Uncle Mike's Sidekick Vertical Shoulder Holster


March 18, 2011, 01:54 PM
So for my birthday I told my dear old dad that I wanted a shoulder holster for my Beretta 92G. I was planning to buy one myself, but since it was around that time I went ahead and had him pick me one.

He sent me it in the mail; an Uncle Mike's Sidekick Vertical Shoulder Holster. Now here's the fun part; I'm almost 100% certain my dad has NEVER had a shoulder holster. I AM 100% certain that I, myself, have never worn one.

So he bought me one without a set of instructions on how to put it on. Fun fun. Well, I like a challenge, so I decided to give it a whirl. Now I'm used to seeing the style of shoulder holster that looks like it was made for dummies; you slip your left arm through hole A and your right arm through hole B, adjust straps, and presto. You're ready to go.

Now what I have here (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v248/FoxDemonShippou/holster.jpg) is something different. I tried to see if Uncle Mike's offered, on their website, instruction manuals through an online .pdf format. Nope. Strike one.

Next I tried to google around for it and all I got was some website with a grainy video of a guy in what looks like his mom's basement standing in front of a fleece camo blanket telling you how to 'concealed carry' but not how to actually put on a holster. Strike two.

Finally I tried the old-fashioned way; I looked at the sidekick shoulder holster picture to see if I could copy the end result...and then I realized that black piece between his shoulder blades looks completely different from what I have and, to top it off, one of the nylon straps looks twisted, so it may have been put together wrong (or maybe its right?) or been messed with. Strike three.

So can anybody help a guy out and tell me how you don this holster? I'll be trying a call to customer service but, honestly, given the difference between the holster I have and the one in the image I don't know how far that'll get me.

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March 19, 2011, 01:01 AM
Okay, so, upon further inspection it would appear that there's actually a piece of some sort missing. I've found while it isn't necessary per say it is somewhat useful for keeping things 'together' back there at the cross. I found a picture on google images of one of the same holsters in use and the part that's missing is some plastic clip of some kind that keeps it together and on your back.

March 19, 2011, 12:26 PM
What must be missing is the "self-centering back-piece". IMO it is a very important part of the "rig". Better look in the box again. I would that imagine a phone call to "Uncle Mike's" where you actually talk to a service person who "knows what is going on" will get you the piece you need. OR have your dad take it back to the place he purchased it from.

I have three of the vertical shoulder holsters. For the price they are hard to beat.


March 19, 2011, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the info on that. The whole idea of a "self-centering back-piece" actually makes me nod my head and think "Yeah, that's damned important." Once again thanks for responding.

March 20, 2011, 07:44 AM
If you don't find it, contact Uncle Mikes (e-mail works) and I'll bet they'll send you one. I damaged an UM holster in a motorcycle crash, and they sent me a new restraining strap right away.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 20, 2011, 08:13 AM
That back piece is about 3" square and has four slits - one slit along the center of each of the four sides, about 1/4" in from each side.

I am going on memory here as it has been about 20 years since I had one.

The piece may have been leather, or could now be some kind of plastic, I'm not sure. I do remember it says Uncle Mikes on it. Something tells me it is thick leather, all in black.

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