Jordan style border patrol holster
William Henry "Bill" Jordan (Author of No Second Place Winner)William Henry Bill Jordan was an American lawman, United States Marine and author.
Born in 1911 in Louisiana, he served for over 30 years with the U.S. Border Patrol, while also serving as a US Marine during World War II and the Korean War. He retired from the Marine Corps Reserve as a Colonel.
Jordan is credited with developing the Jordan or Border Patrol style of holster. The Jordan rig is rigid and unmoving, always holding the gunbutt in precisely the same relationship to the gun hand. The revolver’s trigger guard is completely exposed, and the gun is held away from the back portion of the holster by a plug of leather, allowing the trigger finger to enter the guard as the draw is commenced. He also collaborated with Walter Roper in the design of wooden grips intended for heavy-caliber double action revolvers, which are now made by Herretts Stocks as the Jordan Trooper. Jordan always favored a double action revolver for law enforcement duties. He was largely responsible for convincing Smith & Wesson to adapt its medium K-frame series revolver to accommodate the .357 Magnum cartridge, resulting in the (S&W Model 19 and S&W Model 66) Combat Magnum.
After retiring from the Border Patrol, Jordan served as a Southwestern Field Representative for the National Rifle Association. He was a contemporary of Charles Askins, Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton and to a lesser degree, Jack OConnor. He wrote numerous articles on all aspects of firearms, as well as books such as No Second Place Winner, Mostly Huntin and Tales of the Rio Grande. Jordan was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan.
Using a double action revolver, Bill Jordan was recorded drawing, firing and hitting his target in .27 of a second. He appeared on such television programs as To Tell the Truth, Ive Got a Secret, You Asked for It, and Wide Wide World.
Fighting Leather: The Jordan Holster
The sands of time fall slowly through the neck of the hourglass at the border, and sometimes they stop entirely. Despite the progress made in other parts of the nation by the early part of the 20th Century, the border Southwest of the s to s looked virtually unchanged from the days before the Mexican-American War, almost a hundred years earlier The men of the U. Border Patrol rode at the center of this violent drama. To survive in this perilous environment, they had to be quick on the trigger and deadly accurate.
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What we think of today as a holster that slides onto a belt has really only been around for about years. Some military single shot pistols might be fitted with a hook for securing the pistol to a waistband, belt or sash, but holsters were usually carried on the pommel of a saddle for use by mounted troops. Smaller pistols would usually be carried in a frock coatpocket, vest pocket or boot top. Then Sam Colt invented the first practical revolver and around came up with Pocket Model and Navy revolvers that were reliable and comfortable to carry all day long and instantly became a big hit with law enforcement officers. Following the tradition of the pommel holster, the first military belt holsters had flaps that covered the grip handle of the handgun. While this provided both security and protection for the weapon, it also increased the time needed to get the handgun into action. It was more like a wide safety strap and left the gun handle exposed for a better grip while the gun was still in the leather.