One Holster – Multiple Handguns

I’ve talked about the Galco Wheelgunner holster here before. Yesterday I discovered something unique about this holster. I alternate between carrying a Ruger Blackhawk and one of several 1911s here around the Shadowland ranch. Up until now this necessitates changing holsters as you would expect.

Ruger 5.5 inch Blackhawk in a Galco Wheelgunner holster.

However, a neat feature of the Galco Wheelgunner holster is that the holster can be unsnapped from the belt loop. Primarily this is to allow the holster to work for right or left hand or for strong side or cross draw. Another benefit of this design is that you can easily remove the holstered handgun from your belt by just unsnapping one snap.

Popping one snap let's you remove the holster from the belt loop.

What I discovered is that when the holster is removed from the belt loop, the belt loop can double as a sort of a Yaqui slide holster for a 1911. When the day is done you can put your 1911 up or remove the holstered six gun and lounge around with a minimal obtrusion on your belt.


Here’s the thing, I’m not so sure Galco knew what they did when they did it. But, now you do. It is for sure pretty darn convenient if you alternate between different handguns on a regular basis.

While I cannot be sure – I suggest you check with Galco – it seems the belt loop is a standard size so you should be able to switch between different revolver holsters by unsnapping and snapping – never taking your belt off.

I knew this was a great holster the first time I tried it. Just didn’t know how great.



About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to One Holster – Multiple Handguns

  1. rambowmikeoutdoors says:

    Now that is one awesome holster. I’m going to look into getting one for my Ruger Super Blackhawk 44 Magnum.

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