The Concho River, like the Llano River, is a tributary of the Lower Colorado River, and drains parts of West Texas. This part of Texas was the frontier long after the Eastern part of the state was "civilized." Here was the Eastern limits of the Lipan Apaches, and the Southern limit of what was called the Comancheria.  (By the way, down in Texas, we don’t really call this river the “Rio Concho.”  We simply call it the “Concho.”  I added the “Rio” to it to avoid confusion.)

The rig above is shown with a 3 1/2" moneybelt.  The moneybelt is a gunbelt you can wear all day and forget you are wearing it.  It is so comfortable... it also eliminates the binding you might experience when you find it necessary to bend over to pick something up while wearing a regular gunbelt... because it is much more flexible than a regular belt.

The "Rio Concho" is made from the same pattern as the "San Gabriel," except that it is cut to eliminate the leather that encloses the trigger guard.  Notice how (second picture) if  the hand were on the revolver while it is still holstered, the index finger will be under the trigger guard. This makes for an easy and secure draw.

These holsters (above) are tooled with double row stamping, with two lines between, and full basket weave coverage. This holster sells for $95, plain.  Tooling is extra.

The rig below is similar to the one above, but built to accomodate 6 1/2" Blackhawks for a "southpaw."  This rig has two matching 12 ga. slides.  Each slide holds 4 shells.  All three rigs are the same color (chocolate).  The top rig is more true to the actual color than the others.

Another "Concho" holster showing more clearly how the revolver fits the holster:

A very comfortable 3" tapered gunbelt with 24 cartridge loops and straight draw and cross draw "Concho" holsters.  This has lots of tooling, but is a "no nonsense" rig that a professional gunfighter or lawman of the period might have selected.  The holsters are designed to expose more of the revolver and allow a person to get his hand on more of the revolver as he draws the weapon.  Some people think a tapered belt is more comfortable than a ranger type belt.  This holster is $95, plus border tooling.

Add a matching cartridge slide for just..... $35.00

All of our holsters can be built in cross draw configuration.

The belt loop on any holster can be made longer, so as to drop the holster lower on the belt, as is the trigger guard area on all cross draw holsters. (For an example, see  The San Gabriel.) This has the effect of lowering your revolver while still using a straight "period correct" belt.

I can also tilt the muzzle forward about 8 degrees for an easier draw.

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.  

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.

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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The Rio Concho