Shoulder holster advice ???

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    Shoulder holster advice ???

    I need (I mean, I want) a shoulder holster for my G-26; I have no idea where to start.
    I tried for a while an "el cheapo" nylon horizontal holster.
    That taught me I don't want a horizontal rig; I am not comfortable with the muzzle sweeping everybody behind me. I know, I know ... it is stupid, the Glock has 3 safeties, guns don't shoot by themselves, etc...
    Also my G-26 has an extended ported barrel that extend 1.5 " from the frame - makes it OK to shoot when my wrist arthritis flares up - and that gives a funny shape to the back of whatever cover garment I have.

    I also tried a rig in the "Miami Classic" style that has 2 diagonals in the back in a symetric way; found it uncomfortable after a while.

    Material: I don't mind leather, but in South Florida it is not the best choice for a holster; all the other holsters I use are kydex (except the M-TAC).

    I am on the skinny side 5' 8" and 145 lbs.

    I'd like to stay under $150 and don't want to wait 3 months.

    So what do you guys recommend ??????????

    Thanks for your input !!!
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    Here is one for the G-26 for $72.00. Galco Holsters X-Project Shoulder Holster System

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    I have recommended this many times, but check out this one
    https://deepconceal.com/index.php?ma...35e7b15a768b82
    Very comfortable in the heat and will fit the smaller glock 26.
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    I bought a vertical rig from Fist...I seldom use it, but it is very comfortable and within your budget.

    Check out Fist Vertical Shoulder Holster #70 (without the thumb break). I works quite well with my Kimber Ultra...the thumb break is definitely not needed with this vertical option...very secure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfl View Post
    I need (I mean, I want) a shoulder holster for my G-26; I have no idea where to start.
    I tried for a while an "el cheapo" nylon horizontal holster.
    That taught me I don't want a horizontal rig; I am not comfortable with the muzzle sweeping everybody behind me. I know, I know ... it is stupid, the Glock has 3 safeties, guns don't shoot by themselves, etc...
    Also my G-26 has an extended ported barrel that extend 1.5 " from the frame - makes it OK to shoot when my wrist arthritis flares up - and that gives a funny shape to the back of whatever cover garment I have.

    I also tried a rig in the "Miami Classic" style that has 2 diagonals in the back in a symetric way; found it uncomfortable after a while.

    Material: I don't mind leather, but in South Florida it is not the best choice for a holster; all the other holsters I use are kydex (except the M-TAC).

    I am on the skinny side 5' 8" and 145 lbs.

    I'd like to stay under $150 and don't want to wait 3 months.

    So what do you guys recommend ??????????

    Thanks for your input !!!
    Quote Originally Posted by angelo25 View Post
    Here is one for the G-26 for $72.00. Galco Holsters X-Project Shoulder Holster System
    Thanks, I have one; I really don't like it; the holster is very loose on the attaching "plate" and the black strap around the front of the torso makes it useless with a vest or jacket.
    The "through the shirt" attachment will ruin your shirt in 5 minutes.

    Datsun, same thing for any belly band, it doesn't work with a vest or jacket.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    I bought a vertical rig from Fist...I seldom use it, but it is very comfortable and within your budget.

    Check out Fist Vertical Shoulder Holster #70 (without the thumb break). I works quite well with my Kimber Ultra...the thumb break is definitely not needed with this vertical option...very secure.

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    Thanks for the info; I checked it, it has the "X" in the back that I don't like; turning 70 next year, I am not as straight as I used to be

    What I am looking for is a system more like: Uncle Mikes with the wide padded strap to distribute the weight.

    However UM is not my favorite brand
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    Quote Originally Posted by Datsun40146 View Post
    I have recommended this many times, but check out this one
    https://deepconceal.com/index.php?ma...35e7b15a768b82
    Very comfortable in the heat and will fit the smaller glock 26.
    Some FFDO use this one I am told.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FloridaSon View Post
    Some FFDO use this one I am told.
    Thanks, but I'm not looking for deep concealment; I just want to be legal. In Florida as long as you don't expose intentionally the gun, you are OK.

    Actually, for deep concealment, I have a "smart carry" that works well.
    I don't use it much because I have no need for deep concealment.
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    Have you looked at Sam Andrews? He has a vertical carry Monarch Rig:



    My wife has a regular Monarch, plus a vertical carry Monarch.

    Pricey, but top notch.

    http://www.andrewsleather.com/

    Edited to Add: Wife carries a G26.

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    If you don't find what you want and you're handy (or the wife or grandkids are) straps for a shoulder holster aren't too hard to make. You could make custom straps to your own pattern for the Miami rig. I've built a couple sets using ideas from custom makers pics online, modifying to my specs, patterning in tagboard then cutting the leather. Metal D rings or round rings allow everything to move, and chicago screws could be borrowed from the Miami rig. The trick is getting the straps comfortable, so be prepared to try a couple of sets.
    Here's the Alessi Bodyguard rig. http://www.lightningarms.com/images/...tb_auto550.htm

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    I read a positive review of K.L. Null's series of shoulder holsters a few years back, and have been meaning to get one for a J-frame. I don't think I'd be comfortable with a Glock or other light DAO trigger weapon in one, though: K.L. Null Holster Ltd. - Holsters

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    On the Del Fatti site Matt actually recommends K.L. Null Holster Ltd. - Holsters on his Shoulder Rig Page at the bottom of the page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Have you looked at Sam Andrews? He has a vertical carry Monarch Rig:



    My wife has a regular Monarch, plus a vertical carry Monarch.

    Pricey, but top notch.

    Andrews Custom Leather

    Edited to Add: Wife carries a G26.
    A little over my budget and it looks almost as heavy as the gun.

    Quote Originally Posted by bradktn View Post
    I read a positive review of K.L. Null's series of shoulder holsters a few years back, and have been meaning to get one for a J-frame. I don't think I'd be comfortable with a Glock or other light DAO trigger weapon in one, though: K.L. Null Holster Ltd. - Holsters
    There is something about the barrel pointing up that bothers me.

    I know, I know, I am picky; but I have 3 full boxes of holsters I don't use, I don't want to start a fourth box

    Quote Originally Posted by 86thecat View Post
    If you don't find what you want and you're handy (or the wife or grandkids are) straps for a shoulder holster aren't too hard to make. You could make custom straps to your own pattern for the Miami rig. I've built a couple sets using ideas from custom makers pics online, modifying to my specs, patterning in tagboard then cutting the leather. Metal D rings or round rings allow everything to move, and chicago screws could be borrowed from the Miami rig. The trick is getting the straps comfortable, so be prepared to try a couple of sets.
    Here's the Alessi Bodyguard rig. Lightning Arms Sports
    No kids, therefore no grandkids, so I would be "it".
    I think you got it right ... got to make it myself.
    An old FIST thin kydex that was broken in an accident, a wide leather shoulder stap and nylon webbing for the rest, with a touch of industrial velcro here and there.
    Might not be cheaper but at least I'll have what I want.

    Thanks for the suggestion, if I don't find a "ready made, I'll explore that route.
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    Thanks to all who answered and keep the suggestions coming !!!
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    jfl, You might take a look at the straps on the Alessi bodyguard in Sportsterguys post on this thread.
    http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulle...holster-3.html

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    There is something about the barrel pointing up that bothers me.
    Barrel's in front of the shoulder, if you're worried about it being pointed at the armpit.

    You might like the Bianchi X-15.
    X15 *Shoulder Holster

    Doesn't use an X-harness, it goes across the back of the neck.

    Seems like they always have a few on Ebay.

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