A Belly Band Holster For Concealed Or Outside Carry

January 18, 2017, by Ken Jorgustin

The belly band holster provides a quick and easy method to carry a handgun. It only takes seconds to put it on, it’s inexpensive, and it has attributes. Among the many holsters that I have, the belly band has its unique purpose.

My favorite use is during the winter when I’m outside on the property, and/or trekking through the woods or trail with my jacket on. My predator insurance.

Here’s why I like it:


 
The belly band holster is made of a somewhat elastic stretchy material with Velcro ends. The simple concept is to wrap it around your waist (stretch it) and velcro the ends together to form a snug fit. The band material has at least one sewn-in ‘pocket’ to hold a handgun. Some belly band holsters come with two sewn-in pockets for ambidextrous left/right carry. Still others include pockets for extra mags.

 
Note: I happen to live in a state where open-carry is allowed, as well as permitted concealed carry. So my methods of carry are not an issue here. Know your own state laws. Use your best judgement…

 
While I do NOT carry this way while out in public (I prefer concealed carry in public places), the reason that I like the belly band holster for winter carry while out and about on the property (and/or in the woods, on the trail with the bears, etc..) is because this method provides quick access to my handgun without having to open up my jacket. If I ever actually need to access my handgun (besides target shooting), it will likely be for a reason when seconds count.

Note: If and when the SHTF into ‘collapse’, this method of carry, or equivalent method of outside-the-jacket carry, will be crucial to quick access during the winter – regardless of your state laws.

When it’s really cold outside, you WILL be wearing a winter jacket and it will be zipped up. How long will it take you to unzip the coat (you will probably be wearing gloves) and access your handgun?

Having purchased a larger size belly band holster, it fits nicely around the outside of my jacket and solves this problem…

Additionally, you can easily shift/slide/rotate the belly band holster to position the handgun wherever you feel comfortable.

Here’s me with my 45 snugly fit:

 
Belly Band Concealment Holster, Tan

Belly Band Concealment Holster, Black

 
A belly band holster is actually purposed to be worn concealed. I also have the corresponding size whereby I can wear it snugly to my waist in order to be concealed by other outerwear. With that said, I personally choose other holsters for concealed carry, but I’m just pointing out that this type of holster will get the job done…

 
I also have this one.
This obviously is not me 😉

Ultimate Belly Band Holster for Concealed Carry | For Men and Women

 
There is a very wide variety of holsters out there. For those of you who carry, it’s good to consider all of the various conditions whereby you might be carrying (including ‘after’ the SHTF) and come up with solutions for them…