I myself would LOVE to carry an old school SAA drop loop rig, above anything else. It's rustic, beautiful, elegant, traditional, historical, and harbors the flavor of old school America. If i can get more comfortable, and OC becomes more understood and accepted, this is exactly what i would carry too.
It gets my thumbs up.
Edit as P.S.
- I used to live in Extreme Northern CA out on several acres of land, Beautiful country with fresh air and wildlife abound. I very often wore a old school drop loop with the little leather "string" It is 100% my preferred choice of rig. I never really had a problem with it, although I admit to replacing it with a brown heavy duty "shoe String" as i felt it was stronger, more secure, and would remove or "untie" faster by hand than leather. I felt the string mod gave me more options to either make a loop that came off easy (read as quick draw)- or if needed i could tie the hammer down tight to keep it more secure (long or rough exploring with climbing and or jumping involved). There are also a couple other little tricks i picked up to deal with retention, and/or accessibility. I had two drop loop rigs, One was for a shortened 1860 cap and ball revolver, cut down to SAA length for fast slinging. The other was for a bit more modern Ruger GP-100, double action, but very similar grip feel to the classics, and yes i usually thumb cock even on fast shots. The rig is and will be fine if managed properly.
Yes, i was an old school gun slinger back in the day...hehe.. still kinda am.