Fitting A Shoulder Holster

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    Fitting A Shoulder Holster

    OK I know i have read about this before but a search yielded a butt-load of results. So my question is: how is a shoulder holster "suposed" to fit?
    I borrowed a buddies for my fullsize 1911 and want the word from the experts on:
    - where it should hang? high...low...
    - do you use the hold-downs? (i'd think not?)

    and any other pertinant info i can gather to see if its a viable alternative for "some" situations.
    I know lots of people here have them and they are not for normal everyday best use but some situations they fit the bill rather well.

    for info it is a horizontal model witha dual mag pouch on the opposite side.
    I'd say its a middle of the road quality rig.

    any help is appreciated.
    thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLOLUCKY View Post
    So my question is: how is a shoulder holster "suposed" to fit?
    My G26 shoulder rig is horizontal, rides tight under my left armpit, has a dual mag carrier to offset the weight of pistol, and has tie downs on both sides.

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    Usually right under your support side armpit (or an inch or so below) with the muzzle slightly canted up works best for most folks.

    You'll probably have lots of extra harness strap leather...so once you get your holster positioned exactly where you want it then cut off that extra leather strapping.

    You probably will not need a tie-down on the holster side.
    If you bend forward you just clamp your arm closer to your body a bit if your holster is tipping forward a little but, with a good harness it really won't move much.

    A tie down on the strong side is optional.
    It depends on how your harness system is designed.
    I usually set my extra mags so that they are about halfway between the strong side pit and the belt.

    See what works best for you.
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    Thanks All!
    Thats kinda where I set it was "high".
    and you are right...lots of extera strapping from the harness.
    I am not in a huge hurry to cut it all off til I am sure its set where I like it.
    Just had to ask since there is sooo much extra harness strap!..lol
    Thought maybe I was doing something wrong....
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    Quote Originally Posted by SOLOLUCKY View Post
    Thanks All!
    Thats kinda where I set it was "high".
    and you are right...lots of extera strapping from the harness.
    I am not in a huge hurry to cut it all off til I am sure its set where I like it.
    Just had to ask since there is sooo much extra harness strap!..lol
    Thought maybe I was doing something wrong....
    Good idea to wait until you have it exactly where you want it. I probable readjusted mine a 1/2 dozen times before I finally got it where I wanted it.

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    I know it isn't an auto but this should give you an idea...it's a compromise between grip angle and how far the muzzle sticks out...it's easier to find a good spot with a small gun like the 442 since the whole thing can lay within your side without sticking out...one of the reasons I prefer horizontal with small guns and vertical with big ones...also, with big guns I really feel the weight without a tie down....




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    I keep my rigs pretty tight up under the arm pit. I dont use tie downs but on my Andrews I do use the back strap which is awsome.
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    Make sure you get an adjustable rig. I use a Galco Miami Classic II, which is very nice. The first time I adjusted it, I had the gun hanging perfectly level, but after a bit I noticed that the butt of the gun was pushing the front of my jacket out. So, I canted the muzzle upward a bit, which tucked in the gun butt enough to where it isn't pushing the front of my jacket out.

    Also, I positioned the mag pouches and gun to hang about halfway between armpit and waistband. The reason for this is when wearing a jacket, you don't notice a bulge in my armpit/upper chest area.

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    I like mine "high and tight".

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    animalkracker, which holster is that. It looks like it fits you very well.

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    That rig is from Sam Andrews. Here's a veiw of them offr and you can see the strap on the back.

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    thanks for the pictures. I have my eye on the andrews rig. Do you find that it is pretty adjustable? Do you normally just wear a jacket over your rig? thanks again.

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    I see some rivets on the bottom of the holster in front of the trigger area. and what appears to be a "back" (?) strap. what does that do? is it in fact a back strap...as in goes around yer back?
    also are the top attachment points directly on top, centered on the holster?
    the rig i have those top attach points are on the body side/inside of the holster which tilts the gun (not desirable).
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    The rig from Sam is very adjustable and very comfortable. The strap in back keeps the pistols from shifting forward and to set it to my body frame, I use a drill and bit to put the holes where I need them to be. The connecting rivets are screw type so it's very east to set up. I prefer two pistols or one pistol and several mags on the other side to balance things out. You can tell the difference between a rig that balanced and one that's not at the end of the day. I can wear this rig over a tee shirt and just about any kind of shirt over as a cover. I just watch out for gusts of wind that may blow the shirt tail open. lol I have taken the pistols up just a little higher after this photo.

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