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Old 07-14-2012, 05:22 PM
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Default "Upside down" shoulder holster

I am thinking of using one of the above for my m19-3 2.5". The only one I find is made by Nevada Gun Leather. I am interested to know if anyone has ordered a holster from them. I plan to use the holster primarily for driving and think I have a handle on what I want, just want a review of the company. Thanks for your time.
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Old 07-14-2012, 07:45 PM
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I've always liked the inverted shoulder rigs,esp.for the K frame snubs.Not familiar with the Nevada,but will check it out.
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I have not ordered from Nevada Gun Leather, but their version of the inverted shoulder holster looks nice and stout.

I have a version that is marked "Colt" and is from the 1960s, I use it with a Colt Agent. The holster works great, especially for driving (when I use it most). The problem I've encountered is that my holster has narrow straps, which tend to move around and dig in after awhile. It would appear the Nevada GL holster would not have those problems, a huge bonus, in my opinion.

I really love the inverted design with a lightweight snub. I'm not sure that I would go with a gun much heavier than 20 ounces though. The issue with inverted holsters is that if you have to run or jump, the up and down motion of your torso can sometimes shake the gun loose. Picture jumping off the back of a pickup truck and landing, your body has shock absorbers (knees, etc), but while you slow down your gun in its holster doesn't. The holster reaches the end of its leash (shoulder straps) and jerks back, the gun being much heavier wants to keep going. As a result your gun could come loose and drop on the ground, not something you want to happen. You might think, "Well I'm not going to be jumping, it's for driving." You stop at a gas station and need to climb in the pickup bed to check the straps on the load of furniture you're carrying. Hop down and boom this happens. To some degree this can be compensated for, by carrying a lightweight gun. The lighter gun won't have the built up inertia that a heavier gun will.

Just some advice on shoulder holsters. I love the inverted design, but it has draw backs. With a heavier gun a vertical shoulder holster that holds the gun with the barrel down might serve better. The Fist #70 looks like a great design (I have not handled it, admittedly), but it overcomes the chief problem with most vertical shoulder holsters, which is the tendency to keep the gun to low. Years ago, I had a great holster that was much older, but had a similar "pouch style" like the Fist, it worked GREAT for K-Frames, because it kept them just high enough, a 4" gun would have the edge of the barrel just barely at the belt line, instead of a full 2 inches of it, like a Bianchi X15 would.

If you do order from Nevada GL let us know, I for one would love to hear some feedback, because I'd love to order one of their inverted holsters.

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I haven't seen the Nevada Gun Leather holster (I need to check them out); however, I have used a Bianchi 9R Agent inverted shoulder holster for my J frames for over thirty years, and it is a great holster for a snub. Bianchi also made them for K frame snubbies, but I don't have one. It is a "clamshell" design with a strong internal spring (leather inside and outside the spring, nothing to mar the finish or dig in to your body), and the only way the gun is going to come out of the holster from jumping down to the ground is if you jump out of a perfectly good airplane and your 'chute doesn't open, in which case the gun coming out of the holster is among the least of your concerns. Frankly, I would like to pick up a similar holster for my 2.5" Model 19, it's a great method of carry for a snub, out of the way, fairly comfortable, and readily accessible.
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I checked out their website Nevadagunholsters.com and the upside down holster looks a lot like the old Safariland design. It uses heavy duty elastic to keep it closed. Looks like a solid design.

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Rusty Sherrick makes one for J frames. He may make you one for the K.
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I remember reading something written by a known author (Ayoob, maybe?) about a cop that had his hammered revolver accidentally cocked while taking off his coat in the squad room. Luckily, his co-workers saw it and rectified the situation

No way will I carry a pistol of any sort pointed at my arm pit.

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Why would a 442/642 be a problem? The trigger is covered, after all...
it would be quite an effort to shoot oneself in the arm pit after yanking the revolver. As Ayoob and others point out, the real danger is sweeping the left arm.
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I carried one for years w/my Model 38. As a lefty I would like to find another one that did not break the bank.
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I really love the inverted design with a lightweight snub. I'm not sure that I would go with a gun much heavier than 20 ounces though.
-Rob
I agree...my Alessi bodyguard works great with my airweight...I never used the one for my P7 without a tie down.....
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The Bianchi 9R covers the hammer on J frames.
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I've been looking at the Ken Null "City Slicker" recently. Priced right and he's been making it for decades.
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