Holster help: IWB, S&W M13, 3", RB


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Coronach
July 8, 2004, 01:35 AM
Any suggestions for an IWB rig for a S&W model 13, 3" RB? I could go OWB, but that tends to print a bit more. My main concern is the thickness of the cylinder. Does anyone make a solid and secure rig that keeps the cylinder above the belt line?

Any and all suggestions welcome.

Mike

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Trebor
July 8, 2004, 05:36 AM
I used an Alessi Talon for my 3" M-13. The Talon is a high quality, clip-on IWB holster. I wear it in the appendix position, just forward of my right hip, with the barrel pointed out, away from my leg.

I highely reccomend this holster and also this carry position.

Btw, I'm 6' and 200 pounds with a slight gut. That's what works for me, but YMMV.

Marko Kloos
July 8, 2004, 06:37 AM
I carry my 3" HB Model 65 in a Bianchi #3S "Pistol Pocket". It's an IWB rig with a wide belt loop that can be rotated on the holster for a variable draw angle, sort of like the Fobus Roto rigs. This holster keeps the cylinder above the belt line, and it rides very secure and comfortable.

jc2
July 8, 2004, 09:10 AM
I carry my M65LS in the following. The belt loop being offset thins it down considerably.

El Paso Saddlery IWB (https://secure.aaa-servers.com/epsaddlery.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=69&PHPSESSID=a310dfbb4bd386793d11ba54f9fb8a70)

dinosaur
July 8, 2004, 05:24 PM
I have a Bianchi "Pistol Pocket" #3 that I used to carry my Model 10 3" when I was working. It has to be at least 15 years old. It has double snaps on the belt loop, a wide mouth for re holstering and no safety snap. It rides pretty high and conceals well. It really all depends on climate, lifestyle etc. I usually wear a denim shirt untucked winter & summer. If I get dressed up (shorts and a collared "golf" shirt):neener: then I carry my Kahr MK9 tucked IWB.

Bulldozer
July 8, 2004, 06:29 PM
Hoffners (www.hoffners.com) makes a nice kydex IWB rig that is ultra high-ride.

Milt Sparks (www.miltsparks.com) Versa Max-II is also an excellent design that has the offset loops on either end of the rig and pulls the weapon in flatter than a clip or loop on top of the bulky cylinder.

Ditto, for the Tucker Texas Heritage(www.tuckergunleather.com). I believe that Tonerguy is on this board and he works with Tucker on the designs.

Del Fatti (www.delfatti.com) makes a first-rate IWB (actually, all of his gear is incredible!), but his wait times are now hovering at the 9-11 month mark.

Someone else to check out is Bell Charter Oak in Gilbertsville, NY. (www.bellcharteroakholsters.com) The pictures on the site do NOT do justice to their leather.

Coronach
July 10, 2004, 01:23 AM
Thanks for the replies, I have a Hoffners holster on its way to me now. I'll post a review when it gets here.

Thanks,
Mike

Richard
July 13, 2004, 03:49 PM
I will second the Alessi Hard Shell Talon. It is a great holster. Regards, Richard:D

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