In times of crisis, I’m sure you’ve seen over and over again just how quickly theft, crime, and violence increases.
Safety Director of the Columbus, Ohio Police Department, Mitchell Brown explains, “from a law enforcement perspective, we expect that, when there are difficult times, criminals get bolder than during better times."
I’m sure this is no surprise to you.
You’ve seen the cases of violent protests popping up all over the world from Egypt, to Ukraine, to the United States.
We’ve had many cases in the U.S. such as the Watts Riots where rioters and looters raged for 5 days leaving 34 people dead, more than 1,000 injured, and $40 million dollars in property damage.
It seems as the economy worsens, government corruption gets exposed, and the internet and social media make it easier for people to quickly organize all over the world…
Dangerous events are only becoming more common.
Heck, even natural disasters bring out the worst in people.
Things can get so out of hand, Florida has proactively made it legal for all gun owners to carry concealed handguns without permits during declared mandatory evacuations.
Whether it’s a riot, natural disaster, or large scale government events bringing about uncertainty and violence, you need be prepared to protect yourself and your family.
Past president of the Nation Rifle Association Marion Hammer summed it up nicely, “When you’re ordered to evacuate — to take your kids, your dog and valuables and flee — the last thing you should leave behind is your gun. People have a responsibility to defend themselves and their family, so taking firearms with you is not only your right, it’s your responsibility.”
Unfortunately, not every state is as generous as Florida when it comes to concealed carry during emergencies.
And given only 1 in 20 American’s have a concealed carry permit, it’s likely you don’t have a permit…
Which means it’s also likely you don’t own a concealed carry holster if you needed one in an all-out emergency situation.
And even if you do own a concealed carry holster, natural disasters, forced evacuations, or other extreme situations may leave you without it…
That’s where this post comes in.
I’m going to show you a quick and simple method to make a durable and reliable concealed carry holster with just a couple basic items you have lying around the house.
All you need is a metal hanger and duct tape.
And I almost forgot to mention, this will take all of about 60 seconds to put together.
Let’s jump in…
I need to make this clear right away before we move forward.
Every state has vastly different laws in place regarding handguns and concealed carry.
It’s your responsibility to ensure you’re following the law…
And I’m in no way encouraging you to break it, so be sure you’re well versed on your state gun laws.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way…
Lucky for us, when it’s crisis time and you need to put together a concealed carry holster, we only need a few things.
First, scour your closet, laundromat, cleaners, department store, or ask a neighbor for a wire hanger.
If you can find a hanger that’s not covered in paint, it’s a bit easier to work with. But a painted wire hanger works just as well.
Next, find some duct tape. Luckily, this is one of the most common household items.
Consumers buy an estimated $100 million of duct tape each year, so if you don’t have any lying around your house, you’re bound to find it at a store or from a friend nearby.
Now that you have your two components making up your holster, you just need your tools.
As if it couldn’t get any easier, you only need two for this job: wire cutters and pliers.
If you have a pair of needle nose pliers with built in wire cutters, they’re the perfect tool for the job.
The first thing you need to do is cut your hanger so you can shape it.
Using your wire cutters, cut the hanger on each side of the hook near the neck folds.
Next, bend the hanger into a long straight wire by folding each curved end outward.
Once your wire is straight, touch the two ends together and fold the wire in half.
Squeeze the center together until you have about ½ inch of separation at the bend.
Don’t worry if the ends aren’t perfectly straight or they overlap, it will get straightened out in the later steps.
Once you've straightened your hanger and folded it in half, we’re ready to shape it so it’s easy to wear.
The first step is creating the hook that secures the holster to your belt. This ensures when you draw your gun, it releases quickly and the holster stays in place.
Using your pliers, squeeze the rounded end of the wire approximately 1.5 inches from the arch and bend it 180 degrees.
Next, you’re going to shape the support frame for the holster.
Using your pliers, grab the long end of the wire at approximately the same length as the belt hook.
Bend the wire 180 degrees in the opposite direction of the belt hook.
Now that you have the structure for your holster, it’s time to customize it for your weapon.
For the next step, you’re going to want to get out your gun so you can customize the size of the holster to your gun model.
Once you have ensured you’re weapon is unloaded, measure from the top of curve you just made down the length of your gun barrel.
Pinch the two pieces of wire at the end of your barrel and then bend the wire 160 degrees the opposite direction of your hooks at the top.
Finally, measure the two loose ends of wire against your barrel and cut the wires approximately ½ to 2/3rds the length of your barrel.
Now we’re ready to put on the finishing touches.
The final step is applying your duct tape.
The duct tape will not only support the structure of the holster, it will also help to protect the barrel of your weapon and your leg if you need to pull your gun.
Start by cutting off a piece of duct tape approximately two inches long.
Next holding the two loose ends together, wrap the duct tape around both pieces of wire.
If you’d like a bit of extra protection for either yourself or your weapon, add an extra piece or two of duct tape
Once you’ve got the end taped, you’re improvised concealed carry holster is ready for action.
Putting on the holster couldn’t be easier.
First, slide the long end inside your pants near your hip and loop the first hook in the wire over the waist band of your pants.
Next, slide your belt into the second loop securing the holster in place.
Finally, insert your gun into your pants sliding the duct taped end into your gun barrel and you’re all set.
Fast, easy, reliable, DIY concealed carry holster in a matter of minutes.
As you can see, creating a field expedient concealed carry holster is simple.
It only requires a few of the most common items you would be able to locate in an emergency.
When the chips are down and you’ve got to jump into action, I love having techniques like this in my mental tool box so I can be effective even if I don’t have the perfect tool for the job.
That’s why I’ve shown you this simple and fast method to make a field expedient concealed carry holster.
With continued practice and learning new improvised techniques, even if your gear were to get damaged or you lacked a necessary tool, these skills of using what you have to make what you need can make the different in an emergency.
Being prepared is more than having the right gear, or even knowing how to use it…
It’s also about being ready for anything even when you don’t have all the right tools at your disposal and you're forced to improvise to survive.
If you have any questions about this technique, just leave me a comment below. Also, if you love any other field expedient DIY holster techniques, share it with everyone.
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