what makes a good field holster
by bob campbell
I would be remiss not to include one of the most versatile and popular types of field holsters. This is the crossdraw holster. Quite a few professionals and outdoorsmen appreciate the crossdraw holster. When seated, riding or squatting the crossdraw keeps the handgun at the finger tips. The draw is natural once practiced. The weak side hip is squared toward the target and the arm drops and scoops the handgun from the holster as the support hand reaches for the handgun to meet with the strong side hand in a firing grip. With practice a brilliantly rapid draw is possible. The crossdraw is perhaps the most practical of all holsters for those who ride an ATV or horse for long periods. The holster’s fit will keep the handgun retained and the handgun’s handle isn’t likely to snag in such a holster. (DMbullardleather.com) D M Bullard offers a superbly finished and stitched crossdraw holster. The DM Bullard ‘combat’ holster is also a good design, particularly if you invest in shark or elephant hide finish. Sharkskin is extremely resistant to scuffing and long lived. I often use DM Bullard’s Combat holster, however, my favorite for all around spelunking is the crossdraw. This is durable leather, well stitched, and it retains the handgun well. Of all the holsters mentioned in this report the crossdraw is the most difficult to get right. The wrong angle is miserable. The DM Bullard cross draw holster gets it right with more than a little style.
I mentioned that cowboys knew a lot about the proper leather gear. Cops do too. One of the classic designs is executed by a modern maker. The Threepersons was one of the first practical holsters. The one executed by Graveyard Jack (sixgunleather.com) turned out well. The black snap is nice compared to the usual nickel. The trigger is covered, which I prefer, but the user may take a full firing grip quickly. I enjoy this holster a great deal. It is one of the top go anywhere do anything holsters I own, and it combines more than a little style with real utility. Threepersons cut away all excess leather and crafted a workmanlike design with much promise. He did not have a good quality snap to work with an used a thong but soon holster designers worked a snap into the design. This is a first class holster with much to recommend.