It would not be until the 1920s that the holsters most people think of on cowboys and outlaws would be made. Originally known as the Buscadero, this style of holster was often tooled and outfitted with engraved buckles and trimmings. Very fashionable and low slung, these quick draw rigs became more commonly associated with cowboys and the West than the very holsters that were being used. Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, Tex Ritter, etc. were the cowboys who would first wear such holsters.
While this is a very brief overview of holster history, there is even more fascinating history and information about them. Many famous gunfighters had their own particular rigs that suited their tastes or functional capabilities. From tooled designs, to the ways that they were worn (such as cross-draw vs. plains style), and other intriguing uses and designs, I encourage readers to delve deeper into the history of these functional and beautiful leather rigs.Source cited: Rosa, Joseph G. Age of the Gunfighter: Men and Weapons on the Frontier 1840 – 1900. p. 58. University of Oklahoma, 2007. Print.