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"I have seen an increased interest in small revolvers over the last few years. Readers have asked for my input on those guns and on the best way(s) to carry them. I've owned and carried short-barreled revolvers since the 1960s and have always felt confident with them since I've been able to shoot them well.

My first "snubby" was a Colt Cobra, followed by a Charter Arms Undercover, a Charter Arms Bulldog, a S&W Model 60 and a S&W 342PD.

From the questions I'd received, I knew that my readers wanted solid information that they could use to make a decision for both a gun choice and a holster choice. I would use my experience over the past decades and hopefully save them some time and money.

After considering several alternatives, I decided that I wanted a belt holster for the S&W 342PD revolver that I could wear every day regardless of how I was dressed. I've carried that gun in several ways over the years and while each method has worked, concealability was always dependent upon the clothing I wore.

A shoulder holster or ankle holster will work well many times but not with a casual shirt and shorts. The 342PD is very small, snag-free J-Frame design and weighs just a bit over 10 oz. I wanted a holster that would keep it high and tight and that was very secure, comfortable and concealable."  

Clark Bush

I did a good bit of research, checking various sites and reading reviews. I also went to the "big box" of holsters that I've accumulated over the years. They were and still are good products but I knew there was something better out there.

This link, led me to the GALCO Fletch High Ride Belt Holster:



"Its unique two-piece construction is contoured on the body side to the natural curve of the hip, keeping all the molding on the front of the holster, allowing for significantly more comfortable carry and a narrower profile than an ordinary pancake type holster*.

"Hand-molded to fit specific handguns, the FLETCH features a reinforced thumb break for security, firing grip accessibility for speed, double-stitched seams for durability, and covered trigger for safety. The retention strap configuration is specific to individual firearms types, and varies depending on firearm model. The FLETCH is constructed of premium steerhide and made to fit belts up to 1 3/4".

Made for semiautomatic pistols and double-action revolvers, the FLETCH is available in right or left hand designs in tan or black finish."

I like the way GALCO provides information not only about the holster but about the best fit locations as well.

I started wearing the Fletch in the 3 O'Clock position but found that just before the 4 O'Clock position was more comfortable and fit my hip area much better. I also found some valuable information in the video about the thumb break.

To see the GALCO Fletch High Ride Belt Holster and more GALCO products, please visit


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