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June 15, 2009, 09:27

I recently purchased a Ruger SP101 .357. It has a 3 inch barrel. Apparently, not many holster manufactures make a holster for this size barrel... especially inside the waist styles.

Can anyone recommend a quality holster for a 3inch barreled Ruger SP101? I have heard that some holsters for small size S&W revolvers will fit Rugers. I prefer leather, if possible.

any ideas?


Retired Bum
June 15, 2009, 13:16
Good luck on finding a quality leather holster for your three inch SP101. I have several three inch S&W J frames and two K frames, a Model 13 and a Model 547 9mm. I have had no luck finding anything except generic type fabric holsters of dubious quality for three inch revolvers.

I'm beginning to think that I will have to find a custom holster maker and order up two decent leather holsters, one for each frame size.

And so it goes.

The Retired One

June 15, 2009, 22:10
The Bianchi Number 3 Pistol Pocket inside-the-pants holster used to be made for the K frame 3 inch S&W. Probably still is. The J frame equivalent holster will be too small to fit the SP-101 and the Colt size is just about never found for 3 inch guns.

If you have time to wait, the Milt Sparks Summer Special is a great choice, too, but will be spendier, and some folks prefer a thumb break device.

Back in my department's revolver days, my favorite off-duty, plain clothes revolver was a 3 inch S&W Model 66. Not hard to find then*as S&W sold a lot of 3 inch K frame fixed sight Model 13 and 65 .357's. The Number 3 is what it, and it's earlier 2-1/2 inch Combat Magnums, usually rode in.

*The Bianchi holster, not the 3 inch Model 66.

Andy the Aussie
June 16, 2009, 01:30
I still carry three inch model 10/64s from time to time. Hellweg make a number of holsters for these. I have a couple of pancakes and an ankle holster by them for these. I believe they are available in the US but certainly online from out here.


My pancake is the 80R


June 16, 2009, 03:49
May also try Galco Holsters also.

Para Driver
June 16, 2009, 13:52
Murray leather in Fortworth makes custom belts and gun cases, don't know if he'll do an odd size holster, but you can always ask. He's a great guy.


June 16, 2009, 14:08
The local saddler in these parts would make a holster or sheath for about anything.
Friend of mine wanted a decent shoulder rig for his Desert Eagle '50',,,suggested he try the saddler,,,came out nice.

June 16, 2009, 14:48
Check El Paso Saddlery. He makes some high quality holsters. Kind of slow but great work. Search the web, they have a site. Hope this helps.


July 09, 2009, 11:44
try tucker gun leather
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