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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?



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?




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.

Gosen Leather-Grey Carry Purse
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?


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:


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