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Old 12-29-2017, 11:23 AM
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Thad Rybka Rhodesian holster and clones (Robb Hipp and others)

We seem to have a few fans of the Thad Rybka Rhodesian holster and its clones. We know Rob Hipp does a great copy and so does John Ralston and Erik Little aka Rafter L.

We had photos scattered all over this subforum but unfortunately those hosted by photobucket are lost. Here is a one stop whole sale post for these style of holsters.

I'm copying pictures from several threads and start here.

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Old 12-29-2017, 11:28 AM
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Thanks Ricky T --- Love my Hipp!
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Old 12-29-2017, 02:33 PM
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Great gunleather pics!
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Here ya go, Ricky.

The one on the far left of the first pic, is one I made for Thad. He dug it. Two original Rybka Rhodesians in pic 4.
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Thanks for sharing Tony.

More from our friend markwell -

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Old 12-30-2017, 01:15 AM
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Here are some Rhodesians from Rybka and others. Dropbox will not cooperate by letting me post the pic directly.


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Tony,

Since you know Thad, is there any history on the origin of the Rhodesian design that you could share? Ken has a treatise on the Rafter L website but it would be interesting to here from Rybka himself. AT one time I had a Rybka catalog/B&W flyer of sorts that illustrated his work but don't recall any discussion of design origins in it.









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Hey brother markwell:

What's the story on that Hi Power?
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Old 12-30-2017, 10:17 AM
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Kevin Rohrer,

I took the liberty of downloading your picture and upload to our pic hosting site.

I highly recommend www.imgur.com, it is easy to use.
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I hope you don’t mind me joining in. I want to learn more about this particular holster.

I have $150 burning a hole in my pocket and said this will be for a new holster for my Valkyrie Commander.

I came across this holster design when doing a google search for different OWB holsters. I would love to find an original, so I need to start checking junk holster bins at gunshops.

I look forward to additional information.
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You can order an original from:
Thad Rybka
2050 Canoe Creek Rd
Springville, AL 35146
Price was $90 in the Spring; Single mag pouch was $45. Delivery time was about 6 months.

Good luck on the used holster boxes. I've never seen a Rybka Rhodesian at a gun show or in shop. A few on here have purchased them from other members and from Ebay.
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Thanks for the info

Correct me if I am wrong

This holster was designed for competition?

How is retention compared to Sparks, 5 Shot, etc that are tight when new?

Anything this holster does not do compared to competitive makers?

Thanks in advance
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It is not a highly stealthy holster, so concealment is not it's strength. As shown by markwell, the holster does tend to lose some of its retention power, he installed those retention screws to help tighten the hold. New holsters fitting is very secure.

I read that there are two Rhodesians that were stolen, one from Andy L. and one from a holster maker. At least one was used in some low intensity warfare.
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Actually my original Rhodesian from Mr. Rybka (dated 1985) came with a tension screw as did the one for the Hi Power (dated '89). I added the screw to the latest one dated '17 and the silver concho to the Rob Hipp version.
We have carried the Rybka Rhodesian holster a lot for over 30+ years and although not a true concealment rig it will serve that purpose well if you dress around it. The same goes for the clones from Rafter L and Rob Hipp, both of which we've been using for the past couple of years. As a field outfit the Rhodesian shines. Fast, secure and classy in its own right, the Rhodesian design is not copied by the best of the holster makers because it's an inferior design. The Rhodesian is pure function utilizing a minimum of material to maximum effect.
If we had to come up with another name for the Rhodesian pattern holster it would have to be "The Adventurer" as we are pretty sure many of these rigs have shared the adventurous lives of their owners.
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Have two of Rob Hipp’s on order for a 4.25” Rail and a 3”.
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That 40th Anniversary Wilson looks amazing my brother!
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That 40th Anniversary Wilson looks amazing my brother!
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Couple more questions

Why does this holster look different than the other Rhodesians?

is it a tighter fit compared to the others?

I noticed in the images, one can have a closed bottom, open bottom, rough out, smooth out, etc.....which leads me to believe you can sorta make a custom Rhodesian ...

or is it just the various makers touches to their Rhodesians?

I really like the look of the well worn TR with the blued Colt and white double diamond grips.
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You do realize that these pictures are compilation of at least 5 different makers right? That's why we added the clone term. Each maker produce their interpretation of the original Thad Rybka, which is not the real original Rhodesian. Rybka's as well as the clones are available in different colors, finish and even cant. markwell asked Rob Hipp to make a closed bottom prototype model for him to keep dirt out of the muzzle. That should be the only model with closed muzzle.

Btw, the first version of this holster was attributed to Vidar Nackling of Norway, he made the holsters from kudu hide.
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ok, thanks

one more (me dumb) holster question.

is the only reason to have the rough side out for looks?

or is there a benefit to this?
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ok, thanks

one more (me dumb) holster question.

is the only reason to have the rough side out for looks?

or is there a benefit to this?
On an IWB holster, it can help the holster 'stick' to clothes and not move as much; on an OWB, the only advantage I know of is making the interior smooth, by using the grain side of the leather against the firearm.

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