Field-Tested: El Paso Saddlery 1942 Tanker Holsters

by
posted on June 27, 2018
elpaso.jpg

The modern outdoorsman has a good deal of useful gear to choose from these days. Belt lines can quickly become festooned with knives, multi tools, utility pouches, GPS units, walkie-talkies and smart phones. But with all these devices, there’s not much room left for a handgun holster.

       

A practical and comfortable solution to the problem is the high-quality 1942 Tanker Holster from El Paso Saddlery. This bandoleer-type leather holster system was developed during World War II for air crews and tank operators who needed a way to carry pistols while moving in and out of vehicles and tight spaces. This easy-to-put-on and take-off holster supports the pistol midway between the hip and center of the chest, just above the belt line. Just slip the bandoleer over your head and snap the retention strap around your belt. It rides comfortably under a warm jacket and won’t interfere with shouldering a rifle or wearing a backpack.

       

Unlike some products, where changes in price may mean a shift in quality, all of El Paso Saddlery's holsters are assembled using the same handpicked leather, attention to detail and professional craftsmanship no matter the degree of embellishment the customer may choose. Simple, but solid, utilitarian holsters are available for those who are looking to keep costs down. The holster can be lined for added durability. Decoration options include a U.S. military stamp, border stamping and stamped patterns such as basket weave and fish scale. If you want to go whole hog, add some of the company's exemplary leather carving, such as the extra fancy floral carving shown here.

Tanker holsters can be customized to fit your pistol configuration. Shown here on the right is a holster with a standard iron sight cut out, which in this case is for a Glock G21. On the left, is a custom cut rig for a Glock G40 with the MOS optics mounting system fitted with a TruGlo optic. The craftsman used photos that I provided of the pistol and optic next to a ruler to lower this portion of the holster accordingly. The holster I received was a perfect fit.

El Paso Saddlery has done a terrific job of updating the 1942 design to work with single-action revolvers, double-action revolvers and semi-automatics with barrels from 3" to 8 3/8″ in length. Prices for these handmade holsters start at $119. This product represents just one of a wide variety of holsters, belts, magazine pouches and other leather accessories El Paso Saddlery has to offer. For more, visit epsaddlery.com.

Latest

Real Avid Bore Max
Real Avid Bore Max

Preview: Real Avid Bore-Max Speed Clean System

Real Avid introduces a new set of bore brushes, jags and jag patches, aimed at simplifying the process of cleaning out barrels with fewer passes needed.

American Arms of the Battle of the Bulge

American G.I.s thwarted Hitler’s last-ditch offensive, even though Hitler threw the best men and weapons that he had available against America's troops in the Ardennes. Here the author looks at the small arms used by our troops to stop the Nazi war machine dead in its tracks.

Heckler & Koch P7: H&K's 'Squeeze-Cocking' Pistol

First designed in 1976, Heckler & Koch's P7 gas-delayed blowback pistol stand out from most all other handguns with its unique squeeze-cocking mechanism.

M1903A4 Development: The U.S. Army’s Search for a Sniper Rifle

Despite the lessons learned during World War I, the U.S. Army lacked a purpose-built sniper rifle throughout the interwar period, even after efforts were made to develop one. The need became more apparent as World War II loomed, leading to the adoption of the M1903A4, with its developmental history explored here.

The Rock Island Arsenal Model of 1903

Although the names “Springfield” and “’03” are virtually synonymous, that gives short shrift to the other
government facility that made the venerable “U.S. Rifle, Caliber .30, Model of 1903”—The Rock Island Arsenal.

NRA Gun of the Week: Hi-Point Firearms C9

On this week’s “Gun of the Week” video preview, American Rifleman staff examines a budget-friendly semi-automatic pistol from Hi-Point Firearms.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.