Smith & Wesson Forum

Go Back   Smith & Wesson Forum > Smith & Wesson Revolvers > S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present
Forum Register Expert Commentary Members List


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-23-2012, 04:22 PM
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Barberton, Oh
Posts: 161
Likes: 0
Liked 46 Times in 24 Posts
Default Holster for Model 36 3 inch

Any recommendations for OWB holsters for a 3 in. Model 36 ? Only stipulation is that it keeps the gun close to the body. Thanks !!
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 10-23-2012, 05:09 PM
Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 362
Likes: 21
Liked 97 Times in 44 Posts
Default

I've got a Milt Sparks PMK, a Simply Rugged Sourdough Pancake, and a Lobo Leather snap-loop pancake holster for mine. All good holsters for the money.

The Lobo Leather snap loop is the easiest on and off; in horsehide it is also the thinnest.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-23-2012, 05:41 PM
Will Carry's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 602
Likes: 158
Liked 290 Times in 133 Posts
Default

I use an Uncle Mikes soft IWb for my 3". The same one I use for my Glock 19. It offers good retention, it's comfortable and quick to draw.
I also Have a Nate Squared (N8 squared) that is uber comfortable.
__________________
Have Gun Will Carry
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-23-2012, 06:28 PM
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Ozarks of Missouri
Posts: 2,092
Likes: 711
Liked 756 Times in 348 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by fonejack54 View Post
Any recommendations for OWB holsters for a 3 in. Model 36 ? Only stipulation is that it keeps the gun close to the body. Thanks !!
This Lobo pancake has served me well for my 3" Model 36-1. It hugs the body and conceals very well . . . it offers excellent retention even without straps . . . and offers a quick and convenient draw.




The only downside is difficulty re-holstering . . . a common tradeoff for maximum concealability. Lobo offers a reinforced "mouth" to ease re-holstering, but I believe it takes away from the super pancake profile.

There are other excellent holster makers here on the Forum who also make a quality product . . . I simply don't have first-hand experience to offer. You might check the Vendor section for further information.

I'm a strong supporter of the 3" J-frame for concealed carry. Don't give up until you find the perfect OWB pancake holster to make it as comfortable as it is effective.

Russ
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #5  
Old 10-23-2012, 07:30 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wilson, NC
Posts: 511
Likes: 3
Liked 19 Times in 16 Posts
Default

I used a Lobo holster too, but can't remember the model name...it was one that was designed for the Secret Service or something or other....
__________________
Tom
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-23-2012, 07:59 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: utah
Posts: 13,159
Likes: 2,550
Liked 6,780 Times in 2,970 Posts
Default

The top gun and holster here is a model 36 3". I bought the holster and another like it for a 3" 66-3. A dealer was at a gunshow and I cant remember the price, but they were cheap. The maker name on the back is nevada gun leather. They are quality holsters and at the show were cheaper than their priceing on the site. http://nevadagunleather.com/Holsters_c2.htm
Holsters
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #7  
Old 10-24-2012, 03:40 PM
hotrod150's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: western Washington
Posts: 2,651
Likes: 1
Liked 677 Times in 433 Posts
Default

I like that black western-style holster, looks like an El Paso Duke or knock-off. Maybe not too great for concealedment, but perfect for woods carry & BBQ's!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 10-24-2012, 10:44 PM
stu1ritter's Avatar
SWCA Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 650
Likes: 127
Liked 309 Times in 117 Posts
Default

I use a Lobo enhanced pancake for my Model 37 for carry and it keeps the gun very tight to the body. I have a Model 60-10 on order with 3" barrel for CCW and just received the Lobo enhanced pancake for that. It also will keep the revolver tight to the body. Ray makes some really nice stuff.
Stu
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 10-25-2012, 01:53 AM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: utah
Posts: 13,159
Likes: 2,550
Liked 6,780 Times in 2,970 Posts
Default

Hotrod, that black one is a El Paso.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 10-25-2012, 02:10 AM
hotrod150's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: western Washington
Posts: 2,651
Likes: 1
Liked 677 Times in 433 Posts
Default

I like it! And the floral-carved thumbbreak holster above it. A-IWB carry works for me for concealing my 2" j-frames, but for open carry I really like the older western (and western-ish) style holsters. I think of them as 1930's style, when a lot of people were transitioning from Colt SAA's to S&W and Colt DA's. Haven't seen him on this site, but a guy who posts as Wyatt Burp has posted pics on other forums of quite a few holsters along that line that he's made, generally for large-framed snubbies-- cut-down Colt New Services, S&W M1917's, & the like. A friend of mine recently took up leather work, and he just made a floral crossdraw holster for me -- I'm looking forward to getting it soon, along with some leather-working tools he's sending along so I can give it a try myself.
If anyone else is interested in holsters like this, check out coltforum.com-- they have a leather & accesories section that has a lot of cool holster photo's.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 10-25-2012, 02:13 AM
mc5aw's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: The free state of PA
Posts: 4,619
Likes: 5,034
Liked 7,073 Times in 2,364 Posts
Default

+1 on Lobo. I have have several of Ray's holsters. A true gentleman and skilled craftsman. Also take a look at what Lefty @ Bell Charter Oak has to offer. Both are great makers of high quality holsters, as well as forum members.
__________________
I'm with the banned ...
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 10-25-2012, 10:29 AM
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Barberton, Oh
Posts: 161
Likes: 0
Liked 46 Times in 24 Posts
Default

Thanks for the help.Pics were especially appreciated !!
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 10-25-2012, 11:47 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 755
Likes: 9
Liked 156 Times in 92 Posts
Default

Check the Street Combat by El Paso Saddlery.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 10-25-2012, 01:51 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: utah
Posts: 13,159
Likes: 2,550
Liked 6,780 Times in 2,970 Posts
Default

Hotrod, that floral one I had made by alfonso around 1971.
Fast draw competetion leather gun holsters
Wyatt burp posts a lot over on the colt site. Never met him in person but we have E-mailed back and forth. He`s a favorite of mine and is here a lot too.
Alphonso also did this matching belt at the time. Dont know as I would recomend the belt though, as mine shrunck 14"s in the 42 years!


Last edited by feralmerril; 10-25-2012 at 01:57 PM. Reason: add picture
Reply With Quote
The Following User Likes This Post:
  #15  
Old 10-25-2012, 02:46 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 755
Likes: 9
Liked 156 Times in 92 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by feralmerril View Post
Dont know as I would recomend the belt though, as mine shrunck 14"s in the 42 years!

I have that
problem, too.
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old 10-25-2012, 03:15 PM
hotrod150's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: western Washington
Posts: 2,651
Likes: 1
Liked 677 Times in 433 Posts
Default

Like you, I appreciate hand-tooled gunleather & also have shrinking-belt-syndrome. Makes it an iffy proposition to invest much money in a fancy belt-- but a nice holster is a pretty safe bet.
Probably the first holster project after I get geared up & up to speed a little on this leather work business will be a crossdraw holster for my 3" 36-1, styled along the lines of these holsters by Burp. (if you look close at the first one, the belt & holster combo, you'll see that it was a LH rig that I flip-flopped with photoshop) I'm sure it will be a long long time before anything I make looks that good, but maybe someday...
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Wyatt Burp crossdraw rig.jpg
Views:	53
Size:	204.1 KB
ID:	89476   Click image for larger version

Name:	hammer thong idea.jpg
Views:	34
Size:	84.7 KB
ID:	89477   Click image for larger version

Name:	floral new service holster.jpg
Views:	43
Size:	138.3 KB
ID:	89478   Click image for larger version

Name:	floral sheriff's model holster.jpg
Views:	44
Size:	78.9 KB
ID:	89479  
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old 10-25-2012, 04:10 PM
hotrod150's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: western Washington
Posts: 2,651
Likes: 1
Liked 677 Times in 433 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by feralmerril View Post
Hotrod, that black one is a El Paso.
I'm curious as to the model-- is it marked with the model number or just the maker? I'm guessing that it's a #44 "Duke". Anyway, it looks great-- nice to see a traditional western holster wrapped around a double-action revolver.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old 10-25-2012, 08:59 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: utah
Posts: 13,159
Likes: 2,550
Liked 6,780 Times in 2,970 Posts
Default

It has a small K 4 and s&w under that. Fits my m&p, 66-3, colt troopers and pythons very well. Looking at the el paso site its closest to the austin and the #44. They are proud of them. I see they are $118s + $80s for the floral tooling. Seems I remember paying about $50s 40 years ago. But also in those days I only paid $60s for my custom alfonso belt and holster shown.. Oh well, belive it or not I paid $165s for that nickle python new in the box! Got it for 1/2 price on a sale I wrote about lately. Over at the colt site several guru`s that nickle 2 1/2" would go to close to $3,000 if I wanted to sell it!
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old 10-26-2012, 12:37 AM
hotrod150's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: western Washington
Posts: 2,651
Likes: 1
Liked 677 Times in 433 Posts
Default

At first I thought it might be a #1930 Austin, but those ride a little higher plus the Austin holster is convex not concave across the top. Pretty sure yours a #44 Duke. Yeah, EPS proud of their stuff these days but so is everyone else. Like you pointed out, look at the price of guns. Might be that holsters have gone up less than guns or for that matter cars, etc.
I'm new on this site so don't want to stir up any trouble (not yet anyways!), but I'd sure like to see a "holsters & gunleather" forum. IMHO holsters deserve their own category & shouldn't be lumped in with knives, belt-buckles, and other doo-dads.
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old 10-26-2012, 03:05 AM
TAROMAN's Avatar
US Veteran
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: The wet side of Oregon
Posts: 4,288
Likes: 2,632
Liked 2,777 Times in 1,115 Posts
Default

Lobo that came with a 3"Model 36 purchased last year:
__________________
-jwk-
US Army '72-'95
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old 10-26-2012, 02:15 PM
Banned
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: utah
Posts: 13,159
Likes: 2,550
Liked 6,780 Times in 2,970 Posts
Default

I never considered that I was a holster collector but I must have over 20 and I still need another 3 or so. I have a few oddball holsters that I bought from dealers at gunshows for about a half or third what compareable big names get and to me, they seem as good. But I do like mahogan floral tooled leather the best. Years ago in california there was a couple who always had tables. He sold guns and she had her own line of holsters stamped "The holster lady". They were well made and cheap. Looked like she probley contracted with triple K or others. I have several. Another is this outfit. I have several pancakes from them and they are as good as big names and are usualy cheaper than advertised at the shows.
Concealment Holsters
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old 11-18-2012, 03:37 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 454
Likes: 7
Liked 25 Times in 21 Posts
Default

Hiya ferilmerril,

Just wanted to ask if you have a used 3 inch J-frame holster lying around? If you do drop me an e-mail maybe we can work something out.

Thanks,

Last edited by What the; 12-09-2012 at 09:18 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present Thread, Holster for Model 36 3 inch in Smith & Wesson Revolvers; Any recommendations for OWB holsters for a 3 in. Model 36 ? Only stipulation is that it keeps the gun ...
Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Model 19 2.5 inch Holster Recomendations 8-Shot S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 18 01-10-2012 07:00 PM
WTB S&W model 27 3.5 inch right hand holster spartan66 WANTED to Buy 1 05-14-2011 09:33 AM
Holster for 3 inch Model 60 4864 S&W Revolvers: 1980 to the Present 6 11-15-2010 06:44 PM
MODEL 65 ROUND BUTT GRIPS, HOLSTER FOR 3 INCH FOR MODEL 65 DONALD E ROOP Accessories/Misc - For Sale or Trade 0 08-29-2010 02:46 PM
Holster IWB for a 3 inch Model 36 jvanwink S&W Revolvers: 1961 to 1980 2 12-06-2008 07:16 PM

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
smith-wessonforum.com tested by Norton Internet Security smith-wessonforum.com tested by McAfee Internet Security

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:11 PM.


S-W Forum, LLC 2000-2015
Smith-WessonForum.com is not affiliated with Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation (NASDAQ Global Select: SWHC)