The shoulder holster is another common method for concealed carry. Most shoulder holsters are extremely comfortable and distribute the weight of the gun across your shoulders. I always love when it gets cold so I can wear my jacket and shoulder holster more. Many offerings also usually come with a double magazine pouch standard.
- One of the most comfortable methods, rivals OWB holsters. With a quality carry rig and much adjusting, the shoulder holster will distribute the weight of the gun so well you will forget you are carrying.
- No gun belt needed. Are you wearing a weak dress belt that’s not strong enough to hold up your gun? Not a problem with the shoulder holster.
- Extremely quick and easy draw. Assuming your jacket is open, the shoulder holster will rival any method on draw speed.
- Must be wearing a jacket for true concealed carry. If you try to wear the shoulder holster with only a shirt there will be very obvious printing.
- Wearing a jacket zipped or buttoned can hinder drawing speed significantly. If you were using a different carry method (like IWB) the zipped jacket could simply be lifted up to reveal the gun. With a shoulder holster, you will need to unzip or unbutton the jacket.
For shoulder holster carry I normally either carry my Springfield Operator 1911 (full size) or Glock 30. With a thick jacket the full size 1911 is hidden fairly well. I also have a shoulder holster for my S&W .460 Magnum (8 3/8″ barrel), but that is definitely not something easy to conceal.