The Legacy of the Ranger Belt

November 13, 2018 7 Comments

The history of the Ranger Belt dates back to the days of the 1840’s, when the west was wild, untamed and every man made his own destiny.  The ease of weapon retrieval was critical for cowboys, Rangers and the U.S. Army alike, whether out on their own traveling the countryside from city to city or engaging in close range combat.  Read on to learn more about the origin of one of the most popular western accessories.

Born Out of Practicality

               Right around the late 1840’s the need for repeating pistols was becoming necessary. Shortly after, the industrialist, Samuel Colt joined into negotiations with a young Samuel Walker, Texas Ranger turned U.S. Army man, for the sales of the Colt Paterson revolver. Together in 1847 the duo developed and improved upon the single action Colt, resulting in the revolver known as the Walker Colt.  The finished product resulted in a weighty hand gun substantially heavier than traditional pistols. This created a problem with the customary practice of tucking pistols into waistbands or into sashes worn around the waist.  As a mimic of the saddle scabbard used for hold rifles while riding horseback, gun belts and holsters were born out of practicality. With a wider more durable billet leather behind the buckle strap the life of a ranger belt can easily be prolonged, making this gun belt a useful tool for lawmen and gunslingers both.

Russet Basket Weave Ranger Belt

 

The Evolution into Vogt Fashion

               This style of gun belt was popularized by Texas Rangers after becoming an integral part of their unofficial “uniform” as portrayed in many Hollywood Western movies.  Characteristically, western belts are wider and heavier than most other fashion belts and are often tooled similarly to the patterns tooled on western saddles.   Our belts feature the same high quality standards as a required by a Texas Ranger, with a basket stamped pattern or a fully tooled russet or black option.  From their origin as a gun belt to its present day status as a classic piece of western Americana, Vogt Ranger belts are historically rich platforms for one of our handmade Vogt four piece buckle set.






7 Responses

Brad Landon
Brad Landon

November 16, 2018

I seem to be having difficulty in finding the order page for the ranger belt.

VOGT
VOGT

November 15, 2018

Thank you for all of the support Don, we appreciate you being such a great customer.
-Vogt Staff

Charles
Charles

November 14, 2018

Vogt Buckles & Belt have always been my favorite western attire,

Don Pidcock, NJ
Don Pidcock, NJ

November 14, 2018

Greetings Vogt Staff,
Thank you for the brief history of “Ranger” belts and buckles. Indeed, necessity is usually the mother of invention (someone before me once said). I have had my first Vogt buckle set for about forty years now; it is a good as new! That’s why I have been acquiring new sets for family members recently! Please continue with your great quality of materials and workmanship as well as your courteous staff.
Sincerely,
Don

Jaci Schmauderer
Jaci Schmauderer

November 14, 2018

You guys are absolutely right, I got my photos backwards. I will correct the mistake.
Cheers

Stuart
Stuart

November 14, 2018

It is indeed my friend Joaquin Jackson.

MICKEY DORSEY
MICKEY DORSEY

November 14, 2018

The above picture is not Samuel Walker it is late former Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson 11/12/1935-06/15/2016, years of service 1966-1993.

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