The Official Female Carry Reference Thread

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    This thread is so wonderful!!! I have had my CC permit for 2 years now, and it's been a long, bumpy road while trying to find a) a concealable gun I don't despise and b) a carry method that works. I'm the closest to success I have ever been with a Sig P938 in a Crossbreed Minituck, but I very often have my baby on my hip, which makes it hard to not print or flash!

    The Flashbang holster with a J-frame just made me looked deformed!! And various other IWB holsters haven't fit my body right, causing discomfort and printing. I do have a Remora ankle holster on order, though, so that might just do the trick until I am not carrying small children anymore...and the Marilyn has me pretty interested too...

    LOL!! It cracks me up to read about all these husbands on here who want nothing more than to have their wives be interested in guns!! My poor husband probably rues the day he suggested I get my own gun rather than shooting all of his....he just rolls his eyes now when yet another holster shows up in the mail!
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    I guess it's too late to edit one of my previous posts (#38), but I wanted to add this to the list:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tala View Post
    A "gun bra" kinda like a gun belt!!

    I personally couldn't imagine trying to hang a gun off of 1/4" of elastic, when I normally use belt made of 1.5" double-layer bullhide. A lot of women can't get bras to support themselves satisfactorily, much less a firearm, so it seems to be a carry option limited to certain body types.
    Web search "make your own bra" or "custom bra".

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    I've very excited to have a few new carry options. I recently bought a Shield and a single stack is indeed easier to conceal than a double. For my IWB I went with a Little Foxx, it's very small which makes it easy to hide and comfy. I also got a Flashbang which came today. I used one before with my LC9 and while not the most comfortable thing in the world, it's a great option and allows me to dress is clothing that's not so big. I also made a thigh holster for it which I'm super excited about! I still need to tweak it, I've used it successfully but want to make some changes, mostly to the holster part. I used elastic and sewed around the contours of the gun but would prefer to sew on an actual holster. I use a garter belt to help hold it in place and Velcro edges to wrap around my leg. I didn't want to spend the money on a thigh holster not knowing if I'd like it but I love the option! I'm one of those chicks that is most comfortable in a dress but I barely wear them anymore unless I put shorts under it since I'll wear pants with a gun before I'll wear a dress without one. I'm thrilled I can finally get back to the clothing I like and not have to compromise carrying.

    Still a work in progress but here's a pic of the thigh holster (without the garter)
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    The Little Foxx does have a stiff leather, at least so far, I've only had it a couple weeks so far. I haven't had to adjust it at all when I'm wearing it, I'm thrilled with how comfy it is and how well it stays put! I got the purple kydex, even though as my husband pointed out no one sees it since its CC but I see it and the purple makes me smile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lish View Post
    The Little Foxx does have a stiff leather, at least so far, I've only had it a couple weeks so far. I haven't had to adjust it at all when I'm wearing it, I'm thrilled with how comfy it is and how well it stays put! I got the purple kydex, even though as my husband pointed out no one sees it since its CC but I see it and the purple makes me smile.
    My thigh holster.

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    Here is how I found to better organize things for those who are interested:

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    Here is another great site I just ran across today - there is a lot of good content already, and much more to come!

    http://nrawomen.tv/

    The NRA is building this site specifically for women... by women.
    Smith & Wesson is sponsoring it.

    They are soliciting input on women's shooting gear, photos for the gallery page, ladies shooting programs, etc. Check it out!

    And if you haven't already... please consider joining the NRA. They are the most effective organization out there when it comes to protecting our Second Amendment rights.
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    I found some jeans at Eddie Bauer that are called "Truly Straight" that work really well for me for concealed carry. They're pretty much cut so the waist band is bigger, but the rest of the jeans are not. Some of them are also kind of stretchy. Between these, and the stretchy pants they sometimes have at Ann Taylor, I'm happy for both casual and office pants.

    Right now Eddie Bauer also has some very lightweight short sleeve cardigan thingies that are really long and make good cover garments even when it's hot. I was relieved to find them because they cover well but are so lightweight. (I'm shortwaisted and I have a hard time concealing my Glocks, even in a Supertuck, without a cover garment. Also, baggy shirts make me look, well, kinda chubby, because I'm "top heavy." Tighter shirts are so much more flattering and I don't want to give them up. Hence my relief at finding lightweight cover garments.)

    Patti - Can I asked what pistol you're carrying and where you got your thigh holster?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lees View Post
    Patti - Can I asked what pistol you're carrying and where you got your thigh holster?
    I've had that holster for about 5 or 6 years. I actually bought 2 thigh holsters from the guy since he was going out of business and he said he only had 2 left. So, I bought them both. The only thing I don't like is the retention strap is Velcro and it makes that ripping noise when I draw.

    I usually carry my LCP in this holster when wearing a skirt or dress. Anything larger and it would be really awkward.

    Thanks for the info on Eddie Bauer. I'm always looking for lightweight cover garments for summertime because I prefer to carry my Sig P239 in a Comp-Tac Minotaur OWB.

    I also have the Crossbreed Supertuck, but IWB is not my favorite way to carry.

    What Glock do you carry?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patti View Post
    I've had that holster for about 5 or 6 years. I actually bought 2 thigh holsters from the guy since he was going out of business and he said he only had 2 left. So, I bought them both. The only thing I don't like is the retention strap is Velcro and it makes that ripping noise when I draw.

    I usually carry my LCP in this holster when wearing a skirt or dress. Anything larger and it would be really awkward.

    Thanks for the info on Eddie Bauer. I'm always looking for lightweight cover garments for summertime because I prefer to carry my Sig P239 in a Comp-Tac Minotaur OWB.

    I also have the Crossbreed Supertuck, but IWB is not my favorite way to carry.

    What Glock do you carry?
    Ah, an LCP. I got an LC9 but I'm not comfortable shooting it. I've thought about an LCP instead for those moments when I'd want something really small.

    I carry a Glock 19 and a Glock 26. I didn't think there would be a whole lot of concealment difference between them but the 26 is much easier for me. It's also more comfortable while driving.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lees View Post
    Ah, an LCP. I got an LC9 but I'm not comfortable shooting it. I've thought about an LCP instead for those moments when I'd want something really small.

    I carry a Glock 19 and a Glock 26. I didn't think there would be a whole lot of concealment difference between them but the 26 is much easier for me. It's also more comfortable while driving.
    Lee,

    I didn't say I was comfortable shooting the LCP. For an under-the-skirt thigh holster, though, you can't beat it.

    The first time I shot the LCP, it about flew out of my hand. I tricked it out a little with a Crimson Trace laser, extended mag, and Pachmyr grip. Now, it is much easier to shoot and I actually like it.

    Can't go wrong with the Glocks. Not sure it would work in a thigh holster, though. I have the G23, but it's not my EDC.

    Everybody has to figure out what works best for themselves. Kind of like trial and error. I have a drawer full of holsters that I don't use. I probably should try to sell them, but I keep thinking they will come in handy some day.

    When I have to resort to using a 2nd dresser drawer for extra holsters, I will admit myself for extensive counseling.
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    I use a thigh holster and a flashbang, not with a Glock - but I don't carry my Shield with the thumb safety on, ever - since my XDsc doesn't have one. I don't want to have to remember to flick it off with one and not the other so I keep it consistent by never using the thumb safety.

    My mil shared this pic with me on Facebook today, I loved it and thought I'd share:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dirvin View Post
    Hi ladies, I've been waiting for about 6 months for my new Sig P238 Rainbow to arrive and now she has and what a beauty. I've passed my old P238 Black Nitron on to my husband but it's left me with a problem. I'm afraid to put my new beautiful gun into my favorite holster, the flashbang, for fear of scratching it up. My husband keeps telling me I've bought a safe queen and I'm about to snatch the black one back. Any body have any experience with the Sig rainbow finish and kydex? So far, Ive stayed with leather holsters. On another note...for anyone thinking about the flashbang, I think anybody, regardless of bra size could use it comfortably with a small gun like the P238. Same goes for the Marilyn. I couldn't see how it could possibly be before I tried it for myself.
    I have the rainbow titanium p238 and the Flashbang as well! I just started using the Flashbang a few days ago so I'll have to let you know how it holds up. I have used kydex holsters with it before without any wear marks but to be honest I've mostly used a Remora. With my first grandchild approaching walking age I just don't know how much I'll trust the Remora when he's around so I really hope I like the Flashbang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Biskers View Post
    Hi ladies!! I must say all of this info is extremely helpful, esp. the pictures you all are posting! I really need help. I currently am using a Remora (IW) with my XDs, but need some other options because it doesn't have a clip to stabilize it to your pants. I really like the kits they offer with Remora as I got one that can be a thigh, ankle or made into a belly option. MzAuthority on youtube is really helpful with reviews on this. My fiance has the same gun and he uses the N8 holster. It's very comfortable, but I think it bulges too much on me. I am considering a crossbreed or maybe Ava holster (looper or people who make the flashbang). Has anyone tried the Ava holsters?

    Again, thank you for posting the pictures. I'm the kind of person who needs to see what you are talking about lol. It's amazing how you all have made it look easy to conceal!
    Welcome to DC!

    I have not tried the Ava holster, so I can't comment on it. But - in my opinion, a hybrid holster is one of the 'must have' holsters for any carry gun. I really like the thin horsehide holsters. The Crossbreeds are nice, but they are expensive and the wait list is long. I am very pleased with my OHC (Ozarks Holster Co.) hybrid Handmade Hybrid IWB Holsters | Ozarks Holster Company... it's nearly identical to the Crossbreed, but only $45 and free shipping. I received mine in less than a week after ordering. I replaced the metal clips with nicer, more concealable clips from Comp-Tac. Remember that any leather holster will be stiff and will probably print for the first 2 weeks. You will like it more after it conforms to your body shape. Here's a few pictures of my OHC hybrid:
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    Hope that helps!
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