May 10, 2022
When hunting with a heavy revolver, I have long preferred to carry it in a holster that places the weight on my shoulders rather than on my waist. Carrying the gun beneath outer clothing protects it from dust, rain, snow, and field debris. My favorites on many handgun hunts or while fishing in bear country are the Galco Kodiak for revolvers with open sights and the Kodiak Hunter for those wearing a scope. Made of premium-grade steer hide, both are chest-positioned, cross-draw style.
Padding on the 2.0-inch-wide, adjustable leather shoulder strap makes the holster comfortable to wear even over many miles each day, and an adjustable nylon torso strap keeps the holster in position for a smooth draw. A 1.25-inch-wide leather retention strap does a good job of holding onto the gun, even when the wearer is running, bending over to net a huge trout, or busting brush. A polymer tab on the retention strap makes it quick and easy to release, even when wearing thick gloves. The rig is available in right- and left-hand versions. A third model called the Great Alaskan is similar in design but is made for large revolvers with 4.0-inch or shorter barrels and for large-frame autoloaders, such as the various 1911s and the Glock G20 and G40 in 10mm Auto. All are quick and easy to put on just before leaving camp and just as easy to take off at the end of the day.