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As I mentioned somewhere, I do enjoy this time of year.

Every year around this time our weather drops out of the 90s and 100s and it gets cool enough to wear a shirt over my t-shirt. That means the shoulder holsters get pulled out and put to use and as usual, I find them to be the most comfortable of all the various holstered carry options I have. The first one this season was carrying one of my Colt 1903s in a small size Bianchi X15 holster. It's perfect size for the Colt 1903 or my Beretta 81 but still too big for the next smaller size like my Sig P230 or Walther PP or PPKs or my Bernardellis. For the smaller mid-size handguns I have an old Brauer Brothers and I've been using that with my East German Makarov. The Brauer Brothers is a spring loaded split front design like the Bianchis, vertical carry holster. Even though it got to be at least 30 or 40 years old now the spring still holds the guns securely. The only issue is that the cross shoulder strap is just canvass and not elastic and so I need to adjust it again most every year. It must shrink when not used cause it seems every year I need to let it out a bit. For my larger handguns I have a medium Bianchi X15 but sometimes I want to carry my snub nose revolvers or my even smaller micro sized semi-automatics and then a horizontal carry holster works well. Then I switch to my old Bianchi 215 rig which is a suede thumb break horizontal.

So for the next few months I'll try to pull each of the oldies out of storage and let them get out and about. I imagine it will take me the normal day or two to get used to a horizontal rig as it seems to every year. Even though I only use it with my snub nose wheelies that have a fairly heavy double action trigger or the small micro semis that also have a heavy initial trigger (I do not carry my LCP or other light trigger no extra safety handguns in a horizontal rig). I realize that is likely pretty silly since I have no issue carrying any of my smaller guns holstered in a pants pocket but there is just something about knowing that the muzzle is pointed at everyone behind me all the time and that when I draw I have to sweep about a quarter of the room that takes a conscious effort and some time to overcome.
 
It sounds like you have a number of very cool pistols/old school classic holster combinations.

Given the sweeping issue and lack of speed of presentation relative to AIWB/IWB/OWB strongside carry, I could never get comfortable with a shoulder holster. I fully understand that body type/body issues/vehicle choices/job constraints etc. may make a shoulder holster something to consider.
 

nortac

"Can't Raise an Eyebrow"
^ This. I myself could not get comfortable with shoulder holster carry, despite the cool factor, ala Dirty Harry or 007.
 
I tried watching Dirty Harry a few times but don't think I ever got through it. And the only James Bond movie remember watching all the way through was the 1967 Casino Royale starring David Niven and Woody Allen as James Bond. I did enjoy Bullitt but thought the Bianchi holster McQueen wore in that kinda scary. Might try one someday though.

On printing though, it really is only an issue with the horizontal format; with the vertical style holster the muzzle is pointed at the ground even when drawing and until presentation.

I find pocket carry the most comfortable but slowest to presentation, shoulder holster the next most comfortable and the OWB. I've never found an IWB set up that was comfortable or worked regardless of which handgun was involved.
 

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The Instigator
Miss my old 1980s Safariland holster that held a 4" K-frame Smith upside down - rather, barrel-up - under your left arm.

You could draw it in a flash out from under a zippered jacket. Magic!

They quit making it; sometimes see on the bay for high prices. Sweat-dirt stained as it was soft leather ... can't believe I tossed mine.


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Miss my old 1980s Safariland holster that held a 4" K-frame Smith upside down - rather, barrel-up - under your left arm.

You could draw it in a flash out from under a zippered jacket. Magic!

They quit making it; sometimes see on the bay for high prices. Sweat-dirt stained as it was soft leather ... can't believe I tossed mine.


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Nevada Gun Leather still makes one.
 
For the last few days I've been using the old Bianchi 215 with the smaller holster and my Charter Arms Undercover with the DAO spurless hammer. This is the first year I've used this setup, until just a few months ago it still had the spur hammer installed. The little revolver holster works well with guns like my Smith 642 and old Centennial Lemon Squeezer but I was not sure if it would hold the Undercover securely but it's great. I have the rig set up so it's tilted just slightly barrel up, not a full upside down but not pure horizontal either.

As expected I was uncomfortable when I first pulled the rig out of storage but within just a few minutes this year it all felt normal. The holster has a multiple position thumb break snap so I can even use it with the Detective Special although the slightly larger next size up holster is more comfortable with the larger snubby.
 
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