DOuble Action Shoulder & Chest Rigs
Shoulder and chest rigs have their own particular merits. They are somewhat more complicated and specialized and are very purpose driven. They can also 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.
Hamley & 9's Spyder
Light Mahogany (heavily oiled)
Hamley with Repeating 9's Border
The Spyder system is likely the most versatile of all the 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 lossening and tightening a series of Chicago screws. The harness is also easily adjusted for size, making the necessary changes from light summer clothing to fluffier winter woolies simple. The holster here is rigged for horizontal carry. It is shown with belt tie downs. It can be had without tie downs or with the option of a stabilizing rear belt. (You can see this in the Semi-Auto Shoulder Rig Section.)
The rig is shown with a single dump pouch. This can be made for loose cartridges or for cartridges staged on tuff-strips. We show a double dump pouch set up below.
Leaf & Scroll Spyder
Leaf and Scroll Floral
Among shoulder harness designs, this one deserves a great deal of respect. It is versatile and can be had in endless combinations. It is stable and, with the wide straps, exceptionally comfortable.
The holster on this rig is equipped with a trigger break. It was actually designed for the J-Frame Centennial which has no hammer and which is impossible to retain with a conventional thumb break. The weak hand side is equipped with a set of dump pouches for loose ammo or for tuff strips. The hardware on this particular one is a combination of stainless steel and hand-engraved sterling silver. The silver is custom from Ahmad Khan.
Hamley Vertical Carry Spyder
Spyder (Vertical Hang Holster)
The N-frame is a very big handful of steel and wood. It tends to be grip and cylinder heavy and so is best toted in the vertical rather than the more common horizontal carry position shown in the 2 holsters above.
The gent who ordered this rig specified that he preferred speedloaders over dump pouches for loose cartridges or cartridges on Tuff Strips. The result is a setup where each Speedloader is secured in a separate pouch. The flaps can be pulled open without them falling out as they are fit quite snugly. If you believe the speedloaders are a bit bulky -- or if you are a small to medium built person, please feel free to substitute the dump pouches. We suggest 2 on L & N-Frames to help balance the load.
Once again, Roy Huntington and "American Handgunner" had a huge influence in the making of this holster. Essentially, the holster got its start with an article written by Michael Janich in the Nov/Dec 2011issue. The gauntlet was thrown! Could this Detective Wunder be replicated? The Applegate holster is the result. It is as close to the original as we could get by looking through the article and old catalogue info from SD Myers. The pistols is carried grips down positioned in what amounts to a belt-mounted shoulder rig but without harness. A fascinating rig!
While we would love to build this for everythinhg under the sun, we are only going to consider orders for the Colt Detective Special and Smith & Wesson J-Frames -- narrow grips or narrow grips with Tyler T inserts ONLY. We have found that the Applegate holster is extremely specific to grip and barrel lengths. The difference between a 1-7/8" and 2-1/8" J-frame is dramatic. You will be asked very specific questions on the gun in order to make the pivot points precise and functional.
If you have different barrel lengths, combat style grips or carry revolvers with various grips, please consider the T Rex below as a great alternative with an equal coolness factor.
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 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 framed revolvers and pistols.This one is shown with Smith & Wesson Model 60 J-Frame.
The firearm is positioned with a shoulder holster placement but with no shoulder harness. The belt loops and paddle below it suspend and support it on 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 which can be hidden under a light shirt.
Oak Leaf with carved Moose inset
The Valdez Rig is actually a "Huckleberry" style rig rather than a true chest rig. The Huckleberry positions the holster in a high crossdraw just under the ribcage while the chest rig positions the holster more center of chest.
The Valdez chest rig is characterized by 1" straps throughout it's harness . It has a moveable shoulder "pad", useful for easing the weight of a heavy revolver when in the field. It also allows for convenient adjustments for heavier or lighter clothing. Initial adjustment is by chicago screw and buckle.Once fitted, it is very easy to resize for more or less clothing by buckles alone. The revolver is held in place with a thumb tab over the hammer which also does double duty in protecting moveable rear sights.
Hamley Chest Rig
Light Mahogany (heavily oiled)
Bugout Chest Rig
The purpose of a chest rig is to place the firearm where it does not impede strenuous arm movement or interfere with the environment when on an ATV or horse. There's also that side bonus of being the hit of the barbeque when you get there!
The holster is positioned center of chest. Unlike the Valdez which has a moveable shoulder pad, we opted for a single, wide shoulder strap. It serves the same purpose as the shoulder pad but without needing constant adjustment for changes in clothing thickness.
This is also a more modular system. The holster can be easily released by undoing a single chicago screw and by pulling the belt from its loop. Reassembly with a different holster is as easily accomplished. The harness also allows for easy placement of accessory items such as ammo slides, small pouches, small lights and so on which one might not want on a belt or which might remain dedicated to the rig.
Plain Texas Tanker
Texas Tanker Huckleberry
So what makes this a different holster than the Valdez or Bugout? Basically, the Texas Tanker is another variant of the Huckleberry rather than the true chest rig that the Bugout is. Like the Valdez, this places the firearm in a high crossdraw under the rib cage rather than the center of the chest like the Bugout. The strap falls the same as the Valdez keeping the strogside shoulder free for a slinged rifle. The difference between this and the Valdez lies in a less cluttered harness of the Tanker. The Valdez has a moveable shoulder "pad". The Tanker has a solid, wide strap. It is simpler to adjust as well.
As with all of these rigs, chest or Huckleberry, the gun is held firmly in place without binding or restraining movement. Decoration is in the eye of the beholder and, as always, we encourage you to make this rig your own with whatever embelishments and personalization you wish.
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