That’s What She Said: Triggered

| February 3, 2016 | 3 Comments


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After I posted my review of the UnderTech compression short holster, I had a number of friends write in with suggestions for how I could protect the trigger. There were lots of ideas for Kydex trigger guards secured with lanyards, or custom trigger guards with clips securing them to the shorts. They were great ideas, and I am so grateful to have friends with the skills to make those fixes happen.

But it is important to me to find a fix that is accessible to anyone using materials that are available at Target or Walmart.  No expensive tools or specialized skills, and everything had to be reasonably priced, I also want to maintain the comfort and versatility of the shorts themselves.

Here’s what I came up with:

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First, here is a close up of the holster pocket. The pinch in the fabric shows how thin the material is next to the elastic.

My first idea was to remove some of the stitches so I could insert a stabilizer. An insert would preserve the elasticity of the fabric and would be comfortable at the waist if it was flexible.

I decided to try some strong and flexible non-skid shelf liner. I wanted whatever I used to stay flat between the layers of fabric without sewing or glue.

The liner was too flexible. I could still get to the trigger. Next up: Super strong Velcro! I laid it out and was going to use the shelf liner as a template…

But after I took the picture and started to remove the Velcro to cut it, I realized that it was stuck fast to the stitches on the shorts.

This Velcro is sturdy, yet flexible. Although it dents when I tried to find the trigger, I could not pull at it.

I cut two lengths to cover the pockets inside and out.

  • No sewing
  • No special materials or skills
  • Takes less than a minute to apply

The best part is that I’ll be able to rigorously test the changes at an upcoming low-light Force-On-Force course! Fail magnificently or hold up under pressure…we’ll all learn something new.



About the Author:

The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd is a defensive firearms student, mother and advocate for pushing the boundaries of how we train. She believes that defensive training must balance context, mindset, and skill to be most effective. Her specialty has become testing alternative modes of firearms carry and best practices of less than lethal force options through rigorous force-on-force scenario based training.
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3 Comments on "That’s What She Said: Triggered"

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  1. Sharon says:

    Thanks for the great follow up. One concern ….. are there any problems washing them? If corners loosened, I would be concerned that Velcro would potentially trash other items being washed with it. I’ve also considered inserting a sticky holster…did you try that?

  2. The She-Shepherd The She-Shepherd says:


    Great questions.
    I was thinking I’ll just take the velcro panel off before I wash them since it isn’t sewn on. I also wash items like this in a mesh bag and air dry them so the lycra doesn’t degrade.

    Sticky holster is a good idea if you have one on hand that fits the elastic well. The sticky holster we have is a larger more bulky style that does not fit. Please let me know if you find one that works well. I’d love to post a link for others!

  3. Jimbo Peterson says:

    This is a decent option. Haven’t tried it but interesting concept.

    ConSeal Holster from a MN based company.

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