Sometimes I make things. Actually that’s not really accurate. I very frequently make things, but I don’t usually share them on the internet. Consumables get shared with my husband, drawings usually are shared with my art school buddies and holsters are shared with our PHLster customers.
But today, dear friends, I made something that I am very excited to share with you. I made my first (usable) prototype of a holster belt-bag. And it doesn’t look like something your grandpa would wear to Disneyworld. Great success! Then I made another one, cause anything worth doing is worth doing twice, right?
I have been kicking this idea around for a while now, ever since I got my permit to carry a concealed firearm in Pennsylvania. You would think that living in a structure which also houses a holster-making business would mean that I would have no trouble finding a safe, easy way to carry my pistol, but that did not turn out to be the case. It would seem that concealing any reasonable-sized gun in lady clothes is actually quite tricky. Now, a quick Google search will tell you that there are a lot of options for women in the concealed carry market, but who wants to wear a velcro and elastic shoulder girdle in July? I don’t. In fact, I don’t want to wear anything called a “girdle” ever. I don’t even like those Spanx things. And as far as purses for carrying (or gun purses as they are sometimes called) are concerned, I am unconvinced that that’s a safe way for me to carry my pistol. I live in a major metropolitan area with a reasonably high crime rate (that’s why I carry in the first place). I’ve seen women get their purses snatched. I wanted something more secure and at the same time, more convenient. I don’t want to have root around in my bag in a moment of panic to find my gun. I also don’t want to accidently grab it when I’m trying to pay for my burrito at the Mexican spot.
In other words, I have long been on the search for a way to carry my 9mm or .380 caliber hand gun in a safe, secure and convenient way. Enter the belt bag. There are belt bags for this purpose already on the market. I especially like this one, and thought about just buying it and being done with the whole mess. But it’s not really my style and it’s more satisfying to make it myself, the way I want it.
So, here’s what I came up with:
You’ll notice that totally rad skeleton holster on the CZ-83 in the first photo, courtesy of Jon Hauptman. He makes awesome things, and this project would not have turned out so well with out him. He also took most of the photographs in this post. He’s a swell fellow.
I had initially conceived of a belt bag that would work in conjunction with that skeleton holster, but I’m still working out the logistics on that one. You might notice an opening at the back of the green bag. It was designed to accomodate the lanyard that attaches to the skeleton holster. It didn’t come out exactly the way I had planned, but I haven’t given up on the idea. My brain is buzzing with all of these new ideas and potential projects, so I’m sure I will have some more holster solutions to share with you in the future. In the meantime, I can’t wait to take these guys out for some R&D…