|Falco Shoulder Holster System from Craft Holsters. Note: each square is one inch.|
Although the Falco system is similar to the Vega system, both of which are modeled after the Galco Miami Classic holster system, there are significant differences between the Falco and Vega systems; and for some of you, these differences may justify the $10 price difference.
|Front (or outside) of holster|
|Back-side of holster|
Second, instead of a buckle type system for adjusting the length of the straps on the harness, it uses screws to secure the end to whichever adjustment hole is used.
Third, the construction of the holster differs significantly from my Vega system. Both the Vego and Falco systems use an open muzzle design, but whereas my Vega used a spacer in the holster because it was stitched closed at the top of the holster, the Falco is completely stitched on the bottom edge. A very thick leather backer (which also doubles as the thumb break) is stitched to the back. (See photograph below).
Like the Vega system, the Falco system is designed so that if you had to, you could remove the harness and use the holster portion as a belt holster. However, while the Vega attaches the straps to hangers stitched into the holster, the Falco runs the straps through slots cut into the leather backer on the holster. Leather can wear and weaken over time as the leather is flexed, so eliminating the hangers on the holster should give the Falco holster an overall longer life.
|A view of the thumb break--note the 3-layers of leather.|
|How the harness straps connect (outside view)|
|How the harness straps connect (underside)|
|Magazine pouch (top-side)|
|Magazine pouch (under-side)|
|Magazine pouch with two 15-round Glock magazines|
My son had previously carried his pistol in a DeSantis inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster with a Kore brand gun belt, but prefers this holster for three main reasons: first, it doesn't tend to pull down his pants during the day as did the DeSantis holster; two, it allowed him to carry extra magazines; and, three, it is less trouble to get on and off. He did note that the holster was initially uncomfortable to wear, mostly because he wasn't use to it, but that quickly passed due to adjusting it as needed to fit him correctly and acclimation to it on the shoulders.
In short, my son really likes the Falco shoulder holster system and has been very pleased with it.
I discussed some aspects of wearing a shoulder holster generally in my prior review, so if you want to learn more, I would suggest that you take a glance at that article.