Amid a bustling show floor, a concert featuring Charlie Daniels, and over 100 seminars and classes, it was the Friday night Concealed Carry Fashion Show that drew the most media attention and hubbub. Throngs of national media outlets lined the ballroom to see carry-specific products and firearms from over 25 companies.
Sponsored by both 5.11 and Crossbreed Holsters, the NRA put its own spin on a traditional fashion runway with its first ever fashion show. The “models” were actual everyday citizens, company owners, or product reps who support– and know how to use–the products they were showcasing.
With both men’s and women’s options on display, the Wisconsin Center Ballroom was filled with folks both watching for products from their fave companies and gaining ideas for serious concealed carry options.
A display of the concealed carry products featured in the fashion show circled the rear of the Wisconsin Center Ballroom. Shown here are some offerings from DeSantis, Designer Concealed Carry, femme Fatale, Galco, Hiding Hilda, and Kahr Firearms Group. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
The CCW Fashion Show was proof that ladies need not dress down to carry a weapon. Here a small designer leather bag accentuates the little black dress look. Vinci makes a full line of higher end leather bags for discerning carriers. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Dress it up or dress it down, Inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters were one of the most popular carry options on display by both men and women. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Fashion shows are not just for women, as plenty of gentlemen showed their runway prowess. Here is a nice IWB solution from CrossBreed Holsters. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
“Girls just gotta have guns & ammo.” This young woman demonstrates how well a carry gun can conceal under just a t-shirt with her IWB holster. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Belly band holsters are a viable option for both sexes, though they are much more common for women, including this product from femme Fatale. The company makes is known for these and corset holsters, as tThis gal demonstrated just how quickly and easily she could access her carry weapon. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This Cyndee’s Conceal Carry Purses spokeswoman was passionate about her concealed carry options. Here she shows off one of the company’s larger purses built for off-body carriers who also want plenty of room for everyday cargo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
The men were not to be out-shadowed by women in this fashion show. This guy is quick to access his inside-the-waistband CCW. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This was no stuffy fashion show, either. He has fun as he exits the runway, calling for applause from the willing crowd. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
All styles of carry were featured, with this gal showing off her ankle-carry holster. Though not the fastest draw option on the runway, she was able to quickly and easily get into position to access her weapon. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Diana West, founder of Lady Conceal’s line of handbags shows off one of her most popular styles for off-body carry. Her company’s full line of leather goods for both men and women can be found at itsinthebagboutique.com(Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Quick draw was the name of the game for this runway carrier. He shows just how quickly a weapon can be pulled from a holster shirt like this 5.11. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This Designer Concealed Carry model shows off one of the company’s high-end locking carry bags. Designer Concealed Carry bags wear price tags from $279-$4,200 but prove that fashion and concealed carry can indeed be married. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
Tru-Spec’s Kurt Wendling shows off not only the company’s latest and greatest pair of Xpedition vented flex pants, but also their 24-7 Series Concealed Holster Shirt. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This Hiding Hilda runway lady knows how to draw from the outside pocket of her carry purse. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This 5.11 woman models a pair of the company’s Stryke pants. Built for everything from tactical to EMS wear, the 5.11 pants have plenty of pockets for concealed carriers. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
This gal repping Lethal Lace was packing four–count ’em four–pistols. Here show shows off a calf-carry option. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
As Miss Lethal Lace leaves the runway, she flashes another gun carried at the small of her back with the Lethal Lace products. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)
And the star of the show–Clay West. This young cowboy who was showing off Kahr firearms and OWB carry on the runway is actually a designer in his own right. He has his own line of Urban Carry leather wallets and gear for men with his family’s It’s In the Bag Boutique. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)