Reviewed by Bob's Your Uncle from Oregon on Sunday, November 9, 2014
I've had my eye out for a harness leather scabbard for some time, and was delighted to find this one at STP. The price, although stiff, was reasonable for a product of this type, and upon arrival I was pleased to find the workmanship to be as advertised: The buckles and leather are of high quality, it's indeed a slip-style (no side zippers), exactly as I wanted. The top secures with an internal flap that folds over the gun butt, then the outer flap is secured with a buckle as shown in the photos--very nice.
The drawback is that the scabbard is cut so narrowly that all the guns I own squeeze into the case and bulge against the leather quite a lot. My side-by-side shotguns create a large swell in the leather where the bores meet the breech (directly above the triggers), and the handle that runs the bolt on my autoloaders pokes out against the leather severely. In fact, the fit is so tight that the handle that runs the bolt on my Beretta actually pulled out of the action and I had to shake the scabbard upside down to retrieve it. This is a piece that I remove regularly for cleaning the shotgun, and so I know from lots of experience that it's hard to remove--which provides some sense of just how tight the scabbard really is inside. Another symptom is that when fully inserted into the sleeve, the guns tend to fit like a cork in a bottle, and, like a cork, require a fair amount of pulling to remove!
All that said, I'm keeping mine and will figure out ways to deal with the challenges if possible. It is a nice product--just should be used only for very slim shotguns.