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Old 01-20-2010, 03:11 AM
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I am looking for a shoulder holster for my S&W 642. I would like for the gun to sit vertically in the holster and do not want any need for the holster to attach to a waist belt or loop. I want to be able to wear it under a light jacket while wearing sweat pants, so there won't be anything for the holster harness to attach to on my waist.

I imagine there would be a loop to go around my weak side shoulder with the holster hanging down vertically from it and a strap across my back to another loop that goes around my strong side shoulder.

Does such a holster exist?
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:26 AM
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A Kramer shirt would do it. It has built-in holsters that hold a 642 vertically.
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Not vertical.
And certainly not CHEAP!
But really, REALLY good...
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All of my shoulder holsters are vertical and have a loop to fasten to my belt but I usually don't fasten them. One reason is I am lazy and don't do anyhing I don't have too. The other reason for not fasting to my belt is if my jacket is not fastened and I lean to the left the holster swings out also and stays covered. If it is fastened to my belt when the jacket opens up the holster stays close to my side and is easy to spot. But I want the belt loop so I can hold it close if I want too. Larry
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Without a loop, vertical rigs don't work as well since they don't balance well and pulling up on the gun pulls up on the holster..for a 442 you are better of with the butt hanging down...alos, the 442/642 is so light, it doesn'tneed the support of the loop....JMO.


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I can highly recommend the Ken Null SMZ and SKR...vertical, butt down carry and easy to draw with off hand while still being secure. I don't know why I keep selling these to finance other holsters I am not happy with! I need another one now! Of the two, I like the SKR most, but the SMZ is great if you have a variety of frame styles within the JFrame--ie...centennial, bodyguard, etc...

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I have one of the Null rigs (SMZ). I agree, they are fine for low weight applications. But, they're not a "beltless" style. I've altered a few shirts to have a hemmed opening on the R/S seam above the belt line, sort of like an enlarged button hole. This is required, to allow the off side support strap loop to pass through the shirt and be installed around your belt?
Another method I use, though rather slow is this product....

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Look at this one, basically a copy of the old Safariland Model 19 as I recall. I have had a 2" K-frame and 4" N-frame Safariland for the past 35 years and still use them from time to time. Nevada Gun Leather -- Gun holsters,concealment holsters,leather holsters,shoulder holsters,holsters
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