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Old 09-25-2013, 12:36 PM
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"Tanker" shoulder holster.....




I did a search but didn't find(probably my fault) what I was looking for.
Who has any experience with the WWII type shoulder holster for a 1911?
I don't want it for EDC, just out shooting. I have a hip holster but my shoulder tends to pinch some when drawing. Older age?
Are there any decent reproductions out there? Don't need a genuine article.
I favor black leather if that makes a difference.
Thanks for your help.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:14 PM
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:18 PM
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I have both a M3 and a M7. The latter is much more adjustable, and allows the holster to be worn in a variety of positions, but I really prefer the simplicity of just throwning-on the M3 - one strap - to the clips and straps on the M7.
The M7is a bit more concealable, as the straps don't cross the upper part of the chest, so that might be a consideration if you are going to wear the rig to church, or something.
If I were going to buy a new one, I'd get the El Paso Saddlery M1942 version of the M3. The quality of my genuine, U.S. military contractor-made M7 is nowhere near the quality of El Paso's products.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:21 PM
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I have one, although I'm uncertain of its vintage. As far as function goes, it holds the pistol without issue. Its neat, and for the $20 I got it for I have no complaints. Mostly I just use my IWB holster or the paddle holster that Springfield shipped the gun with.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:23 PM
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I have two of the El Paso Saddlery tanker rigs.

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I have both a M3 and a M7. The latter is much more adjustable, and allows the holster to be worn in a variety of positions, but I really prefer the simplicity of just throwning-on the M3 - one strap - to the clips and straps on the M7.
The M7is a bit more concealable, as the straps don't cross the upper part of the chest, so that might be a consideration if you are going to wear the rig to church, or something.
If I were going to buy a new one, I'd get the El Paso Saddlery M1942 version of the M3. The quality of my genuine, U.S. military contractor-made M7 is nowhere near the quality of El Paso's products.
They are definitely the way to go. My wife and I have been using them for years on a regular basis. They are comfortable and very well made. They are still in "like new" condition. I may be ordering another one soon for my S&W model 1006.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:06 PM
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I have a Tanker holster from El Paso Saddle(M3?). Very well-made. Nice for hiking around,off-roading etc.

They are not very good to draw from. That high backing which makes them comfy to carry makes them sorta hard to draw from;definitely not fast. You gotta slip your thumb down inside the back part of the holster.
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Old 09-25-2013, 02:48 PM
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Since this is just for poking around and not CC,have you thought about a crossdraw rig?
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:01 PM
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I have this. Its good for when Im out in the Jeep.

http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.c...s/pcl_56_r.htm
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:22 PM
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Either the El Paso or the Pacific C&L are great choices compared to the current surplus original issue gear.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:11 PM
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I did a search but didn't find(probably my fault) what I was looking for.
Who has any experience with the WWII type shoulder holster for a 1911?
I don't want it for EDC, just out shooting. I have a hip holster but my shoulder tends to pinch some when drawing. Older age?
Are there any decent reproductions out there? Don't need a genuine article.
I favor black leather if that makes a difference.
Thanks for your help.
Go to Simply Rugged Holsters (www.simplyrugged.com) - they make the Chesty Puller rig. Just what you are looking for.
http://shop.simplyrugged.com/ecommer...160&parent=672
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:15 PM
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I just recently got the Guides Choice chest rig from Diamond D Custom Leather:
http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Chest_Holsters.php

It's very nice. I see they make a tanker style also.
http://www.diamonddcustomleather.com/Tanker_Holster.php

CS was excellent.

I haven't worn mine in the woods yet, just around my property but it's very comfortable. Surprisingly it doesn't put very much pressure on the shoulder. Most of the weight is taken up by the middle strap (torso) so extended wear without shoulder hot spots is great.

Good luck.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:35 PM
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I did a search but didn't find(probably my fault) what I was looking for.
Who has any experience with the WWII type shoulder holster for a 1911?
I don't want it for EDC, just out shooting. I have a hip holster but my shoulder tends to pinch some when drawing. Older age?
Are there any decent reproductions out there? Don't need a genuine article.
I favor black leather if that makes a difference.
Thanks for your help.
I used one extensively, as I was a "Tanker" (Armor crewman), actually a tank gunner.

They make great field holsters; but wouldn't be too good for CCW use.

Rick
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:35 PM
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Two types, M7 and M3. M3 is commonly called the "Tanker" Although both were made for pilots/aviators/air crews and designed so as not to interfere with a parachute harness I believe.

http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.c..._holsters4.htm

http://www.atlantacutlery.com/p-1178...r-holster.aspx

http://www.ima-usa.com/u-s-wwii-45-c...u-s-brown.html

http://www.epsaddlery.com/c-14-military.aspx

Of the ones list above I have an El Paso, Atlanta Cutlery and Pacific Canvas and they are all pretty top notch. Atlanta offers lining and I would say has the edge when it comes to quality. Their leather is great and is very durable.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:42 PM
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I have a VN era M7, I picked it up for less than a repro, off ebay.

A little mink oil and a lot of neetsfoot oil....

I got it for a hiking/hunting rig.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:24 PM
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Two types, M7 and M3. M3 is commonly called the "Tanker" Although both were made for pilots/aviators/air crews and designed so as not to interfere with a parachute harness I believe.

http://www.pacificcanvasandleather.c..._holsters4.htm

http://www.atlantacutlery.com/p-1178...r-holster.aspx

http://www.ima-usa.com/u-s-wwii-45-c...u-s-brown.html

http://www.epsaddlery.com/c-14-military.aspx

Of the ones list above I have an El Paso, Atlanta Cutlery and Pacific Canvas and they are all pretty top notch. Atlanta offers lining and I would say has the edge when it comes to quality. Their leather is great and is very durable.
BIG THANKS guys!!! Earl, this just might be the winner. I haven't had toe chance to look at El Paso yet BUT these are what I'm after. AND No, this won't be for EDC. Just seems to be better for casual gun shootin'.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:04 PM
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Wore an M7 holster with a Browning 9mm in it during the mid '70's while I was on UN Peacekeeping duty in the Middle East for 6 months. It was comfortable and it worked for me.
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:26 PM
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I have several. Never cared for the chest strap. I like to wear it in the lowest position and fasten the bottom loop to my belt loop with a small carbineer to keep it in place. It would be usable for ccw. Truman
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Old 09-25-2013, 08:56 PM
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If you have a gut like me the m7 makes it stick out more than the m3. Just sayin.
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:08 AM
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If you want a double duty shoulder rig look into the Calco Miami Classic. I adapted the M7 holster to the Miami Classic and with a heavy shirt or light jacket it goes concealed. The M3 goes over your head and around the shoulder and the holster snaps to your belt. It's more comfortable but if you're running and jumping or climbing trees and such it tends to move on you. The M7 has the added chest strap but it's a little less comfortable. The Miami Classic when snapped/secured to your belt fixes both those problems and because it goes around both should and cross on your back, it's concealable with a shirt or jacket.

http://www.usgalco.com/HolsterPG3.as...=3159&GunID=28
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Old 09-26-2013, 09:41 AM
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I love the M-7, used to carry the 1911 in one, went to a high power so I made one in basket weave pattern. I like the versatility of the M-7 with the extra straps, great angle for drawing from sitting or in a vehicle, plus it's very secure and out of the way.
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Old 09-26-2013, 10:41 PM
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Of the available M3 holsters, the El Paso Saddlery is the best.
It's 100% American made of American leather, and uses American made metal hardware, mostly brass as I recall.

All the others are Chinese or Indian made and the leather often has a foul odor due to the use of "natural" (don't ask) tanning "materials".
The hardware is often thin steel or pot metal and is substandard.

The El Paso GI type holsters are as good if not better then a USGI holster from the 1940's. I've been using a Model 1916 hip holster, El Paso's Model 1940, since the 70's and it's still in perfect shape.
You get what you pay for.

As a plus, the El Paso can be had in right or left hand, different stamps, and with linings. They make the M3 type to fit just about any hand gun with any barrel length.

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Old 09-26-2013, 10:51 PM
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Have you tried a military surplus store? Tons of them here in the greater Ft Hood area.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:24 AM
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As a former Tanker and Cav guy, these work well for a secure 1911 or other pistol.
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Old 09-27-2013, 01:28 PM
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As far as I am concerned. They are about the best thing since sliced bread.

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As a former Tanker and Cav guy, these work well for a secure 1911 or other pistol.
For open carrying while performing some other activity they are hard to beat. My wife an I wear them while hiking, canoeing, horse back riding, you name it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:34 PM
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I agree with the above statements.

As a former 19Kilo I LOVED my tanker holster. Carrier both a 1911 and a Beretta in one.
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