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1911 Vertical Shoulder Holster

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  • Premium steerhide holster and magazine carrier
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  • Vertical double magazine carrier with secure flaps for autos

Buyer's Guide: 1911 Vertical Shoulder Holster

Are All 1911 Vertical Shoulder Holsters The Same?

Choosing an 1911 vertical should not be a problem. It just depends on what you are looking for. Since there are many models available in the market, you may come up short on finding the one that is right for you. So to help you choose the right one here are some of the things you should consider.

First is to measure the length of your arm from the elbow to the bottom of your shoulder. The measurement of this number is called the "zero angle". If your arm is shorter than zero, your choice of a pistol will also be shorter than what you need. And this is why usually set out to get the perfect 1911 vertical shoulder holster for yourself. Look mostly for a good fit and comfort for your handgun when making selections. Also there are many different models of leather holster on the market, mainly because they tend to be a little more comfortable than Kydex holster on your ribs.

Secondly, you should decide whether to choose a " Concealed carry" or an " Open Carry" model. Concealed carry models are usually less comfortable and easier to use. Open carriers on the other hand are easier to sight in, but may not be as comfortable to carry around especially if you don't have the belt on. Also keep in mind that an "open carrier" is usually only allowed with pistols since guns are kept in the holster until you are ready to use them.

Third is the width of the frame at the shoulder. Choose a model that has a proper grip. A lot of older models that don't have a proper grip will be more difficult to hold onto and most likely will not stay on your gun. If you choose an open carrier, make sure the pistol is placed against the front of your hips. An open carrier will also be more likely to move around on your belt. Also, look at how wide the bottom of the barrel is versus the rest of the gun to determine if it is the proper length.

Fourth is the fit of the vertical shoulder holster. Make sure that it will fit into your pants. The pants size and the belt size will determine the size that will fit best. There are many different styles of pants, such as the skinny jeans type. Also you can get cargo pants, regular pants, etc. Choose something that fits your body type.

Fifth, you will want to look at the stitching. Look for a holster that has double stitching on the butt end and a single stitching on the leather shoulder strap. Double stitching is more durable, which means it will last longer, especially if you have it in a soft leather.

Sixth, you want to look at the retention method. Some holsters have a thumb brake, or snap, to keep your handgun secure on your belt. Some have an attached snap, which snaps on when you put your hand in the trigger. Both are good options, and your choice should depend on what you prefer.

Finally, the size of the nylon holster that you choose will be determined by the size of your gun. Your pistol should be able to handle a reasonable amount of weight. Nylon, although incredibly strong, cannot be used as the sole carrier, meaning the gun will not be as stable if you carry it with your shoulder rig. The nylon holster should be used to supplement your shoulder rig and not replace it.

There are some cons associated with all of these different types of holsters. One con is the sheer amount of printing that is done. If you don't like a lot of printing on your gun, then these may not be the best option for you. Also, most of these are fairly big, and thus take up quite a bit of space when folded down. If you're not going to be carrying your gun in a small space, then this isn't a great choice for you.

A second con to consider is the overall durability of the vertical single magazine carrier. These are typically made of a heavy duty polyester/lexan fabric that is susceptible to tearing and wear. However, the extra wear and tear makes the pouch itself stronger, meaning it is less likely to rupture before it has a chance to do any good to your firearm.

The final con we'll discuss is the lack of metal snap on the front of the holster. This can really be a big issue for some people, especially those who are used to carrying guns with a heavier build. Because of the lack of metal snaps on the front, many times the lighter the handgun the more easily the gun can be jerked out of your hand. A good solution to this is to purchase a leather retention strap for your holster. A leather retention strap will prevent the handgun from being forcefully removed from your hand, while still allowing the gun to be gripped by your fingers. This makes a significant improvement over the lack of metal snaps on the outside of a typical vertical single magazine carrier.