The written history of the San Antonio River is as old as the earliest written history regarding Texas. “Some historians believe Cabeza de Vaca camped at the headwaters of the San Antonio River in the 1520's, while other historians credit Alonso de Leon, a relative of Ponce de Leon, with being the first European to camp at the headwaters in 1670.  On June 13, 1691 a group of Spanish priests and soldiers led by Domingo Teran de los Rios and Father Damian Massanet were on their way to the first Spanish missions in east Texas and they pitched camp alongside a group of friendly Indians at the River's headwaters.  It happened to be the day of Saint Anthony of Padua, and they named the spot San Antonio de Padua.”

www.edwardsaquifer.net/sariver.html  (See this web site for more history on the San Antonio River)


Many people today will testify that this is perhaps the best known “river walk” in the country...  The San Antonio River Walk;  but perhaps few people are really familiar with the history and importance to Early Texas and Modern Texans, of this well known waterway. 




The San Antonio Missions are strung along it’s banks, and surely the most famous of these missions is The Alamo.


“By 1680 the Spanish had begun to fear French expansion into lands claimed by Spain, and between 1709 and 1722 several Spanish entradas, or formal expeditions, made their way across Texas.  These explorers realized the gentle plain below San Antonio Springs was a strategic spot for a permanent stronghold against French incursion.  Franciscan missionary Antonio de San Buenaventuara y Olivares arrived with one of these expeditions at the San Antonio River on April 13, 1709 and was so pleased with the river site that he began a nine year campaign to build a mission on the banks. On May 1, 1718 Olivares broke ground, built a hut of brush and grapevines, offered Mass, and named his mission San Antonio de Valero.  The mission later became known as the Alamo and the shrine of Texas liberty.  Originally, the mission was west of San Pedro Springs, not on the San Antonio River.  It was moved to the east side of the San Pedro Springs in 1719 where farmland was better, and then was moved to the location now occupied by St. Joseph's church.  Hurricane floods destroyed it in 1724 and the mission was then moved to its final location on the banks of the San Antonio River.” (Noonan-Guerra, 1987).







































The “San Antonio” holster is an adaptation of the “Pease River” design.  I recently had a request from “Dan... ” aka “Two Lone Pine”  of Wisconsin, for a “Pease River” rig with wider skirts. The “San Antonio” is the result.  I believe it will be a very popular variation.  So much so that I have chosen to give it it’s own name and own web page.   This is a very attractively proportioned holster, and it positions the revolver high in the holster, where it is very easy to get to.  The trigger guard is completely above the pocket of the holster, which gives your hand a very secure grip on the revolver as it is drawn and replaced.


This holster pictured above is done in “antique russet,” and has two rows of stamping and two raised beads (#5 border tooling).  If you look closely, you might notice the inside row of stamping has two alternating designs which is a very attractive variation, and is asked for quite often. 


The San Antonio money belt rig shown below is done in “antique chestnut,” and has 3 rows of stamping with 2 raised beads, and an upgrade silver plate buckle.



























The San Antonio design is a very good choice for a “fast draw” rig, as the trigger guard on your revolver is completely exposed, making it very easy to grab a hand full of revolver... not just the grip.  In addition, a deflection shield is easy to install under the pocket, on the skirt.  Such a shield is nearly invisible,  yet can be easily removed entirely with one “Chicago screw.”


For all our holsters we use “heavy saddle skirting” from Hermann Oak.  This is vegetable tanned leather - the very best domestic hides, and tanned in America.


Unless your holsters are constructed using heavy skirting (at least 12 - 15 oz leather)  they will not hold their shape nor hold up to heavy use.


                 Fall Sale

Until the end of the year, when you order a double rig (2 holsters and any gun belt)... 


We will either build a 3rd holster at no cost...


Or two cartridge slides (shot shell or revolver) at no cost.

        

Phone 281-659-3998



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