Shoulder holster, concealed carry?


June 9, 2009, 08:27 PM
I helps to be really tall, and really big, and live up north where you have to wear jackets all the time.......

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June 9, 2009, 08:31 PM
Going for a vertical rig, as opposed to horizontal, would also aid in concealing a firearm with a barrel that long.

June 9, 2009, 08:44 PM
I always used a vertical shoulder holster for my S&W 686 because of it's size..... granted, it wasn't easy to hide sometimes, it weighed a lot, got in the way, and the shoulder holster limits mobility... which is why I got a smaller gun for concealed carry.... but I still use if for hunting and target shooting...

The reality of it is that no one is likely to notice regardless, and I was able to hide the gun effectively from the casual observer with nothing more than an over shirt over the holster over an undershirt, with the over shirt unbuttoned to midway down....

Hope that helps..... but my advice for concealed and/or everyday would be to work with what you have until you can get something smaller....

June 9, 2009, 09:27 PM
I'm not as accurate as I want with my 4" .357

Exactly how accurate do you want to be?

Tin cans at 10 feet?

Paper plates at 10 yards?

That oughta do it.

June 9, 2009, 09:35 PM
I know with my 4 inch .38, I can get one shot 'groups' that are only about 3/8ths of an inch wide, at even fifty yards...

It's those added shots that mess it up.

Shoulder-Holster wise, a break-front or open front spring-clamp design is nice if carrying a long Barrel...otherwise, it's one long 'pull' getting it the heck out...

June 10, 2009, 02:28 AM
I bought a ccw in 9mm but the 8" .357 was the awesome, practically self aiming, plus, one shot stops. Funny, I haven't thought about it, but I had it right in front of my nose all the time. I just need a shoulder holster.

I'm sure you were just being facetious, but no gun is anywhere near self aiming, and no gun is a "one shot stops" gun.... but I agree that the .357 mag is a much better 'stopper' than the 9mm, and a good long barrel just aims better, in my opinion... but the 9mm probably has much higher capacity, and that should be weighed in....

I think you will find, as I did, that the really big guns don't make good concealed carry guns... you will find the 9mm much easier to conceal (unless you are large), and much easier to carry around (which will arguably prompt you to carry more)...

I also battled the ideas you are battling now, and everyone has their own reasons for the decisions they make, but I concluded that a lot of rounds (such as your nine likely has) is probably better than a few rounds (considering each could do the job)..... I then later decided that I needed something smaller even than the full size 9mm I carried, because I found myself carrying less often because it was 'inconvenient'...

I have since moved to a 'concealed carry gun' in .38 special snub nose... 5 pretty decent hitting rounds in a real small package, so that I am more likely to carry it.... and so far I do, almost all the time... (have you considered a snub nosed .357 mag 5 shot?)

I may change my mind again later, but that is what is behind my decisions so far..... just to throw some of my reasoning behind it all to date.... for what thats worth...

You will no doubt go through your own process.....

June 10, 2009, 10:03 PM
Clint Eastwood is 6'2", and, as Dirty Harry, put his 6.5" M29 in a vertical SH under a sport jacket. If you watch, the open sport jacket still shows that it is "bagged" out a little more on his left (gun) side than his right side. Buttoned, even more so. What I'm saying is that even a tall, slender guy will have a problem hiding a large revolver. An 8" barreled gun is even harder, and for me (5'11"), probably out of the question. Gun for gun, combat ranges are short enough for more compact guns to be effective enough. I routinely make 25 yard practice shots with all of my snubs and med/small autos, in addition to my 4-5" autos and revolvers. I don't think the 8" gun is your answer. Practice with your 4" gun is a better solution. The long barreled gun just defeats the idea of a "concealed" weapon, or at least, makes it very hard.

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