Most "Texans" pronounce Rio Grande, as "Rio Grand" (as in Grand Canyon).   In Mexico, the river was better known as the "Rio Bravo," and Western movies often use that name to describe the river that is the border between Texas and Mexico, and the longest river in Texas.  It not only forms the border between Texas and Mexico, But formed the "legal" boundaries claimed by the Republic of Texas, as ceded by Mexico after Texas won her independence in 1836.  The Republic's southern and western boundaries was the Rio Grande.  The Republic claimed all the land north and east of the Rio Grande, to it's origin in the mountains of the present state of Colorado, then a northern line beyond, almost to the present state of Wyoming, taking in most of Rocky Mountain National Park.  These old boundaries gave Texas over half of the present state of New Mexico, a large portion of Colorado, and parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.  Santa Anna, the Dictator of Mexico, gave up Mexico's claim to all of this territory in 1836, as a result of defeat at the hands of the Texian Army at San Jacinto.  However,  the Mexican government soon decided that Santa Anna had really meant the border to be the Nueces river to it's source,  not the "Rio Bravo."   This territorial dispute was one of the issues that an "undeclared war" with Mexico was fought over for many years, even after the United States and Mexico went to war over the annexation of Texas into the United States.  This disputed area of

South Texas between the Nueces River and the Rio Grande became known as the "Nueces Strip."

The "Rio Grande is a double "Mexican Loop" holster.  Varieties of this holster were the most popular holsters in the American West during the late 1800's. 

PLEASE NOTE:  (The drawback to this design for “Cowboy Action Shooting,” is that it must be built of thinner leather than I like to use.  About 9 oz leather is the heaviest leather I can use on this design because in construction, the holster actually is “threaded” through slits in the skirt.  I cannot do that with 10 to 12, or 13 oz leather.  However, I have made some really nice rigs this way of the lighter leather, and my customers liked the results.  And, some holster makers never use leather heavier than this.)  I have to charge more for this holster simply because it takes 2 or 3 times as long to build it.

This "saddle tan" double rig with three rows border stamping and two raised lines on a matching 3" tapered belt with 20 cartridge loops.

The Rio Grande rig below has been modified by “flattening” the mouth of the holster just a little to display more of the revolver.  This rig is done in “russet” and has one bead and one row of stamping.

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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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The Rio Grande