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Today I am bringing the first ever guest post featured on the blog and I think it is a great one to start with. After I wrote the article Ladies: Keep Calm And Carry On I was approached by this reader. I have known her for quite a while now and had no idea that she was reading the blog let alone carrying a firearm. She told me she enjoyed the article and wondered if I was going to be contacting any of the companies I had listed. I told her I already had an email exchange with someone from Flashbang and I was waiting to hear back. She was tickled since that was the product I featured that caught her attention. Well weeks went by and I had heard no more from Flashbang even with repeated attempts to contact them. I was rather disappointed and so was she but she decided to bite the bullet and purchase one because she was dying to carry her new Sig p238. Right away she contacted me and told me she loved it. I have one rule when reviewing things and that is to use the item hard for no less than a month before I will put my stamp of approval on it. Well time has passed and she is still as excited about her Flashbang holster as the day she bought it.

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As a gal who’s fairly new to the CCW world, I literally had no clue where to start when it was time to decide how I was going to carry my firearm. As far as I knew, I had a choice between a OWB holster, an IWB holster or purse carry. I decided to pick the brain of a good friend, a fellow firearms enthusiast who’s far more educated in this world than I, and he very kindly wrote a piece on his blog (Absolute BS) detailing the pro’s and con’s of various carry options (purse carry = bad choice ladies!), and offering up a few links to some woman friendly products that I should check out. Enter, The Flashbang.

Fresh out of the package!

Fresh out of the package!

The Sig in its new home

The Sig in its new home

The Flashbang is a thermoplastic clamshell design holster that attaches to your bra via a leather strap. It conveniently comes with 3 different size straps, allowing for multiple fit options. I picked mine up at my local range for $37.99, which is quite the steal compared to the $49.99 price tag on their website (flashbangholster.com).

Extra Straps

Extra Straps

I’ve been wearing my Flashbang as my primary carry holster for about 5 weeks, which has given me ample time to discover the positives and negatives of the product. Being a newbie in EDC, comfort level was of utmost importance for me and the Flashbang was very surprisingly comfortable. Of course this didn’t come without some trial and error. Finding the right bra is a must! One of the few negatives I’ve found is it doesn’t work properly with just any bra in your closet. Luckily for me, I have a good variety to choose from and I didn’t have to go out and buy new but I have a feeling some ladies may have to. I found that the wider the center portion the better. The extra material allowed for a more stable draw of the firearm. Also very important‚Ķthe bra band! When the Flashbang is attached, it ultimately adds the weight of your firearm to the weight of your ladies. Meaning, you resort back to the golden rule of womanhood, support is key! Once the bra situation itself was figured out, I realized just how amazing the Flashbang was at being “deeply concealed”. Even under the tightest of shirts, not a single person was able to tell that I was carrying. This is a big deal as summer is right around the corner and a ladies wardrobe tends to be very minimal in warmer months, so a deep conceal option is ideal. The only other drawback I’ve come across is the fact that the days are getting hotter and carrying quite literally on the body allows for some perspiration issues. Not ideal especially for ladies, but it’s very very minimal (at least for myself personally).

The Sig just disappears!!

The Sig just disappears!!

Side profile

Side profile

Overall, I thoroughly enjoy the Flashbang. It is a standout option for women in a mainly male dominated domain. In my opinion, it allows us ladies to have a unique advantage. With any holster, it takes a little getting used to. You know that it is there but it’s one of those deals where the longer you wear it, it just becomes a part of you so to speak. It also defied my expectations when it came to easy access. I was able to get my draw time to 1.6 seconds. Not bad if you ask me ūüėČ

LG

Thanks again for the great contribution and I hope that we will be able to have some more reviews and articles from her in the future.

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Along the same lines I closed out with yesterday, ABC news has a article today focusing on the trend of more women joining the gun movement.

I cannot for the life of me understand the women’s groups that beat the drum of women’s rights but oppose women owning guns. A woman owning a gun is the most liberating thing to do. Nothing makes a woman more equal to a man than having ready access to a sidearm. The bogus facts in the article about a woman being 3 times more likely blah blah blah is horseshit, and is just another example of twisting facts to try to fit their mythical story line.

We need more gun clubs reaching out to women on a local level to get them involved and show them that guns aren’t the scary creatures of death. My local gun club holds Ladies Night and in the warm months we usually have a pretty good turn out. Its just another idea I’m throwing out there for others to consider. Women are the future of the shooting culture. Like I said yesterday if we want our base to grow we need to get women active. Thoughts?¬† Comments?

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We all know the gun is the great equalizer. It can put a 110 pound woman on¬†a level playing field as a 250 pound rapist. Here is a prime example. Even though you hear men constantly drumming the need for women to be¬†carrying, the market is mainly driven towards men. I don’t know how many times I hear women¬†say they don’t carry because they can’t find good means to conceal a gun. Like I said¬†the market is driven¬†towards men and there is a huge difference in what works for a man and what works for a woman. Women¬†are shaped¬†differently than¬†men¬†so a holster designed for a man is most likely not¬†going to fit the curves of a lady¬†and therefore¬†would be too¬†uncomfortable. Women also dress differently than men, and I will speak for all guys and say we appreciate that. Jeans designed for ladies¬†are not impossible¬†to get an inside waist band holster into,¬†but add the form-fitting shirts that are common for women and it makes outside waist band holsters a no go also. So today I want to point out some options for women that will help them and point them in a direction that is actually FOR THEM.

First I will start with what will be most convenient¬†for women, purse carry. It is very rare that a woman will leave home without some form of handbag so naturally¬†that is the first place a woman will think of placing her gun. Convenience¬†is the¬†main idea around this¬†option but it comes¬†with its downfalls¬†also. ¬†Companies like GUN TOTE’N¬†MAMAS¬†and Designer Concealed Carry¬†offer products from all sides of the price spectrum. I was fortunate enough¬†to meet both at SHOT Show this year and see some of their products and they both offer well thought-out¬†products. There are a few things to think about when considering off body carry like this. First is if you would happen to leave your bag somewhere not only did you just lose your money, credit cards, and identification but you also lost your gun. Another thing to consider is the would be purse snatcher. Most of the bags from the two companies I mentioned above have reinforced straps which are both a positive and a negative depending on how you carry your purse. Also, think of the situation¬†where some guy runs past, grabs it and keeps running but you manage to keep ahold of the strap, now you are in a tug of war with this guy and your gun is now¬†inaccessible.¬†Clint Smith said it best, “Carrying a gun isn’t supposed to be¬†comfortable, it is supposed¬†to be¬†a comfort” and I stand by that statement which is why I say that off body carry is a last option. I will not advocate against but if nothing else will work I say a gun in the purse is better than a gun left at home.

Belly bands are a great option for the woman especially when doing things like jogging or working out and even in work situations. Like I mentioned earlier, women have a few more curves than men and a belly band work higher up on the torso just under the curvy features in that area will conceal nearly any carry sized pistol. These work great when wearing skirts or slacks with no belt loops. Another bonus is they can be adjusted high or low and move the firearm around the body for maximum comfort and concealment. Some bands come with an extra pocket to carry personal effects like i.d. and even cash. The down side of the belly band is when putting the firearm into the band you generally muzzle yourself so it is best to place the gun in the band before putting it on. Just be certain that you are being extra cautious when adjusting the band.

Compression undergarments come in shorts¬†styles or tank top styles, and¬†are another way to carry when your outer clothing is lacking belts or¬†belt loops and even when you don’t have the rigid support around the waist like when you wear a skirt or sweat pants. Made from surgical grade elastic, they fit very tightly around the body and make it possible to have a firearm on either side along with a reload on the other. The tank top style isn’t going to be¬†considered a fast draw method. The gun will sit just below your armpit and getting to the gun in a high stress situation is going to be tricky. You can find more info on both these products from UnderTech.

Next we will hit on the most common place to carry for the rest of the market and that is IWB (inside waist band) or OWB (outside waist band) holsters. The problem with most holsters is again they are designed for men. Pretty in Pink  is a company out of Canada that makes both IWB and OWB holsters for women by women. Concealment Solutions is an American company that I suggest if you are looking for an OWB hybrid holster made with both leather and kydex. I own the Sidewinder and my wife has put it on and said it was very comfortable for her.

The last option I want to introduce is a very neat design and it is made by another all women’s company called Flashbang Holsters.¬† They make two holsters that attach to the bra. The first is called The¬†Flashbang¬†and the second is called The Betty. These are very unique and interesting. I contacted¬†the company and they are sending¬†me a couple of samples.¬†Stay tuned for¬†more to come from¬†Flashbang Holsters from¬†Absolute¬†BS.¬†¬†You can find¬†a video on YouTube showing the¬†Flashbang holster in action.

I hope this post helps at least one woman out there find what she has been missing. If it does, my mission is accomplished. I feel that in order for the our movement to grow and further itself we need to make the gun culture more inviting towards women. I have decided that when I start providing training women will take priority.¬†We need mothers saying they are taking the kids shooting. It will be the mothers changing the minds of PTA’s across America and actually doing things to make our kids safer instead of politicians proposing useless legislation. Ladies, if you ever have any questions feel free to contact me I will do all I can to help you and get you the answers you need.

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