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Using drop leg holsers for revolvers?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by oerllikon, Jan 13, 2011.

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  1. oerllikon

    oerllikon Member

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    Is there any reason you shouldnt be able to use a drop leg holster with a revolver? I am looking at a S&W 357 with a 6" barrel. We only have open carry in my state, and i would rather not use a regular holster because the reach for it would be a little awkward. Are there special holsters that are better used with wheel guns?
    Thanks, keep up the great forum!
     
  2. Old Fuff

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    So long as you are standng up rather then sitting a low-slung holster will work equally well for either a pistol or revolver, but when carrying a long-barreled revolver I prefer a high-position rig mounted for cross-draw. As Elmer Keith once pointed out, today one is more likely to drive a pick-up truck rather then ride a horse.. :D
     
  3. rcmodel

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    I agree.
    As long as you are standing up.
    And not driving, or riding the bus.

    And not walking or running.
    In either case, they will beat you black & blue in a days activity.

    Hi-Ride belt holsters with a forward tilt were deemed to be the most comforatable way to carry a handgun 24/7 about 90 years ago.
    Also the very fastest way to get one into action quickly.
    Google "Tom Threepersons holster" to see one of the first, and still best.

    There is nothing uncomfortable about drawing from one once you get used to it.

    At most, a "Jordan River" type drop holster is the maximum amount of drop that is comfortable for all day carry.
    They are helpful in getting the guns grip out from under a coat or jacket.


    My personal view on open carry laws is, you probably don't need to walk around town looking like Matt Dillon or a Swat Team member.

    Just because you can, doesn't mean you should!

    rc
     
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    I'd look at a gun with a shorter barrel for daily carry. The novelty of strapping on a big rig will quickly wear off.
     
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    Modern drop holsters are really designed to allow folk with body armor to carry a sidearm - they are not designed to be comfortable nor exceptionally fast. I tried one briefly (and carried a 4" Model 19 in it) and found it to be sub-optimal for most of my uses other than when I was wearing a large rucksack.

    I vastly preferred a chest rig for those circumstances in which I could not use a common belt rig.

    Word - BTDT.
     
  6. oerllikon

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    Well, it probably wont be a 24 hour dedicated carry gun (since we have to unload and case when driving), and also recreational shooting/competition. Ill definitely look into time tested holster design. Thanks for the help!
     
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    ... whose primary armament is a shotgun, submachine gun or carbine. Outside of this very narrow usage, I can see no use for a "drop-leg" holster. I suggest a crossdraw belt holster with a flap, if the flap, which mostly or entirely covers the gun butt, fits your state's definition of open carry.
     
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    Another reason i had for wanting to use a drop leg, is because our open carry means it has to be completely open. So we have to have our clothes tucked inside the weapon whether its comfortable, stylish or otherwise. I think a tom threepersons style one in black would be the best for me
     
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    Check your PM's
     
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