thought it could be nice showing finally what I had in my mind since much time, just yesterday I've assembled a US Cavalryman's original rig made up of a Pattern 1885 'Cavalry' cartridge belt, + holster Mod. 1881 (Pattern #3), + S&W revolver 'Schofield' 'Second Model'.
** Revolver itself was the toughest item to get, yes it has been re-blued at some point but it's in perfect condition and mechanically a gem - the most I could do in getting a US-contracted martial revolver. In this instance a Second Model specimen, contracted a total of 3,000 on March 15th 1875. Left-hand grip has '1876', also there are the two cartouches w/ initials of both inspectors C. Woodman and J. Rockwell Jr.
** Cartridge belt is the so-called Cavalry's Pattern 1885, a Mills-type, integrally woven belt w/ 13 eyelets placed at intervals longitudinally at mid-width. Here one of the 20,000 from the Third Contract of very late 1887, and produced from late January to August 1888. This subvariant sports 45 loops (not 50) for 45/70 ammos.
** Holster Model 1881 Pattern #3, one of about 4,500 made from January 1883 to summer 1885. In very good shape very sound and w/ perfect stitchings all over, just leather's finish is a bit crazed but overall quite good - made from the new with this larger loop for the cavalryman's belt (not modified from Patterns #1 or #2). Can accept both the Schofield or the Colt SAA 1873, in the case of the S&W revolver it uses the left-placed closure hole in the flap - the other hole is meant for securing the Colt that does have a slightly smaller frame.
Not a few efforts, and much awaiting as well, but the display isn't so bad. THX for watching.