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American Handgunner May/June 2010 - Page 97

BACHMAN SLIDE GUNNYSACK Roy Huntington ometimes the old and new collide and it’s not always a bad thing. Old bud and leathermaker-extraordinaire Rick Bachman is one of those rare gents who seems to live in the past and the present at the same time. He’s a genuine student of the old west and has a life-long passion for everything original about that ostensibly glamorous time in our history. Rick has many original, authentic pieces of old west memorabilia, from leather and related gear to books and more. He calls upon this to help keep his line of authentically styled leather period-correct. It’s so correct, I once had a dealer at a big, national gun show try to sell me a worn Bachman money belt and Mexican loop holster as being “original” cowboy-era. I pointed out it was marked “Bachman” and I knew Rick and knew his leather, and the guy said, “You can’t know him, that’s one of the old time makers.” It was a lost cause, so I smiled and strolled off. I called Rick and we both laughed about it. S Rick reached out to me years ago to help him with a line of more modern holsters. I told him what I thought would work, be simple to make and work well with his historical designs and tooling. Rick took what I chatted with him about and ran with it, coming up with several very cool ideas. This #101 Bachman Slide has graced our pages in the past, but it’s such a nifty rig, I wanted to remind you about it. It’s simple and light, but holds a 1911 neatly and comfortably. Plus, it manages old-time tooling well and allows you to sort of cross-over into oldschool if you have a hankering to. The mag pouch has a leather backing covering the entire body of the mag, so it keeps those sharp corners away from tender spots, too boot. This is an elegantly sublime rig and goes well with a barbecue gun, if you get my drift. And there’s more big news — Rick is now making very cool holsters for the tough-to-fit Taurus “Judge” line of .410/.45 Colt revolvers. Say Hi from us when you call! For more info: www.americanhandgunner. com/productindex Shotshell Hunting Line The Fiocchi Tundra Tungsten compound is the breakthrough innovation in waterfowl hunting. Deforms like Lead, can be used with ALL chokes AND is non toxic. Available in 9.5 g./cc (superior weight to Bismuth) and 12.5 g./cc (superior weight to lead). For the Fiocchi dealer near you, Call 417.449.1043 / visit WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM 97

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