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    JSDinTexas Guest

    Your comments on horizontal shoulder holster

    I carry a G23 and am thinking of a horizontal shoulder holster for use with a sportcoat or so forth this fall. I have carried IWB, belly band, and OWB and lean to the IWB, but I don't find any of these really satisfactory.
    What I would like is comments pro or con, and any other info about what to look for or stay away from. If you have a suggested brand or vendor that's fine.

    Thanks

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    Shoulder holster

    I tried one and perhaps because it was an inexpensive nylon I didn't like it. There seemed to be too much movement and I was always concerned about being exposed. I carry IWB with either my G22 or G30 with a Crossbreed Supertuck and a good quality gun belt. Since I can tuck my shirt the risk of unintentional exposure is reduced. I carry at 4:30 which allows my body to provide cover as well.

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    I don't think they're safe. I sure wouldn't want to be behind you in line at the grocery store. Especially with a Glock. Horizontal shoulder holster = NEVER pointed in a safe direction.

    My recommendation is either OWB, IWB, or vertical shoulder rig. There are a number of steel spring vertical rigs that allow you to pull forward to draw instead of "up and out."

    Another possibility - have a custom shoulder holster made that has about a 45 degree cant to it. It's a reasonably good compromise - your muzzle is pointed at the ground about 3 feet behind you, but the butt is angled in such a way that it's a more natural draw, especially if you're wearing a buttoned blazer or sport coat.

    My last word on shoulder holsters - BALANCE. Make sure to carry adequate weight on the "weak" side to balance out the weight of your gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RickD6023 View Post
    I tried one and perhaps because it was an inexpensive nylon I didn't like it. There seemed to be too much movement and I was always concerned about being exposed. I carry IWB with either my G22 or G30 with a Crossbreed Supertuck and a good quality gun belt. Since I can tuck my shirt the risk of unintentional exposure is reduced. I carry at 4:30 which allows my body to provide cover as well.
    Yeah, I hear a lot about supertucks

    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Gain View Post
    I don't think they're safe. I sure wouldn't want to be behind you in line at the grocery store. Especially with a Glock. Horizontal shoulder holster = NEVER pointed in a safe direction.

    My recommendation is either OWB, IWB, or vertical shoulder rig. There are a number of steel spring vertical rigs that allow you to pull forward to draw instead of "up and out."

    Another possibility - have a custom shoulder holster made that has about a 45 degree cant to it. It's a reasonably good compromise - your muzzle is pointed at the ground about 3 feet behind you, but the butt is angled in such a way that it's a more natural draw, especially if you're wearing a buttoned blazer or sport coat.

    My last word on shoulder holsters - BALANCE. Make sure to carry adequate weight on the "weak" side to balance out the weight of your gun.
    Thanks. My LEO distributor has a Blackhawk angle holster but the silly thing points down by the grip at a 45 degree angle - still good advice and will consider an angled rig. And don't worry, if I see you in the checkout line, I'll turn sideways a bit.

    Thanks for the comments from you both, they help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSDinTexas View Post
    No worries as I handle Glocks with some ability, but I see your point - I considered vertical, but want a more ergonomic pull and also think the vertical would be too long as I am only 5'9"
    I'm the same height. My M&P is about the same size as your glock, and my GP100 is a bit longer. You could do a vertical or a 45 degree without too much problem. Go try a few on, you'll see.
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    I'm going to agree with Phillip on this one too. Rigs like that just are not good with Glocks.

    The horizontal rigs are mostly old ideas for revolves (SA /DAO).

    but even still you break the golden rule of pointing in a safe direction.

    :)

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    JSDinTexas Guest
    Thanks again for the comments, maybe a shoulder holster isn't the best idea.

  8. Don't understand what difference it makes where your gun is pointed if your finger isn't on the trigger and in a holster and if that's dangerous no holster is safe because its always pointed somewhere

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    I carry with a shoulder holster at times but, not very often. I ONLY use a vertical holster because I am self conchious about it always being pointed at who ever is behind me. And at sometime it will be exposed and if I see it I will make a point for any of my kids or other relatives to not get behind you. I am not sorry I feel this way, I don't know you and I don't know if you are carring a good safe gun or if you are carring a Sat nite special that may go off if you just look at it. You may have a safty on or you may have it cocked and ready. Just my thoughts, Country Toby

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    I don't like them because they point the gun level and rearward at other people. The NRA course "personal protection outside the home" does not teach this method of carry for that reason.
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