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I've been a Diamond D chest holster user for several years, and am a big fan of carrying on the chest rather than the hip. They are high quality worksmanship, and I just love leather. The one thing that I don't like about them, however, is that the barrel tends to point forward due to the attachment of the one strap too high up on the holster.

Today, I took delivery of a Kenai Chest Holster. It looked, from their website photos, that they corrected the problem that I have with the Diamond D model by placing the strap attachment point at the fore end of the holster. It worked.

Despite the fact that this is kydex and nylon vs. leather, I'm really liking this holster. It fits well, is comfortable, and my G20 just hugs my body.

I'll be putting it to the real field test in a month or so once archery season starts but I can't imagine that I won't still really like it.


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Like you, I tried out the DD chest rig. Very good quality but I did not like the leather in wet weather. I went with the Kenai and have not looked back. The big plus for me is the ability to switch holsters easily. I have holsters for my GP100, G20 and Ruger SBH.
I also have the Gunfighters Inc. horizontal chest rig for my 226.
Best Kydex chest rigs $$$ can buy, IMHO.


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That's interesting. When I bowhunt I typically carry my Glock 19 because I couldn't find an option for my Ruger Blackhawk with 5.5" barrel. im going to have to give these a closer look. Thanks for posting.
 
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Gustofer, thanks for the post.
The kenai holster looks like the solution I've been lookin for.
 
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Very interested. I've been looking at a Diamond D and this one but couldn't decide. I currently use a Hill People Gear chest rig as it has some space for extras but is slow to get the gun.




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I've also been looking at the Diamond D chest holster, but this looks interesting.

Obviously it looks like it was designed for active outdoor use but I have a question for those who have tried the Kenai. If someone was willing to sacrifice the speed of draw for concealability do you think this rig would work under an overshirt of some sort, something like a sweater or a pull over?
 
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I've also been looking at the Diamond D chest holster, but this looks interesting.

Obviously it looks like it was designed for active outdoor use but I have a question for those who have tried the Kenai. If someone was willing to sacrifice the speed of draw for concealability do you think this rig would work under an overshirt of some sort, something like a sweater or a pull over?

I don't think I could get away with it, but I suppose if you've got a large chest and small abdomen you could wear it low and maybe do alright. I think it would depend on the thickness of the over-garment and the pistol too.

A coat would easily cover it though.


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I've also been looking at the Diamond D chest holster, but this looks interesting.

Obviously it looks like it was designed for active outdoor use but I have a question for those who have tried the Kenai. If someone was willing to sacrifice the speed of draw for concealability do you think this rig would work under an overshirt of some sort, something like a sweater or a pull over?


Had one for a woods gun and I would say no. I routinely carry a large gun that way but in a Kangaroo Carry.
 
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I've also been looking at the Diamond D chest holster, but this looks interesting.

Obviously it looks like it was designed for active outdoor use but I have a question for those who have tried the Kenai. If someone was willing to sacrifice the speed of draw for concealability do you think this rig would work under an overshirt of some sort, something like a sweater or a pull over?

I don't think I could get away with it, but I suppose if you've got a large chest and small abdomen you could wear it low and maybe do alright. I think it would depend on the thickness of the over-garment and the pistol too.

A coat would easily cover it though.


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Had one for a woods gun and I would say no. I routinely carry a large gun that way but in a Kangaroo Carry.


I was hoping that the Kenai might serve in a deep concealment role in place of a shoulder holster in a couple specific urban situations... but even in its intended role it looks pretty handy. I used to use a bandolier type rig for outdoor active use and, while it worked, I felt that designs like the Diamond D and now the Kenai chest rigs would place the gun in a better position for a draw and better secure the holster.

Thanks for your input.
 
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I bet it would conceal well with a slim gun like a single stack 9mm adjusted so the butt is below the pec and offset to the left. I have a few shirts with snaps (and dummy bottos) that could be yanked open fast for access.




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As for concealment, it depends on the gun, at least for me, anyway.
The hiking trails here are often populated with sensitive snowflakes and since I don't want to launch them into emotional crisis, I have covered the Kenai with a loose fitting shirt. The G20 does ok, the GP100 less so. The SBH wont work at all, due to the plow handle. Another plus is most people don't really look at me anyway. In fall and winter, I mainly wear it under a Rivers West mid weight fleece jacket and this works well for me. I just put an oversized zipper pull on the jacket. If you want a potent and concealable bush country rig, the Kenai with a 1911 style 10mm might work. Or a 10mm P220.


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Unless I missed it...They don't offer a rig for the Freedom Arms M-83? Probably a fairly popular carry gun up in AK.

Have a Diamond D rig for my 6" .454 Casull , FA that I carry here in grizzly country. I like it, but agree it isn't perfect.
 
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I just placed an order for one in Coyote Brown for my Ruger Blackhawk .45 colt. I'm hoping it will be good for carry when bowhunting.
 
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I have the Chesty Puller rig, 2 of them actually.
One has a holster for my 6" 629 and at the moment the second one has a sp101 holster.
Big gun for hunting and small whiile driving.

The Kenai rig is interesting as it is not leather. I just haven't been able to understand the prices. How much is the harness and how much is each extra holster?



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Without optional goodies, the Kenai is 150 bucks. I did not see if they offer the harness as a separate item. Extra holsters are 85 bucks.


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Thanks.
Seems a bit on the pricy side. I'll watch them but for now I'll stick with my current rigs.

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Mine just came in. It took some time to adjust but it’s going to be handy when I’m bowhunting.
 
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Any other similar kydex options that are more reasonable priced?
 
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