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American Handgunner Nov/Dec 2010 - Page 67

TR’s sim p but eff le ect “thumb ive allows stud” y to “pus ou h the gun ” of the h out o as you lster draw it . I have friends in the industry, and I have business relationships in the industry and I have people who I rely on for personal gear — and now and again, they fit into all the categories at once. Thad Rybka of Thad Rybka Custom Leather Equipment and Rick Bachman of Old West Reprodutions, Inc. are two of those select few. I’m featuring them because not only are they at the epitome of what they do as craftsmen, designers, historians and gun-carry gurus, but they are, simply put, salt-of-the-earth people who do their personal very best for every one of their customers. And you deserve to know about them. Thad and I go way back. I’m old, and he’s even older, and he’s forgotten more about sixguns and holsters than I ever thought I knew. TR, as he’s known to his friends, has developed a reputation for making some of the most refined, minimalist carry gear ever seen. It’s elegantly crafted, uses the minimum amount of material to do the job safely (keeping weight and bulk down) and if “less-is-more” in a design, then TR is the first chapter of that book. Continued on page 98 Here’s a handy set up from TR for, in this case, a Rohrbaugh R9 and spare mag. One in each pocket! TR J-Frame TR’s pocket holsters are familiar to serious shooters because they work perfectly. The rough-out leather keeps them in your pocket, and the designs offer minimal bulk. Kel-Tec P32 Old West #125 Field Carry holster is a favorite of mine. Rick now makes a fit for the popular Taurus Judge. Old W deliv est’s #1 1 e and rs classi 2 cs co for a mfor tab tyling le a ra 1911. G carr y ng re CCW e, field at as o rig i n so r even me c ases . Old West’s #101 is a beltslide (for several models) shown here to fit the ubiquitous Jframe. The open bottom allows longer barrels in the same holster. Convenient, we thought. WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM 67

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