So, maybe you wear a sport coat everyday, or you just wrapped up a Miami Vice marathon and found yourself wanting to try out a shoulder holster. Shoulder rigs are quite convenient for certain types of carry. By moving the the gun up to the side of the body it can be more easily accessible for some. Additionally, many say that shoulder carry is more comfortable as it doesn’t press into the waist like other types of concealed carry. A jacket of some sort is a necessity, however. Galco Gunleather offers a variety of shoulder rigs, and now they have released a handy video to help you choose and understand the use of a shoulder holster system.
Shoulder holsters have been around for a while and are quite popular. Some just like the style and want to channel their inner Sonny Crockett. But, there are plenty of other advantages to wearing a shoulder rig. For those who want to carry a bigger gun, like a full sized (or even double-stack) 1911 or large barrel revolver, shoulder carry can conceal the bulky handgun and displace the weight better than a hip holster can. The weight of the handgun is carried by your shoulder, back, and even your non-carrying side, making the weight nearly disappear compared to a waistband holster.
If you are often in your vehicle, or constantly moving in and out of your vehicle, the shoulder rig can be a lifesaver. Since the gun is carried on your side, it isn’t trapped by the seatbelt when seated. The gun stays readily available while you’re sitting behind the wheel, and you can grab it at a moment’s notice without having to navigate the obstacles like the seatbelt, steering wheel, and gear shifter. If you have a job where you’re often moving from the vehicle to the outside, the shoulder holster can give you piece of mind, allowing you to enter and exit, without having to change carry positions or remove your handgun to place it in a car holster.
Most shoulder rigs also come standard with a magazine pouch or ammo carrier for a quick reload. The pouches are often carried underneath the arm opposite of the one carrying the gun, so it helps balance the rig. This gives you a reload or two without adding extra inches to your waistline. Swapping out the holster component is pretty simple, which allows you to buy the rig once, and then purchase different holsters if you change carry guns.
Shoulder rigs used to be very popular and used more often than hip holsters for concealed carry. But, as styles and technology change, they have fallen out of popularity. Since fewer people wear suits or blazers in their everyday wear, shoulder holsters have become less ubiquitous. Shoulder holsters also require a bit more set-up time to make them comfortable. Most modern holsters are ready to wear out of the box, but as the video below shows, you need to properly adjust your shoulder rig to ensure proper fit and comfort.
There’s also some safety and security issues to be aware of when choosing underarm carry. Because of the gun location and different drawstroke, the gun is pointed in an unsafe direction momentarily. As drawing is hasty maneuver, negligent discharges are prone to occur; most holsters keep the gun facing down or at the attacker, whereas the shoulder holster has the gun pointed to the side before it is brought to the shooting position. In gun ranges, this is a major problem. In a crowded area, sweeping everything to your side can be dangerous.
Shoulder holsters act like a crossdraw holster. Because of this, the grip of the gun faces the front. Close attackers can more easily access your firearm and disarm you before you have a change to draw it. Some shoulder holsters even keep the gun in a horizontal position, making it an easier target for attackers to grab. These are all considerations you need to account for when you consider underarm carry.
Assembly, Adjustment and Safe Use of a Galco Shoulder System
Galco Gunleather has multliple shoulder rig systems to match a variety of body shapes and carry styles. But, shoulder systems involve assembly and fitting unlike hip and ankle holsters. To help understand how to put together, adjust, and use a shoulder rig, Galco has produced this convenient video.
In the video, Account Representative Dave Starin and Customer Service Manager Mike Barham discuss the proper fitting of Galco shoulder holster systems. They also walk you through the drawing action for multiple carry positions, so you can speed up the drawstroke while maintaining safe operation of your handgun.
Interested in trying out a shoulder holster rig? Galco has plenty of options for shoulder holsters from the appropriately named Miami Classic to the more modern Jackass Rig. They also have the Classic Lite for a lighter load, the VHS Rig for bigger handguns and a natural drawstroke, and for those who carry big bore revolvers for hunting, Galco has the Kodiak Shoulder Holster. You can view Defender Outdoors’ whole selection of Shoulder Holsters here. Or, if you have additional questions about shoulder rigs, you can contact Galco Gunleather at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.874.2526.