Posted: 10/25/2013 7:31:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 10/25/2013 7:31:57 PM EDT by 454-805]
What is the longest revolver that's possible to be concealed-carried in a shoulder holster under a normal-looking jacket? Not a long winter overcoat, just a medium length sports jacket.
I have this desire to concealed-carry a big bore revolver sometime this winter - purely for the fun of it, mind you, but I'd still like to make it happen with some style and in comfort. However, the only revolver I currently own is a 7.5" bbl Ruger Super Redhawk. I'd like to get a 4" or 5" .44 mag sometime in the future, but that's not an option right now.
It seems like there is going to be a length limit on your gun with a vertical shoulder holster... like maybe the bottom of the barrel would start to stick out of the bottom of my coat when I sit down, or even when standing up with the longest barrels. I'm not sure. Will the muzzle of my 7.5" SRH stick out from under the hem of a normal cut jacket? At what point does weight become a concern - do you have to strap the opposite side of the holster to your belt, like suspenders, to counter-balance the weight of the gun?
Also, does anyone have any opinions of Falco vertical shoulder holsters (or Falco anything)? Between a Falco shoulder holster and a Bianchi X15 shoulder holster, which would you recommend? Galco does not make a vertical shoulder holster to fit my gun.
The Falco holster has a neat feature to help you get a better grip before drawing where it tilts the gun before you draw it, but if the harness system isn't comfortable, I don't see it being an advantage. Does anybody know if Falco holsters (the holster component of the system) are compatible with Galco harnesses?
I have a Ruger NM Super Blackhawk 7.5" barrel I carry in a vertical shoulder holster when hunting. The overall length of my Super Blackhawk is approximately the same as your Redhawk.
I usually have a hunting coat with the revolver under it. It is very obvious I have a large mass on my left side and the bottom of the holster is frequently visible.
In my opinion these revolvers would be very difficult to carry concealed under a medium length coat.
In a vertical shoulder holster the 7.5 " barrel extends 4 or more inches below the beltline depending upon your torso length.
These large frame revolvers in a vertical shoulder holster would require a very loose fitting jacket to effectively conceal it. A smooth rapid draw can be challenging.
This is just my opinion based on my experience. Your experiences may be different.
That was sort of my guess as to how it would work, based purely on holding the revolver on my side and trying to get a feel for where it would ride in a jacket. Although I hate being cheap (always remember, the cheap man buys twice), I'll probably have to just get one of those Uncle Mikes shoulder holsters to experiment with. I'm only 5'11", so I don't think I'll have a lot of height to keep it clear of my belt. Probably going to be as you said and hang several inches below.