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I have a 608 with the 6.5" barrel and am looking for some holster suggestions. All of the holsters I've seen out there leave the entire trigger guard uncovered. I take my 608 with me in the woods in case my dog gets in a tangle with a bear, coyotes, etc. Going through heavy brush concerns me sometimes as the trigger is exposed. I know most holsters have a strap that secures the hammer, but all it takes is one forgetful moment where I don't have it down and a branch snags in there and I've got a furrow down my leg, or worse, shot my dog who follows at my side.

Anyone know of a holster where the leather rides high and covers the front half of the trigger guard?
 

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It's not leather but the Uncle Mike's Korda nylon Large Frame Sidekick Hip Holster (size 53) is a perfect fit for my S&W 66-1 with a 6 1/8" barrel (measured from the cylinder face). It has a flap for retention and as you require, the trigger guard is completely covered. I bought mine for pretty much the same reasons that you are stating. When you read the product description be aware that their barrel measurements are made from the front of the revolver's frame. If your 608 barrel measures 6" +\- from the cylinder face, it should do the job! I got mine on Amazon.com for <$15. Good temp fix until you find a leather one.
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It's not leather but the Uncle Mike's Korda nylon Large Frame Sidekick Hip Holster (size 53) is a perfect fit for my S&W 66-1 with a 6 1/8" barrel (measured from the cylinder face). It has a flap for retention and as you require, the trigger guard is completely covered. I bought mine for pretty much the same reasons that you are stating. When you read the product description be aware that their barrel measurements are made from the front of the revolver's frame. If your 608 barrel measures 6" +\- from the cylinder face, it should do the job! I got mine on Amazon.com for <$15. Good temp fix until you find a leather one.
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Here's a pic:


That's my Taurus 66 in this pic but the S&W 66 fits just as well (even better since the holster is a bit long for the Taurus)!
 

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I never worry about coverage of the trigger guard in a woods gun or whatever so long as it's a DA or SA revolver. There is NO WAY a stick is going to Glock that revolver. It'd have to be able to turn that cylinder while in the rig, not just the spring tension. But, yeah, a field holster, I have this cross draw flap holster I like a lot that covers the entire gun, is a retro civil war type designed for cap and ball revolvers, but it works with about any revolver. It ain't like you're going to need super quick access to the gun in the field and this gives the weapon ultimate protection from the elements when in the field. Just a thought. :D This thing will even carry my 6.5" .357 Blackhawk. It's a nifty rig for outdoor uses.
 
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I never worry about coverage of the trigger guard in a woods gun or whatever so long as it's a DA or SA revolver. There is NO WAY a stick is going to Glock that revolver. It'd have to be able to turn that cylinder while in the rig, not just the spring tension. But, yeah, a field holster, I have this cross draw flap holster I like a lot that covers the entire gun, is a retro civil war type designed for cap and ball revolvers, but it works with about any revolver. It ain't like you're going to need super quick access to the gun in the field and this gives the weapon ultimate protection from the elements when in the field. Just a thought. :D This thing will even carry my 6.5" .357 Blackhawk. It's a nifty rig for outdoor uses.
Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks this type of holster is a reasonable choice :). RE: a stick "Glocking" that revolver. I agree that while casually walking through the woods it's highly unlikely that a stick would catch the trigger and offer enough pull to DA fire the gun. BUT if while traversing thick underbrush and perhaps tripping or falling, a stick could easily apply enough pressure on the trigger to fire a DA firearm. Stuff happens :eek:! While I have a few holsters that don't offer full trigger coverage, I'm a big fan of those that DO!
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Well, I've walked in the woods off and on with DAs in holsters that don't have trigger coverage for probably 45 years of my life and haven't seen the problem, but better to be safe than sorry, I suppose. AND, heck, here's one more reason to carry a Blackhawk! :rofl: Actually, I really prefer SA revolvers for outdoors, very rugged and safe with hammer down on an empty chamber AND/OR a gun with a transfer bar like the Blackhawk. I'll usually have my little Ruger Convertible flat top in my crossdraw flap holster, but when I am hog hunting, I kinda like my fire breathing .45 Colt loads in my 4 5/8" blackhawk. Nothing gets your adrenalin up like being charged by a wounded hog, trust me! I was in that situation some weeks back, in the dark, but couldn't find the pig until the next day, so didn't have to shoot quick. I did put down a charging pig with a .357 from a Rossi 971 once, though, and I sat down and shook for 10 minutes after the event wearing off the adrenalin. :rofl:


We don't have bear around here and pigs aren't a threat if they're not wounded. Normally, my woods walks now days involve a TC contender with the .410/.45 Colt barrel installed. This allows me to take a squirrel when I see one or pull the choke off and go with a .45 if I have time for such if needed to shoot a hog that might be dumb enough to come out in daylight. :D It usually has a .410 6 shot in it, though, and has taken small game over the years. It's deadly to 30 yards or a little better. I had been carrying it in that old flap holster, but the flap won't go over it, so I tied it back out of the way. That's not ideal because it will fall out if I'm all bent over like picking dew berries or such, so now I have a cross draw with a leather thong to go over the hammer, works better for me. You don't worry about sticks with a single shot single action TC Contender. :D

The civil war replica was originally bought for my Ruger Old Army as it's so big, it won't fit well in a strong side holster and draw anytime this week. :rofl: But, I've really come to like this holster for my other Blackhawks in the field, too.
 
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Glad to hear that I'm not the only one that thinks this type of holster is a reasonable choice :). RE: a stick "Glocking" that revolver. I agree that while casually walking through the woods it's highly unlikely that a stick would catch the trigger and offer enough pull to DA fire the gun. BUT if while traversing thick underbrush and perhaps tripping or falling, a stick could easily apply enough pressure on the trigger to fire a DA firearm. Stuff happens :eek:! While I have a few holsters that don't offer full trigger coverage, I'm a big fan of those that DO!
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Yeah, casual walks in the woods only happens around the suburbs here. I live in NH. You go up to the mountains and it's old growth. You're lucky if you can see the forest floor. I remember watching that show "Alone" where they all cried about how rugged the terrain was on Vancouver Island. Looked like a regular trip north to me. Undergrowth is THICK around here. Tripping, falling, and thick underbrush is guaranteed.

As to the Uncle Mike's holster mentioned by several people, I had the regular Sidekick, not the Sidekick Korda (which has the flap). In addition to the trigger not being covered the belt loop was way up on the holster, so that most of the weight of the gun was above my belt, making it awkward and top heavy. Wasn't a fan.

I'd love to find one that fits like that Korda pictured here, but leather and no flap, maybe just a hammer strap.
 

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Well, you can see MY woods behind me. :D It's pretty thick.


 
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