1942 Tanker Shoulder Holster

I really prefer to carry a hunting handgun, or one for “knock-around” use in the woods, in a shoulder holster. Gets the gun off my belt, holds it where I want it to be, and keeps it secure. My latest acquisition along these lines is a “1942 Tanker Holster”, made by El Paso Saddlery. I ordered the holster with the intentions of using it to carry my 1911 in it, but when it arrived I found it was not cut for a 1911 with a light rail. My first thought was to offer it to a friend who has a 1911 without a rail, and had already expressed interest in this holster type. Instead, I tried my Ruger Super Blackhawk .44 mag in it. While not a perfect fit, it would certainly work – and since I have a custom shoulder holster on order for the 1911, would not cause me to lose any sleep.

The Ruger SBH fits well enough in the Tanker holster to be used with it.

The Ruger SBH fits well enough in the Tanker holster to be used with it.

Still, I sure wanted to carry the 1911 in this rig, so I tried “force fitting” it – pushing it gradually further and into the holster, until I finally had it as far in as it is going to go. The rail below the barrel created a “bulge”, as does the front sight – but it was in. I let it sit in the holster a few hours, then removed it, wet the inside with a leather conditioner, and pushed the pistol back in. It will stay in there overnight, then I’ll start gradually “form fitting” it, much as I did with my Blackhawk IWB holster and the same pistol. I predict it is going to come out fine, and could still be used for the Ruger in a pinch.

The 1911 went in the holster under duress,  but it went it. After more "stretch fitting" and use of some leather conditioner, it should mold to the pistol for a tight fit, yet allow a smooth release.

The 1911 went in the holster under duress, but it went it. After more “stretch fitting” and use of some leather conditioner, it should mold to the pistol for a tight fit, yet allow a smooth release.

I really like the feel of this holster. It is comfortable to wear, the gun hangs just where I want it, and the belt attachment strap is easy to use and very secure. Best shoulder holster have tried yet, by far.

The "Tanker" holster has one strap going over the head, with a snap loop that secures it to the belt - no tangle of straps to sort out!

The “Tanker” holster has one strap going over the head, with a snap loop that secures it to the belt – no tangle of straps to sort out!

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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