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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

An old S. D. Myres Holster for a S&W J Frame

The craftsmanship is pure Myres elegance.

This holster was included when I bought a used S&W Chiefs Special from a local gun store a few years ago; I was too lazy to dig that particular revolver out of the safe for these photos so I just used my carry S&W Centennial.  Will I ever use this holster for daily carry?  Nope, it is just a cherished collectable from a different era ... from a time when some lawmen (Bill Jordan, Tom Threepersons, et al) and some common-folks preferred holsters that kept a handgun's trigger exposed.   

I tell ya, it's a darling little speed scabbard.  

How old is this holster?  Well, golly ... it's hard to say with any certainty.  The S&W Chief's Special first came to be in 1950 and the S. D. Myres Holsters of El Paso closed its doors in 1969  ... that's a window of possibilities that spans 19-years  ... the broadest answer is that this holster is somewhere between 50-years-old and 69-years-old (same answer that I give to folks wanting to know how old I am).   To narrow it down would take some sleuthing.  In the above photo, just below the makers mark and just above the stitching there looks to be a number tattooed into the leather ... maybe "476" ... Myres catalogs did use designated model numbers ... copies of old Myres catalogs still exist ... there is a (perhaps remote) possibility of finding a catalog that was published when this J-frame holster (with a near or matching look) was first offered.


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