Semi-Auto Chest and Shoulder Rigs
Shoulder and chest rigs have their own particular merits. They are somewhat more complicated and specialized and very purpose-driven. They can be set up with seemingly endless variation. The holsters below are just a tiny indication of what is available. Please feel free to call us with questions.
The Spyder system is likely the most versatile of all the shoulder holster systems. It is a modular one meaning that the harness can be used with a variety of holsters and accessories. Switching is as easy as loosening and tightening a series of Chicago screws. The harness is also easily adjusted making the necessary changes from light summer clothing to fluffier winter woolies simple. The holster here is rigged for horizontal carry. It can also be had in a vertical carry position. A variety of pouches are available and the rig can be set up with no belt tiedowns as it is here, with tiedowns or with a simple back strap which aids dramatically in keeping the rig stable.
T. Rex (Tensions Screw Rex)
When we replicated the Applegate holster which SD Myres made for Colonel Rex Applegate, little did we realize where it would lead us. We found that the original Applegate (see our double action shoulder and chest page) was exceptionally grip and barrel specific. By inverting the holster portion, we discovered that a great number of issues were resolved. What we were left with was a more versatile holster which could be adapted to fit small and medium-small sized pistols. This one is shown with a Kahr K-9. It positions the firearm in a shoulder holster placement but with no shoulder harness. The belt loops and paddle below it suspend and support it via the belt. A skeleton surrounding the panel allows for a very comfortable and close fit to the body. It is an excellent and discreet concealed carry holster.
"Chug's Bugs" Chest Rig
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Bugout Chest Rig
Water Lily with added Black Widow and Scorpion Motif
The purpose of a chest rig is to place the firearm where it does not impede strenuous movement or interfere with the environment while on an ATV or horse. There's also that side bonus of being the hit of the barbeque when you get there!
This was a fun holster for us to build. If you double click on the photo, you will get an enlargement which will show a black widow about to pounce on a scorpion on the holster plus another spider creeping up the shoulder strap. But don't let the tooling blind you to the fact that this is a wonderfully functional rig.
The holster is equipped with a safety strap and tension screw. This allows for carry in both cocked and locked position or hammer down while in motion. Once at your location (or if danger is imminent), this strap swivels away to sit behind the holster for quick deployment as needed. The belt allows for accessory items to be slipped on and off at will which makes field use with mag pouches, flashlight pouches, knife sheaths and so on easy.
Double Shuffle Chest Rig
Bugout Chest Rig
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Chug's Chest Rig was our original style 1911 chest holster. That prototype led us to a final vesion... this one. The holster still has all of the features of the one above but has lost the "paddle". It has also been somewhat lowered on the front to accomodate larger rear sights.
If you like a bit of retro in your life, this is probably the holster for you. It is a very comfortable holster when properly fitted but can be tricky because it is not as versatile or as adjutable as the spyder system. Nor is the holster removable. This is simply what it is, a holster system rigged with a holster on one side and a shoulder strap on the opposite.
Hamley & Old Cop, Browning Hi-Power
Double Shuffle & Hamley Geometric
Not having a grip safety means that the safety strap can be placed as need dictates. In the case of the Hi-Power, that means it can be placed as shown or as a hammer block (as with the 1911 above).
Pattern, as always are at your discretion. Feel free to challenge us!
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The Spyder system is among the most versatile we have seen. The system is modular; holsters and accessory pouches can be easily changed as needs dictate. The system can also be equipped with belt tie downs or with a back stabilizer belt. (For the latter, see below.) The belt tie downs are recommended for individuals with broad shoulders and tiny wasists where it is important for the holster and pouches to be drawn in to the body for concealment. The back stabilizer works well for all others. Its purpose is to keep the holsters from flopping forward when bending. The holsters and accesories are otherwise free to move just a bit. The net end result of that slight bit of movement is that printing is minimized.
Working Hand Spyder
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Tooling aside, this spyder setup is very similar to the Maricopa Spyder shown above. The exceptions are the new style harness connector which we feel offers a bit more comfort and adjustability. This one is also equipped with a back stabilizer belt which keeps holster and accessories from flopping when bending forward.
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