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4 Gun Safety Rules

Safety, we all want to be safe. Actually, safety is probably the primary reason thousands upon thousands of Americans have made the decision to seek a concealed carry permit…we want to be safe in a very unsafe world. But that desire to be safe by using a tool such as a gun brings with it an awesome responsibility…the safe handling of your tool, and while the shirt on the left is “cute”, it doesn’t represent any of the 4 Gun Safety Rules.

In the gun community there is a basic set of rules that everyone is taught and the breaking of those rules often results in serious negative feedback from the members of the community. I have seen the 10 Basic Handgun Safety Rules, the 6 Handgun safety rules, etc., etc. Today, I’m going to deal with the most basic 4 Gun Safety Rules and we’ll leave it at that. These rules should be known and memorized until they are second nature…they may save the life of a family member or friend some day.

It would stand to reason that you wouldn’t carry a pitchfork with the points under your chin as you walked through the field nor would you hang a noose around your neck with the trail dangling as you crossed a busy street…it is obvious certain tools have inherent dangers associated with them…as do guns.

How many times have you regrettably heard a news report of a child, or sometimes even an adult, who picked up a weapon, and thinking it was unloaded, jokingly fired it in the direction of a friend or family member? Too often, sadly that is the loudest “bang” that person will ever hear!!! So these 4 Gun Safety Rules were developed to prevent what is known as an accidental discharge…an unintended firing of a weapon. And if not to prevent it, at least to minimize the negative impact should it happen nevertheless.

4 Gun Safety Rules

  1.  Never point the weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy (this is known as muzzle awareness. A gun in a holster points to the floor; it should never be outside the holster unless it is pointed at a specific target…either paper or threat. Hence, even when cleaning a gun, the owner should be certain the muzzle will not sweep past any living creature)
  2.  Treat every gun as a loaded gun…EVEN IF YOU JUST VERIFIED IT IS UNLOADED. (This creates a respect for the gun’s potential for harm and creates in your mind an aversion to ever handling the gun in a less than absolutely serious way. Understand I used to play Cowboys and Indians (sorry, Tonto) as a child. I learned these rules as an adolescent when I no longer had plastic “guns”…I do not fear of little children playing with toy guns, I did and I’ve never misused them nor have any of my children or grandchildren).
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are bringing your weapon into the position of firing. (As you train, so will you do when you are under massive physiological and psychological stress as is the case in a gun fight. It is said you will be half as good as your best day at the range…take no chances, some triggers can be activated more easily when a person is shaking or wearing a glove.)
  4. Be certain of your target and everything surrounding it. (Certainly you wouldn’t want to accidentally shoot an innocent bystander or a child or someone’s dog. It is your responsibility to be sure you know what is in front of, behind and to the sides of your target…and under stressful conditions, this is almost impossible given the nature of the physiological reaction to stress…but you are responsible nevertheless. One the bullet has left the muzzle you are responsible for everything it encounters).

These are the 4 Gun Safety Rules that are most basic within the gun community. If you are going to have a weapon in your home, your children MUST know these rules. While my own children are now grown, when my grandchildren and their friends visit, they know Papa Dave may quiz them at any time on the 4 rules. They are expected to know them because, with their parents permission, I have taught the rules to them…and they do know them. The 9 to 11 year olds are expecting to go shooting to the range with me and one of the rules laid down was that they must know these basic safety rules or they will be excluded from those events. You’d be surprised what efforts a young kid will go through in school and at home in order to be able to take a trip to the target range with their father or grandfather…a real bonding event for both the boys and girls.

Guns are tools…nothing to be afraid of unless the muzzle is pointing in your direction by the hand of someone untrained or the hand of someone intending on doing you harm. I am not afraid of a pitchfork, nor a noose…I have a righteous and appropriate fear of evil men intent on doing me harm. In the gun community we have a saying, “I am the weapon, the gun is merely one of my tools.” Observe a mother whose child is being harmed, if she doesn’t have a gun…doesn’t matter, she will do everything she can, with everything at her disposal to save her child…you see, the tool is just a tool, she becomes the weapon.

I thought of what images I could offer you to keep your interest and also what other training I could recommend. And try as I might to come up with something new, I just don’t think there is any better more comprehensive training available for under a couple hundred bucks then the training program I’ve already recommended, and reviewed, referenced below.

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

I have it and I recommend it, it is thorough, comprehensive and user-friendly. Do you think that’s a cop-out or do you know of a better training…remember it must be comprehensive and under a Two hundred?

Be safe, keep safe!

Papa Dave

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Best Concealed Carry Guns

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Ok, so if you have perused other areas of my site, you already know what I consider the best concealed carry guns available…that would be the gun you have on you when the bad guy shows up to do you harm like the guy in the video, right. No gun, no caliber, no size…nothing about a weapon will matter when the bad guy arrives if the gun is at home on the nightstand or in the center console of your vehicle. Now, we got that said. The gun ON YOU is the BEST gun.

But now let’s discuss what criteria you must consider prior to deciding which gun you will actually carry, day in and day out, in all kinds of weather and all manner of dress…even at the beach. What, you say? …bad guys go to the beach? Figure it out.

bulletarrayYou must first consider whether or not you understand enough about calibers in order to “feel” more secure with one versus another. Do you know enough to determine which caliber weapon you trust to “get the job done”.  If you know nothing about calibers, ask friends, family, spouse … or me.

One solution to this is to go to the local gun range, many ranges today have guns they rent so you can try them but realize this is not necessarily a speedy process because there are so many factors that can make significant differences. You must consider:

  • Caliber
  • Bullets
  • Gunpowder
  • Materals
  • Grip angle

And all of this BEFORE you consider conceal-ability and wear-ability.

Calibers

caliber-comparisonCaliber has to do with the size of the projectile, especially the width of the bullet. Just to illustrate, there are three categories of 9mm (diameter) ammo, two of which are shown above: the small .380 ACP on the right (aka: 380 Auto, 9mm Browning, 9mm Corto, 9mm Kurz, 9mm Short, 9×17mm and 9 mm Browning Court), the 9mm Makarov (aka: 9×18mm PM) and the most well-known 9mm Luger on the left. The differences between these three 9mm’s is 1mm in the length of the case. For further reading, see the Wikipedia article here.

Bullets

Hollow_PointsEven within the same caliber there are different bullets based on weight, shape, length and type. The image on the left shows four different bullets, all of which are hollow points. I say this to inform you of the fact that there are so many variables to consider, it’s important to work though these various considerations prior to purchasing a weapon, holster, etc. Using one caliber with one type of bullet may give you a very different shooting experience than using another…this is not to scare you but to caution you not to rush this process. Again, for further reading see the Wikipedia article here.

Gunpowder

Black_Powder_Close_UpThis is the substance that  burns within the round to create the pressure that forces the bullet to project down the barrel. Different rounds have different amounts of this powder and the amount is determined by the intended use of the round; hence, a self-defense round is different than a target round. Self-Defense rounds are specially made to stop upon impact and not penetrate beyond what they first hit, thereby minimizing the risk they will pass through your intended target and strike an innocent bystander. Never use a target load in your self-defense weapon. The manufacturers of ammo take all these things into consideration when they label their ammo. If you are confused, ask the counter person at the gun range  or gun store (regrettably, the counter person at the big box stores where they sell ammo rarely understand anything about this). More on this subject at Wikipedia, here.

Materials

Ruger LC9The easiest way to demonstrate the difference in materials is to show you one of the new “modern color” weapons. It is easy to see that the bottom of the gun (frame) is made of purple polymer (plastic) while the top of the gun is made of steel. You must take into consideration if the weapon is all steel, other metals (aluminum)or polymers (plastics)…these materials effect weight and recoil. It’s important to know so you don’t incorrectly judge one weapon over the other. What do I mean? Two handguns of the same caliber will recoil differently based on construction materials. You might like shooting an all steel Smith & Wesson  (S&W) but not like shooting the same caliber steel and polymer S&W. I was hoping to provide a reference to direct you to for further study but was unable to find one. If you know of one, please direct me to it in the comments section below.

Grip Angle

Luger P08 Ruger_P89_1

If you have ever handled a weapon, the first thing you notice is whether or not it fits “right in your hand” and this is perfectly normal. The width and feel of the gun is very important; however, that experience of it “fitting right in your hand” does not inform you as to how it will feel when you fire it. The angle of the grip, notice the different angle in the photos above, determines how much “felt recoil” you experience…whether it drives the recoil force “up and back” at the wrist or “straight back” into your arm. “Up and back” will normally put a lot of pressure on your wrist; whereas “straight back” will generally disperse the recoil into your more substantial forearm. So, for example, you might enjoy shooting a steel and polymer S&W but not like shooting the same caliber Ruger, or vice versa…they have different grip angles and this changes how much “felt recoil” you might experience.

Moving Right Along

So, why would I spend such a great amount of time on the above factors: caliber, bullets, gunpowder, materials and grip angle? The reason is I want to help you realize your decision to carry or not carry will usually be determined by you becoming convinced that the tool you use will indeed make you a more effective weapon. If you are not sure your gun will do when you press it into service, you will not bother to carry it…you must be totally convinced you have on you all that is necessary to accomplish your task. Getting these issues out of the way up front, I believe, will make deciding on the actual tool (gun) so much easier.

Once you decide on the caliber (and all the related issues pertaining), you can then start looking for the gun that fits your other needs. Choosing little or big is not the issue because these days you can get a little 45 Taurus Millennium Pro P145 (on the left below)

TaurusP145380Browning

or a big 380 Browning BDA (above right) The Taurus is under 21 ounces; while the Browning is just over 23 ounces…looking at the two pistols from the side you’d probably think the Browning is the larger caliber…so it’s easier, I think, to choose your caliber then figure out what gun will meet your conceal-ability and your wear-ability factors.

Guns Are Like Cars

Edsel
Ford Edsel
Aztek
Aztek
Ford_Pinto
Ford Pinto

Guns, to me, are similar to cars. If money is not the determining factor, we buy our cars not on what is really the best, whatever that means, but rather on how sexy they appear to us. I was astounded when the Pontiac Aztek was put in the same category of “ugly” cars as the Ford Pinto and the Ford Edsel…WHAT? There was absolutely no comparison.  I have owned two Pontiac Aztecs and loved both of them. If they still made Aztecs I’d buy one again in a heart beat. Of course, I like things that “look different”, are unique, but I also like comfort. The Aztek was exceptional, its drive was sporty, not Corvette sporty, but sporty. They had the comfort of a Buick Park Avenue and they were phenomenally versatile and not unreasonable on gas mileage. Great cars!!! But to others, they were the ugliest cars next only to Edsel, Pinto and Gremlins…go figure!

Visiting the Gun Store

When you go to get a gun there will be something in you that just “likes that one”. Whoever goes with you will “just like another one”…that’s the way it is with guns…that’s the way it is with cars.

You will “just like” one and not like the others as much. The one you “just like” will be a certain type of gun. Let me explain by using cars again.

volvo
Volvo
BMW
BMW

To me a Volvo is a very masculine vehicle and a BMW a very feminine vehicle; whereas, the Aztek was neither a masculine nor feminine vehicle, it was functional and I love functional. I wouldn’t want to drive a Volvo (older models that is, they’ve become more feminine since Ford took over their design several years ago) nor would I want to drive a BMW…I could stand a Mercedes but not a BMW. The Bentley and Rolls-Royce combine both the masculine and feminine in their vehicles…but both really are out of my league.

Nevertheless, to me it is the same with guns. There are firearms manufacturers who brilliantly combine both the masculine and the feminine in their design; normally though I consider them too expensive to carry on a daily basis…remember this, in the regrettable event of a self-defense shooting your weapon will be confiscated by the police. Recognizing this, I’ve put the limit I’m willing to have walk away at five hundred or under. But don’t be concerned for there are thousands of guns in the five hundred and below price range; for my money, the S&W M&P satisfies my likes and I’ve grown rather fond of the Springfield Armory SD models as well…but that’s just me. You have to do your own research and make your own decision. As they say in Latin, “De gustibus non in esputantes”…in matters of taste, there’s no dispute.

Summary

There are thousands of guns…big/little, lite/heavy, small caliber/large caliber…the possibilities are endless. You have to start somewhere, so I suggest you start first by ruling out caliber and all the factors I mentioned; then, start looking for what “tickles your fancy”.

Recently I read an interesting comment, the person said “Carrying a gun is comforting but not necessarily comfortable”, in the final analysis, you will buy what appeals to your sense of “sexy”…did I say that?

What do you think, would you start your gun purchasing process with a consideration of caliber or would you look first for conceal-ability and wear-ability? Give me your take on the subject.

 

 

 

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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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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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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

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.

GreyPurse
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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