Pease River

Headwatered along the caprock escarpment that separates the Rolling Plains from the High Plains, the Pease River begins as three branches (the North, Middle and South) before heading east through the mesquite and prickly pear flats of northwest Texas. South of Childress the three rivers join as one and eventually flow into the Red River near Vernon.

For hundreds of years, the immense southern bison herd roamed the banks of the river. Deep soils and sub irrigated grassland flats provided ample forage for the buffalo, and a high bluff on the northern side of the river offered protection from the north wind.

Named for Elisha Pease, twice governor of Texas in the 19th century, the river cuts through the heart of the old Comanche homeland. The region's ample game and sheltering deep canyons suited the Comanche well, and they thrived for generations in this sometimes inhospitable environment. As the Texas frontier expanded west, conflicts inevitably arose between settlers and the Comanche. The U.S. Army and the Texas Rangers waged separate assaults to push the Comanche onto reservations in southwestern Oklahoma.

Once the land adjacent to the 100th meridian was opened for settlement, investors established huge cattle grazing outfits in the region, such as the Matador Ranch. Like the Comanche and the bison, ranchers found ample grass along the river. Most importantly, they found water.

The revolvers here are Ruger Vaqueros.  Of course we can build this for any revolver.  Notice that the trigger guard does not go into the pocket of the holster, and it is cut down in front to allow easy access.  This design is similar to the "Palo Duro," except that the pocket is attached to the skirt in the traditional way with a keeper strap in front.  Notice that the skirt is narrower than the "Palo Duro," as well - the same width as the pocket of the holster.  (The skirt can be enlarged if you like - a variation that has proved so popular, that we have named that variation the “San Antonio.) This particular example does not have but about one inch of "drop," but extending the drop for those who want it is no problem.  Tooled with two rows of stamping one either side of two raised beads, this is truly a handsome and flashy rig.

The Pease River holster above is tooled with a rope and one raised bead.  (Note the makers stamp - no charge for this period correct decoration.)  But, it will be omitted unless the customer asks for it.

Note the construction method above.  All of our holsters except when the loop is sewn top and bottom like the one below, are built this way. This pushes the grip away from the body, allowing one’s hand to easily pick up the grip of the revolver.  It is not necessary to line the loop with metal (just use heavy leather) to accomplish this. 

All of our holsters (unless you specify otherwise) are cut down in front like shown above, so that the barrel comes out quickly.  This does not compromise the secure fit of the revolver to the holster.

Also note above how all our holsters are “rolled over at the lip to facilitate easy re-holstering.

The Pease River variation below does not have a skirt.  The “belt loop” is sewn on the back, top and bottom, which allows the holster to be worn high on the belt.  This eliminates the need for a strap across the center of the holster.  The top of the trigger guard will be about 1 1/2” above the top of the belt.  This construction method allows a “close to the body” fit, which is preferred by some, and is mandatory for concealed carry.

The tooling above and below is a “rope” plus a raised bead.  A combination which we find very attractive, without being “gaudy.”  Note the “maker’s stamp”  This can be left off if you desire.  This tooling is $35 on a holster, $65 on a belt

Remember, we are a full custom shop and will make alterations and variations of any of the designs you see, as well as original designs, if you have a photo  or can describe what you would like.  I get some of my best ideas from my customers.  This particular example has no drop built in. (I define “drop” as the distance from the top of the trigger guard to the top of the belt.)  Of course we can build however much drop you desire, and in this particular design, we could even build a “negative” drop, with the top of the trigger guard above the top of the belt.

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Always measure the circumference of exactly where you plan to wear the gunbelt... over the kind of clothes you will be wearing with the rig.    Please click here to see the explanation near the bottom on the index page.


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.


e-mail: Don  Barnett

Phone: 281-659-3998

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