Husker in WAI was thinking about using the tanned back skins, hair on of coarse, as throws for the backs of chairs, sofas, etc. I think with the tails on, that would be soooo cool. Some of those critters, ie., waterbuck, have such need color pattern on their backside. And---I have the wife's permission! I'm taking over "my" living room after all these years. (45)
I have a Bianchi horse hide holster for my Colt Trooper Mk III and a Milt Sparks summer special for one of my 1911's. The hide is much stiffer ( durable?) than cow hide (and much more expensive). If I ever get a chance to go back, I may have the hide sent back to tan into leather to make some custom holsters for my carry guns.