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    Default Recommendation needed: holster for SW500 4"

    Thanks to all who helped with providing me with info, I have finally committed to a 4" model 500.
    Now, I need a holster.

    I'd prefer a cross-draw shoulder holster or a chest one.

    I talked to Blackhawk and they don't have one for the X-frame revolvers.

    Any thots? Anything else I need?

    Thanks!

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    http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php

    I have one for my 460V and it's very comfortable.


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    I have a diamond leather for my 8" 500 and really like it

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    Yup I third that, I have 3 of these rigs and they are just great!
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    Look on S&W web site. I bought a lefty belt holster for my 4 inch and it was reasonably priced and extremely well made.

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    There is only one holster- the Diamond D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowwolfe View Post
    Look on S&W web site. I bought a lefty belt holster for my 4 inch and it was reasonably priced and extremely well made.
    Is that one a hip holster? Would the weight of the gun cut off my blood supply and make me dizzy?
    Yes, I saw that one .. it even has a S&W logo embossed onto the leather.

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    7X Leather makes really nice chest rigs:

    http://www.7xleather.com/chest_holster

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    I concur, Diamond D chest holster puts the revolver out of the way. They are nice, but pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthury View Post
    Would the weight of the gun cut off my blood supply and make me dizzy?
    Only if you are a wussie. And if your a wussie you shouldnt be carrying a 500 anyhow

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    You may spend more for a quality holster but when the gun costs over a grand and it is $3/round- it is really chicken feed to have something that will last a very long time and actually make you 'want' to carry it instead of dreading it! Invest in the gun and what it rides in! I carry the 4" and if it wasn't comfortable I would just carry something lighter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBEE View Post
    You may spend more for a quality holster but when the gun costs over a grand and it is $3/round- it is really chicken feed to have something that will last a very long time and actually make you 'want' to carry it instead of dreading it! Invest in the gun and what it rides in! I carry the 4" and if it wasn't comfortable I would just carry something lighter.
    BEE
    Thanks for explaining the rationale.
    What do you recommend? Thanks again.

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    I had two Galco holsters for my Xframe. I had the DAO Outdoorsman, sold that with the gun. Dang fine holster, plan to tighten the tension screw every four hours if you are ATVing. Riggable strong side or cross draw. Nice holster.

    I also had the Kodiak chest holster. It was around $150-175 back in 2008, the worst thing about that holster is I have low back trouble and carrying a revolver in a chest holster puts all that weight on my lower back.

    I would not hesitate to buy either one again were I to buy another Xframe. If I get back surgery first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arthury View Post
    Thanks for explaining the rationale.
    What do you recommend? Thanks again.
    I have a belt holster and chest rig by El Paso saddlery that I got when they were making them for S&W when I got the gun about 8 yrs ago. The chest rig is all it has ridden in and is quite comfortable when fly fishing or hiking. I have heard nothing but praise for Dimond D and that is what I would buy if I needed another (unless I had Rowe Leather make me one like I have for my 629). With a gun that heavy and large it NEEDS a quality holster unless you are just going to carry it for a couple of hours and don't mind it being uncomfortable. I carry my .500 as a bear protection gun only so I like knowing it is where it should be when I am out. I have only drawn it once when I felt threatened and it was comforting to be used to it (and I did not need to shoot).

    That kind of handgun is going to ride in the holster until you need it so make it as comfortable as possible and it is less likely to get left at home or in camp!

    Regardless of what you get to carry it in- ENJOY the gun! They are a hoot to shoot!
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    Yes Daveís Diamond D Guides Choice is pricy but very well worth it. I have made leather goods all my life yet Iíve paid to buy his holsters, why? Well they are made from a better quality leather than I can even buy for what I can buy the holster for, the design is simply the best Iíve found for all day packing comfort and fast access, and they are very well made . . . so I pay up once per gun, forget the pain of diggin a little deeper and enjoy using a fine tool from then on.
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    I also have a Diamond D Guides Choice and couldn't recommend anything better. It's fully adjustable. You can get cartridge loops or speedloader pouches. It keeps the gun out of the way for activities, but yet keeps it immediately accessible for emergencies. Just make sure you move it to the side when eating tacos or get the optional flap.
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    Oh Yeah, the "Guides Choice" is a great holster, but for a beeg ole S&W 500, a hand truck might be a better way to go.

    Put balloon tires on it in case you wanna take it into the toolies with you. You can just use a wheel barrow at the range.

    A padded gun rest would be a nice touch, and you could wrap some Bandoleers around it too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitworth View Post
    7X Leather makes really nice chest rigs:

    http://www.7xleather.com/chest_holster
    Again, take a look at these as another option. They are quite good.

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    Incidentally, there's a holster made for the Ruger Alaskan and 4" 44 mag which has very nice features and it is chest-centered as well for about half the price. It's not leather, of course, but it is made of very strong nylon (like many Blackhawk products).

    I bought it for my 4" Ruger 44mag and it seems to fit the SW500 4" nicely as well.

    http://shopruger.com/Alaskan-Outfitt...uctinfo/50062/

    Here's a short video clip about how it used ...

    http://www.ruger.com/products/redhawk/extras.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whitworth View Post
    Again, take a look at these as another option. They are quite good.
    Thanks Whitworth!....here is a pic of my 7X Leather rig with my 500.


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