It’s no secret that I really like revolvers; specifically, small, snub-nosed revolvers. While many complain about the recoil on these little guns, I really enjoy shooting them. My Smith & Wesson 442 is, currently, my favorite snubbie to shoot and really the only one I carry on a regular basis. Why? Well it’s the only one I have a decent holster for.
For my semi-auto pistols I like kydex holsters or the Kydex/leather backed hybrid holsters (when I don’t use a pocket holster). These haven’t been easy to find for the LCR so it has been relegated to range and safe duty only.
Although I am not usually a fan of all leather holsters or “one size fits many” holsters I decided to give the STOW-N-GO from Galco a try. It is under $30 on Amazon (link) and should fit the 442 as so I figured it was worth a shot.
The holster is leather, more of a suede really, and has as single wide clip. The clip is polymer so, unlike metal clips, it won’t tear up the interior of my car or my clothes. The clip is strong enough and shaped in such a way that I can wear it with or without a belt (I almost never wear belts) and it still stays in place while going through the day. It also stays in place (so far) when I draw the firearm. The plastic clip is sewn and riveted into a leather pocket on the outside of the holster. So far, it seems like it will stand up to my needs.
There is also a piece of metal sewn into the mouth of the holster which helps keep it open making it easy to reholster.
To be honest, the holster initially fit the Smith & Wesson 442 much better than it did the Ruger LCR. As with many holsters, the larger trigger guard of the LCR resulted in the LCR riding pretty high in the holster. So high that I really thought it would be a problem. It wasn’t. Since the then the holster has stretched a bit and as you can see from the pictures it sits (and fits) perfectly.
I have worn this holster for several days now while out and about running errands and while sitting at my desk and it is extremely comfortable. Comfortable enough that this will likely become my primary carry rig.
I can speak to the long term durability of the holster yet but I will try and post updates to let you know how well it wears over time.