Judging by the number of exhibitors of “tactical nylon” goods at this year’s SHOT Show, that portion of the industry is flourishing.
I surveyed booth after booth of slings, belts, pouches, packs and cases in all sizes and descriptions: Ranger Green, Olive Drab, Coyote, Flat Dark Earth, Scorched Earth (black), Multi- Cam™ and other colors du jour. Each manufacturer brings something unique to the table and, in our free enterprise system, competition is a good thing.
While I did find a few nylon products that we’ll be taking a closer look at in the coming months, in all honesty the sheer quantity of products was mind numbing and I probably walked right by some that would be of interest to our readers. Things not made of nylon actually caught my attention more.
I stopped to say hello to my old friend Tim Wegner at the Blade-Tech booth and see what new items that company had that we could cover for this column. While I missed Tim by minutes, my time was not wasted.
Sharing the booth with Blade-Tech was Lisa Looper of Looper Law Enforcement. Lisa showed me a new concealed carry holster she designed for women called the Flashbang.
After seven years in the industry (the Looper family has been in the leather/holster business since 1938) and many years trying to look like a “girl” while carrying concealed, Lisa began to develop the idea that has become the Flashbang holster.
The body of the Flashbang is a clamshell- style holster made of a Kydextype material. It comes complete with leather straps that attach to the connecting strap of a woman’s bra between the cups.
Three leather straps of varying lengths with holes punched in them are included and allow the Flashbang to fit numerous sizes and styles of bras.
When properly attached, the clamshell portion of the holster is on the
bottom. To draw a pistol in a deadly force situation, the wearer pulls up her blouse (Flash) with the weak hand, pulls the handgun straightdown, and if necessary fires (Bang). Utilizing this technique, the weak hand is positioned at the midline of the body in the same fashion it would be for a conventional drawstroke.
The Flashbang is made for a wide variety of small .380 and 9mm pistols, .38 Special revolvers, and even a 1911 (three-inch).
I obtained a Flashbang made for a Ruger LCP equipped with Crimson Trace Laserguard for my wife, Chris. She commented that it felt somewhat unnatural at first, but she quickly became accustomed to it.
In all honesty, the size of the pistol will likely dictate how well it conceals with different shapes. Even small curves will conceal a small pistol such as the Ruger LCP/Kel-Tec P-3AT. It might take a figure more like Dolly Parton’s to conceal a 1911.
Being worn where it is, I can testify to the fact that the Flashbang does not print. I honestly did not know if Chris was armed or not. And isn’t that the whole point of carrying concealed?
While there are numerous holsters touted as being made for women, most have been designed by men who in truth don’t have a good idea what women need—not only in the obvious anatomical sense as it pertains to carrying a firearm, but attire as well.
The Flashbang was designed for women by a woman, and is one of the most unique holsters to come down the pike in a long time.
The suggested retail price is only $39.99.