Originally Posted by Appliancedude
The reason I was looking at the small frames was because of how heavy my dads was when I was hiking. But honestly it could have been the old style leather heavy service holster too. Looks very similar to this one. But it also had a extra leather piece that fit inside your pants to make it more steady. Easily another lb in weight.
Both the GP100 and the 686 will weigh about the same as that old 57 that your dad had.
The 686 is the same L-frame as the 57. And the GP100 is also what you would call "medium-large" frame similar to the L-frame Smiths so it'll weigh about the same too.
Good leather that fits your body and activity is important and will help a lot.
Try out several different styles to see if there is something off the shelf that fits your taste.
A medium-frame 4" in a good fitting belt holster really isn't that noticable. About the same as carrying a 1911 size auto in good leather, it's heavy enough that you know it's there but not a nusiance.
Now an old-style low-ride duty rig like you posted...yeah, that would annoy me for trail carry to.
If it was a high-ride, you'd probably like it better since the weight is more centered on your hip instead of slinging alongside your leg.
I tend to prefer a pancake style or tabbed belt slide type holster for general farm/hunting carry but I do have some standard high-ride holsters too.
For assorted handguns, I've got Bianchi
#7 & #5BH holsters and similar patterns from other makers. My favorite revolver holster is a discontinued Gould&Goodrich model that is almost identical to the Bianchi 5BH except with a different angle.
It kinda surprised me too but I don't see any .357 K-frames on the S&W website either. Just .38Spcl or the rimfires in K-frame.
I suppose low sales killed off one of the best all-around trail guns you can get...
That 4" that Zane71464 posted sure is purty! I wouldn't mind one like that myself...