I've got to admit, my initial impression was not favorable. The holster is a, "lower abdomen concealed carry" variety. Essentially, you've got this pouch that hangs below your belt (inside your pants) that holds a gun. I wasn't crazy about the idea of having a loaded gun pointed at my "junk"!
A couple of weeks ago, I was having a conversation with one of my employees in the PM store, and his "reenactment" of his story had him doing a mock pistol draw. Instead of going towards his strong-side belt holster, he went to the front of his body. He was wearing one of these things (or something similar)!
This employee is a former big-city police officer, so I figured that if he felt comfortable wearing one, the holster at least deserved another look.
So I bought one. They make a bunch of different models. I got the Security "V" style for a Glock 26. The "V" style has a little bit less fabric used in the holster than the regular Security model. The valuables pocket is at the rear of the holster instead of up front. Just seems like you'd have less chance of "patterning" with this style.
So, I gave it a run this weekend. Two thumbs up! I wore it all day Saturday while teaching one of my sons and his buddy how to do All-Grain brewing (they've "graduated" from using liquid malt extract.... I'm getting all dewy eyed....). It was very comfortable and totally concealed. We even talked about guns and holsters during the brew - in an attempt to garner a comment such as, "Hey dad, you packin'?" - but not a peep was made.
Yesterday, we did a family gig at my mom's house, and the same thing - nuthin'. I was wearing a dress shirt with the shirt untucked, so seeing the holster would have been a bit more difficult. Comfort-wise, it rocked. Went the entire day without really knowing it was there.
One suggestion for the guys. If at all possible, instead of having the barrel directly centered on your body, slide the holster to the right. No pinching or uncomfortable pressure when you're sitting down or standing up.
While the holster is designed to be worn low on the hips, the female blogger I chatted with actually wears it up high ABOVE her waist.
A snip from her email to me (while still protecting her privacy)
This may not be a perfect fit for all women, but I've been using my husband's Smart Carry holster, I just don't wear it according to instructions. The thing with inside-the-waistband/belt holsters is that the waist on most women's jeans are way lower than mens....at least a good 4-6 inches beneath the navel/natural waistline. So without being too graphic...slide your belt 6 inches below your waist, strap on a .45 and then try to bend over to pick something up. If you're short (like me) you almost have to do a pregnancy-type squat. So I cinched the Smart Carry around the smallest part of my waist, then tucked only the bottom 2 inches of the holster into my waistband to keep it stable. It doesn't shift around at all and it's quite comfortable. I've been wearing it around the house to kind of get a feel for it and so far, it hasn't gotten in the way or affected the way I function.There ya go, ladies!
- You can tuck your shirt in and still carry and access a gun at your waist. No need to wear a coat or vest in the middle of summer any more!
- Virtually no patterning of the gun.
- It could be worn at any occasion other than an event requiring you wear a bathing suit (how DO you "pack" to a pool party?!), or something requiring the proverbial Little Black Dress.
- Forget wearing tight jeans.
- Drawing the gun is a bit different than it is from a traditional holster. Four or five practice runs (with an empty gun) got the technique down.
Finally, I LOVE the little business card-sized pro-2A card that was included in the package. To be left at
I am FBI Certified
My concealed carry permit proves I've had:
- A full background check
- No mental impairments
- No domestic violence, Felony or Drug Convictions
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