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Old May 29, 2012, 07:08 PM   #1
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Galco, Bianchi, or Desantis?

Got to get a leather holster for my Smith and Wesson 686+ 4" barrel revolver and can't make up my mind which of these manufacturers to go with. Any opinions? I am leaning towards a thumb break type holster. I've got some discounts coming from Midway so I am looking to make a purchase from them. Thanks!
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Old May 29, 2012, 07:21 PM   #2
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Better forget Bianchi, it was bought by ..

Safariland and is slowly being withdrawn from the market.

Good luck on the search.
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Old May 29, 2012, 08:48 PM   #3
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Out of those three, and I own holsters from each, I think Galco and Bianchi are made a little more robust than DeSantis. Galco and Bianchi are pretty much a toss up.
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Old May 29, 2012, 09:48 PM   #4
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Since it's a 4" gun I assume you wan't it to look nice on your hip. Of those mentioned Galco makes the nicest leather.

The Phoenix by Galco is top notch.
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Old May 30, 2012, 04:53 AM   #5
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Out of those three, and I own holsters from each, I think Galco and Bianchi are made a little more robust than DeSantis. Galco and Bianchi are pretty much a toss up.
Agreed. I usually end up going with Galco. For some reason I can always find Galco lefty models at my LGS but not much Bianchi.

You could also spend around the same money and have this guy make you exactly what you want...

http://www.rgleather.freehomepage.com/contact.html

His quick, makes a quality product and is very reasonably priced.
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Old May 30, 2012, 06:16 AM   #6
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When looking for that kind of holster (belt holster), I pretty much choose Bianchi 5BHL.
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Old May 30, 2012, 10:27 AM   #7
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Bianchi Cyclone 111. suede lined, able to use crossdraw, covered trigger guard, and tough as nails.
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Old May 30, 2012, 10:31 AM   #8
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I'm a fan of Galco holsters. Use one with my pre model 37
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Old May 30, 2012, 08:23 PM   #9
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Re: Galco, Bianchi, or Desantis?

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Galco, Bianchi, or Desantis?
Got to get a leather holster for my Smith and Wesson 686+ 4" barrel revolver and can't make up my mind which of these manufacturers to go with. Any opinions? I am leaning towards a thumb break type holster. I've got some discounts coming from Midway so I am looking to make a purchase from them. Thanks!
I have the same gun and I use a Galco® FLETCH High Ride Belt holster #FL104B; see here.........
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Old May 31, 2012, 09:21 PM   #10
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Badge851, I'm leaning towards the same

I like the Galco Fletch holster also, just in tan or brown. It seems to do what I want. I have a fletch style holster for my Stoeger Cougar and it works good. Nice pic of your Smith in the holster.
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