I have a Serpa thigh rig for my 1911 and XD, and a Miami Classic SH for my XD. If I come up with some more cash I will probably pick up another SH for my 1911 as well. I know a lot of folks don't like the classic because of the muzzle being pointed straight back, but much like OC I don't think it's an issue with any real logic behind it. Show me enough examples of someone getting shot while a gun is being drawn and I'll stop carrying like that, untill then I am going to have to say it's safe.
Even Carrying in Condition 3, will eliminate that issue entirely.
Well carrying in condition 3 isn't that smart to begin with, and since a shoulder holster adds movement and time to a draw, condition 3 shouldn't even be consideredan option. Handguns are designed to be carried in condition 1.
I just bought a shoulder holster for openly carrying my SW99. I went back and forth about horizontal or vertical for a few minutes. The vertical looked a little more comfortable as it wasn't sticking out as much, and would be easier to conceal if I wanted to. The horizontal is a much more natural draw, to the point where some experts
would say vertical holsters shouldn't even be carried for self defense because the draw is just too slow and awkward.
I went with the horizontal holster. The concern that the muzzle pointing behind me is potentially dangerous will offend someone is just silly. If the muzzle direction of a properly holstered firearm is any reason to be concerned, then why would anyone constantly carry a gun on their hip, where it is pointing down at their leg and foot all day? If the weapon fires while holstered, you have a severely flawed weapon or holster. This would be next to impossible. If the weapon fires as you draw, it's your fault, period.