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How do you carry in the field?

I'm looking to get a holster for my 6" 357 mag for hunting/hiking and was curious how people carried their larger revolvers outdoors.

Pics would be great if you want to show off your rig.

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I have come to use a cross

I have come to use a cross chest holster as the preferred method of carry for any situation except when carrying a long gun but even then if the handgun is under a coat. The best holster I have used is the Grizzly Tuff holster! (Grizzlytuff.com)  My second choice is a hip carry called the Wilderness Packer from thewilderness.com. This holster looks like a day planner and can be carried on a belt or other rigs and gives total protection to the gun.

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I have come to use a cross chest

Old Professor, I agree completely with the chest holster!  I hunt Alaska almost every September, and the area where we hunt is crawling alive with cheeky coastal brown bears. This place is about 40 miles west of Katmai Ntnl park, and in September these bears are migrating back to the hills from the park to start digging their winter dens. Because these bear have been around people in the park, they are not intimidated by the presense of humans at all, so will walk right into your camp, and take what they want.  By haveing the hand gun on me at all times I'm never un-armed.

  Even when cooking, or fishing near camp, a rifle is hard to keep in reach but that old beat up 4 5/8ths inch 41 mag is just under my rain gear in a Tanker chest rig, out of the rain, but very accessable, and doesn't interfere with my rifle sling, or the shoulder straps of my pack frame.  A true shoulder holster interferes with both the shoulder straps of the packframe, and the rifle sling on that side! I got used to useing this rig in the army to hold my 45 colt auto, where I was a radio man in an M-42  tank.  

  IMO, anyplace where you have Brown bear, Grizz, or even black bear near natnl parks that hand gun may be your last ditch weapon, and it is always with you.  It is not a big bear gun, but is sure much better than a prayer, I assure you!  

 

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When I am packing a pistol

When I am packing a pistol for a hunt I'll use a shoulder holster where the weight is supported by both shoulders.  Now when I am packing a rifle with me I leave the pistol at home.  No need to pack that other 5 pounds around the hills. 

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I just use a leather

I just use a leather crossdraw belt holster for my 4" Smith. The weight does not seem to be an issue with a gun this size and the crossdraw is more comfortable when back in the truck driving.

 

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How I carry

Here in PA, I don't have to carry a cannon for bear.   All of my hunting is done with iron sighted revolvers, and sometimes I will also carry a rifle.  For all around situations, especially sitting in a tree stand, nothing beats a cross draw holster on the belt.  It allows you to sit the rifle on your legs and pull the revolver when a targets comes close enough or to just use the rifle it it's a long shot.  You can leave it on all day, getting in and our of vehicles.  Cross draw is the way to go, as long as you aren't lugging around an scope mounted monstrocity.

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I have a hip holster that

I have a hip holster that attaches to a belt rather than using a clip for the pants waistband. When scouting I carry my .357 there if I'm not using my big pack. When using my pack I can't carry on my hip because of the waist strap padding of the pack but the waist strap where it buckles is small enough I can slide the left waist buckle through the holster and I carry it in front. Out of the way of my rifle and still very easy to pull out my pistol in a hurry.

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Safety

Oh, I forgot to mention that it is my firm believe that all holsters for field carry ( as opposed to concealed carry for protetion) must cover the trigger and have an extention/strap that goes over the hammer and stops the hammer from getting pulled back.  No ifs, and or buts!  I have read horror stories about old single actions without the tranfer bar safety mechanism firing after the hammer caught on brush.    

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single actions

petemacmahon wrote:

Oh, I forgot to mention that it is my firm believe that all holsters for field carry ( as opposed to concealed carry for protetion) must cover the trigger and have an extention/strap that goes over the hammer and stops the hammer from getting pulled back.  No ifs, and or buts!  I have read horror stories about old single actions without the tranfer bar safety mechanism firing after the hammer caught on brush.    

 

I've heard lots of stories about different firearms accidents and all the excuses for why it was the fault of the firearm. I seriously doubt an older single action has ever gone off by being caught on a branch. I have seen accidents where handguns have gone off and in every case it was the fault of the handler, not the firearm.

Reminds me of the program on TV years ago that was making a big to-do over the single action without a transfer bar. The guy dropped the holstered handgun on the floor and it went off killing him. The wife that saw it claimed her husband was an expert with guns. Well in order for that to happen, there had to be six rounds in the cylinder.As a kid I always heard the keep the hammer on an empty cylinder to carry, our expert did not do that! I knew a guy stationed in Montana that shot himself in the leg with a 22 auto. He was climbing thru a fence with a weapon loaded aqnd the safty off. I absolutely believe that all firearms accidents are preventable.

 

Idon't shoot handguns a whole lot anymore but I too like a holster that covers the trigger and the strap. A holster that covers the trigger can't fire untill the trigger clears the holster and the strap keeps the gun from being inadvertanly dropped. When I am out with a handgun I also usually have some king of coat on. I drape the coat, or could be a shirt, over the gun and as much of the holster as I can. That keeps debree from getting in the holster and if it rains, keeps the gun dry. I hav3e never owned a stainless firearm of any kind, don't like how they look.

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To add to what you said about

To add to what you said about only having 5 rounds in a old single action revolver, I read that the cowboys used to roll up a certain denomination of currency weather it was $5.00, $10.00, or a $20.00 dollar bill and place it into one of the cylinders of their revolver.  This was there burring money just in case they didn't get the job done and somebody else did. 

Also I found it interesting in the movie The Shootistt with John Wayne and Ron Howard.  Howards caracter asked JB Brooks (John Wayne) how many rounds a person should load when going into a fight.  Mr. Brooks said to only load five and place the hammer on a empty cylinder but if your gut told you to to load 6 rounds.   

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My redhawk is carried cross

My redhawk is carried cross draw ,in a Uncle Mikes size 4 on its own belt , and sits right under my fat belly. Don't have to unzip anything to get it, and it has never been in the way of rifle or pack.

Alex

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