Hottest concealment guns, gear from NRA Carry Guard Expo

It was all things concealed carry, self-defense, and personal safety this weekend at the NRA’s first ever Carry Guard Expo at The Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.  Though there were no huge product splashes at the event–Glock kept their new Gen 5 pistol out of sight–plenty of newer guns, holsters, and gear were on display.  Here are some of the hottest items we found on the floor of the show.

The fine folks at Savoy Leather had one of the busiest booths on the show floor, and it was designs like this that caught the eye. All handmade of leather, if Savoy doesn't have it, they can make it. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

The fine folks at Savoy Leather had one of the busiest booths on the show floor, and it was designs like this that caught the eye. All handmade of leather, if Savoy doesn’t have it, they can make it. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

One of several new-for-2017 small frame revolvers from Smith & Wesson, the Model 69 is a concealable 44 Mag/44Spl. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

One of several new-for-2017 small frame revolvers from Smith & Wesson, the Model 69 is a concealable 44 Mag/44Spl. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

One of our favorite takeaways from the Expo--this bookcase from Secret Comparment Furniture. The top opens first, releasing the sides, which in turn allow access to a final hidden compartment. Owner, designer, and builder Jill Herro creates some high-quality, safe, hide-in-plain-sight pieces. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

One of our favorite takeaways from the Expo–this bookcase from Secret Comparment Furniture. The top opens first, releasing the sides, which in turn allow access to a final hidden compartment. Owner, designer, and builder Jill Herro creates some high-quality, safe, hide-in-plain-sight pieces. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Ruger has dozens of newer model, concealable pistols and revolvers. But one of the most interesting is this LCR chambered in .327 Federal Magnum. With recoil more manageable than the .357 Magnum with slightly less power, this is a viable option for concealment. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Ruger has dozens of newer model, concealable pistols and revolvers. But one of the most interesting is this LCR chambered in .327 Federal Magnum. With recoil more manageable than the .357 Magnum with slightly less power, this is a viable option for concealment. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Maybe you don't think "pants" when you consider concealment options, but these duds from Tru Spec are on point. With flex panels and zippered vents for ultimate comfort, there are plenty of easy-access pockets for packing heat as well. You really have to try these on to fully appreciate the comfort. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Maybe you don’t think “pants” when you consider concealment options, but these Xpedition bottoms from Tru-Spec are on point. With flex panels and zippered vents for ultimate comfort, there are plenty of easy-access pockets for packing heat as well. You really have to try these on to fully appreciate the comfort. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Looks don't make the gun, but Taurus sure reached into the depths of the color palette with their new-ish line of Spectrum pistols. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Looks don’t make the gun, but Taurus sure reached into the depths of the color palette with their new-ish line of Spectrum .380 pistols. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Mossberg defines the line between concealed carry and pure home defense with their line of short shotguns--and shotgun "pistols." The new Shockwave non-NFA "shotgun" is shown here along a more standard Model 500 Chainsaw special edition with the appropriately named forend assist device. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Mossberg defines the line between concealed carry and pure home defense with their line of short shotguns–and shotgun “pistols.” The new Shockwave non-NFA “shotgun” is shown (second from left) alongside a more standard Model 500 Chainsaw special edition (third from left) with the appropriately named forend device. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

North American Arms has long been known for all things micro in the world of ultra-concealable firearms. Their belt-buckle pistols have a cult-like following, and shooters will be pleased to know they're still in production. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

North American Arms has long been known for all things micro in the world of ultra-concealable firearms. Their belt-buckle pistols have a cult-like following, and shooters will be pleased to know they’re still in production. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

There were plenty of carry options for ladies on the show floor. Every time we came by the Lethal Lace booth, somebody was fitting up a wrap-style holster. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

There were plenty of carry options for ladies on the show floor. Every time we came by the Lethal Lace booth, somebody was fitting up a wrap-style holster, which can be worn on many areas of the body. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Kel Tec has not been sitting back since the introduction of their wildly popular KSG bullpup-length shotgun. In fact, this was our first look at the bigger, badder KSG 25, a pump action that holds 20-rounds of 3" 12-gauge. If that's not enough home defense firepower, I don't know what is.

Kel Tec has not been sitting back since the introduction of their wildly popular KSG 12-round bullpup-length shotgun. In fact, this was our first look at the bigger, badder KSG 25, a pump action that holds 20-rounds of 3″ 12-gauge. If that’s not enough home defense firepower, I don’t know what is. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Sometimes you just meet a nice American family who makes quality gear, and that's what we found at the Lady Conceal booth. The West family shows off a full line of leather purses, handbags, and gear for men as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Sometimes you just meet a nice American family who makes quality gear, and that’s what we found at the Lady Conceal booth. The West family shows off a full line of leather purses, handbags, and gear for men as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Clay West, a great young entrepreneur shows off his line of Urban Cowboy wallets, money clips, and leather goods for men at his family's booth--It's In the Bag Boutique. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Clay West, a great young entrepreneur shows off his line of Urban Cowboy wallets, money clips, and leather goods for men at his family’s booth–It’s In the Bag Boutique. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

FN-USA displayed a number of pistols at the Expo, but none was as popular as the new 509. The double action 509 is the company's latest LE/Military meets civilian 9mm pistol. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

FN-USA displayed a number of pistols at the Expo, but none was as popular as the new 509. The double action 509 is the company’s latest LE/Military meets civilian 9mm pistol. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Scott with Celtic Holsters shows off one of his most popular designs--a blend of leather and Kydex. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Scott with Celtic Holsters shows off one of his most popular designs–a blend of leather and Kydex. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Without a doubt the most controversial product on the floor-- Ideal Conceal's .380 pistol made to mimic a smartphone. This was the company's first public show, as they go into production. Questions have been raised by law enforcement and the public about the safety on a number of levels, but the bottom line is, Ideal Conceal had a bustling booth at the Expo. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Without a doubt the most controversial product on the floor– Ideal Conceal’s .380 pistol made to mimic a smartphone. This was the company’s first public show now that they are moving into production. Questions have been raised by law enforcement and the public about safety issues on a number of levels, but the bottom line is, Ideal Conceal had a bustling booth at the Expo and the gun is deeply concealable. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

A deployed Ideal Conceal .380 "cellphone" pistol. Company reps hinted that a 9mm is already in the works. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

A deployed Ideal Conceal .380 “cellphone” pistol. Company reps hinted that a 9mm is already in the works. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

CrossBreed Holsters on display at the Carry Guard Expo. CrossBreed filled a large booth with all their concealment options, and they were a major sponsor of the fashion show as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

CrossBreed Holsters on display at the Carry Guard Expo. CrossBreed filled a large booth with all their concealment options, and they were a major sponsor of the fashion show as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Speaking of deep concealment, Heizer built a reputation for slimline pistols built from aerospace metals. This 7.62x39 ported single shot is no exception. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Speaking of deep concealment, Heizer built a reputation for slimline pistols built from aerospace metals. This 7.62×39 ported single shot is no exception. That’s a snappy little noise-maker.  (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Heizer was also showing off a more practical concealment pistol, the PKO-45. This USA-Aerospace stainless steel frame pistol will be available with both five-round flush or seven-round extended mags. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Heizer was also showing off a more practical concealment pistol, the PKO-45. This USA-Aerospace stainless steel, 0.80″ thick-frame pistol will be available with both five-round flush or seven-round extended mags.  They will begin shipping shortly in a myriad of color combinations.   (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Alexis with Vista Outdoors models a Blackhawk! in-the-pocket holster with such grippy material that it stays put inside-the-waistband as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Alexis with Vista Outdoors models a Blackhawk! in-the-pocket holster with such grippy material that it stays put inside-the-waistband as well. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Honor Defense doesn't manufacture lots of guns, but their short line of 9mm Honor Guard pistols are done well. Made in the USA with attention to detail and plenty of features, these guys are quietly making a name for themselves. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

Honor Defense doesn’t manufacture lots of guns, but their short line of 9mm Honor Guard pistols are done well. Made in the USA with attention to detail and plenty of features, these guys are quietly making a name for themselves in the concealed carry marketplace. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

A new offering from Dene Adams--this Active Bra Holster holds small-frame pistols close to the body. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

A new offering from Dene Adams–this Active Bra Holster holds small-frame pistols close to the body. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

From the company known for military reproductions comes this very concealable Inland Liberator Derringer. Vaguely reminiscent of the old FP-45 Liberator from WWII, Inland's new Liberator Derringer fires two rounds of .45 ACP. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)

From the company known for military reproductions comes this very concealable Inland Liberator Derringer. Vaguely reminiscent of the old FP-45 Liberator from WWII, Inland’s new Liberator Derringer fires two rounds of .45 ACP. (Photo: Kristin Alberts/Guns.com)