Best Belly Band Holsters: Carry In (Relative) Comfort

While many individuals use traditional belt holsters for any situation, there’s an emerging appreciation for the versatility and comfort of belly band holsters. What sets the belly band holster apart is its adaptability to a huge variety of situations, whether you’re embarking on a casual jog, hiking under a hot sun, or dressing in attire that just isn’t belt-friendly.

The Kydex material, prevalent in many of today’s belly band models, provides a robustness that rivals conventional holsters, but when paired with the elasticity and fit of the belly band itself, offers unparalleled concealment opportunities without compromising firearm retention.

As someone who has carried concealed every day since the age of 21, I’ve tried every holster under the sun, and I can say belly bands offer an unmatched blend of concealment, comfort, and accessibility. The beauty of these holsters lies in their ability to accommodate different clothing styles – from workout gear to trail wear and formal attire.

They fill a unique gap, especially for those occasions when traditional belted holsters are too cumbersome or downright incompatible. Both men and women can attest to moments when fashion and function clash – the belly band is the bridge that marries the two.

But as with all things firearm-related, it’s crucial to approach the world of belly band holsters with knowledge and awareness. Not every holster is created equal. The choice of materials, design decisions, and even weight distribution can make a world of difference.

Furthermore, it’s essential to stay updated on legal requirements and concealed carry permits in your state or county.

As we delve deeper into this topic, remember that while a belly band holster might not be everyone’s daily go-to, its innovative design and versatility make it an indispensable tool for those moments when conventional options fall short.

Let’s take the plunge.

By Kenzie Fitzpatrick

Kenzie Fitzpatrick is a professional 3-gun competitive shooter, an NRA-certified Pistol Instructor & Range Safety Officer, a certified AR-15 Armorer, an NROI-certified Chief Range Officer, & host of the Reticle Up Podcast.

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