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Thinking of getting shoulder holster.

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by outkast23, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. outkast23


    Nov 3, 2008
    Ive been walking and starting to jog to get back in shape. I took my glock 27 one time and it was too heavy to wear on my hip holster. My shorts fell off more than usual, I have no ass. Anyways Im considering a shoulder holster but I have a few concerns. Ive seen models with the straps that go from each side of the harness down to a belt loop. My first question is how important is that strap that it is attached? I ask because I will be wearing basketball shorts,no belt. When I jog will the holster bounce off me? or will he weight of the holster/gun/spare mag and my arms keep the holster secure? Im assuming it will be ok since there are models that do not have the belt loop strap. I was thinking I could sew suspender type clips and clip them to my shorts. That also may help my shorts from falling down like they already do. Im looking at some on ebay. they less expensive models are just under $20 up to $170. Im surprised when I searched shoulder holster on gt I didnt find any results.Id appreciate any input. Thanks!
  2. NkySpike


    May 1, 2011
    For running and jogging I'm not to sure, but you might look more at the "concealed carry T-Shirts" or "concealed carry Belly Bands", that are out now...

    I would think they should hold down your gun far better then any type of shoulder holster could.

    Just my $.02
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2012

  3. Badger54

    Badger54 CLM

    Dec 16, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I have a Miami classic 2, for my Glock 19 that I use on occasion. But I am thinking of picking up a Galco lite shoulder holster for either my Glock 26 or Snubby for when I am working out or running.
  4. outkast23


    Nov 3, 2008
    hmm, anyone else got any input?
  5. series1811

    series1811 Enforcerator. CLM

    I wish I still had the three different ones I had bought and quit wearing because they were uncomfortable. I'm mail them to you if I did. :supergrin:
  6. MrGlock21


    Apr 16, 2001
    North Texas
    I only used a shoulder holster when being seated in a vehicle driving for convoy escort. I have one for the G20, picked up at a gun show, manufacturer unknown.

    For jogging I'd prefer a fanny pack or backback.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2012
  7. fortheboys


    Feb 21, 2004
    New Jersey
    I used to wear a shoulder rig while on duty. I got into several foot chases with it on and the gun fell out twice on seperate incidents. I want to say it was a miami classic. I would wear one but not for activity such as jogging. If you really wanted one for jogging, Iwould buy one that allows you to carry it vertically if there is such an item.

    Good luck
  8. may want to try a lighter gun like a kel tec or something
  9. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    The straps that attach to the belt are crucial for proper balance and help keep the pistol from drooping down.

    You are not going to be doing a lot of running in one.

    I had my Beretta holster hand made in Sarajevo during the Balkans conflict and wore it for about two an a half years. Great carry option for vehicles and tracks not so great for anything else. It's still in great shape but I have not worn it since.
  10. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    I have the Galco Miami Classic II and the only way it would work while running would be to have it strapped down. I really cannot imagine running in one. I thought it would be cool and it may be better if I were over 200lbs. I have not found a comfrotable way of wearing it and a gun with larger than a 3.5" barrel will show (unless your are over 200lbs). I really do not think Sonny wore one all of the time, just when he wanted to look cool in the office, or a shot of him drawing.

    You are really limited if you are running. A fanny pack may work, but most things strong enough to keep a G26 up is going to feel constraining. When I run, it is the only time I carry a .380. You can put a KelTec 3AT in your pocket and you will not know it is there. As the weather gets nicer, I was going to try my new Kahr PM9.
  11. Bill Lumberg

    Bill Lumberg BTF Inventor

    Jun 14, 2002
    A properly adjusted shoulder rig does not need tiedowns. They aren't great for running though, and have limited situations where they're a go-to holster. For running, you're better off with a waistpack. That said, Galco's Miami Classic, Jackass, and whatever they're calling the version the military is using set the standard for shoulder rigs.
  12. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    Maybe I did not make my point correctly. I do not tie mine down, but I cannot see anyone running hard for a long distance without tieing it down. As you move your arms back and forth the gun will flop around.
  13. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo Lifetime Newb

    I am a runner. Running and working out is the only time I ever carry in a fanny pack, and it works outstanding in that application.

    I carry a S&W 642 inside of a cheap IWB holster to cover the trigger, two reloads, my cell phone, wallet, pen and paper, and my house keys all in the pack. I LOVE it. I had tried a smart carry before as well, and it flopped around way too much and felt like it would fall off around my waist under my pants/shorts.
  14. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    Properly adjusted or not, if one side of the holster is heavier than the other it will sag. The straps are there for a reason.
  15. hikerpaddler


    Mar 1, 2001
    A quality shoulder rig, properly adjusted, will have almost zero sag or sway. Straps are for holding the gun and mag carrier up. They are the rig so to speak. Tiedowns are for folks that need help holding their pants up.
  16. syntaxerrorsix

    syntaxerrorsix Anti-Federalist CLM

    Oct 3, 2000
    Lakeland, FL.
    After years of daily carry with all manner of available shoulder holsters I'm just going to disagree and keep my mouth shut :supergrin:
  17. PghJim


    Apr 21, 2005
    I bet you look really cool when you take your jacket off.
  18. Travclem

    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    I carry a G22 and 2 extra mags in a Galco MCII when I ride my motor scooter. I like the shoulder holster but it's not for every day for me, I prefer IWB.

    FWIW in my experience, tie downs really speed up the draw, and make the holster fell more stable.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012
  19. Blackhawk2001


    Mar 22, 2012
    I don't run anymore, but I do bicycle. I wear a pair of 5.11 shorts with a rigger's belt and a Blade-Tech Undercover IWB holster. I would dis-recommend the "concealed carry" t-shirts. The one I had was too big for my G27 and it tended to fall out even when worn under body armor. Without heavy modification, I wouldn't count on it holding a G27 securely for any form of exercise.
  20. rahrah12


    Sep 15, 2008
    I use a Miami Classic 2. I wear it high and tight but couldn't imagine doing any extended running with it.

    It would flop around and move around too much for me.