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    Does anyone open carry a revolver?

    Does anyone open carry a revolver? I am curious about your gun and setup. What holster do you use? What do you carry your spare ammo in and who made it?

    I've been looking for a revolver holster along the lines of the Safariland ALS. I want more retention than just a snap.
    Does anyone here actually believe that the Founders were sitting around in John Adams' tavern UNARMED because they believed a bar should be a gun free zone?

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    Howdy Amigo!
    The only revolver I have is a Judge with a 3" cylinder. It is among the largest of the Judge line.
    There is a local fellow who will make custom holsters for various handguns.
    He had one with a Judge in it.
    He put it on.
    Concealed it under his clothing.
    I was totally surprised how it was nearly impossible to detect.
    Hence, with my brand new CCW permit....
    I may carry the Judge now and again.
    Haven't yet, but predict it will be in my future!

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    I don't often any more in the city. Nowadays, the times that I open carry, it's the Kimber 1911. For concealed carry, it's the same and/or a S&W Model 340PD AirLite .357 Magnum, though. That one stays concealed even when the Kimber is out in the open. So, I guess you could really say I am sometimes carrying a revolver at the times that I am open-carrying!

    In the rural areas, which is fairly often in my many travels, my preferred piece is still my Ruger Vaquero .45 Colt (7-1/2"), usually open carried in either a tight (not sagging) cartridge loop belt and holster or a Safariland vertical shoulder holster (from back when they still made real leather.)

    Many years ago, my primary open and concealed carry piece was a S&W Model 19-7 from the Performance Center, called a K-Comp. 3" heavy ported barrel with compensator and SMOOTH trigger.

    I rarely carry extra ammunition on my person. There's an entire debate there.
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    M-T: Does your local contact have a website?

    MAC: What leather do you use for your 340?
    Does anyone here actually believe that the Founders were sitting around in John Adams' tavern UNARMED because they believed a bar should be a gun free zone?

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    Leather? Ha! I carry that S&W M340PD in a $5 used Uncle Mike's IWB clipped into a cowboy boot or appendix carry. The Vaquero gets all the pretty leather.

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    Daily carry is a Taurus Tracker 455 in .45acp, in a custom ('cause nobody made a holster specifically for it and I do not like generic almost-fit holsters) zero-cant belt slide with a retention strap, and two "stellar" clips (their name for the moon clip) carried in a cheap nylon speedloader pouch. For dressier occassions any of a number of 1917s (3-inch to 6-inch barrel) with fancy stocks in various zero-cant leather holsters, and four full-moon clips carried in a leather speedloader carrier. (It's an old-time trick to put 2 moon clips in each pouch part.)

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    Sometimes I carry a Ruger GP100 .357, stainless steel 4" barrel, in a leather Bianchi holster. It's a three loop holster with a simple retention snap but it also holds the weapon very tightly and also snug against the body. I also usually carry two speed-loaders in a speed-loader pouch for some reason.

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    I will sometimes carry my SP101 (.357) in a leather belt holster, although I forget the brand. It is usually my "car" gun though and I keep it as backup in a convenient spot.

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    I will open carry my Judge w/ 6.5" barrel on special occasions such as an open carry meet and greet , outoodr OC picnic, etc., local grocery store. The only way I would consider concealed carry would be for a shoulder holster that would hold the firearm vertically with the barrel facing down. I would get the kind that has the extra "Mag." pouches opposite of the firarm and "modify" the pouches to carry speed loaders.

    I use a black nylon (long) holster w/ retention strap. Carry extra rounds in a black leather case designed to carry ammo. opposite my strongarm side. Both .45 Cal. and 410 shells fit into it similar to a shotgun shell holder / belt...

    As soon as money allows, I am planning on a couple of speed loaders with holders that attache to a belt, but speed loaders are not a priority as it is not my firearm of choice for daily carry.

    Another point... I have notice that some above (including myself) carry their revolvers "occasionally" I make it a point to "practice" my draw with the (unloaded) revolver as well as at shooting it at the range. Last thing anyone needs is to need your sidearm "in a hurry" an fumble the draw from only carrying occasionally....

    Just sayin...

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    I carry a Smith and Wesson model 10, .38 Special, in a Bianchi 111 cyclone holster. For extra cartridges, I wear 2 6 loop belt slides that I got from El Paso Saddlery on my belt. El Paso Saddlery has a wide variety of holster styles as well as cartridge slides and speed loader carriers. It's worth checking out.

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    My only carry pistol is a 3" barrel FN Barracuda in .357. I carry it in this holster: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VOBVBE cross draw at about 10/11 oclock. One speedloader for a SW K frame in my left front pocket. I found the SW speedloader doesn't match quite like I wanted so I'll have to make my own once I get some time hopefully in the next few weeks.

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    I most frequently carry a 6" colt in a Ross leather hunting holster (full cover)

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    .38 spl Military/Police. Black nylon holster I picked up for $20 at Scheels. Usually wear it cross-draw style because it's more comforatable, and it's easier for me to guard the grip of the weapon. Also makes it a little easier to draw while sitting in a car.

    Not my ideal setup, but it's what I can afford at the moment. Eventually I want to get something more like this

    http://www.mernickleholsters.com/pssys/ps6dasys.html

    although I kinda like this holster better:

    http://www.mernickleholsters.com/pssys/ps6dasr3.html
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    Out in the sticks, my .357 Blackhawk is a nice companion. If I were worried about 4 legged potential threats, it would be the .44mag Blackhawk. Both 50th Anniversary models. Carry my Smith 586 once in a while, as well. Vast majority of the time, one of my Hi-Powers or SIG 1911s, though. I have a cowboy rig from Gates for the Blackhawks and use a Hunter for the Smith, btw. Fobus and Blade-Tech for the autos.
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    I carry my 6" ruger security six 357 mag. when I think I may need/get to shoot something 4 legged on the farm. I don't carry this daily for personal defense, but it fills that roll quite efficiently when I do carry it. All other times I carry my ruger sr9c either open or concealed depending on where I am going and what I feel like doing that day.
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    I have very occasionally carried my Rossi R461 in .357. When I do I use a leather Galco paddle holster.
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    I carry an S&W 620 in a Galco Highrise holster.

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    I sometimes carry my Colt Detective special in a JB holster.
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    I sometimes open carry

    a Smith & Wesson model 36 or a Ruger Security Six. Just depends on where I am going and what I am doing

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    carry revolver

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Gatz View Post
    My only carry pistol is a 3" barrel FN Barracuda in .357. I carry it in this holster: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003VOBVBE cross draw at about 10/11 oclock. One speedloader for a SW K frame in my left front pocket. I found the SW speedloader doesn't match quite like I wanted so I'll have to make my own once I get some time hopefully in the next few weeks.
    I CARRY RUGER GP100 4in. S/S

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    Generally, no; I carry semi-automatic, recoil-operated, locked-breech pistol(s) day-to-day. If I'm out in the wilderness, either trail-riding, hiking, fishing, or hunting, you might see me OC'ing a .44 magnum revolver.

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    Well...I carry OWB .357 Ruger GP100 4"....not OC though.


    anyone know of a good pancake style cros draw for a ruger GP100?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 230therapy View Post
    Does anyone open carry a revolver? I am curious about your gun and setup. What holster do you use? What do you carry your spare ammo in and who made it?

    I've been looking for a revolver holster along the lines of the Safariland ALS. I want more retention than just a snap.
    I do O.C. a 44 magnum every day,and I make my own holsters, and I engarve them with lots of designs,it is heavy but I like it, and everybody notice it when I walk in downtown Boise every friday,and I been stopped many times and been asked what caliber and why do I carry in the open, and I do have the answer for all those questions.

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    I have a 4.5" Ruger Security Six in .357 Magnum that I sometimes carry in a cheap nylon holster.

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    Depending on my mood, dress and destination:
    A Taurus 605.357 in a Gould & Goodrich paddle, A S&W M-66 .357 in a brown Tex Shoemaker paddle, or black Safariland paddle, a S&W M-640 in a brown or black Tex Shoemaker paddle.
    Extra reloads, sometimes, in a Bianchi speed strip or brown Bucheimer or black Don Hume covered 6 round belt slide.

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