SmartCarry® Holster Instructions

Congratulations on your purchase of SmartCarry®, the Invisible Holster! Equipped with a patented snag-free front panel and a 100% sweat proof rear panel, your firearm will be safe and your expensive weapon will not sag, snag or rust. Caution: follow the instructions below for safe, efficient use of your firearm in this holster. Take Your Time! As you know, Concealed Carry is serious business.

Put on your underwear, t-shirt, shirt, or blouse that tucks into your lower garment, but not your trousers, shorts, skirt, dress or lower outer garment. Place the holster pouch on the front center of your body and bring the straps around your hips, below your waist and around the top of your hipbones, making sure you stretch the elastic for a firm fit. The tighter the better for comfort and performance. Correct fit is with the entire trigger guard inside the firearm pocket, everything aft of the trigger guard out of the pocket and above it. TIP: safety pins work better than cloth! Please note that SmartCarry® is not going to work like it should, or be completely comfortable if you try to wear it too high on your body. The strapping must be around your hips, not your waist, and the holster must be directly in front of your private parts. A good tip is to put the seam that separates the firearm and tactical reload pocket on the center line of your body.

WARNING! As a firearm owner it is your responsibility to follow all handgun safety rules. Safety must always come first! Until you are confident you have mastered your holster, always practice with an unloaded firearm! Again, enjoy what you are doing and take your time.
1. With the thumb of your non-dominant (non-gun) hand reach inside your waistband and insert the tip of your thumb into the firearm pocket of your holster.
2. Pull the front panel of the holster (and your lower garment) away from your body with the tip of your thumb still in the firearm pocket.
3. Grasping the grip only of your firearm slide the muzzle behind your thumb and into the firearm pocket of your holster. The firearm should be in a vertical position with the grip located at the top of your dominant side pocket.

WARNING! Make sure your firearm’s safety is fully engaged, if so equipped, and in perfect working order. Never holster a firearm with your finger on or near the trigger, keep your finger straight.

TO DRAW YOUR FIREARM: Anything worth doing, is worth practicing.

  1. Using the thumb of your non-dominant (non-gun) hand, pull your belt and waistband away from your body and reach inside with the thumb and fingers of your dominant (gun) hand.
    2. Grasping the grip only, pull the firearm up and out of the holster.
    3. Once it has cleared the top of your waistband, smartly flip your wrist up and the firearm will rotate up into your hand, in a firing position. With a modest amount of practice (firearm unloaded!), you’ll find the movements quite natural and easy.

WEARING TIPS:  Enjoy the freedom to wear any type of clothing, any activity, and the very best in concealment! To prevent the strapping from riding up and showing above your belt line in the rear, put on SmartCarry® in the normal manner, over the top of all clothing that will tuck into your lower outer garment (trousers, shorts, slacks, skirt, etc.), then pull up the shirt tail of the last garment that tucks in (normally your shirt, blouse or t-shirt) and let it hang over the strapping of SmartCarry® in the rear only. This will prevent the strapping from riding up and showing above your belt line, which can happen when you’re active. To keep your backup magazine/speed loader from seating too deeply in the tactical reload pocket, making retrieval difficult, put some scrap cloth in the bottom of the pocket or a couple of safety pins through the holster to prevent this issue. Because cloth tends to pack, and can be difficult to remove, use safety pins. They work better, are easier, faster to install and won’t harm the holster. Use this same technique if you’re carrying a smaller handgun in a larger holster. Put a piece of scrap cloth or safety pins in or through the bottom of the back-up magazine or speed loader pocket so that ¼” to ½” of the device protrudes above the top of the holster, for fast access You want the entire trigger guard inside the holster pocket and everything behind the trigger guard above (or out of) the pocket.


If you have to relieve yourself, carrying a SmartCarry® does not prohibit you from using a urinal in the normal manner! If you find that your firearm is blocking your access to the fly, use your thumb and index finger to move the holster to the right or left and access the fly with any of your remaining fingers. Then release the firearm, proceed as usual. The side of your hand will keep the firearm out of your way. You can also grasp the barrel/slide of the firearm with your weak hand, through your trousers, and simply move it to your left/right for easy access to the fly. From personal experience, I can tell you this works very well, does not take any longer than normal and I carry a full size M1911A-1. Tip: A few practice runs in the privacy of your home before you carry in public are a big plus!


If you have to sit down to relieve yourself, it works like this, and there is never a need to remove SmartCarry®, or even your firearm, unless you’re defending yourself! When you lower (or lift) your outer garment, simply move SmartCarry® up until it rides around your lower chest. When finished with the paper work, move SmartCarry® down to its original position on your hips, pull up (or lower) your outer garment and be on your way.


To draw when seated, lean way back in your seat makes this a lot simpler. If seated in a vehicle, wearing a seat belt and shoulder strap, push your gut forward against the seat belt while leaning back in the seat and slide your strong hand in your waistband, grasp the grip of the firearm and pull straight up. Similar to what you have to do if you need to retrieve your wallet at a toll booth. Practice this a few times (always with an unloaded gun!) and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to draw your firearm while seated.


Machine wash only in a washing bag. For maximum holster life, hand wash in warm water, blot between towels, hang to air dry. Remember that dryer high heat will damage the elastic. Since body perspiration does not normally reach SmartCarry®, frequent washing is not required. Personal experience, gained from carrying 10 to 14 hours a day, Monday through Friday, indicates washing only as needed. Sandwiched between clothing, the holster is protected from dirt and stains.


Your comments, pro or con, are always welcome. We appreciate them and have used suggestions in the design of SmartCarry® holsters. Please e-mail: or or or call 727 581-7001.

WARRANTY:  Made only in America. SmartCarry® materials and labor are warranted for one full year from date of purchase. If a defect appears in your SmartCarry® product, simply return it to the address above for evaluation, repair and/or replacement. Please include a phone number or your e-mail address, as well as your return address.

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