Cowboy holster question


July 16, 2008, 08:02 PM
I'm looking for a western / cowboy style holster or a basic rig to carry an old model Ruger Single Six 4/34" on my right side BUTT FORWARD.

I'm pretty sure what I need to do is get a left hand holster, and put it on my right side, but after searching a bit, I'm more confused than ever. I'm not sure if I need a LH regular holster or a LH cross draw holster. The only example of what I'm looking for that I can think of seeing lately is from the movie 3:10 to Yuma - the Charlie Prince character wore two Schofields this way - one on each side.

I really want it for hunting - specifically coon hunting at night - which is mostly where I'll be wearing it. Butt forward is more comfortable to me for going through thick brush. It needs to have a loop that will go over or around the hammer to keep it from slipping out, but I don't like the more enclosed hunter types with the strap for this type of carry.

Anyone have any ideas on where to look or what to look for?

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July 16, 2008, 08:52 PM
Zip, as an old coon hunter myself, I would suggest a butt to the rear carry with the holster pushed back behind the hip bone.

The butt forward carry will be a hook to snag every piece of brush and every small sapling in your path.

BTW, I envy you that old Ruger. I have an old model with a 5.5" barrel, but I've been looking for one with the 4.75" barrel for ages. Don't lose it. There aren't many of them out there.

Now, to answer your question. Red Dog Leather will make you whatever you want at a very reasonable cost. Go to eBay and do a search on Red Dog Leather. If you don't like what you see, I might part with one of mine which fits your description to a "T". You can PM me.

July 16, 2008, 10:17 PM
Owlhoot - when I say thick brush, I mean post-Katrina thick brush. The woods are so bad thick with briars here that you are either crawling or walking backwards... thus it helps to have butt forward. Plus, I'm always aware of it that way. Actually, coon hunting is just as good as ever, and while it's no fun getting around in the woods, it beats sitting home. My dogs don't range too far, so it's not all that bad.

Last year I dropped a very nice Woodsman out of a nylon holster three or four times, and it was snapped in. Had to go back and look for it once. The holster would get caught and slip backwards and the gun would get snatched out.

My Single Six was the first handgun I ever shot - my Dad bought it new in 1958. It's been used and carried more than any other gun I own and the bluing is worn off in lots of places, but I love that old gun.

July 17, 2008, 01:34 AM
You might see if David can hook you up....maybe a half-flap....I've got a russett full-flap which totes my Old Army.

July 17, 2008, 09:38 AM
El Paso Saddlery ( works for me. What you might consider is a regular right hand holster carried cross-draw. I do that with my Ruger flat-top with the 6" barrel. Then for normal carry I just move the holster to my strong side.

July 17, 2008, 10:33 AM
Never heard of Charlie Prince, but I have heard of Charlie Princess...

Anyway, I think if you want a left handed cross draw you are going to have to go to a custom made rig. Not sure of anyone offering a production cross draw for a south paw, which is basically what you are talking about.

You could certainly get away with a standard left hand holster but the problem is when you move it to your right hand side the 8 or 10 degrees of rake is going to shift the butt back and the barrel forward just slightly, meaning you would have to draw the gun towards your rear to clear the leather.

I suggested these Ross Leather holsters ( to another person as they are on sale at Midway and have all of the hallmarks of a nice looking entry level cowboy holster. I don't have any first hand experience with them, but they look like an excellent value.

If you take a look at this one ( you will see that they already have some cant to them, which could be a challenge to draw from when worn on the RH side unless you wore it about 2:00. It has all of the other features you're looking for though.

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