I had the opportunity to talk with David Carrico today, owner of Carrico’s Leatherworks.Â David was the coproducer of the gun rigs for The Assassination of Jesse James. I conducted a brief and very informal interview with David regarding his involvement. The following is what I gleaned.
David was contacted, via a friend, by Thell Rheed, the armorer for The Assassination of Jesse James. David was asked to provide rigs for Brad Pitt (Jesse) and several other generic rigs for various other characters. David contacted a collector who claims to own the original rig the real-life Jesse wore and also got reference images from the St. Jospeh Museum. See images below of the real-life Jesse James’ rig.
According to David, he contacted Will Ghormley and had Will create the first prototype holsters to which David added one – two additions sets and a practice rig for Brad Pitt. While Will had a hand in the creation of the holsters, David made all of the money belts himself. David also created 3 or 4 shoulder holsters for Brad, which were also based on an original holster that Jesse carried.
David said both his and Will’s holsters were left a natural color and he did not darken or stain them. As they are a dark brown in the movie, this only leaves the staining to have been done by the production crew.