While its true that women are the fastest-growing segment of gun owners and continue to make up a large segment of those seeking personal-defense guns and accessories, the firearm industry has been slow in offering tailor-made defensive equipment for women. In early 2019, Tactica Defense Fashion introduced one of the most comprehensive lines of women’s concealed-carry gear and clothing ever produced.
While some makers have successfully dabbled in individual pieces of women’s gear, Tactica, reviewed here on American Rifleman's website, went all-in on its inventory, producing stylish clothing with thoughtfully designed features that female gun owners appreciate.
With pass-throughs and ambidextrous false pockets incorporated into its sweaters and shirts for easy access to holstered handguns, female concealed-carry practitioners were suddenly able to dress for everyday carry without limiting their wardrobe to men’s-style blazers or oversized tops or slacks.
The company, whose motto is “Dress to Protect,” had exponentially expanded its line with concealed-carry leggings, a dress, more sweaters, shirts, jackets, pants, purses, bags, backpacks and holsters and much more.
While the bellyband concept is not new, Tactica’s patented bellyband is designed with safety in mind, built with a rigid, custom-molded polymer shell that is canted for a natural draw, padded neoprene backing, adjustable retention and more—and is available in seven sizes from XS to XXXL.
“Many men have approached me and asked if they could buy the holster for themselves,” said Tactica CEO Sandi Little, an ardent Second Amendment supporter who brought the female-centric Alien Gear Holsters spinoff line to market after more than 20 years in the garment industry. “I smile and tell them, sure, we have been wearing your clothes and gear for so many years, you are welcome to wear ours.”
Because the company has demonstrated such a strong commitment to women who carry concealed, it was our pleasure to recognize its extensive line of women-specific gear and clothing by naming it, collectively, the Women’s Innovation Product Of The Year.