Conceal Carry in Plain Sight With The Pistol Mask

Remember the EAA Abdo Conceal Carry Rig post from a few years back? It was that conceal carry holster that looked like a smartphone on your belt, well here’s another product with the same idea that’s way more awesome. It’s called the Pistol Mask, because it’s a mask for your pistol. The front panel is spring-loaded with magnetic closures, the actual holster is an inside the waistband design with spacers and screws for various pistol sizes. It will fit sub-compact pistols with a thickness of 1.05” or less, and a height of 4.6” or less. The Pistol Mask allows for the user to draw their pistol while seated or when wearing a seatbelt.

The downside? It doesn’t look like a real cell phone at all. I mean, come on. It’s floating a few inches way too high and above the belt line. It looks a bit suspect. I will give it credit, in the video below the user was able to draw their pistol fairly quickly. But still, it looks cheesy as hell. It’s probably a few steps up from conceal carrying with a shopping bag however.

The pistol mask is selling for $99 over at www.5stoneproducts.com and it fits the following handguns:

Baretta Nano (9mm)
Glock 43 with an extended mag (9mm)
Kahr PM9 (9mm) – PM40 (40 cal) – PM45 (45 cal)
Kel Tec PF9 (9mm) – P11 (9mm)
Kimber Solo (9mm)
Ruger LCP (380) – LC9 (9mm)
SCCY CPX-1 (9mm) – CPX-2 (9mm)
Smith & Wesson M&P Shield (9mm) (40 cal)
Sig Sauer P238 (380) – P938 (9mm) – P290 (9mm)
Springfield XD-S with an extended mag (9mm) (40 cal) (45 cal)
Taurus Slim 709 (9mm) – 740 (40 cal)
Walther PPS (9mm) (40 cal) – PPS-M2 (9mm) (40 cal)






Ray I.

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  • Anonymoose

    It would make more sense if it sat lower on the belt.

    • Giolli Joker

      Still seeing somebody talking at the phone while having this on the belt would cause some confusion…

      • pun&gun

        Some, maybe, but there are a lot of people who carry two phones for personal use and business.

        • Major Tom

          But what if they have a personal phone, a business phone and this? That would be right proper confusing.

          • pun&gun

            If for some reason both other phones had to come out simultaneously, yeah, that would be a problem. Generally speaking I don’t think that would happen, though. The bigger issue if you actually carried two would be keeping them from printing, I’d think.

          • Phillip Cooper

            They must work in IT.

          • M40

            Okay… here we go. This little gem solves the extra phone issue… and it looks equally outsized and ridiculous… PERFECT!

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b5abdd61a22767625861b37b3d8dbe8a3bd65ee9ad2dcf14d2fde7a237aaf6e4.jpg

          • Cory C

            Hahahaha

          • chicago mike

            I think you are on to something M40, too funny!

          • r h

            wait if you make it so it can conceal carry AND open my garage door i will order two right now..

      • YS

        One for the wife, another for the girlfriend. Totally believable.

        • JOHNBOY11

          Hillary could take a hint???

      • Phillip Cooper

        Not really. I’ve had to carry two cellphones many a time.

      • ActionPhysicalMan

        I suspect people would be oblivious even if you had three and the one on your belt was huge and never used.

        • Madcap_Magician

          Most people are oblivious even if the gun on your belt is huge and never used. Covering it up with a gravity-defying floating cell phone is a new one, though.

          I like the one-step-removed-from-a-CCW-badge sticker, though!

          • somebodystolemynamefatboy

            Oblivious, yes they are.
            People (male and female) are starting to open-carry here in my non-open-carry location, and I seem to be the only one who notices.

          • r h

            yea but its not like when we do notice, you exclaim “Hey that guys packin!” so you can see how many others notice. most notice in silence as you and i do.
            that said i carried and carry a full size 1911 inside the waist with whatever shirt im wearing flopped over it and hardly anyone has ever mentioned the obviously ( to me and others “in the know”) gun shaped lump under the shirt. the couple that did i said “celphone carrier” and they nodded happy that they got an answer that made them feel comfortable again..

      • William Elliott

        normally I would agree, but I have an issued work phone and my personal phone…theres also hands free devices…now three phones on your belt, that would be weird…

    • Rey

      I was thinking the same thing. Then it could flip down, and be out of the way of drawing and mask the belt clips too.

    • Bradley

      It would look more believable, but I don’t think it’s possible. If you look at how it works that would require the pistol to be below the belt line.

      • jcitizen

        Spring loaded, to help the thumb catch it?

    • Cal.Bar

      Glad I’m not the only one to notice that the “cell phone” seems to be floating well above the belt line.

    • Requiescat in pace

      Please help me to understand, what is the situation, where concealed carry on such high alert/easy draw is a necessity?
      If the risk is that high, why there are no professionals who may openly carry guns?

      • Anonymoose

        Most concealed carry setups are easier and less awkward than this. A tuckable IWB would be better.

      • Mike

        You never know when or if you will need to defend yourself, but if you open carry then you may make yourself a target rather than an easy mark; seen as a threat instead of a possible victim.

      • r h

        this is going to sound trite, but.
        there are only two times in your life when someone will try to kill you.
        when you are prepared to defend yourself and when you are not.
        and the best part of this simplicity is.
        YOU get to decide when it happens!

        BLUF: always carry. always be ready because the day you dont and arnt..

        and for “professionals” being responsible for my safety.. when there is one personal cop for each citizen. then ill feel safe. but as long as i have to share a dozen police with thousands of others in my town, ill carry my own protection, thank you.

    • Alan Feinstein

      Then it wouldn’t work.

  • EdgyTrumpet

    A holster would be less conspicuous than this monstrosity.
    Also, disguising a gun as something people might try to steal – not the brightest idea.

  • BattleshipGrey

    This isn’t my pic, but I made my own minimalist holster for my Glock 22/27 (grip chop). I can tuck my shirts over it and all anyone can see is a bit of 550 cord that’s the same size as my belt. I’ve carried this way in all seasons, shorts, jeans and suits.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c63e18837242e2b3508c56627f7e31ebfb733fca1e0903331695663cd009a373.jpg

    • Phillip Cooper

      I like that the trigger is covered, but with the weapon more or less being adrift I’d still be waiting to get a case of Plaxico Leg Syndrome.

  • bgav

    A fake looking phone case that is magically suspended above your belt with no obvious attachment point? There are so many other better options…

    1) Eye is drawn to it, see above. Phone holsters clip onto belts and ride on your waistband, not above it.
    2) Doesn’t look like it would be very comfortable while seated.
    3) Those plastic hinges look like they’re a point of failure/breakage
    4) I know a lot of people carry 2 phones, but the minute you pull out your real phone this thing will look even more ridiculous..

  • You might as well wear one of those ridiculous CHL HOLDER!!! sashes if you really want to identify yourself as a moron with a gun to everyone around you.

  • Juice

    I’ve never known that ‘Phone Holsters’ were a thing until I visited US last summer (the previous visit was in 2009).

    I swear, if I’d know someone who has a phone holster I’d demand he’d pick up his phone within 2 seconds of dialing him.

    • pun&gun

      I’ve tried using one. They suck, at least for most smartphones. They really get in the way, hindering both freedom of movement and access to pockets, and retention is pretty bad as well.

      • Juice

        I’m glad that, as a man, my pants allow me to stuff me phone, wallet and keys all in just one pocket.

        • pun&gun

          I find that even with man-sized pockets, I like the ability to distribute things a little more instead of dumping them all to the bottom of the same pocket. I suppose that’s also pretty dependent on the size of your wallet, phone, and keyring. Lately I’ve become really fond of pants with a dedicated phone pocket on the side of the right leg; smartphones have gotten so large that keeping them out of the regular pockets is a nice quality of life improvement, at least for me.

          • Juice

            Same, really. My left leg is for keys and my right leg for my wallet and phone. I’ve managed to fit five phones in one pocket once. Take that, purses.

          • pun&gun

            I once concealed an ESEE-6 in a pair of 5.11 pants just for the hell of it. XD Not something that would work in public. Sitting down with that thing was difficult, to say the least.

  • Rick O’Shay

    That’s gonna be a hard pass for me, son.

  • pun&gun

    This looks unbelievably dumb. No way in hell that’s worth the price.

  • SGT Fish

    1. It looks like he has a large GoPro camera mounted on his belly
    2. he owns an XD, that explains it…

    • pun&gun

      He had to put the XD in his Hip Zone.

    • Eddie_Baby

      I thought is was a bodycam for plainclothes police officers.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    Anyone who could get away with this could get away with a holster using the ulticlip and tucking the holster.

    The ulticlip works quite well with business casual as long as your pants are sturdy enough to hold the weight of the gun. You’re not going to get much support from the belt.

    The only thing you need to do is make sure your shirt won’t show printing. About half my dress shirts print with a 19 and the other half don’t. All of them have a slimmer cut. This is one area where the summer slim guys and the larger guys have an advantage.

  • Swarf

    Not this thing again.

  • Phillip Cooper

    It will take about 0.03 seconds for anyone with a “cellphone” riding high above the beltline to be targeted.

  • trjnsd

    Those of us folks who have wider stomachs would have trouble with this….
    I save 99 bucks and keep a PPK in my pocket.

  • Zundfolge

    A quality tuckable hybrid holster with the clips that attach to the back side of the belt with Velcro are much better than this silliness. For one thing, where are you going to put your REAL phone?

  • BillC

    This probably gives people cancer.

    • Dr. Longfellow Buchenrad

      Only in California

    • Anomanom

      It gave me cancer just looking at it.

    • BaconLovingInfidel

      Definitely

  • USMC03Vet

    Someone tell this guy they make holsters that can be worn with tucked in shirts….

  • Ted Unlis

    The “Pistol Mask” has to rank up there in the top ten all time ridiculous holster ideas. Instead of wearing a goofy looking cumbersome uncomfortable IWB holster with a flap disguised as a giant smartphone, why not just carry OWB in a large pouch or case that conceals the handgun. If goofy is the look you’re shooting for, just go with a fanny pack.

    • BaconLovingInfidel

      gheyer than the “urban carry”

  • wetcorps

    Aren’t people wearing things on their belts the most likely to be arrying a gun anyway?

  • nate

    eventually these guys will make an awesome product that conceals a CCW and doesn’t look super cheesy. they are getting closer.

    • BryanS

      They call that common acceptance of firearms…

  • MadMonkey

    Even a Pager Pal is a better idea than this monstrosity.

  • Requiescat in pace

    There must be still some tribesman in Amazonian rain-forests, who would believe it is actually a cell phone.
    For the first world people it is more like an automatic insulin pump.

    • Sianmink

      disguising a holster as an insulin pump would be next-level stealth.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Not really a good solution to a problem which has been solved 25 different better ways.

  • nonobaddog

    I think it would be better to just wear a shirt with Glock 23 pictures all over it (or pictures to match your other carry gun). Nobody would notice the real one sticking in your belt.

  • I M Deplorable

    You could make it look like those Ti-30 calculators in 1977. There was always the guy who had one on his belt.

  • robert57Q

    You know, at first glance I thought, ‘that looks absolutely ridiculous’, but after further consideration, that looks absolutely ridiculous. Open carry is less conspicuous than that idiotic thing.

  • Jack_A_Lope

    Ha. Hahaha. Hahahahaha. Haha.

  • Hem90

    Can we talk about his revolver grip he uses while he’s in the car though?

  • jerry young

    Looks like a cell phone ready to fall, doesn’t look normal at all, I’d suspect it was more than a phone and see moving parts that will jam break or wear out, nice try but I think not

  • Calavera
    • BaconLovingInfidel

      More pics of your wife, please?

    • Tonka Toy

      Oh, COME ON, Cal!

      That is just wrong!

      LOL!

  • Joel Thompson

    Um… That would seem to invite questions. I don’t know many people who can balance their cellphone ABOVE their belt without support.

  • Ed Ward

    Really? It looks fishy from the get-go to the point of drawing attention from those just thinking WTF is that…? Absurd.

  • sako204

    I understand wanting to use one of these but, heck, most people wouldn’t notice if you had a bazooka strapped to your side. Folks just aren’t observant & they’re usually oblivious to their surroundings.

  • Stephen Brown

    As the Old Concealed Carry Instructor says: The BEST holster is the one YOU like, YOU will practice with, YOU have confidence in, and YOU will never be reluctant to wear. It’s another product among many and will find some kind of following, as well as having some detractors. Holsters are a VERY personal and subjective choice, as are carry firearms.

  • AlDeLarge

    It would be slightly less bizarre-looking if it was disguised as a generic leather pouch.

  • chrismalllory

    Sounds like just another excuse for government thugs to shoot people with cell phones.

  • cian smith

    Whos pistol floats 2 inches above their belt?

    • Tonka Toy

      David Copperfield’s .45?

  • Curtis_15

    I’m thinking with a suit coat or a blazer over it while sitting in Church would keep the little old lady that normally sits next to me more comfortable.
    But then again she’s already made me, and sits next to me because she feels safer.
    She always hugs me with a big smile and pats my side to make sure I’m packing.

    So maybe to help keep the panic down on first time visitors. Perhaps it could work. But, I usually wear my suit coat over my OWB S&W 40 holster now and so far no complaints.
    Just bought a new one in brown in fact to match my new dress belt.

    I hate belt clips for phones. I break off the clips on them about 4 times a year.

  • supergun

    A great deception right out in the open. Sometimes you can hide things right out in the open.

  • Retiredextremelydangerous

    Sorry guys, but my conceal holster is “Sneaky Pete.” Available in leather and nylon, at about half the price of this one and a whole bunch more comfortable to carry!

  • Bob

    what? they dont’ have one for the desert eagle 50?

  • richard kluesek

    fanny pack would be better.

  • disqus_1IXWD6GbBr

    I have never seen any smart phone float above the belt like that.
    It looks out of place and strange, not to mention a perfect target for a “Bump&Grab”.

  • uncle chaos

    I can’t believe people here think this is a good product, so many conceal carry people are such suckers for ridiculous crap

  • Alan Feinstein

    Wait just one minute… is it ambidextrous? What about us lefties who lean to the right?

  • r h

    hahahahahahahahaha….

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA..
    ha….
    ya, no. that isnt fooling anyone. AND 100 bucks? are they high? MAYBE for 30 or 40.
    it would still be lame and obvious as hell but at least you would be paying for what you are getting. some plastic and screws..