I carry a Glock 43 as a back-up gun and currently carry it in an Uncle Mike's Belly Band / Body Armor holster (Size #4 - the largest one they offer) slipped onto one of the side straps on my vest.  I am happy with the positioning, accessibility, and relative lack of "printing" of this set up.  My challenge is that the Glock 43 barely fits into this holster.  I wish Uncle Mike's made a #5!  I even called to see if they sold a larger size and they do not.  If anyone is familiar with this Uncle Mike's holster and has run into the same problem, can you suggest a similar set up , from another vendor, but in a little larger size?  Thank you!

RBOYLE

 

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I carry my G43 in a Blade-Tech Klipt holster, velcro attached in the plate pocket of my vest.  It does print, but I'm ok with it as I've been carrying a bug that way for 20 years.  You could easily attach one to your straps.

 

Friend of mine makes these, http://piecekeepertactical.com...187/category=7080683

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Mika vest holsters.

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Gladius Holsters Vest Holster.  I have one and it worked well for the intended use.  Made of kydex and fit to a G43.  I also ran the same holster in a cargo pocket for quite awhile. 

Positives:  Holds the gun extremely securely.  Allows for a rotational draw, so you don't have to pull it up into your armpit.  Securely attaches to vest with Velcro affixed to the front and back.

Negatives:  It's expensive at $85, but I think they may have a LEO discount.  It's molded to contour your body, meaning it can probably only be mounted for either right or left handed draw only.

https://gladiusholsters.com/product/vest-holster/

Second Shift - Raising your kids since 1892.

I occasionally carry a Kahr PM9 in a repurposed Crossbreed Ohai holster. Velcros to the vest and holds well.

Looks like Crossbreed now makes a holster called the "Last Ditch". A slimmed down Ohai designed for this specific purpose. 

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SBR99 posted:

Gladius Holsters Vest Holster.  I have one and it worked well for the intended use.  Made of kydex and fit to a G43.  I also ran the same holster in a cargo pocket for quite awhile. 

Positives:  Holds the gun extremely securely.  Allows for a rotational draw, so you don't have to pull it up into your armpit.  Securely attaches to vest with Velcro affixed to the front and back.

Negatives:  It's expensive at $85, but I think they may have a LEO discount.  It's molded to contour your body, meaning it can probably only be mounted for either right or left handed draw only.

https://gladiusholsters.com/product/vest-holster/

Did you have Velcro sewn into cargo pockets to prevent holster from coming out upon drawing the G43? 

I've worn the Mika daily for 3 years without any issues, very comfortable. 

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Take a look at Gladius Holsters. They have a Vest Holster that allows you to rotate the gun out of the holster. Like the other holsters I saw on this forum this companies vest holster is not a modification of an outside or inside the the waist but specifically designed to be carried on the vest. I know they have promotions pop up every once in awhile.

https://gladiusholsters.com/product/vest-holster/

Thank you for this suggestion.  Just to "close the loop" a bit on this topic.  I ended up getting the Gladius Vest Holster and extra Mag Carrier.  I have been using both for several months with my G43.  They work great!  As you suggest, they are purpose-built for the job and do the job well.  Thank you for your reply!

RBOYLE

 

Isaiah 6:8 - Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

 

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

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i use a 511 t-shirt they sell. its lots more than a real t-shirt. ((cant member name tonite) its tight fitted and maybe too warm in summer. it has the same type of pockets as the 511 duty shirts. both side and really deep. VERY snug fitting. i ordered a 3 x when i wear an xl in their other clothes. carry a .45 shield and 2 spares on the off side. looks like a knock off of old lenny magill shirt. much better no straps to get thru. just reach in and grab. very fast for the c/f u are in. (guy used to make; trg films some years ago. comes in blac or white. wear under uniform top. absolutely the best thing i have ever used. jumper66

Thank you!

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Isaiah 6:8 - Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  And who will go for us?”  And I said, “Here am I.  Send me!”

 

Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

Lt. Gen. Hal Moore, U.S. Army, Retired - “There is always one more thing you can do to increase your odds of success.”

SmokeJumper posted:
SBR99 posted:

Gladius Holsters Vest Holster.  I have one and it worked well for the intended use.  Made of kydex and fit to a G43.  I also ran the same holster in a cargo pocket for quite awhile. 

Positives:  Holds the gun extremely securely.  Allows for a rotational draw, so you don't have to pull it up into your armpit.  Securely attaches to vest with Velcro affixed to the front and back.

Negatives:  It's expensive at $85, but I think they may have a LEO discount.  It's molded to contour your body, meaning it can probably only be mounted for either right or left handed draw only.

https://gladiusholsters.com/product/vest-holster/

Did you have Velcro sewn into cargo pockets to prevent holster from coming out upon drawing the G43? 

Didn't see this reply.  Sorry for the extreme delay.

I do not have Velcro sewn into my cargo pockets, however, that wouldn't be the worst idea.  I wore Blauer duty pants that had an open top in between the cargo pocket and the pant leg.  If you set the zipper right, the gun could be drawn but the holster was too wide to come through the opening.  Combine that with a rearward draw and the gun came out reliably without the holster attached.

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I know the original question involved vest holsters, and I'm sorry for going off of that lean.  I left vest carry for a bug a long time ago, for various accessibility reasons.  I went to ankle carry, and it worked well with the right holster (I carry a S&W J-frame) for a very long time.  Changing to load carry vests makes it harder to bend over a lot, and I went to carrying in my support side trouser cargo pocket, in a Hume pocket holster ( https://www.donhume.com/index....5&products_id=31 ).    Depending on the pocket size, and the holster size, it may or may not shift.  It has that little hook on it, and it works really well on the draw to grab the pocket lip and separate from the revolver.  Before we got ordered to stop wearing them, it worked perfect in the cargo pocket of my Stryke pants.  The pants I currently wear have larger pockets, and the holster would shift, but, they have loop Velcro inside.  I Super-glued some Velcro onto the holster, and that fixed the problem.  

Of all the methods I have tried and attempted (not all are listed, to include the BUG pocket), my favorite is this support side cargo pocket carry.  It is VERY accessible to me, and concealed.

Not too long ago, I got called down to a different precinct for an HNT thing, and I saw one of the self-styled hot-shots down there with a backup Ruger LCR in an open top (no retention), crossdraw holster on his duty belt, near the center-line.  First, it's against policy ( one that I agree with).  Second, it may look all ghetto gunfighter, but it is completely fucking stupid and dangerous.  His supervisor should be having a talk with him about that.  "Hey!  Look at my extra gun!  Go ahead and help yourself to it!".  

Whatever you choose, good luck, and I hope you find a safe and functional method.

 

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