odd question on a 1911 shoulder holster


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Mooseman
November 18, 2010, 09:40 AM
As the winter approaches I'll be wearing a coat everyday. I'd like to start carrying my 1911 to work rather than my P11. I wear scrubs so my best bet is a shoulder holster. Are they reasonably secure without attaching them to a belt? Currently I wear a thick nylon belt with infinite adjustment with the p11 tucked into it and attached by its frame clip. Works well but it's slower to get to with a coat over everything. The weight of the P11 holds the belt down, I'd think that the shoulder holster would pull the belt up and wouldn't be useful.

Thoughts?

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huntershooter
November 18, 2010, 10:29 AM
Suppose it depends on the holster.
I carry a 1911 and P-35 in Alessi shoulder holsters. Although they have a loop to attach mag carrier side to a belt, I've never used it. They are quite secure without the belt attachment.

swinokur
November 19, 2010, 06:59 AM
I have a Galco Miami Classic II for my 5" Kimber. I am 6'1" and about 225 with very long arms. I tried several positions when I got the holster. The adjustment that works best for me is the shoulder staps adjusted for their shortest length. This keeps the pistol snug up under my arm and the rig does not move nor does it swing forward when I lean over. I do not use the tie downs either. The Classic II has a horizontal double mag pouch on the weak side and the regular Classic has vertical mag pouches.

Alessi makes nice rigs as well. Good luck.

Old Fuff
November 19, 2010, 10:27 AM
In my experience a Government Model .45 pistol (or similar sized handgun) is heavy enough so that when carried in a vertical shoulder holster it can swing and shift if the pouch isn't secured at the bottom. This usually won't happen unless one bends over to pick something up, or is running, jumping etc.

An alternative is an elastic belly-band rig that holds most of the pistol above the waist and tightly against the body, or a very high IWB belt holster worn cross-draw.

If you still want to go with the shoulder holster consider a piece of velcro on the back of the pouch, matched with a strip of the same material on your undershirt or shirt worn under the coat or scrubs.

Mooseman
November 19, 2010, 12:58 PM
good ideas as usual fuff

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