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By Christina Vandivier via

Only a few short weeks ago, we heard about a new phone case that was being mistaken for a gun in the state of New Jersey. However, it looks like EAA has a new product that is the exact opposite. Concealed carry permit holders are always looking for new ways to conceal their guns. However, it is not always the easiest task. Spending money on different styles and selections of holsters in hopes of trying to find one that is both comfortable and well-concealed is all part of the game. But what if it could be hidden in plain sight? . . .

EAA has introduced the ABDO, a new way to conceal your pocket .380 ACP pistol.

According to the EAA website, the ABDO can either hang on your belt or clip to the inside of your purse. When you’re ready to use, you simply swipe your thumb over the latch to open the compartment.

By the looks of the photos, it seems that there is a barrel post that inserts into the barrel of the gun to keep everything in place until you’re ready.

One concern that a lot of concealed carriers have is how durable something like this would be. Once the product has officially been released, it would be interesting to see how it holds up if used on a daily basis.

The last thing that any gun owner would want would be for the latch to swing open and expose their gun to a crowd full of frightened people.

Though it does look like a ridiculously huge smart phone, I probably wouldn’t think anything of it while walking past a stranger. Looking at the types of smart phones that we have readily available to us right now, such as the iPhone 6+ or the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, this “phone case” look like nothing out of the ordinary.

The ABDO is not currently available for online purchase, but there is the option to pre-order it for $49.

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  1. Very interesting idea for lots of folks, especially women. I’ll wait until it holds a decent size gun, however. And I don’t want anything stuck in the barrel. With the fanny pack I CC in now, I could shoot without drawing the gun out if I had to.

  2. Sure just like Sneaky Pete(or the fanny pack Ralph won’t let me wear)…BTW when I first glanced at this I thought it had something to do with John Abdo-inventor of the Ab-doer and now peddling male enhancement stuff(an acquaintance of mine) LOL.

    • I will not let you wear a fanny pack or use a male enhancement product. Never. No way. Don’t even ask.

      • Agreed. Not my style. But I like the idea of the Abdo. There’s no requirement in Texas that people not be able to guess that you might have a gun, only that they can’t know that you have it because its outline shows.

        I also think there is no law against openly carrying spare magazines.

        But that will be moot in a few months when open carry is allowed.

        In general, I will continue to carry concealed as it fits my line of work better, but I am likely to be less inconspicuous. I might move to a larger pistol, for example and carry it in a shoulder holster.

  3. It’s a nice idea, but large belt mounted cell phone cases went the way of the dinosaur at least three years ago. Whenever i see a big case on someone’s hip, I assume either gun or belt mounted fanny pack. Since criminals might mistake it for something worth grabbing, you might find yourself in a fight for your gun and you sure don’t want that popping open under those circumstances.

  4. The best I’ve seen is made by Elite. It’s a simple, LCP sized, black fabric holster that looks enough like a large Iphone or small tablet case that it’s completely unobtrusive . . . at least here in Texas. The LCP mounts in an upside-down. grip-up position. With a little practice a two handed draw is easy. The problem with most other disguised holsters is that they still look like holsters. Selecting a small sized gun is essential for stealth.

  5. That thing is huge. Even by phablet standards.
    And who carries their phone on their belt in a case like it’s 2002?

    • The phone size pendulum has swung.
      They’re getting bigger, pockets no longer hold them, and belt carry is coming back.

      • Agreed. I just have an iPhone 4 and I carry on my belt. I have too many things I need to carry in my pockets (wallet, knife, mini screwdriver, flashlight, Chapstick, keys, a lighter, loose change, eye drops, a spare mag and sometimes a spare gun) to carry even a relatively small phone. Plus, with the heavy-duty case of whatever sort that we should all have on our phones they are even bigger. I like the Griffin Industries Survivor. Comes with a belt clip-type holster. Case is excellent, the clip is just okay. I’ve broken a few, but I’m hard on my stuff.

      • Speak for yourself, I comfortably EDC an iPhone 6Plus in my right front pocket even in my skinny shorts.

  6. Mississippi recently enacted SB 2394, which provides:

    (24) No license shall be required under this section for a loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver carried in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case.

    I wonder if the ABDO case would satisfy the statute.

    • That was my thought too. Such an interesting law in its uniqueness, BTW. I also wonder if a full-clamshell military-type holster would qualify. I have seen one or two that look almost rectangular in shape and completely cover the pistol.

  7. If I saw someone with something like that on their hip I would wonder what the heck it was…

  8. Well, it’s 2015, pocket carry of any number of .380 or 9mm pistols in an appropriate holster is a viable CCW option. But I suppose this would be slightly less dorky than a fanny pack. Probably just about as obvious, though. Add short hair, a paunch, and tactical shoes to the mix and you’ll surprise anyone who doesn’t have situational awareness that’s borderline retarded.

    • My observation has been that most people have no situational awareness and are borderline retarded.

  9. This reminds me of the fake pagers with a hidden Derringer and a pop open button from the 80s. For some reason I haven’t seen those advertised in a while, or 8track players, walkmans, and tube televisions for that matter. I do still see iwb holsters though.

  10. I wish they had one for a Sig P938.

    To me it looks like a really good idea and I would like to have one but I am devoted to my P938 and don’t fill the need to change weapons.

  11. The more interesting application would be in the purse, if the purse was not so filled with junk that the side would not open. A holster that could stand up in a purse, maybe velcro’d on, allowing a top draw of a smaller gun, and could be moved from one purse to another, would be a viable option for a woman who did not want a “gun purse”. It would seem not too hard to make (like a pocket holster with a Velcro strip instead of a belt clip). As an OWB holster it just looks silly and seems too big for a small .380.

  12. Yes Curtis-+1 one the situational awareness thing. Most people(retarded or not) are clueless. I have a Pepper Blaster in my pocket almost all the time. Fatter than a TCP/LCP and I’ve never had a 2nd glance in 4 years…never mind the knife/occasional gun.

  13. I wonder if there is any potential is someone grabbing the thing thinking it’s a phone in a snatch and grab? I guess most phones are kinda theft proof, but I’m sure most electronic deterrents can be overridden. The Sneaky Pete at least has a metal clip that would be tough to break

  14. The Sneaky Pete holster/case is a similar idea that seems more secure as the gun is in a little “pouch”. I’d hate to flip that ABDO open and have my CW380 flop out.

  15. I have a Sneaky Pete for my Bersa Thunder. I guess it is a familiarity thing, but I feel MORE self conscious wearing that than wearing my S&W 9mm in my cheap-assed IWB holster. However, the only time anyone has ever asked about the SP was when my anti-gun brother asked what it was. He knows I’m such a Luddite that there was NO WAY that was some form of technology on my belt!

  16. I’m sure the dude in the video practised well before shooting. At that, he had to make two moves, one to open the lid, the other to draw and shoot. As slow as I am, I think I could draw my weapon and shoot quicker than he, using my iwb, or owb holster, especially with a coat, or jacket on.
    Not knocking it, it’s just not for me.

  17. Maybe that’s the next fad? Concealed Carry that is kinda obviously a gun, for those of us that live in places like Floriduh and would rather be OCing but can’t because law.

  18. Reminds me of a meter reader around here who took an old reader instrument pouch and turned it into a concealed holster and wore it right alongside his actual meter reader instrument. With his uniform vest, it looked quite ordinary.

  19. Bulldog also makes a holster similar to the SP to accommodate a sub-compact .380. It rides more horizontal than vertical. Pistol inserts upside down (grip facing up and forward) with a finger hole in the bottom so that one can give the pistol a push from the bottom to get it started up out of the holster. The pistol comes right out in the palm of the hand. The holster is held closed with two magnets. Very moderately priced. Got mine from Sportsmans Guide. My Taurus 738 TCP with laserlyte attached fits in the holster nicely and it carries easily.

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