Pistol Wear Belly Band

Mark_CCR11-29-13
| 21 Comments

Carrying a concealed handgun can be an exercise in compromise between at least three variables: accessibility, stability, and comfort. Generally, holsters are strong on only one or two of those variables. A shoulder holster’s strengths are accessibility and comfort. An inside the waistband holster’s strengths are stability and accessibility. And so on. Moreover, we usually evaluate holster strengths and weaknesses based on our typical activities—standing, walking, sitting, or maybe driving. What happens, however, during exercise or some other strenuous activity? Running, for example, affects all three variables, sometimes beyond the capabilities of any concealment system. Enter the Pistol Wear PT-ONE, a belly band style of holster with across-the-board strengths.

With its neoprene like material, Pistol Wear’s PT-ONE fulfills a unique place in the deep cover/belly band category of concealment systems. Like a belly band, it wraps around your belly, or better, around your hips. Its unique design involves a band that is just under 3 inches wide connected to a holster section that is 6.75 inches wide. Equipped with hook and loop fasteners and snaps, it provides a custom fit to users with an up to 40-inch waist. Marketed primarily to runners as a means to carry a concealed pistol, the PT-ONE can also be used for carry during other less strenuous activities.

After over a year of use, here’s how the PT-ONE fares in accessibility, stability, and comfort.

Accessibility. You can wear the PT-ONE as a typical belly band or as an inside the waistband holster. Regardless, it keeps a handgun on your person, at the ready, hidden under covering garments. To draw, you first have to get under or by the covering garments but once you do, your weapon is right there. Carrying a handgun muzzle vertically in the holster allows the stock to be easily grasped. An optional magnetic snap retention strap is available if desired. Carrying a handgun with the muzzle horizontal requires a bit more digging to get it out. A separate sewn-in magazine pouch keeps a reload ready.

Stability. The PT-ONE’s soft and elastic material wraps around a user’s waist and around whatever handgun is stored inside the carrier. As such, it provides a firm and stable means of carrying, even during running. Carrying a very lightweight firearm—such as the 11-ounce Diamondback DB-9 you see here—helps immensely, of course. The entire rig stays in place and doesn’t sag or bounce. While a J-frame revolver works just fine in the PT-ONE, generally the thinner the handgun, the better the fit and overall stability.

Comfort. The soft, elastic material not only provides stability, but also provides significant comfort. Nothing scratches or chafes or otherwise makes carrying uncomfortable, even after sweating out five miles of running. The PT-ONE also protects the gun carried from moisture. Other belly bands tend to fail in the comfort variable, especially while running or exercising. PT-ONE not only makes working out with a concealed gun possible but enjoyable. In fact, you’ll find yourself using it for the concealed carry of larger handguns during normal daily activities.

With a retail price of $41.50, the Pistol Wear PT-ONE offers a unique combination of accessibility, stability, and comfort. Improving on the basic belly band concept, the PT-ONE provides a viable, no-compromise option for runners and others who desire to be armed during their workouts and strenuous activities.


19 Comments (Add Yours)

  1. As a runner, there are times where I feel the need to carry more than my Pepper Blaster II (in the purpose-made holster) and a folding knife. I have used the PT-ONE for nearly three years and am thoroughly satisfied with its performance when carrying my Ruger LCP. I am six foot/three and have a 38-inch waist. I prefer to wear the PT-ONE a bit above my navel such that it is not in the way when charging a hill. The standard size does not slip or shift with the LCP. I do not carry a spare magazine but use the magazine slot for my folding knife. During the winter, when wearing sweats, I am very comfortable, however, in the heat of summer, I am a bit self-conscious about the readily noticeable “print” under my running shirt – I just keep moving and move my arms to mask the print (yes, I realize this system was intended to “hide” beneath one’s waistline but this is not practical for many runners). The elasticity of the band easily handles my LCP and knife but I hesitate to strap a phone to it which may cause slipping. FWIW, my greatest threat is “man’s best friend.” In nearly forty years of running I have only been assaulted by one human but several dogs. Generally, the simple action of pretending to pick up a rock will deter them but, a couple of times, they were persistent and I am not eager to take on a large dog or two with rocks. When carrying only the Pepper Blaster II, one must pay strict attention to the wind so as not to be hit with “friendly fire!” I have not (yet) drawn from the PT-ONE and hope that I do not have to but greatly appreciate the security provided by carrying my LCP (the time with the two pit bulls or the coyote). Run Safe!

  2. RE: PISTOL WEAR BELLY BAND WHAT HOLDS THE GUN IN PLACE? THE PHOTO SHOWS THE GUN WITHOUT SHOWING ANY MEANS OF KEEPING IT STATIONARY AND SECURE. A FEW PHOTOS WOULD BE APPRECIATED. THANK YOU

    1. Tony, a handgun or other weapon drops into the PT-ONE pocket which is basically the size of the larger area of the band. Sorry that this wasn’t clear. For the one image I could post with the article, I put the pistol on top of the band just to illustrate the relative sizes.

  3. Moderator,

    Is there some process/function that must be completed in order for me to post?

    Thanks!
    Paul

    1. Paul,

      Thank you for getting in touch with me. There is nothing special that needs to be done. Once you fill out the comment section and hit submit the comment will appear.

  4. Mark, just how heavy a pistol can be carried comfortably in such a holster? Is one limited to one of the PFSF pistols, or can say something with an alloy frame be done? It seems (to me) that one’s build is going to be a factor, and where the thing is situated around one’s waist.

  5. Would you please provide a list of the handguns it will accommodate? I carry a Glock 19 and a Colt 1911 Officers model.

    1. Scott (and David), the Pistol Wear PT-ONE will easily accommodate a G19 or 1911 Commander and a host of others that are even larger. As with most carrying systems, the laws of physics still apply so the smaller the gun, the easier the carry — especially when running or doing other strenuous activity. However, I’ve also noticed that the thinner the gun, the easier the carry. So while a gun such as the lightweight Diamondback DB9 is ideal, it’s almost just as good with an alloy-framed 1911 because of its width.

  6. What about us old overweight folks??? I have not seen my feet or a 40″ waste for a really long time. I know I’m not the only one with these problems. So hows’ about finding something for us big old men & women. Thanks for your time, Tom LaFave—Sneads Ferry, NC.

  7. Yes, Great idea, Now how about doing something for us Full Growed Gentlemen, in the 5x and larger, I am a Veteran Disabled service connected, and trying to find comfortable concealable CCW wear is a nightmare.

    I need the same quality and comfort as the skinny runners, Now why are we generally being ignored?

  8. I am not so sure this holster would be comfortable in climbing or any excerise that requirse bending of the waist. What do you other readers think.

  9. I would like to see a picture with it on a person.

  10. Any chance you will be offering one for us larger people. I’m 6′ 5″ and 310 lbs and a 40″ belt is a tad to small.

  11. Not to seem ignorant but where on your belly is the gun positioned?
    Thanks
    Fred

  12. I am a very large man and don’t wear jeans as they are not comfortable. would this work well for someone with a large belly?

  13. It would have been nice to see the different options one would expect to have, if one is worn. You might use a small. medium, large, and ex-large person wearing one
    in different positions.

  14. The Pistolwear website lists a ten inch and a twenty inch accessory extension. For us bigger guys. http://www.pistolwear.com

    Look under accessories.

  15. I use the PT-ONE for running – only. For my purposes and, in my opinion, there are more appropriate holsters for general concealed carry (the material is a bit thick and it tends to get hot). I do not even consider using the PT-ONE for anything other than running; I have much better options. For running, however, the PT-ONE is excellent! As stated in my previous post, the PT-ONE easily handles a pistol the size of my Ruger LCP. I wear the PT-ONE at my navel, which places my LCP slightly above my navel. The compression in the material holds the pistol in place with absolutely no shifting or bouncing. Additionally, there is a magnetic security tab which actually works quite well. I am 6′ 2″/230 lbs with a 38-inch waist; the 40-inch size works fine for me. I purchased the 10-inch extension (just in case) but this is way too large for me. In response to several posted questions, I inserted my Ruger LC9 and jogged around the house a bit – no problem. So, if you feel the need for a 9mm, the PT-ONE can handle it. For grins and giggles, I ATTEMPTED to insert my XDm and 1911 – don’t even think about it! Again, my greatest threat is of the canine variety and the LCP is appropriate. If my “mission planning” indicates any greater threat – I ain’t going! Run safe!

  16. I’m like the rest about size. Will it fit a larger waist size (42 and above). Also does it work for a cross draw configeration?

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