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How to Wear a Shoulder Holster

A shoulder holster is a comfortable way to carry a firearm, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting down. Holster mounts allow you to tighten the straps, so they’re adaptable to a wide range of body sizes. They feature a pistol holster, as well as a holster for one or two magazines. Having holsters on both sides balances the harness and distributes the weight across your shoulders.

how to wear a shoulder holster


Put the empty case platform. 
Leave the cargo off the platform until it is properly tightened. Slip each of your arms through the arm loops as you would a backpack. Make sure the cross straps go down your back and the pistol and magazine holsters are under your arms. [

  • Put one arm through its loop and slide the strap all the way up. Then grab the harness behind you and slide the second arm.
  • Otherwise, place each arm partially in its loop, lift the cross section above your head, and slide your arms through the rest of the way at the same time.

Make sure the straps cross over the middle of your shoulders. If you need to, move the whole rigging up so the straps cross just below your neck. This is the best position to keep the balance of the case and the weight evenly distributed on your shoulders. 

  • Make sure the straps are not twisted and that they lie flat against your shoulders and upper back.
  • If your holster has shoulder pads, make sure they are centered front to back, high on your shoulders near your neck.


Adjust the holster straps so they are snug against your body. 
The harness should stay close to your body. Tighten the straps so they don’t move much when you move your torso. Find the middle between the straps that is uncomfortably tight and moves too much.

  • You might not find the perfect fit the first time you put the case on, so pay attention to how you feel over time and adjust it.
  • One way to test this is to stand in front of a full-length mirror and perform a series of movements. See if the holster mount moves a lot or stays tight.
  • Also check whether the harness is comfortable or not when you move around.

Move the case so that it is close to your armpit. Each shoulder holster is a little different, especially when it comes to holster placement. If the holster itself can move along the strap, move it just under your armpit. Make sure it’s slightly in front of your arm. 

  • With some holster rigs, you won’t be able to move the holster at all, so you’ll have to worry about where it is.
  • Most holster rigs have one holster for the pistol and one for the magazine. Also move the charger case near your armpit.
  • Some holsters detach from the harness, allowing you to put it on either side of you. Put it under your left arm if you’re a right-handed shooter and under your right arm if you’re a left-handed shooter.


Adjust the angle of the case. 
Holsters are positioned horizontally or with the pistol grip angled up or down. If your case moves, tilt it to the position that works best for you. The horizontal position is usually the easiest to fire a gun from. 

  • You may not know what position you want the holster in until later when you practice firing the gun.

Put the pistol and magazine in their holsters. With everything set correctly, it’s time to fill your case. Make sure your gun holster is on the opposite side of your shooting hand. Put the pistol in its holster and a magazine or two in the other holster.

  • Most shoulder holsters hold a magazine in front of the gun to balance the weight on your shoulders.

Wear a loose jacket. Shoulder holsters are usually worn under any jacket to conceal them. Otherwise, they would be clearly visible. Make sure the jacket is loose enough that it does not press firmly against the holster gun. 


Keep your jacket open most of the time. 
Since a shoulder holster is meant to allow quick access to your weapon, don’t wear your jacket fully zipped or buttoned up. Make sure that if the front of your jacket is closed, it is open at least at the gun.

Practice drawing your weapon. If you are wearing a shoulder holster for the first time, it will feel a bit strange at first. While you’re home, practice taking your gun out of the holster. Be sure to train in all the jackets you normally wear.

Avoid concealed transport if you don’t have a permit. Make sure you have your carry license whenever you carry your shoulder holster with a firearm. If you plan to wear a jacket over the holster, make sure you also have a concealed carry permit.

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