Stick to your guns – or this new holster

By Ralph Mroz

Some cops have made the commitment to go armed off-duty every time they leave their residence, and some are a little less strict about it (but hopefully no one reading this has decided that it’s OK to be unarmed whenever they’re off duty). The fact is that in the course of a busy life there are times when it’s darn inconvenient to carry. (I never did carry when running, but I ran with my German Shepherd until we both had to stop; no one attacked him so I must have been quite a deterrent). On top of the inconvenience, there’s the temptation to skip the hassle if you live in a safe community. Most of the inconvenience comes from the fact that you have to go through the rigmarole of strapping the gun onto your belt. Yes, there’s pocket carry, and as convenient as that is, it only applies to small guns, and especially in the hot summer, with lightweight clothing and no coat pockets to carry other stuff in, that too, can become a bit of a hassle.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to easily slip a holstered gun of any size into your waistband without worrying about threading the holster through a belt, nor even clipping a holster to a belt? How about going a step further and being able to carry a holstered gun in the waistband in running shorts (or any shorts with a drawstring but no belt), with virtually no time needed to affix the gun to yourself?

Well, you’ve probably guessed by now that there is, and it’s name is Sticky Holsters. The brainchild of Florida trainer and law enforcement veteran, Mike Christoff. When I saw what he’d done, my engineering-educated mind paid his Sticky Holsters the highest compliment an engineer can pay to a design: calling it “elegant”. The breakthrough isn’t really in the actual mechanical design of the Sticky Holsters – they are flexible synthetic-material pouches like many others – but in the materials used. The outside of Sticky Holsters are, well…sticky. Not like chewing-gum sticky, but like very tacky. With just a moderate amount of pressure, they will not slide against other materials, including the slick nylon used for gym shorts.

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