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Old December 3, 2008, 10:08 PM   #1
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Need holster suggestions

I'm going to be picking up a 4" S&W 686 later this week hopefully. The two main uses for the gun beyond target shooting will be home defense and carrying around the farm, so I need to find a good, comfortable open carry holster. I was thinking a basic well-made belt holster of some kind. The problem is I seem to get a little lightheaded whenever I look through all the choices out there. Any suggestions on a holster that I can wear all day and forget it's there?

If it makes any difference, I've got a pretty thin frame, 5'11" and ~140 lbs.
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Old December 3, 2008, 10:23 PM   #2
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I like the Simply rugged Pancake holster. I have 2 of them. I have loaded pancake for a Redhawk 5.5" and a Plain Pancake for a Ruger SBH 4 5/8". I wear mine a lot and they are very comfortable. They hold the gun close to you and it is very secure. I ride/walk/hunt and fish with mine on and I have never had a problem.

http://www.simplyrugged.com/

I think you will like them and they are not all that spendy.
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Old December 3, 2008, 10:30 PM   #3
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I keep mine in the safe upstairs but when i have it out for hunting i use a pancake holster tilted foward.If you need a holster check this site out.
www.packinheatleather.com
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Old December 4, 2008, 12:30 PM   #4
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Another Simply Rugged pancake holster fan here! The pic is my Simply Rugged Pancake with a 5.5" ruger Redhawk. Great for carry in the woods.
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Old December 4, 2008, 03:37 PM   #5
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I suggest a Bianchi 7L. It's a three slot pancake holster with a thumb break. It doesn't sit too high, yet is concealable if you need it to be. Mine has shown to be very rugged and comfortable while hunting.
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Old December 4, 2008, 03:59 PM   #6
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Don Hume 721OT. I use one for my 4" N-frame, and it holds the gun high and tight, protecting the gun, while still being accessible. Hume stuff is both good and inexpensive.
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Old December 4, 2008, 05:04 PM   #7
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I use a Bianchi 5BHL. It's lined, thumb snap retention and leaves the entire grip exposed for quick and easy purchase. The holster is designed so that the gun itself rides approximately centered on the belt, which I find keeps it from feeling like I have to pull the gun all the way to my armpit to clear the holster, but high enough so that it's out of the way for doing everyday things.
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Old December 4, 2008, 06:22 PM   #8
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+2 for http://www.packinheatleather.com/ They have great prices and great service.

+ 2 for the Bianchi 5BHL. I carry a S&W 686 6" .357 and its a great holster.
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Old December 4, 2008, 09:41 PM   #9
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Nice lookin holster Dairy creek! I thin the Simply rugged holsters are the best for the money. My 2 cents worth.
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Old December 4, 2008, 09:48 PM   #10
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Galco.

For a leather field holster I would suggest two products made by Galco.

One would be their Dual Position Phoenix. It can be worn strong side or crossdraw. It's heavy leather and suede lined. It carries very well.

The other would be their F.L.E.T.C.H. model. It has a thumb break. I figure it might be helpful for retention while working.

http://www.lightningarms.com/products.htm

Lightning Arms in Oregon is one of the best companies out there for gun leather. Check them out.
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Old December 5, 2008, 11:27 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I've decided to give Simply Rugged's Flap Jack a try. It's a rare occasion that I'll be needing to actually draw and I like the extra protection from scratches it provides the grip.
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