Originally posted by YooperSigs: Andrews Leather Monarch would be my choice if I was going shoulder holster.
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Originally posted by Marlin Fan: I’m looking recommendations for the P226. Thank you very much!
Wondering why you want to use a shoulder holster. I,have,been taught that are a several tactical issues With a shoulder holster as a CCW method. IMHO its not the best holster to CCW unless you spend most of your time sitting /driving, hunting / hiking open carry or are operating in restrictive spaces where a gun on the belt/thigh would represent a snag hazard...
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I would second (no, I’d “third” it as someone else already seconded ) the Andrews Monarch suggestion and would offer something slightly different from Galco: their Jackass rig. I carried a P229 in a Galco Jackass shoulder holster and it worked very well.
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I'd recommend trying before you buy. You are probably going to find a 226 in a shoulder rig is heavy, uncomfortable, and harder to hide than you expect. I'm not anti shoulder holster for certain specific roles, but outside of those pretty specific situations they kind of suck.
I do have a Kirkpatrick shoulder rig for a p365 that I like a fair bit for road trips where I'm going to be seated for extended periods or when I'm wearing a suit where a gunbelt is absolutely out of the question. The drawback is that then I can't remove the jacket.
I shoulder carry most of the time and it's not concealment problem under the shirt. Goes to always wear a button/snap top. My summer wear shirts are now mostly concealment shirts from the "Im not an LEO" makers. Yeah, those plaids are a dead giveaway.
Now, is the draw slower, sure. Other than getting carjacked - where you are 95% the lead car at a light - you just use the gas pedal FIRST. Most of the victims had the window down door unlocked in condition white. Inside the ring roads of a metro, wrong defensive posture.
As for needing to draw quickly it's a trained and conditioned response to an attack, goes to ignoring the "wrong place wrong time" rule which addresses most of that up front, add some situational awareness and it's mostly taken care of. Unbutton shirt when approaching and go tropical.
The anticipated need for a sub 2 second draw is an indicator somebody is violating wrong place wrong time. Place gun in pocket in the hand.
The shoulder holster should be an X strap arrangement in the back, NOT a cross strap around the rib cage which causes exposure via the enhanced man boob look. I have those and they are kinda hot in the summer, you can't unbutton. I added a neoprene left shoulder strap to a Blackhawk Stache IWB and its testing out well, Brauer Bros style, no stitching.
Goes to: the older leather guys perfected these long ago, but aren't moving into the next generation, which will leave them behind in the shoulder holster market badly. We need ventilated support with minimum hardware - OMG I picked up a chest harness to mod and it's got buckles, keepers etc that would set off a radar gun just driving by - and using a kydex holster for retention is much better than some wadded up mess of soft nylon. Right now it's $100+ for a pro leather holster or accept substandard in an X carry style.
Skip Ritchie ( Ritchie gunleather) makes a great one. It is called the field master I think. It actuallly holds the gun vertical, and as you grab the gun and draw the holster body swivels. Skip makes great holsters and is an A+ guy I know personally
For certain people body types or circumstances shoulder holsters have a place for sure. No holster type/ carry method fits all. I for one can’t tolerate appendix carry which seems to be what all the cool kids are doing these days.
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