Alrighty guys I would love to see all of your shoulder holster rigs please why because I think they are cool and why not show em off I am also trying to decide which one I want to buy :D
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August 26, 2014, 12:40 AM
I ride a sportbike, and carry a full size 1911 .45.
Here in the Great State Of Texas, my CHL requires concealment at all times.
Unfortunately, my "In The Pants" holster is nearly impossible to cover on the sportbike. If I tuck in any at all it pops out and can be seen from anywhere behind me.
A shoulder holster would work.
C'mon, guys... Show us what works and what doesn't.
Horizontal? vertical? Leather? Kydex?
What about the straps? Elastic? Leather? Nylon?
Does it attach to the belt?
Mag pouches to counterweight?
There are lots of options, but I don't know anybody that has experimented with this and I don't want to spend a fortune finding out what doesn't work.
August 26, 2014, 07:15 AM
I don't have any pics, but a horizontal rig works very well. Very comfortable. Vertical rigs that attach to the belt tend to limit your movement.
I prefer all leather, as the elastic tends to wear out, although it is easy to replace. It is nice to have something on the off side to help balance the weight.
The Monarch system by Andrews Leather is the best I have found. They offer a lot of neat options you won't find elsewhere.
Oh, and I do ride too, although more in a more upright position on a touring bike.
August 26, 2014, 07:25 AM
Andrews Monarch here, as well.
August 26, 2014, 11:19 AM
I owned a black leather Aker Comfort Flex. I used it in the late 1990s with my Beretta 96D .40S&W.
It worked very well & supported the weight of the 96D pistol & loaded magazines.
I also like the Galco Miami Classic II & the Ted Blocker Lifeline.
I'm not very fond of the vertical style but many like it.
The prices of leather style rigs are going up & up. :(
The Kirkpatrick Leather shoulder holster is well made too. I like the shape & cant of the weapon side. A slight angle allows the handgun to "drop" faster due to gravity.
As Don Johnson's Det Sgt Crockett of the 1980s cop show; Miami Vice showed, when you bend down, the holster & gun are concealed by your garments.
fun fact; Johnson started the series with a Ted Blocker Lifeline but later switched to a Galco Miami Classic.
August 26, 2014, 09:57 PM
nrastore.org has different clothing options for ccw carry.
just be careful in what you chose vs 1911 cocked and locked carry in accidental movement of thumb safety creating possible accidental d/c.
TRX, Thank you. That gives a good representation of what is out there. I've never seen or heard of that arm band before.
September 11, 2014, 01:26 PM
Do you wear a form fitting leather jacket. That would make a difference and on me a vertical carry is not as bad as a Horizontal carry esp in the riding position. It seems the fit of the jacket is just to tight for a hor. carry in the riding position.
I suggest a Crossfiregear.com bandolier carry rig. About $55.00 hor or vert carry very adjustable super quality. I carry a 410 Judge with a 6 1/2" barrel and it does not even print on me with a loose fitting shirt over it.
September 11, 2014, 07:11 PM
Here's one I just finished.
It's a very much altered version of the old Stein Holster Company's "Snatch" holster.
The retention strap is not a thumb break, it's a pull-through, using a special heavy-duty snap.
To draw, you just grab the gun and "snatch it" out.
It was built to carry my S&W Model 66 with the 2 1/2" barrel and my limited production Model 66 with the 3" barrel.
The harness is 1 1/4" nylon webbing with plastic adjusters.
On the off side is a 2" nylon strap and snap assembly that snaps around the belt.
The off side assembly has swiveling loops for the 1 1/4" harness so the harness can move with you.
The connecter that's in the middle of your back is a version of the Galco harness assembly.
When properly adjusted the connecter lays between your shoulder blades, not in the middle of your neck.
The gun rides slightly farther forward then most horizontal shoulder holsters to give better accessibility.