Crossfire’s Alaskan Medium – Large Revolver Holster

I’ve been looking for a holster for my wife’s .357 S&W 686 cannon for a while.  Hey what can I say, I got the pick of the litter.  Until I came across Crossfire’s Alaskan series the holsters were all inadequate.  Seems most large revolver holsters don’t cover the trigger guard and for me that’s a deal killer.  The ones I did find were made of flimsy nylon.

Crossfire’s Alaskan series of holsters addressed all these issues and offered a slew of features I have yet to see in other offerings.   The Alaskan is made of tough 1680 denier Ballistic Nylon fabric.  The nylon is substantial and retains its shape which is especially important when reholstering and you want your holster to stay open so you don’t need a second hand to holster. It comes in any color you want as long as that’s black.  They do offer a whopping 20 different sizes though covering 3’ to 9’ barrels.

An unexpected benefit and major advantage to this holster is its versatility of carry. The holster is ambidextrous.  It has a belt loop on each side so you can thread your gunbelt through it for left or right carry.  The loop isn’t anything fancy so you can’t adjust for cant and it will slide between pant belt loops.  It also has a padded strap which allows you to wear it on your waist or crossdraw over either shoulder.


Wearing the Alaskan on your waist with the shoulder strap doesn’t look all that pretty but it’s very quick and easy.  I felt comfortable the gun was going to stay where it was supposed to during moderate physical exertion.  The elastic thumbreak wouldn’t let the gun come out but the holster itself held the gun in the holster pretty snugly.

I’m not a fan of shoulder carry crossdraw even though that’s how I carried my 1911 in Iraq back in ’91.  I have since learned how a horizontal carry inadvertently muzzles everyone behind you and having the gun butt facing an adversary isn’t the best approach.  The Alaskan at least has the gun pointing down when worn across one’s chest and I’ve never heard of a bear or wild hog grabbing someone’s revolver. To add stability, the Alaskan has an elastic strap one can run down to one’s belt to further stabilize the gun.  The shoulder pad is well padded and comfortable but I’d probably sport a shirt with a collar for extended wear.

The hardware on the Alaskan is top notch.  D-rings, loops and clips were all made of heavy dity steel and securely attached to the holster.  The one area where they may have improved is the thumbbreak adjustment.  Unlike the one pictured in the factory photo which is a snap dot, my “Speed Retainer” thumbreak was an elastic strap with a tab to position the strap behind the hammer to secure the gun.  Effective once adjusted, but adjusting was a pain.  The free ends of the back strap sit inside tight pockets and are held in place with Velcro.  To adjust the strap, one must take an included lounge depressor and slide it between the Velcro securing the strap to break the bond.  Then one adjusts the length removes the depressor and the strap is secure.  Sounds easy in print but it’s a pain in the butt in practice.  That said, it wouldn’t be a big enough negative to keep me from buying this holster.

Crossfire’s Alaskan Holster is a great holster for the individual hunter or marksman wanting to carry a medium to large frame revolver in an open carry setting.  It will provide you a versatile number of carry options, is robust and securely retains one’s revolver while protecting it.

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By Will Rodriguez

Will served over 20 years as an Infantry officer in Europe, the Middle East, Korea and Latin America. He led units from 40 to 1000 soldiers and has extensive experience/schooling in both light and mechanized warfare to include combat. His eclectic career includes serving with US and allied forces as well as the schoolhouse and the future force in a BattleLab. He holds a Nationals Security Degree from West Point and a Masters in Counseling & Leadership. He Co-founded W2 Training & Firearms (W2TF), a personal security consulting and training firm training approximately 500 - 600 students monthly. Will has over 500 hours of firearm, personal security, crime prevention and trauma medical training. Those instructor ratings including multiple NRA Pistol certs, Rangemaster Certification, Sage Dynamics Red Dot Sight and ALiCE Active Shooter Instructor. After Parkland, Willl served an Armed Safe School Officer with the Broward County Public School District protecting 1200 students and faculty against the Active Shooter threat Master Artisan and owner of The Soldier’s Place a military décor business. His work is featured in the National Infantry Museum, the Headquarters of the Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance, Target Analysis, and Exploitation Techniques Course, 3rd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and Special Operations Command. Will is the Senior Editor, Writer and creator of His writing on military/foreign affairs and personal security issues has been published in Infantry Magazine,,, RE Factor Tactical He has been a frequent guest on the Wilkow Majority radio show. Will Rodriguez was born and raised in a very tough neighborhood in Brooklyn ranked number one in arson and in the top five for homicide and is extremely grateful for the opportunities he’s been blessed with. He is married to his best friend and biggest blessing. They have six furry four-legged children.

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