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Concealed Carry Holster for Fat Guys

FATConcealed Carry has its challenges for everybody…no one is immune from the issues that arise; however, what would be a problem for one person is not necessarily a problem for another. There is a perception, perhaps most among those who carry extra weight, that there must be a best concealed carry holster for fat guys. Since most of us aren’t doing marathons like the guy in the picture on the left…we’re usually less active and less active usually means less exposure of the weapon. Speaking of running, I have a joke among the kids in my extended family, I ask them “What does it mean if you see Papa Dave running?” The answer they all respond is, “You’re out of ammo.”

Let’s be real, skinny guys FatNOTguyhave problems too trying to figure out where to position their guns. Consider this “poor” guy on the right, what will he do? Where the heck could he possibly hide anything larger than a handkerchief? You see, you’re not the only one with an issue with concealment…haven’t you ever considered why the military and police wear baggy battle fatigues, it’s to hide what’s concealed.

Nevertheless, while there is certainly an increase in girth among the heavier fellows, it doesn’t mean each one is going to face a great deal of difficulty when deciding to carry concealed. There are many variables to consider. Think about it, some people sweat a lot, but others hardly sweat at all…moisture rusts guns; hence, guys who sweat a lot have a problem to solve.

FatGuySome guys wear their belts over their belly, other wear it on the belly  and others wear it below the belly, sort like the guy to the left, if he were wearing a belt. Where you put your belt will affect the conceal-ability of the firearm. There are as many styles of dress as there are people; hence, some leave their shirts hanging out, others tucked in and there are those who wear tucked-in with a sweater, vest or jacket (again our friend at the right).

I’ve been concealed carrying for decades and I’m 305 lbs and just over 5″10″…can you get the picture (No! I am not in any of these pictures)?  When individuals first consider concealed carry, they fall into an almost paranoia that others will see their weapon, and a reasonable amount of concern is justified. But the fact is, people are not looking for your weapon and unless you are wearing something that forces the outline of the gun to stand out, called “printing” it probably will never be observed. Now, you have to consider what clothes do when moving; hence, if your weapon is barely covered by a shirt and you bend over, you’ve got problems.

You’re probably thinking I’m just rambling without an answer to the dilemma FatGuyScaleof the Best Concealed Carry Holster for fat guys, and if you thought that, you’d be wrong…ask my wife, I always have an opinion. Due to our natural girth, which already extends further from our center point than others, we have to be careful not to disrupt the natural side silhouette of the body…that space between the body and our arms…can you see the space in the photo to the right? No, but if his arms were down you might…NOT! You can’t have daylight shinning through one side and not the other…people might wonder what is causing the difference; but consider this, most people wear cellphones today, therefore the majority of people might just categorize it in their mind as a cellphone.

Now To Actual Holsters

DeSantis E-Gat
E-Gat

Personally as a “fat guy”, I would not use an on the waistband (OWB) holster unless it was made specifically to draw the butt of the gun in towards the body, such as the DeSantis E-Gat design which has a belt loop on the body of the holster and a posterior loop that draws the grip of the gun in towards the body.

My preference, instead, would be an inside the waistband (IWB) holster, minimalist in design. There are many clips that are made to fasten directly on the gun and become part of it; however, in my experience, they are normally sold for the smaller sized .380 – 9 mm guns. While I once purchase one, I sold the gun before installing it (which I believe is a rather straight-forward process).

VersaCarry
Versa Carry

A simple clip-like design but more substantial and separate from the weapon itself, is the VersaCarry, as seen above, is a plastic unit that drops down inside the pant line with a plug onto which the barrel of the gun sits. I use one of these attached to a mattress plate to hold my “night-time” weapon close at hand.

DeSantisSofTuckRevolverOn my person, I prefer a holster with enough material-weight to put a barrier between the gun and my body so as to minimize discomfort, perspiration and possible chaff, such as the DeSantis Sof-tuck, a holster I’ve mentioned on other pages on the website. This model holster fitted, of course, to my particular carry weapon is the holster I use ninety-percent of the time.

Then there is the inside the pocket (ITP) holster that may be a good possibility keeping in mind the limitations of caliber and accessibility that such a holster presents. I believe I

PocketPants
GUNizer

have references and links to this type of holster under the category “Holsters By Type” but I’ll reference another, the GUNizer, here for your convenience.

What do I think about crossdraw, small of the back and shoulder holsters for fat guys. I’d summarize in the words of a little green creature promoting a product on a tv ad, that says: “Forget it!”

FatGuyShldrSince there is a physical girth protruding anteriorly (up front), one would have to overcome that dimension in order to reach both the crossdraw and the shoulder holster…shoulder holsters are sexy…we think of Don Johnson in Miami Vice right? Well, I’ve tried the shoulder holster and it was anything but sexy. The weapon actually fell back so far under the arm that, to be frank, I couldn’t reach across my stomach and chest far enough to get a proper purchase on the weapon in order to make its use safe for me and others.

I’ve never tried a crossdraw but to me, the gun would sit in front, just as it is in the picture above left, of what is already protruding and way too much in view for my taste.

UPDATE: Recently I read an article in the Concealed Carry magazine discussing crossdraw holsters and I considered I might be wrong…huh?  Literally last night I took my blackhawk holster for my S&W M&P Shield and reconfigured the belt loop to the other side, placing the holster just left of my belt buckle almost horizontal with the belt…I could comfortably place my hand on the grip without issue. I then practiced the author’s technique of bring the weak hand over to meet the drawing hand, both hands then direct the weapon forward…surprised!!! It worked and without a major sweep horizontally but rather almost swiftly directing the weapon at the target. While Amazon does not offer the holster I utilized, it is available from the manufacturer, it is the Blackhawk Standard A.R.C. IWB Holster.

Here is a photo:

Finally, the small of the back holster (SOB). While I’ve never tried one, I can’t imagine trying to sit against a chair with a gun in the center of my back against my spine. In addition, the process of drawing the gun has its barrel sweep over one’s buttock, back, posterior thigh then around past anything to one’s side before bringing it into a position next to the body…I am NOT an expert, I’m a gun carrying enthusiast grandfather…but to me, knowing what I know about how the body reacts to stress, I wouldn’t want to risk my butt (literally) getting shot while I was trying to bring my gun into a firing position.  I am so convinced that the last three holsters are NOT the way to go for a “fat guy”, you’ll notice I have not provided any brands or links…enuf said!

When I substitute-taught high school years ago at a boys correctional school, I used to finish each class with the remark: Are there any thoughts, questions, comments or threats? Well, whether you like the ad above or not, leave your comments.

Papa Dave

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The Armed American Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense – Review

ArmedAmericanProduct: The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense – Review
Publisher: Concealed Carry University
Best Warranty/Return Policy/Source @ $199.00: Amazon
My Rating: 9.5 on a scale of 0-10 scale

This is a review of the training program known as The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense.

Positives:

Uniqueness of this Training Program

Expertise in the area of weapons is most commonly found among former or current military and police, and it should encourage us to know that our forces are well schooled in this area. Regrettably though, when it comes time for the average Joe or Jane to be exposed to training in the use of weapons, it is often found that the instructors only know how to deal with training from the military/police perspective and perceive, and sometimes even treat, the average citizen as if they were a “grunt in the final weeks of military boot camp”. This is not the sense you will get from the training offered in The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense. This ‘Complete’ Guide is perfect for Beginner, Moderate, and Advanced skill levels. Whether you enter the program never having fired a handgun before or if you have carried as a private citizen or police officer for years, I can assure you, you will learn something valuable.

The Instructor

Patrick Kilchermann boasts no military, police or any other kind of systematized training background, he is not some “over-the-hill” pumped up commando…nor is he cocky or aggressive. He merely reports that at one point in his life, as he says “I found myself kneeling on the floor with a gun at my head and vowed never to go down in such a wimpy way again”…that day he was lucky. As a result, he decided he would become the best at self-defense and he would teach others similarly…some have lamented his lack of “professional” training…well, “professionals” usually do that, they “put down” those they consider less professional then themselves (normally to enhance their own image). I seriously noted their criticisms and found they never challenged Patrick on any fundamentally important issue but only on minor, insignificant things dealing with stuff they had “dogmatized” as being significant. You will not be humiliated, diminished or insulted in any way, Patrick is kind and respectful. In his teaching, he presents facts not opinions and he clearly has no loyalties to any specific handgun manufacturers, calibers, or methods of instruction, etc. As one report states: This program submits itself to the reality of a violent attack, and expects only that the viewer will as well”.

Pat is a relatively young man, highly passionate and obviously skilled in the art he has decided to master. His sincerity, integrity and character are clearly in evidence. Some criticize Pat’s background and involvement in other areas prior to taking up this challenge, as if in so doing it somehow diminishes the value and effectiveness of his presentation. If that is the case, then FrontSight, Inc. one of the nations premiere firearms training facilities with locations in Alaska and Nevada should be shut down because its founder and director, Dr. Ignatius Piazza, is a former practicing chiropractor…actually one article I researched for this review also claimed Patrick is a chiropractor…which ended up being wrong, so how much more of his review was accurate(?), nevertheless, maybe their prejudices have gotten away from them and they’re getting their highly-skilled, gun-totting educators confused. Nevertheless, hog wash, be cautious of those who declare themselves “professionals”.

The Training Program

The training is highly organized, deals first with fundamental issues, debunking up to 20 commonly held myths of the gun community…a few I myself held to be true until I considered his logic and proof. This program is comprehensive; some might say full-spectrum, dealing with mindset and myth debunking all the way through range training and gear selection. Understand, no two people will usually agree completely on anything, especially in the highly opinionated gun community, so be sure there will be nay-Sayers challenging his take on things but what I can say in all sincerity is that Pat’s teaching, in my opinion, is honest, sincere, accurate and thorough.

Does it teach you everything you need to know? Heck no! It is a topic just too full of particulars for any one program to do it all. Are there better programs? Probably! Can you get the better programs for the same cost or less. If you can, I haven’t found them!

For what Pat offers, you will not touch the thoroughness, comprehensiveness, or attention to detail for anything less than several hundreds of dollars more. Will you still need comprehensive range time? I hope you will! …it is the nature of the beast. Do I think you will be able to do less range time as a result of this training? I do.

In addition to the program, The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense, Pat also offers another program called Master Handgun Mastery; however, I haven’t been exposed to it at this time. You can be sure I will review it in the future.

Negatives: This is a long program. It is 7 DVDs, each one being at least two hours. Pat might have been trained in the art of preaching because he utilizes a common preaching technique, which is: Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them. While it does make the training long and repetitive, it is done so people remember the training more easily and I believe it is effective.

Summary: One of the greatest dangers in the concealed carry community is the presence of a false sense of confidence. The thinking that “since I have a gun, I am safer, competent and able to handle all circumstances that will come my way”. If a program does nothing but change this deadly mindset, it is well worth the price of the program…after all, one hour with a good attorney will cost you more than the cost of this program. Some have said this program should be mandatory for all concealed carry permit holders. Perhaps, but certainly it should be the standard against which all other programs are judged.

Permit me to say one more thing. The criticism has been made that Patrick has gleaned materials from many sources which are commonly available (yes and therefore you and I don’t have to do that work), packaged them in a slick DVD format (it is slick and well done and I’m sure cost a fortune to produce) and offered them to the unsuspecting public (let the buyer beware, they say). What offends those who criticize Patrick, I believe is that he hasn’t paid their little gun instructors clique any money for his expertise…how dare he? He didn’t pay homage to the “self appointed powers that be”…I say, “Good for him!”…true American entrepreneur-ism.

While this training program can be found at various sources, some perhaps even cheaper, I prefer Amazon because if you are dissatisfied (maybe you decide Patrick didn’t deliver) with a purchase for whatever reason, Amazon make returns, refunds or exchanges relatively painless.

Let me know what you think. Do you agree with my review? If you have gone through the program and disagree, please offer your insights.

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More At Home Training

As promised, I am adding more options for at home training. This time I’m moving away from the electronic/mechanical and moving more to the use of Laser Target Practice Systems that are computer assisted.

ArmedAmerican
The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense

But before I get into those specifics, I want to mentioned something else. I have been exposed to a truly valuable resource in the concealed carry self-defense arena. It has to do with a comprehensive training in understanding all aspects of concealed carry and self-defense. It is seven CDs divided into three parts: Mindset, Training and Gear and it is called The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense…now, that’s a mouthful. I am often asked where I gathered the knowledge I have. Truth be told, it started at around twenty-six years old and has been happening ever since…so, simple answer is “I don’t know where it all came from”. But the program I am mentioning is going to provide you with a very comprehensive exposure to so much, possibly more, than I have been learned over the years. Having been seen this program recently I purchased it and have every intention of sharing it with family, friends and members of my church community…it is one of the “gifts” I have, that I share with others. Again, it is called The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense. Look for a review of this program in short order.

Now onto other computer assisted Laser Target Practice Systems for your consideration.

LASR
L.A.S.R Laser Activated Shot  Reporter

I’d like to introduce you to, what I consider to be the top of the line in at-home dry fire practice, the L.A.S.R. Laser Activated Shot Reporter. While there are other computer assisted programs available, the vast majority of them are very expensive and considered by most to be realistically only affordable by those with a commercial interest. L.A.S.R., on the other hand, is within the financial reach of most individuals. It uses advances in the field of computer vision to “see” the laser from your training aide and record the exact location of your shot. This unique system also provides a shot timer for the added benefit of working on timed drills, as well as numerous other features and modes to help you get more from your dry fire training. L.A.S.R. is versicle and allows up to nine shooters at the same time. It’s strength is that it tracks shot time and placement and works with all laser training guns with red or green lasers. The laser gun or laser cartridge to fit your actual weapon would be additional…see the previous post for info on the laser gun and laser cartridges.

Operating system requirements: Windows Vista, Service Pack 2 or newer (Including Windows 7 or 8) CPU: 1.0 GHz or higher RAM: At least 2.0 GB of RAM Webcam.

 

 

 

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At Home Training

I know this is not the primary topic of my website but there are factors associated with concealed carry that become glaringly significant as I decide what material to consider. After all, if one of my readers would not survive a hostile confrontation, their loss becomes part of our loss. So, as I continue building my niche, Carry Holsters 4 Professionals, there may come various times that I believe some other topic is more important than holster material, style or side of carry.

Today I want to discuss the topic of training at home…assuming you do not have a range in your basement or on your property. With the every spiraling cost and scarcity of ammunition these days, it is a stretch for the average person, even if he/she had the time, to handle the cost of regular visits to the gun range.

Dry Firing Method

The first method of home training would be the simple “dry firing” exercises. These require no more than some snap caps and a safe, controlled environment. The snap caps are “bullet-like” cartridges in the caliber of your gun that are placed in the weapon primarily to protect the firing mechanism, especially the firing pin. They are sold at most locations that sell firearms and gun supplies. If you are someone who prefers to purchase online, Amazon carries snap-caps but be careful, I’ve linked to Amazon for 9 mm snap caps but like everything else to do with firearms you have to get the size for your particular weapon. There are also books and tapes sold on how to properly develop an at-home dry-fire practice session…just remember, if you forget to remove a round from the chamber just once, someone could die.

DryFireBook
Dry-Fire Training by Ben Stoeger

Hence, the reason there are books and other resources, so you don’t ever make that once-in-a-lifetime mistake. Dry fire is the simplest and most cost affective method of developing skill with your firearm.

Truth be told, everyone should engage in dry fire practice on a somewhat routine basis even if they decide to get into the other training methods and to assist you, you might consider the book noted by Ben Stoeger, Dry-Fire Training.

 

Dry Firing Electronically

There are those of us, though, who desire a more substantial training regimen than just stationary simple dry fire. Fortunately there are companies who provide services and products for gun enthusiasts  offering a number of rather sophisticated options for in home training. While there are systems costing thousands of dollars that can be installed in your basement recreation area or garage and more than likely require financing plans to afford; there are other products to be had by the vast majority of people that will normally be under the Five Hundred mark and it is these that I have decided to look into. The products I have noted will essentially go from least to most expensive and for your convenience I have provided links to what I consider to be the best source to purchase them.

LaserLyte Plinking Cans

PlinkingCans
LaserLyte Plinking Cans

These are three Plinking Cans you set up about your “shooting area”. Then using either the LaserLyte Pistol or the LaserLyte Trainer Cartridge (insert) you commence to target practice. When hit with a laser from any of the LaserLyte training cartridges or other laser trainer tools, the cans react by jumping up and falling over just as a real can would. This reaction is all powered by a 9V battery (included) and a spring loaded plunger released by a solenoid. To reset the cans, simply stand them up and depress the plunger. All this fun sells for just under $80 and if you find it at Amazon, sometimes you can get it used for even a sweeter deal.

LaserLyte Target Trainer

LaserTarget
LaserLyte Target Trainer

This is a single LaserLyte Target Trainer system that responds to your accurate hits with a residual “red dot” on the target that you display by “hitting” one of the small targets below. The other small target allows you to reset the target from your shooting position… being smaller they also challenge your aiming since they are essentially the size the the 10 ring on the primary target. Since this Trainer does not have a weapon included, you would have to secure either a LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Compact Training pistol or a Laserlyte Laser Trainer Cartridge in your weapon’s caliber (the one linked to is for 9 mm).

 

LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit

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LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit

The LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit includes everything a shooter needs for realistic laser training anytime, anywhere. The Training Tyme Kit includes the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Compact Training pistol, the LaserLyte Reaction Tyme Target and the laserLyte Laser Trainer Pro.

 

 

LaserLyte Bullseye Target/Gun Laser Training Kit

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LaserLyte Bullseye Target

The Bullseye Training Kit includes the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Pistol, the LT-PRO universal pistol laser trainer and TLB-1 Laser Target. The Trigger Tyme Pistol is approximately the size of a Glock 23. The 5.5 lb. approximate simulated trigger pull has a take-up and break action just like a real firearm but the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme pistols cannot accept or fire real ammunition.

 

LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit With 3 RT Targets

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LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit

Included in the LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit are Targets (3), a Trigger Tyme Compact Training Pistol and a LT-PRO Pistol Laser Trainer. Everything anyone needs to train, teach or just have fun anywhere, anytime.

 

 

Other Products Soon

I will be researching other, more sophisticated, computer based programs to present in the near future. Be Safe and tell me what you think of this latest post.

 

Feedback

Has this post been of any help to you? Do you currently have any home-based products to improve your skills? If not, are you considering getting any now?

 

 

 

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Should Everyone Conceal Carry?

CorsetWhtLaceFrontWow! If you’ve been reading my other posts and checked out my website, I bet you think you know my answer to this question, especially if you read the post titled “Will You Actually Carry?”.

Ok, it’s no secret that I am fiercely committed to personal concealed carry and for promoting it among the vast majority of good, law-abiding citizens, most especially in the United States where our very Constitution guarantees this right. I’m in favor of Moms protecting their kids just as much as Dads and I don’t see much difference; hence, my many posts relating to concealed carry for women.

So, why now ask the question should everyone conceal carry? Simple. While everyone, in my opinion should, not everyone is willing to invest the time and effort to become proficient with a handgun. So many think all they have to do is get the permit, get the holster and the gun and when the problem arises, they will magically rise to the occasion. There’s a word for this but it’s not appropriate on this forum. Studies show we are half as good when under duress as we are on our best day at the range.

There’s a few old jokes out there. One is of the old lady who, at a county board meeting, goes up to the Sheriff and says, “Sheriff, I see you have your 45 strapped on, are you expecting trouble?” “No Mame”, the Sheriff replies, “If I was expecting trouble, I would have brought my 12 gauge.” Now that joke probably fell right on it’s face but here’s the point…no handgun is easily capable of doing the job of taking down a big, angry, drugged up ticked off man unless one delivers two rounds to the center mass of the chest for starters.

TargetRangeSo, you might say, “When I go to the range, I can easily do that.” Right, at the range. Nobody is threatening you, punching you, running after you, pushing you against the wall, going for your gun or strangling you AT THE RANGE! You pull the trigger as often as you like with the target sitting exactly where you put it. What if that target could come after you and began to attack you, moving all over the place…sounds stupid, I know. Here’s the fact…bad guys don’t quietly, unassumingly stand still for you to shoot them…that’s why they’re “bad guys”. In a matter of seconds, they’re all over you like, as they say “white on rice”. In three to five SECONDS the entire hostile part can START AND BE OVER…except the cleanup.

Yes, it is my intention to scare you. This is serious business…your life, the lives of your loved ones and the life of the bad guy, maybe even innocent bystanders, are on the line.

DON’T CARRY IF YOU’RE NOT COMMITTED TO PROFICIENCY UNDER ALL CONDITIONS. Nobody starts out with that type of proficiency but we all must be committed to ongoing skill improvement, as we progress on these topics, I will be discussing this one even further; of course, you could always just cower and decide to be the victim.

What is your plan to continually improved your proficiency or do you think what your State requires is sufficient?

 

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Concealed Carry Purses For Women – Price Differences

Price Variations
If you’ve been following along with the various posts related to concealed carry purses for women and spent any time researching product availability, you’ve probably noticed there is a wide gap between the lowest priced purse versus the highest priced models. This might lead you to question if it is only gun-related items that run so high or if there are actually some factors involved that might contribute to this reality.

Standard Variants
When I spoke to my wife about this topic she told me I had to consider the normal variants affecting the manufacture of various accessory items; such as materials, fabrics, zippers, snaps, hardware, amount and type of stitching. She said all this affects the cost to the manufacturer. She then told me what appears to be an identical blouse purchased from one store could easily be double at another.

The “Prada” Influence
The_devil_wears_prada_logotipoAll of that reminded me of the movie my wife “forced” me to sit through, “The Devil Wears Prada”. In one scene, Anne Hathway’s character is demeaning the “snootiness” of the “Prada” crowd only to be taken down by Meryl Streep’s character telling her that even the dowdy-double knit sweater she was wearing and bought at one of the cheap “marts” was a knock-off of the Prada line the year before. The cost of design, of style or fashion sense will certainly add to the cost.

The Tactical Influence
There is though another influence that might well be driving up the cost of a particular purse you are considering. The manufacturers who consider the best concealed carry methods for women are going to take into consideration the tactical situations an individual might encounter. You might find some purses have locking zippers or closures to protect your weapon against accidental exposure. PurseCC8

Another important addition is the use of a wire cable through the shoulder strap. This is valuable to protect against a potential “snatch and grab” event where the thief uses a knife to cut the purse strap off the victim’s shoulder. The wires are usually of sufficient grade to prevent cutting in this manner. Observe the presence of the cable in the above photo as well as the quality of the stitching and the anchoring to the hardware.

Hey be truthful, do you really care about the “look” of your purse or do you see it merely in a functional way, especially regarding the matter of concealed carry?

 

 

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Concealed Carry Purses For Women

Best Concealed Carry Method For Women

RugerFannyThe topic of concealed carry purses often comes up when discussing the best concealed carry method for women. There was a time when the available options for concealed carry purses was very limited…perhaps I should say, very, very limited. Actually, I believe there was a time when the only option was a fanny pack or a big old knitting bag. There is no doubt in my mind that women, in circumstances they considered dangerous for either themselves or their children, have for eons stuck their little 22s, 25s and 32s in their regular purses to handle the potential dangers…but that isn’t our topic here…here we deal with the aspects of assisting women with legal concealed carry options.

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Carry Purse Options Have Exploded Recently

Today, the landscape has changed drastically. In the last ten years or so I’ve read of women accessories designers who have left corporate America and started their own businesses designing fashion-sensitive carry purses for all types of ladies, from all forms of occupations…it is really quite unique.

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Gosen Leather-Grey Carry Purse
GunTotenLeatherBwn
Gun Tote’n Mamas Leather Flat Sac
Handbag Concho With Matching Wallet
Texas West Western Ostrich

 

 

 

 

 

Several years ago I remember my daughter engaging in a search for a concealed carry purse that would meet her needs as a health care professional. I can’t say, off the top of my head, what she decided upon or whether or not she made a purchase but I do know it was a topic of concern for several weeks.

Practicality of Concealed Carry Purses

The carrying of a weapon in a purse certainly makes clothing choices much easier…no concern for bulges or the weapon “imprinting”; however, having the weapon in a purse separates it from your person and this is problematic in that you must keep constant vigil as to the location of the purse. In addition, others have as much access to your weapon as you do unless you hold it fiercely against your body.

That behavior in itself might draw too much attention to your purse. Fact is, if you look at some of the pictures of the purses, they are almost made to strap over the shoulder with the body of the purse over the abdomen…probably a very comforting sense on a dark street late at night but a little strange in the middle of the work day. You must also consider thieves grab purses and run.

A Good Choice Among Limited Options

While there is certainly a place for a concealed carry purse, I would suggest they be used as a specialty item for when a tactical holster is not possible…sort of like a pocket holster for a man, limited access, small caliber but sometimes the only option.

Back to carry purses, It is regrettable but one does not have to think back very far to bring to mind some really tragic outcomes with a mother and her toddler using this carry method. Constant, vigilant control of one’s weapon is, I believe, the safest method of concealed carry for all involved.

Has the availability of the various methods of concealed carry influenced your decision one way or the other?

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Concealed Carry Holsters for Women

Bravo for the Ladies!

What a wonderful thing to see so many women today asserting their willingness to assume responsibility for their safety and that of loved ones by developing the skills necessary to take up arms and be prepared if and when the need arises.

History Shows Women Are Better Marksmen

It has long been a demonstrable fact that females exhibit much better skills with firearms than their male counterparts; hence, it is important to determine what is the most effective concealed carry holsters for women. Belle_Starr,_1886

Consider in the photo above, one Belle Starr, known throughout all of Arkansas and other parts for her skill at arms and, obviously the size of her sidearm. I can assure you, considering the look on her face, I certainly wouldn’t want to get on her bad side.

Can I offer YOU any advice in the matter?

Nevertheless, as a male writing for females, I had to consider whether or not I was the best person to write an introduction concerning concealed carry holsters for women. Since you are reading this, you may assume that, at least for the present time, I couldn’t find enough reasons why I shouldn’t or I couldn’t find a female willing to write it for me.

Other than my experience in my local church, I have very little experience wearing dress-like garments; however, today it has to be observed that many women do not either. (So, if you are a female not inclined to dresses or pant suits and are much more comfortable in khakis and plaid shirts, feel free to consider all of the options I will be discussing with the men.) Of course, I am aware that there are professional women who routinely wear a skirt as part of their daily attire. Fact is, I am not so much concerned with the type of garments worn by women as much as the color and fabric types. Men generally wear darker and heaver fabrics then women do. I can’t tell you the last time I wore a sheer peach colored top or a pair of fitted pants where the outline of the pocket was clearly visible.

The potential “fatal” mistake…

These issues are often resolved, I fear, by leaving the weapon in the center console or trunk of the car which, in my opinion, is a really big mistake. The other option too often employed by many is to keep the weapon in the purse. But just so you know there are numerous options, consider this option as a possibility…see, you don’t have to dress like old Belle Starr:

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I have to admit, as I write, I believe I’ve got my work cut out for me. All I can say is, I have a lovely professional wife and a talented professional daughter…both of whom will, I hope, provide insights for me as I strive to assist you with your concealed carry dilemmas.

Share Your Thoughts

Are you willing to give me a hand on this topic, any personal thoughts? What do you think of the beautiful lace corset holsters above, would you wear one? To comment, just click on the “comment” link below.

Photo Credits
Photo of Belle Starr: By Roeder Bros. (Heritage Auctions) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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