The shoulder holster method of carry is much older than people realize. It appeared in the old west, being a favorite to hide a spare gun in some primitive leather sling and holster combination.
In fact, rumors say Doc Holliday carried a revolver in a shoulder holster every now and then. The shoulder holster made its appearance during the revolutionary war as a more comfortable way to carry while saddled on horseback or riding in a cart.
Also, one could assume an early version of the shoulder holster was used by the good old pirates off the Carolinas and Bahamas in variety of ways. The brace of single shot black powder pistols worn by our favorite and most romanticized outlaws.
Why Are Shoulder Holsters Popular?
The shoulder holster was a favorite of private detectives as well (or at least that’s what pop culture from the time would like us to believe). The shoulder holster was made even more famous by Steve Mcqueen in Bullitt, who interestingly enough was partly based on famed detective David Toschi and actually mimicked his style of ‘speed’ draw should holster.