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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:18 PM   #1
 
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Extreme Hiking / Climbing Holster

I am a professional landscape photographer and do an enormous amount of back country / mountain climbing / mountain stream hiking and have always carried my sidearm in my equipment backpack. I have recently been thinking that an outside the waist holster would be a very good investment..... in that I would be able to get to my sidearm in a hurry if needed.... I carry a LC9S and yes, I have thought of carrying in my pocket and inside my waistband...neither of which is an appealing option with all the climbing and water crossings.... my question is this.... what material types and what rigs would you fellas suggest.... Thanks for the input.....



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Old February 14th, 2017, 01:56 PM   #2
 
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I don't have your model pistol but I like the Bianchi Kydex belt holster with a snap strap for my Bersa. Don't have to worry about leather getting scratched up or the pistol falling out when you're boulder scrambling. There must be one for the LC9.
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You may want to consider a chest rig. Simply Rugged makes a pretty nice chest system.
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You may want to consider a chest rig. Simply Rugged makes a pretty nice chest system.
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I would also recommend either a chest or shoulder rig holster, however, I would definitely stay away from the Simply Rugged Chesty Puller rig. While all other Simply Rugged products are top notch, I was deeply dissapointed in this product. It is simply a couple of leather straps with buckles that attach to a pancake type or similar holster.

On the other hand I can definitely recommend El Paso Saddlery or Mountain Home Leather, both of which make custom shoulder and chest rigs. I have one from each maker and was very satisfied with the quality and workmanship.
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JohnB, isn't that what all chest holsters are? Just a bunch of straps hooked to a pancake holster. Just so happens you can remove the holster from the straps with the simply rugged system.Did you have a problem with yours? Not tryin to cause trouble, just wonderin.
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look at the el paso saddlery military style tanker holster and several makers make a sportsman's version. I like the kraemer version
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emay, no, it's not what all chest rigs are like, but it is what Simply Rugged markets and that's not what I was looking for. I have one from El Paso Saddelry and one from Mountain Home Leather that are made similarly to shoulder rigs but sit across the chest rather than under the arm. Better made and much more comfortable and secure.
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Thanks for the input fellas!!!
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If it is going to get used in as harsh and environment as it sounds then I would want something that protects the handgun as much as possible. Something with a top flap that snaps like the old military 1911 holsters. It would be belt carry as a chest holster could get in the way when climbing. Less likely at the 4:00 position. Don't know if the holster even exists for your carry handgun.
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You do not want a chest rig or wear it behind you in rough steep terrain , when you fall on your chest or back its going to hurt , something on the side leather with a strap is safer , I have had my SR9c and my J Frame ripped out of my side holster a least a half a dozen times when falling in these mountains around here but at least I did not land on them. I really should have a strap and it would not happen.
I have a Fobus for the SR9c that holds the pistol well but sticks out farther and gets caught on limbs, I do carry an instrument and tripod over my right shoulder which kinda of exposes my side.
Don't know your terrain but if you are not going thru a lot of brush the Fobus or Kydex style with firm hold would be my suggestion,
I have carried a 4" S&W in 357 in my brothers shoulder rig under the left arm and it was not bad except when swinging a bush axe.
The BigFoot gun belt I wear makes toting a lot better as well.
We have a LC9s and you barely feel it on the belt.
Good luck and lets see some pictures of your adventures

Terry P mentioned military style for better protection and who better than the military for ideas. My wife has a 1903 Colt in 32 acp which is similar in size the Colt roughly 1" longer and just a little slimmer than the Ruger but the holster should fit if you could find one.

A closed holster would be better as well, a couple of times I had to clean the barrel out after falling . The extra inch in a 1903 holster could be sewed shut if open.

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I have a Galco Silhouette, very pleased with it. Looks good, comfortable for concealed or open.
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Started doing a bunch of hiking a couple years ago. (did Mt Washington this past fall). Decided some areas might warrant carrying a handgun. Initially thought chest holster but didn't want the harness and all they entail. Looked and looked and looked, knowing what I wanted. Found RGrizzle's site and *bang* there it was. It's his "SS/SSR" model. Allows me frontal carry just off from center at an angle and depth I choose. Outstanding quality and attention to detail (and Im fussy with holsters). Will be used for my HK P2000sk.

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Great suggestions......I am certainly checking them all out.....as far as pics.... i thought that was forbidden on this site? Wouldn't mind sharing a few for all to see...but don't want to stir up trouble....
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I just bought a Kenai chest holster from Gunfighters Inc to carry my Alaskan in, I haven't used it out in the woods yet but it is pretty comfortable and seems very well made. I didn't want a leather rig since I will be using it on the river and while hiking.
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