How do you c.c. a 4" revolver?


January 19, 2003, 06:48 PM
Does anyone concealed carry a 4" revolver? How do you do it?

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January 19, 2003, 06:54 PM
Good belt, good holster.
Prefer a high ride with a slight fwd cant.
Prefer IWB, but do both IWB and OWB
High Noon

Attitude, most people don't notice anyway. Be polite, but assertive.

January 19, 2003, 06:56 PM
I have carried a 4" S&W mod. 66 on occasion and it is not too difficult assuming you have a low profile set of grips. An IWB holster witha foreward cant makes it all but dissapear under an untucked T-Shirt. The barrel length doesn't really pose any problem. FYI I am 5'6" and 145 lbs., so size isn't a factor. FWIW

Johnny Guest
January 19, 2003, 07:41 PM
- - - Again, stipulating a good belt and well designed holster, and the willingness to wear a long enough outer garment.

The pants belt must be strongly enough constructed and stiff enough to properly support the holster/revolver combination. The belt slots or tunnel on holster and the width of belt need to match.

The cant of the holster on the belt must suit one's own body type.

Large, flared-bottom target style stocks will print no matter what. slimmer stocks with rounded bottoms conceal far better.

Surprisingly, a three- or four-inch revolver of medium size often is easier to conceal than a shorter barreled piece. This si because the longer barrel touches the hip bone and tends to press the butt back into the body. This allows use of a holster that carried the gun higher, placing the putt area back into the hollow of the waist, above the hip bone.

The true forte of the snub revolvers is for pocket, ankle or shoulder holster carry, not for outside waistband holster carry.

I have holster/belt/stock combos which allow me to conceal my S&W .45 Mountain Gun, a Model 19 (or any other K-frame) and my Colt .357 (Python-size,) all in four-inch. Their weight is the real problem for me--I have very narrow hips, and packing a big revolver almost requires suspenders, for me.

All the above concerns outside waistband carry. It is a bit more difficult to properly conceal with a shoulder holster, without specially tailored clothing and a custom fitted holster. Inside waistband carry is somewhat more readily available, but not very comfortable, for me, at least.

All best,

January 19, 2003, 08:34 PM
great responses. Position on the belt can make a difference too. I find I have to wear mine pretty far forward -right over the hip bone. When I get it right, it pulls the butt in tight and the large grips don't make a difference.

January 19, 2003, 08:56 PM
I have a Model 58. I stick it in my pants so the grip is riding on my belt between the buckle and my right hand pocket. Wear a sweater over it. You can not tell I have a gun on me. I carry a Walther PP the same way a lot of times. I can get them out pretty fast. Been carrying guns like that for years.

Mike Irwin
January 19, 2003, 08:58 PM
Horizontal shoulder holster.

January 19, 2003, 10:48 PM
All the time.

So far my favorite IWB holster for the 4" wheelgun is the Texas Heritage from Tucker Gun Leather ( . The supports for the holster are set pretty far apart and can be adjusted for cant. It's a tuckable holster so you can conceal your revolver even when wearing a dress shirt with no jacket.



The backside provides great coverage for all the metal parts.

As stated above, a really good belt designed for a holster is essential. Even an inexpensive holster on a good belt will usually work, but the best, most expensive holster in the world used with a common dress belt will usually be a bummer.

January 19, 2003, 10:51 PM
IWB works pretty good for me, comfortable and secure, with a good belt, holster, and proper position. Short grips do not "poke out" as much when you bend over or squat down to pick something up, and make the concealed part a lot easier.

January 19, 2003, 11:57 PM
I do, from time to time, carry a 4" 686+ in a FIST IWB #1 clip holster. I have a very good belt and, of course, that makes all the difference in the world. Concealment is no problem but the gun with seven rounds of ammo tends to be a bit heavy. I wear it somewhere around 4:00 o'clock and then jiggle it around till it finds the right place on my butt. Good shooting:)

January 20, 2003, 12:00 AM
I wear my GP-100 sometimes in a Bianchi pancake holster no problems. Sweater conceals it. Just make sure sweater is in place while standing up.

Dave Williams
January 20, 2003, 12:45 AM
are right on the money. I used to carry a 4" N Frame in a Sparks Summer Special.


January 20, 2003, 07:42 AM

Who's the holster/ammo carrier/beltmaker for the combo you posted? Really nice looking leather.



January 20, 2003, 11:24 AM
Stiff black belt from Carhartt. Open top belt-slide holster from Don Hume. Mod 66 4" no problem. In warmer months I sometimes carry IWB, but usually opt for something smaller. The great thing about this time of year is you can always carry a full-sized gun.

January 20, 2003, 03:27 PM
Who's the holster/ammo ............."

Gary Kramer at Kramer Leather. Mahogany finised horsehide

January 20, 2003, 04:46 PM
I thought I recognized Kramer's handiwork. Did you mean Greg?

January 20, 2003, 07:10 PM
urrr... yep.

January 20, 2003, 08:01 PM
I have carried a GP-100 in a Bladetech IWB. The holster wears well, but carries the gun so low that it felt like it was in my hip pocket. It is always a balancing act between concealment and availability. Lately I have taken to wearing a JIT Slide holster OWB. The holster is designed for a 3 inch N frame. It will comfortably hold K and L frames. With it just behind the center line of my body, the bottom of the holster is just above the front of the hip pocket of my Jeans. Barrels longer than 3 inches slide into the hip pocket. A baggy sweat shirt and I can hide it from my wife and son. Any more, they can't even tell when I'm carrying.

January 20, 2003, 08:21 PM
I've actually carried my 5" 625 on rare occasion. Used a vertical drop belt holster from Rusty Sherrick. And a good long coat :cool:

January 20, 2003, 09:21 PM
Quite easily. A good heavy belt and a Sparks #200 AW FBI fwd tilt holster, since 1981. Guns have been various permutations of the Ruger Security Six series, all good. Smooth wood stocks to prevent print and drag on the gun.

Requires a cover garment of some sort--vest, shirt, jacket, etc.--but no problem in my climate.

The payoff is if you need it you will have a REAL gun that delivers the mail. Another officer and I went into a room once with 10 bad guys in it, he with a .38 snug and me with mine. He said afterwards he felt really stupid with a mousegun in his hand. He went shopping and bought a nickelled 1911 to replace it.

Dave Williams
January 21, 2003, 12:17 AM
You've been using the same 200AW since '81? Wow, that's pretty durable. I've always wanted a 200AW. Any chance for some pics?


January 21, 2003, 07:48 AM

Is that a Don Hume JIT? I'm soon to pick up my 3" 624 Horton from my FFL, sounds like that may come in handy.



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