"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.
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."
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.
"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".
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.
There was some break-in time required, as there is with any high-quality leather holster. The "forwarded molded design" really works to tuck the FLETCH into the body better than any belt holster I've tried. Correct positioning, aided by the Recommended Carry Positions chart, keeps it high and tight against my body.
The 342PD was a tight fit in the FLETCH. That allowed me to try the blocking procedure recommended by GALCO. It took a couple of times for it to fit perfectly.
I have learned that recommendations for fit and positioning made by GALCO are well worth reading. They can really save time, and help avoid frustration that can occur many times with any new product.
The charts and videos on the GALCO site have really increased my knowledge base with holsters. Even an old dog, like me can learn some new tricks. The whole process of fit, for the gun and on my body went very smoothly.
After wearing the FLETCH for several weeks, I can pass that information along to my readers very confidently.
This is a great product in every respect. I recommend the Fletch High Ride Belt Holster to anyone looking for a well designed holster that you can wear every day with comfort, security and concealability.