Thank you plblark for not wanting to hijack.
Also I think it a good idea to post pics & do the discussion you suggested.
Some things I have learned over the last 2yrs & looking forward to the comments of you who have carried for a # of yrs.
Age, authoritis, & loss of range of shoulder motion all make a shoulder rig more appealing. I have now worn one quit often lately & it is a very viable carry option. My Miami Classic is for a Taurus Ultra Light. (J-Frame Smith) It is wonderful around the house.
I found that you do NOT have to have a coat to cover a shoulder rig. (pics shortly) I wear vests most of the time, even in the summer. No sleves is no problem.
I think the reason most people do not like a SH after trying it is they do not spend the time necessary to get it adjusted correctly for them. No one is going to guess right the 1st time. After getting a setting it is important to wear it for several hrs to see how it "settles" on you. Then adjust it again. Took me 3 days. I probably made 5 or 6 changes on the holster or mag side.
What makes for a good rig?
Wide shoulder straps that will distribute the gun weight over a greater area. Here I also think gun choice has a lot to do w/ what makes a good shoulder rig. A 5" stainless 1911 & 2 - 10rd mags on the other side is a lot more wt on shoulders than on the hips.
The holster & mag pouches have got to be good. Gun or mags should not wiggle in it at all. Certainly should not be able to work past the thumb break & fall out.
Questions I would like answers too.
Suede & sweat. How dies it stand up?
I have not seen the need for tiedowns. What about you old hands?
Andrews leather has the Back Strap. What are thoughts on it?