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K vs. L frame holster fit: any difference?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by ArmedBear, Apr 17, 2009.

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  1. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

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    Is there any difference in holster fit between a K and an L?

    I'm looking at a leather holster that is shaped to the profile of the revolver, like this N-frame holster:

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  2. BhmBill

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    I just got my Fobus paddle holster for my L frame S&W 581 yesterday and the packaging says it's good for K & L frames and Taurus 65's, 66's, and 431's.

    I'd say fobus probably knows what they're talkin about and I imagine K and L frame holsters are interchangeable, depending on barrel length of course.

    Good Luck
     
  3. hoptob

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    There is a difference. :( K-frame is slightly smaller than L-frame as I am sure you know. A well made K-frame leather holster will be too tight for an L-frame. You can stretch it and it makes for a very nice "custom" fit for your L-frame, but after it is stretched, K-frame will feel loose. L-frame holster can be used with K-frame especially if it has a thumb break; the fit is loose but servicable. OT but K-frame holsters fit Ruger Six series revolvers very well.

    Mike
     
  4. pogo2

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    Slight difference in size, K vs. L

    I'd agree with hoptob above. I have a holster for a 2.5 inch S&W model 66, and also own a 2.5 inch S&W model 686. The 686 will fit in the holster, but it is a tighter fit than the model 66. So even though holster makers will advertise that their holster handles both K and L frames, in fact the L frames are slightly bigger and will fit more tightly.
     
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    I stand corrected.

    So K & L's fit in a L frame holster, but L's don't fit too great in a K frame holster.
     
  6. jad0110

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    Yep, as hoptob indicated, though K & L Frames share the same grip frame (same trigger reach), the L Frame has a bit more girth than the K, which is plainly obvious when holding them side-by-side.

    Though my 686 fits my FIST #20 for a K Frame, I can tell that it would stretch it to the point of becoming useless for my K Frame Model 15. Best to spend the extra dough and get dedicated K and L frame holsters.
     
  7. ArmedBear

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    I bought the holster.

    Indeed, it's loose on my Model 10.

    Damn. The old 10 has nice blue on it still; I don't want to hike around with it rubbing the inside of the holster.

    The question is, do I keep the holster or return it?

    (Someday, I will end up with a 686, 620, Taurus 66 or GP100, all of which are supposed to fit.)

    It's a Triple-K Carry Lite, for $24 new. Not a bad price. But I don't currently own the revolver that fits just right in it.:)

    If I keep it, I have an excuse to jump on a 686 if I see a deal on one...:D
     
  8. tasco 74

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    when i bought my bianchi ranger belt and holster set for my s&w model27 n- frame i got a k-l frame holster because i liked how it held it in tighter.... the ranger holster is nylon not leather so that might make a difference.....

    LIFE IS SHORT.....
     
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    dfariswheel, I was looking at the web site you suggested for ArmedBear's revolver. My question: Is a model 64 a K or and L frame?

    I have one and like the look of that holester.
     
  11. Oro

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    ArmedBear - I'd return it. If you want a K in it, and it's already sloppy, it's going to rub the finish like you said. The dimensional differences in a K/L are 1/8" in each direction - cylinder overall width (diameter) and frame height. A holster that fits an L properly just will not fit a K correctly.

    mesinge2, the 64 is a K frame revolver, it is the ss version of the model 10 Military & Police.
     
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    Thanks, Oro.
     
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