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S & W 686 6" leather holster?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by jpatter, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. jpatter

    jpatter Member

    I have been trying to find a leather holster for my S & W 686 and I wanted to know if there were any recommendations.

    I really like this one, but their website is in a foreign language, so any similar would be great www.flickr.com/photos/40150092@N03/5208155873/

    Last edited: Dec 1, 2012
  2. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

    Simply Rugged is very popular with the large revolver crowd.


    You can always check Milt Sparks, Mitch Rosen, Alessi, Kramer, Tucker, etc.

    The 686 has been around for a long time (I bought mine in 1983) and there are a lot of holster makers covering that pistol.
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

  4. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    Question for you 6" bbl owners...is a thumb break, or even a retention strap needed for a bbl that long?
    Seems like gravity alone will keep it from going anywhere. Just a thought.

    That's a beauty from SlkFatBlues man...I've seen his work on other forums and it's world class.
  5. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    I like some of el paso's designs but do not like the exposed trigger. It doesnt make much differenc ein draw speed, and leaves a small chance for an ND/AD due to something getting caught on the trigger and your body movement setting it off.

    I recently came across a 586 6" and am in search of a holster as well. I have a simply rugged cattleman for a dan wesson and another for a 1911. I like both but in hindsight i dont think they are really 90$ holsters. Better than a mass produced galco, but not much attention to detail.

    Im keeping an eye on ebay for a used one. They go for cheap used but hard to know if it will fit or not
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Actually it doesn't.

    El Paso holsters are so well fitted to the gun the cylinder can't turn inside the holster.

    And the hammer has a strap over it to keep it from being cocked anyway.

    If the cylinder can't turn, and the hammer can't be manually cocked, the trigger can't be pulled by any amount of force.
    (unless you put it in the holster cocked SA.)

    Last edited: Dec 2, 2012
  7. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    I made this one for a Ruger Gp100, 6"

  8. Lucky Derby

    Lucky Derby Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Simply Rugged.
  9. TwoEyedJack

    TwoEyedJack Well-Known Member

    I had Milt Sparks make me a nice crossdraw for an M66. You can shake it upside down and it does not come out. Very high quality.

  10. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    I would probably go with Simply Rugged.
  11. rayban

    rayban Well-Known Member

    Twoeyed jack....that screw squeezes the leather against the gun to adjust the tight fit, correct?
  12. TwoEyedJack

    TwoEyedJack Well-Known Member

    Yes. There is a slab of leather that is pinched between two others. The screw adjusts the tension. The slab impinges on the bottom of the trigger guard.
  13. Skylerbone

    Skylerbone Well-Known Member

    Any good quality holster will work, the key is finding the exact style you want at a reasonable price.

    Taking longevity in to account a decent holster costs a few dollars a year so the key is really knowing what you want and that comes from experience. So...have you previously carried a revolver and if so, what style holster worked? Just as important IMO is a sturdy belt to handle the weight.
  14. conhntr

    conhntr Well-Known Member

    I want something with a drop; outting the top edge of the grip even with the beltkine when holstered. The only thing i can find for a 6" l frame is high end duty holstersin the 150$ range. Doesnt anyone make a low ride field holster? I hate mid and high ride very uncormfotable for me!!!
  15. Jurist

    Jurist Well-Known Member

    686 holster

    Cabelas has some for around $34.00 will be my next purchase for my 4"686.
  16. JTQ

    JTQ Well-Known Member

  17. wrs840

    wrs840 Well-Known Member

    For my personal purposes, I disagree with the unprotected trigger in a leather revolver holster in most cases.

    If you want it covered, this is the one I have found to be the best:

    Bianchi 111 Cyclone Holster - Plain Tan, RH, Mfg’s #12696, for 6” L-frame, Thumbsnap, strongside or crossdraw. Last time I bought one the best deal was from Optics Planet because of the free shipping.

    My lazy search came up with this: http://www.opticsplanet.com/bianchi-111-cyclone-holster-plain-tan-right-hand-12696.html
  18. railroadman

    railroadman Well-Known Member

    S&W 1917 5 1/2 barrel 45acp

    I like this revolver Can I buy a holster fits this with a good belt.

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