March 2013

Concealment Gear: We Test ATA’s Holster-Integrated Pants

Weapons concealment is all about blending in. That’s where mission and dress pants by American Tactical Apparel come in.

Weapons concealment is all about blending in. That’s where pants by American Tactical Apparel (ATA) with an integrated holster and magazine pouch come in. Rather than requiring a secondary garment such as a jacket, vest, or untucked shirt to cover a holstered weapon, the wearer is free to display a normally belted midline with tucked shirt. This is a key point in eliminating a common visual clue that you’re carrying a handgun.

American Tactical Apparel sells through and currently offers BDU-style pants referred to as Battle Khakis in both a poly-cotton blend and denim. The Battle Khakis are available in black, navy blue and olive green as well as the traditional khaki tan. The denim pants are indigo blue jeans. Pricing is $100 for the full-length poly-cotton pants and $149 for the blue jeans. But according to an ATA representative, their goal is further development of the denim pants and a price point of $100. Poly-cotton BDU or “trekker”-style shorts ($80) are also available, but only in tan. Additional holsters and magazine pouches are sold separately for $50. All ATA garments are made in USA. There is also a tailoring service to reconfigure customer-supplied pants for a fee of $40. Our test pants were a pair of tan Battle Khakis, a second pair in black, and the latest addition to the ATA catalog, a pair of $80 dress pants.

Weapons and accessory retention is accomplished by a neoprene holster system that wraps around the wearer’s leg, covering the middle portion of the thigh and connecting to the inside of the pants just below the belt line. The holster system may be worn on either side, and the same holster or magazine pouch may be used on multiple pairs of pants. Access to the weapon or spare magazine was by pulling down a zipper that runs along the outer seam along either side.

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