Victoria’s Other Secret

Bright lights, attractive models strutting their stuff, some serious swagger combined with a “don’t mess with me” attitude, and adrenaline-inducing music that rumbled the runway. Does that sound like a gun show?

Well, actually it was. Last week I returned from the second annual United States Concealed Carry Association Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. Yes, there were educational sessions, an exhibit hall stuffed with vendors and products, and a few thousand attendees who were most likely packing guns. There was also a fashion show. This one wasn't your typical Milan or New York Fashion Week event, mainly because most of the models drew guns on the audience. I don't think that happens at the New York events (but then again I've never been to one, so who knows?).

As you might have guessed by now, the point of this particular fashion show was to show off a wide variety of ways that law-abiding citizens can safely carry a concealed gun. A slew of professional models got some basic training in gun safety and draw techniques, then donned a pile of gear and specialized clothing before heading down the runway.

In order to be completely safe and allow risk-free demonstration of the gear, only blue guns were used. If you’re not familiar with them, blue guns are solid plastic or rubber “guns” that have no moving parts and certainly can’t fire anything. They’re handy for training. And fashion shows. I’m guessing the inventors of blue guns never thought of that use for their product.

Here’s a look at some of the highlights of women’s concealed carry products:

Fallon II Concealed Carry Shirt

Fallon II Concealed Carry Shirt

This is the Fallon II Concealed Carry Shirt from Silver State Apparel, in cerulean blue. It's also available in fuchsia, mocha, red, and white. All feature black collar, cuffs, and embellishment, along with with interior gun pockets.
Nickel and Lace Shapewear Holster

Nickel and Lace Shapewear Holster

As you can't see (by design), this model is wearing a Nickel and Lace Shapewear Holster under her regular clothing. The gun is carried up front and high and tight to the body. It's easy to access and secure. You can see it displayed in this photo.
The ShePax Organizer

The ShePax Organizer

This model is carrying the ShePax Organizer. The bag can be carried as is, as shown here, or inserted into a larger bag as a self-contained unit. It has a removable, Velcro-mounted holster, a locking zippered conceal carry compartment, and has a slot for an iPad or book and plenty of other storage.
This model is wearing a Concealment Vest from Nickel and Lace. Note the zippered gun holster pockets on either side of the vest's interior. The dual pockets not only accommodate left and right hand users but allow storage of other items like a spare magazine on the opposite side. That helps balance the weight.
Here the model is displaying two modes of carry: The Nickel and Lace Concealment Vest over the Nickel and Lace Shapewear Holster.
Here's another the Nickel and Lace Concealment Vest. Note the blue gun in the left side interior holster pocket.
MTR Appendix Holster

MTR Appendix Holster

The Ruger LCP .380 ACP is easy to hide with this MTR Appendix Holster, yet it's still easily accessible for a fast draw.
MTR Inside the Waistband Holster

MTR Inside the Waistband Holster

This model is also carrying an MTR Inside the Waistband Holster, but in the appendix carry position. Depending on the day's wardrobe choice, the holster can also be positioned behind the hip.
Dressy Concealment Vest

Dressy Concealment Vest

This model is dressed to hit the town, complete with her concealment vest from Nickel and Lace.
Man Pak

Man Pak

A Man Pack bag…made for women. One nifty feature about the Man Pack line is that you can carry their optional ballistic clipboard or ballistic insert. That provides impromptu Level 3A body armor capable of stopping handgun and shotgun blasts.
As shown by the Silver State Apparel Whitney, a sleeveless tuxedo shirt that's also available in black, green and white, you don't need to wear a lot of heavy clothes to conceal a gun.
Undertech Undercover Concealment Leggings

Undertech Undercover Concealment Leggings

New for 2016 from Undertech Undercover are concealment leggings. These feature gun holster pockets up front in the appendix position, and in the back just behind the hipbone. Of course there's no reason you can't carry other valuables or cell phones in those pockets. As the gun is held tight to the body, concealment is easy.

Undertech Undercover Compression Holster Shirt for Women

Undertech Undercover also offers compression holster shirts for women. The gun is invisible when covered with an outer shirt, because the compression design pulls the handgun in tight to the body for maximum concealment and security.
Silver State Apparel's Montello

Silver State Apparel's Montello

Another look from Silver State Apparel, the Montello, a black geometric print with French cuffs. Interior gun pockets break up the outline of the firearm and provide ready access.
Silver State Reno Top

Silver State Reno Top

She's about to draw from the hidden holster pocket of this Silver State Apparel Reno top.
CrossBreed Holsters Modular Belly Band

CrossBreed Holsters Modular Belly Band

She's modeling the CrossBreed Holsters Modular Belly Band. A hard gun shell fits between two layers of band material for security and stability. With this belly band, the gun can be positioned on either side of the body at varying heights depending on the clothing choice.