Holster for Smith model 65?


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Monster Zero
July 20, 2008, 01:44 PM
I'll soon be picking up a sweet model 65, round butt, 3" barrel. Only thing is I don't have a holster for it and honestly don't have much experience carrying with one.

Recommendations, anyone? I'm not sure about IWB carry because of the thickness of the K frame cylinder. OTOH, I don't know how much use I'd get out of an OWB piece just because I wouldn't use it often. Which means my inclination might be more with IWB carry if it's practical. What experience have you guys had?

No SOB carry for me, thanks...

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woodsltc
July 20, 2008, 07:31 PM
I have a S&W Model-13 with a 3 inch barrel --- same as your Model-65, just in blue.

I like the "Bianchi Cyclone 111" OWB holster. It allows me to carry strong-side or cross-draw. Good quality leather and comfortable.

Don

loneviking
July 20, 2008, 10:49 PM
I just put a sweet little S&W 65-6, like NIB with a 3" barrel on layaway. When it comes out, it's going into a 'Simply Rugged' pancake holster. I can carry strong side, cross draw or on my chest. See 'em at:

www.simplyrugged.com

Srigs
July 20, 2008, 11:59 PM
I make holsters and I carry a Model 66 2.5" in an OWB The Slide and IWB Double J-clip holster.

Here is some pics.
http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/slide66-1a.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/slide66-1b.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/slide66-1c.JPG

Here is IWB Double J-clip.

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1a.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1b.JPG

http://www.sideguardholsters.com/extra/dblclip66-1c.JPG

rbmcmjr
July 21, 2008, 09:24 PM
Recommendations, anyone? I'm not sure about IWB carry because of the thickness of the K frame cylinder. OTOH, I don't know how much use I'd get out of an OWB piece just because I wouldn't use it often. Which means my inclination might be more with IWB carry if it's practical. What experience have you guys had?

IWB is doable if your pants have the slack in them. OWB is far more comfortable for me. If you go OWB, the ubiquitous photographers vest or some other cover garment becomes de rigeur.

I like the Sparks PMK for a sub 3" revolver:

http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b240/rbmcmjr/629andpmk.jpg

Hutch
July 23, 2008, 11:30 AM
Srigs, I really like your j-clip IWB holster. There may be one in my future.

Commander Crusty
July 23, 2008, 11:40 AM
If you are not going to carry often, you may be much more comfortable with an outside the waist holster. I like anything form Don Hume, especially the Double Nine. I had a 3" HB Model 13 and carried it for about 5 years in a Bianchi Pistol Pocket.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/doublenine
http://preview.tinyurl.com/pistolpocket

Srigs
July 23, 2008, 07:48 PM
Srigs, I really like your j-clip IWB holster. There may be one in my future.

I like it. I works very good for my 66-1.

Guillermo
July 25, 2008, 11:27 AM
Srigs,

looking for a new carry pistol and will buy a holster from you. Not only are you a thr guy but you don't hose people on shipping.

ArchAngelCD
July 25, 2008, 12:30 PM
I like holsters from several of the companies already mentioned in this thread. I think Simply Rugged (http://simplyrugged.com/leather_goods/index.html) makes good holsters. Their The Sourdough Pancake holster will make for a comfortable all-day carry.

I also like Don Hume (http://www.donhume.com/) holsters. I think they are a good quality produce for a fair price.

If you don't find something you like from the above companies I also like DeSantis Holsters (http://www.desantisholster.com/). I have several including their Thumb Break Scabbard (http://www.desantisholster.com/001.html) and their Speed Scabbard (http://www.desantisholster.com/002.html) which has an open top without a thumb break. Both are very comfortable for all day use. I have thumb break Scabbard for my 4" S&W M686 and a Speed Scabbard for my 2 3/4" Ruger Police Service-Six.

You will probably like the Speed Scabbard for your 3" M65.

Srigs
July 26, 2008, 01:44 AM
Srigs,

looking for a new carry pistol and will buy a holster from you. Not only are you a thr guy but you don't hose people on shipping.

I only cover my cost on shipping because doing anything but that does not feel right.

Landlocked Pirate
August 1, 2008, 06:27 PM
Here's some pictures of my Model 65 in the Don Hume H721 O.T.

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg277/peharris54/PictureorVideo695.jpg

http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg277/peharris54/PictureorVideo690.jpg

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