Daily Defense Season 2 EP8 Is Shoulder Carry Only for Hollywood

hi i'm jeff gonzalez president of trinity concepts and today i'm here with brownells daily defense talking about shoulder carry shoulder carry for concealment so in many states shoulder carry is an option for your lysis to carry texas happens to be one of them so it's another option that you might want to consider while there's a lot of negative stigma associated with the shoulder carry it is still an option that some people might choose so let's talk about a couple of the pros and cons and some common mistakes that you want to avoid first one of the pro is that you're going to get a little bit more accessibility in a seated position than you would off the hip so if i'm sitting down it's easy for me to reach into the armpit of my weak side to go ahead and grab that firearm so i get a little bit of accessibility options that might not exist in the strong side carry think about being seat belted into your vehicle can kind of get inside of that shoulder area that armpit area to get your firearm next inclement weather and this is one of the pros that i really see value if you really have to bundle up so you're wearing layer upon layer upon layer really you only have to put your shoulder holster underneath the outer layer so if you are going to wear a lot of layers then with a shell jacket on top you're really only having to defeat that shell layer as opposed to all the other layers that you might have to defeat from a belt side holster the next thing we talk about is it's a convenient package most of the time a shoulder holster is going to come with the holster itself plus magazine pouches that you can carry spare ammunition so that's kind of a nice grab-and-go format the other nice thing about that is that it's a pretty decent weight-bearing option so if you have difficulty carrying around your waistband for whatever reason taking the weight off of your belt and putting it over your shoulders is not a bad idea if you are lucky to be able to see things starting to go sideways on you you can typically start to move your hands and get them more into a more inconspicuous kind of positioning here so i might be able to do that in anticipation of something going bad and me having to draw my firearm a little bit sooner than i might want the other bad side to this is that if you're in close proximity it's pretty easy to foul that draw stroke because i've got to go across my body to draw the gun and i got to move the gun across my body to present the gun so it's kind of an easy format for some people to just kind of jam up that draw stroke one of the other problems is that most of the time our hand positions are down low so that means that i actually have to raise my hands up and move my hand across my center line far enough to reach that firearm so hand position can sometimes be an issue regardless of what type of shoulder holster you carry whether it's a vertical or horizontal the one common denominator is going to be you have to have a cover garment on at all times so unlike a um a on the web on the waistband either on the waistband in the waistband type strong side holster i can untuck my shirt i can pull a shirt on and over it but unlike that condition i'm going to have to wear some type of overcoat that allows me to conceal the entire package one last thing that you need to really consider is that if you want to try to carry in this manner you are really reducing the opportunity to practice live fire and this to me is one of the reasons why i probably would dissuade many people from doing it most ranges are not going to allow you to work from a shoulder holster most schools or classes that you might attend will not allow you to work through a shoulder holster during the class so you re you reduce the opportunities for practice live fire greatly when you choose a shoulder holster now if it's your only option then it's your best option and you're going to want to practice and maybe find range facilities or locations that you can still practice live fire but if you have the opportunity to avoid it you might want to consider choosing something else and leaving this as an inextrement circumstance now the draw stroke again as i mentioned you're going to have to reach all the way across deep into your center line draw the pistol out and then go straight to the target now when it comes time to re-holster one of the things that's going to be required is you're going to have to pull the holster forward enough to reseat that pistol back into the holster and then the thumb break which is a requirement for any of those holsters is going to have to be re-engaged so it's not a fast draw stroke and it's an even slower reholstering either case practice is going to help to increase your performance so that you're not really worried about how fast you are as much as how consistent you can draw all right if you have any questions or comments please feel free to post them down below until then i'm jeff gonzalez take care and stay safe