What do you do when you need to carry a man-sized gun? I’m not talking about the one you use for bad guys. I’m talking about the one you need for lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Yes, I know, a bear has been killed before with 9mm, .45 ACP, .22LR, and a flintlock. But all other things being equal, if I am worried about mountain lions or larger animals, I want at least a 10mm.
10mm is a fantastic choice for autoloaders, and I like autos better than revolvers. Fortunately, for the option I found this week, it is available for both the Glock 10mm and revolvers chambered all the way up to the mighty .500 S&W Magnum.
I am not normally a fan of chest holsters, but they do have their place. One of those places is carrying very large guns or carrying any gun when you are enjoying the great outdoors.
An inside-the-waistband holster is great at 7/11, but not so ideal when you’re humping a heavy pack on a long hike and want to buckle up the waist strap to balance the load. That strap is likely to dig into your holster or, worse, cover up the handle of your sidearm making quick deployment impossible. Fishing in a creek? Last time I checked, waders don’t have belt loops. And, IWB on a bicycle is a good way to check your gun’s resistance to asphalt.
This week I got my hands on the Guide’s Choice Leather Chest Holster from Diamond D Custom Leather. They are based out of Wasilla, Alaska, so it’s a safe bet they know a thing or two about grizzlies. The Guide’s Choice has been around for over a decade and has been a go-to setup for serious outdoorsmen.
I found the Guide’s Choice Chest Holster to be extremely well made, a top quality leather product. No shortcuts here. Every stitch is perfect, and the fit was exceptional. Most importantly, I found it to be very comfortable. Not many carry options make a Glock 20 and a reload easy to carry, but this did the trick. If you ever carry a handgun as a back up in bear country, this is a product you need to look at. MSRP is $175. For more information, make sure to visit the Diamond D Custom Leather website.