By Ashley Young
I only recently started carrying concealed on-body. I was a dedicated purse carrier for quite a while, and felt very secure in that. Until I didn’t. I realized that I hated to have to carry my purse all the time, and I kept it on my shoulder like it was an extra body part. I also realized that if I were to be separated from my purse at any time, like if someone snatched it, a purse gun would do me no good. I reviewed the options for on-body carry and had a lot of complaints. “Waistband holsters require a belt, and not all women’s clothing allows for a belt.” “I don’t want to have to wear baggy clothes just because I am carrying.” The list went on. Then I discovered the Flashbang.
Setting Up Your Flashbang
There are several ways to wear a bra holster, either inside the wire, under the wire, or at an angle so the barrel is secured between the two cups. I preferred wearing mine under the wire because I felt like it was best concealed that way. The Flashbang came with three different length suede straps to allow the user to customize their carry experience for optimal comfort. After trying each of the lengths, I settled on the mid-sized option to best suit my carry preferences.
The Flashbang holster is made up of two materials: Kydex and suede. The holster portion is made of a thin Kydex with an open clamshell design. The strap that holds it in place is suede. It is available in either left or right handed draw positions, which was a definite plus for me. I am a hardcore lefty, so sometimes I am limited in which products I am able to use.
I mostly wore the Flashbang to work under my business casual attire. I found it to be very comfortable and easily concealed under light cover garments such as a light top or sweater. My go-to carry gun is a Glock 42, so the fact that it is a subcompact, lightweight gun definitely adds to the comfort level. I definitely enjoyed the feeling of security I had from comfortable, on-body carry, and the Flashbang definitely was a good choice for that.
Some safety and comfort observations: taking the time to adjust the strap to the perfect fit is critical for an optimal and comfortable fit. There are holes on each strap to adjust the length to the perfect fit. The better it fits, the less it prints. Also when holstering and reholstering the Flashbang it is important to take caution.
The best way that I found to holster and reholster the Flashbang, is to pull the kydex as far away from the body as possible, taking care not to muzzle the yourself, slide the butt of the gun in first. Then gently guide the slide into the clam-shell using leverage. I can’t stress enough how important it is for a user to practice carrying and using the Flashbang.
I really enjoyed using the Flashbang, and plan to make this one of my go-to methods of carry. I was pleased to discover that Flashbang makes different styles of holsters (including men’s holsters). There are also different styles for women, but the classic Flashbang is the most popular.
Available for purchase here: http://flashbangstore.com/products/the-flashbang