Whether carrying a gun openly or concealed, it’s not always comfortable for women. The heavy piece can pull on your clothing or poke into your ribs whenever you sit down. And women’s fashions are quite unforgiving when it comes to attaching or concealing a firearm. Luckily, things are starting to change as companies develop products that allow women to finally carry in comfort and style. Some products even take advantage of hiding places, like bras and purses that are uniquely available to women. Here we present a rundown of some of the options available, nearly all of which are offered in left- and right-handed models and for a wide range of handguns. While not every carry system will appeal to every woman, with so many choices, you’re sure to find at least one holster that works for you.

Inside the Waistband
Flashbang Holsters is devoted entirely to holsters specially designed for women. The company’s inside-the-waistband (IWB) holster, the Ava, features a molded holster attached to a leather backpiece whose inner surface is lined with soft purple suede for comfort and to allow the holster to conform to your body’s shape. This backpiece is smaller than those on most men’s holsters, so it’s comfortable on a woman’s shorter torso. Two very strong metal clips hook on to the waist of your pants, making the holster sturdy and stable. Unlike many waistband holsters, the Ava does not require that a belt be worn, so the user will have more clothing options. The holster and clips are adjustable and can be worn at the front, side or back of the hips.

Flashbang Holsters makes another clip-on holster called the Betty. Smaller than the Ava but much more versatile, the Betty is simply a molded holster with a single clip. Its small size means that it can be worn in a variety of ways to suit anyone’s taste: strong side, crossdraw, small of the back, appendix, or inside a pocket or purse. Its combination of strong clip and light retention on the gun means that you will not have to worry about the holster coming out with the gun when you draw…

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