Meet Ava - a leather and thermoplastic hybrid made to be worn inside the waistband. It features a soft, leather back piece that conforms to your shape.
The back piece is lined with a rich, deep purple suede for comfort. It is also cut down to be smaller than the traditional men's style hybrid holsters, to better fit a woman's body- but guys love the Ava too!
The clips are super-strong to hold the holster in place with or without a belt. They are adjustable and can be raised or lowered to create a total of NINE different cant and depth combinations!
Most Ava right-hand models are kept in stock. Check the dropdown options list for updated inventory status.
Left-Hand Draw models - Most left-hand draw models are special orders, and may take up to 15 business days to ship. As soon as your order ships, you will receive an email with tracking number (if you add other items to your order, all items will ship together when your holster is ready).
Out of Stock models: We receive inventory weekly and keep most models in stock, but the Ava sells fast. If your model is out of stock, it will be marked in the options list as a special order. This means you can still place an order for it, just understand that your order could ship within a day or two, or it could ship up to 15 business days after you order. If you add other items to your order, they will all ship together. If you prefer to be notified when a specific model is back in stock, just email us.
Posted by Amy on 21st Jan 2015
I love this holster. It fits perfectly inside my waistline and is really comfortable. I can barely tell I'm wearing it. It's not visible when I wear a sweater, sweatshirt, or over shirt. The gun is secure and I feel safe. I love the soft interior. This is a great holster, especially for women.
Posted by Kali Thomas on 6th Jan 2015
I bought this as a Christmas gift for hubs because he always complained that his gun dug in uncomfortably while he was CC. So, my hope was this would alleviate that. I did one thing wrong and ordered the wrong size (he has a 1911, but not the 3" barrel), but, it still fits! It was a little disapointing that I purchased it on the men's side of things, and I'm pretty sure I was sent the woman's version (it has purple suade inside and a cute heart stamped in the leather) and although that's why I dropped a star I'm pretty sure it was an honest mistake because the other 3 items I purchased in the same order were for me (the Missus). He claims he doesn't mind, so it isn't worth the hassle of a return.
All in all we're pleased with it. He finds it quite comfy and wears it when he's wearing a suit because he sports suspenders, not a belt for a standard CC.
Defintely recommend, just don't buy with a bunch of woman's stuff unless you want the "girly" one.
Posted by Joetta Weidenbach on 19th Dec 2014
The Ava is comfortable to wear. Fits the gun really well. Conceals my Shield .40 with ease. Easily goes from appendix carry to small of my back. Very pleased with it. Look forward to using it a lot.
Posted by Unknown on 18th Dec 2014
This holster is completely unsafe. Adjusted the spacer and the slide still moves when registering. The metal clips are flimsy and stretch. I will never recommend this holster for anyone to use.
GunGoddess.com response: As this review is anonymous, and the customer has not contacted us, we are unable to address this issue. We encourage any customer not happy with their purchase to contact us, inform us of the problem and allow us the opportunity to address it. It is always possible that a holster has a defect. If we know about it, we can get the holster replaced, repaired, exchanged or refunded. Our customers will never be stuck with a defective holster.
Posted by Kimberly on 16th Sep 2014
I love this holster. I'm 5'5 and I can position it front, side or back carry depending on what I'm wearing.I carry a Ruger LC9 with Laser Max. It's easy to remove my Ruger without a problem, yet it is secure and I have no concerns with it dropping out. I've had no issues with purple dye rubbing off on my skin, no matter how hot it got! Very comfortable to wear.
Posted by Unknown on 3rd Sep 2014
I am 5'4" and have a smaller stature. I have tried several holsters to wear my Kahr MK9 concealed and haven't really been able to, as it is always noticeable. I purchased this holster several weeks ago and began wearing it immediately. It is very comfortable to wear around and is not noticeable at all. I wish I wouldn't have wasted my money on so many other holsters before I found this one. I would definitely recommend this holster to anyone who wishes to carry concealed. My husband is getting the Flashbang Capone to carry a larger weapon concealed. This holster is well worth your money.
Posted by Brandy on 22nd Aug 2014
I purchased this in the past and loved it. Had to exchange it because the threads were coming undone and the customer service was fantastic. They got back to me very quickly and exchanged it for another. I really enjoy this IWB holster for my Bersa Thinder .380.
Posted by Mary Johnson on 31st Jul 2014
I love my new ava holster, I have never carried on my body before, the first day I carried all day! Very soft and comfortable!!
Would highly reccommend
Posted by Ellen on 15th Jul 2014
Love this holster! VERY comfortable to wear
Posted by Rachel on 24th Jun 2014
I am impressed with how well this holster distributes the weight of my Kimber Solo CDP. Makes it very comfortable to carry all day. I have very sensitive skin, so it took a few days of wearing it for the leather to soften up enough that it didn't irritate me, but it was well worth sticking it out! I prefer to wear it with a belt. It was easy to adjust to get the perfect fit. I would definitely buy the Ava again!
Posted by Mrs. Munnster on 20th Jun 2014
I received my Ava within a week from when i placed the order. it is very comfortable. it can be worn with or without a belt and it stays in place. I have the LC380 and i really like the adjustability of the ava. i was not used to wearing in the waistband.
my husband has spent alot of money trying to find the perfect ccw in the waist band holester. so i am glad that he found this one for me and did not have to spend alot of $ to do it. i would recommend this holester to my friends and family. a few times, i forgot that i was wearing it and that says alot. great price. i have only had it a few weeks but i hope that it will be durable and last a really long time.
Posted by Barb Miller on 6th May 2014
This holster is awesome. I have a Springfield XDS and have a few other holsters and this is by far the best one for a 5'1" gal. Going to order one for my S&W M & P compact!
Posted by G B on 20th Mar 2014
This holster is well built and works well. It is slightly difficult to place but the more it is used the easier this will be. The service at Gun Goddess is the best. It is definitely 5 stars out of 5, 10 out of 10 or even better than that.
Posted by jenn on 26th Feb 2014
I couldn't be happier with my purchase of the Ava holster! It is super comfortable, right out of the packaging! I can only imagine that it will become more and more comfortable as time goes by! I forget that I have it on me at times :)
Posted by Terri McCasland on 4th Jan 2014
This is my second purchase from Gun Goddess. I purchased this, because I was hoping for less shifting. I have an office job, and wore The Betty. I found that the holster and my Ruger LC380 shifted too often, and can become uncomfortable. The Ava is so comfortable that I sometimes forget I have my gun on me. The only bad thing about this holster is the gun sits loosely in the holster and there is no click to secure the weapon. I have considered heating up the Kydex and compressing it a tad more.
Posted by Dianna on 22nd Nov 2013
My husband bought the Ava for my gun and I love it. It is so comfortable that I sometimes forget I have my gun on me. I am telling everyone I know about this holster.
Posted by Miki on 7th Nov 2013
I was a little skeptical of this, but no longer. I am short and have difficulty concealing my gun. I bought 2 avas, one for my XDs and one for my M&P Shield. I haven't gotten to use the one for my XDs due to the recall, but I love the one for the Shield. My gun is fully concealed without any poking or discomfort. I highly recommend it.
Posted by Heather on 31st Oct 2013
This is my second purchase with GG. I purchased this, because I was hoping for less shifting. I have an office job, and wore The Betty. I found that the holster, and my Glock 27 shifted too often, and can become uncomfortable.
I have worn Ava everyday this week. I am absolutely tickled! This holster has impressive concealment. It is also VERY comfortable! I have forgotten many times that I even had it on. It stays put, and minimal adjusting is required. The one friend in my office who knows I carry (he does, too), asked me if I had stopped carrying, because he couldn't see the pistol at all anymore. He's now thinking of ordering one for himself. He's just trying to get past the purple suede leather. :-)
If you want to carry discreetly and comfortably, this is an excellent choice!
Posted by Cindy on 17th Sep 2013
I bought the Ava for use with a Beretta .25. I am 5"2' and have difficulty comfortably concealing any pistol.
The Ava is a thinner inside the pant holster that is extremely comfortable right out of the bag.
The weapon rides higher than other brands of similar style. Because of that, I can position it further forward and more easily accessible for me.
I have not had any problems with "leather squeak", it is quiet. It seems to conform better than other thicker leather brands which is nice and
adds to comfort. The metal belt loops are not set in a particular position or angle and only have one pivot point on each side. This is nice because you can move them one side or the other of the loops
on your pants.
I have noted two negatives:
1) When removing the holster, caution is urged. Because there is only one pivot point on each side, It would be easy to rip the bolt through the leather. I would recommend you add a washer on the inside of the holster to distribute any pressure on removal.
2) The gun sits loosely in the holster and there is no click to secure the weapon. I have considered heating up the plastic and compressing it a tad more.
Having tested several different types of holsters, I would recommend you give this a try. Unfortunately I can not comment on it's ability or comfort for larger weapons.
Posted by Jennifer on 5th Sep 2013
As my first time carrying concealed, I wanted a holster I could depend on. I read reviews, saw you tube videos and decided on the Ava to hold my Beretta Nano. I thought for sure just like the gun, I would have to try out many before I found that perfect fit.
Not so, and maybe I got lucky, but the Ava fits in all of my pants comfortably. I can drive, walk, run, and pull the gun with ease and confidence. It is large enough to be smooth against my skin but large enough to make me feel like the gun has a safe place to live when I walk the dogs, hold the kids or carry groceries.
It is a truly wonderful holster. Thank you!
Posted by Michelle on 30th Aug 2013
I am very satisfied with my Ava holster. Being a very small framed woman I was having trouble finding a holster that fit me, was easy to conceal a weapon on me and that was comfortable until now. I love this holster an highly recommend it. I have a Glock 26 which is isn't easy to conceal when you are small, but this holster made it easier and is great.
Posted by Jackie on 13th Aug 2013
I purchased this to practice my conceal carry with a glock 26. The gun fit perfectly, I love that I don't have to wear a belt with it if I don't want to. It molds great to my curves. Sadly, I decided to go with a Springfield XD-s because its thinner and it doesn't fit this holster right! But I am keeping it in hopes that if I decide to competition shoot I can use it for the bigger glocks! :) Also if I need to conceal carry a bigger gun I will use this hoster.
Posted by 357girl on 6th Jul 2013
Love this holster, it is comfortable which I was not expecting. Had always carried in a purse before but was looking for an easier option on the body. I am a large framed woman, so it was hard to try and carry in a regular on the belt holster and not end up printing. The ava works great for me in the four o clock position with a loose top.
Posted by b kelso on 20th Jun 2013
This is a great item. My husband had a men's version and he suggested I try the womens version. This is a great item, it takes a couple days to get use to it, but I like it. There was a small issue with the one I received, but I contacted GunGoddess and Athena sent me a replacement and went above and beyond to make sure I got a good holster. I would recommend this to anyone!
Posted by Cindy M. on 27th May 2013
I love this holster. Not only is it soft and comfortable..with me I am short and small so there isn't a lot of room from top of my pants to the bend Iin my hip...this just fits and my Colt 45 Defender has plenty of room at the angle it sits on my hip. I will be ordering more for my other guns and would highly recommend anyone to buy and enjoy it. 5 stars for sure!
Posted by Unknown on 24th May 2013
I just got it this week and after wearing it 2 days, as the leather is breaking in, it's loosening and my gun slips out of the holster way too easy. :( Also one of the clips got stretched out and doesn't hold to my pants anymore!
GunGoddess Response: That is not something that should happen with the Ava. Reviews do not capture customer information. Please get in touch so that we can figure out if something went wrong with your particular holster during production, and so that we can replace it for you.
Posted by Bobby on 20th May 2013
I absolutely love my Ava IWB holster. It is so comfy that I almost forget that I have it on. I got it to carry my Sig P238 and it is perfect. I tried a couple others out and was not at all happy with them but after hours of research I happened across The Ava and was sold! I cannot say enough nice things about it.
Posted by Unknown on 17th May 2013
I'm still working on finding the best location on my waist to wear this, but the holster itself is very comfortable and sturdy. Very happy with my purchase
Posted by Laura Olson on 22nd Feb 2013
I wear it everyday with my compact 1911 and it is wonderful. It is much smaller than the one that I was wearing of my husband's and fits like a glove. It wraps around my hips and is extremely comfortable to wear.
I have recommended it to all my friends and family. If you want to be comfortable with your everyday carry, you will definitely want to get one of these.
Posted by Unknown on 28th Dec 2012
I think it will work great on larger women