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Holster for 3" J-Frame or SP-101?

Discussion in 'Gear & Accessories' started by Sun195, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    For folks who have a 3" S&W J-Frame or Ruger SP-101, what holster do you use for your gun? I have a 3" S&W 60 and all the holsters seem to be built for 2" or 4" guns. Is a custom holster the way to go, or just get one for a 4" gun, or ???
     
  2. tkdguy

    tkdguy Portland, Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    makes a paddle for the model 60 and the 101. Very nice people to work with. Normally it takes several weeks for them to make a holser. All custom made.
     
  3. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    That's the one drawback to the SP101 3" that I bought. There just aren't a lot of holster makers that make them for the 3" J frame S&W's or the 3" SP101 Ruger.

    I originally got a Kirkpatrick Leather mini paddle. While it is very easy to take on and off, it does tend to shift around a bit and doesn't hold the gun as close to my body as I like. I still use it on occasion, but it isn't my primary carry holster for the SP101.

    I ended up buying a Milt Sparks PMK and I really like it. It is an open top design, but it holds the gun very well and I like the way it rides. If you can put up with the 6-7 month wait, they are worth it.
     
  4. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    I was just talking to the owner of Soertia Leather yesterday about making a holster for a 3" j-frame. She said she could do it. Her holsters are the best.
     
  5. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    Thanks - I'll have to take a look at those.

    I'm not sure why, but I'm pretty cheap when it comes to holsters. I doubt I've paid more than $75 for a holster. Kind of silly given how important a role they play.
     
  6. Cougfan2

    Cougfan2 Hillsboro, OR Well-Known Member

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    I used to buy cheap holsters until it finally sunk in that I was throwing good money after bad with holsters that didn't fit properly and didn't last.

    Buying a quality handgun and then a cheap holster for it is kind of like buying a Mercedes Benz and putting retreads on it.
     
  7. PlayboyPenguin

    PlayboyPenguin Pacific Northwest Well-Known Member 2016 Volunteer

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    Soteria's holsters are not much more than buying a Galco holster but they are light years more comfortable IMHO. Galco is a good holster and very well made but they are generic and made to work pretty good for everyone but not great for anyone.
     
  8. Ought Six

    Ought Six Snoqualmie Valley area Active Member

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    I have been carrying my new 3" SP101 in a Bladetech Nano IWB holster. I used leather holsters from top makers for many years before trying Bladetech. Now Bladetech is all I use for concealment holsters.