Galco Jackass Rig Shoulder System for Glock 17, 22, 31 (Havana, Right-hand)
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- GLOCK 17,22,31
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The Original Jackass Rig" was reintroduced for Galco International’s 30th Anniversary. Galco’s predecessor, "The Famous Jackass Leather Company," first introduced this shoulder system in 1970. It features a horizontal holster that can be adjusted to a more diagonal carry position than our Miami Classic or MCII, attaching to the harness with our patented swivel connectors. The ammo carrier has a streamlined yet secure design, while the premium Center Cut Steerhide harness provides unparalleled concealment opportunities, greater adjustment and comfort. All four points of the center cut steerhide harness can pivot independently and are connected by our unique clover-shaped Flexalon swivel back plate, which is a Galco trademark. The Jackass Rig includes holster, harness, ammo carrier and a set of system screws. The Jackass Rig is fully modular, and optional accessories and components may be purchased separately. Made for semiautomatic pistols, the Jackass Rig is available in right hand draw in havana brown finish.
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The angled holster makes it possible for me to conceal the Glock 17, 19 and 26 without having a bulge pointing out the back of me. The Glock 34 is still too large for me to hide but it only protrudes about an inch as opposed to about two inches when it was in the Miami Classic. Although I had reservations about the gun slipping out if the holster was unsnapped the snug fit and the adjustable tension screw alleviated those concerns and even the heaviest of the guns, the Glock 34, didn't fall out when I gave the holster a good shaking. The mag pouch also has a snug fit backed up by adjustable tension screws. Another advantage is that the overall dimensions of the pouch are slightly smaller than the one on the Miami Classic. On the Classic's pouch the magazines are spaced a bit further apart plus the outer sides have a tab where the seams are sewn which make it about an inch or more wider than the Jackass's pouch. On the Jackass's pouch the seams are riveted on the back side eliminating the need for side tabs and the magazines are closer together but still far enough apart to easily grab them individually. The pouch has two different snap buttons on each side to allow use of either full or compact sized magazines too.
Adjusting the holster for the correct size took a very long period of trial and error. Like the Miami Classic I found that getting a good fit was easier when I had the straps the opposite way the manual says with the excess material on the outside during the adjusting period so it wouldn't get in the way of a proper fit. If I had the holster too high it would poke into the top of the armpit because the top most part of the holster is a rounded corner and combined with the mag pouch being too high they would also make my arms stick out uncomfortably at a slight angle instead of resting flat. It took a few weeks of wearing it around the house for long periods of time before I got it at the most comfortable setting. Because I'm a scrawny guy I only had a couple of holes of adjustment left before it would be at the smallest setting but I wanted an extra bit of room in case I ever gain more weight or loan the holster to a friend in the future, so I took it to a local leather shop where they just punched an extra hole that is the same size and at the same interval length on the innermost side of each strap.
So far I've only used the Jackass rig for concealed carry just a few times since at the date of writing this it's still at 90 degrees and 90% humidity in Texas but it has concealed very well using just a thin button up shirt with no signs of the straps, pouch or holster "printing" through. If it hides that well with something as thin and flexible as a shirt it can only do better with a jacket or sweater. I definitely appreciate the wider top straps since they help distribute the load better and even though there are changes in weight between the different Glocks the rig remains comfortably balanced regardless of which gun I have in it. Drawing the gun is simple since the grip is oriented in a position that easy to reach and, (in my opinion) while the slight downward movement to pull it out is not as natural as a straight horizontal draw it's only a minor difference that doesn't make it a deal breaker. Holstering the gun is where it gets a little awkward because of the way it hangs. Like the Miami Classic you can't just put it back in because the holster is hanging from your arm and will just move away, you need to hold the top strap while you're putting the gun in to keep it in place. With the Jackass holster, since it's angled downward, I discovered that I have to grab it and tilt it upwards until it's horizontal to make it easier to holster. The only issue I've come across while wearing this is that the T-shirt worn under it tends to get bunched up and the collar shifted around if I'm using the full range of motion of my arms like reaching over the top of my head. When I asked a friend of mine if she had similar issues with her Miami Classic rig she said that it doesn't really happen to her since she's not constantly have to reach up for things that high above her head. She also told me that it isn't so much a concern for her because as a woman she wears tighter form fitting shirts. After hearing that I got a compression fit exercise shirt from the closet that fits almost skin tight and confirmed that if there's no loose material to shift around there wouldn't be any shifting or bunching up of whatever is underneath the holster.
With the exception of not coming in black I like holster very much and am expecting to get a lot of good use out of it.
Pros and Cons.
Pros: 1) It is a versatile rig with many adjustment possibilities and options including; mag pouch or no mag pouch, tie downs or no tie downs, tight (high) tuck carry or lower slung carry, etc.
2) Thumb break style offers very secure retention.
3) Very good concealment with a wide variety of jackets, fleeces, etc.
4) Very trim, minimal holster profile. A G26's muzzle will protrude about 1" from the end of the holster.
Cons: 1) Because this holster is versatile, it can take a good bit of time to set it up. This is a complicated holster. And you may decide to change the set-up after wearing it for a while. It can take time before you make up your mind as to the exact, correct fitting and configuration. One needs to be patient with set up.
2) The holster is very tight. Again, it's important to be patient with break in. You will not be able to set this holster up right out of the box and wear it the first day. Be patient and follow the instructions. Galco tells you in the instructions how to use a freezer bag, how to stretch the retention strap (by twisting and pulling) so you can get it to snap shut. USE EZ Draw; be sure to order some with your holster.
3) Getting the retention strap to snap closed the first couple of times can be difficult (not just difficult; a real "bee-otch"). I ended up making a "push stick" by taking a piece of wood stock ½" x ¼" x 6", and carving one end fashioned into a wedge shaped, crescent "grabber/pusher". I used this to push the male snap into alignment with the female snap.
After performing a half dozen cycles of "stretching & fitting" over the first couple of days, snap your firearm up in the holster and let it sit for a couple of days in your gun cabinet. THEN it will be ready to use.
4) The double mag pouch is large; too large IMO. I do not use the mag pouch. Instead, I use the tie down. BUT I don't particularly like the tie down. I don't like the holster tugging at my strong-side belt, but there isn't any option here because without the mag pouch, the holster is weak-side heavy. I wish Galco would make a single mag carrier for this holster system (they do make a separate line of accessory mag pouches*). They really need to think about offering this. I guess it's possible for professionals to get into a jam where they need thirty rounds of ammo/two reloads, but to me, this idea is kind of crazy. Also, for the G26, using the ten round mags, a smaller mag pouch could be designed. The supplied mag pouch is the same one as supplied for a 1911 (I know because I have one of those holster systems, too).
* ETA: For a review of an excellent alternative magazine carrier for this rig check out my review; "Galco SMC24B SMC Single Magazine Case for 9mm, .40, .357 Sig Staggered Polymer Magazines and S&W M&P 9mm, .40 Metal Magazines (Black, Ambi)"
Okay, so a few more words about the "Original Jackass Rig". The "Miami Classic" is a "Jackass Rig", but it is a variant that holds the firearm horizontal. It also has thinner shoulder straps. This is the model that Rick Gallagher designed for use by Don Johnson on the set of "Miami Vice". The thinner shoulder straps were because it's so hot and humid in southern FL. This model is offered in tan or black. The "Original Jackass Rig" holds the holstered firearm at a slightly muzzle-upward cant; not straight horizontal like the MC and it has wider shoulder straps. This is the original shoulder holster that Rick Gallagher designed in the early seventies for use by the Chicago PD plainclothes detectives. This model is offered in "Havana Brown" (it's a gorgeous color, by the way).
The "Miami Classic" is also offered in a second variant with the wider shoulder straps for heavier pistols. This model also sports a horizontal, double mag carrier. All the individual parts of these different models are interchangeable. You can mix and match.
Lastly, horizontal vs canted. With the horizontal holsters, drawing the weapon causes the holster to "swing" forward. Some people claim that this means that you end up needing to use both hands to unholster the pistol. Frankly, I do not know as I don't own a "Miami Classic" style rig. But I can tell you this; this isn't a problem with the "Original" rig. Because the pistol is held in the holster slightly canted, muzzle up, the action of drawing the weapon (pulling forward and DOWN) works directly against the tension of the rear shoulder strap and the weapon will pull free even against the resistance that's built in by the holster's tension screw. Also, a slight cant minimizes the "footprint" of the pistol. A G26 held at a slight cant, under the arm, under a jacket, is just about as concealed as it's possible to get.
I hope this review helps.
First, I got it within a week and five days before the estimated shipping day and it arrived in good condition.
Second, it looks beautiful. The color is exactly what I expected and the quality is better than I hoped for.
The holster comes with very easy instructions on how to setup and break in the holster. Within twenty minutes the holster was fitted correctly and broken in. My glock 17 took no breaking in, it fit like a glove. The rig itself is very comfortable to wear, I kept it on for a few hours to get used to it and felt no discomfort.
The draw of my weapon was not thoroughly difficult but was rough in the beginning. It felt more natural in about 10 minutes without DRAW EZ. After applying the DRAW EZ, the draw was smooth and quick. I highly recommend the product.
Overall I love the Jackass Rig! It exceeds my expectations and I feel ill be using this holster for more than the next few years. It's a quality product. I'd recommend it to anyone of my friends.
I'm actually contemplating getting one for my other pistols now so I have options.