Concealed shoulder holster for M&P Compact .40?

Concealed shoulder holster for M&P Compact .40?

This is a discussion on Concealed shoulder holster for M&P Compact .40? within the Defensive Carry Holsters & Carry Options forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Hey guys, first post here, though I've been lurking around for a while. I picked up my CHL back at the beginning of December and ...

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    Concealed shoulder holster for M&P Compact .40?

    Hey guys, first post here, though I've been lurking around for a while. I picked up my CHL back at the beginning of December and have carried pretty much every day since then. I've been carrying IWB with some off-brand leather holster and have found it extremely uncomfortable.

    I've tried a few different holsters and all are more or less as uncomfortable to wear. I'm not a big guy (5'10" 160lbs). My problem is that if I wear a sturdy belt tight enough to hold the gun snug, the belt creates some pressure points around the waist, and if I wear it loose the gun tends to flop around which creates discomfort of its own.

    My second problem is carrying at work where I wear slacks and a dress shirt pretty much every day, but no jacket. I spend most of the time sitting at a desk or driving, so IWB is both uncomfortable and impractical.

    I want a good shoulder holster that meets a couple criteria and have looked around a bit with not much luck. Leather/synthetic isn't that big of a deal to me honestly; my bigger wants are this: I'm right-handed so obviously right hand draw. I'd like one with a muzzle-up design, maybe 45 degrees. I think a horizontal holster will print too much on me, and a vertical with muzzle-down will be too difficult to consistently and quickly draw. Something with a removable strap to go around the chest might be nice in order to keep it from shifting around when bending over.

    I looked at the Galco Miami Special I believe it's called, and didn't like the horizontal design. The Alessi Bodyguard seems to pose the same problem. The Fobus Roto system I've heard is fairly bulky and uncomfortable. Alessi had a couple that looked promising, such as the LeatherLite and the Agent X, although I'm not sure if the cant of the latter can be adjusted.

    Sorry for the Wall O' Text but I'm running out of ideas.


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    I sold Galco for a while and the Miami Classic is named that for many reasons. I know that your concerned about horizontal carry but it is quick and natural movementwise. Here's a couple of links for muzzle up horizontal carry rigs. BTW I found Shadowsbane's post at Highroad.


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    Expensive, but this is one of the sweetest rigs out there!

    Click here;------Andrew's Monarch Rig

    Lower the front strap on the holster side and maybe raise the rear and that should help conceal.
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    Thanks for the tips guys, I'll check them out. And yeah, I posted at Highroad too. Do the two of you not play nicely?

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    No not that at all....I found the post while researching options and then that you don't use the same name across forums... Couldn't help noting the alter ego thing.
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    Well, shadowsbane is my usual choice, however someone here already had it so I had to resort to my other one.

    Unless you want to take it away from them and let me have it. ;)

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    Just a bump for input here. Anyone got any experience with this rig?

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    Not the Desantis model, but I have 2 Ted Blocker Lifeline rigs, which about identical to the Desantis rig you have shown. My one rig is 20 yrs old and is still going strong. About the same price, too. Click below;

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    I have one of these ordered for my Glock.

    Cabela's -- Triple K Ultra Shoulder Holster

    The picture shows it horizontal, but it can adjust to hold at an angle.
    It is scheduled for delivery tomorrow; I will do a review when I have tried it out.

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    This is what I use for Glock 27. Very pleased.

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    Well definitely let me know what you think 303, because barring your review of that holster I'm probably going with the DeSantis.

    And Whiskery, I'm trying to avoid the vertical placement like that has. I've actually got a 5.11 Tactical holster shirt that I can use if I ever want to carry in that manner.
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    Paaiyan, I expect it in today, and will let you know.

    If you do order the DeSantis, this place has it a lot cheaper.

    DeSantis New York Undercover Shoulder Holster NOW AVAILABLE!

    I have order a few things from them and had great service.

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    Oohh, thanks for the link.

    EDIT: Wait, I don't see an option for the M&P Compact. I'll have to check with them on that. I wish Bianchi made theirs for the M&P and I'd go with that.
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    The stock number for the M&P full size and the compact are the same on DeSantises site, I dont think they have a diffrent holster for the compact, they just use the same one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 303british View Post
    Paaiyan, I expect it in today, and will let you know.

    If you do order the DeSantis, this place has it a lot cheaper.

    DeSantis New York Undercover Shoulder Holster NOW AVAILABLE!

    I have order a few things from them and had great service.
    I am curious as it does not show any connection between gun holster & pants belt to keep it from "flapping"?
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