Chest Rig

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  1. bumma

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    Looking for a decent chest rig for my Ruger GP100, 4"barrel. Something affordable would be great. I don't really want to take out a loan. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
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    I really like my Double Diamond leather pilots rig...

    There is a KYDEX "version" made by another company I am looking hard at too!

    Then my Hill People KIT BAG is a great thing that I use allot. Its great on a motorcycle.

    Sorry quality aint cheap....

    CW
     
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    I've been looking at Simply Rugged holsters with the chesty puller attachment for my 3 inch GP 100. I carry it in my HPG kit bag when I don't want people to see it, but would like a regular chest holster when fishing on the river. Good luck finding something that will work for you.
     
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    I love my Kenai chest rigs (have for both large frame revolvers & full sized autos) from gunfightersinc.com. Check 'em out. Especially appreciate the large snaps and wide straps. No weight-bearing issues and comfortable all day. Can get a little warm behind the holster, but easy enough to just shift to a slightly different position occasionally.

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    Plus one on the HPG ki5 bag. Love mine
     
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    That's really nice. I'd rather have that than what I bought several years ago https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002KIGGM6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    But it works well when I'm messing around out back. I carry my RIA 22TCM in it.
     
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    I almost got one for hunting . But went with the kit bag .
     
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    Not a true chest rig, but close. I find it more comfortable than a chest rig. The huckleberry rig.
    Can be worn with a pack, or lumbar pack. Works good on horseback, motorcycles, or atv' s.
    Mine was made by Ted Blocker. It'll run you about $200.

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    My Kenai rigs are my favorite for UTV or horseback. Very comfortable and secure.

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    Wow. That does look secure. Probably priced right, too.
    I may have to look into getting the webbing and straps to make my own.
     
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    @ezra45 - nice pic; shows off the configuration nicely.

    These ARE very secure. And mentioned previously, very comfortable. There are stiff elastic bands at critical points to allow some harness flex when you're active. One where the top strap attaches and then a three-way where the harness joins in the back. You can order separate holsters to use with your existing harness. Although every time I've ordered an additional holster, I've gotten a new harness as well, but for the cost of the holster alone. Go figure.
     
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    That looks awesome!
     
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    Nice. Thanks for the info.
    Maybe they'll let me order just the harness then. Or I suppose I could order one rig and then make my own holster for other handguns.

    That's a good idea on the elastic.
     
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    Agree on the Double Diamond but not cheap!! Great quality!! That is a Ruger GP100 in the rig. It can be adjusted to ride higher if you like.
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    KENAI is the KYDEX one I could not remember the name of.

    NICE stuff!

    CW
     
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    Really like the diamond d,very well made and works great.Not cheap but watch the bargain cave at cabelas if you have one close.
     
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    I have two of the kenai chest rigs and dont go into the woods without one of them.

    They are also very adjustable, I use them in summer over a shirt and readjust to winter use over heavier jackets
     
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    Yup. I carry my Ruger GP100 Match Champion in a Diamond D Guide’s Choice chest rig. It is comfortable, the revolver is accessible by either hand whether standing or sitting, and you can wear a pack over it with no problems. Pricy, but worth every penny. I have three of their rigs, one for a Match Champion, one for a S&W M69 and one for a Ruger SR1912 10 mm.

    Below is the GP100 Match Champion with Guide’s Choice chest rig.

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    Below is the M69 and it’s Guide’s Choice chest rig.

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    And below is the SR1911 in it’s Guide’s Choice chest rig.

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    I would definitely buy more for various guns. Great woods carry rigs. Useable from horseback or ATV / UTV or tractor. folks make the mistake of scrimping on the holster / carry belt / chest rig when ya gotta have something that works reliably in adverse conditions. Yes, I wear leather in the rain, no problems if you care for it. Ya gotta good gun, House it in good leather. Very forgiving, and flexes with you. I’ve done a fair amount of rock scrambling with a 357 in a proper fitted leather holster.
     
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    I hear bad things about the repro tanker rigs. Many of those are cheap Chinese junk that will scratch your pistol.
     
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    I have the Litepath Outdoorsman chest holster. Got a shell for my Glock 22 and a seperate shell for my MP Shields. I have only used it during deer season but has worked out great so far.
     
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    Id wear alot bigger gun if I could carry in a chest rig everyday. I hate crap hangin off my belt.

    good to know .
     
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    The best repo tanker holsters I have seen are from El Paso Saddlery and D.M. Bullard in Texas...USA MADE. I believe Old West Reproductions up north makes a good one too.
    Just an fyi...

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    Thanks all for the help. I got some studying to do.

    Some good lookin rigs shown.
     
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    I use an HPG kit bag because I don’t want to buy several holsters for my pistols. I can carry every handgun I own in the HPG and not have to worry about whether it’ll fit or not. It also allows me to be comfortable with one system and not have to relearn how to use it because I have more than one chest rig. There’s no right or wrong answer here, it’s a personal decision.
     
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    I have guided in Alaska in for over 30 years and have used the Double Diamond, Kenia and Simply Rugged rigs. I have come to prefer the Hill Country People Kit Bag over all of them. I have carried Glock 40 and Ruger Super Redhawk models in the Kit Bag, and find it to be the most comfortable. Great bag as you can carry not only your firearm but spare mags, speed loaders and other essentials
     
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    100% agree... Never been to Alaska, but its my favorite on the East Coast too!

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    Simply Rugged "Chesty Puller" rig, with the All-American Full Flap Pancake holster. FBI-cant holster can be worn on the belt, and completely covers the firearm with an old-school flap (though the way the flap sticks up is a little uncomfortable on the belt until it breaks in after about a week or so of daily wear; digs into the kidney a bit until it has formed to your body, at which point you forget it's there). The "chesty puller" rig is a tanker-type setup that clips onto most of his holsters, all leather. Works decent with a backpack or waders. Total cost probably ~$200-ish as I recall, for hand-made US-made. Maybe a little steep, but if you're gonna carry much it's worth it. The gun that ain't carried because your holster is too shitty to be comfortable is the gun you don't have when you need it.
     
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    +1 for the Simply Rugged chesty puller.
     
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    Make one.
     
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    Another fan of HPG Kit Bag.
     
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    Item number 838 on the list of "things I wanna do."
     
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    Thanks for all the suggestions!
     
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    Do what I do and just use duct tape to attach your gun to your chest! It's not much for quick draw and is only single use... but it's really CHEAP! :4:

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    the kit bag is a pretty nice solution in that it will accept most handguns, (handy when you have a few- revolvers or semi's)- I just swap out MIC "holsters" http://www.themicholster.com/ ; you can carry concealed with it and it's obviously nice as you can carry some additional kit as well


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    I do like that kit bag, though. It would be the bee's knees for bear hunting, if only there was a good way to carry plenty of water with it.
     
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    In bear country I dont want to fuss with buckles, snaps or flaps, thats why I went with the Kenai. The Double Diamond was my first choice but I didn't have the money for it at the time.
     
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    I have several HPB Kit Bags, including a Runners KB and a V2 Original KB. It's a great holster/pack! When I want to go minimal the Runners is smaller and lighter while the V2 has enough room for my sidearm & spare mag, Elzetta Alpha light, Spyderco Native folder, a small notebook & pen, a pair of very light gloves and a Streamlight MicroStream light. All that fits with minimal bulk and weight.

    While I haven't tried the Kenai it looks fantastic as a pure holster and would probably be slightly faster to draw from. It depends on what you need and want. The Kenai would rock in an area where you can open carry and perhaps as a hunting rig. However, where I live OC is technically legal but it would probably draw attention that I don't want. A real gun person would probably recognize my KB as a holster but when worn with my daypack it pretty much just looks like regular hiking gear. It at least gives some plausible impression that you're unarmed; anyone not wanting to see a gun won't see it.

    Occasionally if I'm going somewhere remote-ish I'll carry one sidearm in my Kit Bag and another on my belt.
     
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    After reading this thread again my interest in the diamond d has resurfaced, I guess it’s a love for leather type thing. Anyway if anyone hears of a used one that will fit a Ruger Alaskan, Id be interested
     
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    They make this for it .Called the recon harness .Holds a hydration bladder .

    I usually just sling a canteen over my shoulder
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    the kit bag is also designed to use in conjunction with a pack; a smaller day pack and kit bag covers a very wide range of scenarios
     
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    I wear it with a pack alot .
     
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    I am not cheap... But I always hated spending allot of holsters... Well My opinion on what allot was anyhow... I decided to just do it... I ordered a Diamond, even splurged for the embossing... MAN AM I GLAD I DID! its a great holster, I just wish I could use it more often!

    So If your on the fence, IMHO, you will be more than satisfied its top quality and worth the cost and wait.

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    Nice, buddy! Really nice!

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    For my 1911, I have a Army M-7 holster. It was contract overrun, it has a extra mag on the outside of holster. Very comfortable as well. I do need a revolver holster. I was looking at the Desantis Black Mamba.
     
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    I put female fastex buckles on my chest rigs and male ones on the excess lengths of the backpack’s shoulder straps and then join the two, if desired.

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