We will go over our Sport Tuck and Low Pro Belly Band sizing and some tips on how and where to wear our belly band products. Keep in mind that both product are intended to worn with snug to tight fit. The bands are designed to be stretched to help ensure the band stays where you want it.
Belly Band Differences and Low-Pro How-To:
Sport Tuck How-To:
Terms to be familiar with:
Printing: Concealed carry printing is when the outline of your gun can be seen through your clothing. While it's not usually a big deal, it can be problematic if you're uncomfortable with people knowing you carry and can get you into some legal trouble depending on your local laws.
Cross Draw: When you carry your handgun in a holster on the support or weak side — the side opposite your dominant hand — with the butt canted forward in the cross draw position. To draw from this position, you reach across your body with your strong hand.
Open Carry: Open carry means toto carry a firearm in public in circumstances where the firearm is fully or partially (e.g, holstered) visible to others. Some states specify that open carry occurs when the weapon is “partially visible,” while others may require the weapon to be “fully visible” to be considered carried openly.
Concealed Carry: Concealed carry, or carrying a concealed weapon, is the practice of carrying a weapon, either in proximity to or on one's person or in public places in a manner that hides or conceals the weapon's presence from the surrounding observers. The opposite of concealed carry is called open carry.
Be advised that the location on your torso that you choose to wear a belly band may change and is heavily affected by body type, clothing choice and whether you are intending to open carry or concealed carry. Below we will touch on some of these nuances and ideas to consider.
- Body type
- Folks with a larger torso may find it more challenging to concealed carry if they do not wish to print. This can be mitigated by considering some less tight fitting clothing.
- Larger people and people with movement limitations may find it easier to access and draw cross draw (Low Pro) than drawing vertical (Sport Tuck) or vice versa depending on accessibility needs and movement limitations.
- People with a larger chest area may find that the belly band is easier to wear and conceal around the sternum area than people that are smaller chested.
- Orientation of the pistol will be affected by a persons movement abilities. i.e. people that have a hard time reaching across their person may find a sport tuck with the holster oriented on their strong side may be a better option than a Low Pro oriented on the other side and attempting cross draw.
- Clothing Choice
- In most concealed carry instances relaxed fitting clothing is recommended. The tighter the clothing the higher the likelihood of printing.
- Concealing under exercise clothing such as spandex can make it very hard to access your firearm. Consider open carry in these situations when and where it is acceptable and appropriate.
- Open or concealed carry
- For certain pistol types and/or body types a belly band can present challenges in that the pistol can print under clothing. The tighter the clothing the more likely that the pistol will print. This is also true as you get into larger pistols and/or larger extended magazines. In these instances it may be worth considering open carry vs potentially having to struggle with clothing to draw or the pistol being visible under your clothes. Please reference your state and local gun laws when making open or concealed carry decisions.
- Orientation of carry
- It is very important to relay that not everyone will wear a belly band in the same spot. Very much like all the above points, body type, pistol size, personal preference, and the decision to carry open or concealed will influence where you may want to wear a belly band. Some people will find that higher, near the sternum area is optimal. Other people may find it is optimal to wear this closer to their waste line. Positioning the pistol strong side, centered, off side or somewhere in between will vary according to your personal application. The most popular locations are around the waist area and higher right under the sternum.
Low Pro Belly Band Sizes
- XS - 23.8" - 28.5"
- S - 28.5" - 33.8"
- M - 33.8" - 38.0"
- L - 38.0" - 42.8"
- XL - 42.8" - 47.5"
- XXL - 47.5" - 52.3"
- XXXL - 52.3" - 57.0"
Sport Tuck Belly Band and Expansion
- Small/Medium - 24" - 30"
- Large - 30" - 40"
- Extra Large - 40" - 55"