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  1. Galco/Jackass S&W Shoulder Holster

    I was thinking I should post a quick guide to those who want to put together a screen accurate shoulder harness from seasons three thru five. With the introduction of the Smith & Wesson 645-early at the beginning of third season, Crockett's Galco harness was upgraded with a holster for it and a new mag case. The first holster used was the 250/260 model, of which I have only every found ones stamped 260 on them: I didn't have any closeups of the holster, but this is the harness as it appeared in the first three episodes. This holster was used in El Viejo, When Irish Eyes Are Crying, and Shadow in the Dark as they were the first three episodes shot that season (the airing order was pretty out of whack this season). The next episode shot was Baby Blues, but we can't see which holster he uses in that episodes. The fifth episode was Stone's War which the replacement holster was introduced for the 645-early, a 262/192: The Galco 260 holster I have is shorter in length and hangs the sidearm more horizontal than diagonal compared to the 262 holster. I believe the 260 holster is for the compact 45 model, and the 262 was for the full size 645. This holster continued to be used into 5th season with the S&W 645-INT 3rd Gen auto. This is commonly referred to as a 4506, but this was actually an interim run of the new generation of .45 of which the first 450 or less were hand assembled or test assembled on the line and stamped "645": These holsters had the two piece plastic attachments to the harness that had the Jackass logo molded on them. This rig is often times referred to as a Jackass rig, but the company name had changed to Galco Gunleather by this time and the logos were just leftover on the molds from previously. The harness is often referred to as the Miami Classic too, which is incorrect as it was not called that until around 1989 when they changed the holster design. The original strap to this system was a thick over shoulder strap which was used for one episode (Bought and Paid For) in season two. But it was switched to a thin strap model by the next episode for the Bren Ten holster. This may have been a custom setup requested by Don Johnson at the time, and may have been the reason Galco then adopted a thin strap design too. The plastic connector between the four straps was stamped with the new Galco name and logo: The straps are a bit thicker on these early harnesses compared to the new ones available today. They also differ from present ones with the screw fasteners. The current ones are a black faced screw with a round back, where as the old Galco fasteners were a natural steel face with a square back: The cuff case was not present for the first two episodes filmed, but it was added sometime during Shadow in the Dark: On the inside of the cuff case is the stamped model number of A1412, and it differs from the modern SC7 which has black painted snaps while the A1412 has steel finish snaps: I just put a set of modern S&W cuffs in the case. I'm not sure if there is a difference between the ones you buy new today and those from the 1980s. The final piece of the rig is the mag case. This is a tough one to get as it appears to be a custom item designed specifically for his 645-early metal bottom and follower mags. It has the top fold of the leather and plastic retainers of the previous Jackass brand case. But the bottom of the case resembles the early Galco cases like the A1410, but the plastic pieces still have the Jackass logo molded on the cuff case retainer and the harness retainers: If you have an early Jackass mag case and a Galco A1410 case, you may be able to get a leather shop to use the A1410 plastic pieces for a custom case, and have them use measurements off the two cases to make a pattern for the custom case that was screen used. The places to find these components are eBay, gunbroker.com, and armslist.com online. They pop up pretty frequently enough that I've picked quite a few examples of each. I hope those instructions and descriptions made enough sense to people so that they can assemble their own harness for their S&W 645-early or 645-INT.