Best Concealed Carry Method For Women
The 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.
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.
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?