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    Has anyone ever tried installing a lanyard ring to the butt of a Ruger Redhawk and a clamp on sling swivel to the barrel and carried the pistol slung? I tried several holsters out today in the gun shop and none of the shoulder or chest holsters seemed to be made for a woman my size (4'11 & 100# if I am weighed with my boots on I usually never wear a belt and besides I think a belt holster would be to low in the water while wading.
    What do you guys think? Any suggestions?

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    have not tried it on the ruger but have with the contender, an encore . Just always seemed to be in the way. I'd keep checking on shoulder holsters, maybe even contact some custom makers, a bit pricey but if you find a good one it should last a lifetime.
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    I've used several of that type of rigs for single shot pistols and hated them all. Passionately!

    At 6'4" and 220 I'm kind of at the other end of the spectrum, but I started using the Bianchi X15 close to 40 years ago, long before they even called it the X15. It's my standard for all barrel lengths in both Ruger and Smith revolvers. If I was a fan of autos, that would be the first thing I'd try.

    My wife ia a little taller than you, but it's her favorite holster, too. If you didn't get a chance to try it, you might just like that break-front design for quick clearing. It's sure a comfortable rig to wear.

    For both my wife and I, the butt rides just high enough to be within easy reach even inside chest waders.

    Saying all that, there are a whole lot of folks up here that like "chest" holsters that use a similar system to place the handgun high in the middle of your chest. I haven't tried them, and I can't remember the names. Just never felt the need when I was happy with what I had, and not a claim that a shoulder holster is "better" somehow.

    There's one made here in Alaska and another that gets lots of mention. Diamond D? Someone help me on the names and sources of chest holsters!

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    I am a staunch proponent of the chest holster setup, it keeps my revolvers out of the way, but in easy reach, and also doesn't drag the pants off my non existant derriere(I stand 6'4" tall but weigh 155, you get the picture).

    Diamond D is the name of the company that makes the ones I use. They are in Chugiak, and are absolutely wonderful folks to work with. I'm sure they could downsize one of their designs to fit you perfectly. If you do a search for them on google you can find their website, I would send them an email to see if they can fix you up.

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    I just got a chest holder for christmas. Its a cordura one, made in Alaska too. I cant remember who makes them but they are in a few gunstores around town. I like it! Been riding with it a few times and its nice and comfy. The only drawback is that I dont think I could get it out very quick due to the way it buckles the gun in. I dont see how it could not fit anyone.
    So far I think the Alaskan made companies have the chest holster thing figured out.
    Non alaskan company id go with the Bianchi 4100 ranger hush system

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    Dave Johnston (Diamond D) also makes a Bandoleer type Holster. It's different from the chest holster.

    My wife uses one. (She's 4'11" too, but weighs more than 100 lbs. nowadays.)

    Anyways, no matter what your size, It's a great option for the ladies. He simply adjusted one of the stap portions, that were already made, then made a holster to her liking, that fit her gun.

    I think it's worth you time to check it out.

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    Here's a link to the dimond d gear they're talking about.

    http://www.davidjohnstonleather.com/

    I carry a 44 magnum in one when I'm on my dirtbike and I never know it's there.

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    Check out my album, the second pic over has a pic of my chest rig with my back pack on and bino pouch. I love that holster. Can have ride higher or off to the side more. Great for bow hunting too. I ride the bike with it on like that. Nice and tight to the body. Out of the way of the staps, especially the waist belt. It is made by a guy in Wasilla. Alaska Sportsman Holster. $69 or so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Kid View Post
    I am a staunch proponent of the chest holster setup, it keeps my revolvers out of the way, but in easy reach, and also doesn't drag the pants off my non existant derriere(I stand 6'4" tall but weigh 155, you get the picture).

    Diamond D is the name of the company that makes the ones I use. They are in Chugiak, and are absolutely wonderful folks to work with. I'm sure they could downsize one of their designs to fit you perfectly. If you do a search for them on google you can find their website, I would send them an email to see if they can fix you up.
    *** I can see why you like it. Looks hand except for one thing. From the pictures it looks like the gun and or strap would be right over my left breast. That seems like it would be very uncomfortable. I wish I could try one on. Do you know any women who wear them? I will check out the Bianchi X15. There is a Bianchi dealer not too far from here. Thanks to all you guys who have offered advice.

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    Might give the Pistol Packaging unit a try, although it might cross the chest in the wrong place.
    https://stores.myregisteredsite.com/...ategory_Code=B
    Also, go here & ask the same question.
    http://www.handgunhunt.com/forum/ubb...Board/1/page/1
    One of the handgun sites I frequent had someone showing a new unit he had that was very comfortable for "well endowed" women, & I think it was there.
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    Thats how Larry Kelly carried all of his.Sometimes he put the stud in the barrel. Believe JDJ did the same way

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amigo Will View Post
    Thats how Larry Kelly carried all of his.Sometimes he put the stud in the barrel. Believe JDJ did the same way
    If you do decide to try the sling go to a Hogue grip. It has a screw in the base of the grip that can be replaced with standard sling swivel stud.
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    I have used the Pistol Packaging holster to good effect, got the pistol cut down so I needed a new holster. The Alaska Sportsman's holster works wonderfully. I too wondered if I could get it out of the holster in a hurry and had the opportunity to test that aspect of the carry this past year. When I needed it the pistol was in my hand. I really like the way it carries. You can carry it conventionally, barrel pointed down, or you can carry it with the pistol canted so the pistol is pointed perpendicular to the ground. That is the way I like to carry it. Very comfortable carry method. Jim

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    +1 on Diamond D holsters. You won't find many others of this quality.

    Also look at Simply Rugged holsters. www.simplyrugged.com. He makes some nice holsters and makes a chest harness so you can have more than one option. Very good people to work with.

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