John Bianchi: The Legend
In his lifetime, John Bianchi has been a police officer, a military general, competitive shooting, author and the foremost holster maker in the world. Photos Courtesy of Blue Book Publications and John Bianchi. From the article "John Bianchi: An American Legend."
Guns, Catalogs and Events
A montage of guns, catalogs and events from John Bianchi’s life. At top, John’s childhood Winchester Model 62 takedown .22 pump rifle; below that, a Bianchi catalog from 1965 and an original order blank. To the left of the rifle stock is John’s Special Investigator’s badge and I.D. card; below, the signature gun belt, holster, and Colt Single Action worn by John in many of his ads and personal appearances; a rare early Safari Ltd. catalog from 1965-66 (John was co-founder); a custom holster John made for his own S&W Bodyguard revolver; at lower left an original 1963 Protector Brand Bianchi sales catalog; two photos of John on the Monrovia police department in 1963; a photo from his first Army assignment in Alaska in 1956; the original left hand Speed Scabbard that he made for his 1911 .45 Government Model in 1959, lost and found again in a pawn shop 30 years later. At far lower right, a photo of the first Bianchi manufacturing plant in 1967 along with John’s portrait; and far right, a 1968 Bianchi catalog and photo of John with his original Monrovia police department duty holster in a shadow box.