DECENT, REASONABLY PRICED HUNTING SHOULDER HOLSTER

One drawback to having several handguns of differing sizes and shapes is that to carry them afield requires a holster to fit each of them – which generally means about as many holsters are required as handguns. I personally like shoulder holsters for woods work, as they keep the gun off my belt and out of the way, yet easily accessible when I need it. My Ruger Super Redhawk .480, however, does not fit the same holster as my 1911’s, Nor do that revolver and my Super Blackhawk .44 mag work in the same holster – even though both are scoped, with 7 1/2″ barrels. I have a leather holster designed for scoped revolvers that works well with the .44 mag Super Blackhawk and its 2X x 7x variable, but does not handle the Bisley Hunter with the 2X Weaver scope, due to the mounting position in relation to the hood portion of the leather that covers the scope. After looking at several holsters from several manufacturers, I found the nice looking leather ones to be expensive, and normally not suited for use with a scoped gun unless custom made. About now I discovered – through an Amazon search – a camo fabric shoulder holster by Federal that was padded, appeared to be the size I needed for the Redhawk, and very reasonably priced.

This reasonably priced shoulder holster from Holsterman provides both protection from the elements for my Ruger Super Redhawk .480, and easy access to the gun when it is needed.

This reasonably priced shoulder holster from Holsterman provides both protection from the elements for my Ruger Super Redhawk .480, and easy access to the gun when it is needed.

The holster is large enough to stow this Ruger Super Redhawk in .480 Ruger with its 4X Leopold handgun scope easily.

The holster is large enough to stow this Ruger Super Redhawk in .480 Ruger with its 4X Leopold handgun scope easily.

Sold by Holsterman, this model carries the big double action well and has a security snap to make sure the gun stays in place. Mine does not have a covering flap, but I think that is offered as an option. I may change the angle of the belt loop at the bottom, but that is not a big deal – and certainly will not require as much modification as my leather shoulder holster did.

Another big plus is that my Bisley Hunter Blackhawk works very well in this holster, also. This means I can swap the two handguns I will be hunting with the most without having to change holsters. The tie down strap for this rig is secured by Velcro and is easily adjustable.

Works for single actions, also, as this Ruger Blackhawk Hunter with 2X Weaver scope demonstrates.

Works for single actions, also, as this Ruger Blackhawk Hunter with 2X Weaver scope demonstrates.

The holster has no problem accepting the Super Blackhawk, even though the size and position of its scope cause problems for other holsters for scoped revolvers.

The holster has no problem accepting the Super Blackhawk, even though the size and position of its scope cause problems for other holsters for scoped revolvers.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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