Bianchi Shoulder Holsters
Shoulder holsters originated sometime prior to the Civil War, but really didn't receive any serious attention until the advent of relatively small, easily concealable cartridge handguns. As cities grew and the practice of carrying a gun in full view became less acceptable, shoulder holster designs proliferated. In these early stages of design, however, most of them involved some compromise, sacrificing comfort, security or accessibility. It wasn't until the early years of America's involvement in Southeast Asia that shoulder holster design came of age. Many of Bianchi "civilian advisors" in that troubled area needed a holster capable of comfortably concealing a large frame pistol or revolver under a civilian jacket. The answer was Bianchi's new X15® shoulder holster, a revolutionary design combining ready access with good concealability and all day carrying comfort. The popularity of the X15 spread from the intelligence community to others, including aviators who couldn't wear a hip holster in the cramped quarters of an airplane. Thirty years later, the X15 remains one of the most copied designs in shoulder holsters. Likewise, Bianchi continues proudly in its role as a leader in the innovative design of the shoulder holster.