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    Shoulder holster...give me the the good , bad and the ugly info

    Well winter is coming...well as much as we get here in north Florida. At least I can wear a light jacket or a flannel shirt over a t shirt in the cooler weather. I have been thinking about buying a shoulder holster for my Glock 43. Never used one before and being a round old man of almost 250 pounds, I wonder how comfortable they are. My funds are limited but I know a cheap one will not be worth the time of day to even thing about. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    https://www.kangaroocarry.com/collec...andgun-holster

    I use the Air Marshall version oh the Kangaroo Carry for my G 43 or G19. Very comfortable and can be worn right against the skin on very warm days. But expect the pistol to be sweaty if you are exerting yourself in warm weather.

    I also have an Alien Gear shape shifter shoulder holster for colder weather when I know I won't be taking my coat off. It's good heavy leather but under a coat you might as well just put it on you hip if the coat is long enough.

    Pros and cons, for my use, the Kangaroo is more comfortable and far less expensive than the Alien Gear.
    But the Kangaroo only carries the pistol in a vertical position where the AG is adjustable.
    The Kangaroo Air Marshall version I have holds either my G19 or My G 43, the AG requires different kydex shells for different pistols so more expense.

    In the end, I've had the AG for 2 years and just tried the Kangaroo this year and go to it because I wear it under lighter clothing. Even riding my bikes both pedal and motorcycle. I still use the AG for on the hip or IWB use but that tends to just in colder weather now when I wear more clothing.

    As always, YMMV

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    I have tried multiple shoulder holsters over the years - it never works for me.

    One - the side with the gun always ends up pulling my collar/shirt neck - towards that direction.

    The only one that ever really worked for me was a Glock 26 with 2 seventeen round mags on the other side. By not balancing the weight (gun is usually heavier than the mag side), that neck/collar thing was worse. And, it gave me shoulder pain if not balances.

    I don't know how women wear bras all the time. My shoulders would start hurting after 10 min usually.

    After numerous tries, I have given up...

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    I tried on a couple my friend has....both rather expensive leather rigs that were very nice, but like shipwreck, I did not like the tug to one side. I'll still look around but looks like my IWB will continue to be my EDC holster.

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    If I am wearing cover clothing like an untucked shirt or jacket I use a holster that sits outside the pant and behind the belt. The original Galco JAK was the first holster I started doing this with. With a short barrel like a 26 or 43 it’s easy to conceal and way more comfortable than IWB for me (I take up all the room in my pants and bigger pants just encourages expansion) :-)

    The Galco JAK doesn’t have retention so it’s a pain when you want to loosen your belt - naturally wants to flip over and dump the gun. So I’ve been searching for a replacement. Right now, to my surprise Glock’s cheap holster is working pretty good. Only used it a few times after someone threw it in with some magazines I bough from them.


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    The JAX is now out of production....exactly from the reason you gave....no retention. I have a kydex holster for my 43x...works great...except in a car or sitting down in a restaurant booth. This is why I thought a shoulder holster would be better. Belly band would not work on me....unless they make one in a size "Killer Whale"! chest T shirt might, but have to wash it every night would be a PITA, so not looking there. The search continues.....

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    I purchased a Galco Miami Classic II shoulder holster last year to use with my Glock 23 and 27 and I liked it so much, I hated when the weather warmed up and I had to stop using it!
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    I have one of the old Jackass rigs, (now Galco Miami Classic). I bought it new about 35 years ago. When I bought it I was carrying a S&W 645 with two magazines and handcuffs. When Glocks came out I switched to a Gen-1 17. All I had to do was change the holster and the mag carrier.

    The good.

    Made from quality leather, comfortable, adjustable, lots of options and accessories. Everything you need is in one rig. No separate action like putting each item on a belt and adjusting each time. Less chance of printing.

    The bad.

    Expensive. It was almost $200.00 back then.

    Once you put it on, you can’t take it off without someone seeing it unless you’re in private. In today’s society there are places you can’t carry and a lot of holsters are designed to clip on and off of a belt.

    The cross draw action must be practiced. One hazard is sweeping someone while drawing. My department allowed their use, but when it came time to qualify they were not allowed on the range. Another is if you’re close to a subject and they see you reaching to draw, they could push you against a wall and trap your arm and prevent you from drawing.

    Even more expensive now.

    When someone asks you who made your holster and you say Jackass, they think you’re calling them names. When I found out the name had been changed to Galco I asked the store I bought it from why they changed their name. He said that the company rep said that they couldn’t keep a secretary who would pick up the phone and answer every call with “Jackass”.

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