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We're living in weird times. Weird... pantsless times. All these stay-at-home orders have seriously altered our wardrobe choices - often for the worse - and significantly reduced our frequency of wearing actual pants.
Ah, pants - remember those? They have belt loops and pockets and zippers. They may be collecting dust on your closet shelf right now but until you unearth them, you still have to cover your undies somehow. For most of us, that means sweats. After all, how dressed up do you need to be to walk out to the mailbox?
But you still need to carry a gun and unfortunately, gun holsters don't play nicely with sweatpants. Some folks don’t like to carry a gun at home, arguing that either nobody is going to break in (do you ever watch the news?) or that they could grab a gun in time if something happens (again, do you ever watch the news?). What about if you venture outside your home for a breath of fresh air on a walk or bring the garbage can down to the curb? Do you think to arm yourself every time you walk out the door? And if you're in your sweats, or worse - your robe, where do you stash your weapon?
Conventional holsters and sweatpants don’t play well together. No belt means there’s nothing for the holster to clip onto and the weight of the gun full of bullets will drag the waist down like a washed-up hip-hop artist, so you need a better solution.
Enter the belly band, stage right. The beauty of a belly band is it’s a geniusly-designed, self-contained, pants-agnostic holster system that works with a variety of clothing options – good and awful – and keeps your firearm at the ready any time. And it’s fully customizable to your girth (or svelte shape, if that’s your thing) and choice of firearms.
The ultimate belly band holster starts with a wide stretch, heavy duty band that is infinitely adjustable to match any body size and type. This is essential because it needs to be snug enough to remain firmly in place during activities, even if those activities are just going from the couch to the fridge, but certainly, if you venture out and go for a walk, a jog, or a short trip to the “essential” store for supplies. Beer is an essential supply, right? Thought so.
Next, you need a good Kydex holster that firmly attaches to the band and holds the firearm tightly, fully protecting the trigger from accidental discharge. Fortunately – almost like this was planned – good belly band systems include this. And where do you position said holster? Anywhere you please! The beauty of a belly band is you can put the firearm in front, back, side, high, low, wherever it works best for you.
Need to accessorize? Who doesn’t?! Add a spare magazine carrier, flashlight pouch, med pouch – you get the picture.
Besides providing deep concealment, a little added benefit of a belly band that you probably didn’t think of – nor really did the designers, so this can be our little secret: it’s slimming. Seriously, think about it. You’re wrapping a piece of wide elastic around your waist. Plan it right and this can hide that unsightly little bulge, especially since you most likely can’t go to the gym right now.
No pants, no problem. Grab a belly band and be safe – from the mailbox to the couch to the grocery store and beyond!
David Workman is an avid gun guy and a contributing writer to several major gun publications. In addition to being an NRA-certified RSO, David trains new shooters on basic handgun skills and CCW requirements and is a strong advocate for training as much as you possibly can. “Real life shootouts don’t happen at a box range.”
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