Re: Upside Down Shoulder Holster for Snubbie Revolvers
The "upside down" holster was popular back in the "50's" and "60's" and the one I had carried a 5 shot Charter Arms "Undercover" in 38 special caliber. I had one of the first Charter Arms revolvers when quality of construction was a matter of pride. The exterior finish was not S&W or Colt quality, but I consistently outshot police detectives that were carrying Colt and S&W "snubbies" and they also shot better targets with my Charter Arms "Undercover" than they did with their own "snubbies".
All of the holster makers started abandoning the "upside down" style because of liability concerns as more and more "pistolero's" began "tricking" their revolvers with lightweight trigger pulls, cutaway trigger guards, and quick draw practice.
If you can imagine accidentally pulling the trigger with the pistol pointing into your armpit, you can understand the liability concerns of the holster manufacturers.
Like I said, K.L. Null makes an "upside down" holster for snubbies as well as a model with a hole in the barrel end for longer barreled revolvers, but they warn potential buyers to "NOT BUY" their holsters if you have a light trigger pull on your revolver. The big negative with K.L. Null's holsters is the narrow shoulder harness that makes it uncomfortable as well as not keeping the holster in proper position due to the narrow harness design that does not keep it in as secure a position as the older leather designs.
Until you have tried an "upside down" holster with a snubbie in it, you can not appreciate how fast it is and how concealable it is compared to any other type of carry for a "snubbie".
I have an old S&W vertical shoulder holster that is the same as Bianchi's X15 with a spring tensioned open front that allows you to pull the pistol or revolver straight out, but it still is not as fast as the "upside down" holster design.
I have had good success with Taurus products and Ruger doesn't make the SP101 in 9mm any more and used 9mm SP101's are hard to come by and cost a pretty hefty penny.