CCW shoulder holster for 6" S&W 629


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jad0110
November 4, 2011, 09:57 PM
Just as the title indicates, my brother-in-law is looking for a shoulder hoslter for concealed carry. A vertical carry type rig is preferred. Nylon would be okay, but a quality leather holster is probably a better bet.

I know next to nothing about shoulder holsters, but I do know he'd be well advised to spend a bit more on quality leather gear up front than buy a cheap piece of crap he'll end up replacing a few months later. Basically, a good holster that distributes weight to the other shoulder to the best extent possible.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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jmstevens2
November 4, 2011, 10:11 PM
http://www.lawmanleathergoods.com/

They make the one "Dirty Harry" used on his model 29. A lot of people do not find shoulder holsters to be a good way to carry.

Lucky Derby
November 26, 2011, 11:27 PM
The Springbreak from Andrews.

www.andrewsleather.com

The X-15 from Bianchi

www.bianchi-intl.com

The Original Dirty Harry from Lawman Leather

www.lawmanleathergoods.com


I have carried a 6.5" M29 in the X-15. It works well. Have not used the others. Shoulder holster carry is not for everyone, but it is the only way I can see comfortably concealing a 6"+ N frame.

Strykervet
November 27, 2011, 12:19 AM
Usually I recommend getting the best leather you can, Milt Sparks, Mitch Rosen... But here I'd actually say get the Uncle Mike's nylon rig and here's why: Once he tries concealing that, once he wears it around for a week, he'll be done with it. Unless he's Dirty Harry, that isn't the best CCW rig exactly. The nylon one will prove this and simultaneously supply him with a rig that will work in the field occasionally. On the slim chance he finds this is for him, then order a good one from a good leather maker --and use the nylon one until the good one arrives. When I order a holster from Milt Sparks, it is usually several months until it arrives.

Chances are he'll want a more suitable carry rig, a Glock or a 1911, whatever, then I'd say a good leather IWB from one of the two I mentioned fitted to a proper gun belt.

The Lone Haranguer
November 27, 2011, 09:54 AM
Galco VHS: http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.asp?ProductID=2976&GunID=437

(The picture shows an automatic with double magazine carrier; I am not sure what, if any, provision there is for a revolver ammo carrier.)

Geronimo45
November 28, 2011, 05:54 PM
http://www.lawmanleathergoods.com/

They make the one "Dirty Harry" used on his model 29. A lot of people do not find shoulder holsters to be a good way to carry.
Eh. I've heard bad things about that outfit making excuse after excuse for missing the ship date that they give. Once you have the holster, it's damn good - but getting it in the first place seems like a major challenge. Dunno if that's changed lately.

The Bianchi X-15 is nice, I've got two for other pistols. One great thing about it is that dozens of perfectly serviceable used models are available for cheap on Ebay, especially for the big guns.

rcmodel
November 28, 2011, 05:59 PM
A lot of people do not find shoulder holsters to be a good way to carry. +1
And a lot more aren't tall enough to pull it off with a 6" gun, unless they wear a black trench coat to cover what sticks out the bottom with.

rc

Hamilton Felix
November 29, 2011, 03:38 PM
I've got an Uncle Mike's for a scoped 8-3/8" M27, but I almost never carry it. Seems a decent rig. I tend to agree with the advice above. Though I once worked with a guy who carried a 6" M29 - for a while - it's not common. No disrespect to Jerry Ardolino's fine holster, but I have a hunch that Dirt Harry carried more often than not in a "Prop Man." :rolleyes: You really only need to have it on in the scenes there the gun appears. ;)

ColtPythonElite
November 29, 2011, 03:42 PM
A good quality leather shoulder holster will likely cost close to as much as a better suited CCW gun. I'd guess once the novelty wears off, he will ditch trying to carry a 6" .44 everyday.

I have worn shoulder-rigs in plainclothes work. It really isn't all that much fun.

lloveless
December 1, 2011, 12:15 AM
If you are driving or walking a bunch I find the shoulder holster shines. I carried a 4 inch Redhawk in a Pancake everyday for a month and threw my back out. Switched to an Uncle Mike's shoulder holster for the next 6 months and all was well.
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Carter
December 1, 2011, 12:25 AM
For those with the occasional lower back pain, shoulder holsters are great. I love mine. I'm getting a falco roto vertical shoulder for christmas and I hope it serves me well.

For larger guns the only holsters I can think would be andrews leather or the bianchi. The Bianchi also serves a bunch of other firearms in the size you get so thats a plus. It also has the advantage of being a clamshell holster and makes drawing easier.

I'd also look at blackhills leather. I believe you can specify whatever model you want for their holsters.

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