Shoulder Holster for 1911?

Discussion in 'The 1911 Forum' started by hogger129, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I was wondering what everybody's thoughts were on shoulder rigs for a 5" 1911.

    I was looking at the Galco Miami Vice Classic and it's pretty expensive so I just wanted to get everybody's opinions on shoulder rigs for the 1911 before I decided to buy one.

  2. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    No shoulder holsters for me! No way to draw the gun with out the muzzle crossing some part of your weak side arm! Not to mention anyone standing on your weak side! A shoulder holster is also one of the slowest methods to draw from. Pluss you have to wear a jacket at all times!

  3. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Hmm... well I just wonder about it for car carry. I saw before in some of your pictures that you have no trouble with the OWB holster, but my belt pinches my pistol in between me and the seat belt latch thingy and it's a real PITA.
  4. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    Last edited: Aug 21, 2012
  5. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I have a Miami Classic. Fairly comfortable. It tends to walk a little. You can often spot someone wearing one, because when they stop walking they, unconsciously, wiggle their shoulders a little, to resettle it.

    I also have a Bianchi X15. The ride is different, because it is tied to your belt, so it tends to want to move your pants.

    You get used to it. You can get used to anything. And any holster takes some getting used to.

    Yes, you have to wear a cover garment. That takes some getting used to. I, one time, wore a heavy coat over my shirt, on a cold night, and then sat and sweated in the 70 degree restaurant, because I could not take off my heavy coat, since then my holstered gun would be exposed.

    I, personally, feel the fear of muzzling/flagging/shadowing/whatever-you-call-it other people, during the draw, is wrong. Yes, unless you are quite careful on the draw, you will point it at your off arm. If there is anyone standing to your side, as you bring it to bear on your target, you will point it at them, momentarily. BUT, if you wear a cross draw, you do the same thing. No one seems to get upset about that. If your strong-side holster has a forward cant, as soon as you grab it, to start your draw, you are pointing it at anyone that happens to be behind you. No one gets upset about that. Most belt holsters, at sometime during the wearing or the drawing or the reholstering, have you pointing at your own leg or butt. No one gets upset about that.
  6. carver

    carver Moderator Supporting Member

    It's not that these things upset me Alpo, it's just that there are better ways to get the job done. If I should shoot myself when drawing form a strong side OWB, or IWB, holster, then shame on me. But if I accidently shot a loved one, or an inocent bystander, then I become the BG. And it does not matter what type of holster I am wearing if this should occure. When carring a gun there is always the possibility of an AD that might hit human tissue, including my on. We do everything we can to prevent this from happening, including a lot of training. But still we are faced with reality. AD's happen to the best of us. We should do all that we can to prevent them.
  7. WHSmithIV

    WHSmithIV Well-Known Member

    May 3, 2012
    Moore, Idaho
    I had one once years ago and it was comfortable. Sadly, it was so long ago that I don't remember who made it. The holster was nylon and easy to draw from. I only had to pay about $20 for it new (this was back in the mid 80's). I'd like to find another like it. Granted, you do need a jacket if you want to carry your 1911 concealed with a shoulder holster. A nice thing about the 1911 for drawing from a shoulder holster is that you can leave the hammer down until it is drawn then cock back the hammer to fire. Your thumb and your mind are then the safety and that is true of almost any revolver also.

    Personally, I find it difficult and uncomfortable to draw from my strong side with a concealed holster. I find it far more comfortable and faster to cross draw. But that's just me and it has to do with the bending and angle of getting my arm to draw from my strong side unless I have a holster lower than my belt which can certainly then not be concealed. A pocket automatic in my strong side front pocket isn't a problem.

    Not going to get a 1911 in the front pocket of my jeans though ;)
  8. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    I wont carry a 1911 hammer down, but everyone is different. I dont wear clothes suited to wear a shoulder rig and have never found one that is comfortable anyhow. I guess it will always be OWB for me. I do like a good thigh drop rig when I am on the range and wouldnt mind carrying there on occasion.
  9. 1911junkee

    1911junkee New Member

    Sep 3, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    The Galco "Jackass" rig is pretty hard to beat! About a hundred and thirty bucks. You get what you pay for.
  10. Double D

    Double D Administrator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2009
    North Florida
    Galco makes some great holsters and thats not a bad price for a good rig that will last a long, long time.
  11. cycloneman

    cycloneman Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2008
    I have a Galco verticle shoulder holster and it is very comfortable.

    Spend the money it is worth it.
  12. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I like that Galco vertical holster, but I was wondering if you know any places where I can get it a little cheaper.
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  14. hogger129

    hogger129 Well-Known Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    I took a look around and didn't find anywhere that has it cheaper. I think I am going to get the Galco Vertical. I have heard good things about the Miami Vice Classic as well, but I don't feel comfortable with the muzzle aimed up the way it is. The hip holster works well but it's just uncomfortable when I go to sit down or ride in the car. If I carry it at 4 o'clock, it's fine, but the grip prints badly. It's better if I carry between 3 and 4 o'clock, but then the seat belt thing gets in the way.
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2012
  15. ozo

    ozo Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2011
    Nashville TN

    Most comfortable I know of.....luv it.
    Even wear one against skin, under a t-shirt.
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