Shoulder Holsters - Yey or Nay?

Shoulder Holsters - Yey or Nay?

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    Shoulder Holsters - Yey or Nay?

    Was talking with a local Detective last week and asked him if he knew of anyone, on or off the force, who carries in a shoulder holster anymore. He said no. Yet, I find a SH comfortable for long drives and usually use one for that purpose. I've got a few from various makers. Alessi is the most comfortable imho. Miami Classic is a very close #2. Would like to get my hands on a good, used Monarch some day.
    What say you to SH's?
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    For a few role it is very good holster ..But for others in terms of draw speed and not muzzling yourself not so good

    For either very large guns or micro pistol it is a good idea also imop
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    If you like them, that's all that matters. I like them too but never wear a lot of outer garments. Also I find that people want to hug you or poke you in the ribs more when wearing one. Go figure.
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    Used one for many years when flying in the military but now the only time I use one is on long drives. Mine are ancient (early 80s) Safariland upside down shoulder holsters, one for a 2-inch Detective Special and another for a 4-inch K frame S&W, very comfortable and secure.

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    MB53 ... As with all holsters and carry positions it really is a personal choice. If it works for you, carry on and if not, you just have another addition to your big box of "lonely holsters"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybee View Post
    If you like them, that's all that matters. I like them too but never wear a lot of outer garments. Also I find that people want to hug you or poke you in the ribs more when wearing one. Go figure.
    that's exactly why I quit wearing one,and the fact that I now live in florida.
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    You'll find most cops don't wear them for three main reasons: 1) they tend to tear out the lining in your suit coat; 2) range officers won't allow you to train with them since you point the muzzle exactly opposite of down range when re-holstering; and 3) we train with our duty weapons from the strong side (usually 3 o'clock position). The exception here is SWAT guys but they have their own training facility and shoot house and with repelling and climbing and zip-line need quick access to their pistol offered by SH.
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    I love using shoulder rigs. Once it cools down enough to wear cover garments comfortably again I'll put them back to use.
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    Just a matter of what works for you. I use a Sh when the weather get cooler. As a matter of fact I used to carry a Ruger gp100 in a Sh as a backup while hunting in upstate NY. For me, I found it to be the best way to carry in the woods. But personally, I can't stand to carry iwb. I find it to be the most uncomfortable way to carry a weapon. Just gets down to personal preference.
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    I like options. I own a Galco Jackass shoulder holster and it works very well when on my motorcycle for long trips or if I'm in the car for a extended time frame. It carries my G21 with 2 spare magazines comfortably. For normal wear it's slower to draw and is less comfortable then on or in the waist band.
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    I rigged up a lower chest carry holster for carrying a second gun when I had to go into a bad situation. In case I was attacked by a gang I could draw both. My main carry is the LCP in the front pocket. The second gun was Hungarian 9mm. So I can see having a shoulder holster for certain reasons.

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    Don't worry, someday they will be back in style.

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    I bought a nice looking Galco Jackass Rig, the gun fits perfect (it also holds two extra magazines) and it is comfortable to wear, but concealing it (I live in Texas and its very hot right now) seems impossible. I have used it a few times during the winter when I can wear a Huge Jacket to conceal it, otherwise it is blatantly obvious I am packing when using it. Any kind of shirt or light sweater reveals I have two large humps on the side of my chest and it just doesn't work. If I lived up north where it was cold all the time and wearing a heavy jack was a necessity, I could see myself carrying it in the SH more often.

    Therefore, I use an Alien Gear 2.0 IWB for daily carry at 3 O'clock. Hides it perfect and is just as comfortable.
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    There's a time and a place for them but may not be for everyone. I guess it's all a matter of preference, if it works for you I wouldn't be too concerned with much else.
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    With the proliferation of concealed handgun carriers has come a proliferation of holster options. Some good, some no-so-much. My experience has been the same as several of the previous observations. Shoulder holsters are hot & bulky, IMHO, period. If the weather & driving circumstances negate those certainties, then the SH compromise may make sense. I lived in Houston for a few years. There was NEVER A TIME that city & shoulder holsters (to me)...went together.
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