Vertical shoulder holster?


September 1, 2004, 10:04 AM
FIST #70 Vertical Shoulder Holster. I am considering one for my Makarov. Looking for someone that has experiance with the FIST shoulder holster. Does it stay balanced well without the belt straps? Do you recommend it?

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Gordy Wesen
September 1, 2004, 10:46 PM
Thre's only one way to find out.
Buy it and let us know.

September 2, 2004, 12:31 AM
Vertical as in point up or down? If it is pointing up I have always been a bit leery of them, the most likely time to have an ad/nd is durring holstering and drawing. This brings rule number two into the equation, I like my shoulder. A lot. I would never want to maim my shoulder by shooting it with the gun I am trying to holster. It may just be me, but i do not like the fact that a loaded gun is pointing right at my shoulder. Just my two cents but something to think about.

September 2, 2004, 12:46 AM
How much are they asking for the holster? I guess if it's relatively cheap, you could pick it up and sell it if you didn't like it.

I'm not a fan of vertical holsters. I just don't feel that they're that secure. There are many horizontal rigs out there to consider.

September 2, 2004, 09:40 AM
I should have given the link.
It does point downwards.

September 2, 2004, 12:20 PM
I've got one of those for the Glock 30. It's not any less comfortable than my Galco Jackass, despite using a much harder leather. Comfort with these things seems to vary from person to person though.

Something to note about this particular model: It balances well with the dual mag carrier, however I personally find the carrier harder to conceal than the gun. Since Mak mags are so small it might not be a problem. It probably also wouldn't be an issue if you're wearing a thicker cover garment, like a coat, or if you're not real thin.

I'm pretty wiry and almost always wearing a suit jacket when I've got that holster on, so I've taken to using the blank and carrying a mag in my pocket. If I had it to do over again I would've gotten the single mag carrier instead. If you don't mind having the harness fairly tight, though, the blank seems to work fine.

In response to Edmond, I'd say mine holds the pistol very securely. The snap closure that you draw through on the FIST holsters works very well in my experience. When the gun is holstered, it's not going anywhere unless I want it to. It also feels like the grip-up orientation would be slightly better for retention than a typical horizontal shoulder holster, but that's simply conjecture on my part.

I hope you find the above info useful. Let me know if you have any other specific questions.

September 2, 2004, 08:33 PM
Thanks for the help. After some thought I decided to order a proven design for less than half the price of a FIST.
If I don't like this, I have a couple friends that have Maks and need holsters.

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