How to wear your concealed carry holster goes a long way in determining how well it is concealed. There are reasons for carrying a concealed carry holster. You obviously want to have the gun with you but have it hidden discreetly. While armed officers can wear concealed carry holsters and have their guns showing, the same cannot happen for an armed civilian.
In fact, most states require civilians to obtain a concealed carry license. There are restrictions on where to carry your gun.
Shoulder carry holsters remain one of the most common ways for a safe concealed carry. These holsters have been around for years now. And, the good news is that they offer real benefits to people that sit or drive a lot. A holster that is placed high in the body is a lot safer and quicker to draw.
However, many people still face challenges wearing a shoulder holster properly. You need to understand how to fit, wear and use a shoulder holster properly. In this post, we will look at ways to wear a concealed carry shoulder holster properly.
How to wear a shoulder holster?
NB: Before getting your shoulder carry holster, make sure you comply with gun laws in your state and have a concealed carry permit.
Choosing a shoulder rig
Different shoulder rigs come with different features. You need to consider these features and choose a shoulder rig that best matches your handgun. Some rigs feature a detachable holster while others feature non-detachable holsters.
Non-detachable rigs allow for easy carrying of different handguns on the same gun. There are also rigs that allow for adjustment of the holster angle. This means you can holster your gun at 45 degrees as opposed to vertical or horizontal.
You can also choose rigs with single or double straps. Rigs with double straps are considered more durable and long-lasting.
Lastly, you need to consider the material quality with leather being the most popular. This is because it is more comfortable, durable and long-lasting.
Fitting the holster
The shoulder holster needs a proper fitting on your shoulders to serve its purpose well. You need to leave out the handgun and magazine before wearing the holster. Raise your right-hand arm and slide the holster before doing the same to the left hand. Fitting a shoulder strap is more like wearing a jacket.
Next, you need to adjust the cross pad position on your back. The pad position should neither be too high or too low. Make sure the cross pad is approximately 6 inches below the neck. This ensures the rig is comfortable and not too sloppy.
You also need to position the shoulder pads high on the shoulders and next to the neck. The straps should also be adjusted to fit just right. Make sure they are not too tightly or too loose.
Lastly, you need to walk around looking through a mirror to ensure the holster fits just right. You need to walk comfortably without the straps causing any impediment. Make some adjustments if necessary to ensure the holster fits comfortably.
Holstering the gun and magazine
Once the shoulder rig is fitted, the next step is to holster the handgun and magazine. A proper holstering ensures a quick and comfortable draw. Next, adjust the holster to fit just below the armpit. The general rule is usually 2 inches below the armpit.
The position of the gun needs to be on the dominant hand side. You can try drawing to find the right position for the gun and mag. Having both the mag and gun holstering balances the shoulder rig and makes you feel comfortable.
The gun can be holstered in a vertical or horizontal position depending on your situation. If you’re looking for a quick draw, the horizontal position is the best. However, it poses a threat to people behind you. The vertical position is safe for persons around you but difficult to draw.
Lastly, you need to practice holstering and drawing your gun several times. This helps you master the process and ensure every setup is comfortable and safe. However, make sure the gun is empty when practicing.
Concealing the holster
Up to this stage, your gun is safely holstered but not concealed. First, make sure to select the top rated holster for concealed carry, HolsterAddict.com have a great article covered in-depth about that subject that you might want to check out. Next, you need to choose a preferred garment cover. In most cases, a jacket is an ideal cover to conceal your holster. Choose a lightweight design jacket that will not press against the gun. You don’t want a tight jacket that will clearly show the gun prints.
The jacket needs to be fully open or half-open to allow for a quick draw. If you have to zip or button the jacket, leave a small opening at the gun level.
In conclusion, wearing a concealed shoulder holster should not be difficult if you follow these simple steps. Make sure the rig is well fitted and the holster feels comfortable.