The Winchester Sutler, Inc -
Union & Confederate style reproduction Civil War Holsters

Updated: October 2013


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REPRODUCTION CIVIL WAR HOLSTERS


Our Holsters are specially made of a very nice strong leather, and are specially designed to accommodate Colts, Remingtons, and the Rogers & Spencer reproduction & original revolvers. (Most people find that the Rogers & Spencer revolver does not fit in most Civil War holsters.)

When Ordering: Please specify which revolver you need a holster for.

Who used Revolvers

During the actual war, the revolver was most often a personally purchased weapon used only for last desperation measures.
Common with Officer's...rare use by the average low ranking soldier. Officer's are about the only people to have right hand draw holsters. If the officer is wearing his sword, the holster would probably be Left Hand Draw.

Reenacting pistol use

Because it takes a lot of practice to rehearse sword play with live steel, and accidents still happen... re enactors do less sword play and a whole lot more pistol shooting than would have really taken place during the Civil War.
Note: The concept and use of spare pre-loaded cylinders is totally modern. Nobody had spare cylinders for their revolvers during the Civil War.

Left or Right Hand Draw?

A Left-Hand-Draw holster is a left-hand-draw holster - no matter which side of you body you put it on. If you put it on your left side the pistol butt is toward you back. If you put it on your right side for cross draw, the pistol but is forward. Same holster.

U.S. Holsters

  • The flap on the U.S. Holster is a bit smaller than the C.S. style.
  • Holster is kept closed via a riveted strap attached to the flap and a finial on the body of the holster.
  • #PH1...RightHand Draw - for Colts and Remingtons... $35.00
  • #PH3...Left Hand Draw - for Colts and Remingtons... $35.00
  • Please call us if you need a U.S. style holster for a Rogers & Spencer or a pocket pistol.
R . pictures a right hand draw holster
L . pictures a left hand draw holster
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Confederate and Civilian Holsters

  • The flap on the C.S. Holster is a bit larger than the U.S. style.
  • Holster is kept closed via a sewn strap attached to the flap which slides under a strap on the body of the holster.
  • #PH5...RightHand Draw - for Colts and Remingtons... $32.50
  • #PH7...Left Hand Draw - for Colts and Remingtons... $32.50
  • Please call us if you need a U.S. style holster for a Rogers & Spencer or a pocket pistol.
R . pictures a right hand draw holster
L . pictures a left hand draw holster
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Custom fitting you holster to your revolver

Before you do this, make sure that you have a good leather treatment on hand.
We advise use of pecard. We highly advise that you do not use neat's fool oil as it will rot your stitching.
  1. Oil you revolver - all over - really well!
  2. Affix a pencil or something similar to the top of your barrel from the front sight to the hammer. Make sure that your "pencil" is thicker than your front sight is tall.
  3. Plastic wrap your revolver - really well!
  4. Put your revolver into the holster. Make sure that your "pencil" stays in place.
  5. Close flap on holster - (if US style, attach flap strap to finial.)
  6. Submerge holster with revolver in it, into a clean sink of water. (cool water if it is a pretty good fit... warm water to promote more shrinkage.)Wiggle it around to get air pockets out of revolver.
  7. Let it soak for about a half hour.
  8. Remove from sink and drain water out as best as you can.
  9. Allow to dry on a clean surface with lots of air (NO HEAT).
    Do not put into your oven!
    Turn the holster over a few times during the drying process.
  10. U.S. Holsters need to have the strap taken on and off of the finial repeatedly during the drying process.
  11. When dry - use leather treatment on the holster.
  12. Now you can remove your revolver, un-wrap, remove, "pencil", clean thoroughly.

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