Staying with plastic, the job of finding a holster for a revolver is a bit tougher, even for small J-Frame-type wheelguns. The task gets more difficult the larger and rarer the revolver is. Ever try finding a good range holster for a large-frame revolver that’s over a century old?
I recently attended an event at Gunsite with the theme “.45 Festival,” using semi-autos, double-action revolvers, and single-action revolvers.
I naturally chose a 1911 for the self-loader and, with a couple boxes full of gear for that pistol, finding a holster and mag pouches made for an easy day.
For the thumb-cocker, I decided to take my Schofield (Black Hills Ammunition makes .45 Schofield ammo) along with a holster and belt made by Ross Leather in South Africa.
I called Rob Leahy at Simply Rugged Holsters and found he makes several holsters for the New Service.
Browsing Simply Rugged’s extensive line of offerings, the holster I decided on was the Model 120.
Simply Rugged Holsters uses full-grain cowhide from Hermann Oak Leather—the standard in the industry—to build their holsters and leather accessories. The thread is a heavy-duty nylon that won’t rot over time. Each leather holster is hand molded around each type of firearm to provide a snug fit and hold the gun securely. All edges are burnished, making them smooth to the touch and easy on clothing.
The 120 is a traditional holster, styled after the George Lawrence Company’s timeless field holster. Elmer Keith contributed to the design, requesting a long tail on the retention strap for a more positive hold on the strap. While the longer-than-usual retention strap is standard, I ordered mine without the strap, as I planned to use it strictly as a range, not field, holster.
With an overall length of 11 inches and a height of five inches, the New Service is a large handgun. It weighs 40.3 ounces loaded—only about two ounces heavier than an S&W M29 .44 Magnum with comparable barrel length.
A good belt designed to carry a handgun is as important as the holster, to keep it from sagging and becoming uncomfortable, placing more strain on the back and waist. This concern is magnified with a larger, heavier handgun.
I wore the New Service and 120 holster on a Simply Rugged 1¾-inch lined gunbelt for hours on end with absolutely no discomfort.
I wanted a traditional look, so I ordered the holster, belt and cartridge slide in Tan, though Simply Rugged also offers Oxblood (dark red) and Black.
The base price of the Model 120 is $80.00, and Simply Rugged Holsters offers the following options: Border Stamping + $10.00, Basket Weave + $25.00, Fish Scale Embossing + $70.00, Celtic Knot Carving + $70.00.
If you’re looking for a holster for a hard-to-fit handgun, or just something out of the ordinary, check out Simply Rugged Holsters.
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