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Real World Conceal Carry for Woman?

Discussion in 'Women Shooters' started by Morpheus, May 9, 2016.

  1. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    Greetings,
    I've been a firearms instructor for several years now and one of the questions I've struggled to answer is "What are practical safe methods for a woman to carry concealed?"

    Being a male instructor, I have a few suggestions but nothing real world based. One of my fellow instructors has suggestions but she too is looking for other input.

    I'm posting here to gain in sight about how woman are really conceal carrying, and not just ads trying to sell the next gadget holster.

    Please, I would love some feedback.

    PS: If I'm breaking a rule for posting, please tell me and I'll get out of your sub-forum.
     
  2. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    My wife uses a purse with a built in holster with trigger guard. I also have a elastic holster from Pistolwear that we both like. Handy if no pockets or belts. on the plus side, if worn on the outside of clothes it looks like a fanny pack and no one suspects it
    http://www.pistolwear.com/
     
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  3. v0lcom13sn0w

    v0lcom13sn0w Keizer, or Well-Known Member

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    i would like some suggestions i could pass onto my wife! i like the purse idea
     
  4. Morpheus

    Morpheus Columbia Gorge Anyway, back on the farm.

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    I've always tried to steered clear anyone from off the body carry. A purse can be taken or forgotten. That part worries me.

    Thoughts?
     
  5. jim97701

    jim97701 Bend Well-Known Member

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    I totally agree, a purse is the LAST place a gun should be carried. A purse is the first thing many crooks will go for and how many times have you seen a woman shopping with their purse unattended in a shopping cart?. You may lose your cash, credit cards and your concealed carry weapon which would be very bad, but it could be much worse for the crooks next victim because you just provided him a nice loaded gun!. Carrying a gun is a great responsibility and it is the carriers duty to have their weapon on their person and under their control! Anything else is negligent and begging for trouble.
     
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  6. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    My dear wife started with a Bersa Thunder 380 because it has all those safeties. But that was too heavy for IWB and ended up in her purse, so I sold that and bought her a Ruger LCR38. Too lumpy, so I bought her a CCW purse with a special compartment that could lock. Since she changes purses every season that fell out of favor. I tried to steer her back to IWB with a $300 Kahr 380, but she could not rack the slide. The gun store tried to upsell her to a Glock 42 which I knew would be too big. Finally she bought herself a KelTec P32 that is only 10 ounces loaded. With a kydex clamshell holster and a UltiClip it is easy to carry in yoga pants under a loose top.
     
  7. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    This could be a real niche market.
    A concealed carry holster for women.
    Seeing as how women are built different than men , I can see a need for some new designs.
    Also most women's clothes are cut or tailored differently so getting a holster to fit and be concealed could be difficult.
    Sorry I have no suggestions.
    But I do think a holster built for a woman is a idea worth exploring.
    Andy
     
  8. BillM

    BillM Amity OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Larrytpdx Portland, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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  10. Koda

    Koda Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    crossbreed specifically makes a womens holster, supposedly its "softer"...
    https://www.crossbreedholsters.com/...ug/Womens-Appendix-Carry-Holster/Default.aspx


    agree, there are too many variables for off body EDC. Here is a good article on the subject: http://www.corneredcat.com/article/practical-issues/should-i-carry-in-my-purse/



    I also second checking out corneredcat.com, there are several articles on CC for women including holster selection...
    http://www.corneredcat.com/article/practical-issues/concealed-carry-for-the-fashionable-woman/
     
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  11. WWaGunGurl9mm

    WWaGunGurl9mm Pierce County, Wa New Member

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    I think it also should be questioned is that a lot of women who are bigger in waist size and boobage that would love to CC but it's just not Comfortable.
     
  12. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Only time my wife carried concealed it was using a Remora no clip holster. She liked that she could put it into place on many different outfits and not need a belt.
     
  13. jim97701

    jim97701 Bend Well-Known Member

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    Maybe this would work?

    http://flashbangstore.com/products/audrey-holster
     
  14. BlackRyder

    BlackRyder Edmonds Well-Known Member

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    My wife has one of the garter holsters from http://www.cancanconcealment.com/
    She really likes it, works well when she's wearing a skirt/dress.
    i think they have a belt type thing that would work with pants, iwb carry.
     
  15. NWGlockgal

    NWGlockgal Oregon Well-Known Member

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    I know several women who really like the corset holsters from Dene Adams.
     
  16. Norwestr55

    Norwestr55 Monmouth OR Deplorable Silver Supporter

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  17. defending fathers 1787

    defending fathers 1787 SW Washington Member

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    How women dress is important. Women wear different slacks and often do not have belts.
    A lot of women would benefit from the Ulticlip on their choice of holster, especially with a handgun that is 19 oz or less. My wife has a Cook's IWB holster with Ulticlip for a RM380
     
  18. x2ndxall

    x2ndxall WA Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Sounds like women have some of the same problems men do.
     
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  19. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    The Well Armed Woman has been making them for years. They fit lower on the waist so we get a longer draw than with a holster designed for a man. I have the convertible one, that can be IWB or OWB, with the removal of a couple of screws.
     
  20. Angie

    Angie Reno, NV Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I prefer to carry on my body, but I do have a CC purse for times when I can't, but I get very nervous when I use it. My current handgun is too large to carry in the summer, so I'm trying to save up for a smaller "summer gun" ( glock43 preferably). It's almost always a challenge, if I want to wear attractive, cute clothing. Dressing frumpy in baggy clothes would make it easier
     
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