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gottagit1911 12-02-2019 01:11 PM

Large Frame Revolver Leather Holsters
I have a couple revolvers and one mediocre leather holster. I have been wanting a somewhat nicer holster. There does not seem to be a larger selection of leather holster makers for large frame revolvers.

I have a few DelFatti holsters for 1911s and really like them. I do not know if Matt makes holsters for larger revolvers and do not particularly want to wait 4 or 5 years for a holster.

What do you guys have? Where might there be holster availability for these. Currently have a S&W 686 with 6 inch barrel and a Ruger GP 100 with 6 inch barrel (both fun lug). Got a 586 on the way (6 inch also).

USMM guy 12-02-2019 02:02 PM

I have had pretty good luck.
With holsters from El Paso Saddlery.

Nix45 12-02-2019 03:41 PM

My big revolvers go into either Diamond D chest holsters or Simply Rugged holsters.

I have an Uncle Mike's nylon holster for a 7.5" Ruger Super Blackhawk, but I really prefer the ones I listed above.

I'd give the edge to the Diamond D chest holster in terms of adjustability, but the Simply Rugged is a bit more versatile as it can be used with their Chesty Puller straps for chest carry or as a belt holster.

dfariswheel 12-02-2019 06:45 PM

Most large holster makers offer belt holsters for large frame revolvers.
You can buy large frame holsters from Galco, Bianchi and a number of others.

As above, El Paso Saddlery offer a wide range of holster designs for most any pistol.




If that doesn't help, here's a compiled listing of holster makers.
Note that some may be out of business........


DarkLord 12-02-2019 07:11 PM

I have all my leather made by Eric Larson at HBE. His web site doesn't sho much in the way of revolvers, but he does revolvers. His pancake holster is BEAUTIFUL, and carries oh so nice. Another great option he offers is an Askin's Avenger. Those are two awesome OWB holsters. http://www.hbeleatherworks.com/all-gun-holsters.html

If you want one of the bigger names, well I'm very fond of the OWB's from Milt Sparks. Their 55BN is just like the Pancake that Eric makes, just Eric uses thinner leather and his tooling is a little nicer. Personally, I want my leather as thin as possible, but some like it thick (cue the J-Lo jokes). https://www.miltsparks.com/products-other.php

Okay, so the holsters I listed all carry high ride on the belt, close to the body. Nice in the field, and can do CCW in a pinch.

For a field only holster, Mitch has the BOMB with their 200AW.

1911crazy 12-03-2019 12:46 AM

I like the suede lined holsters for my handguns it doesn’t affect the finish so quickly. Like safari land or bianchi holsters. I do notice new older quality leather holsters to be rock hard leather-wise. How do you soften it? Nylon holsters seem to be offered more and more.

Colt Carson 12-03-2019 12:57 AM

For leather holsters I choose Galco.

RealGun 12-03-2019 07:44 AM

I carry crossdraw in that barrel length and keep going back to cmeholsters.com for price, quality, and design.

ope135 12-03-2019 05:19 PM

El Paso Saddlery.

gottagit1911 12-04-2019 07:45 AM

@RealGun - That is one thing I am concerned about with a belt holster, is how far I will have to draw the gun straight up to get it out of the holster. I have had shoulder surgery on both shoulders (many years ago). I do not want to dislocate my shoulder trying to get the gun out of the holster.

I have been half contemplating getting a cross draw should holster so that it might be easier on my shoulder.

This will be mostly for range use though and am not sure I want a whole shoulder rig to lug around the range. Especially when seated at a bench firing bolt guns.

Frank Vaccaro 12-04-2019 03:38 PM

I'm another who suggests Simply Rugged
Great holsters. Some can be used strong side and or cross draw.

mkk41 12-04-2019 04:04 PM

I probably have over a dozen Bianchi 5BHL (L=lined) for my large , medium and small frame S&W , Colt and Ruger D/A revolvers. They wear great , fit perfectly and the suede-lining protects the finish.

tomrkba 12-04-2019 05:28 PM

Milt Sparks Versa Max 2

win3030 12-04-2019 08:11 PM

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My Bianchi Cyclone fits my 6" model 29 like a hotdog in a hallway, I'd love to have a different one. On the plus side the draw length is a non issue with my 6'3" frame.

Rosco Shooter 12-04-2019 08:49 PM

I carry my 6 inch 629 in a Bianchi #111 Cyclone. Seems to get the job done. I'm not real demanding of my holsters however.

Capt. Methane 12-04-2019 09:14 PM

I've got a Diamond D Guide's Choice for a 6" N-frame and love it-worthy of consideration if concealment is not an issue. I've got a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake on order for a and they look like they are very good and are reported to be comfortable and durable.



For going through the woods a big wheel gun needs to be held in close to keep from getting snagged on everything. I know the Guide's Choice does that and it looks very much like the Simply Rugged will do that also.

If you want to do concealable belt carry and the chest rig, Simply Rugged sells straps to go with their holsters to convert one to chest carry...

Frank Vaccaro 12-05-2019 07:49 PM

Gottagit1911, get the Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake! It'll go strongside or crossdraw. If you also get the inside out straps it'll go IWB. An N frame Smith can be carried comfortably IWB using the inside out straps!

VF-1 12-07-2019 05:16 AM

Milt Sparks for quality, and functionality.

FN in MT 12-11-2019 01:55 PM

I have a few EPS and Milt Sparks rigs ,probably older than many of the posters here. Same with the older Safariland and Bianchi gear. A quality leather rig from one of the top makers will truly give a lifetime of use.

I used the same duty belt for thirty two years on the cop job. It got redyed a few times and polished MANY times, but still 100% serviceable.

BarnStorm 12-11-2019 02:23 PM

Id go for a Milt Sparks

Lppd4 12-11-2019 04:41 PM

I also like the Bianchi cyclone good holster great price. I have one for my 6 1/2" model 29 works nicely

bulldozer1 12-12-2019 01:01 AM

I've had several very nice Custom Holsters made recently by Craft Holsters. They are made in Slovakia. The material is fine Italian leather. They Custom make everything by hand in many hard to find and standard configurations. Average cost is around $70 give or take. 10% discount on everything after 1st order. Pay extra for the fast shipping. Order online. Turnaround time is about 5 weeks. Really, really happy with them. Fine, handmade to order, European Craftsmanship and materials at off the shelf prices. I swear they are like potato chips. Can't wait to order another after you get your hands on one.


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