Leather Chest Holster for Semi Autos

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The  Chest holster you're looking at is our Leather Chest Holster. It is made with very thick and sturdy leather and it is made for years of use. It is a true "Woods Carry" holster that is best used when you don't want a gun on your hip, but you want quick access to it. Best uses include hunting, backpacking, fishing with waders on, and other backcountry adventures. I developed this chest holster when i didn't like the other options for carrying a gun and wearing a backpack. The other well known maker of chest holsters doesn't have a thumb break for quick access, and I also didn't like how close together the straps attached to the holster, making it bounce around when I moved. This holster fixed both of those problems and, because of the nylon webbing, we where able to make this holster for much less money. Speaking of the nylon harness, it actually functions better than the leather harness. We've made and used the leather harnesses, but prefer the regular nylon webbing ones. Why? you ask. Because it's easier to adjust around layers of clothing, and it's more comfortable under a backpack strap. It also folds up into a small space so you can store it in your backpack or glovebox. Leather harnesses are too big and bulky for this, but the nylon is perfect. This holster is molded to your gun, so it will require some breaking in. It is designed to be very loose in the holster once broken in, so it draws smoothly when the thumb break comes off, but is very secure with it on.


Fits sizes Small to XXXL in the same harness. Need larger than that? Just let us know in "order comments" at check out.


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  • 5
    Great Backcounty Holster

    Posted by Brett Iverson on Aug 20th 2022

    My Glock 20 and I love this chest holster. The design is great and well thought out. My gun fit perfect in the holster and with the leather strap clipped in around the back of the slide, its not going anywhere. It holds the gun very secure and thanks to a thin well placed piece of metal on the back of the thumb break, it is still easy to quickly engage the thumb break and draw your handgun. I like that feature because I was worried about how quickly I could draw my gun out having to push a leather thumb break towards my chest, but the metal support gives your perfect leverage to easily have a under 2 second draw. I appreciate the choice in minimal hardware on the retention system, many other chest holsters come with 2-3 large buckles and up to 2 in webbing. Going with a single small 1 inch buckle, D rings, and 1 inch webbing makes for easy setup, easy on and off as well as a very smooth basically unnoticeable ride with a pack on. The holster holds secure and comfortably on my body. It kind of reminds me of an Enigma holster the way the leather around the webbing connection points wrap around and conform to the curve of your chest. I will say I had to shorten the webbing on the retention system because it came with a lot of excess and did not fit properly. But after having a friend shorten and resew the shoulder strap I couldn't be happier with it. I recommend this company and holster to anyone looking for a reliable way to carry in the backcountry. I just finished a 6 day backpacking trip in the Bob Marshall and the holster performed beyond expectations for hiking, fly fishing, and just hanging around. I love that my gun is always within reach and no longer confined to a holster on my backpack or dealing with getting that holster off my backpack and onto my belt just to have it on me. I have yet to find a way to make it work with my bino harness, but that's not the holsters fault it's not made to be worn with one. Great reliable product, you won't regret buying one.

  • 5
    excellent quality

    Posted by Alvino guerra on Aug 18th 2022

    Glad I found your website ,I need to order shell holders for both, I overlooked that,excellent product and made

  • 5
    good fit ,plenty of strap if needed, clothes or jacket ,well made

    Posted by Alvino guerra on Aug 18th 2022

    Excellent product

  • 5
    Semi Auto Chest Holster

    Posted by Gregory Carlson on Aug 13th 2022

    High quality, great product. Very happy with purchase, have 2 now.

  • 5
    Nighthawk 10mm chest holster

    Posted by Chris Schmalz on May 25th 2022

    Great holster, actually this is my second one I have purchased. Fits my 6 inch Nighthawk 10mm with RMR perfect!

  • 5
    Leather Chest Holster

    Posted by Steve on Apr 7th 2022

    Very well made, fits the gun i ordered it for like a glove!! This is the second Chest Holster I've bought from Paradise Valley Leather and they are both GREAT holsters!

  • 5
    1911 Chest Holster

    Posted by Reuben Edejer on Mar 24th 2022

    Excellent craftsmanship, great fit and finish, excellent service! Bought a custom dark brown chest holster and mag pouch for my 1911 extended barrel, 6”, and requested to extend their holster 1” and extend the mag pouch 1” to accommodate the 10 round 1911 mags. The holster and pouch turned out fabulous. Perfect weight and feel. Wanted something not so bulky and heavy, so the lightweight straps and leather combination worked out great. Glad I found you on the internet researching chest rigs. I highly recommend.

  • 5
    Not in gun list - NO Problem

    Posted by Kenneth Edelstein on Mar 23rd 2022

    I have an HK P7M8 - it's the "squeeze cocker" action - a real classic. They did not have a mold for it but offered to get one (at their cost) and gave me a discount - which amounted to free postage. The unit is both comfortable and practical. It's my driving holster with a light windbreaker (a bit oversize). It's VERY fast when necessary to deploy. Part of the deal was for me to buy the shoulder pad - very comfortable. They even installed the pad for me. It had the usual new holster tightness. A few nights with the P7M8 in a Ziplock in the holster made it "just right". I am super pleased both with the custom service and the workmanship. Would not sell it for twice what I paid. Thank You for a great job.

  • 5
    Glock 20

    Posted by Damon Rohr on Feb 3rd 2022

    I received mine today before the expected delivery date. I am blown away by the attention to detail and the functionality of the design. The leather itself is top quality. It feels smooth and rigid with beautiful coloring and precise stitching. Mine happened to fit my Glock 20 without any ziploc trick or break in period. The nylon webbing is smoother than expected and seems very durable. It keeps the holster tight to the body without sacrificing movement or comfort. The nylon’s ability to fold up and tuck away neatly with the holster is a personal plus I didn’t think about until coming across this holster. Wearing it just feels right, dispersing the weight of the firearm with an intuitive draw angle. I’m most excited about the thumb break. It is slick. Longevity is to be determined but I have no doubts. I hike/backpack all over Montana and, coincidentally, often through the section of Absaroka range in Paradise Valley. Overall, I’m quite pleased with this holster. I’ll put it to the test and if I ever do need another one, I will surely be getting it from Paradise Valley Leather.