Montana has some of the most beautiful countryside you can lay your eyes on. It’s incredibly vast and home to an abundance of wildlife. Deer, elk, moose, coyotes, mountain lions, wolves, lynx, wolverines, black bears, and the imposing grizzly bear all call Montana home. The latter being the main reason I choose to carry a firearm when I’m in spending time in the backcountry. We have more grizzly bears in a small area in northwest Montana than all of Alberta Canada. The majority of the grizzly bear population in the lower 48 is right here in northwest Montana.
If I’m going to carry a rifle with me, which I prefer, it’s going to be my Marlin 1895 Guide Gun in .45-70 Government loaded with some heavy hitters from Garrett Cartridges. However, sometimes I just don’t want the hassle of lugging around a rifle. When my wife and I go exploring, we carry our bear spray and our respective pistols. Hers is a Ruger GP100 chambered in .357 Magnum. Mine is a Smith & Wesson Model 629 V-Comp in .44 Magnum. I was looking to upgrade our holsters and came across a company called Diamond D Custom Leather. They are located in Anchorage Alaska and know a thing or two about making durable holsters for guns used in bear country. They make custom leather holsters in a variety of styles for all types of pistols. Having carried a pistol in a chest holster before, I knew I wanted that as an option. My first order was for their Guides Choice Chest Holster with the optional reload accessory. It took about 2 months to receive it and it was well worth the wait.
Leather is always stiff when you first get it and needs a little time to break in. After wearing it a few times, it started to mold to my pistol for a perfect fit. The craftsmanship is top notch. I’m really glad I opted for the reload accessory as it’s functional and just looks awesome.
I was so pleased with the chest holster that I decided to bite the bullet and get my wife and I both a hip holster. This time I went with the Alaska Hunter Hip Holster with the Drop Loop accessory.
Again, after wearing it a few times, it’s a perfect fit. I’m really glad I went with the Drop Loop option as it’s more comfortable for me. Also, you can’t go wrong with an additional 6 rounds of .44 Magnum.
I pushed my ammo down a bit further than necessary. I think having it even on both sides would be better as these large Hammerhead rounds from Garrett Cartridges could get rubbed when trying to draw the pistol.
You’re looking at $175 for the chest holster and $40 for the reload option. The hip holster runs $120 with an extra $95 for the Drop Loop option. These aren’t cheap, but what quality leatherwork is? I’m sure you’ll see them in future videos and you can see how they look after a few seasons of wear and tear. I’m looking forward to seeing these age and develop a beautiful patina.