Shoulder Holsters Overview and Top Choices

Shoulder holsters are a special type of harness designed to carry around one or more firearms and/or supplementary ammunition. The typical shoulder gun holster is usually designed with an ambidextrous approach, allowing customers to utilize it accordance to their hand preference (right or left).

In addition to this feature, most concealed carry shoulder holsters are also adjustable in nature, catering for a wide spectrum of users.

The preferred inbuilt adjustable feature is usually equipped with multiple points of adjustment, making the gun shoulder holster as versatile as possible – not to mention, the same user may find it very convenient to modify these adjustment points in accordance to changes in body size and shape.

Adjustable thumb breaks are usually a major advantage and another top reason why many people turn to concealed carry shoulder holsters. This important feature determines the different types of firearms that can be holstered by simply making the necessary adjustments to the thumb break.

The shoulder harness makes the perfect choice for a wide range of customers, including members of the special service units such as policemen and military personnel, as well as regular members of the concealed carry community whose attire permits the same. In other words, regular clients who wear jackets, blazers and other similar clothing on top of the regular clothing, would find a concealed shoulder holster the perfect and most comfortable holster to carry on a daily basis.

Most revolver shoulder holsters are made from either heavy duty nylon or premium quality cow hide. The choice of material depends fundamentally upon the user in particular, with most clients who prefer to “break in” the holster choosing leather, models, while others who are keen about comfort from the start choosing a nylon-based shoulder harness.


The Best Shoulder Holsters

The shoulder holster for  concealed carry users are also designed with multiple variations in the design with some being horizontal, vertical, leather, single or double holsters, among other types. The following are a few of the top quality concealed shoulder holsters currently available on the market:


1. Deluxe Universal Horizontal Shoulder Holster

The Deluxe Horizontal Holster is a light weight and durable harness, with a tactical appearance that adds a touch of quality and appeal to this model. The design of this holster caters for ease of use, as well as for left or right handed carry.

The Deluxe holster is engineered for optimum comfort, boosted by the presence of padded shoulders that are designed to distribute the weight of the firearm and ammunition adequately, allowing users to go through their daily routines without headaches or constant reminder of its presence.

This adjustable holster features two mag pouches that complement the fully lined holster. Furthermore, the soft lining of the holster keeps your firearm in perfect condition and prevents any tarnishing of the finish.


2. VISM Ambidextrous Horizontal Shoulder Holster

VISM by NcStar Ambidextrous Horizontal Shoulder Holster with Double Magazine Holder, Black (CV2909)
  • Ambidextrous shoulder holster for pistols
  • Adjustable for right- or left-handed draw
  • Double magazine holder attaches to harness
  • Adjustable thumb break; tie-down straps
  • Double thumb break snaps for pistol security

vism shoulder holsterThe VISM Horizontal Shoulder Holster is ambidextrous in nature, giving users the chance to select left or right handed draw options without any hassle.

This custom shoulder holster comes fitted with two magazine pouches for added ammo support and back up. In addition, the adjustable thumb break adds diversity to the range of firearms that can be carried.

Special tie-down straps are available for added support and stability of the holster. This is particularly important while running, jumping and other rough activities. Further stability is added to this tactical shoulder holster, thanks to the presence of double thumb break snaps, which also guarantee optimum pistol security.


3. Tactical Cross Draw Holster

Generic Tactical Cross Draw Shoulder Holster--BLACK
  • Concealed design with horizontal carry right hand cross-draw holster with attached spare magazine carrier.
  • Double Mag Pouch is attached to the right side so you'll never run out of ammo.
  • Fully adjustable belt loops, harness and Pouch.
  • Made of Ballistic Polycloth.
  • Belt Not Included*

Tactical Cross DrawThis very affordable horizontal carry crossdraw concealed holster has fully adjustable belt loops, harness, and pouch. That’s one if it’s main selling points — often calling “endlessly adjustable”. This caveat makes the Tactical Cross Draw Shoulder Holster appealing to men and women of size who might have trouble with others in the past.

In some cases, the belt straps may be a little short if you plan to stretch the holster to the limit. There’s an included double magazine pouch for additional rounds.

Made of ballistic polycloth, this holster is durable and resilient, helping the firearm stay secure no matter what strenuous activity you’re taking part in. For a price tag of under $20 that makes it easy on your wallet, it’s hard not to take a chance on this shoulder harness.

4. The Galco Jackass Rig Shoulder System

Galco Jackass Rig Shoulder System for 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, para, Springfield (Havana, Right-Hand)
  • Made using the finest materials
  • Used by law enforcement, military, and citizens alike
  • Tested for durability and quality
  • 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield
  • 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield

Galco has developed a shoulder system that is customized to fit different semiautomatic pistols. The Galco Jackass Shoulder System itself offers a horizontal holster that can be modified to a more diagonal carry position, connected to the harness with their patented swivel connectors. The harness offers excellent concealment options, outstanding adjustment, and unrivaled comfort. Included is the holster, harness, ammo carrier, and screws.

For: Glock 17, 20, 21, 22, 31
– 1911 5-Inch Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield
– Beretta 92F/FS
– Sig Sauer P226, P220
and More

The Galco Miami Classic and Miami Classic II Shoulder System are holsters created prior to the Jackass Rig system that have tremendous value, great pricing, and should not be overlooked. They also come customized for a larger variety of handguns than the Jackass Rig system offers.


Leather Shoulder Holsters

Leather shoulder holsters are often crafted from the finest quality of premium cowhide. The durability of leather is unquestioned, not to mention the classy touch that is attributed to it. The truth about leather holsters is that the first few wears may be somewhat uncomfortable, given the extremely durable and robust nature of premium cowhide.

Nevertheless, the leather holster is by far one (if not) the best shoulder holster on the market because once “broken in” you can expect it to last a lifetime with very little maintenance required overtime.

In addition, as time passes the leather molds to the contours of your body making easier to carry around comfortably. Both horizontal and vertical leather holster models are available, providing sufficient leverage for customers with different preferences.  Furthermore, these leather holsters fit snugly under any jacket or coat with no giveaway signs of packing a concealed carry. The following are a few examples of such leather shoulder holsters.


1. Bianchi X15 Shoulder Holster

Bianchi, X15 Plain Tan Shoulder Holster, Plain Tan, Right Hand, Size 04
  • Full grain leather, Plain Tan finish
  • Detachable retainer strap
  • Fully adjustable soft leather harness that adjusts to a 48" chest

Bianchi X15 Shoulder HolsterThe Bianchi X15 is the prototype of vertical leather shoulder holster that delivers stability and security to your weapon without affecting the speed of draw. Crafted using premium quality full grain cowhide, this vertical holster is specifically designed to accommodate your large to medium sized firearms.

Added to this is the presence of a dual spring closure mechanism that guarantees further security and stability of the firearm.  The overall design of the harness allows for adequate weight distribution and comfort.

In addition, this adjustable revolver shoulder holster caters for chest sizes of up to 48 inches, making it ideal for practically everyone with this chest size or smaller.


2. Triple K Deluxe Leather Shoulder Holster

If you are looking to upgrade your holster collection with exceptionally classic models, then the Triple K Deluxe Leather Shoulder Holster is just what you need. More than just an additional piece of accessory, this model stands out as a military grade and battle tested, custom shoulder holster that is a fast horizontal draw without spring or tension screws.

Like any other shoulder holster review that you may come across, the leather shoulder holster is a key model that is always mentioned. It’s very famous for its high-quality, handcrafted leather to fit your handgun and comes with a dual pouch and dual harness with snap closures.


3. Gould & Goodrich Gold Line Shoulder Holster

Gould & Goodrich 804-G17 Gold Line Shoulder Holster (Chestnut Brown) Fits GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35, 39
  • Fits GLOCK 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35, 39
  • Made in USA
  • Top Grain Vegetable Tanned Genuine Leather from the World's Best Tanners

Gould & Goodrich Gold Line Shoulder HolsterIf you own any model Glock, you’d be hard pressed to ignore the Gould & Goodrich 804-G17 and Gould & Goodrich 804-G20 models shoulder holsters.  Coming in either black or chestnut brown leather, these are fully adjustable and include a back swivel to assist the straps lay as flat as possible so they aren’t obvious to the public.

Can easily be worn under a thicker jacket or coat. You can include extra ammo in the double carrier. The shoulder strap thickness is a minor cause for concern but there are no overriding complaints about them failing over time.


For: Glock 17, 19, 22, 23, 31, 32, 34, 35, 39
– Glock 20, 21, 29, 30, 36.
– Sig P225, P226, P228, P245
– Beretta 92 Compact, 92 Centurion, 92D
and More


Vertical Shoulder Holster

As mentioned earlier in this shoulder holster review, the vertical shoulder holster constitutes one of the many different models of shoulder holsters available in the firearm accessories industry. The main reason for its classification is due to the orientation of the firearm and holster, which lie vertically alongside the lateral aspect of the torso. The vertical holster is a very common and preferred model since most users find it easier to conceal under a coat or jacket.

In addition, most users find this model a lot easier to work with since it provides better pistol stability and retention, while maintaining ease of firearm draw.

Most of these holsters sport a universal design that allows many kinds of revolvers to fit neatly without any hassles. They are also engineered with adjustable parts, including retention straps that serve as anchors to the waistline. Vertical shoulder holsters are so practical in their design that it’s no surprise that they form the core type of holster in the military.


1. UTG Deluxe Vertical Shoulder Holster

UTG LE Grade Vertical Shoulder Holster, Black
  • Innovative Design for Fully Equipped Pistols & MP Sub-machine Guns, Holster with Adjustable Velcro Custom Fit for UZI
  • Premium Synthetic Material, Reinforced Thread Stitching and Double-edge Stitched at Pressure Points for Extra Durability
  • All Components Are Fully Adjustable with Velcro Straps Attached to Web Belt for Holster/Pouch Tension
  • Modular Design and Clever Reversible Thumb Break System for Ambidextrous Use
  • Adjustable Thumb Break System to Offer Unobstructed Quick-draw and Re-holster of Pistol

The UTG Deluxe Vertical is another classic prototype of beauty, durability and function, all merged into one to produce a holster that was made to last a lifetime.

Unlike other vertical shoulder holsters, this particular model fits both pistols and MP submachine guns, such as the UZI.

This custom shoulder holder is made from heavy duty synthetic materials woven together by reinforced double stitching for a long lasting effect.

The entire model is fully adjustable and features a series of Velcro straps for making the necessary modifications to fit submachine guns.  The upper regions are fully padded, thus maximizing comfort and weight distribution. This model of holster was also designed for ambidextrous use.


2. Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System

Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster SystemIdeal for this century’s first responders and military, tested in the field, this Galco Vertical Shoulder System is a classic vertical style carry.

It’s overriding feature is the spider harness, where all 4 points can pivot independently of each other and are attached to one another by their clover shaped swivel back plate. Combined with their trademarked swivel connectors, it’s an ideal fit and comfort is something you’ll come to expect.

Included is the holster, harness, ammo carrier and screws, similar to the Jackass Rig System mentioned earlier. A perfect complement for your semiautomatic pistols and double-action revolvers.

For: Sig Sauer P226, P220
– 5″ 1911 Colt, Kimber, Para, Springfield
– Beretta 92F/FS
– Glock 19, 23, 32
– S&W N FR .44 Model 29/629 6-Inch
– Ruger SP101 2 1/4-Inch


Double Shoulder Holster

So far we have been looking at single shoulder holsters; nevertheless, nothing beats the ability to carry two hand guns and still pack spare ammo for reloading. This tactical holster varies mainly in accordance to the orientation of the holster and the type of material from which it is crafted. According to the orientation or layout of the holster, it can be classified as vertical and horizontal double shoulder holster, with the direction of the firearms running alongside and across the torso region respectively.

Furthermore, double holsters are usually crafted either from durable synthetic fibers, such as nylon, or top grain cowhide leather.

Given the fact that the double shoulder holster caters for heavier loads, the material used (whether synthetic or natural) is generally double stitched with heavy duty thread.  Overall, this particular pistol shoulder holder is among the “must haves” on the list of any serious gun owner or enthusiast.


1. Modern Warrior Tactical Shoulder Holster

Modern Warrior Tactical Double Draw Shoulder Holster, Black
  • Double Draw Shoulder Holster
  • For Airsoft and Paintball
  • Designed to fit all size pistols
  • Comfortable and Adjustable
  • One Size Fits All

Modern Warrior Tactical Shoulder HolsterThe Modern Warrior Tactical Shoulder Holster is best known for its ultra lightweight feature, making it one of the easiest and most comfortable to carry around. Added to this is the presence of a single/ double draw option that gives it a touch of versatility and puts it in a separate class all together.

This tactical shoulder holster has been specifically engineered to carry virtually any type of pistol. Best of all, the entire unit is adjustable, making it an ideal choice for literally everyone. The Modern Warrior comes fitted with two magazine pouches on the opposite side, making it a number one choice for many gun enthusiasts.


2. Protech Double Holster

This Horizontal Double Shoulder Holster fits All Auto's with 4" to 5" Barrels Beretta,Bersa,Browning,CZ,Colt,Glock,H&K,Hi-Point,Kimber,Ruger,Sig Sauer,Smith & Wesson,Springfield,Star,Taurus,Walther
  • Has plastic adjustable spring action thumb break.
  • Stitched with strong bonded nylon and double stitched
  • Edges turned under to prevent fraying. all velcro is hidden by webbing to prevent foreign debris.
  • comes with double mag pouch

Protech Double HolsterA great fit for your autommatics, this Pro-Tech Double Shoulder Holster features 2 locations for your autos and a double magazine pouch. It can be customized down to a single holster if needed by taking off one holster and adding on the mag holster. Contains an adjustable spring action thumb break. Constructed with nylon on the outside and uses a vinyl vapor barrier on the inside to keep your firearm dry and protected.

Two options for purchase including one that fits all automatics with 3.5″ to 4.5″ barrels and another that fits 4.5″ to 5″ barrels. Includes brands such as Beretta, Bersa, Browning, Colt, Desert Eagle, Glock, H&K, Kimber, Ruger, Sig Sauer, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Tauras, Walther, among others.

There are also wallet shoulder holsters that are made to help with carrying your accessories, including your ID, phone, money, and other necessities. This cell phone and waallet pouch double shoulder holster option is a traditional styled harness that can hide these items but made easy to access them when needed. It’s a great compliment to a harness that will carry you firearms and accessories at the same time.


2 thoughts on “Shoulder Holsters Overview and Top Choices”

  1. I’m an average sized woman & carry a concealed handgun. I don’t like things in my pocket or clipped to a belt. Purses are out as are fanny packs. A lightweight but sturdy harness seems like it would be very comfortable ..
    Can u give me the pros & cons of a harness or recommend something else?
    Thanks Elaine
    I carry many guns: a 22 automatic, & a 357 magnum revolver.

  2. I want a black leather, vertical, R/hand shoulder holster with no snap and NO ammo pouch for Glock 19. Is such a thing possible?

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