Using shoulder holster

How to use a shoulder holster

A shoulder holster is a convenient way to carry a pistol, especially if you spend most of your time sitting.  The holster cliff there gives you the ability to fasten the belts so they fit different body sizes. 

The best shoulder holster performs two functions: for holstering your gun and for one or two magazines. Isn’t that amazing?

Two holsters on both arms give you a sense of balancing on the strap and distribute the weights across your shoulders.

However, shoulder holstering requires methodological procedures to avoid an unplanned hazard. It will help if you give your optimum attention while using a shoulder holster, as it is only paramount that you follow due process.

We will be discussing three parts required in shoulder holstering.


Fitting the holster

Wear the empty holster cliff while you leave the cargo out of gear until you have carefully tightened it. Slide-in each of your arms in the holster rope like you are wearing a backpack, and make sure the crossed strap goes in the back correctly while making sure your pistol or magazines stays under your arms.

  • Input one arm inside the loop at a time and slide the strap to the top. Then take the gear behind you and put your other arm. 
  • Slide each arm into the loop at intervals, then lift the cross-section above your head and slide your arms through the rest all at the same time.

Make sure the belts cross above the middle of your shoulder

Shift the entire rig upward If you have to, so that the straps can cross just under your neck. This is an ideal posture to keep the holster cliff balanced and distribute the weights evenly across your shoulders. 

  • Ensure the straps lay flat over your shoulders and upper back so that they are not lopsided.
  • Did your holster cliff come with a shoulder pad? Good, that’s an added advantage to your convenience. Now ensure they are placed front-to-back, high up on your shoulders close to your neck.

Modify the holster cliff, so they are rigid against your body

The pad should stay close to your body. Fasten the belts, so they do not dangle around your body when you move your body. Locate the central region between the straps if you notice it’s too tight and causes discomfort when moving. 

  • You may not attain perfection when using a shoulder holster for the first time so, pay attention to how it feels as time goes on and adjust where it is necessary.
  • The best way to attempt this is to stand in front of a full-length mirror and move around in different directions. Check if the holster moves around or stays tight to one place.
  • Also, take notice of the pad’s comfortability during your movements. 


Your gun or magazine holstering

Every shoulder holster has minor differences depending on the manufacturing company’s tastes, especially when it comes to positioning. So, if the holster can quickly move along the belt, then move it close to your armpit. Ensure it is slightly ahead of your arm.

  • Some holster gears won’t allow you to move the holster at all, so you will need to deal with it wherever it sits.
  • While most holster rigs have different holsters for guns and magazines, if this is the case, all you need to do is move the magazine holster up near your armpit. 
  • Additionally, some holsters detach from the pad, which gives you the freedom to put it on either side of your arms based on your choice. You can place it under your right arm if you are a left-handed shooter and vice-versa. 

Adjusting the holster angles

Holsters are typically positioned horizontally, or the gun butt angled up or down. Position your holster angle in the best position that is comfortable for you if it moves. However, the most accessible place to draw your gun is the horizontal one.

  • You may not necessarily discover the best position to holster until it is time to draw your pistol so, no rushing.

Secure the gun and the magazine into their respective holsters

It is time to fill your holsters once everything is adjusted right in place. Ensure your holster Is at the other side of your shooting hand. Place the gun in the holster and the magazines in its holster as well. 

  • Most of the holsters place the magazine holster opposite the gun holster to balance your shoulders’ weight.


Concealing your shoulder holster

  1. Wearing a loose jacket

You can wear a jacket to conceal shoulder holsters, except you intentionally want people to see them. Ensure the jacket is loose enough to not bulge out hence creating suspicion. And to also prevent it from pressing the holstered gun tightly.

  • Lose the jacket buttons to open occasionally

Don’t wear your jacket all buckled, zipped, or buttoned up since a shoulder holster’s essence is to access your pistol easily should the need arise. Ensure your jacket is opened at the gun level even if the front is buttoned up. An all-tight coat with a shoulder holster and gun in it will not even make you comfortable so, create a little yet concealed space for you and your holster’s convenience. 

  • Occasionally practice drawing your gun

It may feel funny and exciting, yet strange if it is your first time wearing a shoulder holster. Constantly practice drawing your gun when you are at home or in a secure environment. Ensure you do the practice with all the jackets you usually wear. 


Avoid carrying a concealed weapon if you don’t have a permit

To avoid putting yourself under legal penalty, always carry your concealed holster and pistol with a permit. Do not wear a jacket over your holster without your ticket in hand. Minor mistakes can lead to crime escalation.