Saturday, June 10, 2017
A very versatile hunting holster
I reviewed a couple of compact .44 Magnum revolvers yesterday. While on the subject of revolvers, I thought I'd mention a holster that's served me very well with larger ones. It's Galco's Kodiak shoulder/cross-chest holster, fitted with what they call an 'ammo bandolier'. (Click the image for a larger view.)
It's worn low on the chest, with the harness pulling it close into one's body to stop it swinging. It's a very practical arrangement for a large, heavy revolver - much more comfortable than trying to carry it in a belt holster, where its excessive weight and length would drag on one's trousers and catch vegetation in passing. (Both images courtesy of Galco.)
The illustrations above are of a holster made for a Smith & Wesson Model 500 revolver, chambered for the .500 S&W Magnum cartridge. Mine is made for a 6-round .44 Magnum revolver. It fits several models with equal facility - and not a sloppy fit, either, but a good firm one, allowing rapid withdrawal when necessary, but holding the gun securely while walking. It's a very impressive and versatile piece of leatherwork. It's long enough to accommodate an 8" barrel, and longer ones simply protrude a bit from the bottom of the holster. Irrespective of barrel length, the balance remains good. I've carried in it everything from a S&W Model 629 PowerPort with 6½" barrel (similar to this one), through a Ruger Redhawk 7½" and a Super Redhawk 9½", to a Taurus Raging Bull with an 8" barrel (for which it was originally made) and an older Taurus Model 44 with 6½" barrel. All fit and functioned just fine.
If you need a strong, well-made field holster that also looks good, I can personally recommend this model. It's expensive (the holster is listed at $209.95, and the ammo bandolier is an additional $59.95), but if you need something like this, and want high-quality workmanship, it's probably good value for your money.
(No, Galco's not compensating me in any way for recommending their products, and I obtained my holster through a third party. I just like to keep my readers informed about good stuff I encounter.)