August 6, 2015 at 4:29 pm #8383Marti StonecipherKeymaster
August 7, 2015 at 3:52 am #8387Carol LyonsParticipant
I haven’t had a lot of luck finding a comfortable holster. I have to wear a belt in order for my IWB to fit properly (I don’t like wearing belts), and I have to remove it then reinstall every time I go to the restroom. My belly band is fine, until I sit down; same with my flashbang. So, for the time being, I use my carry purse. Hope to find one eventually, that works for me most of the time.
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August 20, 2015 at 3:37 am #8713E.V.T.Participant
My favorite holster is the MARILYN bra holster, I would not use it with anything but a small pocket pistol, like the Ruger LCP or the S&W Bodyguard 380, otherwise it would be too much gun under my armpit, for me it’s pretty cumfy…..Never have to worry about potty time & I can pretty much waer any clothes I want, nothing with a hich neckline though, you need to access your firearm.
April 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm #10268Karen MacParticipant
I absolutely LOVE the compression conceal tank…. the firearm is under your arm basically and very secure. Believe me I have tried to wiggle it out, jump up and down, bend over and try to shake it out, you name it!
I love that I don’t have to remove it to go to the bathroom (no firearm hitting the floor while you try to squat and worry about where you firearm is). Also love it because it is very accessible while driving (unlike a IWB or OWB on your hip).
I have three of them and rotate them out. The ONLY way I have found is comfortable for me.
I always wear a blouse or jacket over a tank or v neck top (compression goes under). It would not work if you wear tight t shirts etc without something over it.
August 20, 2015 at 8:57 pm #8779Carrie LightfootKeymaster
October 5, 2015 at 2:12 pm #9359KathyParticipant
August 8, 2015 at 3:00 am #8396Frances GuinParticipant
I love TWAW IWB holster as well as my Crossbreed Mini Tuck. I find the best place I can conceal carry is appendix, I print when I carry most other places. The belly band doesn’t work well for me because I have such a long torso and and more of an hour glass figure so I can not get it tight enough at the top with out it being too tight at the bottom. I might try the Dene Adams corset holster, but I think it would be to hot for summer carry in Arizona.
August 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm #8651xd9mmgirlParticipant
I have the Dene Adams holster and love it, but it is a little warm in the summer time. I think they have come out with a newer style since that, it is breathable. I am a little chunky and love the fit and comfort. I also have a Stealth gear too, I like it but I think it needs to be more fitted for women.
August 10, 2015 at 2:36 am #8420spinone1Moderator
For summer I like the TWAW IWB. I have it for my Sig P238, Shield, and Glock 43. I find it prints less if I wear it as a cross draw, on my belt but outside my jeans waistband. Hope that makes sense. That also works better for me because of my age and shoulder mobility. I don’t like to have the gun or holster against my skin so I wear a camisole or Spanx. Having the gun on my belt but outside my jeans helps hold it for potty breaks so I don’t have to remove it but balance/brace it with my knee. Another tip with some jeans, I can put the bottom of the holster in the pocket to hide it even more.
August 11, 2015 at 1:34 am #8429CarolannParticipant
I was carrying in the Belly band only while I waited to take ownership of the G42 and G43. I got the TWAW IWB for the 42 first and that works OK for me. However the last 2 days I carried the 43 in the Crossbreed Mini Tuck wearing it apendix and I must say I am very surprised at how concealed and comfortable it is. I expect it will get softer and more comfortable over time. I will probably get one for my 42 also. WIth the IWB I need a tank under it but with the mini tuck I can let it touch my skin. I also love that I can tuck in my shirt too. The Belly band is great for lighter pants other then jeans. I wear it low around the hips and often wear the firearm just behind the hip bone. But depends on the clothing I am wearing.
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August 19, 2015 at 5:33 pm #8667CherylParticipant
When I’m on the private farm land, I love my Safariland paddle holster with extra retention, but I don’t open carry most of the time, so my second favorite is the TWAW IWB with the special clip. Covers the muzzle, so I don’t have to religiously wipe down the gun with every wear, and it goes anywhere on my waistband. My supertuck from SHTF Gear is great but has two clips so it really only feels good in one position. That being said, it is my choice for motorcycle riding.
August 19, 2015 at 5:57 pm #8670Crista L.Participant
I am brand new to carry – just got my CHL. I have the TWAW IWB for my Sig P238 and like it pretty well. I need another holster for my Sig P2022 9mm and I’m not sure what to get. I don’t want to scratch up the finish on it and would like to try a leather holster for it. I will probably carry it concealed but may consider open carry at some point. What’s a good leather, OWB holster for a 9mm? Thanks!
August 19, 2015 at 7:09 pm #8680Mendi R.Participant
I have 3 modes of carry for my Glock 42 but I usually end up using my Gun Totin’ Moma purse the majority of the time. The most stealth option of the 3 is IWB using a small Kydex trigger guard, virtually no printing but must wear a belt. My third option is a G-code INCOG Eclipse, it’s a great comfy summer rig because it has a sweat guard but the clip prints a bit more than I like. Purse carry isn’t ideal but it works the best, I carry cross-body and it never leaves my body which works great because when you have to go to the restroom it can just hang from my body while I take care of business. No worry that the gun will fall out of a holster or my pants and I don’t have to take anything off and risk the gun being out and/or left behind. I’ve found carrying is a puzzle of compromises most times but better to have than not.
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August 19, 2015 at 8:45 pm #8687Roxanne EackerParticipant
This has been a struggle for me. Men’s and women’s bodies are different. My husband can slap a gun anywhere on him, any gun, and you’ll never see it. He’s 5’10” and that long, straight waist to hip area could conceal a Desert Eagle. Trying to hide a .45 on a 5′, slightly “curvy” frame? Not so easy.
I mostly wear jeans and the style now is low waisted. Once I get a holster and gun in there, it hangs way too low. Small of the back is one of the best places on me for my gun, but by the time I slide it in there, even the little 3.5″ barrel ends up all they way down to Florida, if you know what I mean. I don’t want to dresss like a bag lady, and it’s especially challenging in the summer when we want to wear lightweight clothing.
The trouble I find is that the holsters made for women are designed mostly for lightweight, micro carry guns. I would like to see the industry acknowledge women who carry full size, or heavier guns. I love the idea of a shoulder rig. I have a Deep Conceal Lotus. Very comfortable. Conceals well under loose clothing. However, a lot of these women’s holsters were designed to conceal but apparently never be accessed. It may be cute and comfortable, but really, can you get up under your clothes to retrieve it easily?
So far I’ve been really encouraged by my Alien Gear holster. Very inexpensive ($35-40) and so far has been the most comfortable, concealable holster I’ve tried. I want to wear it around a little more, but so far I would recommend it.
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February 1, 2016 at 9:09 am #9987Allison WilsonParticipant
I’m 5’4″, with a short torso, and “curvy”, especially in the hips (3 children) and bust. I live in Florida where I sweat 11 months out of the year. :-/ I prefer an IWB carry at the small of my back, but that’s where I sweat the most. I rarely wear belts/jeans because of the heat, however I tend to wear looser clothes for air flow. I have an LC9, and am torn on what to get for a holster. It seems like a lot of personal preference goes into the decision, and a TON of trial and error (read: money spent on holsters which don’t get used). I want accessible (under the front of my shirt doesn’t seem like a good option for me) and something that can get sweaty, or breaths well. Any help welcome! I really don’t want to spend a ton of money on items I won’t end up using. First time is the charm, I hope! 🙂
August 19, 2015 at 10:27 pm #8708Dolores ClarkParticipant
Open carry on a daily now for about a year and a half. I have a drawer full of holsters trial and error. I generally wear jeans or jean shorts with the belt. My alien gear holster is my go to holster for everyday wear. I wear the holster right over my right hip. Summertime very hot I wear my alien gear with my shorts and a tank top and I wear a lightweight cover shirt that is sleeveless over the top. It’s cool and it’s very comfortable concealed great. If I want to wear a dress I have the undergarment that has a holster. If the dress is not tight fitting it conceals well. I just have to change my wardrobe a little to accommodate being able to carry every day.
August 20, 2015 at 1:31 pm #8752Diana S.Participant
I waiting to get my first holster, it comes in tomorrow. 😃 It is a Crossbreed Deluxe IWB holster for my Ruger LCR 9mm Revolver. I’m hoping it’s as comfortable as I have read about in the reviews. Trying to decide if I will wear it at the 5:30 position or the appendix. Glad it’s interchangeable. I’ll keep you posted.
August 21, 2015 at 8:45 am #8794Sally MescherParticipant
August 21, 2015 at 9:32 am #8796ElizabethParticipant
<p style=”text-align: left;”>I just got a Pistol Pouch by Thunderwear from TWAW for my Sig P-238. Finally, a concealed carry holster that works for my curvy, short torso! The band sits low on the hips over underwear with the muzzle pointing straight down in front of the crotch. I can sit, bend, stoop, walk, move in any direction without it gouging me in the ribs or anywhere else. It prints significantly with light fabric skirts, but my jeans and heavier fabrics hide it just fine. It stays secure in the pouch with my regular activities. It’s set up for draw from left or right, but not cross draw. I use the other side for an extra magazine. It takes a little getting used to that little extra weight around the hips. At the end of an active day, I feel a little achy in the lower back. I’m sure that will pass with regular use.
I also like my belly band pretty much, but it can be hot in the summer. Plus, you have to wear a shirt loose enough to hide the print and to access the gun quickly if needed. I had some tiered ruffles that worked pretty well for that, but those are gone as I lost weight.
I unashamedly confess to concealing in CCW purses and fanny packs. Better to carry somewhere than not at all, even though we all know the drawbacks to carrying off body. Sometimes, it just works!</p>
August 21, 2015 at 5:41 pm #8812Cindi T.Participant
August 22, 2015 at 1:06 am #8819Renee MicelliParticipant
I usually carry OWB with a light cover garment. My holster of choice is an Avenger from BamBam Holsters. BamBam does quality custom leather work at affordable prices and he offers a lot of different options and he can modify his patterns to suit individual needs (within reason). My work rig is also OWB It is a Tucker HF-1, which is similar to my Avenger but it is approved by my agency which the Avenger is not.
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August 22, 2015 at 8:50 am #8830TerriB in NCParticipant
November 16, 2015 at 11:39 am #9542Sherry WitheeParticipant
Since I never wear a belt, and always wear elastic waist pants, this holster works for me when carring my M&P Shield. The holster has a super strong magnet and stays on your pants when using the restroom. You do need to watch your fingers when opening the magnet, very strong snap.
August 24, 2015 at 11:19 am #8891Mary K. FortuneParticipant
I think I purchased just about every holster on TWAW website! My favorite is the Pistol Pouch by Thunderwear. I was carrying a Springfield XDS 9mm and it was a great fit. I traded my Springfield for the Glock 43 (since I didn’t win the one TWAW was giving away)! The 43 works great in the Pistol Pouch also. Sometimes I switch it up and use the belly band.
I am getting ready to do some competition shooting with my Glock 19 Gen 4. I’m not sure which holster I will use. I’ve been practicing with the Fobus Standard Holster RH Paddle. It works well.
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August 25, 2015 at 9:53 am #8902
<p style=”text-align: right;”>The Smart Carry works really well & is especially useful for 9mm & larger calibers & larger subcompact & compacts. Probably would work for full size on some tall enough women. IWB Appendix Carry with NO BELT needed. It has its own cloth velcro-backed straps for around the hips & a back panel to keep moisture away from the gun. It is worn lower than an appendix carry in a place people generally find taboo to look at other people. Requires support hand to pull the waistband out for draw or re-holster. Elastic waistband, maybe a size larger than your svelte figure – hugging favorite pants & pleated front panels work best.</p>
August 25, 2015 at 10:03 am #8903
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August 27, 2015 at 9:38 am #8925Indiana JParticipant
August 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm #8930Ashley SurisKeymaster
Sally what is the name of the magnetic holster? I am new to all this. I have a Dene Adams which is not comfortable so I switched to the Can Can which I like better. But it’s too hot.
Hey Sally, Here is the Magnetic Holster:
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September 5, 2015 at 8:12 am #9057MarieParticipant
My carry pistols are a Shield and a LCP. I carry the Shield in the TWAW kydex IWB holster appendix about 1:30-2 o’clock. I have to wear a belt with it, but that’s OK. I got the LCP about two months ago. I have one of the Marilyn holsters from the Flashbang company. It goes inside of your bra strap under your arm, positioned much like a shoulder holster. Pretty comfy, and it’s pretty invisible even under a t-shirt. I did have to do a few tweaks to it. I have a carry purse and will sometimes carry that way, but I prefer on body.
Both ways I carry on body are pretty comfortable. I’m finding I’m carrying the LCP more than I originally though because the Marilyn holster works so well for deep concealment. I live in IL, and the first concealed carry licenses were only issued in March 2014. CCW was forced on the state by a federal appeals court. As a result, there are many people who are still anti-gun or anti-carry here. I carry anywhere it’s legal, but there are social situations where it would be awkward if people knew I carried. So deep concealment, it is. 🙂
February 17, 2016 at 10:46 am #10060Anonymous
Hello everyone! Am looking for suggestions!!! Marie, are you using your Shield with that under the arm clip to the bra holster? I have Shield and I can’t see how I could conceal it there! I currently have the uti clip and one of those TWAW left-handed “in the waistband molded holsters” but would like to hear from any large busted women with a slim torso, tall and left-handed. I would like to use something under my right arm ideally, but I just can’t seem to find a way to get my M&P 9mm to conform to my body. I had thought previously, hey, big boobs would be an asset to not imprint, just use them for cover, but alas, it’s not working out that way, or I’m not finding the right holster. I’m pretty thin, and even with the bust, just test holding the pistol in place where it would go on my right side is pretty impossible to hide it. I thought those holsters that attach to the middle of the bra would work but thinking about it realized I already have welts in my shoulders from carrying “the shelf” around, and I don’t need a heavy pistol hanging off my bra also. If anyone has something that is working for them and it comes left-handed, please let me know. I am using in the waistband cross draw, dunno, maybe it’s my long arms that make it more comfortable to wear right side. I’m also allergic to latex rubber, used in many of these lace and spandex type bands etc, so those are out. I might have to try a normal under arm holster and just wear a light type of shrug or sleeved vest over it. Any tips are appreciated!!!
September 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm #9078RebParticipant
September 11, 2015 at 8:40 pm #9156mygoinsParticipant
I was purse carrying my Bersa Thunder .380, as I fully intended to always do, until I decided to try out the IWB holster for our XDS 9mm, just to see if i could conceal it. Unfortunately for my husband, I LOVED having the gun on my body. So, we sold the XDS 9mm and I puchased a Sig P238 & an IWB holster. I carry it IWB almost daily, sliding the gun into my pocketbook only when I go to the restroom or am trying on clothes. I have a few outfits that have gone unworn since I discovered the freedom of on-body carry. My next purchase is going to be the compression shorts.
September 28, 2015 at 6:43 pm #9306LibbyParticipant
I have a TWAW convertible for my Ruger LC9s and a Flashbang Betty for my Taurus TCP .380 but I’m going to get the convertible for the Taurus also. I’m seriously considering an ankle holster for driving to work since I can’t carry there but would still like to have quick and easy access to my firearm. Does anyone have any opinions on those? I see that TWAW has one that looks like it would probably fit both of my pistols pretty well.
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October 18, 2015 at 1:20 pm #9438Debbie StarrParticipant
I usually use my TWAW tuckable holster in appendix carry for my Sig 938, Glock 42 and hopefully for my new Ruger lc9s pro. It works well for me. The clip has started giving me a little trouble putting it on but stays put. My belly band is good for few hours then slides up. I also have sticky holster I sometimes use. I have a TWAW IWB for the glock but haven’t been able to get it so it doesn’t come out when I draw. I don’t wear a belt and mostly jeans.
October 29, 2015 at 1:59 pm #9487TamyraParticipant
I carry a Sig Sauer P238. I use TWAW in the waistband holster. I love it! It grips my waistband tight enough to hold well. It allows for my weapon to come out nicely; yet it holds it in place firmly, no matter what the activity.
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October 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm #9488TamyraParticipant
December 9, 2015 at 2:32 pm #9716Caitlyn BeckerParticipant
I just got my Lethal Lace holster and I am really loving it as a concealed holster. It is reminiscent of a belly band but can be worn many ways because it is a wrap and not a fixed size. I carry a Shield usually but I also carry an LCP and a SR40c. For open carry at the range and sometimes at work (I work in a gun store) I use an Uncle Mike’s holster, which is made of sturdy canvas and has a removable clip so it is ambidextrous. I am left handed so it is very hard to find good quality holsters that do not have to be special ordered. Also, for when I can not carry on my person I have a Gun Tote’n Mamas purse that I LOVE. I use that purse everyday even when I’m not using it for carry purposes.
February 17, 2016 at 11:01 am #10062Anonymous
Another Leftie!!! I wrote a question up top and didn’t see your post! Do you have a favorite holster for under arm cc? I’ll just summarize my post up top, I have a very large bust, am thin and tall, am using TWAW uti clip and in the waist band cross draw, but instinctively I seem to want to go for my gun under my right arm, but because I am thin I guess, it doesn’t appear I can get away with that without an imprint in that position. Mind you I’m just holding my 9mm Shield there as if in a holster and checking it out. You know how confusing it can be when you’re left-handed! Am also allergic to latex rubber so those stretchy bands are out, and I can’t put more weight on a bra that is already struggling to keep all of me up. Thanks for any tips you might have in advance!
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December 26, 2015 at 12:07 am #9791RugerLadyParticipant
Thanks so much everyone for sharing!
For concealed carry my current favorite is the hip hugger from can-can concealment. It’s super comfy and holds any gun a want to carry allowing me to plan outfits around the holster rather than starting with weapon choice, which I can’t always decide the night before.
It’s not much compression; Unfortunately when I’m menstrating or ovulating I can’t also wear the can-can holster more than 2 days in a row without tummy issues. So I swap out to another brand of belly band with certain outfits and certain days of the proverbial month. That one rides higher and is almost 2 seconds slower to draw from, but I’ve come to like the switch.
I used to love flash bang, but my favorite bra wore out and got discontinued and I haven’t been able to wear it with any other bras so it’s no longer in my regular rotation.
In winter I also always carry a concealed carry purse. Depending on the number and length of the layers reaching under them all for a weapon can slow you down too much. On cold days I’m often switching between a deep conceal and a purse or a coat pocket in a restroom as I leave and arrive places.
Would love to hear more thoughts on competition holsters if anyone has good experience there. Not finding a good fit for that has held me back from exploring competition more.
December 27, 2015 at 11:35 am #9799DonnaParticipant
Hi I’m a newbie to TWAW. I carry always, and the holster continues to be an evolving challenge, as I age, weight loss, and some loss of range of motion. Between my hour glass and newly aquired “muffin” (thanks to weight-loss, go figure that weight-loss could become a problem!), carrying concealed is a whole new bag of tricks. 🙁 I prefer to carry against my body, but my body-shape wants to prefer otherwise. I carry P238 in CanCan hip-hugger, and find it comfortable in most positions, so I compromise for those few scenarios that are less than ideal. I’ve not found any mention of CanCan on this site, so I’m not sure if that’s “taboo” around here, or what. lol
January 19, 2016 at 2:22 pm #9913LisaParticipant
March 28, 2016 at 5:41 am #10222
Recommendations for a plus size gal, belly….
Lisa, I am a plus size (265lbs), with lots of curves, including a B-shaped baby belly I can’t seem to lose. I use a standard IWB leather with neoprene backing kydex holster (two belt clips on either end of the holster) with a sub-compact 9mm. I wear it at the 3:30 to 4:00 position. (Belt buckle/blue jean button is 12:00) & believe it or not, when worn with the right clothing, the curves and belly HELP hide it.
The trick for me was to:
1) Get used to having the weight
2) The sharp edges, if there are any, poking you in the side, back, butt, where-ever you choose to CCW
3) Situational awareness and awareness of how you move so you don’t reveal your conceal
February 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm #9992Lori SchwarzParticipant
February 7, 2016 at 7:22 pm #10029Jennifer LandecheParticipant
I found a new holster from a post on the social media site MeWe.com. It’s called the Lethal Lace. It turned out that I was able to buy one about an hour drive from where I live, so I went and got one. I’ve been looking for something comfortable and versatile. When I got home, I tried it in several different positions. It works well anywhere in the waistband, I don’t even feel it under my jeans where I’m wearing it right now. It also works well under my bra. If you want to take a look at one, you can find them at LethalLace.com . This is the first holster I’ve bought and I kept thinking that I would have to really buy two to wear everyday: one for in the waistband and one for clothing that wouldn’t conceal well in the waistband. I had been putting off buying one because I didn’t want to have to spend the money to buy two quality holsters. I think this holster will work for what I need, though I do expect this won’t be the last holster I buy.
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April 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm #10258SOS24Participant
The holster that I have found to work best for cc both my P938 or my MP9c is an AIWB kydex holster from a Appalachian Concealment. Unfortunately he temporarily is not making any. I’ve found that AIWB is comfortable and the best for concealing. I also have a PistolWear Trump Card subcompact for when I’m not wearing a good belt or doing something athletic.
April 7, 2016 at 3:18 am #10270JulieParticipant
I have an H&K P30SK. I love the gun! Now I need to find the best concealed carry technique for me. I am not a little (as in skinny girl). I don’t dress up a ton and fortunately have a job that does not require I show up looking like a model. I agree with the statement that I don’t want the gun to hit the ground every time I go to the bathroom. SOOO, my question for those of you who are heavier set is would a concealment undershirt tank be a decent option. My other thought is that cannot be super easy to access??? I have so many questions. My other option is putting the gun on the inside pocket of my working vest, but I still want a holster. Also, come summer time that just seems like a really hot option. I just don’t know the answer and, as was previously stated, when it comes to holsters I don’t want to spend a ton of money when I don’t know what will work. Anyone have the H&K P30SK and a good holster solution?
April 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm #10271
I have an H&K P30SK. … I don’t want to spend a ton of money when I don’t know what will work. Anyone have the H&K P30SK and a good holster solution?
After viewing the dimensions off the official H&K website, it looks to be in the sub-compact range, and very similar in size and weight to mine. If I am correct, and you’re concerned about “hitting the floor” during bathroom chores, you might want to consider a underarm compression tank. You can wear larger firearms in them sometimes than in other non-belt options.
I am also not a “small” woman, and have more than a few curves. The “bra” holsters don’t work well for me as my gun is too big, and my bras are too valuable to use them in this manner… HOWEVER its to each his/her own, and perhaps you will like the idea of concealing there. Personally, I don’t like bra holsters because they:
- Stretch my bra straps out, and with 40 EE’s I gotta make sure those straps stay good as long as possible.
- Don’t like sharp edges poking me in those areas
- I am a nursing mother, can’t be dislodging my gun all the time while nursing and/or risk revealing my conceal while in public during a nursing session.
After experimenting with a few other holster options, I landed on a sturdy belt and an IWB holster for my EAA Pavona subcompact and carry in the 3:30 – 4:00 position. I’ve never had an issue with it “hitting the floor”. I did have an issue one time with my toddler trying to grab my firearm though. He didn’t get it out as my holster is an adjustable retention kydex and neoprene hybrid type, but as he did this in a public bathroom and he loudly announced to the entire bathroom that “mommy has her gun?” it was a bit awkward.
April 7, 2016 at 7:37 pm #10274Jan Marie EnnengaParticipant
I have different holsters for different applications.
When I’m learning new skills and doing intense range work, I like to use an outside the waistband holster that is specifically made for my firearm, and that places my gun in a safe position to draw and holster without muzzling others or myself. I like kydex, injection molded plastic or even boned leather, but it MUST stay open when holstering while my support hand is firmly placed on my midsection out of harm’s way. I want the holster to provide passive retention, but not active. (I don’t want a strap or a button or a thumbdrive). I prefer the holster sit a little lower and that it be away from my body slightly so that I can get a firm hold when I drive down on the grip and then a straight up pull for my draw. (zero to 15 degree cant at most). I do prefer paddle holsters to belt as they seem to sit in the correct place and stay put. I really like the modular systems that Blade Tech and Comp-Tac Victory gear offer that allow you to change up the mounting options: belt, paddle, offset, offset drop and any combination. Galco makes a nice holsters (Matrix M5), as do Safariland and 5.11. I have used Fobus, but most training facilities have found that they don’t hold up well for intense range work. BTW, I also like using a compact or full size gun for range work and when I am learning new skills. I find it is easier and safer and the skills are transferable to their smaller siblings. My little pocket guns have their place and I do practice with them and do dry work as well.
For carry, I do like a Kydex belt mounted pancake style (though not truly a pancake). It keeps my gun tucked up at my waist under my arm, strong side. For my smaller guns, I have IWB’s that I carry appendix. I have a sway back and not much to hold my shirt out so concealment is challenging. I have purse carried for many years using high quality CCW purses with a separate compartment and holster.
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April 9, 2016 at 6:45 pm #10293
I just purchased a Glock 26 Gen 4. I got a holster at the store, but I’m planning to try to return it tomorrow…DeSantis Gunhide? It says pro-stealth…it’s a clip on for IWB or OWB…and even with a hooded sweatshirt that’s baggy without it, makes me look pregnant, or so obviously bulgy on one side. I tried front and rear, in and out, nothing concealed about it.
Going to try to get the belly band while I’m there if they have one in black. I definitely want to get used to wearing it so this would be good, but only around the house. CT allows Open carry, but I’ve never felt like I wanted to do that.
April 11, 2016 at 10:29 am #10298
I just purchased a Glock 26 Gen 4. …DeSantis Gunhide? It says pro-stealth… makes me look pregnant
The DeSantis Pro-Stealth is rather bulgy for my taste, and apparently you agree with my assessment. You will have better luck finding a holster that works the best for you if you have the opportunity to hit up a gun show or shop with lots of holsters to try on. Not the shops that make you buy them then return them, I mean an actual “wear it around the shop to see if you like it” holster. Maybe they only have those in IN… but I’m hoping for your sake they have them in CT too.
Anyway, if you’re unable to do that, you might find that you have better luck steering clear of the “generic” holsters that fit a large group of firearms and go more towards the holsters specifically meant to be used one way or the other, not both IWB & OWB and specifically built for your gun.
I lean toward the kydex duel clip IWB’s because they spread the weight out over a wider area of your belt line, are more likely to meld into your “curves”, if you have a basic hourglass. Pear shaped body types are more difficult to conceal in, so you’ll want to consider other options.
If you are still into the IWB mode by are unsatisfied with the holsters out there, there are also the compression shorts/leggings by Undertech Undercover, the Ava (Tons of cant adjustment options) & the Audrey (for larger ladies) by Flashbang Holsters, but other options include the corsets by Dene Adams, the belly bands by Can Can Concealment (these belly band’s have extra pockets for stuff like cell phones and so forth… and are specifically made for women by women), the bra holsters like the Flashbang, or the Marilyn.
April 12, 2016 at 9:08 am #10303CapriceParticipant
I have been reading all the posts and fear that I am more confused now than ever! I am new to shooting, just bought a Walther PK380 and was looking for a holster that might work for me. I am a larger woman with lots of belly so the thought of IWB is a little daunting – I might could do an SOB carry, but I don’t think I could handle appendix or hip.
I typically wear jeans – fairly high waisted, but no belt.
What do you suggest?
Thanks in advance!!
April 13, 2016 at 7:40 am #10316
Finally was able to change the clip on my Desantis Gunhide Pro Steath so that I can wear it for my left handed shot self to be IWB. It’s perfect concealment in my outfits when I wear it on my jeans and even seems to be steady on my elastic waistband work pants (not yoga pants, almost flashed a guy at the range!).
But I wore it today out of the house and it was painful sitting with it. I try to covertly adjust it to take off some pressure, but this is not the long term solution for me. Lethallace has a coupon for 15% off if you use “springsale” at check out, so I ordered their black lace material wrap holster because I think that will likely be more ideal for my shape/needs. Open to other suggestions still as always!
April 25, 2016 at 6:06 am #10345
April 25, 2016 at 8:54 am #10346
I’m actually going to return it. I’ve tried to pull as tightly as I can when I wrap this, but I have a Glock 26 and when I bend over or jump, after following instructions and videos, around my waist, I always feel like it’s about to fall or drop. I don’t know if it’s the wrap itself, it’s not as sturdy. I thought it was more structured with lace over it, but it’s really just the thin layer of lace. Maybe for thinner, single stack pistols, it’d be better..or maybe for those without a pudgy belly like me. Sadly, it doesn’t work. Going to return it and try the belly band, they’re supposed to be getting some in at my local gun store next week.
For now, I’m purse carrying unless I’m going to stand all day (the IWB Desantis holster I have is more than uncomfortable…it’s really painful.)
I’m sad because the gun is definitely what worked best for me as far as shooting, but wearing the thicker gun is proving difficult!
April 27, 2016 at 11:04 am #10351
Yes, that is what I was afraid of. Prior to buying my current system, I did a lot of reading about the holster options, (my mom calls it obsessive learning because I tend to submerge myself in whatever topic I am learning about till everyone around me is sick of it) … I learned that when it comes to these feminine firearm products supposedly made for us as women, they don’t work very well unless the gun is tiny.
In your case, you’re probably gonna need to consider lots of options, and weigh the pro’s and con’s before actually buying anything else?
I’m not a fan of non-manual safety guns, so I’ve never owned one, but looking at your glock on google images and seeing the specs, it seems like your glock is around the size of my EAA Witness Pavona and/or my Springfield XDM. Both are double stacks… With both of those, they are too big, heavy/bulky to carry in thigh holsters & belly bands without really good support etc.
Holsters that work well for me, (with body type “fluffy”; used to have an hourglass, then had two kids, now I’m more like a blob lol!! Seriously though, I’ve got weird curves going on)…
- Shoulder holsters: Either built into the tank top like in UndercoverUndertech shirts, or an exterior shoulder holster system like a man might wear.
- Inside the waistband: Current system is a dual clip kydex Alien Gear 3.0 and it works pretty well as a general every day carry system, only have some problems when my shirts are too tight in the wrong spots… if that makes sense?
There are some other options I want to try out, but money being limited etc. I haven’t bought anything else yet.
I commented another lady awhile back listing off a whole bunch of holster options… I’ll see if I can’t dig that comment back up for you if you want to know your options?
- This reply was modified 1 year, 12 months ago by Heidi. Reason: coding was wrong, needed to edit it so it wouldn't show up incorrectly
April 27, 2016 at 11:21 am #10355
Heidi – I appreciate your comment so much! Inside the waistband, where? I try cross carry (i’m a lefty), so it’s in between my hip and belly button on the right side for me to grab across with my left hand. It hurts when I sit (I sit all day for work) and usually the pain from sitting causes me to walk funny. One co-worker asked if I was carrying as he knew I had purchased a gun and I told him no, I hadn’t carried to work. I just don’t want the whole word knowing. I now carry it in my handbag for work because I like have it with me at all times.
I thought about trying the traditional man shoulder holster system thing…but not sure that warmer weather will be good for that. I am going to try a belly band because they seem firmer than the lethal lace thing. And crunches. I’m going to try doing more crunches and less carbs to slim out the belly area too! 🙂 I will definitely look into your IWB option to see if it’s any more convenient than my current IWB holster. If I’m going to be standing around more than sitting, I definitely opt to carry in the waist.
April 27, 2016 at 11:45 am #10357
My husband is a lefty too so I understand your “pain”. He has adjusted his brain to an extent so he is semi-ambidextrous… and carries on the right side even though he’s left handed.
When you order the holster from a company direct instead of from a gun store wall, if you want to carry in a normal draw position you tell them you’re lefty and they will make the holster to suit you. If you like to cross draw, you tell them you want it made right handed and can continue to wear it cross draw. Most companies make specific holsters suited for cross draw which will not be as likely to pinch and bulge.
Just so you know the terms if you’re unfamiliar… You are currently carrying “appendix” and I have NEVER had any luck with that position. It ALWAYS pinches me, and makes bulges and stuff.
When describing where your current carry position, your belt buckle is 12 o’clock. My husband & I both carry at 330 to 4 o’clock. Sometimes as far back as 430. Being a lefty cross draw at the moment you’re probably carrying at 1 o’clock to 2 o’clock. Make sense? If you were to carry in normal draw, you could carry at 9 o’clock, 830, 8 o’clock… you can go back as far on your hip as you want to and is comfortable for you.
I can take photos of my current carry rig & how I wear it and so forth if it will help you, but since I’m rather self conscious of my fluffiness I don’t have any that I’ve already taken that I could attach right now so I’d have to get back to you on it… :-/
April 27, 2016 at 11:31 am #10356
I looked up the comment I left for the other lady in “Holsters for running”. Hope it helps.
“You have several options. So first you need to decide if you want to carry under your arm, under your boobs, on your back, in a belly band or in a “IWB fanny pack” like a Thunderwear, a straight up IWB or OWB kydex “custom make” holster. A last option is a generic holster that is non-specific to your gun.
One option you have in the belly bands, is to look into Can Can Concealment. They specialize in belly bands, thigh holsters & ankle holsters made from military grade elastic. I own one, they are comfortable, but I have a few too many pounds to lose after my last baby so mine is not being used on a daily basis right now. It does work exactly like they said it would though and I have used it to run. Can be worn comfortably against the skin.
Another option would be Undertech Undercover Women’s Concealment tank (or t-shirt; both come in black & white with firearm secure-straps) or Undertech short shorts or Undertech concealment shorts (neither of the shorts strike my fancy as it were; I like my shorts longer and my gun in a different position from the permanent pocket they’ve installed in both their short shorts and standard length shorts). They also offer “leggings” in full length & calf length with the built in holster being in both the front & the back.
If you’re looking into the Thunderwear type holster, you can have one custom made for you off etsy, buy them on ebay, even make them yourself. I’ve done it, it’s pretty straight forward and “easy”. I’d say an intermediate sewing project. But the trick is to make it out of breathable material while at the same time not allowing the sweat to reach your firearm. A lot of people don’t want to hassle with it and would prefer to just buy one pre-made.
Holsters that are not necessarily “work out” holsters include Dene Adams “corset” holsters (firearm secure strap included). This would probably also fall into the “belly band” category, but I have no idea how well these work because I don’t have one.
Either way, this article might be helpful? Holster & carrying tips for runners & athletes & hopefully I haven’t overloaded you with information and I actually helped you. ”
One other company you could look into Kristina is “Flashbang Holsters“. They make several more holsters than just “the flashbang”, and they even offer a holster specifically designed for “fluffy” gals, and a dual clip IWB with lots and lots of can’t options so you can adjust the holster to suit your specific body type.
May 9, 2016 at 8:34 am #10385Cindy LupontParticipant
I just ordered the Crossbreed Mini Tuck……. haven’t rec’d it yet but it got so many good reviews, I thought I’d give it a try. I have a couple others that are good, but they just don’t feel like “the one.” I’m hoping this is it! I’m a curvy girl and stuff pinches and bites. I have a M&P Shield 9mm
Does anyone have the Mini Tuck? How do you like it?
May 17, 2016 at 12:24 pm #10405Karen BParticipant
May 19, 2016 at 5:05 pm #10417CindyParticipant
Wow, there is a lot of advice here. I will re-rread them all, as I have gotten some ideas to look into. I currently have two holsters that are just generic holsters, and I also have the Lethal Lace and the Can Can hip holsters. I prefer to carry IWB, abdomen around 1-2 o’clock. I am still in search for the perfect holster. The ones I have each have their pros and cons. I am not a fan of off body carry, so purses are out. When I think of the bra holsters, all that comes to mind is “boob sweat”. And I don’t want that all over my gun, ya know? Besides, I am not very well endowed there, so I don’t think it would conceal well anyway. I really want to be able to use my hip holsters, but being a smaller framed lady, the barrel usually ends up making me look like I have a penis bulging in my pants. I don’t want to have to wear super baggy pants and really long shirts all the time, but there has to be a way for a lady to carry while not appearing to have man parts, yet remain somewhat fashionable with easy access to your weapon.
July 9, 2016 at 1:35 am #10461SandraParticipant
Some of these holsters I’m familiar enough with that I can imagine them – others, I have no idea what people are talking about. Could someone please post pics of the holsters that are mentioned the most in this thread?
Links would be helpful too but not as necessary… so far I haven’t just loved my purse, IWB (no matter which one I use or how I wear it), or pocket holsters…
August 25, 2016 at 8:48 pm #10651CalijaxParticipant
August 30, 2016 at 3:03 am #10657RobbinParticipant
I am 5’0″ about 190# I initially carried IWB with a N82 it was comfortable and concealed well. When I got my XDM I choose to go with a custom holster from Hopp custom. It is a convertible IWB/OWB. I found it very easy to conceal OWB haven’t even put the IWB clips on. I use a high quality gun belt I bought at a range. For the times I don’t have a belt option solution I have gone with a can can big shebang it is sometimes a bit warm in south Texas but good conceal. I will most likely purchase a can can garter for the dress with no waist band as I don’t like off body carry. So far I have had very good luck with all methods and no issues with printing. For me 3:30-4:00 is my sweet spot. Most days my husband can’t tell if I am carrying unless he feels or asks.
August 30, 2016 at 5:00 am #10658CalijaxParticipant
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June 2, 2017 at 3:38 am #11294Maria SinesParticipant
most days I wear my custom Savoy Leather holster OWB, because of my short (and round) mid section IWB is uncomfortable for me and the holsters get pushed up. Other days I wear a StealthUSA or Alien Gear, tend to like those most because they are molded for the specific gun. Leather holsters start to soften and can get dangerous, know a gentleman that shot his leg while re-holstering into an old leather one and the top of the holster caught the trigger, so if you see that happening to yours….get a new one.
Oh yeah, I carry at 3:00-3:30
June 20, 2017 at 1:53 pm #11333
I use a sticky holster for the S&W shield. I wear jeans most days at work and haven’t had a problem what that. Some days when I wear capri’s with a draw sting I have a issue making sure the sting is tight enough to hold my gun. But I recently ordered a holster from TWAW’s store and just waiting to get it!
July 3, 2017 at 8:54 am #11351Allison AParticipant
I find the best holsters for concealed carry are those which do three things; 1) turn the butt of the gun into the body for better concealment 2) raise the ride height for a full purchase on the draw 3) have serious retention. Depending upon the weather, my choices are one of the following; glock 23, glock 26 or glock 43. The best holsters I have found are the bravo concealment “torsion” for the G23 and G26 and the Zorn skinny rig with Wing for the G43. The bravo concealment is so darn comfortable and conceals a large gun well. When they start making one for the 43, I’ll get it. Also, the bravo concealment clips are the best I’ve found and I’ve tried most. They won’t ever come off in a draw and they are mounted to the side for slimmer fit.
The main issue I have is finding summer shirts that help concealment but are still things feminine things I would wear. I’m 5′-5″, 118 lbs and have a lot more leg than torso…concealing without printing is not easily done.
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July 18, 2017 at 2:44 pm #11370Charlotte FParticipant
As I’ve rocked my Flashbang Marilyn every day this week, through numerous meetings, hugs, climbing in/out of my van, during inspections outside in rain and sweltering temps, I’ve found that as long as I wear a slightly padded bra, my Marilyn all but disappears to the outside world. Even today when I’m wearing the WAW purple shirt ‘advertising’ (my mom said), she nor staff could accurately guess where my Glock was holstered! Male staff staring down my entire body trying to detect where the gun is and guessing incorrectly – Perfect!
I prefer less deep concealment, in case of emergency, but being able to wear it all day every day without concern I’m printing or flashing someone or without concern that a client/tenant/friend hugs/pats my waistline and finds a hard bulge, is most important. Almost all my tops are V-necked or fairly deep scoop necks, so if I have to shove my hand into my bra to whip out my gun, I can! I’ve practiced it hundreds of times. 😉
I find the most difficult part of holstering with the Marilyn is getting the bra on while it’s holding my Glock. Funny, the easiest position I’ve found is placing my bra inside up on the tall dresser, attaching Marilyn and bending over it to sit the girls in the cups while fastening the back hooks. But then she sits in place all day.
I also have a magnetic holster I love, but it’s bulkier and IWB. I’ve an ‘alien’ type IWB I think is comfortable and out of the purses I’ve tried (LEAST favorite carry option!) is Gun Tote’n Mama purse due to high quality hardware and workmanship.
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