Should You Use a Shoulder Holster?

shoulder holster

Shoulder holsters seem a bit old school these days. You don't see them around much. Well, that's sort of the idea, if someone is carrying properly you won't see them.

They do have some good uses. If you do a lot of driving, a shoulder holster will give you much better access to your weapon. Another point the video below mentions is that if you have to get up in the middle of the night do to a strange sound, a shoulder holster is easy to slip on over your pajamas or nothing.

You don't want to skimp on your shoulder holster. It will cause you a lot of discomfort if you go cheap. The video below mentions the Galco Brand. These wear well and will work the way you need them to when you need it.

There are some things you need to know about drawing and reholster your pistol with shoulder holsters. We found a video that explains it well. Make sure you get training on this before you try it live.

Check out the video and let us know what you think about shoulder holsters in the comments.


  1. Larry Sawyer says:

    I do like shoulder holster carry for many of the reasons mentioned in the video but prefer vertical carry verses horizontal because of muzzle discipline. With horizontal carry you are continually muzzle sweeping in a direction you are not watching or in control of. Your point on the use of the free hand is very informative especially in regards to not sweeping your own arm in the act of drawing.

    • I have had the same question and concern about horizontal carry in a shoulder rig. But vertical looks very awkward and potentially slower for drawing. I haven’t seen or heard much about having it adjusted so your gun is at about a 45° angle. This would reduce the muzzle sweep issue greatly, except for someone immediately behind you and very close ( sorry, person behind me on the crowded elevator) and would give a much more natural, smooth draw. Any feed back from more experienced shoulder rig users?

  2. Scott Swart says:

    Another reason I found that a shoulder rig is good. If you have lower back problems, you sometimes get very sensitive hips. The shoulder rig takes that problem out of the picture.

  3. Pastor Dave says:

    At this time in my life I’m having shoulder problems. I can carry concealed on the hip at the 3 o’clock position, but no further back because it can hurt my shoulder badly. Carrying on my hip is hard to conceal and I have to wear very baggy T-shirts in the summer to conceal it decently enough. The shoulder holster I used to use while wearing my model 10 S&W snubby when I was a deputy, and I was comfortable with it. It the cost that keeps me from purchasing it. Hopefully, before summer is over, I’ll perhaps be able to afford one. You really do get what you pay for in most cases, and this is one of those. ~ Pastor Dave, The Patriot’s Pastor

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