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    A.H.HARDY holster

    My K22 arrived today in a holster, a complete surprise. Anyway, once I cleaned it up the name range a bell. Turns out he was quite a shooter in his time, and pall bearer for Buffalo Bill Cody. Kind of a cool story and a plain but nice old piece of leather to go with the gun. Anyone heard of this guy? We can't carry in Canada so holsters are not on my radar much.
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    NICE holster! Good,honest leather, no frills. Your K-22 will ride easily. Hope you enjoy both. Hank

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    Had I not seen the stamp, I would have said that's a "Hunter" brand holster!
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    Hey Brass,

    Good for you!

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    Thanks guys. So Hardy is quite the character it turns out.

    A.H. (Capt.) Hardy was a world famous sharpshooter and was a pallbear for Buffalo Bill Cody, in Denver Colorado. He began learning leatherwork in Omaha Nebraska at the age of 17. Wherever he lived he always had his leathershop with him, making saddles, holsters, purses, anything leather. In Beverly Hills he worked with the studios as a technical director and teaching actors how to shoot. Actors he worked with included Tom Nix, Fred Stone, Clark Gable, William S. Hart, Andy Devine, Fred MacMurry and others. He also made custom holsters for them. In the 1935 movie Annie Oakley his daughter Kathryn did the shooting for Barbara Stanwyck, who played Annie, and Hardy for Preston Foster who played Toby Walker.


    Here's a link to some clippings from the day:

    https://www.vintagegunleather.com/co...y_history.html


    Interesting the journey an unexpected piece of leather can send you on. some folks collect his work quite seriously it appears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brassmonkey View Post
    Thanks guys. So Hardy is quite the character it turns out.

    A.H. (Capt.) Hardy was a world famous sharpshooter and was a pallbear for Buffalo Bill Cody, in Denver Colorado. He began learning leatherwork in Omaha Nebraska at the age of 17. Wherever he lived he always had his leathershop with him, making saddles, holsters, purses, anything leather. In Beverly Hills he worked with the studios as a technical director and teaching actors how to shoot. Actors he worked with included Tom Nix, Fred Stone, Clark Gable, William S. Hart, Andy Devine, Fred MacMurry and others. He also made custom holsters for them. In the 1935 movie Annie Oakley his daughter Kathryn did the shooting for Barbara Stanwyck, who played Annie, and Hardy for Preston Foster who played Toby Walker.


    Here's a link to some clippings from the day:

    https://www.vintagegunleather.com/co...y_history.html


    Interesting the journey an unexpected piece of leather can send you on. some folks collect his work quite seriously it appears.
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    Col. Jeff Cooper used A. H. Hardy shoulder holster for his initial practical pistol shooting. I have a revolver Shoulder Holster by A, H. Hardy.

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    Great history lesson and holster. I too would have guessed that it was a Hunter holster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcloud2 View Post
    Tom Mix was my dad's favorite movie cowboy when he was a kid! Mix died in a car wreck about 60 or 70 miles southeast from where I'm typing many, many years ago.
    Tom Mix was born and grew up in the Dubois PA area which is about 50-60 miles south of where I am
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