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Shoulder Holsters

Shoulder holsters represent one of the most traditional ways to carry a handgun and carrying in an underarm holster is very popular even today. Whether you need an semi-auto shoulder holster or a revolver shoulder holster, Craft Holsters has got you covered with a wide custom shoulder holster selection.

What is a shoulder gun holster?

If you’re a fan of westerns or action-packed or detective movies from the 80s, you’ve definitely seen a shoulder holster, often called an under shoulder holster, in action. In the past, it was mainly law enforcement officers that carried in leather shoulder holsters as they offered great carry comfort, easy access and immense stability. Nowadays, shoulder holsters are very popular among civilians, mainly because carrying in a shoulder rig holster offers something other holsters can only dream of - they look super classy (especially those made of leather).

Main features of shoulder holsters

Traditional and very classy wearing style

Viable for open and concealed carry

Great balance & high carry comfort

Quick access to your firearm

Vertical or horizontal carry positions

Ideal for bigger handguns (1911, Taurus Raging Hunter, etc.)

Often feature ammo holders

Easi concealment in colder months

Types of shoulder pistol holsters

At Craft Holsters, we craft shoulder holster models for a wide variety of occasions and uses. Here’s a quick overview of the main Craft Holsters shoulder holster options.

Horizontal shoulder holsters

Horizontal Shoulder gun holsters let you carry your firearm in a horizontal position, which is very convenient especially if you’re looking for a quick draw shoulder holster. If you’re after quick draw, high comfort, and easy-to-use design, choose this Horizontal Shoulder Holster.

Vertical shoulder holsters

Unlike shoulder holsters with horizontal orientation, vertical shoulder gun holsters let you carry in a vertical position, which makes them an ideal choice for full-size handguns. Also, an over the shoulder gun holster positioned vertically offers easy concealment and prevents you from muzzling those behind you (a frequent issue with horizontal shoulder rigs). If this style appeals to you, choose our Vertical Roto Shoulder Holster, by far the most popular underarm holster at Craft Holsters’ offer.

Shoulder strap holsters

A shoulder strap holster always features a leather strap attached to the holster’s opening. A gun holster shoulder strap boosts your firearm’s retention and prevents it from being snatched away from you. As we want you to carry not just with comfort, but also in a secure way, every single Craft shoulder holster features shoulder holster straps.

Light-bearing shoulder holsters

A laser and light bearing shoulder gun holster is meant for handguns with tactical lights and lasers. A custom shoulder holster for a gun with light is always molded on the exact replica of your firearm and tac light or laser. If you love shoulder holsters and you carry a gun with a tactical light, choose this Vertical Shoulder Holster System (light/laser).

Red dot shoulder holsters

These are shoulder holsters for pistols equipped with an optics device (red dot, RMR, reflex sights). If you rock a red dot sight and you want a new over the shoulder holster, then a red dot shoulder holster such as this Shoulder Holster System (red dot) is your best gun holster shoulder option.

Shoulder holster materials we use

At Craft Holsters, we mainly offer leather shoulder holsters, but we also offer a variety of nylon shoulder holster options. The material each of our gun shoulder holsters is made of is always custom molded and handmade so that you can enjoy a safe, comfortable, and premium carry experience.

Leather Shoulder Holsters

Just like the rest of Craft Holsters leather holsters, every single leather shoulder holster model on our offer is made of premium Italian leather. Each leather shoulder gun holster is reinforced with high-quality stitching and some are even double-stitched, which grants each leather shoulder holster longevity and durability. A leather shoulder holster by Craft Holsters will last you a lifetime.

Nylon Shoulder Holsters

We also offer quite many shoulder holster nylon options. These are always made of premium, durable, and breathable nylon. As this material is very soft, our nylon shoulder rig holster models are very comfortable to carry even in hot weather, which makes them a great carry option for states such as Florida, Texas, or California.

Gun shoulder holsters FAQ

Let’s take a quick look at some of the frequently asked questions about shoulder holsters.

Can you conceal carry with a shoulder holster?

Yes, you can easily conceal carry with a shoulder holster, especially if you choose a Craft Holsters product, which is always custom made and provides a glove-like fit for your gun and contours your body well.

How to choose a shoulder holster?

To choose the right shoulder holster, you have to consider factors such as the size of your gun, carry style and material preferences, or situations in which you will carry your shoulder gun holster. If you want to learn how to choose a shoulder holster, check out this Quick Guide to Shoulder Holsters.

What are the best shoulder holsters?

The best shoulder holsters are always custom made specifically for your firearm. The best shoulder holster is also made of the best available material, such as premium cowhide or durable yet pliable nylon. We recommend to take a look at the following models:

Eagle Shoulder Holster Rig

Vertical Roto Shoulder Holster System

Shoulder Holster System

Nylon Shoulder Holster

How to break in a shoulder holster?

If you get one the best leather shoulder holsters above, it’s highly likely you won’t need to do any break-in. However, in case your new holster feels a bit too tight, just follow our Break-in Guide. And if you don’t have any break-in solution at hand, feel free to get our Small Break-in Kit, which comes with everything you need for a successful shoulder holster break-in.

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Best Gun Holster Accessories

Choose the right accessories below that will enhance your carry. Don't forget that a proper magazine pouch, a belt or a concealed carry bag are always good choices.


Get yourself a custom mag pouch or speedloader pouch. Becasue there is never "enough ammo" right?

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A solid and stable gun belt is what you need to prevent your holster and the rest of your EDC from sagging.

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care kits

Don't forget to get yourself a handy kit that contains everything you need to make sure your holster will last you a lifetime.

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Shoulder Holsters Holsters Pros and Cons

  • Great balance & stability
  • Both horizontal and vertical carry
  • Suitable for open & concealed carry
  • Impeccable style and high functionality
  • Not the best choice for summer concealed carry
  • More expensive than other carry options
  • Takes a while to get used to them

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