open carry.


December 14, 2013, 11:01 PM
Is a S&W model 29 with 5-1/2 inch barrel to big for open carry in a cross draw holtser?

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December 14, 2013, 11:21 PM
Hard to answer your question without more info, too big in what way?

December 14, 2013, 11:25 PM
It would be down my list a ways on my first choice to carry but I wouldn't see why it would be too big. I see a guy at the hardware store every now and again who carries a 6" 686. It's certainly big but what is too big?

December 14, 2013, 11:32 PM
It would depend a lot on the size of the carrier.

December 14, 2013, 11:33 PM
Concealed is one thing but open carry is another. I see no reason why you couldn't open carry any handgun. Like said above, it all depends upon what you consider "too big to carry".

December 14, 2013, 11:46 PM
I carry a 4" 629 concealed sometimes. I'd imagine you could carry almost any "normal" sized handgun holstered if you weren't trying to conceal it.

Now cross-draw may present some problems I'm not aware of as it isn't a super-common choice for various reasons, but even the huge X-frame long-barrel hunting handguns can be carried in a type of cross-draw holster made for that purpose, so I know it CAN be done.

December 14, 2013, 11:47 PM
1. Open carry in these parts is perfectly legal.
But there would be 12 air-heads with cell-phones calling 911 with 'Man with a gun at Wal-Mart' before I could get across the parking lot.
Why draw undue attention to yourself?

2. I just pointed out yesterday about a cross-draw holster only presenting the gun butt to anyone who wants to grab it.
And present it to him in a firing grip pointed right at your belly.

A strong-side holster will give you much greater gun retention and control in the event of a struggle or gun grab.

If you keep your arm down, there is not much way it is coming out of the holster without you being able to clamp down harder on it while twisting away.


December 15, 2013, 12:07 AM
I've carried my big old Ruger SBH 44 mag. a lot. It's definitely not going to feel real comfortable, due to the weight, but it's not too big, IMO.

I currently carry cross draw with just about all my SD sidearms, but that is how I've trained and carried for many years. But to answer that question for you, would be difficult at best. Give it a test drive for a few days and practice CD and see how it goes.


Nite Ryder
December 15, 2013, 01:47 AM
I don't think it would be too big unless you are a really small man. A cross draw holster is not something I would ever use, unless I was hunting. Even then I might not. I'm not really in to open carry, even when it is perfectly legal. I carry concealed daily, my carry gun is S&W 386PD with a 2.5" barrel. I think you will find that carrying something as large as a 29 with a 5 or 6" barrel gets to be a struggle, when you do it day after day. In fact, I doubt that you will continue to carry that particular gun much longer than a couple weeks, they are heavy and unless you are setting on your butt all day, they get heavier as the day gets longer. Experience is a great teacher, Hollywood is not.

December 15, 2013, 02:10 AM
as others have said, it depends on the size and comfort of the person doing the carrying. i carry a super blackhawk crossdraw in the woods, but prefer strongside for edc, unless i'm spending a lot of time in a vehicle. anything is a compromise.

December 15, 2013, 09:23 AM
Just a thought, but how about defining "too big" as a gun that unnecessarily calls attention to itself. Yeah, I know...what does THAT mean!

December 15, 2013, 01:51 PM
I carry a 3" 629 daily, sometime open carry. But I live in the country and folks around here don't get excited when they see a gun. I would not want to carry a 6", maybe a 4" but each to his own.

Deaf Smith
December 15, 2013, 03:52 PM
Is a S&W model 29 with 5-1/2 inch barrel to big for open carry in a cross draw holtser?
Work fine in a open carry cross draw.

Might stick a bit in the seat of your car while driving but it will do.

Now I'm not a huge fan of OC but if I could, I can see me with my 4 inch 629-1 .44 in it's El Paso 1942 holster and my Colt Commander .45 in a right sided Yaqui slide.

Both with Stag grips!

See I'd go in style!


December 16, 2013, 01:28 PM
“ I just pointed out yesterday about a cross-draw holster only presenting the gun butt to anyone who wants to grab it. And present it to him in a firing grip pointed right at your belly.”

It is easy to see who has carried a gun in crossdraw holster and those who base their opinion on theory. I have carried large revolvers in crossdraw holsters both on duty and in the field hunting.

For self defense retention is not any more of problem than strong side carry. A holster with thumb snap and covered trigger guard is very secure. While you are trying to snatch my gun what do you suppose I am doing…not resisting like sheep. Please bad man don't hurt me!

Heck no! I am going to cover my gun with my left arm and hand while I stomp on your feet, kick you in the knees, knee or kick you in the family jewels while with my free hand twist your ear, gouge your eyes out, hook my thumb on the inside corner of your mouth and rip and drive your nose back into your brain with a open palm face blows.

Then when you release your grip on my gun I am going to draw it and proceed to give you the bullets that are in it.

Any questions?

Old Fuff
December 16, 2013, 05:33 PM
I occasionally carried a 5" model 27 and various single action revolvers with barrel lengths running from 4 5/8 to 7 1/2 inches in a high-ride/open front cross draw holster. In particular this worked well when I was carrying a slung rifle on my right side.

This was not in public, and in the field or desert I was unlikely to encounter many (if any) others. Gun-grabbing wasn't an issue.

December 16, 2013, 05:47 PM
A few years back i had a little thug on a convenience store try to take my snub "k" frame from the thumb strap cross draw holster. he couldn't get it figured out before I had my left hand on the gun, and then I came down hard with my right elbow on his wrist. And I'll be honest, I was slow in reacting, but even so he never got it.


December 17, 2013, 01:32 PM
Cross-draw is very convenient for carrying a holstered pistol while carrying a slung rifle on the strong side. Carrying them on the same side just smacks them together constantly. Very annoying.

December 17, 2013, 04:16 PM
My gut impression (no pun intended) is that it IS too big.

Lucky Derby
December 18, 2013, 08:07 AM
I open carried a 6" M25-5 (essentially the same sized gun) for over a year. This was working armed security and using a police style Sam Brown Belt and a breakfront, strong side holster. Never had an issue. With the right BELT AND HOLSTER, the weight isn't that big of an issue.

As to cross draw: Some people worry about it being easy for an attacker to grab. Well if you just stand there, and you have no retention device on your holster, then yes it is. So is stongside. Possibly moreso because you are less likely to see an attacker coming from behind. The key is situational awareness, and having a plan. A thumbreak, fullflap, or some other retention on the holster will help as well.

December 18, 2013, 11:56 AM
In the county, and city I live in, OC is forbidden, but CCW is what it is. I have a permit to carry concealed, so the option of open carry never was a thought for me anyway.

December 18, 2013, 08:35 PM
Sometimes I will carry a Colt 38/40 5 1/2 in. s.a.a. I don't consider that too big.

December 19, 2013, 02:52 PM
I can open carry in NC but choice not to but I have started to use a owb holster with a cover do to some medical issues and had a friend build me a cross draw holster, Nelson Holsters. It sets the bottom of the grip a good " above the belt and sets parallel to it and I wear it on the strong side at a 2:10 position carry'n with a 4" barrel tp40 kahr and can sit and drive with it there. Covers easily and does not print .
Wifes holster and pistol are in the photo too. (

December 19, 2013, 04:48 PM
Is a S&W model 29 with 5-1/2 inch barrel to big for open carry in a cross draw holtser?

It'd probably be about perfect.

December 19, 2013, 05:41 PM
I prefer the 5 1/2 inch revolver in a cross draw holster. It's a tad long when sitting down if it's carried strongside, but cross draw it is fine. Mine does not interfere w/ seat belts and can be reached from inside the vehicle, whereas strong side makes it impossible to buckle the seat belt and then impossible to get at the gun once you've buckled the (impossible to buckle) seatbelt.

I've never worried about it, but I would think that retention would be better w/ the crossdraw. I can see the gun, and reach it with either hand. It needs to be pulled across my body to get it out of the holster, so somebody grabbing it would have to move closer to me as they draw the gun, but I suspect I would notice by then.

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