Alright, kiddos. I think I’ve done it. Today I finished a bag and then successfully used it to carry my M&P compact while I ran some errands. FINALLY. It seems like it’s been a long time coming. Here are some photos of the bag and me wearing the bag:
The bag consists of one large pocket that fits over a Kydex holster like this one, and has velcro tape at the top and two smaller pockets on the exterior for things like a phone, keys, money, credit cards, etc. The belt loops on the Kydex holster have an extended tab on them that allows the gun to ride a little lower on the thigh. I find this to be more comfortable and it makes the bag sit better. The nice thing about this design is that the front pocket basically hides any gun outlines you might be able to see through the fabric, while providing room for my other EDC items. I also like how snuggly my pistol sits against my hip in this configuration. I took a long walk and then did a couple of sprints up and down the steps in my house to see how it felt and it seems very stable. It’s also easy to access my phone and money without flashing my gun at the people around me. Important.
I used Kwik Sew pattern K3651 for the general size and shape of this bag and then I added the pocket in the front and the openings for the belt loops in the back. I also changed the seam allowance to 1/2 inch instead of a 1/4 inch. I could probably have made it a teansy bit taller to accomodate the velcro. I have mixed feelings about the hook-and-loop tape I’ve been using. It’s easy to install in the bag, keeps it closed securely and can be operated with one hand. My reservation is that I feel a little clumsy on the draw stroke right now. The velcro seems like an impediment to getting to the gun quickly. Maybe I just need practice. Or maybe the hook-and-loop tape will go out the window as I progress. If anyone has any suggestions on a better closure method for the pistol compartment, I would be happy to hear them.
Or if you have any suggestions at all for improving the bag, please let me know. I’m making these things based on what I perceive my concealed-carry needs to be, but I’m sure there are considerations I’m overlooking or more expedient ways of getting there. What would you like to see in an OWB holster belt bag?