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Old April 29th, 2010, 01:15 AM   #1
 
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.44 blackhawk holster

Hi all, New here, looks like a pretty informative site.
Ive ordered a super blackhawk .44 caliber, and thinking of getting a hip holster. Im llooking for recomendations from you good people on something resonable I can use.
Iv'e thought about a shoulder holster, but wouldnt a gun that size be a bit bulky under my coat?
I'd llike to take it with me when hunting, as I've had a couple run ins with Mr. bear. Thanks in advance. Doug in NE Pa.



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Hi all, New here, looks like a pretty informative site.
Ive ordered a super blackhawk .44 caliber, and thinking of getting a hip holster. Im llooking for recomendations from you good people on something resonable I can use.
Iv'e thought about a shoulder holster, but wouldnt a gun that size be a bit bulky under my coat?
I'd llike to take it with me when hunting, as I've had a couple run ins with Mr. bear. Thanks in advance. Doug in NE Pa.
paredneck - what barrel length will your new SBH have? Will your hunting expeditions include wearing a backpack or waders? Will you be driving with the holster or chest/shoulder rig in place? These are all possible considerations that may lead to different carry choices.

In short, for carry while hunting or fishing I find longer barrels are easier carried in a cross draw holster (if not using a large pack with waist belt), or chest carry rig (if using pack with waist belt). Anytime I plan to be wearing chest waders, I find chest carry rigs work the best for access to weapon and to minimize interference with arm movement for other activities. For driving with holster/rig in place the cross draw belt holster for barrels less than 6" and chest rigs for longer barrels work the best for me.

Here's a link to another related recent post on this forum that contains other comments, suggestions, and links to recommended holster maker sites: best holster for 45C 5 inch
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Paredneck - Are you gonna put a scope on your rig for hunting? I have an SBH .44 mag hunter version which I just mounted a scope on it and purchased a Galco Kodiak Hunter shoulder holster rig. Haven't actually hunted with the rig, hower I did try it on for size and I think it's gonna be pretty comfortabe and give easy/quick access to the big boy.
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Thank you both.
Its a 7 and a half inch barrel, wont be using a scope, not just yet, anyway. Will probably be walking to hunting site or riding my 4 wheeler.
I dont want to spend a lot, at least not right now, so thats a factor also. Appreciate the advice.
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Also, as I am new to this, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a crossdraw holster?
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My favorite single action holster is the Tom Threepersons as made by El Paso Saddlery
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Leather gun holster, concealed carry holster - Simply Rugged Holsters? - Proudly made in the USA

Scroll down to an option called "The Chesty Puller Conversion System"

Also:

Mernickle Custom Holsters - Performance Series

I have one of Mernickle's holsters for my 4 5/8" Blackhawk. It works well - solid retention, but quick to draw from if needed.
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+1 RNorris

I own and use that same holster and it's served me well.



Mine happens to have a Browning Buck Mark in it, but it works with my Ruger Mark II also.

They make them for most gun types and calibers.

Good quality holsters.

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I absolutely love my El Paso Threepersons holsters. In fact, at this time I am saving up for 3 more holsters for guns that don't have one now. Crossdraw for any with barrels over 5-1/2", strongside for those under. Works great when all the Blackhawks have 4-5/8" barrels and my N-frame Smiths have 4" ones. But, I had to go and get some with longer barrels, thus more shopping to do. Also, I have basketweave finish on my holsters to cover up any scratches that might come along. This is a trick I learned reading the great Herters catalog back in the 60's.
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Thanks for the responces. I have a holster for my 1851 Navy Colt blackpowder. I wonder if that would work?
Gun is in and Im heading after work to do the paper work. Hope I didnt get in over my head with such a big weapon. Take care all.
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Also, as I am new to this, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a crossdraw holster?
In my opinion and limited use I believe that a cross draw holster will give me enough range of motion to smoothly and quickly withdraw the gun from the holster, especially with the longer 7 1/2" barrel. However you should realize that the holster is especially designed with an open top so that the scope and rings are outside the holster and only about one inch of the front of the barrel is in the holster. What this means for the hunter is that you won't have to withdraw the revolver the full length to clear the holster giving you quicker release from the holster and hopefully faster targeting.
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Just a cpl of thoughts...the Tom Threepersons is my favorite for daily carry here on the farm, on foot, doing chores, 'cause I like the look of it. Mounted on horseback, it's not in the way even with the 6-1/2" Anniversary .44 or its .41 Mag brother. With a Colt 7-1/2" SSA it's fine mounted as well. But on a tractor, either is a PITA. Sitting in a deer stand or on the ground, the muzzles drag in the dirt or bump the belt up against my ribs and any thought of use in a car is out of the question.

The cross draw works sort of ok in the car, but the seat belt becomes a PITA, and sometimes too on the tractor depending on how close you wear it to your belt buckle, but is a real no s--t PITA banging your left elbow if you're mounted. The reins are in your left hand and your elbow spends all day banging against the hammer...yeah, I know...it's now the 21st century, but then we're talking about an 1873 vintage design too.

For hunting, in cold weather, neither (the strong side TT or the cross draw) makes sense to me...too hard to get to the gun, and it's gonna get wet if you wear a jacket short enough to let you draw. Wet leather and blue steel equal rust in as little as 8 hours...don't ask me how I know...I'll be crying the rest of the night.

A front mounted "tanker" type of shoulder rig might be the answer. The gun's protected, and you can draw it if your zipper is down just a little.And it's out of the way in all three places...horseback, tractor, and car. On the ground and in your stand, it's not going to be a problem either. Can't say that I like the look of them, but it's the most practical. If you take a tumble though, it's going to be broken rib city, good weather protection for the gun however.

I wore an Army "tanker" for two tours in Vietnam in the early 70's, carrying a .45, .38 Special, or 9mm out of the way when I was flying, but with me if I had to get out of Uncle Sam's conveyance. Son #2 is wearing one of his own make, though of the same general design, in Afganistan, flying as well. He, like me, does his own leather work and was once asked what's with the old timey leather...his answer was, "'cause my old man and John Wayne wouldn't be caught dead in a piece of plastic s..t". He's a good son, but prone to some small degree of exaggeration.

Gonna try and add a cpl of pics here. Check El Paso's Saddlery site. All their work is first rate but not cheap. Best Regards, Rodfac

Tom Threepersons, belt sheath and holster all our own work.

Another one with a rough out gun belt. This too we made.

Son's Tanker; in use it suspends over his left breast pocket.

Another type of "Tanker" in place....El Paso has this model as far as I know.

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Is this what you're looking for? The Cowboy and Shooters Supply : Nylon Bandolier Hunting Holster by Passport - Made in the USA
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If you can spend a few dollars more for a holster that is not so generic . You can get top notch leather here . Home Page Barranti Leather.
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