Before I received the Kydex holster for my scoped Ruger Standard .22 LR pistol, I had placed an order for a very nice looking leather holster for the same pistol from Classic Old West Styles (www.COWS.com). There was a long wait for this holster, because it had to actually be made, and for some reason the company was only making left hand models. I pondered long and hard before placing my order, because I normally prefer to wear a right handed holster on my left side, in cross-draw mode. The final decision was that I would likely be carrying the Ruger .22 in the field when also carrying one of my heavier revolvers (for hogs) either in cross draw on the left side or in a low hanging shoulder holster on that side, meaning the best place for the .22 would be on the right, and carrying it butt-forward would not really be a problem- or just beside me on the seat of my Mule. In either case, I doubt a fast draw would be helpful, so I just need something to carry the pistol in and provide it some protection. If only needing the .22, my Kydex holster will probably get the nod for that day. The COWS holster also has a magazine pouch on the outside which is nice for carrying an extra magazine – or for carrying the pistol unloaded, with the magazine nice and handy.
When the holster finally arrived, it was beautifully made, although the leather will need to be oiled to darken the color a bit. The “slot” on the top to accommodate the scope and mount is actually longer than I need for the mount I am using now, but I have experimented with several different mounts, and some would fit much better. It seems, however, that I overlooked that the holster is made for the Ruger MK series .22 pistols, which have a slightly different receiver and barrel profile than my old Standard model. It just doesn’t hold my gun the way I want it to. As a testament of how much I do like this item, it is the wrong model (left-hand versus right-hand) and doesn’t fit like I want it to, but instead of trying to send it back, I have decided to keep it. Actually, when I emailed COWS about trying to send it back I got no answer, so maybe that would not be an option, anyway.
My M.O. is usually to modify things to suit my needs, and I have some ideas about how to improve the fit of this holster. Besides, my ultimate hope is to put an after-market “upper” receiver with a threaded bull barrel on the gun for eventual mounting of a suppressor. When these next steps are done, I anticipate the fit to be a lot better.
UPDATE: I found a piece if the-wall plastic pipe that fits inside the barrel section of the holster and effectively makes the “scope slot” shorter. My pistol now fits a whole lot better, and I am very happy with this holster purchase!