact, I’m not a fan of phones at all.  I don’t think they’ve done us any favors.

I do have my flip-phone should I find myself broken down on the side of the road.  In that case, I’d call it useful.

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Tourists dropping in for a visit. And, not much to write about.

Nice, calm weekend here on the Redneck Riviera.  Tourists can be annoying, irritating, and many times just plain dangerous.

Typically, they ride around in cars and trucks, barefeet propped up on the dash, camera-phone gripped in one or both hands, lost to the real world.  There’s a comfort in knowing what to look for, and avoid.

Well, yesterday a couple of them tried a new approach.  They fell semi-controlled right outta the sky.

Never a dull moment.  The story is here  CONTROLLED CRASH  on the WJHG website.

I needed some content.  Got it.  I’ll mark this one done.

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Florals on leather. Birth of a cuff. Little canvas.

Happy Tuesday!

A LOT happening around here.  All good, but for now, all “behind the scenes.”

We’re still working on (fighting with) the shopping cart.  So, thanks again for your patience–if you come across something you want, holler at me.

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Gibson Saltillo Star Basket Leather Gun Belt. Hand stamped and handmade in the good ol’ USA.

GIBSON SALTILLO 1.5" LEATHER GUN BELT GUNBELT HANDMADE HAND STAMPED CARVED HERMANN OAK

The credit for this idea goes to a long-time customer.  I happen to love it–thanks, Mike!

This is one of our 1-1/2″ wide, dual-layer (lined) leather gunbelts.  It’s a cool color we call “Saltillo” for the deep red highlights.  This one is hand stamped with the Barry King star basket stamp, one tiny little star at a time.  The border is also a Barry King stamp.  Stitching is heavy white nylon.  The hand-stamped leather keeper is hand finished, and hand molded to fit this belt.  It’s also hand sewn with linen thread in order to avoid a metal staple, which would corrode over time and make a mess of the works.  The edges are beveled by hand, painstakingly dyed by hand, then waxed and burnished to a fine polish.  There are seven (7) adjustment holes spaced 3/4″ apart.  It’s topped off with a heavy, polished solid brass Weaver buckle, and two floral brass Chicago screws.

If you want one of your very own, please feel free to order below.

If you have questions, shoot me an email to BruceGibson@aol.com, or use the contact form below.

$195.00 plus $12.95 USPS Priority Mail Shipping, Insured with Delivery Confirmation/Tracking.  Total is $207.95  (Florida Orders please contact me for Sales Tax).

***ADVANCE ORDERS ARE CLOSED***

 

 

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“I wish I had his job. He’s living my dream.”

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Practice pieces. Carving and stamping flowers, vines and leaves.

An old friend of mine said that to my wife a few years ago.  He was a lawyer, and had been for many years.  He passed away a while back, far too young, and I was just thinking about him, and what he’d said to her about this “job” of mine.

I love what I do.  Most of the time.  I suppose most folks that have chased a dream, do.  I worked in the legal field for many years, but for me, it was like trying to nail Jello to a tree.  Constant stress, and no sense of worthy accomplishment.  Even good outcomes were intangible, and rarely, if ever, good for both sides.  I don’t miss it.

With this gig, it’s different.  It’s not all wonder and awe–it has its moments.  But, even when it’s bad, it’s awful damn good.