Suggestions for CCWing 4" N frames


July 17, 2003, 07:17 PM
My fav firearm is my 4" 629. While I have guns that are easier to CCW, I would like to try carrying the 629.

Seems to me only three ways that make any sense. Shoulder, crossdraw, & (strongside) OWB.

Any suggestions for specific holsters?

I know most people don't like shoulder holsters but for me they are more comfortable than belt holsters. I haven't concealed full size guns in shoulder holsters, but used to carry my Uncle's 10 mm Delta 1911 in a shoulder holster around his farm. Never had a problem with it then, and was doing more physical activity than I am likely to do while CCWing.

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Standing Wolf
July 17, 2003, 08:32 PM
That's more bulk than I can carry comfortably except in a regular belt holster, but if I were going to conceal it, I'd choose a shoulder rig. I can tuck my model 1911 out of sight in an inside the waist band holster from but it's hard on my lower back after a few hours.

July 17, 2003, 09:24 PM
A large framed revolver can be concealed with an inside or outside the waist with few problems. As far as weight goes it isn't that bad if it is what you want to carry. Mernickle Holsters are pretty nice if you ask me. I have one of his PS6-SA holsters for my Vaquero and it disappears, so take a look:

July 17, 2003, 09:25 PM
Bob Mernickle does super work! I've got a gorgeous set of his leather for a pair of Vaqueros.

Mike Cumpston has a nice looking rig, he just talked about it on a thread here.

July 18, 2003, 01:47 AM
I have a 4" N-frame 44mag 629-6 on my permit and carry it in a Kramer Belt Scabbard. It has a cant to it. Not sure what angle. It carries just behind the hip, straddling a belt loop, OWB.

I think it's an excellent holster. Lightweight. Pulls the gun up out of the way and tight to the body. The gun rarely prints. I barely notice the loaded weight, even with 300gr bullets, and carrying it has very little effect on my balance. I carry it all day with no discomfort whatsoever. I don't see how it does it.

I bought it directly from the Kramer website for not much over $100. One of my best buys ever. Mine is sort of a dull black, which hides well. 44

July 18, 2003, 02:00 AM
A good stiff belt helps, a high quality holster helps. I'll second the Kramer. I've carried N-frames and other large guns concealed, and on occasion it can get uncomfortable, esp. if you spend lots of time standing (shopping with my wife, car shows, museums with the kids, theme parks, conventions), or in a tight seat at the movies, in the car, etc.


July 18, 2003, 10:48 AM
For OWB carry, I recommend the PWL pancake holster (Cat# S120TS).

However: I recently scored a Comp-Tac Gurkha IWB N-frame holster in a trade, and it changed my life. I had never before considered my 3"/4" N-frames to be IWB guns, but this holster positions the gun such that the cylinder rides just above the beltline, and tucks the gun in snugly.

It made a believer out of me. :cool:

July 18, 2003, 10:09 PM
Aker Comfort Flex. I believe it's about $100. They say you put it on like a vest and this is pretty accurate. primary support is on the gun side strap with some counter balance from the double speed loader pouch . Also a tie down for the speed loader side if you think you need it. It's cut for 4" 29s but the barrel length is not particularly limited. ( a 6.5" special pokes out too far in back.

July 18, 2003, 11:46 PM
You could also try the Safepacker line - they make one for a 4" N-frame size gun. See here (, and click on the Safepacker link on the left of the screen. Scroll down the Safepacker page to see sizes (you'll need the "Government + 1" size).

July 19, 2003, 11:42 AM
High n tight with really good belt, 4 and/or 8 O'clock works for me.
If carryin two....wide suspenders help a lot.
Shirt untucked.


July 19, 2003, 05:46 PM
Mr. Sam, the man, is back ... yeah! :p

Glam, I can use a good holster for my S&W 629 MG w/4" barrel, thanks for asking.

July 19, 2003, 06:33 PM
Welcome back, Sam! It is good to see you here again. You had some of us worried. :)

Dave T
July 20, 2003, 10:42 AM
I have a Milt Sparks PMK for the 4" 625 that hides it surprisingly well. Doesn't make it any lighter but it does conceal under a long enough cover garment.

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