American Holster Company High Ride Holster Review

American Holster Company High Ride Holster

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.

Mark's body pic 2-22Visible Features

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, the High Ride is a worthwhile investment that is as functional as it is good-looking.

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28 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. I LIKE this holster! It would be perfect for my Model 36 S&W. It is usually one of my “back-ups,” but there are times when it is my primary CCW in “social” situations. You don’t always have to “carry heavy!”

  2. My Sweet Baboo carries a S&W bodyguard. No holster made for it, so this may work for her.

  3. I have an IWB holster from Jay Nelson for my Colt snubby .38 spl.
    I like it a lot. It has an adjustable cant, as I like to cary vertical with no cant.
    I am going to buy another holster from Jay for OWB carry of my Walther PPQ.
    Definitely worth the price. but then the price doesn’t really reflect expense as the dollar is being devalued!! My political rant for the day. lol

  4. Looks like this american high rider could be what I am looking to holster my glock .40 or maybe a makarov 9mm. I am having quite a time finding the right holster for my comfort. I like the three belt loops. will keep watching the newsletter.

  5. Nice looking holster
    I appreciated the Eagle and Flag adornments

  6. I have been corresponding with Jay to see if he could engrave a set of Dolphins on a 1911 holster to commerate my career in the submarine force. He of course indicated that he could, but the wait time for any of his products is at least 6 months. He crafts beautiful products, but I’m just not sure that I am willing to wait six months for a holster….maybe I’m just too impatient.

  7. I wonder if they have one for my .380 Berretta ?

  8. I have one of their holsters (not this one).. Love it Love it Love it. best CCW holster on the market bar none. Well worth 2 month wait.

  9. can you send me all about carrying my 9mm houlster on me and were i can go with it i carry it every wear i go is this wrong i live in gorgia

  10. I real nice looking holster. Will check it out.

  11. Do they make a holster for my gatling gun?

  12. Don’t know about the Gat, but they make one for my Squad Automatic Weapon. But no matter what I do, it isn’t comfortable for IWB carry of the SAW!

  13. From looking at the belt going through the holster slots it looks to be top heavy. I would worry about the pistol falling out when bending over. You better have a stiff belt or I see a lot of discomfort.

  14. It’s uncomfortable worn inside my trousers. Maybe I just need to lose some weight?

  15. I’ve carried mine in a holster by Simply Rugged. It gives me the option of both IWB as well as outside. Worth checking out. I’ve been very happy.

  16. I have an in the waist band DeSantis holster for my Ruger LCR, .357 Magnam. The problem is when you lower pants for that rushed bowl movement, the weight of the gun forces the holster to roll over. Have had the gun slip out of holster. The holster remains clipped to the pants, and belt. I do find when being worn, that it very comfortable.

  17. I can’t wait to try this holster wth a 3″ k frame model 66 from
    Smith and Wesson….

  18. I have three of the IWB American Holster makes. I couldn’t be happier. They’re comfortable, and made for each handgun specifically. You don’t need to worry about “close enough”, they’re made to fit right.

    Additionally, Jay stands behind his product. If you have a problem or issue, he’ll make it right. Fortunately, I haven’t HAD any issues, but I have pestered him with a few questions which he graciously answered.

  19. Do they make one that fits a Kimber Ultra Carry ll

  20. I’ve a question about another holster called the “Sneaky Pete”. Could this be considered as a concealed carry holster?

  21. Id love a sample that will fit colt det spec 2, a litte pricy
    for this old man.Good read though 69 tucker memphis tn 38104

  22. Thanks, I have been looking for a good LCR holster, especially one for my wife. But, now, the price is another matter…. Thanks,

  23. yes i need one for my Cobra fs 380 .I also have a taurus 24/7 pro compact.

  24. Awsome products great for carry on motocycles

  25. Thanks’ Mark for writting this Awesome Review on this Holster I do have an Ruger LCR 357 and thanks’ to you I have now have found the Holster that I have been looking for this is some Awesome Craftsmanship this Holster is now on my hit list to buy Thanks again – Jeff Hayden

  26. do U have one for Ruger SP101 3″ Barrell ?

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