Snub-nosed revolvers may be best carried in a pocket or via “appendix” carry — inside the waistband. It doesn’t mean, however, that they’re out of place in an outside the waistband holster. In fact, because of their smallish size and light weight, a good outside the waistband holster makes carrying a snubbie a breeze. And if the outside the waistband holster is a belt slide made of high quality leather, you’re really on to a good thing. One such holster is the American Holster Company’s High Ride holster. A good looking rig in its own right, some of its best features largely go unseen but play an important role in safely and securely carrying – in this case — a Ruger LCR in .357 Magnum.
In many respects, the American Holster Company High Ride holster is a typical belt slide. It features strong leather, good looks, and an easy draw and re-holster. While it requires a user to undo his belt and back it out a couple loops in order to attach it properly, it nonetheless pulls in tight and sits well against the torso, holding the Ruger LCR at a slight forward cant. Depending on how a user desires to wear it, the holster can sit well at 3 o’clock and back to 5 o’clock.
In addition to the handcrafted leather and high quality hardware, the High Ride holster has two key visible features that contribute to its excellent overall functionality – a well-placed cut-out and a stabilizer.
The front of the American Holster Company High Ride holster features a cut out just above the cylinder area of the Ruger LCR, offering less holster leather to clear during a draw. As such, it speeds a user’s ability to get the gun out quickly.
In addition a stabilizing piece of leather is sewn onto the outside of the holster, around the mouth, to allow for one-handed re-holstering and providing for greater overall stability. Company owner Jay Nelson puts an imprint of an American flag and an eagle on this part of the holster.
Not So Visible Features
Those features are easy enough to see. The noteworthy features that are not so visible include not just two, but three belt loops and a stabilizing piece of leather that sits next to the trigger guard.
The third belt loop, built into the back center of the holster, offers a tight fit for just about any belt that is passed through it, compared to the other belt loops, which offer a wider opening. Pushing a belt through that back center loop is hard work that rewards a wearer with a more stable holster and a tighter ride than he otherwise would have had.
The stabilizing piece of leather near the trigger guard takes up just the right amount of space between the body side of the holster and the gun, helping to secure the gun in the holster, thus stabilizing the entire rig.
Once I got my belt worked through the High Ride’s straps in conjunction with one of the belt loops on my jeans, the Ruger LCR carried in this holster extremely well. It rode tight against my side, held the Ruger securely in place, but always felt comfortable. For all the leather that comprises the High Ride, it is by any measure a fairly lightweight holster. The Ruger LCR’s weight (17.1 oz plus ammo) seemed to distribute evenly over the holster and my belt. In other words, it never felt heavy or unstable. It was easier to draw the LCR when the High Ride was at 4 o’clock, however, the holster concealed better for me at 3 o’clock.
High-ride holsters are meant to put the bulk of a gun on or just above the belt line, aiding in concealment as a user’s clothing and strong-side arm provide cover for the weapon. Some high-ride holsters, however, have the potential of carry a gun too high and thus offer less stability – the gun may want to flop or pull away from a user’s side.
If had to carry for the better part of a day, the American Holster Company’s High Ride holster and a 1-1/4” Filson Double Belt made the Ruger LCR an attractive choice. Available for $140 at www.americanholstercompany.com, the High Ride is a worthwhile investment that is as functional as it is good-looking.