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    shoulder vs drop leg holster

    Which one do you think would be better for open carry? Which one would likely cause more of a stir at the local grocery store?

    A shoulder holster like this
    http://www.impactguns.com/data/defau...lco_miami2.jpg

    Or a drop leg holster like this
    http://images.outdoorpros.com/images...-25581-867.jpg

    I am not looking at getting another holster I own the two pictured.

    Thanks
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    My reasons to OC
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    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Can't see pic

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucas340 View Post
    Can't see pic
    fixed, thank you.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
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    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
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    I like the drop leg not a huge fan of shoulder holsters just my .02

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    Quote Originally Posted by lucas340 View Post
    I like the drop leg not a huge fan of shoulder holsters just my .02
    But what do you think people at a grocery store might think?
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Plain clothes cop either way. Since that's what most people assume when you oc. Lol

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    This...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/SER...le,1239,82.htm

    plus this...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/SER...,1145,1410.htm

    plus this...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Ser...it,84,1416.htm

    equals carry any way you so choose.

    I personally have the shoulder harness and belt (hip) setup with the quick disconnect attachments so that I can carry on my hip open carry style and if I "need" to carry concealed, I can easily just shift to the shoulder harness (assuming I'm wearing the harness).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grim_Night View Post
    This...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/SER...le,1239,82.htm

    plus this...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/SER...,1145,1410.htm

    plus this...

    http://www.blackhawk.com/product/Ser...it,84,1416.htm

    equals carry any way you so choose.

    I personally have the shoulder harness and belt (hip) setup with the quick disconnect attachments so that I can carry on my hip open carry style and if I "need" to carry concealed, I can easily just shift to the shoulder harness (assuming I'm wearing the harness).
    thanks for the reply, sadly my Taurus and Blackhawk Serpa do not get along.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    at grocery store people will think you are a cop with a galco shoulder rig. they will think you are either swat or some nut job with a drop leg

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    I'd go with a shoulder holster for comfort. When I was younger, I preferred the ease of use (not to mention the cool factor) of the drop leg holster until we started walking for a few miles at a time and changed the perspective of a few guys in our unit. That holster bouncing around your leg with every step for a few hours is not fun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    Which one do you think would be better for open carry? Which one would likely cause more of a stir at the local grocery store?

    A shoulder holster like this
    http://www.impactguns.com/data/defau...lco_miami2.jpg

    Or a drop leg holster like this
    http://images.outdoorpros.com/images...-25581-867.jpg

    I am not looking at getting another holster I own the two pictured.

    Thanks
    im amazed the moderators allowed this post to stay up. you are debating on what rig to carry to cause a stir? you seriously shouldnt be carrying, along with the people who are replying helping you figure out what holster you should get. do we not carry for defensive purposes? carrying just to cause a stir is out right negligent.

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    Personally, I'd take the shoulder holster. I am considering getting one myself, just due to the fact that I spend more time in vehicles than out of them, and from a seated position, the benefits to both comfort, and draw time seems quite large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by g21sfpistol View Post
    im amazed the moderators allowed this post to stay up. you are debating on what rig to carry to cause a stir? you seriously shouldnt be carrying, along with the people who are replying helping you figure out what holster you should get. do we not carry for defensive purposes? carrying just to cause a stir is out right negligent.
    OR, I want to know which would cause more of a stir so that I could opt for the other choice. If I felt the shoulder holster would cause more of a stir I would opt for the drop leg. Hopefully that clarifies it for you.
    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raggs View Post
    OR, I want to know which would cause more of a stir so that I could opt for the other choice. If I felt the shoulder holster would cause more of a stir I would opt for the drop leg. Hopefully that clarifies it for you.
    the way you had it worded made it sound like you wanted to start a stir. my apologies.

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    No worries

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    My reasons to OC
    1. to raise awareness of the legality of open carry in Michigan
    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    My every day carry is a drop leg from Outbaggs. Get a lot of looks, but nobody has ever mentioned anything about it. I guess if you carry one way or the other enough in public, the wow factor goes away.

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    I carry in the way thats most comf'y to me (if it's not comf'y it ends up not being carried) that's how it is with me. As for drawing attantion to myself, that's up to others around me. If others want to make an issue of it, let'em.......I don't really think much about that anymore, BUT, too answer your question, the drop leg will probably draw more attention IMO. And as mentioned above, I tried a drop leg holster before that I borrowed to carry a 4" 1911 and the gun moved around way too much when walking around, no matter how tight it was, and if you had to pick it up a bit (running/jogging) well.....just my .02.

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    I see a lot of people with that Galco holster while deployed and I'm not a fan of it. Unless you have a strap that secures it around your chest it likes to flop around. As for the drop leg, I prefer these. They can flop around if you don't properly set them up, but when properly set up this isn't an issue. Personally I wear mine (it is a blackhawk Y style instead of a safariland single-strap style) a little bit loose so that it doesn't feel like the straps are cutting into my leg, but still tight enough that it stays in the same spot unless running. One of the other nice things about a drop leg is you can get a quick disconnect system to be able to move the gun (such as in your car) without ever taking it out of the holster.

    In regards to which one will cause more of a stir, it is hard to say without you trying both and seeing peoples reactions. Personally I think the shoulder holster will because it puts the gun closer to eye level with people. Both are even more non-traditional than simply OCing the gun on your hip, so I think that either one is more likely to draw attention than standard hip carry.

    EDIT: Note that I only OC with the drop leg while deployed. When at home I would use a paddle holster. Also given the location of my current home station I can't carry at all currently (though if I can get a permit I'll be restricted to CC only outside of certain circumstances).
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    I'm not a fan of shoulder holsters, except for large revolvers. But I absolutely hate dropped thigh holsters, so the shoulder holster wins.

    But what I think is not nearly as important as what you think.

    The thigh rig is the more noticeable (especially from a distance) of the two because it adds a distinct "gun" to your silhouette.
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    I've been really considering a shoulder setup with a strap to keep it from moving around. The drop holster is too "tactical" for most general citizens to accept and not make a big deal out of. With a shoulder holster up get the versatility of carrying in a car and USUALLY detectives are the ones open carrying with a shoulder setup. So people will assume. Especially if you make a habit of wearing button down shirts or a polo

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    IMO horizontal shoulder holsters are for concealed carry or seated carry like in a vehicle. I say that because with a horizontal shoulder holster OC, your gun is always and obviously pointed at anyone behind you. And since most have an open barrel end, the person behind you is literally looking down the barrel. Your drop leg may be pointed at someone while you're seated, but at least s/he isn't literally looking down the barrel if s/he even notices. Personally, I don't even like having my holstered firearm sitting on a coffee table pointed at anyone. Can't imagine how generic mom standing behind someone at the grocery checkout and having a gun barrel pointed right at her face might feel.

    Vertical carry shoulder holsters like for larger revolvers and full size 1911s are obviously a different story and may draw less attention than a dropleg as your arm is partially covering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepdiver View Post
    IMO horizontal shoulder holsters are for concealed carry or seated carry like in a vehicle. I say that because with a horizontal shoulder holster OC, your gun is always and obviously pointed at anyone behind you. And since most have an open barrel end, the person behind you is literally looking down the barrel. Your drop leg may be pointed at someone while you're seated, but at least s/he isn't literally looking down the barrel if s/he even notices. Personally, I don't even like having my holstered firearm sitting on a coffee table pointed at anyone. Can't imagine how generic mom standing behind someone at the grocery checkout and having a gun barrel pointed right at her face might feel.

    Vertical carry shoulder holsters like for larger revolvers and full size 1911s are obviously a different story and may draw less attention than a dropleg as your arm is partially covering it.
    I have worn a horizontal rig openly but I set it so that the holster itself sits pretty far forward so the barrel is not so prominent from behind. The holster I have now is the Galco VHS.
    My reasons to OC
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    2. To raise awareness that good people carry guns
    3. A deterrent to people so that I won't be targeted
    4. Because it's more comfortable than CC in most situations
    5. Because I can and want to
    6. Because it's perfectly legal
    7. Self defense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aknazer View Post
    I see a lot of people with that Galco holster while deployed and I'm not a fan of it. Unless you have a strap that secures it around your chest it likes to flop around. As for the drop leg, I prefer these. They can flop around if you don't properly set them up, but when properly set up this isn't an issue. Personally I wear mine (it is a blackhawk Y style instead of a safariland single-strap style) a little bit loose so that it doesn't feel like the straps are cutting into my leg, but still tight enough that it stays in the same spot unless running. One of the other nice things about a drop leg is you can get a quick disconnect system to be able to move the gun (such as in your car) without ever taking it out of the holster.

    In regards to which one will cause more of a stir, it is hard to say without you trying both and seeing peoples reactions. Personally I think the shoulder holster will because it puts the gun closer to eye level with people. Both are even more non-traditional than simply OCing the gun on your hip, so I think that either one is more likely to draw attention than standard hip carry.

    EDIT: Note that I only OC with the drop leg while deployed. When at home I would use a paddle holster. Also given the location of my current home station I can't carry at all currently (though if I can get a permit I'll be restricted to CC only outside of certain circumstances).
    I have the Galco Miami as pictured in OP. They offer belt tie-downs that help stabilize the holster. I like mine, even though I don't wear it that often.
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    Historically, drop-leg holsters were used by cavalry because a pistol on the waist can dig in uncomfortably when seated with the legs spread and because it's hard to draw from a waist holster while seated. When the Army quit using mounted troops, they disappeared until recently when they saw a resurgence due to widespread use of body armor. The drop-leg holster puts the pistol down out of the way of the armor. Other than that, I don't find them very useful. It's hard to stabilize the pistol so that it doesn't flop around and unless you have a similar weight on the other leg it causes an unsteady gait.

    That said, I'm not a very big fan of shoulder holsters either because they also aren't usually very stable and the pistol flops around. However, for ordinary daily use, I'd prefer a shoulder holster to a drop leg. In the past few years, I have started to use a chest holster by Diamond D quite a bit. It's very stable and puts the pistol within easy reach and easy to draw whether standing, seated, or mounted. The firearm is right on the front of my body which theoretically should discourage anyone from trying to grab it. It's easy to cover with a loose jacket and can be accessed quickly if I leave the jacket unzipped about halfway.

    Of your two choices, I would consider the shoulder holster more practical, but if you can you should look at a chest holster as well.

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    I don't own a drop leg holster never saw the need for one. I do own 4 or 5 shoulder rigs and use them fairly often.

    I do a lot of in the woods things the drop leg holsters would always be catching on brush and stuff.

    Where as a shoulder or chest rig get your firearm up and out of the way
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