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Shoulder holsters, who uses them?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by kthomk, Nov 4, 2006.

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  1. kthomk

    kthomk Member

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    How many of you use a shoulder rig for concealed carry??
     
  2. huntershooter

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    I do whem weather permits a jacket/coat.
     
  3. possum

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    i don't yet, but i have a pretty good inclination that i will be getting one for christmas, and then I sure will carry with a shoulder holster rig, like was said above when the temp premits.
     
  4. MrTwigg

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    I have a cheap heavy nylon one from E-bay I bought for my Glock 22. I like the idea of a shoulder holster, but not the one I have. The only one I found (at the time) had a vertical carry. If I continue with shoulder holsters I'll spring for a horizontal carry position and go for a good quality leather one.

    Problem is, they aren't all that popular in the local shops so there's not much to try. I'm a large, tall man so getting pants wide enough for an IWB and long enough to reach all the way down to my shoes is a bit of a problem.

    Glaco has a couple if nice SH's and so does Andrews leathers.

    http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterT2.asp
    http://www.andrewsleather.com/
     
  5. Handgun Midas

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    I've got a Galco model for my P345.
    Overall I feel it is more comfortable, but I don't see myself pulling off a quick-draw with it under a coat,
    and I'm already pretty fast with a kydex OWB.
     
  6. st_albert

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    I use a Fist vertical shoulder holster with my compact 1911. Just from least-motion considerations, it will never be as fast as a strong-side IWB or OWB (if you're standing), but in many circumstances it is more comfortable and more flexible. It has its place.

    Albert
     
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    I'm wearing a Galco right now.
     
  9. Johnny Guest

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    I have a Galco Miami Classic I frequently wear during cool weather, usually with a Commander. It is very handy while hunting, when I want to carry a full size, full weight Government Model. I have an additional mag pouch for double stack magazines, and the same holster accomodated my Browning Hi Power. I seldom use the latter combo, but that's a matter of personal preference for the 1911-type, rather than suitability of the leather.

    I also have an older model Galco vertical holster. I got it in a gun deal, and it is surprisingly comfortable. I find it interesting that Galco has revived this design, largely for sale to law enforcement aircrew and rescue personnel who spend time in hospitals and such. The up-and-down orientation keeps others from looking down the pistol muzzle while the wearer is facing away from the observer. See their page here.

    I also have very lightweight shoulder rig I use with an alloy .38 for wear beneath loose shirts. Since retirement, I don't often feel the need for a big automatic with two extra magazines. So call me untactical. :rolleyes:

    Best,
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  10. Cocked & Locked

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    I like to do so in the cooler months when cloting options allow it...got this one on now.
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  11. Dirty Bob

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    I have a Ken Null SMZ for my Makarov. Not quick, but it conceals well and is a fantastic design. I've carried it tucked under a short-sleeved, button-front shirt on several occasions, but access that way is very slow. It's different from most other shoulder holsters in how easy it is to conceal. I see it as being a superlative driving holster, under a light jacket or untucked shirt. My review -- which appeared in ModernSurvival.net and is posted with their permission -- is attached.

    Best wishes,
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    C&L: That's a beautiful pic! Is that a Miami Classic?

    Regards,
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  13. Mad Magyar

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    "I do when weather permits a jacket/coat."
    Same here, on occasion like to holster my K-frame wheelgun..:)
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  14. Big Gay Al

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    I have an old Jackass rig, now called the Galco Miami classic for my PT92AFS. I use it sometimes, like everyone else, when weather permits.
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    This picture isn't the best, (taken with webcam) but you can see the holster, mostly. ;)
     
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    Galco here too. Very comfortable and well made in my opinion.
     

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    I would, Don Johnson-style...with a Bren Ten!!

    How cool is that?

    Shoes...no socks. Linen suit and a pastel t-shirt!

    Coooooooooooooooooooooooool!!!!!
     
  18. Cocked & Locked

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    thanks! No, it's made by Gun Leather Ltd., Fort Worth texas.

    I've also got an old original Jackass shoulder holster that I carry a 2.5" S&W model 19 .357 in...when I'm in a revolver mood.
     
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    I own three shoulder rigs but I do not use any of them. Why? I find a good IWB holster works better for me. Regards, Richard:D
     
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    I have a Galco Miami Classic for my K9. Now that it's finally getting cool enough to wear a second layer I'll probably be wearing it more.

    Tex
     
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    I have one that fits all 1911 pattern guns, usually use it with my FN Hi-Power, very comfortable, and like most, I use it more frequently during the winter.
    I have found that it works better with the belt anchors/stays/straps on each side--just seems to keep it from sagging on the weapon side. While it might look confusing and a tangled mess when you first pick it up, it sorts itself out easily while donning.
    SatCong
     
  22. BullfrogKen

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    I'm kinda enamoured of this one by Rusty Sherrick:

    Its a method I won't use much, but it gets weight off my abdomen and belly when I'm ill.
     

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    More and more as time passes...

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    I use them mostly in the winter with smaller, back up guns. The Galco Executive is my favorite. I did just pick up one of the Null SMZ's a little while back, but havent really had a chance to play with it yet. Its supposed to be for a J frame Smith, but also seems to work with my larger SIG's.

    A P230 or J frame in the Executive is fairly comfortable and concealable. I like not having to deal with retaining straps. Its a small, simple design that for some reason, costs more than any other Galco makes.

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    The biggest problem I find with the shoulder holsters, even many of the bare minimum holsters, is they really dont conceal as well as I'd like, and I find them about the easiest to spot on other people.

    I like them better with a pull over sweatshirt, or one with a half zip front. I like them least with a coat that is open. The straps always tend to be a giveaway to some extent, be it across the back when you reach forward, or showing at the collar when they ride up.(this is worse with a plain sweatshirt that doesnt have a collar) You also have to watch for the "forward swing" with some of them, open coat or not.

    I also find them to be tiring after you wear them for an extended period of time, even with a smaller pistol. They do have their place, but for me, they really are not the best choice for everyday wear.
     
  25. Big Gay Al

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    Here's a better pic of my Jackass.
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    Both it and the pistol are 14+ years old.
     
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