Single Action Chest and Shoulder Rigs
Shoulder and chest rigs, whether for single, double or semi-auto firearms have their own particular merits. When they suit their purpose, they simply cannot be beat. 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.
Hamley Chest Rig
Bugout Chest Rig
The chest rig is designed to place the holster and firearm center of chest or just slightly to the right of that point at or just below the shirt pockets. It's placement allows for free arm movement. It also gives the firearm a great deal of protection when riding horseback or on a quad as it is not placed where brush or limbs can get tangled in it.
Masters Chest Rig
Bugout Chest Rig
Holster: Maricopa Flower with 1917 Border
At SHOT, 2013 ,we were asked if we would like to contribute something to be auctioned to benefit the First Shots Charity Event at the 2013 Shooting Maaters. This chest rig was our contribution. The rig are positions the firearm convenienly and securely in the center of the chest. There is plenty of adjustment to take you through whatever clothing meets the season. The chest strap is wide enough to spread the weight of a firearm for all day comfort. The belly band is made so that accesoriescan be easily added or removed giving much-desired options for carrying purpose-related gear while in the field.
Basketstamp & Border Texas Tanker
Texas Tanker Huckleberry
Retro Basketstamp with Celtic Twist & Marquis Border
If you are paying attention to pictures, you will see that the position of the straps in the harness as well as the width of the chest band mark the differences between the chest rig and what we refer to as a Huckleberry. The strap width on both are identical, but on the chest rig it crosses the chest and on the Huckleberry, drops straight down. The chest strap on the Huckleberrystyles are 1' rather than 1-1/2" wide and are slightly offset where they attach to the holster. The net end result is the final position at which the holster rests. On the chest rig, the holster sits pretty much center of chest and yields a very high crossdraw. On a Huckleberry style, the holster rides just below the weak side rib cage providing a high crossdraw.
So what is the benefit of one over the other? Both keep your arms free. The position of the draw might attract one being more favorable than the next. The straight up strap of the Tanker might be more desireable if you are balancing a slinged rifle on the strong side shoulder. Not having straps interfering with one another or being able to distribute loads evenly over the shoulders makes sense for comfort for long days on the trail.
Dakota Doc Martin's Jock Strap Hucklebeery
Havana and British Tan with brass spots and Mexican Peso
Dakota Doc Huckleberry with Jock Strap Modification
Dakota Doc Martin Border
When folks fall in love with the Texas Jock Strap style holsters, they REALLY fall in love with them. We were asked if we could fix up a Huckleberry with one and figured, well, okay... why not?
Borderstamped Old Cop
Old Cop, Contoured Mainseam Style
Chain & 4-Point Star Border
This is a period-correct holster. Originally, they were built with the wide shoulder strap and a chest strap. This eventually was dropped in favor of a figure of 8 harness that was and is still used in keeping some upper extremity prosthetics in place. It is a useful style that has been around since the 1880's when it was attributed to Ben Thompson (an associate of Wyatt Earp). It remained popular well into the 1960's. It was edged practically out of existance by the spyder system.(See our Semi-Auto and Double Action Sections for examples of the Spyder.)
Hamley Old Cop
Old Cop (Standard Mainseam)
Hamley Geometric with Repeating 9's Border
The only difference between this "Old Cop" and the one featured at the top of the page is the tooling pattern and the shape of the mainseam. Some people like the look of the heavily contoured, some prefer this. Your choice!
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