SHOT Show Day 3: Concealment Options

Clint Smith is famously quoted as saying that carrying concealed is to be comforting, not comfortable. While we never take for granted this awesome responsibility, today we’re highlighting holsters and concealment garments that help us lighten the load.

Alessi Holsters Watch Six Plus Tuckable

Tom Kulwicki, President and Owner of Alessi Holsters

Tom Kulwicki, President and Owner of Alessi Holsters

The Watch Six Plus Tuckable Concealment IWB Holster by Alessi Holsters is designed for maximum concealment and comfort.  Works with or without a belt relying on two patented “talon nyclips” that prevent unintentional removal from the belt or waistband.  Weight is evenly distributed by means of two stabilizing “wings”.  The “Plus” in the Watch Six name refers to addition of a strip of leather at the mouth of the holster that keeps the Watch Six open for one-handed re-holstering.  This a “tuckable” holster that allows discreet carry with a tucked-in shirt and requires no additional covering garment.  Alessi leather holsters are individually handmade and stitched from the finest grade “shoulders and bends”.  Three choices of color: Brown, Black and Mahogany.  Made in the USA..

Watch Six Plus Tuckable

Shown above: Watch Six Plus Tuckable (left) and the Alessi Talon Tuckable (right)

Tom Kulwicki, Alessi Holster’s President and Owner, is a hands-on craftsman whose passion for fit and quality is evident in his products and his determination to offer his customers the best fit and level of comfort possible.

Tom Kulwicki patiently assisted Kate as she tried out a Watch 6 Plus Tuckable Holster as John Farnam looks on.

Tom Kulwicki patiently and expertly assisted Kate as she tried out a Watch Six Plus Tuckable Holster at the Alessi Holster Booth as John Farnam looks on.

It takes a little extra time to set up the Watch Six Plus Tuckable Holster and tuck a shirt properly but after Tom’s expert and encouraging tutelage, Kate was impressed and chose a Watch Six Plus Tuckable in Mahogany for herself.

Pistol Wear Trump Card IWB Holster

Pistol Wear Trump Card IWB Holster

Pistol Wear Trump Card IWB Holster

Another maximum IWB concealment holster option is from Pistol Wear, their comfortable and modular “Trump Card”.  Designed to be worn underneath your clothes, the Trump Card holster feels snug and supportive when you put it on.  The belt felt sufficiently wide and sturdy enough to distribute the weight of a concealed pistol.

Pistol Wear Trump Card IWB Holster

Pistol Wear Trump Card IWB Holster (Adjustment strap)

Three snaps close the belt but there is an adjustment feature on the side.  Extenders can be purchased for added length and magazine pouches and ID pockets can be added to the holster system.  Available in Beige, Black and White.

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top

Concealed Carrie has expanded her holster purse line to include an athletic wear concealment shirt. The poly-blend / moisture-wicking fabric seemed a bit thin for serious concealment.

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top (concealment pocket)

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top (concealment pocket)

Two Velcro® lined and zippered front pockets offer concealment options with an additional rear ID pocket.

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top (back view)

Concealed Carrie Athletic Top (back view)

A waist drawstring adjusts fit and an elastic bottom aids to decrease vertical motion.  Women’s sizes S-XL (athletic sizing). MSRP $94.00

Rivers West “Full Metal Jacket” Concealment System for Women

Rivers West Women's Full Metal Jacket

Rivers West Women’s Full Metal Jacket.  The only sample available was a tad small but Kate liked the overall quality feel and solid construction.

RIVERS WEST Full Metal Jacket  is now available in a women’s version.  The jacket combines three-season wear-ability with a well thought-out concealment system loaded with benefits:

  • Detachable Holster Rigs that fit a wide variety of handguns
  •  Built-In Shoulder Harnesses that distributes weight over the shoulders
  • Built-In Conceal Plates
  • Additional padding sewn into the jacket helps obscure the outline of your firearm
  • A double jacket-liner creates the appearance of normalcy. Whether open or closed, the jacket never indicates a firearm inside.
  • Secret Access Zippers. External side-seam zippers allow the user to grip the firearm safely with only a “hand in the pocket” appearance.
Rivers West Women's Full Metal Jacket (pocket detail)

Rivers West Women’s Full Metal Jacket (pocket detail)

The Rivers West Women’s Full Metal Jacket is made from wind proof fleece with taped seams and is fully lined.

Rivers West Women's Full Metal Jacket (pocket detail)

Rivers West Women’s Full Metal Jacket (pocket detail)

Kate tried on the sample and found that the jacket had a solid quality feel with smooth gliding zippers.  MSRP $150.00

Tomorrow: SHOT Show Day 4

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