April 19th, 2018 by asjstaff

Yawn. It’s a plastic inside the waistband holster with a clip. Who cares, right? Before you click the back button, hold on a minute. Because the JM4 Tactical RELIC Series Tuckable holster isn’t like the other IWB concealed carry rigs you’ve seen.

First, the RELIC (Reliable, Easy, Light, Individual, Carry Holster) isn’t made of Kydex. Like a growing number of holster makers, JM4 chose to go with Boltaron for this thing. What’s Boltaron, you ask? Unlike Kydex, Boltaron is a US-made PVC-acrylic alloy.

So? So that means it’s more heat-resistant than Kydex. If you happen to leave a Boltaron holster in your car on a summer day (try not to) you’re less likely to find it cracked or in a puddle under your gun than you will with a Kydex rig.

The other aspect of the RELIC that makes it less-than-typical is its leather lining. JM4 uses grade A, vegetable-tanned steer hide to line the RELIC. The sewn-in leather makes the holster much easier on your carry gun’s finish and virtually eliminates any sound when you draw your pistol or re-holster it. If that’s a consideration for you.

With warmer weather here in the Lone Star State, I’ve been carrying OWB less often, opting for a more concealable IWB rig that’s not only more concealable, but tuckable, too. The RELIC fills that bill nicely.

The RELIC’s raised sweat shield sits comfortably between you and your pistol. That keeps perspiration off your carry gun and gives you a tad more room to slip your thumb in for a good grip on the draw.

The RELIC’s clip comes with three screw holes to adjust for you preferred right depth. I liked the middle position best and clipped off the excess part that extended below. The clip can also be adjusted and tightened down to give you some forward can’t if that’s your thing.

Like a number of other holsters, the RELIC has a screw and rubber gasket arrangement on the retention screw so you can fine tune the grip it has on your gun. My relic had an almost death-grip on my GLOCK 43 at first, even on the loosest setting. But a little time spent leaving the pistol in the holster and some more time on the hip as it fitting just right now, with just the right retention without inhibiting my draw.

The holster’s nicely stitched and finished. The leather fits the interior impressively well. And for the price, it should As you’d expect from a holster that features two top quality materials carefully blended together, the RELIC doesn’t come cheaply.

In short, this the JM4 RELIC IWB Tuckable Holster is a first-rate rig for everyday carry. If you don’t mind emptying your wallet a little more, you’ll have yourself a great, concealable holster that will keep your gun looking good for years.

Specifications: JM4 Tactical RELIC IWB Tuckable Holster (GLOCK 43 version tested)

Height: (shell only) 6.125 inches
Width: 3 inches
Depth: (shell only) 1.25 inches
Weight: 3.6 oz.
Colors: Black or coyote tan
Price: $94.97

Ratings (out of five stars):

Comfort: * * * * 
With the Boltaron and leather sandwiched together, it’s a tad thicker than competing rigs, but not so much that you’ll notice. In fact, you’ll probably forget you’ve got in on.

Concealability: * * * * *
That depends on the gun you’re packing. My G43 is virtually undetectable. If you want to stuff a FNX-45 inside your waistband (they’ll make a RELIC for any one of dozens of handguns) your mileage will most certainly vary.

Value: * * * 
The RELIC isn’t cheap. At all. Then again, how important is not only stealthiness, but also protecting your carry gun’s finish?

Overall: * * * * 
Top quality materials assembled with an eye for detail. And you can get one for damn near any semi-auto gun made. Recommended.

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March 30th, 2018 by asjstaff

I’ve reviewed a handful of holsters here on TTAG, dabbling in many more that have yet to be mentioned. And to be honest, I feel somewhat remiss for not bringing this one to you sooner.

When I started using Ultimate Holsters gear eighteen months ago it quickly became – and still remains – the carry solution I fall back to once I’ve completed other holster review testing.

Ultimate Holsters’ Cloud Tuck Rapid Holster and Ultimate IWB Spare Mag Pouch are hands-down the best hybrid holsters I’ve found for IWB carry of my sub-compact SIG P238 and mags. There’s so much to like about this small kit, I’m not even sure where to begin . . .

Now, from the moment I read the word “Ultimate” in their name, I was skeptical. Do you blame me? Yet, the second I pulled one of their holsters from its packaging, my dubiousness was dashed by the excellent craftsmanship and quality of components comprising the Cloud Tuck Rapid holster. It’s clear each holster is carefully hand-crafted to customer specifications.

At first glance, the most prominent feature is probably the Kydex shell. I wasn’t a fan of the carbon fiber look until I had this holster in my hand, but I am now. The pattern really pops and its texture is true-to-life.

What’s more, there are a total of five carbon fiber color options to choose from (above). And if carbon fiber isn’t your thing, the Cloud Tuck Rapid’s shell is also available in black, blood red, pink, and purple. Still not satisfied? Name your “custom infused” color at checkout.

Most importantly, Ultimate Holsters uses precise firearm molds to create very accurate shells. My P238 has fit exceptionally well across all five shells I have used. Specific care is also taken to ensure proper engagement at the trigger guard, traditionally a critical area for retention.

The Cloud Tuck Rapid’s Kydex shell is also quite trim, leading to a small footprint. Its edges are well-finished and smooth; a flared mouth at the top of the shell aides in re-holstering.

As an added safety feature, Ultimate ensures the mold fills the space on the back side of the magazine release. Kydex in this space helps to keep the magazine from accidentally being released by blocking the button from somehow becoming depressed while holstered.

Fastened to the shell below the Cloud Tuck Rapid’s open-throat sits a single, thick 1.5-inch wide, U.S.-made polymer belt clip. It has an aggressive barb that does a great job of locking around a host belt. The clip is adequately rigid and includes a handy integrated thumb tab to assist in removal.

The clip also allows for a good degree of adjustability. Both cant and ride height can be easily adjusted to meet individual preferences (above).

Rubber bushings help securely anchor the clip to the Kydex and also make ample room for thick belts and pants.

While the Kydex half of the hybrid Cloud Tuck Rapid holster sure is nice, it’s the backer that is the true draw of Ultimate Holsters design – one that sets the brand apart from other hybrids. The holsters backer begins where most others end – with a piece of high-quality black leather.

The leather backer then plays host to an industry first – a blue medical-grade, silver-infused soft antimicrobial pad.

Glued and impeccably sewn to the leather backer, Ultimate Holster’s soft “Silver Lining” reduces odor, creates a moisture barrier between you and your gun, and promotes quick drying after use.

The shape of the layered backer mostly follows the contours of the Kydex shell, extending above the wide mouth and clip to provide full protection between you and the firearm.

Additionally, the backer is cut out around the P238’s safety, creating space to reduce the risk of an accidental snag.

Ultimate Holsters boasts that their holsters are “constructed from the finest materials.” Not only are the backer’s layers, Kydex shell, and polymer clip top-notch components, the hardware holding it all together is also of excellent quality.

The smooth brass washers, in particular, are nicely set into the backer to avoid snags and scratches.

Adjusting the holster’s retention is simple with the four Phillip’s head screws and rubber washers. The four points allow you to make fine adjustments in specific areas, as opposed to a single point of adjustment.

I found that the well-molded shells, combined with the hybrid backer, meant I didn’t need to crank-down on the rubber washers to attain the appropriate amount of on-body retention. In addition, the four screws are sized so that they never protruded past their brass washer counterparts.

Wearing the Cloud Tuck Rapid holster is almost an experience too good to be true. Its rounded, smooth edges allow it to slip right in behind the waistline of your trousers or Bermuda shorts. Immediately you’ll notice how comfortable the holster feels – in any position.

What’s more, the antimicrobial pad’s texture helps keep your shirt tucked in – a bonus I really like. And when it’s hot the holster feels great on bare skin and pulls any sweat away from your body.

Important to a degree exceeding all other aspects of any holster is its functionality. Not only does the Cloud Tuck Rapid look great and feel awesome, it performs exceedingly well. Retention is reliable and draws are consistent and without hang-up on the shell or backer.

My foremost concern with the leather/antimicrobial backer was that it would be too soft, compressing into the firearm and creating a “sticky draw”. However, the layered backer is rigid enough, and the leather dense enough, that only a very minimal break-in period should be needed, if at all.

The “flop over factor” is very low with Ultimate Holsters. Again, the layers of the backer seem to work symbiotically to keep the backer from folding over the mouth of the holster.

The no-flop backer, combined with the wide-mouth shell help facilitate consistently satisfying and dependable holstering of the weapon. The holster’s mouth is easy to visually identify and positive lock-up with the holster can be felt (and often heard) when attained.

Now, the seven rounds in my SIG P238 aren’t exactly “high capacity” – or “standard capacity”, for that matter – so in addition to my Cloud Tuck Rapid holster I carry one or two spare magazines in Ultimate IWB Spare Mag Pouches.

Ultimate’s Mag Pouches run the same line as the holsters – identical high-quality materials and craftsmanship resulting in a reliable and extremely comfortable magazine carrier. Made-to-order just like their holsters, Ultimate IWB Spare mag Pouches are optioned with bullets facing forward or rearwards.

The Mag Pouch is also thin enough to be comfortably worn just about anywhere along the beltline. I routinely carry one at about the eight-o’clock position, as well as appendix – sometimes plural. They’ve retained my magazines perfectly, are easy to draw from and re-holster, and have the same great four-position rubber washer retention system.

Ultimate’s holster and mag carriers are by far my favorite IWB carry set; especially when it comes to summertime carry (no undershirt) and carry when wearing a suit. In fact, wearing these holsters with a nice Canali suit felt pretty dang appropriate with the carbon fiber finish and leather.

Another draw of Ultimate Holsters is their Ultimate Risk Free Guarantee. Essentially, you can try their holster for thirty days and if it doesn’t meet your needs, you can send it back for a full refund. If I could have tried every holster I’ve ever bought for thirty days, I’d probably have a few more firearms instead of a large drawer of holsters.

Plus, they’ve got free shipping for order over $40 and their customer service is outstanding.

So while I won’t go as far as to call anything the “ultimate” in its class, Ultimate Holsters’ Cloud Tuck Rapid IWB Holster and Spare Mag Pouch is the closest thing I’ve found so far. It’s hard to imagine a more comfortable hybrid holster that’s also this dependable – and adjustable, not to mention customizable, for that matter.

The Silver Lining antimicrobial/antibacterial backer pad provides a real benefit and I’ve experienced miniscule delamination. Each holster is made-to-order and handcrafted with high quality materials that can take a beating. The Ultimate Holsters’ Cloud Tuck Rapid holster and Ultimate IWB Spare Mag Pouch look great, function great, and are lightweight…why wait?

Specifications: Ultimate Holsters Cloud Tuck Rapid IWB Holster (P238)

Price as reviewed (carbon fiber finish): $85.99 MSRP (on sale on their website)

Ratings (out of five stars):

Design: * * * * *
Great-looking minimalist design ensures a small footprint. High-quality components throughout. Excellent adjustability options.

Firearm Fit: * * * *
Very good fit across a variety of holsters. Shells molded with attention to critical areas of retention.

Retention: * * * * *
Provides retention the way a holster is supposed to. Engages the firearm in the critical areas without creating too much friction. Wide mouth of holster allows for easy and safe holstering.

Durability: * * * * *
The top-notch materials used in the holster hold up extremely well to wear. Expect years of service from this holster.

Finish: * * * * *
This holster is finished as well as anyone could want; clearly hand-detailed. The stitching of the backers layers is near-perfect and the leather is very good grain – soft, yet dense, and well-stained. The Kydex used to create the shells is high-quality and the carbon fiber pattern is outstanding.

Overall: * * * * *
Ultimate Holsters’ Cloud Tuck Rapid holster is highly comfortable, reliable, lightweight, and delivers a great fit, smooth draw and easy holstering. Handcrafted to order with high-quality materials, this holster can also take a beating. The Cloud Tuck Rapid’s antimicrobial pad simply can’t be beat.

Specifications: Ultimate IWB Spare Mag Pouch (Carbon Fiber Finish)

Price as reviewed (carbon fiber finish): $45.00 MSRP

Ratings (out of five stars):

Design: * * * *
Designed to match Ultimate Holsters’ firearm holsters, the Spare Mag Pouch literally makes it a matching set. Utilizing the same minimalist approach as its counterpart, the carrier takes up little space and is very lightweight. Great adjustability.

Magazine Fit: * * * *
Very good fit to all magazines, regardless of capacity. Bullets facing forward or rearwards is a great must-have option.

Retention: * * * * *
Includes standard four-position rubber washer adjustability to keep magazines engaged until needed.

Durability: * * * * *
The top-notch materials used in the holster hold up extremely well to wear. Expect years of service from this mag carrier.

Finish: * * * * *
The Mag Pouch is finished with a very high level of detail and care. Stitching of the backer is near-perfect and the leather is very good grain – soft, yet dense, and well-stained. The Kydex used to create the shells is high-quality and the carbon fiber pattern really pops.

Overall: * * * * *
With quality mirroring their holsters, the Ultimate Holsters Ultimate IWB Spare Mag Pouch is a top-notch companion for the Cloud Tuck Rapid – or any holster, for that matter.

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January 3rd, 2018 by jhines
[Updated 1/3/2018] There are many ways to carry your concealed handguns, which brings up the argument of appendix carry vs the four o’clock, small of back or under the armpit position, etc.
Appendix carry has grown in popularity, whether that’s by watching too many Hollywood movies or experimenting with the different position. Another thing that’s talked about is the carrier body composition as a factor. Seems like the thinner folks have an easier time concealing the handguns versus another who’s a little on the heavier side.
Whoa, lets put the brakes on here, in the video below Rob Leatham(Team Springfield) is talking with Rob Pincus (Personal Defense World) on the subject.

As you know Leatham isn’t fat by obesity standard, but pudgy. As you can see with the correct body posture and technique, its easy to get the pistol out without pointing it at yourself, its quick and efficient.
Appendix carry’s concept is straight forward: The handgun is holstered at the front of the body where the hands are at most of the time. The advantages are many: a fast, intuitive, and easy to draw from nearly any body position; provides excellent retention and some comfort.
Some experts like Massad Ayoob of Personal Defense World have stated, “our hands are more likely to be in front of our torsos instead of down by our sides most in the time in everyday life,” which means “in real life,” our hands may be closer to the gun if the weapon is also at the front of the body.
For the weapon retention minded, “an attempt by a criminal to snatch your gun out of its holster from behind will probably be harder if your sidearm is in the appendix position.”
So how effective is the carry?
One way is to implement it through a course of fire, but is that adequate for a gun fight?
Maybe, run the test while going through a force on force test with air guns. The results may vary based on your training and experience level.


Here are some sentiments on the subject from Reddit, USACarry and Glock Talk:
Nodpete: I prefer the appendix carry. It just feels better with my body shape and I think that you get less printing at this position. It’s also comfortable when your sitting/driving and doesn’t show when you bend forward. I use an Aliengear Tuck 2.0 and love it. It comes stock with a 15 degree FBI carry but I modified it to the straight up position.

bofh: I carry a Glock 26 (and sometimes a Glock 19 or Glock 20) at 4 o’clock, but that shouldn’t influence your decision at all. There are pros and cons for both. You need to try it out. In any case, a good belt and holster make the difference.

mudshark100: I find 4:00 more comfortable, especially when sitting. But more importantly, consider where the barrel is pointing in both positions. An accidental discharge at 4:00, you maybe loose a little of your backside. At appendix, particularly while sitting, an accidental discharge means major damage into the upper thigh, possibly hitting an artery……or worse yet, the family jewels. Just my thoughts.

grantar2: the answer will be based on feel. I personally carry at 3 0’clock, but I carry a full size M&P. It’s also the position I carry when I compete in IDPA. Appendix position is the stronger position If you are attacked your arms, movement and hands will work best close to center of body. You can bring the gun straight up, roll the wrist for a shot from retention. If the bad guy is driving on you, having your primary weapon behind you even slightly puts your arm in a weaker position. This is true even if your blading into the threat.

At the 4 0’clock position clearing a garment may be harder as well. Practice is what you normally wear will help you decide. The appendix position is easy, grasp and lift shirt, draw weapons. The act of lifting the shirt keeps the free hand out of the way until you drive the gun our and the hand joins up. If you clawing one hand well engaging with the other, being up front is easier as well.

tcox4freedom: I’ve personally seen a close family member shoot himself; severing his femoral artery and almost all the other blood vessels in his upper mangled leg. It took us over 4hr to get him to the hospital because we were so far out in the boonies. He never lost consciousness. (Known other people that have had similar damage and survived as well.) I carry appendix because it’s more comfortable, provides the fastest access (even while sitting & buckled up) and it affords you better retention should you ever find your self in a grappling match with a drunk MMA fighter.

SR9: I carry with more of a 5:00 O’clock position and with the cant of my holster, I see not major problem. If my gun should accidently fire, and considering my age, and build, I don’t have a lot of butt to lose, if any.

Appendix carry with Glock19

Damn_Yankee: Very comfortable even while seated and driving. I am 5′ 7″ and 160 lbs and I can conceal my G19 in just about anything I want to wear.

F14Scott: This $16 holster is thin and perfect. I wear it with a leather gun belt, and it keeps the G19 tight against my belly. It is very comfortable.

ken grant: Tried several different AIWB holsters but then decided on a trigger guard type and it hit the sweet spot for me.
I tried several different lanyard lengths and found one that lets the pistol ride where wanted and also lets it float a little with my movements.
The guard is pulled off as soon as the pistol clears the belt and pointed forward away from my body.

OutWest: I carry a G19 AIWB. My preference is for a low carry. On my body this conceals the best. I’ve tried several kydex holsters and they tend to carry the gun higher than I like. This results in obvious and goofy printing from the grip frame. What I’ve found to work best for me is a cheap Uncle Mike’s cloth holster. It rides low and disappears.
The disadvantage of the low ride is getting a good grip when drawing. As with any holster, practice makes perfect.

Some complaints with carry at small of back

MichaelsPerHour: My issue with SOB is that you’re placing a hard metal object in a place where your body has basically no padding of your spine, which means if you slip and fall on your back, bad things can happen. There are other advantages to AIWB like draw speed, retention, easier to see if your shirt is riding up, etc. But the fear of slipping on ice and making myself a paraplegic is number one.

LumberCockSucker: I never thought of that, I don’t like SOB because you don’t have eyes on the back of your head and it seems like it would be easier for someone to sneak up behind you and snag your firearm.

crazyScott90: I avoid small of back. It’s the slowest draw stroke on the waist, has increased chances of printing/your shirt riding up, and it’s not very comfortable when sitting. Also, if you have to draw while sitting, it’s going to be fairly difficult.

Daraholsters: I carry appendix and 4:30-5 o’clock. I’m female, so I have wider hips than a guy would and these positions are easier to conceal than the hip. I carry with a mid ride & straight draw so I can switch back and forth.

crazyScott90: If you check out our FAQ section, you’ll see I’ve made a point to include some holster options for women. Theres bra holsters and inside thigh holsters to name a couple. Maybe one of those would work.

AnonomyousFemale: I’ve tried the bra holsters but I don’t like looking like I am at Mardi Gras to grab my gun LOL

PincersofPower: It would create a moment of “WTF? Is this woman seriously gonna… Oh shit!” Tactical advantage.

Bottom line is if its for tactical reason, appendix may rule as the position to carry. For comfort and concealing your print, try a different position. What do you all think?



Source: Reddit, USACarry, GlockTalk, Springfield Armory Youtube, Personal Defense World
Photos from Google Image

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November 9th, 2016 by jhines

Functional Concealed Carry Wear

Sooner or later concealed carry would find its way into the women’s fashion world for self-defense. Leggings with a holster sewn into the waist combine the current fashion trend with function.
One of the biggest complaints about women’s design is the lack of pockets. Where’s a they supposed to hide her pistol? What if she’s not the kind to carry a purse while headed out for errands?

Enter Undertech Undercover, they have developed not only a solution to the problem of pockets, but has developed pockets designed for concealed carry into the popular leggings.


Word has it from the Glock store that some of their employees had a chance to try out Undertech Undercover’s concealment legging for testing. The testers stated, “the leggings were comfortable, breathable and there wasn’t any discomfort in the wear”.

What’s cool about leggings is that it can be worn seasonally in the warmer climate or and cold climate. Obviously, the leggings can be integrated into any wardrobe, can be worn with dresses or casual pants, leggings are functional for concealed carry.

Source: UnderTech Undercover, Randall Bonner

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August 13th, 2016 by asjstaff

The Story Of Why Dawn Hillyer Started HidingHilda


HidingHilda offers top brands of CCW handbags and accessories designed to safely conceal a weapon, self-defense items, holsters, books, jewelry and CCW clothing.

HidingHilda offers top brands of CCW handbags and accessories designed to safely conceal a weapon, self-defense items, holsters, books, jewelry and CCW clothing.

My story begins in October 2006 when I became the target of a ruthless stalker – Michael D. McClellan. In March 2012, he was ultimately convicted of  two felony counts of stalking, and sentenced to 10 years in prison – not eligible for parole until February 2017. This was the first felony stalking conviction in Indiana, and the events leading up to it were terrible. Over five years my life was uprooted. I was let go at work and filled with uncertainty and fear, living in seclusion, hiding from my tormentor.
During this time, all of my online presence was under the name HidingHilda – Hiding, because I was hiding and Hilda, which is a combination of my full name, Dawn Hillyer. At the time guns were not a part of my world. Hiding was my natural instinct, and I just wanted to crawl under a rock. The humiliation, the fear – and not only for myself, but everyone around me – was just too much. Once McClellan was incarcerated I decided I wasn’t going to live that way when he got out, so I took charge of my own safety. I took gun classes, got my concealed-carry permit and purchased a Glock .380 that I named Hilda.
Now, I am always and literally hiding Hilda.

Meet Dawn Hillyer, unexpected gun-industry business owner and spokeswoman for women who have been stalked nationwide.

Meet Dawn Hillyer, unexpected gun-industry business owner and spokeswoman for women who have been stalked nationwide.

HIDINGHILDA, LLC WAS BORN January 1, 2015 out of the need for peace of mind and the love of style. Carrying concealed firearms is not something to take lightly. Safety and protection are of the utmost importance, and being a business professional I also had an image to maintain. Fringe and studs weren’t going to cut it.
HidingHilda offers some of the top brands of CCW handbags and accessories designed to safely conceal a weapon, self-defense items, holsters, books, jewelry and CCW clothing. I even just recently came out with a line of HidingHilda CCW handbags (or purses) that are manufactured in Fort Wayne, Ind.

WOMEN ARE BECOMING their own heroes and refusing to be victims. We are seeing the numbers of women who are obtaining their concealed-carry permit grow substantially. There is a strange and amazing confidence that comes with knowing you’ve got this, whatever “this” may be.
Last April, my stalker was recently and unexpectedly released two years earlier than expected, and with no notice to me. Apparently, if you get your college degree while incarcerated, you can not only shorten your sentence, you can skip the parole board as well. He ended up serving just three years of his 10-year sentence. It was time to put my money where my mouth was. I was determined never to live afraid or in hiding again. I will continue to talk about it, live out loud and, if need be, I will be my own hero.

Supporting women in all facets of the gun owning/shooting/carrying process, HidingHilda donates to scholarship funds that teach people how to work with stalking victims, a subject very near to Hillyer’s heart.

Supporting women in all facets of the gun owning/shooting/carrying process, HidingHilda donates to scholarship funds that teach people how to work with stalking victims, a subject very near to Hillyer’s heart.


Hillyer is thankful for her life and the support she receives from her family and husband Chris.

Hillyer is thankful for her life and the support she receives from her family and husband Chris.

LAST NOVEMBER I got a call letting me know about the stalker’s release and that I could possibly be in danger. The caller stressed that I needed to be vigilant. Indeed, McClellan was arrested for violating his parole the Monday after Thanksgiving. Found guilty of violating his parole on two counts, he was released with time served. I’m not running or hiding. I’m going about my life with Hilda at my side.
During the initial trial, it was determined that McClellan had stalked his ex-wife before me, as well as someone after me. Since the trial, I have been contacted by a number of people across the country going through similar experiences and who are afraid for their lives. I am now speaking for a lot of people. HidingHilda is personal. It’s a part of who I am.


THIS EXPERIENCE has been part of a national conversation on Cam and Co., a series on NRA News, regarding women obtaining their licenses, guns, protection and how it relates to domestic violence. I speak at stalking/domestic violence conferences and training seminars, as well as offer support and resources to other stalking victims. HidingHilda also donates proceeds to provide scholarships for training those who work with stalking victims.
My business isn’t the only positive outcome stemming from a devastating beginning. I am also an advocate for stronger stalking laws, which included adding stalking to the 45day victim notification requirement that went into effect July 1, 2015. In an interview with Katie Couric, the story of my experience with a stalker aired nationally on Investigation Discovery’s Stalked: Someone’s Watching in their season-four opener in December 2013. I am now the chapter leader for the Hilda Fort Wayne Chapter of The Well Armed Women. I have also been on The Gun Guy, as well as several local stations.

Hillyer’s Glock .380 is her daily concealed-carry piece. She named it Hilda and she’s now literally hiding Hilda.

Hillyer’s Glock .380 is her daily concealed-carry piece. She named it Hilda and she’s now literally hiding Hilda.

IT IS AMAZING WHERE all of this has taken me. I never would have thought that in my 40s I would go back to retail or work gun shows on the weekends, not to mention drive a pickup truck just so I can haul around my purses. I couldn’t do this without the support of my family and friends, in particular Chris, my children and my parents. They have been at my side through this journey. They provide strength, support, love and motivation through it all.
It has been God with runway lights – I couldn’t have ever dreamed this is where I would be. I love putting women’s departments in gun stores, holding Ways For Women To Carry classes, seeing a first-time shooter hit their target and empowering women in general. I love providing a source of strength to those who need it. ASJ
Editor’s note: If you would like more information about HidingHilda, you can visit them at hidinghilda.com or Facebook.com/hidinghilda.

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February 29th, 2016 by Danielle Breteau

Story by James England

Concealed carriers in Virginia and around the country collectively let out a sigh of relief when Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe agreed to a Republican-backed measure to ensure concealed carry reciprocity with the majority of other states.  There was a serious scare a little while back when the Attorney General decided to take drastic measures to reduce reciprocity with neighboring states like Tennessee.  This resulted in a huge débâcle for cities like Bristol, which lie on the border.  For concealed carriers driving through Virginia, it was also an incredible burden.

Thankfully, it looks like this political quagmire is over.  As the Washington Post reports, the governor and legislators all seem peachy-keen on the new deal set to take effect on July 1st.

via Washington Post

“This is a bipartisan deal that will make Virginians safer,” McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said. “It also demonstrates that Democrats and Republicans can work together on key issues like keeping guns out of dangerous hands.”

Read the entire story at ConcealedNation.org here.

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October 1st, 2015 by Danielle Breteau

Ladies Body Band Holster

By Deep Conceal

Available at BuyHolster.com

Deep Conceal Lotus for Ladies Body Band Holster

The LOTUS Holster by Deep Conceal. Available at Buyholster.com

Our friends at Deep Conceal enjoyed much success with their double strap body band style under the shirt concealment holster. But let’s face it, the gals are just built a bit differently than the gents! So, Deep Conceal has custom fit their new Lotus holster just for the ladies, and like other Deep Conceal body-band holsters, the Lotus is rugged but lightweight, sturdy enough to carry even large-frame firearms and a great alternative over traditional shoulder holsters.

The NEW Lotus for Ladies concealed carry holster harness w/holster is designed especially for women. For the modesty of the model, it is being shown worn over the shirt but it is made to be worn next to the skin. The cut of the harness contours to a woman’s shape. It has smaller, 1-inch webbing, adjustable front and back slides and a 3-inch elastic insert in the back to create a smooth and comfortable fit. The holster pocket is sewn on with a moisture-wicking material between the fabric layers to prevent perspiration issues. There is also a single magazine pocket sewn into the opposite side. Measurement for the Lotus is based on your bra band size not the cup size.

This Lotus holster allows you to carry most large-frame pistols comfortably under one arm, and because the holster is at chest level, you can just as easily access your firearm whether you are sitting or standing.


• Available in white or black

• Available in either right- or left-hand fit

• Soft shoulder holster with reinforced fitted back panel

• Two holster sizes – small (3.5 to 5.5 inches overall gun length) and medium (4 to 7 inches overall gun length)

• Includes single mag pouch pocket

• Incredible Comfort

• Complete Concealment

• Adjustable

• Made in the USA

• Free shipping for a limited time (due to high demand, delivery time can take up to six or seven weeks).

• This is a crossdraw holster design so for right-handed shooters, the holster is situated on the left side of the body, for left-handed shooters it’s on the right.

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October 1st, 2015 by Danielle Breteau

 Active Pro Gear’s Model 65 Gun-Pouch Holster

Available at Buyholster.com

The whole idea about concealed carry is that nobody knows you’ve got a gun, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be concealed in plain sight! If you have the Active Pro Gear – Model 65 Gun Pouch, you can use it like a belt holster or a handy gun pouch to However you want to use it, your gun is concealed and secure.

Active Pro                       Gear Model 65 Gun Pouch Nylon Belt Holster• Disguises the shape of the gun so it looks like a regular wallet, but offers instant access.

• Lets you casually access the gun without attracting attention

• Keeps gun clean

• Snap attached flap keeps gun secure inside holster

• Comes with a belt loop

• Free shipping within the United States

• Made of waterproof foam to protect gun from moisture. Lined on both sides with heavy-duty, Cordura nylon for durability and a smooth, fast draw. Double stitched throughout and bar-tacked at all stress points.

• Made in USA

• Color: Black
The Active Pro Gear Model 65 Gun Pouch is available in 4 sizes and for right or left hand.

Small 4″x5-3/4″x1″ Fits small semi-autos up to 5.25” overall length: Beretta Tomcat, Model 20, 21A, 950, Colt Mustang/Pony, Kahr P380, Kel-Tec P-32 and P-3AT, NAA Guardian, Ruger LCP, Seecamp .32, S&W Bodyguard 380, Taurus PT22, Walther TPH.

Medium 5″x6-1/2″x1″  Fits Subcompact autos/revolvers up to 6.25” overall length: J-Frame revolvers with 2” Barrels, Beretta Px4 Storm SubCompact, Bersa Thunder 380CC, Colt Pocket Nine, Kahr PM, MK, K, and P series, CW9, Kel-Tec P-11 and PF-9, Sig P238, P290.

Large 5-3/4″x7-1/2″x1″  Fits Compact autos/revolvers up to 7.5” overall length: Beretta Model 84, Px4 Storm Compact, Bersa Thunder 380, Colt Defender, New Agent, GLOCK 19, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, 33, 36, 39, HK P2000, USP Compact, Kahr T and TP series, CW40, CW45, Ruger LCR, SR9c, Sig P220c, P229, P232, P239, P250c & P250 Subcompact, S&W M&P Compacts, Springfield XD Subcompact & Compact, Taurus 24/7 Pro, Millennium Pro, Walther PPS.

Extra Large 6″x9″x1″  Fits Large semi-autos up to 8.5” overall length: Beretta Model 92s, Px4 Storm full size, Colt & Clones 1911 Government Models and Commanders, GLOCK 17, 20, 21, 22, 31, 37, HK USP full size, Ruger SR9, SR40, Sig P220, P226, P250 full size, S&W M&P full size, Springfield XD full size.
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April 20th, 2015 by Danielle Breteau

Bravo Ohio!!!

It turns out that Ohio is not only pro the 2nd amendment, they back it up with laws we could only hope would be followed by all other states.

Female concealed CarryIn short, the law states that anyone who possesses a concealed-carry permit, from any other state is welcome to visit Ohio and carry concealed.

The Ohio General Assembly Archives the official law states:

“Provides that if a person who is not an Ohio resident and has a valid concealed handgun license from another state, regardless of whether the other state has entered into a reciprocity agreement with the Attorney General, and the person is temporarily in Ohio, that out-of-state license will be recognized in Ohio during the time that the person is temporarily in Ohio (R.C. 109.69(B)(3)).”

Bravo Ohio! ASJ



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March 20th, 2015 by Danielle Breteau


SMYRNA, Ga – (Mar. 20, 2015) – Today GLOCK, Inc. announced the release of the new GLOCK single stack slimline 9mm pistol, the GLOCK 43. The G43 is the most highly desired and anticipated pistol release in GLOCKs history. Designed to be the answer to everyday concealed carry needs, the G43 is ultra-concealable, accurate, and comfortable for all shooters, regardless of hand size.

“The G43 is the most exciting product release to date because it addresses a variety of issues that many shooters face with pistols in the concealed carry category,” stated GLOCK, Inc., VP Josh Dorsey. “It will be the pistol of choice for law enforcement and civilians. The G43 sets a new standard for concealed carry pistols.”

A true slimline pistol, the frame width of the G43 is just over one inch and the slide width measures only 0.87 inch. The overall length is 6.26 inches. For those who have smaller hands, the trigger distance is only 2.6 inches, making it ideal for functionality.

The single stack magazine holds 6 rounds and is the perfect concealed carry pistol for both duty and civilian use. The G43 is engineered to the same superior standards as all GLOCK pistols and the reliability instills confidence for all lifestyles.

The G43 will debut at the NRA Annual Meeting, April 10-12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn., at the GLOCK booth (#633). Shipments of the product will begin directly following the convention.
The GLOCK Group is a leading global manufacturer of pistols and accessories. GLOCK’s superior engineering has produced a pistol with only 34 parts and a rugged polymer-frame, providing industry-leading reliability shot after shot. GLOCK is renowned for its pistols which are safe, featuring three safeties; simple, offering a low number of components to provide reliability; and fast, with no encumbering parts to slow the speed to fire. This combination makes GLOCK pistols the first choice among consumers and law enforcement, with approximately 65 percent of agencies within the United States choosing to carry GLOCK. Austrian-engineered, the group has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Austria. Based in Smyrna, Ga., GLOCK, Inc. is an advocate for our nation’s law enforcement and military personnel, as well as all citizens’ Second Amendment right to bear arms. For more information, please visit http://us.glock.com

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March 13th, 2015 by jhines

Doug Marcaida is one of the world’s elite knife fighters – he is also a military contractor helping elite units navigate through complex CQB tactics relating to weapons of opportunity. In this video, he takes us through part of his collection of unique concealed weapons.

Many of these concealed weapons were gathered by Doug as the travels across the globe training and cross training with elite fighting units and old masters of the art.

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