Best way to carry a 4 inch K-frame revolver?
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August 28th, 2013 12:32 PM
Best way to carry a 4 inch K-frame revolver?
I'm really short, so knowing that, what are you're ideas?
August 28th, 2013 12:39 PM
...seriously, I've carried 4" K and N frame all my life AIWB at about 1:30-2 o'clock...conceals well with the proper grips, and is comfortable...I wear a pocket T shirt and it covers well...I buy one size larger...I haven't done it, but I think a tuckable holster would work in the same position if shirttail had to be in...
...I'm carrying a full-sized .45 that way, and looking for a 4" .357...will carry that there as well, it's comfortable and fast for me...
...which gun do you have?
August 28th, 2013 12:43 PM
If you want to carry it concealed get a good pancake type holster. There are many available. Use a good belt and a cover garment and it will not be difficult.
August 28th, 2013 12:52 PM
August 28th, 2013 12:57 PM
You're getting me REALLY interested in these Snub. I was on their site yesterday as a matter of fact.
Originally Posted by Snub44
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August 28th, 2013 01:06 PM
...I saw a picture of a SP101 in the Silver Dollar...haven't quit droolin' yet!!! Gotta happen!!!
...I used to have a coupla Roy Baker Pancakes...one for a 3" snub .44, one for a 4" K...best carryin' and concealin' holster I ever had for the K...really held it close...these are almost a match for the Bakers...
August 28th, 2013 01:08 PM
You're headed in the right direction. Here's one of my old K Frame Smiths in a Sourdough Pancake from SR:
Originally Posted by GhostMaker
August 28th, 2013 01:19 PM
August 28th, 2013 01:20 PM
I have four Bianchi Model 5 Black Widow holsters for revolver carry. A left and right handed one that fits all of my Colt, Ruger, and S&W .357 double-action revolvers from 2" to 8 3/8". The other two fit all of my Colt, Ruger, and S&W .44 magnum double-action revolvers from 2" to 8 3/8". For often carried specific guns I usually go with DM Bullard Combat lined holsters with body guard/sweat shields. This is one for my 1911s.
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August 28th, 2013 01:24 PM
...he's local...or was when he started...that's the first holster I've seen by him but I read a lotta nice comments about the way he does business..
August 28th, 2013 06:06 PM
Ditto on D.M. Bullard. Great holsters.
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August 30th, 2013 05:16 PM
Great gun to Carry: 4" K-frame .38. Use a GOOD belt, wide and thick leather or sharkskin (latter is a lot of $$$$ though) and a very good holster: Alessi is great, handmade for the model of the gun, about $110 - or similar like Andrews, Mitch Rosen, Del Fatti - others here could give many more examples. An OWB; much more comfortable and a High-Ride style: look at
Originally Posted by circa81
Mernickle Custom Holsters - Performance Series Mernickle hi-ride for revolvers. They hold the gun high but tight to the body in OWB.
The reason for an OWB Hi-Ride? You can conceal your gun under a vest, jacket etc. pretty easy: I conceal almost all of my Carry guns, including the big honker and beautiful Colt Python 4" .357 Magnum, under an open leather or cloth vest.
For added weight reduction besides the good belt and holster, use suspenders; these are great, clip to the belt, on and off in a second:
Perry's Suspenders: Welcome to the Perry Suspenders eStore Likely with a K-Frame you won't need these though.
I am 5' 10" and 140lbs, 65 yrd old. You don't have to be Atlas to Carry a 4" Revolver - (decades of Police did) - and in a .38 with good bullets a 4" gives you bullet speed and ease of aim, crucial for SD, much better than an eeney-weeny gun, or snub etc.
(try Buffalo Bore for ammo, they have 3 choices of standard or +P .38 Special that test great for SD, really damaging. Believe me, standard .38 special is plenty in these. You don't need +P. https://www.buffalobore.com/index.ph...duct_list&c=23
Their Standard Pressure Short Barrel Low Flash Heavy .38 Special Ammo - 150 gr. Hard Cast Wad Cutter has close to 18" of penetration and wreaks havoc careening around inside of a human body: smashed bones, ripped blood vessels and organs, ugh! :
"Item 20D utilizes a very hard cast 150gr. WAD CUTTER bullet 38 Special (standard). The bullet is made hard, so it won't deform or mushroom. It cuts/crushes a "cookie cutter", full diameter hole in human flesh just like it does on a paper target. It penetrates deeply (roughly 14 to 16 inches in human tissue) and its full diameter profile maximizes blood loss as it cuts and crushes (not slips or slides) its way through tissue. Although I've never been shot with a full profile wad cutter bullet, I must assume that the initial impact of that wide flat nosed bullet, is crushingly formidable. As a teenager, I took to the woods on a regular basis and killed many a critter with heavily loaded 38SPL wad cutters'. The effect of a full profile wad cutter on small game was obvious and amazing, compared to regular round nosed bullets. That flat nose, literally hammers living things. These bullets are hard and properly lubed and will NOT lead your barrel. Note my velocities from real world "over the counter" revolver s- NOT test BARRELS!
a. S&W mod. 60, 2 inch barrel - 868 fps (251 ft. lbs.)
b. S&W mod. 66, 2.5 inch barrel - 890 fps (264 ft. lbs.)
c. Ruger SP101, 3 inch barrel - 961 fps (308 ft. lbs.)
d. S&W Mt. Gun, 4 inch barrel - 1005 fps (336 ft. lbs.)"
August 30th, 2013 06:05 PM
I carry my 3" 686 in this Mitch Rosen 5JR. I wear almost any shirt over it and it hides well. I also have Bantam grips on the revolver now.
August 30th, 2013 11:00 PM
I don't have any specific advice beyond this- enjoy your K frame! I foolishly traded mine years ago and really wish I had it back.
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August 31st, 2013 12:00 AM
OWB: Bucheimer Federal Man high-rise holster
IWB: Holsters Unlimited (can't recall model number-An English make)
Shoulder Holster: Bianchi X-15
Field: Smith & Wesson Model 21-35
Use a sturdy belt
Properly position holster on sturdy belt
If carrying IWB, wear pants the next size larger than commonly worn
Dress with stylish covering garment that adequately covers and doesn't scream: "I'm toting!"
Load revolver with factory +P158 grain SWC-HP or handloaded equivalent
Wear revolver for at least 30 years or until the notion that a 4-inch K-Frame Smith & Wesson is a medium-sized handgun is accepted
Enjoy satisfactory self-defense peace of mind
Smith & Wesson holster, old one and its replacement. For field use
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