Standard concealed carry of weapons isn’t always practical -- and this year’s SHOT show brought a range of alternatives to keep a low profile.
From Jan. 14 through 17, more than 60,000 industry professionals convened in Las Vegas for the 36th Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show
And some of what they showed was meant to be hidden.
Revolvers hidden in the handles of briefcases, ladies handbags, going Storm Grey, cutting-edge suppressors -- they're all meant to keep your weapon status on the QT. There were heaps of traditional concealed carry methods at the 2014 SHOT Show, but for those looking for holster-less options, here are a few that had attendees talking.
The not-so-boring briefcase
For those shopping for stuff you would find in James Bond’s Q’s workshop, K-Var Corp. had some solutions.
Need to carry a briefcase AND a firearm? No problem. K-Var’s solution is a briefcase with a revolver concealed in the handle -- which is arguably more "Get Smart" than 007, but cool either way. This option is part of a very limited release of three guns in .22 short with five shots.
If bayonets are more your thing than briefcases, K-Var (a distributor for Arsenal Firearms) also has a revolver concealed within an M16 Bayonet. More of a fixed blade type? The third option in this line has the gun concealed within the fixed blade.
How does it work? By hiding the revolver’s cylinder in the handle of the briefcase or knife. When the handle is opened and the cylinder loaded, the handle cocks the action with the trigger popping out from the handle.
Fully functional, all three are milled from a single piece of steel.
None of them have aiming mechanisms, however, as the company was quick to point out. If you’re going to use a firearm built into your briefcase handle then you’re probably at point blank range anyhow.
Good luck getting your hands on one, however
Clutch in a clutch
If you’re trying to conceal a weapon on your torso, then shoulder holsters that restrict what you can wear can be a big challenge for women.
Vendors responded to the growing women’s market, bringing to SHOT Show a wider selection of compression garments and purses designed for concealed carry.
The new Bebe is a compact leather clutch that can be used with jeans or that little black dress. In addition to your lipstick and whatnot, it's made to fit compact semiautomatic pistols and small-frame double-action revolvers.
The full-length zipper along the handbag’s upper rear edge opens to a lined compartment with an elasticized holster and for added security it has a locking zipper.
Designed to keep a compact handgun available and quickly accessible for personal defense, it retails for about $180.
The Bebe was just one of a proliferation of handbags for women and for guys looking for a concealment man bag -- the selection wasn't nearly as good as for the ladies, in fact.
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