Vega Model DA-111 Shoulder Holster
Vega Model DA-111 Shoulder Holster

The Vega Model DA-111 Shoulder Holster

If you've read much of my Gun Blog at all, you know that my 1974 and 1978 Colt Cobras are two of my favorite carry guns. So I'm always keeping an eye open for new holsters for these two guns. Last June I ran across this upside-down, vertical shoulder holster. It's Italian made from high quality cowhide leather. Modern improvements make this holster even better than my two antique versions of this design. Specifically, the leather molds itself to the gun, the center-piece in the back where the straps meet, high quality snaps and buckles and a widened strap over your shoulder to support the weight of the gun reduces stress.

Vega Model DA-111 Shoulder Holster

Upside-Down Vertical Shoulder Holster

Steve McQueen made this style holster famous when he carried a 2.5" Colt Diamondback .38 in a Safariland Model 19 holster in the 1968 movie "Bullitt." McQueen based the character of Frank Bullitt on San Francisco Inspector Dave Toschi, with whom he worked prior to filming. McQueen copied Toschi's unique "fast-draw" shoulder holster. Toschi later became famous, along with Inspector Bill Armstrong, as the lead San Francisco investigators of the Zodiac Killer murders that began shortly after the release of Bullitt. Toschi is played by Mark Ruffalo in the film Zodiac, in which Paul Avery (Robert Downey Jr.) mentions that "McQueen got the idea for the holster from Toschi."

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