Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder Holster
List Price: $179.95
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Manufacturer: Galco Holsters and Leather Duty Gear
Galco Miami Classic II Shoulder Holster description:
Our Miami Classic is
quite possibly the most imitated shoulder holster system in the world. A
direct descendant of the original shoulder system first introduced by
Galco in 1970 (then the Famous Jackass Leather Company), the Miami
Classic has since become the favorite of professionals worldwide.
A key component of this patented shoulder system is its spider harness.
All four points of the spider harness pivot independently and are
connected by our unique clover shaped Flexalon swivel back plate, which
is a Galco trademark. This results in a perfect fit and lasting comfort
for all sizes and shapes.
This system is constructed of premium saddle leather and includes
holster, harness, ammo carrier and a set of system screws. The Miami
Classic is fully modular. Optional accessories and components may be
Made for semiautomatic pistols, the Miami Classic is available in right hand draw in tan or black finish.
To assemble Miami Classic for revolvers, for left-handed draw, or a
personalized shoulder system, select a holster, harness and ammo carrier
from the recommendations below.
Harness fits chests to 52".
|Because of its visibility in a popular
television series, the Galco Miami Classic shoulder rig worn by Don Johnson in
Miami Vice has become a subject of interest as well as controversy among
some gun trivia enthusiasts. Over the years since the shows first airing,
questions have been raised concerning the holsters origin and evolution and the
circumstances surrounding its introduction to the show. The account below
addresses all the questions we are frequently asked.
When the pilot episode of Miami Vice was broadcast in 1984, Galco had
been manufacturing the shoulder holster rig eventually known as the Miami
Classic for the past 14 years. It was then called the Original Jackass Rig,
after the Jackass Leather Company, the name under which we did business until
our company name was changed to Galco International, Ltd.
The first custom-made Jackass rigs began service in 1970 with officers of the
Chicago Police Department, whose input helped Rick Gallagher develop and refine
the earliest generations of Galco holsters. It was the Jackass Rig, which
popularized horizontal carry and originated the silhouetted, cut-off end of the
shoulder holster. In the early 1970s polymer swivel connectors were introduced
as a refinement to the Spider harness and holster, notably predating Fastex/Nexus.
In this period the Jackass rig was advertised in Shooting Times magazine
and written about by Dick Metcalf in the same magazine.
Hollywood recognized the appeal this product would have to the popular
imagination and helped to give it the celebrity status it enjoys today. The
Jackass rig worn by James Caan in the 1981 movie Thief documents the
evolution of the Jackass rig and the fact that Michael Mann Productions was
using it in Hollywood at that date. However, by the time that same production
company was developing a television series starring Don Johnson, Property Master
Charlie Guanci was (as were many of our loyal customers at that time) unable to
contact us. In 1980, Jackass Leather had changed its name to Galco
International, Ltd. and, in 1983, had moved from Chicago to Phoenix.
In desperation to get a Jackass-type shoulder holster for the Bren 10 that Don
Johnson would be wearing in the series, they approached a local holster maker,
Ted Blocker, who replicated a Jackass Rig to the best of his ability. Attempting
to locate the polymer parts, his supplier went so far as to find Galco and speak
with Robert Hansen, then Sales Manager. When pressed, the supplier admitted the
true purpose behind his inquiries, but to no avail. When the level of
frustration and desperation on the Miami Vice set finally reached our
ears directly, we phoned Property Master Charlie Guanci, who requested that Rick
Gallagher fly out to Miami immediately to custom fit Don with a holster like the
Jackass rig used in the movie Thief.
At the time, Don was refusing to wear his existing rig and wanted to switch to a
belt holster. The leather that held the harness together was printing through
his Armani suits; it was also binding, pinching, and limiting his movement in
performing his stunts; and much of the time the replica holster failed to
conceal the Bren 10. Dons problems, the wardrobe peoples problems, and the
Property Masters problems were all solved within seconds after Don put on the
new Jackass Rig and declared, It fits like a glove.
From that moment, Galcos Jackass Rig, designed by Rick Gallagher over 14 years
earlier, became the real Miami Classic rig, destined to be the most
copied shoulder holster system in the world today.
Over the course of the television series the Bren 10 was replaced with a S&W 645
and finally a S&W 4506. With each change, the appropriately fitting Galco Miami
Classic shoulder rig was sent to the Property Master to be worn by Don Johnson.
We trust this account will clarify some misunderstandings and help answer the
Number One holster trivia question of today!
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