Revolvers may have been eclipsed by auto pistols in contemporary times but that does not mean that the old wheel gun has earned its place in the museum. Owners of revolvers know why they have them.
Firstly, they feel different in your hand and the absence of a magazine has a major impact on the ergonomics of the gun grip and the weight distribution in general. Secondly, a revolver will never have a stovepipe stoppage and it can be chambered in the bigger pistol cartridges.
Yes, there are some semi-autos that are chambered in the larger calibers but they are rare, pretty expensive, and often have a reputation for being temperamental. A revolver is still a decent weapon for self-defense but it really earns its keep in the field of hunting and steel silhouette shooting.
If you own a revolver, I don’t need to win you over. With any gun, a good holster is an important complement to your baby. We have selected some of the best options for you to consider.
|Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB||Kydex/polymer||Highly adjustable|
|1791 GUNLEATHER J-Frame Revolver Holster||High-quality leather||Great price for leather|
|STINGER Belly Band Holster||Bandolier style bullet rings||Breathable fabric|
|Federal Scope Shoulder Holster||Accommodates scopes and optics||Shoulder carry|
|Bianchi Accumold Black Holster 7001 Thumb snap||Thumb snap safety||Open carry|
We selected a range of holsters that are manufactured by companies that offer lifetime warranties, have good after-sales care, and price their products reasonably. All of the holsters in our list are value for money options.
As a revolver owner, you may have a need for more than one holster depending on your user requirements. We have selected a top choice holster for a variety of needs from hunting to concealed carry and range use.
Our selection covers leather, Kydex, and synthetic options. No matter what you use your revolver for, or if you are left-handed-there is a good option here for you.
A basic range holster may be different but when it comes to every day and concealed carry, revolvers are the same as auto-pistols in the sense that you want a holster that adequately covers your gun’s trigger.
This is not just to make it harder for a third party to get at your gun but it’s also to ensure that the chance of an accidental discharge when drawing is removed. All of our daily carry options have been selected with this in mind.
The Alien Gear revolver holster has proven to be a firm favorite with gun owners- coming out tops in a couple of user surveys. The holster is molded for specific models and is available for many Taurus, S&W, Colt, and Ruger revolvers.
The holster material, being plastic, now incorporates a stainless-spring steel core to improve the durability and lifespan of the holster. The holster wings have been given extra neoprene to ensure flexibility, comfort, and an easy fit for any body type.
The adjustable clips also enable you to not only adjust the cant, but you can also play around with the ride height to get the fit just right. The retention can be adjusted using the standard screws on either side of the gun plate which is common for many of these types of Kydex or plastic holsters.
What’s nice about the cloak tuck series is that the holster shells are transferable so you can simply attach a different shell to the wings if you have a few different pistols. It’s easy to see why this holster has won awards- the Alien Gear team has certainly tried to think of everything.
There is only one subjective criticism of this holster and that is the overall size of it. It’s an IWB holster and the length of the wings may be a bit long for skinny people, particularly if you like to wear your holster at the 3 o'clock position.
Apart from that, there really isn’t anything bad that you can say about the holster, it’s also reasonably priced and has the usual Alien Gear lifetime warranty.
The 1791 leather holster is made to fit all J frame revolvers with the one exception of the Taurus J frames. It’s available in four different colors and it carries the usual high standard of stitching and craftsmanship from the 1791 company.
One thing that leather generally has going for it is comfort, however, with this particular holster it sits fairly high on the belt and that may or may not be an issue for prospective users.
One other issue with a small leather holster like this is that it does not have extra belt holes for the cant to be adjusted. Otherwise, this is a very good quality leather holster and you would expect to pay twice as much for a holster of this kind of quality.
The Stinger belly band holster is made to fit most gun types; however, because the holster is made from flexible nylon type fabric, it’s likely that larger revolvers would wiggle around a bit when moving. It’s advisable to use this holster with medium to small size revolvers.
The benefit to belly band holsters that are made out of flexible material is that you have the full range of carry options. It can be used IWB, OWB, appendix carry and cross draw. It can also be worn with just about any clothing, even jogging gear.
A nice extra touch is six ammo bandoliers for spare ammunition. The fabric is very breathable and overall the holster is comfortable to wear. Probably its biggest selling point is its price. There are many other belly band options made from similar fabric but they are all basically the same so there really is no point in paying more.
The Federal shoulder holster is made from Nylon and comes in a Woodland camouflage color. It is designed specifically for revolver hunters that have scopes or optics on their guns.
It has a snap-style thumb break which is pretty easy to engage and its design is suitable for both left and right-handed shooters. The shoulder strap is adjustable and will fit all hunters. One potential issue is the waist strap, which is fairly short. Heavier hunters (those that never go home hungry) may find that the waist strap is too short. In this case, you may need to buy an extended strap.
All that considered, the Federal holster is a classic case of “you get what you pay for”. It’s a fairly basic holster that suits its intended purpose and is good value for money. You will not find a nylon hunting holster that is any better for a similar price. If you want to go up the scale a bit, then you are looking at a leather holster.
It would be nice if the holster had a few more color and camouflage options but in general it’s a good buy for a basic holster, particularly for southpaws that can struggle to find suitable hunting holsters.
The Bianchi is a pretty simple nylon holster for K-frame revolvers. It’s intended to ride high on the belt and has a coptex inner lining to facilitate a smoother draw.
The thumb strap is adjustable and doubles up as a safety measure as well as an adjustable retention feature. A good selling point for this holster is that it has as many as 17 different color options.
The single plastic belt loop is very tight but this is probably intentional in order to ensure that the holster doesn’t move around on your belt. One small issue is that the thumb strap connects under the belt loop at the back which may not be the best design because it makes it harder to feed a belt through the loop.
For the price, this is a great range and occasional open carry holster. It’s basic but that’s all that is needed from a holster when you are spending a day at the range.
The wheel keeps on turning. Our top picks should give you a good choice for each and any need that you have for your revolver. Whether you’re just having fun at the range, hunting, or concealed carrying every day, you should be covered.