Shoulder holsters, who uses them?


November 4, 2006, 03:53 PM
How many of you use a shoulder rig for concealed carry??

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November 4, 2006, 04:14 PM
I do whem weather permits a jacket/coat.

November 4, 2006, 05:02 PM
i don't yet, but i have a pretty good inclination that i will be getting one for christmas, and then I sure will carry with a shoulder holster rig, like was said above when the temp premits.

November 4, 2006, 08:03 PM
I have a cheap heavy nylon one from E-bay I bought for my Glock 22. I like the idea of a shoulder holster, but not the one I have. The only one I found (at the time) had a vertical carry. If I continue with shoulder holsters I'll spring for a horizontal carry position and go for a good quality leather one.

Problem is, they aren't all that popular in the local shops so there's not much to try. I'm a large, tall man so getting pants wide enough for an IWB and long enough to reach all the way down to my shoes is a bit of a problem.

Glaco has a couple if nice SH's and so does Andrews leathers.

Handgun Midas
November 4, 2006, 08:14 PM
I've got a Galco model for my P345.
Overall I feel it is more comfortable, but I don't see myself pulling off a quick-draw with it under a coat,
and I'm already pretty fast with a kydex OWB.

November 4, 2006, 08:52 PM
I use a Fist vertical shoulder holster with my compact 1911. Just from least-motion considerations, it will never be as fast as a strong-side IWB or OWB (if you're standing), but in many circumstances it is more comfortable and more flexible. It has its place.


November 4, 2006, 09:43 PM

November 4, 2006, 09:45 PM
I'm wearing a Galco right now.

Johnny Guest
November 6, 2006, 08:52 AM
I have a Galco Miami Classic ( I frequently wear during cool weather, usually with a Commander. It is very handy while hunting, when I want to carry a full size, full weight Government Model. I have an additional mag pouch for double stack magazines, and the same holster accomodated my Browning Hi Power. I seldom use the latter combo, but that's a matter of personal preference for the 1911-type, rather than suitability of the leather.

I also have an older model Galco vertical holster. I got it in a gun deal, and it is surprisingly comfortable. I find it interesting that Galco has revived this design, largely for sale to law enforcement aircrew and rescue personnel who spend time in hospitals and such. The up-and-down orientation keeps others from looking down the pistol muzzle while the wearer is facing away from the observer. See their page here (

I also have very lightweight shoulder rig I use with an alloy .38 for wear beneath loose shirts. Since retirement, I don't often feel the need for a big automatic with two extra magazines. So call me untactical. :rolleyes:


Cocked & Locked
November 6, 2006, 09:15 AM
I like to do so in the cooler months when cloting options allow this one on now.

Dirty Bob
November 6, 2006, 10:10 AM
I have a Ken Null SMZ for my Makarov. Not quick, but it conceals well and is a fantastic design. I've carried it tucked under a short-sleeved, button-front shirt on several occasions, but access that way is very slow. It's different from most other shoulder holsters in how easy it is to conceal. I see it as being a superlative driving holster, under a light jacket or untucked shirt. My review -- which appeared in and is posted with their permission -- is attached.

Best wishes,
Dirty Bob

Dirty Bob
November 6, 2006, 10:12 AM
C&L: That's a beautiful pic! Is that a Miami Classic?

Dirty Bob

Mad Magyar
November 6, 2006, 10:58 AM
"I do when weather permits a jacket/coat."
Same here, on occasion like to holster my K-frame wheelgun..:)

Big Gay Al
November 6, 2006, 12:33 PM
I have an old Jackass rig, now called the Galco Miami classic for my PT92AFS. I use it sometimes, like everyone else, when weather permits.
This picture isn't the best, (taken with webcam) but you can see the holster, mostly. ;)

November 6, 2006, 02:41 PM

I do...between that and my Comp-Tac C-T.A.C., I'm good to go for almost any occassion.

November 6, 2006, 07:20 PM
Galco here too. Very comfortable and well made in my opinion.

November 6, 2006, 11:05 PM
I would, Don Johnson-style...with a Bren Ten!!

How cool is that? socks. Linen suit and a pastel t-shirt!


Cocked & Locked
November 7, 2006, 10:15 AM
C&L: That's a beautiful pic! Is that a Miami Classic?

thanks! No, it's made by Gun Leather Ltd., Fort Worth texas.

I've also got an old original Jackass shoulder holster that I carry a 2.5" S&W model 19 .357 in...when I'm in a revolver mood.

November 7, 2006, 10:38 AM
I own three shoulder rigs but I do not use any of them. Why? I find a good IWB holster works better for me. Regards, Richard:D

November 7, 2006, 11:09 AM
I have a Galco Miami Classic for my K9. Now that it's finally getting cool enough to wear a second layer I'll probably be wearing it more.


November 7, 2006, 06:46 PM
I have one that fits all 1911 pattern guns, usually use it with my FN Hi-Power, very comfortable, and like most, I use it more frequently during the winter.
I have found that it works better with the belt anchors/stays/straps on each side--just seems to keep it from sagging on the weapon side. While it might look confusing and a tangled mess when you first pick it up, it sorts itself out easily while donning.

November 8, 2006, 04:46 AM
I'm kinda enamoured of this one by Rusty Sherrick:

Patrick Johnakin Brown Shoe Corp. Muzzle Up Shoulder Holster

Its a method I won't use much, but it gets weight off my abdomen and belly when I'm ill.

November 8, 2006, 02:34 PM
More and more as time passes...


November 8, 2006, 03:56 PM
I use them mostly in the winter with smaller, back up guns. The Galco Executive is my favorite. I did just pick up one of the Null SMZ's a little while back, but havent really had a chance to play with it yet. Its supposed to be for a J frame Smith, but also seems to work with my larger SIG's.

A P230 or J frame in the Executive is fairly comfortable and concealable. I like not having to deal with retaining straps. Its a small, simple design that for some reason, costs more than any other Galco makes.

The biggest problem I find with the shoulder holsters, even many of the bare minimum holsters, is they really dont conceal as well as I'd like, and I find them about the easiest to spot on other people.

I like them better with a pull over sweatshirt, or one with a half zip front. I like them least with a coat that is open. The straps always tend to be a giveaway to some extent, be it across the back when you reach forward, or showing at the collar when they ride up.(this is worse with a plain sweatshirt that doesnt have a collar) You also have to watch for the "forward swing" with some of them, open coat or not.

I also find them to be tiring after you wear them for an extended period of time, even with a smaller pistol. They do have their place, but for me, they really are not the best choice for everyday wear.

Big Gay Al
November 8, 2006, 09:36 PM
Here's a better pic of my Jackass.

Both it and the pistol are 14+ years old.

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