Revolvers and hybrid holsters: they don't work together

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    Revolvers and hybrid holsters: they don't work together

    After trying three hybrid holsters (kydex/plastic on a leather backing) from various brands (Foxx, Galco and SHTF) I'm convinced revolvers aren't meant to be used with hybrid holsters. I've since returned all three.

    I've found that the thick part of the revolver, the cylinder, poses the most problems. Especially on the leather side. Basically the cylinder digs into the leather and causes serious binding of the gun making drawing impossible, awkward or in the case of one holster, the complete removal of the holster from my belt.

    Has anyone had this issue with hybrids and revolvers? I have two hybrids. One for my Glocks and one for my 1911. Both work great on semi autos. I've just had zero luck with revolvers. Nylon and leather holsters work great on revolvers. Just not hybrids. At least not for me.
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    Guess I am old fashion, love quality leather and steel. They last. All of my weapons will be handed down to my four sons along with the holsters. I am sure that they will last several generations.

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    My SP101 works great with my hybrid. Have had no issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockingGlock32 View Post
    My SP101 works great with my hybrid. Have had no issues.
    Which did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    Which did you get?
    I carry my Ruger LCR pretty frequently and haven't had any issues at all. What are you carrying? GP100?

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    If it makes you feel better, it's annoying to build them for revolvers. lol I do a few extra things to mine to try and ease re holstering. Something I have noticed about guns and making holsters, is that sharp edges are not your friend. Some companies are doing a great job at rounding edges, and it really helps. Others, not so much. And those edges can cause some problems.
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    I have carried a 642 and a 66 in hybrid holsters without problem. I was trying the holsters out just as a test because I do see how some issues could arise. I didn't encounter any with holsters from a couple of different makers. Personally if I was going to carry a revolver regularly I'd rely on a regular leather holster of the VM2 or Summer Special variety and call it good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHTFGearLLC View Post
    I carry my Ruger LCR pretty frequently and haven't had any issues at all. What are you carrying? GP100?

    -Clay
    Hey Clay. The A1 holster of yours that I returned was for a GP100. But I could fit the LCR and SP101 in it as well. The latter two I could draw from but the trigger guard retention (probably because the holster was not specifically made for them) was a bit too aggressive making drawing the gun a hit or miss proposition.

    The GP100 was a lot thicker and larger and while it fit well when not on my person, it was nearly impossible to draw when I wore it on my gun belt.

    I always thought that in the case of revolvers, the kydex portion should have more room. The pistol should actually be pretty loose when in a free state holster. Once it's worn, your body swells the leather into the revolver specifically the cylinder area. And even though I don't wear my belt crazy tight (I wear snugly) the sharp edge of the cylinder digs into the swell in the leather and jams the gun.

    The smooth profile of most semi autos obviously negates this concern. But the annoying revolver cylinder is such a pain to deal with.

    This is my experience at least. Wouldn't mind some feedback on this. Thanks.

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    Detchris, I agree as someone who has carried a revolver for many years at first it took awhile to find the right setup. Rosens workman is a awesome companion to a revolver also Milt Sparks came out with the summer special two which eliminated the problem I had with the larger grips we all put on our snubs. It has a forward cant which keeps it close an much easier to draw especially while sitting in your car.
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    Easy8 is correct....I myself am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to revolvers. The new GP100 is riding in a Fobus for now, until I can get a suitable leather holster sent.
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    ...my favorite holsters ever were the Roy Baker Pancake holster...strong side or crossdraw, they were secure and quick...easy to re-holster...kinda ugly and plain, but, hey, I'm for clunky and serviceable...

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    Have you looked into something like Old Faithful Holsters? I just ordered one of the self assemble kits this morning for my Taurus 85 because of the adjustable retention and replaceable kydex shells.

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    Snub44, I do love OWB pancakes but I live in FL an wear shorts, T-shirts IWB is the easiest for cc when In the winter we get a couple of chilly days I break out the OWB definetly the most comfy

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    ...understand completely, AIWB is all I can do under a pocket Tee...been doin' it so long I don't know if I could FIND a gun OWB on my hip if I had to...

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    Quote Originally Posted by DetChris View Post
    I always thought that in the case of revolvers, the kydex portion should have more room. The pistol should actually be pretty loose when in a free state holster. Once it's worn, your body swells the leather into the revolver specifically the cylinder area. And even though I don't wear my belt crazy tight (I wear snugly) the sharp edge of the cylinder digs into the swell in the leather and jams the gun.

    Two things.

    First thing, you are right about what the holster does when worn. It tightens. My year old G19 holster is really loose off body from the leather loosening up but still carries fine.

    Second thing, all the new carriers and some of the older ones would return every one of them saying they don't fit right. The sexy little click when that gun seats is fully expected from a new holster.

    It sounds like you won't be purchasing another hybrid. But if you did, you can always heat and adjust the kydex. I know it's a pain to have to tweak a new product. But what you are looking for goes against the grain of what 99% of the rest are looking for. You want loose, they want retention. I custom made an OWB hybrid for a Ruger 44 Alaskan. But I had him right there to test drive it and get it perfect.
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