Dene Adams Corsets are designed for a woman to carry concealed comfortably all day without sacrificing style or limiting clothing options. Standard and petite versions are crafted to securely hold a firearm and two reloads. $90-$125

Dene Adams Corsets are designed for a woman to carry concealed comfortably all day without sacrificing style or limiting clothing options. Standard and petite versions are crafted to securely hold a firearm and two reloads. $90-$125

The topic of women-­­­specific and practical, concealment holsters is widely discussed, often attempted, but rarely accomplished.

Why is it so difficult for women to find a way to conceal a handgun? The answer is easy: physiology.

Women’s bodies typically feature shorter waists and wider hips than men’s, which makes drawing from conventional holsters difficult. Studies suggest that men are also typically 10 percent larger than women. This makes it more challenging for women to carry concealed using traditional methods of outside (OWB) or inside the waist band (IWB).

There are some very good holsters available, but rarely do they meet the needs of a woman’s lifestyle. Most females have daily clothing restrictions based on their career or activity. On average, a woman is two times more anxious about fashion choices than male counterparts. This means that a woman is more apt to leave her firearm at home if it means she can’t wear her chosen outfit of the day because of the firearm and the means to carry it.

Coming from a law enforcement background with assignments that necessitated deep concealment, I too have felt the frustration of needing to carry for defense, while not losing my femininity. Ultimately, I was left with two options: not carrying or use nonstandard methods of carry that negatively affect access to and drawing a gun under acceptable time restraints. My personal standard is to draw from deep cover in less than 2 seconds, and my holster must have a triggerguard protector and some form of retention.

The Adams’ corset allowed for easy concealment under a polo-style shirt and top. At the range, it afforded the author 2-second draw times. An optional kydex insert added integrity to the purchase and draw stroke. With any concealed carry holster, make sure to practice wearing it and drawing.

The Adams’ corset allowed for

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