by co-author John Witty from FLORIDA!


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Makers list at right is viewable only on a full sized screen :

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"Holstory" is the complex tale of the hundreds of men and women of the American saeculum 1905-1985 - the historic period when all the innovation in American gunleather was accomplished - who revolutionized gunleather designs to suit the Twentieth century and the repeating cartridge pistol. 


Think of the FBI's 'Jelly' Bryce; who drew his S&W .44 from his Myres' holster so quickly in 1934 that all five shots were in a gangster's head before the other man could pull the trigger.


'Holstory ' is filled with biographical information about the fifty significant holster makers whose companies produced the seminal designs of modern gunleather - and are still made today.


It's all accomplished in 224 full-size pages containing 74,000 words, 360 color images, and 1,100 footnotes in support.  

By R.E.D. Nichols and John Witty.

"Holstory" includes a chart that finally allows all Heiser catalogs to be dated quite accurately.  All of Heiser catalogs were numbered sequentially but often not dated. By combining Denver's city directories, the several company names that the Heiser family used, anniversary markings, and scholarly articles, it was possible to create the detailed spreadsheet below that supports the chart:

MSRP is U$99.50,

autographed by both authors and posted free within the USA from Florida.  International please enquire :-). 

"Friend Red Nichols and holster collector/guru John Witty teamed for this astounding book.  I'm fortunate enough to have encouraged Red to make this a photo-heavy coffee-table volume that takes the classic 'Packing Iron' book several levels higher.  This honest American history will captivate you."

                    Roy Huntington, editor, American Handgunner (Jan/Feb 2019)

Click on the 'X' link below to view Holstory's up-to-date, 2,500 line Chronological List of Evidence.

UPDATE: 14 Jan 2020

In 1961 Sandra Myres, a great-niece by marriage of Sam Myres, self-published Samuel Dale Myres' biography titled

"S.D. Myres - Saddlemaker"

Below is a PDF of Nichols' copy -- autographed by Sandra Myres -- that includes the original's footnotes and images; with an addendum for Sam's successors to the company's name.

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