Flashbang holster

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by jonnyshooter, Jun 15, 2015.

  1. jonnyshooter

    jonnyshooter New Member

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    Has anyone used one or have a wife/GF that uses one?

    My GF just got her CCW and is buying a pistol. She has decided on the flashbang holster for concealed carry, but we are both wondering what it's like carrying all day with an alloy framed revolver. She would like to carry an ultralight 2" 38 special, but wants to know how comfortable carrying a revolver is with this style of holster.

    She does quite a bit of walking and wants something that will be comfortable to carry. She doesn't like the recoil of the tiny 380's and doesn't seem to shoot them as well as her dad's ultralight S&W snubbie. She also want's something with laser grips as she does quite a bit of walking on the beach in the evenings with the dog.

    We just wanted to know if anyone on here has or knows someone that uses this style of holster and what their take on it is. If the 38 is a pain to carry, then her next choice is a keltec p32, which I used to own and she loved to shoot.
     
  2. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My daughter would like to hear the report also.
     

  3. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    here what your lady can do and deside for herself . You can look up the weight of a handgun and add 4oz for ammo . You may have about 18oz add a few more for holster weight - 20oz ?? Now fill small snack bag - zip lock bag with change till it weight the same assuming you have a scale of some kind . She can tape it to a bra and you lady friend can wear around the house . Then she will know how it feels . maybe a 380 like a TCP would work better maybe a holster like a 3speed holster will work better . If she's a pants wear'n lady work at iwb and a slim 380 or 9mm pistol not revolver . Its easy to hide under even a loosely tucked shirt
     
  4. Chup

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    I know a lady that carried a LCP that way. She didn't carry in front she hung it under her armpit. I can't see it being comfortable with 20oz. hanging between the Breasts.
     
  5. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Going by published weights my daughters Bersa Thunder in 380 fully loaded will weigh 21 1/2oz.
     
  6. jonnyshooter

    jonnyshooter New Member

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    It fits under the breasts. My GF has fake bewbs, so this shouldn't be an issue.:cheers:

    I was just wondering if anyone had first hand experience with this setup.
     
  7. hardluk1

    hardluk1 Active Member

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    Let her figure it out . Picking the holster is no different from picking a handgun . There cheap , she will figure it out . Don't forget the lady did and shot her self in the head looking over her , a ,, while reholstering !!
     
  8. Werminator

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    Johnny... Seems to me if you can hold them in your hands they aren't fake... At least...not in my book... Just receipted... Ha!
     
  9. JTJ

    JTJ Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The S&W J frame weighs 16 oz loaded with 135 grain Gold Dot +PLE and a CT Laser Boot Grip. The Ruger LCR might weigh a little less and the polymer might be better next to the skin.
     
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  10. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My wife and two friends actually use Flashbang holsters, so this is actual experience and not theory. I can tell you that they all commented that revolvers are a bit less comfortable to carry but not prohibitively so. Most holsters require the user to wear them constantly for 30 days to make carry feel natural, but all three agreed that they got comfortable with the Flashbang much quicker. You will have to match clothing with the holster, as some pieces of wardrobe "print" worse than others. You will also need to practice drawing, as it's not exactly intuitive.

    Something worth mentioning is that the Flashbangs are optimum in comfort for women who have a B/C cup. Smaller than that and concealment may be compromised, larger and there may be comfort issues. For larger women, if they find the Flashbang sharp on the corners or slightly "gouging," small pieces of the "loop" side of Velcro tape can be used to soften the corners. It stays put and doesn't come off under normal use.

    This, like any other holster, must be tested in actual use. Make sure to give it more than a couple of days use, as it takes the body time to get used to changes such as this. Make sure to use the company's return policy to exchange any holster that doesn't work for you and ultimately find one that is the ideal combination of comfort and concealment. Keep in mind what Clint Smith at Thunder Ranch said: "Concealed carry is supposed to be comforting, not comfortable." :)
     
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  11. TekGreg

    TekGreg Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    An alternative to Flashbang that some women might not be aware of is Stellar Rigs (http://stellarrigs.com/OrderStellarNeckChain.htm). This little holster is held by a chain around the neck and does not attach to underwear, making it ideal for men and women that wish to go without a bra, and also larger women that may not have enough room in her bra to attach a holster. The Stellar Rigs can hold LCRs and similar-sized pistols supported by the neck chain but allow some customization of fit and how it's worn. The women in my life like to tuck them under the bottom edge of the bra for concealment but leave the neck chain on as support. This can give more options if room for a Flashbang holster is tight.
     
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