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Carry Smith 637 Airlite

Discussion in 'The Snubbie Club' started by Geezer1, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. Geezer1


    Jan 19, 2010
    Hi Folks,

    What a great forum. I have been a long time fan of wheel guns and purchased and 637 Airlite 38 +P about a year ago. Just decided to start carrying and obtained my permit.

    I apoligize before I start cause I am sure this has been chewed many times, but what do you folks prefer for holsters. I am leaning towards IWB and I really would like to hear your opinions. Many thanks in advance

  2. BWT


    Apr 27, 2010
    For me it just depends what I'm going to be doing while I'm carrying. So I have an ankle rig, IWB, and OWB. I use a crossdraw if I'm going to be driving all day. So I guess my answer is don't just depend on one style, or you will end up carrying less.

  3. Geezer1


    Jan 19, 2010

    Thanks BWT, I should have specified...what is the manufacture of your IWB? I need some sources of good IWB for small J Frame.

    thanks, Butch
  4. Glock 17L

    Glock 17L *GLOCKAHOLIC*

    Jan 19, 2004
    Louisville Kentucky
    Airweight snubbie J Frames IMO are best carried in the front strong side pocket..
    I have a torn rotator cuff in my right shoulder & can't reach back above my rear pocket..
    The pocket holster solves this problem plus I can't reach far enough across to do a decent cross draw..
    You will end up with a pile of holsters, all of us have them BTW, & once you settle on the holster you like best you'll be set..
    I really like the cheap-o Uncle Mikes holsters & have two of them for IWB, there older & have metal clips, the newer J frame IWB with the clip cutt off makes a nice light weight pocket holster, I also have an Nice/Expensive Kramer pocket Holster but it weighs almost as much as the revolver & don't use it much..
    I also have a nice Rafter S. OWB that is made from Sharkskin & Horse Hide..
    My favorite holster bye far is the one on the upper right with the 342Ti with Eagle Secret Service Grips, It's the Uncle Mikes with the clip removed, It fits the gun better than the pocket holster that UMs sells for the J Frame..
    J Frame Snub Holsters
  5. BWT


    Apr 27, 2010
    I'm with ya now. A Milt Sparks Summer Special for the IWB, Desantis ankle holster, and Mitch Rosen for OWB.

    I have a couple of other holsters, but the above are my favorites.
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2010
  6. G27Chief

    G27Chief Lifetime Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    Southwestern Gawjaw
    I carry my 342Ti in a Desantis Nemisis pocket holster daily. It has been an excellent choice. I agree with the Uncle Mikes choice as well, the one I have for the j frame has gotten some use.
  7. Geezer1


    Jan 19, 2010
  8. Geezer1


    Jan 19, 2010
    BWT, I looked at Milt Sparks and they for sure look like quality holsters. I was planning on calling them tomorrow. Thanks for the reply.
  9. Geezer1


    Jan 19, 2010

    I'll check out the Desantis Nemisis along with UM's. Appreciate the replies, I prefer to see what folks have success with prior to purchasing. Been around wheel guns and long guns a long time, but I am plowing new ground with CCW. Thanks again, Butch
  10. the perfesser

    the perfesser

    Jun 24, 2007
    +1. Due to my job location I carry infrequently, but my Airweight S&W 442 rides nicely in my Nemesis pocker holster.
  11. Booker


    May 10, 2006
    I still like carry my 637 OWB in a Bianchi #5. I think it's called the black widow iirc.

    Pocket carry is good, but not so good if you're seated.

    OWB is good but you still have to dress properly.

    IWB is good but you have to get larger trousers.

    Ankle is good if seated but slow to draw if running!

    One of the best things about carrying a j-frame is that you have numerous carry options!
  12. Berto

    Berto woo woo

    Sep 15, 2003
    I'm pretty much right on with Sigp229, the Uncle Mike's number 0 (IIRC) is still a favorite with pocket carry-which is 95% how I carry a snubby. I also have my Desantis for the Smiths and Ruger SP101 and a bladetech IWB for the J frame if I decide on belt carry...I don't use it much as other more substantial guns carry just as well on the hip.
    A good cargo pocket is the ultimate for snubby carry IMO;

    With a good pocket holster, the gun stays put.
    You can grip the weapon while looking completely innocuous.
    It requires no unnatural movement to access.
    It won't print.