I really prefer to carry a hunting handgun, or one for “knock-around” use in the woods, in a shoulder holster. Gets the gun off my belt, holds it where I want it to be, and keeps it secure. My latest acquisition along these lines is a “1942 Tanker Holster”, made by El Paso Saddlery. I ordered the holster with the intentions of using it to carry my 1911 in it, but when it arrived I found it was not cut for a 1911 with a light rail. My first thought was to offer it to a friend who has a 1911 without a rail, and had already expressed interest in this holster type. Instead, I tried my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag in it. While not a perfect fit, it would certainly work – and since I have a custom shoulder holster on order for the 1911, would not cause me to lose any sleep.
Still, I sure wanted to carry the 1911 in this rig, so I tried “force fitting” it – pushing it gradually further and into the holster, until I finally had it as far in as it is going to go. The rail below the barrel created a “bulge”, as does the front sight – but it was in. I let it sit in the holster a few hours, then removed it, wet the inside with a leather conditioner, and pushed the pistol back in. It will stay in there overnight, then I’ll start gradually “form fitting” it, much as I did with my Blackhawk IWB holster and the same pistol. I predict it is going to come out fine, and could still be used for the Ruger in a pinch.
I really like the feel of this holster. It is comfortable to wear, the gun hangs just where I want it, and the belt attachment strap is easy to use and very secure. Best shoulder holster have tried yet, by far.