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The nice thing about being retired (we hear) is that you can do pretty much what you want. Which means that, depending where you go, there’s no one to raise an eyebrow at a .44 Mag revolver with a 6″ barrel on your hip. Check out the other gear Roland carry with him daily at Everyday Carry . . .

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  1. Since it’s listed as backpacking essentials, I’m gonna go out on a limb and say he must spend a considerable amount of time in bear country.

    • Love RVing to National Parks; i hike a lot near my house at Stanislaus National Forest.

    • I used to spend a lot of time in bear country and eventually got sick of toting a revolver about that size, a 6-inch Anaconda, on my hip every time I went hiking. I downgraded to a shorter and lighter Super Blackhawk and put that in a chest rig, which turned out to be the bee’s knees.

      • Thank you Frank; doing my research on a chest rig; thinking my back pack shoulder strap will be on the way.

        • Roland, the chest rig I had worked fine with backpacks. I just put the holster on first and then the pack and the pack rode over the holster straps with no problem. The holster and gun were slung completely beneath the cross-strap for the backpack shoulder straps, so there was no interference.

          I wish I could tell you who made the rig, but I bought it 20 years ago. It was heavy duty cordura or ballistic nylon. The holster section was roughly rectangular and both the backing and pocket that the revolver went in were made of multiple layers of black nylon stitched together. It was built pretty tough. I think I paid about $30 for it back then. There seems to be a lot more models to choose from now than there was back then, and I have seen newer models that look more stable but still would work with a backpack.

          Note the guy in the blue anorak at the link below wearing one with a backpack. This is a very expensive example ($150 on Amazon) , but it’s good for proof of concept and there are other similar ones out there for under $100. Midway had one for $29.99 not too long ago but discontinued it.

          KENAI CHEST HOLSTER from Gunfighters(Inc)

    • Mechanical Fishing Yo Yo, in case I get lost in the woods while hiking; I haven’t gotten lost yet; I’ve acutely caught fish with that while camping.

  2. MY 1 first thought was, he lied in every word,
    That hoary cripple, with malicious eye
    Askance to watch the working of his lie
    On mine, and mouth scarce able to afford
    Suppression of the glee, that purs’d and scor’d
    Its edge, at one more victim gain’d thereby.
    “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

    Robert Browning

    • If he is in the woods with bears, 5 rounds of .44 probably beats 19 rounds of 9mm, no?

      • That is a FACT; I haven’t had to use my tool on a bear yet; i would never going into the woods with anything smaller that a .44 mag. I guess I should spend some money on a six round holder; very tight budget right now.

    • jwm,

      I assume you are referring (dead man walking) to Roland’s attacker. You do realize that revolver will launch full power 180 grain hollow-points at something like 1650 fps, right? I don’t know any human attacker who will still be on their feet after taking a .43 caliber, 180 grain hollow point to the chest at 1,600 fps. Even if Roland fails to hit center mass (torso), if he can hit the middle of an attacker’s arm or leg, he will definitely render that limb useless.

      I am seriously considering carrying a similar .44 Magnum revolver when shopping at malls during the holiday season in case of a multiple terrorist attack. The long sight radius makes 100 yard shots doable. And the considerable velocity/mass/diameter/energy makes “one shot stops” likely … an important factor when facing multiple suicide attackers.

      • OK, guys. My sense of humor was a complete fail on this one. I fully realize the .44 mag is a helleva round.

        I was trying to poke fun at the tacticool crowd and their need for lots of ammo.

        • Ahhhh … I give your intent extremely high marks jwm. (Notice that I expressed a similar sentiment although I had no humor to offer with it.)

  3. Wow ,Nice. That’s a big everyday carry, but I suppose it fits where he’s at . I like the Taurus .44 but I prefer SW version .

    • TXDuallyDog,

      Have you actually tried the trigger on that Taurus 44SS6? While I have not tried the trigger on that particular Taurus, I have tried the trigger on the Taurus Raging Bull in .44 Magnum and it is by far and away the best trigger I have ever felt on any handgun. If that model is even close to the Raging Bull, it will have an outstanding trigger.

  4. Laughing to myself.
    Thought your yoyo was birth control pills……did a double take then laughed.
    Shaking my head saying …birth control pills…….ok?

    • LOL; Mechanical Fishing Yo Yo and some bait, in case I get lost in the woods while hiking; I’ve acutely caught fish with that while camping.

    • LOL, very tight budget, found that at a local Big 5; it works and has lasted me in the last four years.

  5. I now live on Kodiak Island…44 mags and 10mm seem to be the preferred pistols. ..I have seen several fisherman with lever actions slung across their backs. Holsters run the gamut from Serpas to chest packs to nylon. Practicality and availability seen much more important here than someone’s sense of “best”.

    • The real world doesn’t conform to the keyboard commando’s expectations. Whatever works, works.

  6. I also notice he has Obama’s/Hillary’s identification tag on the backpack… see it right there? It says “A P.O.S.”

  7. Roland,

    I mentioned above that the trigger on the Taurus Raging Bull .44 Magnum revolver is outstanding, both single-action and double-action. How is the trigger on yours?

    • I’ve actually used this Taurus on a NRA National Center fire match with .44 Russian ammo; SA is great and also love practicing in DA; .44 magnum loads gets your hands tired.

  8. As far as a theme song is concerned, I’m partial to “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner” by Warren Zevon.

  9. Roland was a warrior from the Land of the Midnight Sun
    With a Thompson gun for hire, fighting to be done
    The deal was made in Denmark on a dark and stormy day
    So he set out for Biafra to join the bloody fray

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