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Longrange 05-08-2012 12:53 PM

Let's talk shoulder rigs
My primary carry gun is a G4 Glock 22. I normally carry it in a Blackhawk Serpa. I am considering a shoulder rig but have never used one. Can anyone share experiences, pros and cons and possibly options worth looking into? Pics would be helpful.

mountainman13 05-08-2012 01:06 PM

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There are a ton of different configurations. The one real thing to consider is whether or not you have the body mass to hide the gun in the configuration you want. When I carry via shoulder rig I usually go with a cross draw setup with the gun sitting barrel towards my back. For me this is the easiest access and most comfortable but I wouldn't want to be the guy standing behind me when I draw the weapon just in case. I have an uncle miles rig that is completely adjustable and very comfortable. (on consignment currently)
All I have right now is my military rig which I wouldn't recommend. The snaps kept comming undone to the point where I had to remove them and tie it together with paracord.

Jkl-28 05-11-2012 06:04 PM

I have a shoulder rig for my 1911 it's made by galco it's black leather and I like it! It's comfortable and it does a good job when it comes to keeping the gun concealed but I only wear it in the winter or when I wear a jacked or something to keep it hidden

AIKIJUTSU 05-11-2012 07:11 PM

A shoulder holster makes it possible to keep a large gun covered when wearing a relatively short jacket, where it would be hanging down beneath the jacket in a belt holster. Also, if you wear a jacket or coat that has buttons you can leave the button that is right in front of the grip of the gun unfastened. But you have to be careful of the "lopsided" look where the side of your chest with the gun looks wider than the other side, which is an easy giveaway. If you use a double harness and carry 2 similar guns, one on each side of your chest it'll look kinda awkward, but won't give away the guns. Another thing to watch for is, with a horizontal shoulder holster it is easy for a perp to reach in and grab your gun if you let him get too close.

locutus 05-13-2012 11:00 PM

I have Galco "Miami Specials and they easily conceal my SIG P226 and my Glock17 under nothing more than a light vest or a zippered sweatshirt.

My Bianchi vertical will conceal a 6 inch barrel Python, but it takes a little heavier jacket, like a sports coat or windbreaker.

shnorse 05-15-2012 12:10 AM

i have a military shoulder holster that i bought at an army surplus store... it is the most uncomfortable holster i ever tried... it hurts my neck as soon as i put my 1911 in it. too lop sided even though it buckles up to the belt on both sides... and the back of my neck gets a lot of tension forward... is this common?

AIKIJUTSU 05-15-2012 12:05 PM

shnorse: It may just be adjusted too tight (straps too short). Try loosening it a little, if you can.

Hookeye 05-21-2012 05:42 AM

I can't do shoulder rigs due to bad neck :(

GLOCKMASTER 05-21-2012 10:15 AM

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I have a pretty nice shoulder rig from GOULD&GOODRICH it's their GOLD LINE MODEL. What's the rules around here? Would like to post a for sale item?

The picture below is my rig. I'm a lefty so it is a left handed cross draw.

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