Synthetic Revolver Holsters?


December 17, 2006, 02:17 AM
Anyone else notice that there's a dearth of non-leather revolver holsters out there? Granted, revolver shooters tend to be a conservative, often old-fashioned bunch. Equally granted, there isn't much of a market for "tactical" or "duty" revolver holsters, especially for guns with >4" barrels. But for my own field gear, at least, a nice leather holster will look silly on an OD green web belt.

Happily, I'm quite satisfied with my Blade Tech drop & offset belt holster. The thumb break leaves a little to be desired, but Blade Tech is nice in that they make all of their holster types for nearly any gun. I have a conversion kit to turn my holster into a drop leg holster, though a 5" N-Frame in a thigh holster is pretty heavy.

The other option, if you have a K or L framed (or similar) revolver with a 4" barrel, is the Bianchi UM84R. It's basically like the GI flap holster (thumb break, shoulder, and drop conversions available), but for revolvers. Won't work on my 5" N-Frame, though.

Other than that, all there is are cheap Uncle Mike's stuff, and equally cheap stuff from the Galls catalog. I think Bianchi makes Accumold synthetic holsters for large revolvers, but I've got no experience with those.

Anybody else got a source for quality synthetic (cordura, nylon, kydex) holsters for large revolvers? I'm mainly interested in belt/field/open carry holsters, not CCW rigs. (If I want to CCW my 629 Classic, my Kramer scabbard will work just fine. :cool: )

(Yes, I know, leather is classier. But I think you get enough class points for just carrying a wheelgun that you can get away with, dare I say, more practical gear for it.)

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December 17, 2006, 07:06 AM
The Bianchi accumold line comes to mind but they have a limited selection.

I also like my blade tech holster, for field carry I just removed the offset bracket wich allows the gun to ride higher and closer to the body...

December 17, 2006, 07:28 AM
Try Safariland.

December 17, 2006, 08:02 AM
You may consider getting in touch with Chris Stewart ( and see if he still makes a holster for a 5" N-frame. (I know he does one for a 4" N-frame.) They're open bottom, and I don't know how you feel about that for a field holster, but I use one of his rigs IDPA SSR and it's top-shelf work. I don't know if there's an extra charge for colors other than black.

December 17, 2006, 08:29 AM
Thanks for the link. Do his revolver holsters cover the trigger guard? I'd prefer that in a field carry piece.

Safariland? You know, it never even occured to me. I wasn't aware they still made duty revolver holsters. Wonder if they make any for N-Frames, much less 5" ones?

(Might have to pick up a 4" .44 after all...:D)

December 17, 2006, 08:43 AM
Yeah, it'd probably help if I gave you the correct link (

December 17, 2006, 11:41 AM
Though you specify synthetic there is nothing more practical IMO than one of Rob Leahy's leather holsters. They are well made, relatively inexpensive and often available for guns that others to not cater for. Here's his link.

And here's a photo of one I use when stomping around the woods at our place in North Idaho.

December 17, 2006, 12:08 PM
Boxhead thats some damn fine looking holsters. Thanks for the link.


December 21, 2006, 07:39 AM
I need the drop/offset feature. I prefer having the gun butt lower, for one, and for another, high-ride holsters interfere with my other webgear if I'm using it. (My chest harness for one, but also a modular vest). Why would I go hiking around with a chest harness full of rifle mags? I dunno, why bring a .44, for that matter? There aren't any bears out in the desert... :cool:

Most guys like high ride holsters. I can't stand having the gun butt up high, personally.

I just wish someone would make a decent (better than an Uncle Mike's sidekick) cordura holster for revolvers. Tactical Tailor told me they'd make me a custom one, but their MALICE clips are more intended for attaching to MOLLE/PALS webbing, not gunbelts (though with keepers to hold the holster in place, it'll certainly work).

It's not that I'm dissatisfied with my current gunbelt setup, but I like to collect gear.

My second wish is that somebody would make a decent speedloader pouch for .44 speedloaders...

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