For the “Ladies Only” column in the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, author Michelle Cerino examined whether crossdraw or strong-side holster rigs presented an advantage for women wishing to practice concealed carry. To determine if there was any advantage to either style, Cerino decided to us two well-known designs from Galco: the inside-the-waistband COP 3 Slot and the crossdraw-style Hornet.

“Favoring the strong side, I wore the
 COP 3 Slot with my S&W Bodyguard .38 Special first. It slipped on easily with the way I wear my belt. I used the bottom slot on the two-slot side since I don’t prefer a forward cant,” noted Cerino in her review. “Doing various chores around the house, I didn’t have any problems with it getting in my way. Matter of fact, I almost forgot I was carrying. The thumb retention was easy to use and I had no problem drawing when I was standing.”

Halfway through her testing, Cerino switched to see if the Galco’s crossdraw-style Hornet presented a different concealed carry experience to the user.

“On the fourth day I switched to wearing the Hornet with my S&W Model 442 .38 Special. This holster required me
 to switch the way I wore my belt. I had to put the belt through my pant loops, starting from the right rather than the left. Not a big deal, but something I had to think through,” said Cerino. “As a right-handed shooter, I first put the holster on over the rear of my left pocket. This caused the same issues as with the strong-side holster: the butt of the gun rubbing my ribs.”

To read the full article, check out the December 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS, available on newsstands September 16, 2014. To subscribe, go to

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