Specifically designed for revolvers, revolver holsters are very popular. A revolver holster holds your firearm when it is not in use and can make it easy to access, conceal its presence, and locate it where you find it most convenient. This revolver holster review provides an overview of revolver holsters and the range of revolver holsters currently available to you.

What Is A Revolver Holster?


A revolver holster is a storage case for a revolver. The revolver is inserted muzzle-first and protected up to the trigger. In addition, the holster keeps a revolver accessible and keeps it from being scratched.  Also a holster can make the revolver harder to remove by anyone by the carrier. Holsters are typically made of leather. However, holsters can also be made of other materials such as ballistic nylon or thermoplastic.revolver holsters

A revolver holster may be open at the back-end with the firearm’s grip exposed or it may close and secure over or around the weapon. Enclosing the gun in the holster will make it slower to access. However, having it enclosed will provide a higher level of protection. Each holster is sized for a specific revolver. It is important that don’t try to use the wrong revolver with the wrong holster.

Main Types of Revolver Holsters?


There are many different styles of revolver. This section lists some of the main ones, with examples from the US Galco revolver holster line.

revolver holster review• Ankle Holster. This type of revolver holster fastens around the ankle with elastic and has a retention strap for the revolver. Choosing which ankle to carry your revolver on is a personal choice. Some people that like to carry it on the opposite side of their gun hand just for easier access. The Galco Ankle Glove includes a sheepskin pad to protect the ankle from the holster. This is one of the best ankle holsters there is.

• Belt Holster. This type of holster has slots to fit over a regular belt or duty belt or may come with its own belt. Most holsters are closed inserts, though some only cover the trigger section of the gun leaving the muzzle exposed. Some belt holsters are belt packs, which totally enclose the gun. Galco revolver high ride gun holsters leave the trigger guard uncovered.

• Concealed Holsters- You have a lot of choices to choose from if you are looking for concealed revolver holsters. Here are some of the most common types concealed holsters that will fit the best revolvers!

Other Revolver Holsters


• Belly Band Holster. Also called a “waistband” holster or a “concealed trouser holster,” Galco’s Underwraps Belly Band is designed for one or two firearms, while also providing storage for other items in pockets. The belly band allows the positioning of the gun for a variety of preferences including right-handed and left-handed draw in either strongside or crossdraw; the small of the back; and either FBI cant (10–20 degrees) or Barrel Forward cant.

• Inside the Waist Band holster. This holster is attached to the pants or belts by a variety of methods. Galco uses a snap design in one case and a hook in another. The grip extends above the belt line for easy access. Another variation Galco makes is for a holster to fit in the front pocket. However, this only works for very small revolvers. Consequently, the inside the waist band holster is very common for undercover officers.

• SOB (Small of Back) Holster. This revolver positions the revolver on the belt level but at the center of the back. The small of the back holster is very discreet yet easy to access. For this type of revolver holster, you can only use certain models of revolvers.

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Other types of revolver holsters include: Fanny Pack Holsters, Gun Purses, Thigh holsters, and Shoulder and Double Shoulder Holsters. Thus, there is plenty of holster styles to choose from. We have another revolver holster review that covers those.

Revolver Holster Review


While choosing a revolver holster is a personal choice, it is best to try a few of them out. This way you make sure you get what you are looking for. Don’t just go by our revolver holster review. The end result is it must be a holster you feel comfortable with. Finally, head down to your local police gear store and take a look these revolver holsters!