The Bodyguard by Alessi Holsters is a shoulder holster designed to be the most comfortable and concealable shoulder rig available today. It is highly favored by 1911 enthusiasts but has fans among handgun owners across the board.
The holster is of the rearward facing variety and also features a weak-side ammo pouch. When adjusted properly, this rig can be worn for exceptionally long periods of time without any noticeable discomfort. To ensure that the holster has longest service life possible, the harness does not utilize any nylon or elastic. These synthetic materials are known to become uncomfortable after extended periods of wear and were determined by Lou himself to be unacceptable for integration into top-quality shoulder holsters.
With the Body Guard, nothing but the finest materials are used in its construction. The shoulder holster is made from 100% top grain russet leather. This includes the holsters itself, the harness straps, and magazine pouch. All snaps and connection fasteners are made of corrosion-resistant materials. Many owners who have experience with a number of different shoulder holster designs dub it the most comfortable, concealable shoulder rig in production today.
The holster is positioned semi-horizontally (butt down in the hollow of the body) for a fast natural draw. It incorporates a unique ‘Speed Break’ system is fast on the draw and entirely secure under the most extreme carry conditions. Due to the nature of the the design of some firearms as well as some law enforcement internal regulations, some Bodyguard shoulder holsters are produced with a thumb break instead. Glock and Sig auto pistols for example will have a thumb break, as well as others designed without external safeties.
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Reviews of the Lou Alessi Bodyguard shoulder holster are found below. If you've used this particular style of holster before, why not write a review to share you personal insights with the other members of the shooting community?
I currently have four of these holsters (S&W J-frame, S&WK-frame, HK P7M8, 1911 Commander), two of which date back to the early 1980s. Though a few of the details have changed over the decades, the comfort and speed of presentation have not. The other makers of shoulder rigs apparently believe that one can always clamp down the offside arm so that a thumb-break can be unsnapped; if a door must be opened, an attacker pushed away, or the offside arm is otherwise occupied, the ONLY reasonable choice is the Alessi Bodyguard. It is fast, comfortable, and secure.
Im a computer systems engineer and work from home most of the time these days. Since moving to the home office I found myself frustrated with my IWB holster a bit. I needed something a little more house-friendly for sitting in front of a computer all day, and this shoulder holster has been just the trick. Its very comfortable and I can tell that it will hold up for years based on the fact that it looks almost new 3 months later. I dont do much to it except put on a coat of good leather oil once a month, so its virtually maintainence free.
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