Wright leather works Maverick shoulder rig: shouldering your defense.
That sheep hunt in 2013 left me thinking about personal defense for extremely remote adventures in bear country. As a passionate handgun hunter, I used to believe that I needed a large-framed revolver in a cartridge between .44 and .50 caliber for proper defense in the Alaskan wilderness. However, the realist in me has always questioned my ability to shoot more than one shot with effective placement should a violent (although unlikely) bear encounter take place at short range.
Ahead of returning to Alaska this summer, I considered the 10mm after a range day and shooting an old Glock 20 out to 100 yards. I'm familiar with the platform, and recoil management requires significantly less effort than with the big-bore revolvers I've tested. Though the 10mm is a compromise of energy against most big revolvers, the 10mm is still stout, and I can carry three magazines loaded with 15 rounds each in a shoulder rig. Though scopes are great on handguns used for hunting, I have come to prefer Trijicon's HD night sights for the high visibility and speed.
Ammunition offerings for the 10mm are more diverse than they were 10 years ago, and I selected Federal's new 180-grain Trophy Bonded load after determining that it had the best accuracy and controllability in my G20. It was time to find a shoulder holster.
If you read last issue's Carry Rig column, it was obvious that I had a good experience with Wright Leather Works (WLW). WLW introduced the Maverick shoulder holster last May, and I ordered a walnut-colored one with a double-magazine holster to hang under my right arm. The heft of two loaded spare mags balanced the weight distribution with the G20 hanging horizontally under my left arm.
The shoulder harness is made of thin leather, which lessens weight and maximizes flexibility around the curves of different torsos. A generous number of holes are provided for adjusting to personal fit, and it is secured by Chicago screws. The kit comes with a 2ml vial of blue threadlocker, which I suggest using on all screws once fitting is complete.
The plastic connectors for attaching the holster and the magazine carrier to the back harness swivel to allow movement. Overall, the Maverick is very comfortable and could be worn as is, making it quick to put on and take off if used as a concealed carry rig. That said, the Maverick is only available with a horizontal holster, and I don't encourage anyone to point a loaded handgun behind them--even if others are unaware.
For hunting Alaska's wilderness, a horizontal holster doesn't bother me. When I'm being guided, I'm usually hiking at the rear. What I appreciated about the WLW Maverick was that it wasn't uncomfortable while shouldering a 40-pound backpack. And it's quick to draw.
Wright Leather Works Maverick Shoulder Holster (Right) Materials Cow leather, metal hardware, plastic swivels Carry Type Shoulder Retention Type Level 2, friction and single button-snap Adjustability None MSRP $84 (as tested) Handgun Fit Glock 20/21 (tested); 277 handgun designs offered Accessory Rail Accommodations None (optional) Positions to Carry Shoulder, horizontal only Average Time to Attach 10 seconds Comfort Rating 5/5 Concealment Clothing Loose jacket Average Draw-to-Fire Time 1.76 seconds Manufacturer Wright Leather Works, 419-307-6191, wrightleatherworks.com Draw-to-fire time is the average of five clean draws from under a concealed garment producing an A-zone hit on a stationary target positioned at 21 feet.