The key features of the American Holster Company Paddle holster is that the paddle is all leather which allows it to form to your body unlike a plastic paddle which forces your body to form to it. The paddle is adjustable for cant and works well for strong side carry or cross draw. As with any of our holsters, the mouth is held open with extra thick reinforcement leather – there are no spring steel or plastic stiffeners that can break or bend. Every stitch is hand placed to eliminate the possibility of damage to the seam-line. And our 5 step finishing process for the holster edges – trim, sand, dye, burnish, wax & burnish again – is another example of the craftsmanship and quality that goes into each American Holster Company product. Click here to order yours today.
Jay Nelson talks about making tthe OWB Paddle Holster
For some years I have been in search of the perfect holster/gun combination for concealed carry. I think I have found it: A .357 Ruger SP101 with 4.2 barrel and one of your High Ride OWB Holsters with one of your super-stiff belts. I have tried most types of carry (shoulder, IWB and OWB) with multiple types of guns, both autoloaders and revolvers. To me, the most comfortable and most accessible carry is OWB. I greatly prefer the simplicity, ruggedness and reliability of a revolver and for some time had been carrying a Ruger LCR revolver in .38 Special +P with Speer Short Barrel 135 grain loads. But, I wanted something in a revolver more ballistically effective, such as the .357. The problem with the .357 is that when using a barrel less than 4", performance falls off a cliff, ballistically speaking. So when Ruger brought out its 4.2 inch-barreled 5-shot SP101 in .357 I got one. The problem was, though, that with ordinary holsters the gun hung so low that I could not conceal it with any of the multiple vests I ordinarily wear for concealment purposes. I read about your High Ride OWB Holster and decided to try one. When I received the holster and one of your belts, I was delighted to discover when I put them on that the end of the gun barrel is about 3" above the bottom of the entrance to my pants pocket and is easily concealed by all of my vests. This gun with 5 rounds of Hornady Critical Defense 125 grain .357 ammunition weighs just under 32 oz. Even though the cylinder sits entirely above the belt, with your holster/belt combination the butt does not kick out and and does not print through my vest. Thank you for your extraordinarily well designed and well made products, and thank you for finally ending my quest for my perfect concealed carry rig.