Sometimes I wish I owned a dairy so that I’d have plenty of cheese to ship back with some of the whine that gets addressed to me from time to time. Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of thought and time creating and updating my own website’s Holster Selection page. Still, I get folks complaining that they’re so unique that none of my suggestions will allow them to carry a firearm discreetly.

Okay, I have a strong preference for primary carry on the belt and, in my own case, for inside-the-waistband (IWB) holsters with which to do it. However, I recognize that many folks are a lot larger around the waist than I am and that a few are significantly smaller around the waist than I am. Both extremes can present challenges to using a conventional belt holster discreetly, particularly in jurisdictions where the fashion police may be on patrol.

As I suggested, I discuss lots of options on my own site so I’ll limit this discussion to a very specific area: disguised holsters. I touched on this concept back in May, when I shared some thoughts on workout carry. Now I’d like to cover it again, with a view to some different settings.

DeSantis Gunny Sack
Over time, DeSantis has introduced smaller, less obvious versions of their seminal Gunny Sack fanny-pack holster. From top to bottom, the original Gunny Sack…
DeSantis Gunny Sack 2
…the DeSantis Gunny Sack 2…
DeSantis Gunny Sack Jr
…and the DeSantis Gunny Sack Jr.

The first mass-produced disguised holster that I recall was the DeSantis Gunny Sack (now offered in three different versions). At the risk of repetition:

  • It did not take long for people in the know to recognize it—and similar fanny packs—as a holster.
  • Fanny-pack holsters generally require two hands for the draw. This shortcoming is often overlooked by those who don’t realize that they will not likely have the legal justification to draw until they’re already using one hand to deflect a close-range attack.
  • A carry system that holds the gun horizontally at the front or far side of the body usually requires careful use of the safety circle (described in my book) to avoid sweeping innocent bystanders with the muzzle during the draw stroke. It also makes it much more difficult to draw with the secondary hand, should the primary hand be injured or otherwise occupied.

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