RF makes a big deal out of packaging. He says part of the Springfield XD’s success is due to the careful and classy way the gun and its accessories are packaged in a sturdy, attractive case – as opposed to the GLOCK’s flimsy “throw it all in” container. As the firearms industry gears-up to appeal to women – who now account for some 30 percent of new sales – a lot of the new, smaller players know that style matters, from start to finish. Enter the Can Can Big Shebang Hip Hugger Concealed Carry Holster . . .
Most holsters are sold in a clear package with no more style than a pack of meat in a supermarket display. Can Can’s wrapper evokes nostalgia and shows the product in use. And despite all the talk of “pinkititis” being a cheap sop to women, I was delighted with the black holster’s pink accents. I wasnt sure I’d like it, being a natural red head with pale skin, but it made me feel good. Who sees the holster once it’s effectively concealed? Me.
When I first put it on, the Can Can Big Shebang was immediately more comfortable than my normal belly band. That holster has a large Velcro patch that must be aligned perfectly to avoid chafing. The Can Can has a three-row hook-and-eye closure for comfortable adjustments; there’s nothing to scratch the skin. Six-inch wide military grade elastic stretches around the body. The Can Can’s similar to the belly band in that you can spin it around to carry any way you wish. It can also be worn lower or higher on your frame depending on your preference and body shape.
Can Can Concealment designed the Big Shebang for female law enforcement officers having issues carrying a larger weapon off duty. My standard concealed carry gun – a .40 cal XD – has a laser dot sight. It fits in this holster perfectly and securely.
It’s summer, or close to it. This time of year, I usually remove my belly band when I get home and open carry. I can wear the Big Shebang all day with no thermal or chafing issues. I wore the BS from the second I got dressed until tyne moment I went to bed. The BS is also washable – a huge plus for anything you wear directly against the skin for long periods of time. I’ve only washed it once, but the embroidery survived and sill looks good.
You can adjust the Big Shebang in a myriad of ways. Although I favor appendix carry, I moved the holster around to try it out carrying on my right hip and back. I mopped the house and did laundry while carrying in this holster in a few different positions. While these carry methods weren’t as comfortable for me personally, if you carry this way this Can Can can, comfortably.
The Big Shebang has three separate holster pockets for a gun, a wallet, extra mags, a phone, knife, iPod, whatever. The website claims that the BS will hold three guns. [ED: no doubt pleasing the Rabbi.] While it held three large handguns securely it printed like the New York Times. The holster contains three “rare earth magnets” in each pocket. I didn’t notice them aiding retention per se, but they provided a little extra (psychological) confidence.
The Big Shebang positions a gun for incredibly easy presentation. Re-holstering . . . not so much. The BS has a tab on each holster (as seen in the photo below) that make reholstering a little easier than it is using a standard belly band. (This will not affect the holster’s final rating. I feel that if you are removing a gun from a concealed carry holster, chances are you won’t be needing to put it back.)
The BS also has two rows of non-slip “Tacti-grip” to keep it from sliding around. I found the holster is snug enough that the Tacti-grip was Tacti-unncessary. Other carriers with a different body shape may need that additional feature. I carried my gun under my belt (as seen in the above photo) with no slippage issues.
I called Can Can’s “contact us” number on a Friday afternoon to get some info from customer service. After a few minutes I was asked to leave a message. Mind you, Can Can has been completely helpful and prompt responding to emails. If I was going to leave a message it would be this: thanks for the stylish, practical, well-constructed holster. Great things come in small stylish packages.
Can Can Big Shebang Hip Hugger Concealed Carry Holster
Ratings (out of five stars):
Appearance * * * * *
It’s a beautiful holster; I can’t imagine a woman disliking the look. Can Can also offers them in all black, tan and a whole lot of other color options. Problem solved.
Quality * * * * *
The military grade elastic makes this sturdy and it’s well constructed. There were no loose hooks or eyes and no stray threads. The embroidery is done well also. I doubt I will ruin the Big Shebang with regular use.
Comfort * * * * *
Nothing compares. I love how I know the gun is on my body, yet I can wear the holster all day with no problems or discomfort.
Retention * * * * *
Especially with this “hip hugger” low rising design (meaning it’s under my belt) the gun isn’t going anywhere until I draw it. It’s firmly in place. The gun stays secure in the elastic.
Accessibility * * * * *
Since the gun is worn low on the midsection, it can be spun to be worn anywhere you wish. Clothing doesn’t need to be taken off to accommodate a draw; the entire grip of the gun is left exposed.
Overall * * * * *
It’s the best deep concealment holster I’ve found. Well worth the price of admission.