When Ruger sent us a New Bearcat to review, we knew we needed gun leather. A revolver without a holster isn’t much fun. Even a diminutive rimfire revolver like the New Bearcat deserves to have its own rig. While it isn’t meant for fast-draw SASS matches, the Bearcat has its place. It would make a fine ranch gun, or backpacker’s gun, but there’s just something unsettling about sticking the naked barrel of a gun down your pants.
The holster is scaled to fit the Bearcat, and matches the proportions perfectly.
The whole holster is made from two pieces of leather with their split sides sewn together. This new single sheet is then cut and formed stitched up.
The fit and finish on the Bearcat holster is fantastic. The gun fit snugly, and was held in place by the leather cord. Though this sill loosen a bit with time, the holster should mold even more exactly to the revolver’s shape. It isn’t level one retention, but it isn’t likely to come free, either.
Up close detail on the stamping. Leather will hold incredibly fine detail.
Such primitive technology still works really well. This cord, and the friction of the gun in the holster, is remarkably secure.
These are handmade holsters, which means you’ll see some imperfections. Big companies that make thousands of holsters can afford perfect stamps that crank out flawless basket-weave. The hand stamp process is much more cumbersome and requires a maker to stamp each individual section of the weave. This isn’t complicated, but it can be monotonous. I’ve yet to see a flawless piece of hand-stamped leather, and these human touches are often the sign that it isn’t mass produced.
Hand-stamped basket-weave has a recognizable look that isn’t easily replicated by a machine.
The graceful lines of the holster mirror those of the Bearcat’s grip.
The Bearcat holsters start at $65 and go up to $130 (which is the full floral holster with a skirt). If you are looking for that personal touch, take a look at Leather Creek.
The leather inside the holster will darken up as it is exposed to light and oils from the gun.
The retention cord is laced through four holes, which adds enough friction to keep it in place.
With the loop around the hammer, the gun doesn’t move much at all.
The belt loop is open enough for a two inch belt.
The holsters are available in a variety of colors, but the red-hued brown is an ideal accent for the Bearcat’s grips.
The loop is angled a bit, which pops the grip of the gun out enough to grab.
This small stamp on the back is the only branding you’ll find on a Leather Creek Holster.
As the holster ages, this stark contrast between the inside and outside of the holster will diminish, but it will only look better.
The edges of the holster have been sanded and finished.
The stitching holds together the edges, which have also been glued.
The holster is open on the bottom which should allow any dirt or dust to slide right through.
The trigger isn’t fully protected, but the Bearcat has a transfer bar safety, so it can be carried with the hammer down on a loaded cylinder.
Overall, the holster is well made and handsome. It is a serious addition to a Ruger Bearcat, and one that allows the rimfire revolver to realize more of its practical potential.
The prices for a Bearcat holster start at just $65.