This is a discussion on Belt holsters for a revolver? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ccw9mm Ditto, on that. Had a Simply Rugged OWB pancake for a Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan .44mag revolver. Very effective. ...and it ...
But, given the OP's basic criteria ...
... a decent pancake style that's effective at holding a heavier revolver should do the trick. Leahy's Simply Rugged design certainly qualifies.Originally Posted by OP's criteria
DC, your SP101 in a Simply Rugged pancake should conceal fairly nicely. I'm betting with the right body shape and covering garment(s), the Alaskan's got about as good a shot at concealment as with any other holster ... and probably better than most.
Gotta love great holsters!
You'll get many opinions on this. Hate to do this but one poster recommended the Kramer Scabbard. It's expensive and beautiful but I wouldn't recommend it. I bought this holster and loved it at first but the design doesn't hold the butt of the gun close to to the side. Not a problem if you don't care about printing or wear it under a coat but it bugged me enough that I sold it.
What I do recommend and use for my own 640-1 is an OWB by UBG. Hold it's very tight to the side but super comfortable. Only minor complaint is that the barrel will just peek out from the bottom. My 640-1 has a 2" barrel and his is made as a high riding OWB holster. His IWB holster for the same gun is also outstanding. The cost is VERY reasonable and his delivery time is great. So UBG Holsters is one of the best values out there.
One step above in quality are holsters from HBE. I have quite a few and find them to be as good as the best. As good as Sparks, Kramers, etc. And a LOT less costly. They're the higher end holsters at a less than higher end price. Wait can be longer but it's more than worth it.
Personally I like OWB holsters for my 640, I've never liked the feeling of a cylinder buldge when you wear it IWB.
I've come to appreciate the pancake holsters from Simply Rugged as well. They keep my revolvers tight to me, and with a good belt with them you can almost forget that the gun is on you.
Which says a lot when you are carrying around a Ruger Super Blackhawk.
Ladies are built shorter waisted than men making the ride of a holster challenging to accommodate. That is an important feature to consider when selecting a holster.
The Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake rides quite high. It conceals well with the gun butt close to the armpit, but drawing from strong side requires a lot of leaning. They also take up a lot of belt real estate which distributes weight well but ladies generally have less real estate than us men.
I usually OC when boon-docking so I ended up carrying mine (4" N-frame Smith) front crossdraw about 11:00. It does a great job that way.
FIST's #9 Close Cropped may fit you needs well. Several colors to choose from and the thumb break is an available option. http://www.fist-inc.com They have a variety of other styles to peruse while you are at it including a Lady FIST line.
"To be honest, I'm not usually a fan of thumbreaks, but since this gun will be carried on hunting, horseback riding, and ATV riding excursions, retention is important."
Better to have and not need than need and not have.
I had a simply rugged for my SP101 and wasn't that impressed. The quality was ok but the price in my opinion was a little higher than what I thought it was worth. It also bled all over me.
I missed that the OP is a woman. Kramer makes a female specific holster
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And then there's "old school" all the way around.
This Bucheimer Federal Man holster went to church this morning, toting a 4-inch Smith & Wesson K-Frame in perfect comfort beneath a suit coat. A simple high-rise design, it was a well-designed classic but unfortunately is no longer produced. All my stuff is gettin' old. These holsters occasionally turn up on GunBroker for not much dough. They're worthwhile if still in good shape. This one's lasted over 35 years now.
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An economical solution and one that works well for me is a Don Hume JIT.
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I live in a concealed carry state so my choice for my S&W Model 36 and Model 60 is IWB.
I carry appendix and I have used the High Noon Public Secret for several years now.
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A good quality gunbelt is essential to a carry rig. The one in the photo is stiff two ply leather.
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