Shoulder rig for S&W M15 4" bbl


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Coronach
August 19, 2003, 03:55 AM
Anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking to carry it on-duty under a jacket as a BUG, and off duty when I'm wearing a coat and don't feel like doing IWB.

Thanks,
Mike

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Preacherman
August 19, 2003, 08:36 AM
Galco (http://www.usgalco.com/Default.asp) makes the vertical, break-front "Explorer" shoulder holster rig for S&W Models 10 and 19, so this should fit your Model 15. Looks like this:


http://www.usgalco.com/Catalog/normal/EXPLORER.jpg


I'd recommend this over the Miami Classic/"Jackass" rig, which points the barrel of the gun to the rear. The latter is faster to access, but with a 4" barrel, the gun would "print" under your coat. A vertical holster eliminates this problem.

Mike Irwin
August 19, 2003, 01:05 PM
Go with a horizontal, especially if you're "big chested" (fat). MUCH easier to draw.

Given the choice between wide shoulder straps and narrow ones, go wide, the wider the better. This increases long-term wearability comfort.


Given the choice between slick finished leather and rough suede leather shoulder straps, go with the rough suede. It helps lock the holster in place and keeps it from sliping and sliding around the shoulders.

Side-straps and tie downs are a personal choice. I don't much care for them, but I do use them occasionally.

A lot of people say you'll never be comfortable with a shoulder holster.

I say BS to that.

Pick your shoulder holster carefully, and you'll have no problems.

I've carried a 4" Model 19 or a H&K P7M13 for upwards 14 hours in shoulder holsters without appreciable fatigue or discomfort.

About 20 minutes with an IWB holster, though, and I'm ready to scream bloody murder.

Coronach
September 6, 2003, 01:58 PM
Well, I posted a new thread here (http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?s=&threadid=39101) that asks this same question in a different way.

I'm kinda looking at the possibilities. I DO want vertical...the gun is big enough (4", square butt), and I'm thin enough that even with kevlar on and wearing a coat, I'm pretty sure it would print.

So...

Bianchi X15

Galco Explorer

K L Null SMZ

...

Can anyone think of any other vertical shoulder holsters for a 4" K frame?

Thanks,
Mike

PS That galco sure looks nice. Pricey, though. $110-ish for the scabbard. $45-ish for the shoulder rig. How much for the tiedown? Yeesh. The stuff adds up fast.

C.R.Sam
September 6, 2003, 02:14 PM
I'd go for the Bianchi
And spend forty leben hours gettin it to fit YOU properly.

Sam

Mannlicher
September 6, 2003, 09:32 PM
For me, the finest shoulder rig made is the Andrews Monarch.

www.andrewsleather.com

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