Alaskan Holster!?!?!?!


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Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 01:46 AM
I went out this afternoon and bought the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .44 Mag. Now the problem, I can’t find a holster! All I need is a decent paddle style holster to put the gun on my backpack belt but I cannot find even one.

Any help?
http://www.outdoorlife.com/outdoor/images/shotshow2007/handguns/2_268.jpg

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Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 01:50 AM
Oh, by the way:

Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan: $650
Box of cartridges: $20
Walking into the gun shop and walking out without an asinine waiting period: PRICELESS.

RustyShackelford
February 11, 2007, 03:05 AM
I saw a online ad for a shop near me selling a new Ruger Alaskan .44magnum snub at around $619.00 USD, ;) . I'm thinking of buying a Ruger too. I'd get the barrel ported, convert it to DA only/no spur and get the entire weapon plated(Robar, APWcogan.com, Black-T,etc). I want to buy a new Ruger/CTC lasergrip for it too, www.crimsontrace.com . ;)

For holsters check Kramer gunleather, www.miltsparks.com www.donhume.com www.mitchrosen.com among others.

Rusty S

PS: I may get the .454/.45LongColt model rather than the Ruger .44magnum/.44spl.

:D

Revolver Ocelot
February 11, 2007, 03:24 AM
the only holster I know of in production is a strongside?crossdraw holster made by dao, I don't see why that woyuldn't work for a backpack belt, I don't think anyone makes a paddle holster for it though at the moment.

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 03:25 AM
Thanks for the attempt, but nothing in any of those links would work, and the Don Hume line doesn’t seem to include anything at all for the Ruger Alaskan.

The gun has been out for two years. Why is it so hard to find a holster?

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 03:27 AM
The problem I’m running in to is that all my backpacks use a quick-release buckle. It’s not like the belt that holds your pants up, there’s no ‘narrow’ end to feed through the loops on a holster.

Nematocyst
February 11, 2007, 04:19 AM
Mainsail,

Try Simply Rugged (http://www.simplyrugged.com/).

Jeff Quinn at Gun Blast likes their holster for the Alaskan.

I don't own an Alaskan, and won't, but I'm looking hard at the Simply Rugged holsters for a .357 (which is next on my list). They get good reviews, and the prices are very reasonable.

Nem

Cosmoline
February 11, 2007, 04:23 AM
I've used these with heavy wheelguns:

http://www.alaskasportsmanproducts.com/

They're extremely tough and designed to allow for a fast draw without getting snagged on underbrush, caught in backpack straps, etc. They are ideal for long duration carry with heavy iron, and support the weight better than any other holster I know of.

to put the gun on my backpack belt

That ain't gonna work right.

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 03:42 PM
Thanks everyone! I like the products from Simply Rugged, but I don’t see anything that would work with a backpack. I don’t like the chest holster on the other site at all, besides it wouldn’t work with a backpack anyway.

The issues are:
• I use three different backpacks (with three different belt widths) depending on the length of the hike.
• Backpacks do not have a ‘narrow’ end that can feed through the slots on a typical pancake holster, they use the fat quick release buckles.
• A chest holster/harness probably wouldn’t work because having holster straps under my pack straps would be irritating after a mile or two, and agony after 15 miles. I day-hike anywhere from 5 to 20 miles roundtrip, overnighters even more.

Nematocyst
February 11, 2007, 05:02 PM
Mainsail,

I'm glad you've started this thread. We have similar goals and issues around carrying a large handgun with a backpack. (For me it's a SW 686+ instead of an Alaskan, but same general issue.)

I have another thread in this revolver forum (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=248510) where I've been exploring the issue of how to carry a large, heavy handgun, including (but not restricted to) while wearing a pack. (I also want a system of carrying that revolver while in camp without a pack on; that's the easier part, but I don't want an OWB that is going to be uncomfortable for 10 hours, let alone keep pulling my pants down.)

I, too, am a pack walker, and plan to do everything from 5 mile day hikes to 10 mile overnighters (no 20 miler's for me, thanks :eek: ). Same issue, though: traditional OWB belt holsters won't fit on a backpack padded waist belt (which, for those who haven't carried one, is HUGE, nothing like a regular belt), and wearing a shoulder harness under the shoulder straps could indeed be pretty irritating.

So, I haven't found my optimum answer yet. I'm still considering the following, even though I admit they are not optimum:


Simply Rugged's Pancake (for carry without a backpack) set up on a "chesty puller" system for a pack (see this page on their web site; scroll down near the bottom to "chesty puller". You can click on the image for more images of the system.) This option would allow the same holster to be used as an OWB and as a shoulder/chest carried rig.
A chest holster like the one Cosmoline recommended, or the similar one by Simply Rugged called "Grizly Tuff" (http://www.simplyrugged.com/grizzly_tuff_gear/index.html) (same issue though: straps under the pack straps)
Getting really innovative now, I've considered having a holster - either leather or synthetic - either modified or custom built with an attachment system specifically for a waist belt on a pack. I'm not sure yet what that would look like, but if we can send a space craft to Mars, I'm pretty sure we can accomplish this lesser task


I'm not giving up hope yet that such a thing as number three already exists out there somewhere. I keep visiting threads like this thinking someone on THR has one or knows of one and will say, "Oh, sure, here it is." So far, no luck. But it's nice to know there are two of us looking. Just imagine the difference in consumer pressure on companies like Desantis and Galco when there are two people looking for such a rig instead of one. :rolleyes:

One possible solution may involve a company called Kifaru (http://www.kifaru.net/hunt_prod.htm)that makes a backpack weapon carrying system called "gunbearer (http://www.kifaru.net/GUNBEAR.HTM)". It's set up for long guns instead of handguns, but the point is, they may have something under design, or may be willing to consider such a project. I may contact them.

Actually, I think I'm going to invite Rob of Simply Rugged into this discussion. He may have some ideas, or even be able (and more likely than the larger companies) to design something workable for a backpack. I'll keep you posted.

OK, reading with interest. I hope we can come up with a good solution that doesn't break the bank.

Nem

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 05:23 PM
I think we're on the same page Nem, I wrote my concerns to Rob already. Here's what I suggested:

I was thinking of a paddle type with a way of snapping the bottom of the paddle around a belt, possibly even two snaps spaced to accommodate wide or narrow belt widths.

I used to carry my Taurus 85 in a fobus paddle holster, which worked OK. You can sort of see it in this picture on top of French Peak:
http://img.geocaching.com/cache/log/7d6128c4-295a-4798-a253-2de3102c9612.jpg

GUZZ
February 11, 2007, 05:36 PM
Nice! I have been wanting to check out that .44 Mag, but the shops around here don't seem to have them in yet. I think it will be my next purchase.

I see in the ad where the guy on the lake fishing has one holstered, so they must exist. I wonder if that is the same frame size as the .454 Casull or the .480 Ruger. Perhaps you should try putting those sizes in manufactures websites to see what holsters are available for those guns and contact them and ask if they will work with the .44 Magnum.

Good Luck! Let us know how you like that gun!

Nematocyst
February 11, 2007, 05:40 PM
Mainsail,

Excellent idea! Yes, that's something like I had vaguely in mind, but hadn't tried to articulate it.

Currently, I have a 0.5 L water bottle holder that I carry on my packs' waist belts (it can switch between packs, depending on which one I'm using) that works in a similar way. However, instead of wrapping entirely around the waist belt, it threads through the cinch strap on the waist belt, and the "snap" is actually a wide velcro holder.

I wouldn't want to fasten a large revolver holster via a velcro strap to a cince strap, however :uhoh: , so something more solid that wraps around the entire belt with two snaps (or a buckle?) would be a better idea.

In the best of all worlds, this would be a system that could be added to a paddle or pancake holster that could be removed (instead of being integral to it) for use as a traditional OWB. As long as the added component is engineered in a way that allows secure attachment so that the holster is a tight fit and doesn't "flop around" (as is too often the case when adding, say, additional pockets to a backpack using some half-***** attachment system).

Please keep us posted, and I'll play more with design ideas and considerations here, as well.

By the way, I really like the inverted knife mount arrangement on the left shoulder strap. Anything special there? How do you attach the scabbard to the strap?

Thanks,

Nem

nolyaw
February 11, 2007, 06:02 PM
Galco makes one for a belt. usgalco.com

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 06:02 PM
Pretty good Nem, most people miss the knife up there under the GPS pouch, even people I pass on the trail. I just duct-tape it to the strap. Low-tech but effective.

Mainsail
February 11, 2007, 09:26 PM
OK, well I found this rig over here (http://www.andrewsleather.com/). It looks like it might work with a backpack belt too. It's the Carjacker Crossdraw.

EDIT: I spoke to the owner and he worries the thin nylon belt on the pack might not support such a heavy gun, and I have to agree with him on that. Back to the drawing board...

http://www.andrewsleather.com/carjackerx_b.jpg

Nematocyst
February 11, 2007, 10:12 PM
...he worries the thin nylon belt on the pack might not support such a heavy gun...Ah, so there is a difference in our packs.

The only one of my "packs" that has a thin nylon belt on it is my Mt. Smith fanny pack, and I don't walk long distances with it.

My smallest pack full day pack - an Arc'teryx Bora 50 (http://www.arcteryx.com/product.aspx?Bora-50#) - has a full wrap around padded waist belt that measures 4.5" wide by 1/2" thick. The only thin nylon is just before the clip. My bigger (multi-day) pack has an even larger belt.

I'm looking to wear the gun ON the padded part of the belt, not the thin nylon. I need something that wraps all the way around the padded part. That's where the comfort will come from. Otherwise, taking the pack on and off becomes a nightmare with a 40 oz handgun flailing around on a loose belt as the pack drops to the ground or comes up for mounting. :what:

atavuss
February 12, 2007, 01:44 AM
Mainsail,
what kind of looks and or comments do you get from other hikers when they see you are carrying a pistol?

Nematocyst
February 12, 2007, 01:58 AM
what kind of looks and or comments do you get from other hikers
when they see you are carrying a pistol?Good question. I wondered the same.

I recently handled a Ruger Alaskan
in .454 Casull at my local shop.

Most massive handgun I've ever seen
(short of an N-frame with an 8" barrel,
which doesn't appeal to me).

So my guess as to "looks" from people on the "trail"
(especially if they're eating granola
and dressed in the latest trendy hiking garb from REI) is ...

:what: :eek: :what: :eek: :what:

Kor
February 12, 2007, 02:13 AM
The Wilderness Safepacker:

http://thewilderness.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=18&osCsid=bb990fab96882749a16a19387f6e2ad1

I have actually open-carried with a Safepacker for almost 3 years before AZ got CCW.

The webpage specifically says the holster is designed to wrap around the waistbelt of a backpack. The belt loop runs the full height of the holster(as much as 11-1/4") and is very broad, but is kept thin and stiff with a plastic stiffener insert, and is secured around the body of the holster with BOTH Velcro and a Fastex buckle. The holster itself is VERY sturdily constructed and VERY well-padded, it was designed for LE Mountain Search & Rescue use after all. The design is also relatively low-profile in that the weapon is totally enveloped by the holster, which itself is square and not "gun-shaped."

The only downsides are that the draw is somewhat slower than a more conventional thumb-break or open-top holster, and the Safepacker is not made for longer-barreled hunting handguns - but, if it will fit the S&W 500ES, or a 4" Model 29 or Taurus .44Mag, your Ruger Alaskan should fit as well.

Nematocyst
February 12, 2007, 02:35 AM
Kor,

This sounds very interesting.
But the link is a 404 "page not found".
Got any other links?

I've googled it and getting some reviews,
including this one on THR (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=1306),
but still no reliable source.

Thanks.

Added by edit: I found one source (http://gunsite.com/store/page5.html).
Cool belts, too.

Edit 2: the description suggests that the Safepacker
is made mainly for pistols.

Will it accommodate large revolvers, also?
(I can't tell how it's designed inside.)

Edit 3: I just found this link about the Safepacker (http://thewilderness.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=2&products_id=18&osCsid=bb990fab96882749a16a19387f6e2ad1)
from Kor in another holster thread.
It works.

Kor
February 12, 2007, 03:19 AM
Guess I need to take Remedial Cut-'N-Paste...:o

The model you will probably want is the LGR(Large-Grip Revolver), the website says it will fit magnum revolvers with oversize Hogue or Pachmayr grips and up to 4" barrel.

The Safepacker's interior is basically a thickly-padded, rectangular gun rug with a stitch dividing the bottom half into two compartments; the gun's barrel goes forward of the stitch-line, and a magazine or speedloader can fit aft of the stitch-line. There's no molding per se for the specific gun, but the padding is "memory-foam" that takes a set after a while(but will "un-set" if the holster is left empty for a day or so).

Cosmoline
February 12, 2007, 04:01 AM
• A chest holster/harness probably wouldn’t work because having holster straps under my pack straps would be irritating after a mile or two, and agony after 15 miles. I day-hike anywhere from 5 to 20 miles roundtrip, overnighters even more.

The sportsman holster I've used has six steel rings, one on each corner and two in the middle of the sides. You can hook your existing chest straps on the pack to these in whatever configuration you want. I've found that on long hikes any conventional holster carrying the weight of a big Ruger will get annoying or painful.

Mainsail
February 12, 2007, 12:37 PM
To the question about getting looks on the trail, the only time I passed another hiker while armed (last summer) I was surprised to see that he was even better armed. It was a man, a woman, and three kids. I suspect the .44 will get a few looks, but eh, so what.

I got a reply to my email from Rob and he doesn’t think the straps on a chest harness would be troublesome, so I may go with that. Comoline is correct about the weight, and pretty much mirrors what Rob was saying. It’s a serious chunk of stainless, it’s not going to float on my belt.

I really don’t like the safepacker at all.

Porter_Rockwell
February 12, 2007, 12:46 PM
Check out Ruger's site:

1) I own the Uncle Mikes Vesrion. It works just fine, but rides a little high.

2) The Galco version is actually pretty nice. It is a bit pricey, but very well made and reliable.

God Bless---

Porter.

Mainsail
February 12, 2007, 01:04 PM
Check out Ruger's site:
I did look there, I saw nothing that will attach to a backpack. Did I miss something?

1) I own the Uncle Mikes Vesrion. It works just fine, but rides a little high.
Which one are you looking at? I poured over their website and didn’t find anything that will attach to my pack.

2) The Galco version is actually pretty nice. It is a bit pricey, but very well made and reliable.
Somebody mentioned the Galco, but a buckle like this
http://www.baselinemarine.co.uk/images/prod_imgs/0374.jpg
is not going to fit through the belt loop.

Mainsail
February 20, 2007, 11:48 PM
Shot the Alaskan this weekend, WOW! What a fun revolver! Recoil was noticable but not bad at all.

Still need a holster though...

Nematocyst
February 21, 2007, 01:58 AM
WOW! What a fun revolver!Dang it man, stop it! You're going to make me want one! :fire:

:D

I just got my SW 686 last weekend, too. Haven't taken it to the range yet ... maybe tomorrow, but (busy week) conceivably not until next week. :(

Anyway, I've handled (not shot) an Alaskan. They're impressive machines.

I already love my .357, even though I haven't shot it yet (only dry firing), but it's going to make an excellent big brother to my SW 642 (.38 spl). But I can see an Alaskan in .454C making IT a big brother some day.

Nice to hear the recoil isn't too stout... :uhoh:

By the way, while you were out shooting, yet another "big handgun holster thread (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=256676) has emerged. You might check it out. Admittedly, it's about holsters for revolvers with 6" to 8" barrels, and doesn't apply to the Alaskan per se, but still ... there may be some useful info.

I'm still collecting info about holsters for my 4", and will post here eventually ...

counterman6
February 21, 2007, 08:45 PM
I got a beautiful holster from Bob Mernickle for my .44 Alaskan.

Mainsail
February 23, 2007, 06:13 PM
OK, this seems to fit the bill (http://www.wwlholsters.com/chest-carry.asp)so I ordered one last night. I'll post a report after I've played around with it.
http://www.wwlholsters.com/images/10-l.jpg

3sixbits
February 23, 2007, 09:01 PM
I had the same problem but with my 5" S&W 44mag. I had a custom chest holster built for me by a saddle shop in Eagle River AK (now out of business). It's a copy of the world war II and Vietnam era holster issued to aircrews, and tankers. If I see the clips on Iraq right, it looks like it's still in use. The one in the above post looks like it would work. I find this to be the only solution that works for me with chest waders, backpack, heavy winter parka, or what ever the gear of the season requires. The one difference I see is my holster allows the grip to be positioned for either hand removal. I cannot begin to tell you how well this has worked for me!

Cosmoline
February 23, 2007, 09:04 PM
That one looks interesting. I'll be anxious to hear the field report.

carebear
February 23, 2007, 11:29 PM
What are you gonna do if you have to ditch the pack in an emergency?

Or, more likely, when you get to camp and take the thing off?

Carry two holsters or extra straps or something?

Admittedly I still look at it from a "dump your ruck and run for the helo" perspective :cool: but even now when out in the woods my trail time is going to be roughly equal to my "pack off" time.

Nematocyst
February 24, 2007, 02:22 AM
CB, I'm not sure I understand your point, but it seems like you may be interpreting the holster system as being attached to the pack (?).

As far as I can tell from images on their web site, it's not. The holster system straps are independent from the pack straps.

Sorry if I'm misinterpreting your point.

Nem

carebear
February 24, 2007, 02:33 AM
I'll look again.

From the picture of the most recent chest holster, I thought it was clipped to the pack straps. If it isn't clipped to the straps, it appears functionally identical to the AlaskaSportsman Holster, the person is just wearing the shoulder strap on top of the packstraps, which could be done with any shoulder or chest rig.

I was more referring to having the holster mounted to the pack's waistband. If the pack goes the gun goes with it. If you take the pack off, you have to remount the holster on your regular belt or (if it is clipped to the straps somehow) you have to replace the pack's straps with some you can wear sans pack.

Does that make sense?

I'm thinking of my time in the service, my knife and sidearm were on descenders off my rigger belt, not attached to my ruck or deuce gear in case I had to ditch those for mobility or if they got hung up on something in an emergency. I was never "unarmed" that way.

Nematocyst
February 24, 2007, 02:48 AM
Does that make sense?Yes, totally.

And if it is attached to the pack, then I agree: it's not a viable solution for what I have in mind.

Ideally, if I'm going to wear a chest holster, I want the system to be independent of the pack so I can take the later off without removing the holster, in part because, like you, I'll need the system as much without pack as with pack.

Like I said, I may be wrong, but from looking at all images on their site, it seems independent of pack.

carebear
February 24, 2007, 02:58 AM
I agree it is separate (I actually went to the site).

With the QD clips it looks easy to unsnap the shoulder straps and reattach after taking off the pack. Having straps over both shoulders will spread the weight better probably.

Looks like a good pick.

To do that with my AKSportsman I'd have to add a QD to the shoulder strap, not a big deal. The AKSpt will fit on a 2.5" belt as a belt holster when you take off the straps, whch is nice.

Nematocyst
March 24, 2007, 10:56 PM
OK, this seems to fit the bill so I ordered one last night.
I'll post a report after I've played around with it.Any report yet?

Did it work?

Mainsail
March 29, 2007, 03:31 PM
Any report yet?

Did it work?

Sorry for the long delay! Yes, it seems to work quite well. You can sorta see it in this picture:
http://img.geocaching.com/cache/log/a501785d-7a34-41f5-a747-4df3d8fcb423.jpg

I had one minor issue with the loss of one of the two screws that hold the holster to the mount, it managed to loosen and fall into the snow. They sent me a new (and better) set right away and I don’t think that will happen again.

The cant is adjustable so you can position the gun straight up or even straight to the side, which is where mine is set now. The weight is noticeable but not irritating. So far (one hike) I’m pretty pleased with it and would recommend it. The proprietors are some of the best people you will ever deal with.

Nematocyst
March 29, 2007, 03:46 PM
This is an encouraging report, M'sail. Thanks. I've been holding off buying anything until I review all the potentials (and until my finances improve :uhoh: ).

It's a bit hard to see in that photo. It looks more exposed than I'd expected. Is there a front cover that's open or something?

If you get some time and want to post some close ups of it being worn with your other gear (especially backpack), that would be great.

I'm particularly curious about how it interacts with your pack straps. I'm assuming you wear it "under" your pack, that is, so that it stays on when the pack comes off.

Nem

Nematocyst
March 29, 2007, 03:50 PM
This is an encouraging report, M'sail. Thanks. I've been holding off buying anything until I review all the potentials (and until my finances improve :uhoh: ).

It's a bit hard to see in that photo. It looks more exposed than I'd expected. Is there a front cover that's open or something?

If you get some time and want to post some close ups of it being worn with your other gear (especially backpack), that would be great.

I'm particularly curious about how it interacts with your pack straps. I'm assuming you wear it "under" your pack, that is, so that it stays on when the pack comes off.

Nem

PS: is that a hatchet/ax on your left side?
If so, how do you carry it? (Straps?).
I'm considering adding a tomahawk (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=95004) to the tool kit,
and am exploring carry options (http://www.themartialist.com/0603/survivalsheath.htm) (scroll down) for it.

20nickels
March 29, 2007, 11:46 PM
Mainsail,
I too have been eyeballing these holsters from Westwoods Landing. Sorry too have just found this thread, It was the 1st company I thought of when I saw your holster need. What are your impressionjs of it. I was wanting one for it's many belt configs, but mainly for the option of a drop-leg tactical style for a revolver.

Mainsail
March 30, 2007, 12:33 PM
I think you’re seeing the backpack belt strap hanging there on the left side. The holster has a hold-down strap that attaches to the belt at mid-point, so I had to offset the buckle to one side to clip it on, which leaves a lot of extra belt.

It attaches at the top using two cinch clips that will grab and hold on to any webbing. You could clip them to the pack’s carry handle if you wanted, but I have it clipped to the top of the shoulder straps. There are quick release buckles on the two upper straps as well, which makes it easier when you want to get your pack off.

I don’t understand the question about a front cover. The holster is closed at the bottom where the business end of the gun goes. It does not have a flap like a military holster, just a strap with a snap to keep it from falling out.

Tomahawk? I can’t see any use for one, it would just be dead weight.

I'll try to get some better pictures this weekend.

Nematocyst
March 30, 2007, 04:40 PM
There are quick release buckles on the two upper straps as well, which makes it easier when you want to get your pack off.OK, so that tells me that you're running the holster straps over the pack shoulder straps instead of under them. That makes sense, I guess: running them under the pack straps could cause discomfort. Still, it's too bad you have to take off the holster to remove the pack. I'm still hoping to find a system that doesn't require that.

In fact, 20nickel's idea could work.

I was wanting one for it's many belt configs, but mainly for the option of a drop-leg tactical style for a revolver.I've considered some kind of tactical holster for my SW 686 that would offer belt support, but allow the revolver/holster to drop below the pack's waist belt for obvious reasons. That would also allow very fast access to the revolver. But I couldn't find a tactical holster that works with revolvers. Now, on closer look here, I see that it can be configured for a tactical leg carry. Hmm. That could work.

I don’t understand the question about a front cover. The holster is closed at the bottom where the business end of the gun goes. It does not have a flap like a military holster, just a strap with a snap to keep it from falling out.OK, I've figured out what the problem was. It was an illusion that was confusing me. If you look at the image on this page (http://www.wwlholsters.com/photozoom.asp?image=9-l.jpg&width=378&height=540&caption=Back%20Pack%20Carry,%20front), the the revolver forward of the grips and hammer is entirely enclosed.

But looking at your image in post 39, from that distance (i.e, it's not a close up), on first glance, it looks like the revolver is exposed all the way to the barrel. I just pulled the image out into a photo viewer so I could magnify. I see now that what I'm seeing is NOT the revolver action and barrel but the holster outline. It was just confusing.

So, in other words: never mind about that part.

Tomahawk? I can’t see any use for one, it would just be dead weight.Au contraire! Try telling that to native Americans and American soldiers in most wars. :p

T'hawks are all in one tools. Chopping wood, clearing brush, trenching, removing obstacles, driving tent stakes into hard or frozen ground (with a 'hawk that has a surface for it) ... and - for those with some training - they make excellent CQ fighting weapons (http://www.amazon.com/Fighting-Tomahawk-Dwight-C-McLemore/dp/1581604416), and even better when combined with a long knife.

Here's the one (http://sogknives.com/store/F01T.html#) I'm going to get.

Mainsail
March 30, 2007, 08:03 PM
Still, it's too bad you have to take off the holster to remove the pack. I'm still hoping to find a system that doesn't require that.

You don't have to take off the holster to remove the pack. You only need to unhook one of the two QDs and it'll swing to the side, then you can unfasten your pack. You just leave one shoulder strap and the bottom strap connected.

I'll try to get some better pictures this weekend.

azredhawk44
March 30, 2007, 08:18 PM
Guys:

The cowboy-ish buscadero loop holster, with or without cartridge loops in the belt, gets this job done really easily.

The holster and gun will hang about 2" below your waist, putting the pistol butt about the same level as your pants front pockets. Typical backpack waistbelts actually wrap around the waist near the kidneys, above the hips. This leaves ample room for a conventional strong-side draw.

I have carried my 5.5" redhawk this way for years on hikes. I am lightening up the load now with a new 4" redhawk and a belt that has no cartridge loops.

You can ditch the pack easily if needed (fall in the river, animal attack, whatever) and the gun is still on your person.

Nematocyst
March 30, 2007, 08:48 PM
You only need to unhook one of the two QDs and it'll swing to the side,
then you can unfasten your pack. Ahhh, OK. I get it.

The cowboy-ish buscadero loop holster, with or without cartridge loops in the belt...Redhawk, that sounds ideal.

I just googled "buscadero loop holster" and found a ton of hits. Haven't looked yet.

Any maker and model recommendations would be great.

Nem

azredhawk44
March 30, 2007, 09:34 PM
Redhawk, that sounds ideal.

I just googled "buscadero loop holster" and found a ton of hits. Haven't looked yet.

Any maker and model recommendations would be great.

Nem

My rig came from Hunter holster company and with smart online shopping I got set up for about $90 total, belt and holster. I have a 25-loop cartridge belt with a holster for my 5.5" Redhawk.

I just bought the 4" redhawk so funds are scarce right now, but I will be buying the loopless belt and a new holster soon.

Nematocyst
March 31, 2007, 03:23 AM
My rig came from Hunter holster company (http://www.huntercompany.com/hunter.html)...Redhawk, do you have a model number, or can you check their site to get me one?

I've looked for "buscadero loop holster" on there, but can't find it.
I'm just not sure what I'm looking for.

Their model 1160 is the closest description I saw - "(1160) Bandoleer style holster for 8 3/8" Smith and Wesson 500. Constructed of top grain vegetable tanned leather. $123.00" - but the image doesn't look like what I was expecting. The belt in that image looks more like a shoulder rig.

I was expecting something more like this (http://www.lonestarcowboygear.com/bh_gunft.html).

Any help?

Thanks.

Nematocyst
March 31, 2007, 03:30 AM
Or this one (http://www.lonestarcowboygear.com/bh_hunter.html):

The Hunter - A Buscadero style rig with a drop belt design.
The holster is looped through the low fitting drop belt and secure with a strap.

http://www.lonestarcowboygear.com/images/rigs/hunter.jpg

Mainsail
January 31, 2008, 05:57 PM
Well, at long last I finally got my Alaskan into a holster. It’s just the Galco DAO but they’ve been very hard to locate. I think they should be catching up and holsters should start trickling down into your holster supplier’s inventories. I’ll be open carrying this one, since it doubles as a formidable club when you run out of cartridges.

http://img.geocaching.com/user/30abb8e7-bfd1-49d5-868c-a43c03da44d8.jpg

http://img.geocaching.com/user/9429d160-dc15-449c-b24c-4c4eb21959da.jpg

Cosmoline
January 31, 2008, 06:12 PM
To paraphrase Chief Brody from Jaws, "You're gonna need a bigger belt!" Nice holster, though.

igorts
January 31, 2008, 09:41 PM
I have the same holster, and yes, i had to get a new belt...:)

dairycreek
February 1, 2008, 03:54 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v736/dairycreek/ALASKANANDSRGD.jpg

My Alaskan in a holster by Simply Rugged. Hard to beat.

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