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Old 05-14-2020, 04:53 PM
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Col. Coopers holster

Col. Cooper probably used a variety of holsters but one I know he was very fond of is the Yaqui Slide. Does anyone know if Col. Coopers was a stitched one such as the Mike Barranti or one like the El Paso Saddlery one with Chicago screws?
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:30 PM
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I am pretty sure it was made by Milt Sparks or the prior company name. I don't believe Milt Sparks offers that holster for sale any longer. I am also pretty sure that I bought mine because of Col. Cooper.
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Old 05-14-2020, 06:33 PM
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If memory is correct regarding my prior post then it was a stitched holster.
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Old 05-14-2020, 07:03 PM
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I just happen to have been at Milt Sparks a couple of hours ago; the one in their little "museum" in the lobby looks just like the one Cooper's wearing in a photo I found, stitched at the rear.
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Old 05-14-2020, 09:29 PM
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The original Yaqui Slide was made by Milt Sparks by the Colonel’s input.

It’s not on the catalog any more but chances are good that the shop would whip one out if a customer were to ask them nicely.

This version is called the Mirage, and is reversible.



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Old 05-14-2020, 09:40 PM
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While there, I asked about items that are not in the catalog, and was told the 1AT is the only "legacy" holster they will still make.
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I believe this is a pic of his holster.

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Old 05-15-2020, 08:12 AM
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Yes. His Yaqui Slide was stitched like the one pictured. Given that Cooper liked that holster, I tried one. I didn't like it much. It didn't conceal well and, as with any "belt slide" holster, it is easy to catch the muzzle on the arm of a chair and push the pistol up out of the holster.

IMO, the Sparks Mirage is a much, much better belt slide.

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Here's a photo of Milt and me....complete with my stupid 1980's style ballcap and Miami Vice pastel shirt. I'm wearing a Yaqui Slide. Milt has a different belt slide, that he made and cataloged for a while. Sorry for the crappy photo quality. The photo is in a framed photo collage in my office and I didn't want to take it apart to scan it, so I just snapped a photo with my phone.


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Old 05-15-2020, 09:41 AM
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Fnfalman, I like you, thought Sparks might make a Yaqui slide even though it is no longer on their product list, but such is not the case. In calling Sparks about another holster I asked if they would make a Yaqui and the response was no.

I had one years ago and like an earlier comment on this thread, it was not my favorite, but not the worst thing I ever put on my belt. Wish I had kept it and wanted another just for nostalgia and to use on rare occasions. Looks like Iím going to have to search hard for a used Sparks to scratch my itch.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:04 PM
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Several years back the shop was willing to do certain legacy holsters upon requests but they probably figured their backlog of the current orders are too much to take on holsters that they might have to go to the attic to find patterns for.

My favorite IWB is the Heritage Limited. Since that it’s now a legacy holster, I’d best take care of the ones I got.
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Yes. His Yaqui Slide was stitched like the one pictured. Given that Cooper liked that holster, I tried one. I didn't like it much. It didn't conceal well and, as with any "belt slide" holster, it is easy to catch the muzzle on the arm of a chair and push the pistol up out of the holster.

IMO, the Sparks Mirage is a much, much better belt slide.

Rosco

Here's a photo of Milt and me....complete with my stupid 1980's style ballcap and Miami Vice pastel shirt. I'm wearing a Yaqui Slide. Milt has a different belt slide, that he made and cataloged for a while. Sorry for the crappy photo quality. The photo is in a framed photo collage in my office and I didn't want to take it apart to scan it, so I just snapped a photo with my phone.




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Roscoe, awesome picture. Years ago, before I knew about Milt Sparks holsters, I bought a Mitch Rosen slide holster. I have found it to be a good field holster for hunting, but not any of the others I use an OWB for. It has its place, albeit a limited one. Really enjoyed that picture, thanks for sharing it!
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:52 AM
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I believe this is a pic of his holster.

Thanks, everyone.
Mike (Doc) Barranti makes one very similar to the picture you posted Kevin.
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Old 05-16-2020, 10:55 AM
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Hope this comes up.
www.barrantileather.com
www.barrantiholsters.com
Looks like it didnt.😣
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:06 PM
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Col. Cooper probably used a variety of holsters but one I know he was very fond of is the Yaqui Slide. Does anyone know if Col. Coopers was a stitched one such as the Mike Barranti or one like the El Paso Saddlery one with Chicago screws?
The stitched version of the Yaqui such as the one Barranti makes is pretty close to the original that Cooper wore. I canít tell from Barrantiís website picture if the welt is built up as was the original made by Eduardo Chahin and Milt Sparks, but it looks like a good representation!

The original Yaqui Slide had a very thick rear welt (as depicted by the picture in Kevins post) built up from several layers of heavy leather to be equal to, or slightly thicker than the width of the trigger guard on a 1911.

The outer pouch was generally made of 10 - 12 oz and the back piece of 7 to 8 oz. Very heavy duty!

Most of the YINOís out there (Yaqui in name only) are made up of thinner leather with screws and washers in place of the sewn in welt. I donít recall Jeff ever endorsing that particular version of the Yaqui Slide even though I believe it was Cooper that originally coined the name. One thing Milt made me promise after he and I became business partners, was to make sure that Jeff always had a Milt Sparks Yaqui Slide even though we no longer offered it as a catalog item. I did.

Anyway, If I were personally in the market for an original looking, current production, Yaqui type holster, I'd go with the Barranti.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:21 AM
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Thanks for the background Tony. Here is Sparks Yaqui that I bought at the Gunsite Pro shop in the early 90ís while taking a class. At that time your could buy Milt Sparks leather over the counter at the shop. Also I recall if you came to take a class and borrowed/rented a pistol, some were given a Yaqui to use for the week.
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The stitched version of the Yaqui such as the one Barranti makes is pretty close to the original that Cooper wore. I canít tell from Barrantiís website picture if the welt is built up as was the original made by Eduardo Chahin and Milt Sparks, but it looks like a good representation!

The original Yaqui Slide had a very thick rear welt (as depicted by the picture in Kevins post) built up from several layers of heavy leather to be equal to, or slightly thicker than the width of the trigger guard on a 1911.

The outer pouch was generally made of 10 - 12 oz and the back piece of 7 to 8 oz. Very heavy duty!

Most of the YINOís out there (Yaqui in name only) are made up of thinner leather with screws and washers in place of the sewn in welt. I donít recall Jeff ever endorsing that particular version of the Yaqui Slide even though I believe it was Cooper that originally coined the name. One thing Milt made me promise after he and I became business partners, was to make sure that Jeff always had a Milt Sparks Yaqui Slide even though we no longer offered it as a catalog item. I did.

Anyway, If I were personally in the market for an original looking, current production, Yaqui type holster, I'd go with the Barranti.
Thanks for the history lesson. Itís awesome to hear from The Master.
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:10 PM
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Hope this comes up.
www.barrantileather.com
www.barrantiholsters.com
Looks like it didnt.😣
Thanks for the info. I just ordered one.
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:22 AM
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You are welcome Gary. I don't own a Barranti holster, but hear they are very high quality.
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Old 05-19-2020, 11:25 AM
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... Here's a photo of Milt and me....complete with my stupid 1980's style ballcap and Miami Vice pastel shirt. I'm wearing a Yaqui Slide. Milt has a different belt slide, that he made and cataloged for a while. Sorry for the crappy photo quality. The photo is in a framed photo collage in my office and I didn't want to take it apart to scan it, so I just snapped a photo with my phone.
I love looking at old pictures especially when I have firearms in my possession. Thank you for sharing.
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I had one for a Browning Hi-Power. A friend at work who liked the Hi-Power more than me offered very good money for it so I sold it to him meaning to replace it even with what seemed like a long wait time to me. Barranti doesn't offer it for the Hi-Power, but it will be good to get one for a 1911.
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Old 05-19-2020, 04:58 PM
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Here's a picture of a picture in my copy of Cooper on Handguns

I'm pretty sure that's the Colonel himself in the picture, he's shown wearing that jacket in pictures throughout the book.
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I had one for a Browning Hi-Power. A friend at work who liked the Hi-Power more than me offered very good money for it so I sold it to him meaning to replace it even with what seemed like a long wait time to me. Barranti doesn't offer it for the Hi-Power, but it will be good to get one for a 1911.
You are aware that BHPs will work just fine in most all 1911 holsters, but not the other way around? Can't speak for the Yaqui Slide, though, as there is not much leather there to begin with and I don't own one.
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You are aware that BHPs will work just fine in most all 1911 holsters, but not the other way around? Can't speak for the Yaqui Slide, though, as there is not much leather there to begin with and I don't own one.
Iím fortunate to own both a High Power MK2 and a vintage Sparks Yaqui (made for a 1911); just tried out the Novak HP in the Yaqui and it fits perfectly. Good to know!
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For what itís worth- 2003. Appears to be the same holster as shown above.
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