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Old December 24, 2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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I just bought my first S&W revolver a 686 plus 3" 357 in magnum. I desperately need a great "LEFT HANDED"holster for concealement as I live in Florida.

1- Is there a decent one one for in the waist?

2- Is there a decent one for general all around carry?

all comments & suggestions are welcome as always.
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Old December 24, 2017, 07:31 PM   #2
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I have a few by Uncle Mike and I like them.

Take a look at this link: http://www.unclemikes.com/products/h...-pant-holsters
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Old December 24, 2017, 09:31 PM   #3
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The following guys will make one for https://epsaddlery.com/product/ez-carry-holster/
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Old December 25, 2017, 10:49 PM   #4
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Nothing special about left hand holsters; everybody makes 'em. You want a "great" holster but didn't state a price range. Makes it difficult to advise. Uncle Mikes is the opposite of great. El Paso Saddlery is very good as is Simply Rugged, Lobo Leather and many others. Milt Sparks and Rosen are great along with a few others.

One thing to think about is that the 686 is a chunky piece. I know as I often carry a 2 1/2". You'll want a well built, very good to great holster. Mine is a custom pancake made by a local Border Patrolman. Cost $150 and it's worth it. You absolutely need a very good to great belt.
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Old December 26, 2017, 09:34 AM   #5
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Left Handed

I’m a lefty and finding a holster style I like can be a pain(especially for out of production guns ).

for an IWB my favorite is a leather Blackhawk CQC, OWB triple K has most of their line in left hand and they’re reasonably priced.


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Old December 26, 2017, 05:56 PM   #6
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Galco, Bianchi and High Noon Holsters all quality left handed holsters.
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Old December 27, 2017, 11:00 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone,
Now I have something
To work on. As to $$$$
I will not cheap out on a
36 ounce Revolver.
Darn thing is quite a
Load.
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Old December 28, 2017, 11:57 AM   #8
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Doc The link to El Paso Saddlery is a good one. They make a high quality product. For the quality of the work their prices are very reasonable. Their belts are highly regarded as well.
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Old December 28, 2017, 01:41 PM   #9
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"...Uncle Mikes is the opposite of great..." That's not exactly true. Uncle Mike's stuff is cheap, functional and light weight. Only issue with their revolver holster is the ballistic nylon goes flat when the revolver isn't in it. Hard to re-holster with one hand. Their shoulder holster is great. About $40 vs $200 or $300 from El Paso.
36 ounces is nothing. Heavy for a 3" revolver though. Anyway, decide on your budget first as always.
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Old December 28, 2017, 11:56 PM   #10
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"...Uncle Mikes is the opposite of great..." That's not exactly true.
Nope, wrong again T. They're loose shapeless bags.

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Their shoulder holster is great.
No it's not; an Andrews shoulder holster is great.

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$200 or $300 from El Paso.
You'll have to show me one of these. Most EPS holsters are in the $80 to $120 range.

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36 ounces is nothing. Heavy for a 3" revolver though.
That's my point. I carried Colt and USGI Governments for nearly 40 years and, while heavy, the weight is distributed quite differently due to the length and slimness of the 1911. A short, fat revolver tends to lean away from the body and requires a good belt and holster.

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Anyway, decide on your budget first as always.
Hmmm. While an UM holster is a better than nothing option for those with limited means, I suppose someone who has bought a +/- $600 pistol can pony up the $70 that a Lobo Leather pancake costs.

I stand by my original post.
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Old December 29, 2017, 12:05 AM   #11
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IWB

Look at Alien Gear holsters. I find them quite reasonable and their IWB holster easily converts to OWB.
They give excellent support as well.
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Old December 29, 2017, 06:12 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for all of your help & expert opinions. I bought a LOBO
Enhanced Pancake Holster in black for my S&W.
Spoke to the owner's wife Alethea Fedders. Between she & my wife, they put together all of the details & additions. It will be here in about 6 weeks. Just in time for Valentines Day.
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Old January 7, 2018, 05:13 PM   #13
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I'd look at Simply Rugged holsters. Very well made .I'm a lefty also and really like their holsters
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Old January 7, 2018, 06:13 PM   #14
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You absolutely need a very good to great belt.
Without this, what holster you get won't matter.
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Old January 8, 2018, 11:15 AM   #15
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I like the Safariland 568.
There used to be a 567 with a slotted backing plate, and 568 with paddle, but Safariland apparently now combines the two, giving the option of belt slots or paddle, under the 568 number.

The holster has multiple adjustments for fit and retention, it's suede-lined - not good in dusty environments if you like your gun's finish - and while the exterior is made from tough synthetic materials, it looks more like a traditional holster than do one-piece, molded or folded holsters.
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Old February 15, 2018, 11:57 PM   #16
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Milt Sparks. Makes top quality holsters, right hand and left hand.
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Old February 16, 2018, 07:02 PM   #17
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Milt Sparks, Galco, Blade-tech - I have revolver holsters from all of them and they work pretty well.
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