A great many shoulder holsters are designed for concealment, some only to cover and casually hide the weapon, and others not meant for concealed use at all
One of the most popular concealed carries is the shoulder holster. But saying â€œthe shoulder holsterâ€ is misleading, since there is such a wide variety of shoulder holster styles.
The purpose of a shoulder holster is to suspend the weight of a gun more or less evenly to both sides of the body. That may be the idea, but it doesnâ€™t always work that way and largely depends on the design of the shoulder holster and the shoulder holsterâ€™s intended purpose.
THE BEST SHOULDER HOLSTER YOUâ€™LL ALMOST NEVER SEE
Concealed-carry holsters of various types each have their own virtues. For example, a type of concealed-carry holster very rarely seen these days, yet one that is ideal for carrying small-frame revolvers andâ€”from one makerâ€”traditional and non-traditional medium-frame automatics, is the upside-down shoulder holster. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™m missing someone; but, to the best I can recall, only Null Holsters and Alessi Holsters still offer them. And, the work of both makers is uniformly excellent.
With these smaller guns in holsters that position the gunbutt pointing rearward and under a loose-fitting garment (but, not ridiculously so), the gun is essentially invisible. The garment can be an ordinary sport coat, suit jacket, bomber jacket, windbreaker or even a loose-fitting sweatshirt. Aside from concealability, if you have your hand on the gunbutt (which can actually sometimes be done without drawing too much attention), I canâ€™t think of a faster shoulder holster type.
NOTE: This is an excerpt from a recent issue of Gun World magazine.
By Jerry Ahern
Photos by Sharon Ahern