Can Can Concealment sells the BIG SheBang concealed carry rig I reviewed last June. The five-star holster garment is cute, easy to use, comfortable and efficient. The Can Can Concealment corset holster is roughly the same design and style in a full upper-body tank top, positioning firearms in the small of a woman’s back. The fact that the corset’s currently out-of-stock tells you it’s popular. But is it worth the wait? . . .
The Can Can Concealment corset holster arrived in a size small. Putting it on presented one, make that two big (little?) problems. As a woman who doesn’t consider herself to be “well endowed,” I wish I’d have gone up a size; my breasts weren’t as well covered as I would have preferred.
Checking the Can Can Concealment website, I discovered that the company recommends wearing the corset with a bra. So really, I’d deployed it incorrectly. Here’s a picture from Can Can Concealment’s site showing how they recommend buyers wear their corset holster:
Nonetheless, the corset went on just fine. A zipper runs the entire vertical length of the corset with a hook and eye closure at the highest point, probably to keep the zipper from sliding down. Because of the aforementioned “problems,” I had to wear either a tank top under the holster or a sweater over it. That really doesn’t matter; unless you’re an early career Madonna wannabe, most women will use the corset for concealed carry.
The Can Can Concealment corset is (will be?) available in three different color options: all black, black with hot pink stitching, and black with purple stitching (as seen here). Construction is top notch; it’s sturdy and beautiful with a quality zipper. There are no loose seams or threads and everything lines up perfectly. The anti-slip strips along the bottom keeps the corset from riding up. I wore it over black leggings, so it was a non-issue.
The corset uses sturdy military grade elastic and rare earth magnets to keep the gun secure in its back-positioned holster pockets. In the case of my Springfield XD Compact (with laser dot sight), that didn’t work out. Just walking around my house, my gun almost fell out. Not good.
So I switched to a Ruger LCP .380. Mission accomplished; the corset kept the pocket pistol safe and sound with complete comfort. With two holsters and a mag pouch on the back, a corset wearing gun gal could stow two small guns and a spare magazine. [Note: My XD was slightly more secure after I removed the laser dot, but I ended-up using a Taurus .357 snubby for my second gat.]
Normally, I appendix or hip carry (for open). The Can Can Concealment corset holster didn’t change my mind about back carry, which I find inherently uncomfortable and dangerous (if you fall backwards, the guns could break your spine). So I switched the corset around and put it on backwards.
Not only did I achieve my coveted conceal carry position, but the change provided more coverage up top. Still, it didn’t look right. Again, that might not matter once you put a shirt over it and conceal the gun(s).
In the final analysis, the Can Can Concealment corset holster is best for women with an ample cleavage who carry a small pistol and don’t mind the potential dangers and challenges presented by back carry.
Value * * *
At $99 plus shipping and handling, it isn’t the cheapest way to carry.
Quality * * * * *
It’s sturdy, well made, and the design is perfect for women that love to carry on the lower back.
Concealment * * * *
If you wear a skin-tight top over the corset holster your gun(s) will print. (I deducted one star because the magazine in the middle is a major culprit in the printing department.) Otherwise, you’re good to stow.
Comfort * * *
Wearing the corset backwards made it much more comfortable and covered more of “the girls” in a slightly more appropriate manner. YMMV.
Overall * * * *
I don’t like to back carry, but plenty of women prefer it to appendix, ankle, garter or other carry styles suitable for tight clothing or thin dresses. For women with ample curves who carry a smaller gun, the Can Can Concealment corset holster can. If not, not so much.