Thought I’d post an update. Been wearing the new holster I got a couple months ago off and on for some work, and short hikes.
Have some setup issues.
They have it, as set for left hand draw,
Holster sits basically horizontal, grip left, muzzle right.
Shoulder strap run from top of holster (by hammer) up over RIGHT shoulder, down across back, under Left arm to bottom of holster(behind grip/by trigger).
The the chest strap runs around you, through a loop on the back of the holster.
Holster free floats on the chest strap, held up by shoulder strap.
When you go to draw, to keep holster from sliding left, you have to grip with the off side hand.
Also while walking/working, it naturally drifts left, rotating the shoulder stap on your torso, sliding on chest strap, till under the left arm. (To where you cant grip the gun to draw without sliding it back to center chest with the off side hand.)
Because of shoulder strap placement/tension it can’t slide to the right.
Basically, the tension is backwards.
While hiking with it like this, every time I repositioned it (about every 150 yards!) I thought about strap direction and buckle placement, being pretty sure I could reverse it to the left shoulder, but still be left hand draw.
It actually was as simple as I thought. (Amazing)
I now have the shoulder strap run from top of holster(by hammer) over my LEFT shoulder, across back, under Right arm.
Now it gets different.. that bottom right end of the shoulder strap I connect to the end of the CHEST strap.
Chest strap goes Left, and Down through the loop on the back of the holster, then BACK to the Right, and around my back, to the Left bottom of the holster.
So the pull to the left is now resisted by the tail of the shoulder strap, and the chest tension. If it slides, it will be down to the right. So even if it does move, it could go a ways before I couldn’t draw.
Muzzle end is also held by the chest strap. And because the chest strap and shoulder straps tension each other, once set, it can’t really drift very far either way.
So far as I can tell anyway. Will walk a couple miles with it and see.
Still needs work, but it’s better!
It even ended up with the tension right so the lower end of the shoulder strap is lower away from my arm and arm pit, more comfortable and crowds my arm less when moving. On the other side it tended to pinch and pull at my underarm.
The only problems I see, are if it does move around, the gun/holster is semi fixed in line with it all, and it tensions through one end of it… As it moves one strap will tighten as the other loosens. So it’s going to chinch/tighten around me in one place or the other, and be crushing…
And there is the other problem. With this set so it works, the chest strap is pretty tight… and rather crushingly uncomfortable already.
I know I should be able to set this up so the weight and tension is all on the shoulder strap, and the chest strap can just center/position the gun on me and hold it semi loosesly..
What I’d like to try is;
The chest strap run from muzzle end of the holster, or the loop on the back, but a fixed atachment, not slidding, and around to the lower left corner of the holster as I gave it now. And the shoulder strap as I have it now for top of holster run over my left shoulder.
But then attached to the center back of the chest strap.
Either floating or fixed at that joint. I think fixed would get the effect I want.
Will have to play with it some more, and see… need to find the 2 or 3 Big safety pins I have so I can pin this up how I want it before I cut/sew/ add/modify anything.
But as it is, it’s a lot better!
Pics to follow in another post if I can find someone to take them while I’m wearing it..