Post # 1
I stearted a thread a while back but I am now officially a resident of a state that allows me to get a concealed carry permit so I am getting ready to purchase a handgun for myself.
I figured I would hop on here to see if any bees carry (i think I remember a few from my last thread) so I can ask for some advice.
What do you carry?
I know a small semi auto would be easier to carry on my body because they are more streamlined and generally smaller, but right now I prefer how low maintainence and reliable revolvers are for an everyday gun to carry.
and how do you carry? Right now I am leaning towards purchasing a purse and while I realize there are many drawbacks to this, I haven’t found a great way to carry on my body. I have a very athletic build and generally wear tops and dresses with a high neck (which seems to eliminate a bra holster). I also wear high waisted skirts with cardigans over so I suppose I could carry on my back, but would worry about the time that would take should I ever need to draw quickly.
Share any advice or experience you may have!
Post # 3
And while I realize that “gun control” is all over the news these days I did not start this thread to debate gun control or the 2nd amendment. I am simply seeking advice from women who carry a handgun.
Post # 4
@moose91: I WISH I was a resident of a state where I could carry, but California will never be such a place 😉
Maybe you could use a thigh holster with skirts and they make under or over-the-waistline holsters for your pants/jeans days. SO and I are looking into getting CCWs in another state because we travel to certain ones often. I probably would just put one in my purse instead of wearing a holster, but I haven’t decided.
I couldn’t really weigh in too much on the semi-auto vs. revolver. Maybe you could try shooting both and see which one is more comfortable for you keeping conceal carry in mind. I find revolvers more fun to shoot, but I would conceal carry a semi-auto because it can hold more rounds and I can carry a back-up mag (because I’ve seen way too many action movies and fear I could be involved in a shoot out with German terrorists at any time). Just a suggestion to look into is the Glock 26 (or “baby glock”) 9mm.
Post # 5
@moose91: I know that you said no bra holsters – but I have several friends that use the Flashbang holster!
Post # 6
I have had my CC for almost a year now. I carry a Ruger LCP. It’s a small .380. I carry it in my purse when i need too and in the side door compartment. When the FI is out of time i keep it in the house with me.
Post # 7
I don’t carry yet but they do make these nifty nylon holsters for in your purse. I can’t find one on-line but I’m sure any gun shop would have them. I’m a very petite person, so I know I cannot carry on my body because any of the “normal” places to carry would be really visible.
As far as what to carry, it depends on what you are comfortable with. The biggest thing I’m comfortable with is a 9 mm. If you have friends that own a variety of different things, see if they can go with you to a shooting range. That way you can kind of get an idea of what you are comfortable with and what you are not. I personally do not like revolvers. I’m leaning towards buying a Glock but I haven’t made a full decision yet.
Post # 8
When I was a probation officer we were issued glocks. As a woman, I highly recommend this gun. It is lightweight and easy to take apart to clean. It has a very little kickback. They also have a mini-glock (not sure if that is actually what they call it or not). One of our PO’s had it because she was very petite. Like 5’0 and maybe 100 lbs. so it worked for her.
Holster-wise I couldn’t recommend anything for you. We had our’s on our duty belts. I had a quick release holster which only required pressing a button for it to come free from my holster. I really liked that holster. My fiance has a holster for our personal weapon which is also a glock. His holster conceals it in the back of your pants although with women this holster might not work since our pants are usually tighter.
Post # 9
@emmalyn: I worry about thich holsters because my skirts are at least knee length, and thats a lot of hiking up to do!
@MLDoddie: I have heard great things about the Flashbang, I just don’t think it would be practical for me when turtlenecks and crew neck shirts :
Right now it seems like a purse would be the best option. I also heard an interesting podcast the other day in which the guy expressed the cons of carrying in a purse, but proposed the idea of just shooting through your purse if you needed to shoot quickly instead of trying to draw. He said simply push the gun against the front of the bag and shoot. Apparently it gets hot in your bag after a few shots, but there were no injuries sustained during tests. Obviously this would only work at close range and aim would not be as accurate, but it was an interesting thought!
This is when I am jealous my my husband- he wears jeans and a button down and never has to worry about printing ever!
Post # 10
I live in California…so no I do not carry.
I have actually been looking to get a revolver, but to carry I would probably end up getting a subcompact 9mm glock (if I could carry anyway).
Post # 11
@moose91: I don’t mean this to stir up controversy or anything, I would genuinely like to know, why do you feel the need to carry? Do you feel unsafe where you live? Have you been threatened before? Why do you feel more comfortable carrying a gun?
Post # 12
@AmyFarrahFowler: Because it’s her 2nd Amendment right. It’s like asking why you feel the need to go to a protest, or you know, pursue life, liberty, and happiness.
I’m all for responsible gun ownership, and that’s exactly what it sounds like she’s doing.
Ayways, back to the original question.
@moose91: I dont personally have a CCP, but my FI does. We’re fortunate to live in a state that allows open carry without a permit, and concealed carry with a permit. I’m going to be applying for my CCP soon, and the first gun I’ll buy will be a revolver. Most experts agree on a revolver as a first gun, and it’s the best one for carrying. Unlike a .380, or a 9mm (saw those mentioned above) if there’s an issue with jamming, or the gun doesnt go off, just pull the trigger again. You don’t have to worry about dislodging a bullet.
My FI does carry either a little .380 (exact same as @ashleyr0512) but his main complaint with that is the magazine release is right next to your finger when firing. You have to be careful with that. His favorite is a S&W 357. Scary, heavy, and goes boom.
We have a wide array of firearms in our home, and we keep them locked up, and I know how to load, unload, and fire all of them. It’s part of being a responsible gun owner.
Post # 13
@BlondeBee: I was asking her personally. I absolutely know what the 2nd amendment states, but I would honestly like to know her personal reasons. We have plenty or rights and some people chose to exercise them and others don’t. I am not trying to start anything, I would just like to have a better understanding of why some people prefer to carry weapons.
Post # 14
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@moose91: Isn’t the flashbang used going up under the shirt and pulling down? It shouldn’t matter what kind of neck you have on your shirt, as long as you dont usually tuck your shirt in.
Post # 15
@AmyFarrahFowler: I’m wondering this as well, out of sheer curiousity. I don’t know anyone who carries, except my ex, but he’s a paranoid psychotic police officer.
I like the idea of a thigh holster, mostly because I have this great mental image of a woman in a high-waisted skirt and cardigan, hiking up her hemline to grab her gun. It’s awesome.
Post # 16
@AmyFarrahFowler: I prefer to carry “weapons” because otherwise I am rather defenseless. Don’t get me wrong, I’m tough, but if someone pulls a gun on me, having a gun myself is really my only chance.