Monday, August 15, 2011

Rifle Scabbard Question and Tips

I received a question from Josh about hanging a rifle scabbard. ”I have a question on my rifle sheath (scabbard). Every which way I position my rifle sheath it either rubs on my horse or it is uncomfortable. Can you show me how you solve this problem?”

Josh, thanks for your question. I hang rifle scabbards differently based on the saddle I am using. For the past several years I am using a rifle scabbard hung on the off side (right side of the saddle when you’re sitting in it) with the scabbard connected to the cinch D ring using a latigo or connector strap and a snap hook, and to the back of the cantle using the same thing. See pictures left.

I can move the scabbard around somewhat to position for best comfort. Good for you for considering your horse’s comfort as well. A poorly hung scabbard can gouge or wear on the horse if you are not careful. I have a piece of sheepskin with two slots cut into it where I run the front latigo or connector strap through lining so it serves as a buffer where the scabbard could gall or otherwise wear on my horse’s barrel, see picture right.  Hope this helps.  Safe Journey partner. 


  1. Good comments on scabbard placement. I have been hanging my scabbard on the off side with the butt forward, muzzle rear and down. I really like this and it's comfortable for me and doesn't hit the horse. (I'm carrying a short Marlin 1895 carbine in .357/.38). I like this set up, but riding in the corral, it occured to me that if the butt of the rifle caught on one of the fence panels, it would drive the muzzle into the horse's flank and probably break the buttstock and worse, may cause a wreck. I think I may have to reconsider how I hang the scabbard. I don't like the butt to the rear, as I worry about the rifle leaving unbeknownst to me. I don't know, I gotta work on this. I sure don't want my rifle to hang on a fence or a tree limb and cause a calamity.

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