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DeSantis Holster for S&W Governor

July 20, 2012
Bill Waugaman , Ohio Valley Outdoors

The 'Z' frame of the S&W Governor requires special form and design in a holster for proper fit. After reading how some other writers were 'making do' for a holster, I made a call to DeSantis Gunhide, one of the few manufacturer's of a leather holster for the Governor at this time. Smith & Wesson's holsters for the Governor are also made by DeSantis.

DeSantis Gunhide has a strong reputation of making quality leather holsters for nearly 40 years. Their holsters for the Governor are a good example. There are three styles of leather holsters for the Governora Dual Angle Hunter, a Speed Scabbard and a Shoulder Rig. All three holsters are made from premium saddle leather, double stitched on all seams and stress points, and molded for a secure, positive fit specifically for the Governor. All of the stitching is very nicely done.

For this review, the Dual Angle Hunter was chosen since I see the Governor as a handgun for outdoors activities (fishing, camping, hiking, etc.) or personal protection. This holster has two sets of belt slots so it can be worn for a conventional hip draw or for cross draw. The inside liner of the Dual Angle Hunter is suede material. A thumb break strap wraps over the hammer with a button snap that further secures the Governor in the holster so it won't accidentally fall out. With a push of the thumb on the back, the thumb break snap is released and the Governor is easily drawn.

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The DeSantis Dual Angle Hunter is tan, comes in right or left hand, and does not have any logo. Smith & Wesson's holsters are in tan or black, left or right hand, and have the S&W logo embossed in the leather. The Dual Angle Hunter from either company has a retail price under $110. When you consider the excellent workmanship, the quality of the fit, and the fact that these holsters are Made in U.S.A., this holster is a good investment for the Governor.

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