One of the most important pieces of gear that you can have, if you conceal carry, is a high-quality and comfortable shoulder holster.
There are many different types of holsters, to fit a variety of needs, and include the classic hip holster, shoulder holsters, ankle holsters, pocket holsters, and even belt holsters.
One of the most common types are shoulder holsters, and this type is what we'll be discussing in this article.
Why Choose a Shoulder Holster
Shoulder holsters are one of the most popular choices when exploring types of concealed carry holsters.
To start, belt holsters can have several downsides. They can expose the weapon, thereby defeating the most-important "concealed carry" part of the equation. In addition, they typically only hold a firearm and not additional mags, accessories, etc.
By contrast, shoulder holsters can be fully concealed and different models allow for a variety of accessory storage for items like additional firearms and multiple magazine sleeves.
In addition, another benefit is that the weapon can be drawn even when sitting down. This is a massive advantage when compared to a belt holster, that can dangle.
Popular Shoulder Holster Configurations
Shoulder holsters offer multiple configuration options to fit the person. A few common types are: single handgun, single handgun + mag holder, and dual handgun. In addition, several models offer storage for EDC accessories like matte black police handcuffs.
Why are Shoulder Holsters Good for Concealed Carry?
Shoulder holsters are perfect for concealed carry as they’re hidden from view.
Shoulder holsters also work for a multitude of different sized firearms.
What should you look for in a Shoulder Holster?
One of the most overlooked characteristics of a shoulder holster is the color. Black is recommended in order to maximize concealment, blend in, and maintain a low profile.
This is especially true for any late-night operations, such as having to defend yourself in the street at midnight. The black color blends in well with the darkness of the night and is the perfect complement to a self defense tactical pen.
Comfort is also very important. This means ensuring the material is comfortable and that the holster fits their gun.
It’s recommended to go for a holster with a somewhat universal fit shoulder holster for the type of concealed weapon you plan on carrying. In terms of what material is recommended to ensure the wearer is comfortable, nylon has been found to be extremely durable and comfortable at the same time.
The holster’s fit should be adjustable. This allows for an easiness to fix any issues that arise from it.
It’s also recommended to find a holster that’s made of a waterproof material. Nylon is typically this waterproof material as it’s often coated with a waterproof coating to make it both breathable and durable at the same time.
Lastly, the holster should be lightweight. Once again, this is another reason nylon is so commonly used. It should not be a burden to carry.
As a rule of thumb, if it’s uncomfortable to use the holster without the gun for an extended period of time, you shouldn’t use the holster.
What’s the Ideal Size for a shoulder holster?
The best size for a shoulder holster is 1.) whatever fits all the items you'd like to carry in a usable size/weight, and 2.) what fits and feels best to you.
The Under Control Tactical shoulder holster is perfect for concealed carry and includes a universal fit design that holds a single handgun and two magazine holders, making it the perfect addition to your everyday carry kit.