Shoulder Holsters...Is there a comfortable one?

Shoulder Holsters...Is there a comfortable one?

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    Shoulder Holsters...Is there a comfortable one?

    I think that I want a shoulder holster for CCW. I do not want to go thru the "buy and box" routine that I went thru to find the right IWB holster.

    Any suggestions from people that actually wear their shoulder holster for more than an hour or so?

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    Galco Miami Classic. Most comfortable way I know of to carry a full or compact sized weapon. I've worn them for years, my first was for an H&K USP .45 fullsize, and my current is for a Glock 23.

    You'll find guys on this website who've been wearing them since they were called the jackass rig.
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    Galco Classic Lite Shoulder system
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    I'm pretty sure it's only available for small-medium autos though
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    to answer simply NO
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    I have not found one.

    Live in state (Texas) where jacket or coat is just not a doable therefore shoulder holster is just not a workable.
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    I sure hope you like wearing a jacket, whether it is 108 deg outside or 80 deg inside! Not to mention feeling self conscious about that obvious bulge under your left armpit...

    Frankly, I found no way to CCW with a shoulder rig, even while carrying my little Beretta Model 21 .25ACP. (And I really tried to make it all work too, since I find shoulder holsters to be pretty romantic myself, due to the positive movie images we all have about them).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Calley View Post
    I sure hope you like wearing a jacket, whether it is 108 deg outside or 80 deg inside! Not to mention feeling self conscious about that obvious bulge under your left armpit...
    What about a shoulder holster underneath a loose button-down shirt?

    Still too obvious?

    I, for one, have some pretty darned oversized shirts at this point.
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    If you have lot's of $$, the right build, and day to day carry habits that compliment a shoulder rig, maybe..I have a few, but they are for backwoods excursions. I don't like them for CWP. The really nice leather rigs might be what you are after..
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    I carry a CZ SP01 in a shoulder holster by Under Armor and, for me, it is a safe, secure, and comfortable carry. For me the "secret" of using a shoulder holster is layering my clothing. I wear a light cotton t-shirt under a light plush vest (see above pic) and over that I wear an apropriate jacket. Heavy if it is cold, light if it is not.

    The CZ is an all steel, pistol and is about 48 ounces - quite heavy. The UA supports this rig quite well and the vest/jacklet combo offers max concealment. This is the pic of the UA with another CZ with its two attached mag holders. It has worked well for me and is only about $80.00.

    If the weather is hot I substitute a light cotton shirt for the vest and go from there.
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    In the South, for year-'round outdoor use, the short answer is "no."

    I do have one quite comfortable shoulder rig, a long-discontinued nylon vertical-style rig, that I could wear for 16-hour double shifts, and then some, with a 4" large-framed sixgun. It only worked, of ocurse, when in an air-conditioned environment, or during the winter. (I am 50 miles inland on the Texas Gulf Coast.) Its best use was for surveillance duty, to tote a big magnum sixgun. I still wore a compact pistol on the hip.

    I also have an Andrews Monarch, a horizontal type of rig crafted in leather, for a SIG P229. It is a road trip rig for me, for cooler weather. The lower strap that goes across the lower back keeps the weapon from flopping around, without the need for tie-downs. I do still wear a pistol in the usual spot on my right hip, when wearing this rig, too.

    There is a maker, Ken Null, who crafts shoulder rigs with minimalist polymer holster bodies, and thin synthetic straps, that should lessen heat retention in hot weather. I tried an SMZ long ago, made for a 1911, and such a big pistol in that rig was just not my cup of tea. I have been meaning to try one for a smaller weapon someday, but never seem to get around to ordering one.

    I see a shoulder rig mostly as a way to tote a second weapon. In an effort to achieve/maintain unconscious competence, I try to always wear my "first" handgun on my right hip.

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    I too live in the South and generally find it better to use IWB or abdominal carry. But with my work attire (dress shirt over regular t-shirt), I have found a very comfortable shoulder rig that holds my Kimber Ultra very well all day.

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    Galco Miami Classic for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWRedDragon View Post
    What about a shoulder holster underneath a loose button-down shirt?

    Still too obvious?

    I, for one, have some pretty darned oversized shirts at this point.
    I would stick with your fantastic IWB Minotaur MTAC Holster, 'cause in summer -- in any area with high temps and humidity -- a shoulder holster will make you sweat like heck; especially since you also have to wear the rig with an undershirt too, which can get really stifling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIABLO9489 View Post
    Galco Classic Lite Shoulder system
    Galco holsters; Holsters; Gun holster, pistol holsters, western holsters, shoulder holsters, leather holster and Glock holsters
    I'm pretty sure it's only available for small-medium autos though
    Partly true, I use the Galco classic lite for my Glock 27 but my G22 fits but the muzzle dose extend about an inch. Opticsplanet has it for under $70. The Galco Executive system is nice too, depending on how you want to wear.

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    IWB for my Tuxedo is not possible (no belt) so it's ankle or jackass. I have an Alessi for my Walther PPK/S and for a few hours it's ok. Kind of difficult to play violin in, though and the way my arms are moving, is almost impossible to conceal.
    My other option is an ankle holster for my .38. Far less than ideal but better than nothing.
    I do have a folding stock .30 Carbine that fits in a spare violin case that I could take along as a "back-up fiddle" if it were a really rough gig!

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