Review Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System Buy Guide.

Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System combines features from the Miami Classic Holster with a traditional vertical shoulder holster into an adjustable-size system that's perfect for 21st century in-flight LE and Emergency Personnel. The Galco Vertical Leather Shoulder Holster allows comfortable carry, and can be worn exposed over a flight suit in emergency room settings without alarming civilians with an exposed horizontal muzzle. The Galco VHS provides the long-awaited alternative for those who want the concealment of our Miami Classic but, for what ever reason, prefer the classic vertical carry style. A key component of this patented shoulder system is its spider harness. All four points of the spider harness can pivot independently and are connected by our unique clover shaped Flexalon swivel back plate, which is a Galco trademark. This along with the patented swivel connectors results in a perfect fit and lasting comfort for all sizes and shapes. This Galco Shoulder Rig is constructed of premium saddle leather with a smooth finish, and includes holster, harness and ammo carrier.

Other Galco VHS accessories and components may be purchased separately. The Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System is ambidextrous, in tan or black finish.

91.75 /100
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  • Value for money


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Features of Galco Vertical Shoulder Holster System:

  • Regular 1911 standard single stack clips only apply without extended kick pads

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  • PROS
  • Fit, ease of adjustment, draw angle
  • Fit and Function
  • Quality, versatility, modifiable, adjustable, heavy load bearing capacity
  • Nice leather, comfortable
  • CONS
  • plastic component

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Trevor - Add Reply

This is a good quality holster but it has two flaws. The first is there is no way to secure the holster to a belt. If there was a strap or loop to allow you to secure it to your belt it would greatly enhance its usability. The second is the ambidextrous safety catch can unsnap and fall off WAY too easy. I think both these flaws could be fixed by making a designated right and left hand holster and stitching these items to the holster. Pros: Well made, easy to set up, comfortable to wear Cons: Safety snap can easily come off, No belt tie-down

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Jorge - Add Reply

Great quality and fitting holster. Initially broke in holster using the freezer bag suggestion from Galco website and Galco Draw-EZ. The vertical carry is safe and secure. Would be nice for an option to attach to belt. I would recommend this product to anyone looking for a shoulder holster. Pros: Secure vertical carry Cons: No belt attachment options

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Brayan - Add Reply

I was surprised to see that there is nothing to attach the holster to your belt. A 1911 Rail Gun is a tight fit and it fits high up under the left arm pit. You must firmly hold the holster with your left hand and pull the pistol up and out at the same time to get the pistol out. An attachment from the holster to the belt would have made it possible to extract the pistil with one hand. Pros: Good quality leather and overall design. Cons: No attachment from holster to belt.

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Kiley - Add Reply

Very secure vertical carry for those who are active in the outdoors. I bought it for motorcycling, hiking, and hunting purposes, and am very pleased with the security it provides my 1911. The only issue I have is that I could not find an attachment on the holster to fit a tie down; otherwise, it is perfect for my needs. Pros: Quality Product. Secure Fit. Comfortable. Cons: Holster doesn't have means of attaching tie down

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Dan - Add Reply

The holster was a gift to my wife who is not tall. We adjusted it to fit her and it was instant love. The quality and feel of the shoulder holster is great. A definite thumbs up. Pros: Comfortable, high quality, great looking Cons: no securing system for weapon to belt

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Markus - Add Reply

I use this model holster with a Springfield Armory Pro/Operator railed 1911. Great fit, secure carry, and holster doesn't interfere with the ambi-safety. I chose the double mag offside pouch instead of a quad mag pouch and it offsets the holster/gun weight well and conceals better. Pros: Quality product, great fit and usability Cons: Could use an alternate belt tie down on holster bottom

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Gonzalo - Add Reply

Love this holster! Went above and beyond my expectations, and is so much nicer than my old drop holster!

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Darrel - Add Reply

Had some initial concerns with the attach points being plastic. So far has held up well under daily use. Fits well. Leather conforms to gun quickly making drawing the gun smooth. Leather appears to be of high quality and has held up well. It does take a little getting used to after having a pants holster for the last 18 years. I decided to go with a shoulder holster because my pants holster was causing me back issues. So far the back issues have gone away with the switch.

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Raymond - Add Reply

This holster is very well made and I especially like the adjustment system that is very smooth and positive. I was not able to use the tie down system without lowering the mag pouch below where I would like to have had it (I'm 6'4" tall). Without the tie down system the holster and mag pouch were simply to free to move around for my taste. Ultimately I returned the holster due to this. I expect the horizontal model would ride better but I'm uncomfortable with the loaded pistol pointing at the back seat where people ride when I'm driving. Quality of construction for this holster is excellent as I've come to expect from Galco.

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Jonathon - Add Reply

Could not be more pleased with my Galco VHS. A little history first. For years, I carried Strong-Side OWB, usually a pancake. Then I switched to shoulder carry using a DeSantis rig. I never could seem to get it adjusted to my body style, which changed from trim to rounded (desk job). Now retired, I decided to try the Galco Vertical Holster. Smart choice! Only took me about 1 hour to adjust it (very easy). One thing I noticed right away is that the shoulder straps were wider than what was pictured. No complaints from me - - the "wider" straps are a Galco option?!? Consider me lucky. What I do recommend is the "tie-down" accessory.

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Flavio - Add Reply

Sirs: I am serving overseas and needed a better option than was issued. I asked for your best value and got it. Two weeks later I was wearing my new GALCO holster. Thanks Optics-Planet! Pros: Lightweight easy to wear Cons: Leather harness stretches quite a bit

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Conner - Add Reply

Purchased this Galco VHS for a Colt 1911 for law enforcement duty. As with all Galco leather, the quality is fantastic, although you pay a premium for that quality. I own a Galco VLS system where the shoulder straps are wider than on the VHS, and a bit more comfortable. Outstanding product, and I was happy that Optics Planet had this in stock, in black, when even Galco had a backorder waiting period. Pros: quality leather Cons: none

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Candelario - Add Reply

This is a great holster. Made in USA. High quality leather. Lot's of adjustment options. Fits the Beretta M9 perfectly. I would recommend this holster to anyone looking for a good holster for carrying an M9 around base during a deployment. Pros: High quality, great fit Cons: None

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Anibal - Add Reply

I would have given a higher rating if: (1). The Ruger LCR would be able to secure in place with the provided snap strap. (2). The provided ammunition storage pouches should accept speed loader storage. (Magazine storage provided no use for a wheel gun; maybe to store fishing weights?). The overall finish and quality of this rig however, is second to none. The unit is easily adjusted, although a size XXXL would find this a little snug. There is no tattle tale image under a light jacket or medium weight shirt even when not fully buttoned or zipped and the carry piece is readily accessible.

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Darrell - Add Reply

Galco is always high qualtity. Have several Pros: Fit and Finish Cons: Sholder straps should be wider

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Ross - Add Reply

Fits railed kimber I have great, great holster is really comfortable Pros: Great product fits well Cons: none

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Jo - Add Reply

excellent quality, but design would be improved if it included a belt attachment option. Pros: quality is excellent Cons: No belt attachment

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Manuel - Add Reply

Received item in excellent condition and in timely fashion. Fits real comfortably. Took some time and work to get my pistol to fit. Followed the instructions and pistol fits securely and hangs nicely under my arm. Exactly what I was looking for.

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Zachary - Add Reply

Great rig,and great looking also. I bought 2 extra sets of brass screws so I would not have to cut the leather. Turned out great. My Ruger P-89 fits perfectly in it. Pros: comfortable Cons: none

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Vinnie - Add Reply

nice holster for full sized 1911,but flops around with no tie down. Pros: nice quality Cons: no tie downs included

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Elvis - Add Reply

Just a Outstanding Design. Fit and Finish 1st rate. Could not more pleased. Pros: Great craftsmanship Cons: Does not have a size to fit my Dan Wesson 4 inch .44

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Keon - Add Reply

I always wanted one but they were just a little to pricy until I found ti here on Optics planet with free shipping too. My wife gave me a Dan Wesson 10mm Razorback for my B-day and this is just the rig for back country travel. Very comfortable and well balanced. I got the black one and am very happy with it. This rig is also great to throw over sweats when you'r not wearing a belt and just heading out for a short walk or feeding the horses etc.

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Casper - Add Reply

Beautiful craftsmanship, comfy fit, gun fits great. Definitely a nice product that is well made. Would recommend purchasing they are a little spendy but you get what you pay for, should last a long time

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Mitchel - Add Reply

I like the system. Own one for a revolver. However, while I like this system that I purchased for my Sig p226 MK25 I have had to spend a fair amount of time breaking in the leather. It fits way too snug. Had been advised it would work for my Mk 25, but because of the time it is taking to get it adjusted it may not have been good advise.

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Bertrand - Add Reply

There are times where you just don't want to carry OWB or IWB, and a quality shoulder holster is just the ticket. This is my 3rd or 4th Galco rig, so I'm more than satisfied with the fit and function of their products. Great holster, great price, great customer service!

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Felton - Add Reply

The holster leather is very soft and pliable. Adjustments are easy to make, and the system is very comfortable. The leather appears to be high quality. I did not give it a 5 star because the connector for all he leather pieces is plastic. I would have preferred that it be leather also.

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Coby - Add Reply

quality leather work

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Chase - Add Reply

Very pleased with the product. Recommend highly. Pros: Perfect fit, safe and functional. Cons: Could use hook up to a belt

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Porter - Add Reply

Beautiful holster. Lots of compliments here in Kuwait. Pros: Great fit and finish Cons: Belt attatchment would be nice

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