This post is meant to provide a very brief review of the “Flash Bang” holster. There are a multitude of reviews and videos on this innovative holster and I’ll provide a few links at the end of this entry.
A previous post happily shared my purchase of the new “baby Glock” – the Glock 42, chambered in .380. I started carrying my new “baby” in a pocket holster that I kept in a zippered pocket of my coat or in my purse. While that allowed me to carry the firearm “with” me, it didn’t provide a method of carrying it “on” me, which is the preferred method for self defense.
The “Flash Bang” is a molded kydex holster, shown here with the longest of the snap on suede straps that attach at the midpoint of the bra, between the cups. The holster cradles the G42 and covers the trigger.
The gun “snaps” in place and then tucks up under the underwire of your bra.
I changed out the suede strap (shortest of the three) that came with the holster, and the directions are serious when they warn you to watch for “small parts” as you do this. Mission accomplished, I then attached the holster by snapping the VERY strong one way snap onto my bra, without a gun in it at first, just to get the feel of it.
Next I put the gun in the holster, you have to put it in the holster with a bit of “authority” for it to snap in. For this initial test I did it without the magazine installed- which I wouldn’t advise you to try with this model. There are some “sharp-ish” edges at the base of the grip that will not feel comfortable, particularly while sitting. After I put in an empty magazine it immediately felt better!
My final stage of “fitting” was with a fully loaded magazine (although not brave enough to have one in the chamber at this point! ). The added weight pulled down a bit on the bra, and I made some adjustments. I found it fit my frame a little better to “tweak” it so the muzzle pointed a little down.
I wore the Flash Bang for about two hours that first day, and it was pretty comfortable. Drawing the gun was easy to learn, reholstering took a bit more fiddling with but eventually I got the “hang” of it (pun intended!)
The second day I wore it under a thin pullover shirt, and it was well concealed. You would have to know that it was there and be looking for it. Within a very short amount of time, I mostly forgot it was there.
The Holster “Cozy”
The “mature woman” in me found some things a little uncomfortable. Kydex is a hard material, and between my aging and thinning skin and the effects of gravity “at work” on my anatomy, there were a few “pinch spots” that I would feel occasionally while wearing it.
I decided what was needed was a “holster cozy.” My husband -the creative master- jumped on that project before I even had a chance to think about materials for it, and literally within minutes presented me with a “cozy” from an old sock.
He was ready to permanently attach it to the Kydex holster, and I was appalled.
Another “fascinating” experience of getting to be an old woman are “hot flashes.” The placement of this holster is in an area that, pardon me, can on occasion get pretty “damp.” Whatever was used for the “cozy” had better be able to be thrown in the washer!
Here is the “cozy” laid out flat. Any soft, absorbent, washable material would do, and I am sure the truly crafty could add embellishments and “prettify” it, but it works for me! Just be sure that you leave the bottom opening of the holster clear so you don’t get it tangled up when holstering/ drawing your gun!
I really like the Flash Bang holster, and it is a GREAT way to carry my “baby.”
A few links for reviews: pro and con !
Happy and Safe shooting – Peggy