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eBay 2nds
« on: December 20, 2016, 05:14:25 PM »
I've been just amazed at the quality with some of the items posted on eBay...in this particular case, old school Police duty gear.

These are the items that they term as 2nds, but the ones I've bought so far....I can't find the imperfection except for maybe the inside of one button snap (simple discoloration, works perfectly).  Don Hume items made of very good quality leather.  The appearances do vary, but the average discount of 75% (roughly) seems a great deal.

Of course, these are old school items (ex. my Bill Jordan Border Patrol holsters), not the modern custom gear you can get from others (ex. WTA members that make such products), but just interesting for me, being into old school revolver setups and such.

For about $80 I can "recreate" a (partial) vintage police duty belt rig (not bothering getting the handcuff case lol).  Makes me ready to sit down and watch reruns of my fav 70s Cop TV shows :p

One example, not the best but it serves to illustrate:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Leather-Holster-fits-Smith-Wesson-4-inch-K-Frame-/231839662234?hash=item35fab8809a:g:vXwAAOSwI2xX8p-8

That particular seller's store:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/policeholsters/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=
« Last Edit: December 20, 2016, 05:53:06 PM by Fenderbassist »
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    Re: eBay 2nds
    « Reply #1 on: December 26, 2016, 10:29:08 PM »
    That seller used to have this warehouse on Taylor Farm road in VA Beach, and I went in all the time and sorted through his stuff looking for whatever was nice. I often bought holsters for guns I didn't have just because they were awesome.
    He no longer has that same space and no longer allows peeps like me walking around his stuff, but he has TRAIN CARS of Don Home holsters, and they are super cheap.
    I bought maybe 50 holsters and 10 belts from him over the years and still have maybe half of them. I have yet to find the blemish that makes them cheap.

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    Re: eBay 2nds
    « Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 11:49:44 PM »
    That seller used to have this warehouse on Taylor Farm road in VA Beach, and I went in all the time and sorted through his stuff looking for whatever was nice. I often bought holsters for guns I didn't have just because they were awesome.
    He no longer has that same space and no longer allows peeps like me walking around his stuff, but he has TRAIN CARS of Don Home holsters, and they are super cheap.
    I bought maybe 50 holsters and 10 belts from him over the years and still have maybe half of them. I have yet to find the blemish that makes them cheap.

    Nice!  I've bought 4 holsters and 12 other pieces, and they all are great.  All Don Hume leather items...all look great, and have that awesome quality leather smell.  Will last the rest of my life and serve well into my son's.
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    Re: eBay 2nds
    « Reply #3 on: December 27, 2016, 12:21:14 AM »
    Nice link.  Thanks for posting it.   :thumbup1
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    Re: eBay 2nds
    « Reply #4 on: December 27, 2016, 10:43:41 AM »
    yeah, great info, awesome prices. Thanks
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    Re: eBay 2nds
    « Reply #5 on: December 27, 2016, 06:30:06 PM »
    Generally looks like good gear at good prices, most of the things I looked at closely from the pictures the only thing I could see without handling them that could be a CQ failure would be stitching getting too close to the edge. There are several like that where for myself wouldn't leave the shop, I have no idea where Hume now or then falls on that sort of thing so just an observation. And I should say unlikely anything that would fail a rig in use anytime soon, just the only real fault I could find on a bunch I went through.

    That said I did come across this one at the tail end of my looking:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/GLOCK-17-22-31-Holster-/332058427703?hash=item4d50398137:g:~QIAAOSwA3dYESso

    Avoid like the plague a rig that looks like that, I can tell you from looking at it it's made from Belly leather IE the leather from the belly of a cowhide. That leather is soft and does not have the proper temper for a holster. This is a case where who ever was running the clicker press that day didn't know what the hell they were doing. Again no complaint on Hume etc, but this particular rig is honestly a pretty bad example of belly hide. There are some places where it doesn't matter on a holster, but this one has it in all the wrong places. Also of note in other applications, belly hide is what is typically used on the tongue in boots etc because it's more flexible and it's a place where you can use that part of the hide in that process that won't hurt but actually somewhat help the end results. Most holster makers buy backs(though some buy sides) which have nearly all the belly cut off because it's basically waste. I'll sometimes use it to build out a test of a design or test fit things since it's the right thickness etc, but it's just bad hide in almost all cases for holster production best to be avoided.

    Aside from that though I saw allot of good old school gear at great prices. Generally if you're not looking for concealment etc, it looks plenty serviceable. Also a note not sure what sort of storage it's been in but you may have to look at hydrating the leather or treating mold in some cases. Stored leather can be a challenge sometimes especially older stuff. Take a look at Obenauf's LP it's good stuff and works on some of this style of gear if it's dry to bring it back to a level where it won't fail on you. I should also mention typically do not use it on modern holsters like the ones I build, unless for some oddball reason your in an area/climate that might require it. Haven't seen it yet, etc so older stuff like this or historic rigs is usually alright. And it's great on boots etc, gloves lots of uses.

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