What shoulder rig do y'all use?

What shoulder rig do y'all use?

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    What shoulder rig do y'all use?

    Thinking about a shoulder rig. Currently use a CBST for my 5" 1911 and love it, but have been having back problems the last couple weeks. Today, I moved the holster from 3:00 to 4:00, and that helped some, but the farther back I wear it, the worse it prints when I bend over. Maybe getting some of the weight off my hips will help my back problems, maybe not.

    What do y'all use? Needs to be for a 5" 1911 .45ACP. Vertical or horizontal? Have seen some that carry 2 mags on the off side. I think that would be good to counter balance the pistol somewhat.

    Budget-wise, I would entertain about anything. I learned a long time ago you get what you pay for. Obviously, less expensive is better, but if I have to go up to get a reliable rig, I would not rule it out if it is worth the price.

    Thanks for your input.


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    I have 2 shoulder rigs (like them alot) for a 1911 commander and a Glock 23 from Josh Bulman. I use mostly in the winter.
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    When I carried a 1911 in a shoulder rig (BUG) I used a Bianchi X-15 and liked it.
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    Since we are on the subject of shoulder rigs,do any of you wear one over a t-shirt with a casual button up shirt as cover, with no jacket or secondary covering?I have often wondered how this would work.It seems the draw would be a bit more difficult,as opposed to other methods.Not to hi-jack a thread,just curious.

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    I use a Bucheimer-Clark. The leather straps work much better than the elastic type. The Bianchi X15 is a good holster as well though I replace the elastic strap with a leather strap set up.



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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.stuart View Post
    Since we are on the subject of shoulder rigs,do any of you wear one over a t-shirt with a casual button up shirt as cover, with no jacket or secondary covering?I have often wondered how this would work.It seems the draw would be a bit more difficult,as opposed to other methods.Not to hi-jack a thread,just curious.
    I use to do that quite often. Other than my X15/1911, I wore inverted shoulder rigs. This allowed drawing with either hand. With one button at the proper height left unbuttoned a strong hand draw was enabled and with a slightly oversized shirt a weak hand draw from below was possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.stuart View Post
    Since we are on the subject of shoulder rigs,do any of you wear one over a t-shirt with a casual button up shirt as cover, with no jacket or secondary covering?I have often wondered how this would work.It seems the draw would be a bit more difficult,as opposed to other methods.Not to hi-jack a thread,just curious.
    Just all the time, works just fine. Haven't done it in a while but I use to remove the 3 center buttons and sew them onto a piece of Velcro and sew the other piece of Velcro where the button was, allows easy opening of the shirt with left hand to allow access. I have experimented and with a GOOD pull regular buttons will give way and allow access but will often tear the shirt. I will also wear a colored T-shirt with the outer shirt unbottoned and untucked

    I have a Galco Jackass rig I have used for probably 30 years, I like the wider strap over the shoulder to distribute the weight better.

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    Wow....quick replies. Thanks. Some good ideas here.

    Mr. Stuart.....I don't think you hijacked at all. I too am new to shoulder rigs and need all the help I can get.

    Thanks everyone.

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    The Alessi Bodyguard. I have had one for a few years now & it's a great shoulder rig. Just pull. No retention strap.
    The firearm is securely held in the beautifully molded holster by a pull through snap at the front of the trigger guard.
    And NO - the snap cannot pull the 1911 trigger.
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    Good answers,thanks for the input on my question.

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    Shoulder rigs have their place, but remember that they are a specialized solution to a specific set of problems. In particular, you need to practice your draw and reholstering to achieve both without crossing your body parts with your gun's muzzle. Practice in front of a mirror or video record yourself (with an unloaded gun, please!) to ensure that you maintain muzzle awareness and safety at all time. I lost count of the times Sonny Crockett was in danger of shooting himself!
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    Uncle Mike's horizontal shoulder holster for my H&K USP .40. As a matter of fact, wore it today on my Guayabera shirt hidden under a black leather coat (similar to the coat used in Rocky).

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    I'm just going to ask this, because it could make a difference, what kind of belt are you using with your Super Tuck?
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    I have a Galco Miami Classic II for both my 5" 1911 and my G29. Comfortable and not crazy expensive. Great for long driving trips

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeyeLCPL View Post
    I'm just going to ask this, because it could make a difference, what kind of belt are you using with your Super Tuck?
    I started with a heavy western style belt, the heaviest I could find. That lasted about a week. Now I am wearing/using a gunbelt from Crossbreed. It is very stiff and holds up well.

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