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Default Proper fitting of shoulder holster

I've got an Uncle Mike's Sidekick Vertical Shoulder Holster that came with my Sigma when I bought it (used). It doesn't have any paperwork and I'm having a terrible time getting it adjusted for a good fit.

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you're not planning to carry in that are you?

I wouldn't expect any kind of form fitting comfort from a $20 shoulder holster.
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Not alot. I know it's not meant to be a 'concealed rig' and I know it's on the low end of the quality scale, but since it was free, I thought I might use it occasionally, perhaps to OC while out in the woods when it's hot and I don't usually have a belt on.

Of course, this assumes I can find a happy medium between giving myself a wedgie and the gun flopping around like a fish out of water.
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you're not planning to carry in that are you?

I wouldn't expect any kind of form fitting comfort from a $20 shoulder holster.
i have one and once i got it adjusted it was very comfortable - i actually like it alot...............
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Any suggestions on how to best approach this task without going insane?
The short answer is: forget about what you see on TV and movies. Those shoulder holsters are set to hang low in order to look "cool."

You want the gun fairly high up into the armpit. Mags should be high but forward, so that you can actually reach them. Your arm length and chest "barrelness" will dictate specifics. Make sure the place where the harness comes together in the back isn't twisted, hence printing.

The hallmark of a cheap shoulder holster is that, no matter how you adjust it, it never sits right.
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I have an Unc Mike's horizontal holster for my 1911/Ruger P89. I keep it set low so I can wear it under a hoody or loose sweatshirt. The grip of the gun will actually ride near my belt line when I have the front strap dropped pretty low. The best bet for the strap is to tighten it as tight as you can for added support. I agree, not the best rig out there, but if you are on a budget...it can work for you.
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I just recieved my Alessi Bodyguard shoulder rig for my 1911 Mil spec Gov model the other day, & it's a fine piece of leather work, that was designed by the late Lou Alessi, it has Lou's invention of a pull through snap, instead of a thumb break, which allow's the 1911 to be carried in cond 1 C & L without any problem's, Alessi is now overseen by Tom Kulwicki who like Lou make's the same crafted work as Lou himself did, It Adjust's very easy & the harness is very comfortable etc, I can see that I will be using & enjoying this rig for a long, long, time, I suggest anyone looking into a shoulder rig to give Tom a call at Alessi leather co. You will not regret it & the price & turnaround time is very nice also.
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