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Old 05-23-2020, 02:55 PM
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Question Need Ideas/Suggestions for New Leather OWB Holster for 686 + Deluxe 3

Would like something really nice. Exotic skins or trim would be nice. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Pics too if you have them!
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Sorry, don't have any fancy suggestions. Just wanted to tell you that I think you have a 3" barrel in the picture, not a 4".

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Yes, you are correct. I have made other posts today about another gun that is a 4” and wasn’t paying attention. Thank you for pointing that out.
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Here's a beautiful holster I had Tim at TT Gunleather make for me. Sadly, I sold the gun and the holster years ago.
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I was just going to suggest TT Gunleather. I've gotten a few pieces of gear from them, albeit plain with no exotic trim, and the quality is excellent. He has options for exotic trim. IIRC, I think I've seen him offer elephant, ostrich, and shark skins, maybe some others (alligator?). I would definitely suggest checking them out.
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Here's a beautiful holster I had Tim at TT Gunleather make for me. Sadly, I sold the gun and the holster years ago.
That is beautiful! Exactly what Im talking about. Sorry you sold it. 😞
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Bob Mernickle makes some good stuff. This is a plain Jane model.
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Nice! I will check it out
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D. M. Bullard makes some nice stuff. Here's a few I have for a 629 Classic.



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I have a nice floral carved with dyed background from Mernickle from about ten years ago for a snub M66. He sold his business so I don't know much about the new people, but they do have a web site.
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Rudy could probably make this style for your gun. The shark skin pancake
was quite affordable back when I got it, but that's been a few years ago.
Rudy Lazano's dba is Black Hills Leather.
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D. M. Bullard makes some nice stuff. Here's a few I have for a 629 Classic.



I'll second on D.M. Bullard. I've have several of his holsters and couldn't be more pleased with them.
You can see his stuff at : Made in USA Premium Leather Holsters, Belts & Accessories – Bullard Leather Mfg.
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Simply Rugged makes outstanding OWB holsters, their version of the 3 slot, the "Sourdough Pancake " is very well regarded.

For more historical and works of art in leather, Purdy Gear, seems to do phenomenal, if pricey, totally customized work.

Hope this helps.
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Check Treestump Leather in Waltham, Maine. Lots of exotic stuff on the web site.
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Here are a few more ideas for your thought process:
Left: Colt's Agent in a lizard skin pancake by Rudy Lazano
2nd: Lawrence pigskin with S&W model 10 2"
3rd Plain with lizard trim also by Rudy Lazano. With 642-1
4th TJ Chestnut faux gator with 642-1
5th KD's gator trim pancake with Colt's Agent
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I've bought multiple custom holsters from Ed Rodek of Rodek Leather Works. I really like his work. Very easy to do business with, very accommodating, and extremely professional. Great guy who I highly recommend. http://www.rodekleather.com/
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Dave Workman, well known gun writer and a member of this Forum, made this for me for my 4" 686+.



I know he can do it for a 3" and exotic if that's your preference.
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