Quantcast
  1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Shoulder Rigs: Who uses them and which brands?

Discussion in 'Handguns: Holsters and Accessories' started by YJake, Jun 10, 2013.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. YJake

    YJake Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    I'm interested in using a shoulder rig to carry my S&W K, L, and N frame guns as well as my 1911 while hunting, hiking, and wearing a suit/jacket. I understand this is not exactly "Revolver" specific but I will be using it to tote a revolver 90% of the time. I have hiked with an L frame and 1911 on my hip and believe that a shoulder rig may be a better solution for distance hikes into the back country or as another option for carrying large firearms concealed.

    Who here uses a shoulder rig?

    What brand, why?

    Horizontal or vertical carry?

    How does it work for you overall? (Carry/concealment)

    -Jake
     
  2. grimjaw

    grimjaw Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2005
    Messages:
    3,358
    Location:
    Arkansas
    I haven't used one in awhile, but when I did I had a Galco Miami Classic for a Glock 19, horizontal orientation. It was useful when driving, but otherwise I didn't have much call for it. I ended up selling it.
     
  3. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    I just counted, and I have 6 shoulder rigs hanging in the gun room closet.
    They range from one for a SIG P232, one for a S&W Chiefs Special, one for a S&W Model 39, one for a 1911, and two for 4" & 6" K-Frame S&W's.

    I have never got much past the leather 'break-in' stage with any of them before the novelty wore off.

    They are hot in the summer because they plaster your sweat wet shirt next to your skin and stop all air circulation.

    They are hard to get too under winter coats.

    And they make my old shoulders hurt just thinking about wearing one all day again.

    Some people can do it, but I just never was one of them.

    If you are hiking with a day pack hanging off your shoulders too, it would be even worse.

    rc
     
  4. Upstater

    Upstater Member

    Joined:
    May 30, 2012
    Messages:
    284
    Location:
    Upstate N.Y.
    +1 on the Miami classic, I use it for a 1911 and at certain times I carry a g19 on the other side, lately however that has been few and far between. I do also carry a t/c prohunter in an uncle mikes #4 for hunting. The Miami is horizontal, mike's is vertical. I do find they have certain advantages for me, YMMV.
     
  5. YJake

    YJake Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    I am fairly young and would prefer to take the weight off of my right hip and distribute it across my shoulders while hiking/hunting even with a light pack on. I plan to use it almost exclusively in the fall/winter while hiking/hunting. The weather here in Florida limits summer use, which would be restricted to while driving my Jeep on/off-road for the most part.

    I have a Co-Worker that swears by his Galco Miami classic for his 1911 but I know there is a possibility of more and/or better options out there.

    -Jake
     
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2013
  6. Ron James

    Ron James Member

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2006
    Messages:
    2,335
    Location:
    Arizona
    I went through that phase and like most people I still have several hanging up, unused. Even outdoors I did not find them comfortable. :) You might be the exception, don't know.
     
  7. SharpsDressedMan

    SharpsDressedMan member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2007
    Messages:
    5,957
    Location:
    NE Ohio
    Alessi. If you don't get a good, hands on look at them, you might be missing the best.
     
  8. HexHead

    HexHead Member

    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2008
    Messages:
    3,295
    Location:
    TN
    I have a Galco Jackass. Very comfortable. It's a keeper.
     
  9. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2007
    Messages:
    59,082
    Location:
    Eastern KS
    Have you ever tried a stiff leather real gun belt and a well designed fitted holster?
    With speed-loaders or mag pouches on the other side to balance the rig??

    The weight will not be on one hip, and they are perfectly comfortable to carry all day.

    Even a 2.5" wide GI pistol belt and holster is not bad when balanced with ammo pouches on the left side.


    On the other hand?
    We all have to make the same mistakes in gun leather expenditures to learn what works and what doesn't for each of us.

    If not, I wouldn't have a box full of expensive holsters I didn't like in the gun room closet, setting right under 6 shoulder holsters I didn't like either.

    Somebody has to buy all that stuff to keep the holster companies in business, right!

    rc
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2013
  10. dmazur

    dmazur Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    2,263
    Location:
    Pacific NW
    I've heard good things about this one -

    Guide's Choice

    And I use this one -

    Tanker

    They tend to be model-specific, meaning that something that fits a revolver may not fit a 1911 very well. I have the "Tanker" for both a Ruger SBH and a 1911 Commander, and they don't interchange.

    Compared to a true "shoulder rig", these are more of a chest holster and work very well when carrying a pack. They ride between the pack straps instead of being trapped under one. Also, if you are careful, you can adjust them so they don't interfere with a sternum strap, if your pack is so equipped.

    For concealment, they just plain don't conceal. (Well, maybe under an expedition down parka...)
     
  11. bannockburn

    bannockburn Member

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    13,157
    When I first started out years ago I carried my Charter Arms Undercover in Bianchi's version of the Berns-Martin upside down holster. It was comfortable enough to wear but I do remember that it took quite a bit of effort to get the rig with the straps and the holster properly distributed to get it to fit just right. Eventually I moved away from the shoulder holster designs and went with a belt holster set-up.
     
  12. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2009
    Messages:
    4,405
    Location:
    nc mountains
    Yjake I spent my first 42 years in florida and started handgun hunting back around '76 with a revolver. It did not take long to find some of what worked and did not work. Over time you will find out those larger revolvers don't carry that well in your arm pit ether. They can and will rub your arm or chest raw. Look at a good cross chest rig for hunting / trail use, carries the weight way more comfortably. Also a good belt and quality holster goes along way to carry'n on your side very comfortable with a thin 1911 . A shoulder holster does limit how you carry if a jacket is not and option. If only a cover shirt is wanted look at mernickle ps6 or HR version for a OWB belt line holster that carrys well or a comp-tac MTAC for a quality iwb that simply works well with lots of adjustment. Cheap holster make you look for something new to try.

    http://www.gunblast.com/Mernickle-PS6.htm

    http://www.comp-tac.com/product_info.php?products_id=95

    http://shop.simplyrugged.com/ecommerce/Flap-Jack.cfm?item_id=164&parent=669
     
  13. USSR

    USSR Member

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2005
    Messages:
    8,390
    Location:
    Finger Lakes Region of NY
    I use a Bianchi shoulder holster to pack my 6" S&W 25-5. Works quite well.

    Don
     
  14. Longhorn 76

    Longhorn 76 Member

    Joined:
    Feb 17, 2012
    Messages:
    234
    Location:
    South Carolina
    Andrews Monarch.
     
  15. hariph creek

    hariph creek Member

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2011
    Messages:
    463
    Location:
    Vancouver, Wa.
    The only shoulder rigs I've found found I care for, and I've tried MANY. Are the upside down/inverted style.
    I've got K.L. Null USH-X for my Sig P290RS. It conceals well, is light weight, fast and comfortable.
    It's a shame, I've finally found what works for me, and can't use it. Both my shoulders are trashed, it hurts to reach across my chest. Plus, my neck is screwed up. Straps put pressure on nerves in my neck, that HURT. So now I've got to sell it.

    Shoulder holsters are, to me, a niche product. Not real practical but, occasionally the solution.
    A proper GUN BELT and holster make all the difference in the world.
    Still would like to try a good chest rig for woods carry, though.
     
  16. PorkChopsMmm

    PorkChopsMmm Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    126
    Location:
    West Michigan
    I bought a cheap Uncle Mike's shoulder holster off of Amazon for me 6" Dan Wesson 357. I wear it out when working on the land or driving on the tractor. I couldn't do the things I do with it on my hip -- I would constantly be slamming the gun into door jams or banging it against the tractor. I think a shoulder holster is perfect for anyone who needs to wear a gun and use their arms.
     
  17. joecil

    joecil Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2012
    Messages:
    782
    Location:
    Lexington, Kentucky
    I have the Galco Jackass rig for years now. I have two sets of holsters and magazine holders for it. The original was for a Beretta 92 which works with my Taurus 92 and one for a compact 1911.

    I also have a cheap Skyball Mountain Holster, nylon type for my Taurus Raging Bull 454 Casull with a 6.5" barrel for a back up gun when hunting.
     
  18. blindhari

    blindhari Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    519
    ++ on the Simply Rugged. He will fit almost any holster he has with a Chesty Puller harness. There are times when it is comforting to know your best trout, steelhead, fishing buddy is a Ruger Alaskan.

    blindhari
     
  19. bigarm

    bigarm Member

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2012
    Messages:
    64
  20. billpocz

    billpocz Member

    Joined:
    May 11, 2010
    Messages:
    33
    Location:
    Rural northeastern KY
    I have always wanted a shoulder rig, but rarely wear a suit or other clothes that would work with it...

    But I am always looking at them for some reason!!!

    Good thread!
     
  21. Old Fuff

    Old Fuff Member

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2002
    Messages:
    23,908
    Location:
    Arizona
    I have used shoulder holsters of various makes for decades, usually when I needed to get the handgun up above the waist while sitting or driving.

    Concerning revolvers with 4-inch or longer barrels I prefered the kind that were vertical, open at the front, and secured the gun with a horse shoe style flat spring that went around the cylinder.

    However on one occasion I lost (and found) a Colt .45 Government Model pistol when my arm bumped the back of the pouch and the automatic (with no cylinder for the spring to hold on to) self ejected. :uhoh:

    Thereafter on the relatively few times when carrying a pistol in a shoulder holster, I opted for one with a conventional pouch.

    Confort depends on the style of harness, and concealment is dependent on a loose-fitting covering garment.
     
  22. g_one

    g_one Member

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2011
    Messages:
    445
    Location:
    Milwaukee, WI
    I don't want to derail the thread but I've been contemplating a shoulder holster for my 5" 1911 but I'm skeptical. It seems to me like you would absolutely need the 'tie downs' that I see as optional (to attach the holster to belt or pants). Obviously though many people wear shoulder holsters without those tie downs - doesn't the holster tend to flop around and shift without them?
     
  23. Dnaltrop

    Dnaltrop Member

    Joined:
    Feb 12, 2010
    Messages:
    1,540
    Location:
    Portland, Oregon
    http://www.tedblockerholsters.com/products.cfm?ci=F9A54845-0DEA-67E6-B012052F916E8452

    I habitually carry a Blackhawk .45 in the Vertical Lifeline shoulder rig, very comfortable, easy to draw from with either hand, 12 loops on the other side, and just disappears under a Hawaiian shirt.

    The wife just got the horizontal draw one for her 1911 and it seems to work for her when she's wearing an over-layer.

    I carry the IWB as my BUG.

    It does take a bit of patience though, they make everything to order in batches. I've been pleased with the 3 I've picked up so far.

    The tie downs certainly help, but I manage just fine in my Shorts, the rig, and a 2m candlepower spotlight when something goes Bump in the night.
     

    Attached Files:

  24. YJake

    YJake Member

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2010
    Messages:
    175
    There are some EXCELLENT suggestions here folks, I really appreciate it. :cool:

    It seems as if I may need a different rig for each job, as is common in the world of holsters.

    For hunting/hiking the "tanker" or "Chest" rig seems the most practical/comfortable.

    For concealment a Miami/Monarch/etc style harness seems to be where I need to look.

    I'm loving the feedback and real world experience here.

    -Jake
     
  25. FM12

    FM12 Member

    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2007
    Messages:
    460
    Galco/Jackass Miami Classic for semis. Bianchi verticle for revos. Also have some Safariland upside down for revos, but feel weird.

    I like em all.

    The Bianchi X15 CAN ACCOMODATE SEVERAL DIFFERENT HANDGUNS: 1911 TYPES, browning hIGH pOWER AND s&w k FRAME REVOS IN 4" BBL. VERY VERSATILE.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page