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Shoulder holster vs. Belt holster

This is a discussion on Shoulder holster vs. Belt holster within the Gear Talk forums, part of the Armory Talk category; I would like to get myself a more comfortable holster for my XDM-9 3.8 than the stock plastic one. I like the idea of a ...

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Old 05-07-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Shoulder holster vs. Belt holster

I would like to get myself a more comfortable holster for my XDM-9 3.8 than the stock plastic one. I like the idea of a shoulder holster, but wonder if all the straps etc would just become cumbersome.

Anyone have one or the other they like/recomend?
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:07 PM   #2
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What are you wanting the holster for?
Where would you wear it? Did you grow up watching Miami vice?
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Old 05-07-2011, 10:30 PM   #3
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couple more Qs: What is the climate type where you live? How do you normally dress? Does this fit your job and usual activities? What size firearm?
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Old 05-08-2011, 12:26 AM   #4
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Ok, I can see there is a need for more clarification for opinions.

My avatar and sig both display XDM-9mm 3.8, that is the gun I purchased.

I live in New Hampshire so climate varies from 100 degree days to below 0 depending on time of year.

I ride a motorcycle in the summer, so my choice would mean I would want it secured. I thought a hip holster might get in the way with a passenger along which led me to the thought of a shoulder holster.

I would not be wearing it to work.

I would be wearing it walking in the woods. I do not hunt.

I would like my choice to fit an active lifestyle, and not be obvious so as not to have to answer lots of uncomfortable personal choice questions like if I watched pompous, badly written television in the 80's.
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Miami vice was a great show. Many big name actors appeared in those shows.

If you want bad 80s tv watch V.


And check out don hume holsters
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Did you grow up watching Miami vice?

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Old 05-08-2011, 06:15 AM   #7
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Here are some suggestions

Here is a suggestion. I would buy a couple of different holsters. I think a shoulder holster would be good when you are riding. I assume you wear a leather jacket when you ride, although if the person riding on back wraps their (her) arms around you, the shoulder holster could be an issue. The shoulder holster would also be good for walking in the woods, if you wearing a jacket.
I would also get a IWB hip holster for other times. I would find one that is comfortable, and allows you ease of movement. So to answer your question, you should consider the activity you are planning on, and choose your method of carry accordingly.
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Old 05-08-2011, 10:08 AM   #8
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OK looks like I am going to just have to spend some time trying some out and find what I like better forwhat I am doing as Russ suggested.

The $6,400 question would be what brands do you guys trust and who you might avoid. I can accept that I have to shop around, but I really want a quality product for my money and hate the thought of ending up with junk.

I did just see the front page poll and I guess this is a pretty bruised dead horse of a subject so I appreciate any help you guys are willing to offer.
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Go to list of sponsors

If you go to the list of sponsors you will find some good brands. I do not have one yet, but crossbreed makes a very good iwb holster you might want to check out.
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not for nothin I just ordered a
Amazon.com: UTG Adjustable Leg Holster for Pistol/Flashlight, Army Digital: Sports & Outdoors Amazon.com: UTG Adjustable Leg Holster for Pistol/Flashlight, Army Digital: Sports & Outdoors
for my 4.5 .40.

less than 20 bucks (combined with another doo dad I wanted) made for free shipping. I figure I couldn't go too far wrong for the price. even if its junk I can at least figure out if I would like that style holster and what to look for in a more expensive version.

I would hate to be 150 bucks in on a blackhawk or something and decide I really don't like a drop leg.
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