Most belly bands have multiple pockets so you can carry other accessories, like a hand held light.
Most people carry concealed using a traditional holster. In concealed carry, my gun is typically in an inside the waistband holster at the 4 o’clock position on my hip. I also frequently use a pocket holster and carry my gun in my front right pocket.
However, there are plenty of instances where a regular holster won’t do, and a bellyband makes carrying a gun much easier. If you’re not familiar with the bellyband, it’s simply a large elastic band that goes around your hips, secured by Velcro. Bellybands come in all different sizes to accommodate all different body types.
The author's bellyband he uses every morning.
The bellyband has multiple “pockets” that you can insert a gun and a spare magazine into. Quite frankly, the bellyband is such a simple and smart design. It’s one of those things that makes you say, “why didn’t I think of this?”
So why should you consider using a bellyband instead of a more traditional holster?
I run several miles each morning. I wear sweatpants when I run, so wearing a gun on my hip (or putting a gun in the flimsy pockets) just isn’t practical. So every morning when I go running, I wear a bellyband, and I’ve never had a problem with it. Over the hundreds of miles I’ve run, my gun has never fallen out or moved around at all.
My wife also uses a bellyband. She’s pregnant right now. Because of the way pregnancy pants work (and other issues with pregnancy that I will not pretend to understand) most holsters won’t work for pregnant women. Yes, a pregnant woman could carry in a purse, which isn’t a bad idea. However, in my opinion, it’s always better to have your gun on your body for the quickest access possible, and the bellyband allows you to do this.
I also know numerous folks who have never been able to find a comfortable holster to wear, either inside the waistband or outside the waistband. Instead, they wear their bellyband all of the time and have no problem carrying a gun every day.
Another great thing about the bellyband is that it’s made of a very stretchy material. It can hold multiple types and sizes of guns. In other words, instead of having to buy a million different holsters for all of your guns, you only need one bellyband. You can carry pocket guns, subcompact, or full size guns using the same bellyband.
Also, as I mentioned earlier, there are slots in the bellyband where you can hold spare magazines. I know that most people don’t carry extra magazines, mainly because it’s not convenient, but a bellyband makes it easy to do.
So are there any problems or issues with the bellyband?
Well, since it’s basically a large elastic band, the pocket closes when you draw your gun. Because of this, one handed holstering is not an option like it is with regular holsters. Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal and it really doesn’t bother me.
Another note about the bellyband is that most of them don’t do a good job of “wicking” away sweat. So if you use your bellyband for exercise, or during the summer in 100-degree weather, you need to remember to wipe off your gun with a towel at the end of the day to prevent rust. In all of the years of using my bellyband, I’ve just wiped off my gun after my run and have never had a rust problem.
The bottom line is that the bellyband is a holster option that more people should consider. If you happen to be a person who doesn’t carry a gun daily because you haven’t found a comfortable holster, the bellyband may be your solution. Also, a bellyband only costs about $30. Just think of how much money you’ll save by buying one holster to carry all of your guns instead of having to buy 10 different holsters.