The Official Female Carry Reference Thread

This is a discussion on The Official Female Carry Reference Thread within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Finding a small kydex IWB holster for a 1st gen Taurus PT111 has been difficult, and anything "special order" quite expensive. I like my Remora, ...

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    Finding a small kydex IWB holster for a 1st gen Taurus PT111 has been difficult, and anything "special order" quite expensive. I like my Remora, but also like the easy reholstering of kydex, but didn't want a sweat guard or anything that would add to the bulk (always goes over a tank top). Almost gave up until I found a small OWB kydex holster on ebay (MDJ Store), and added my own clips exactly where I needed them for appendix carry. It's super comfortable, very concealable, and ~$40 after alterations.

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    Periodic updates on current clothes that look like they'll work for concealed carry:
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    I have had my TactiPac FusionPac for a couple of weeks now and I made a video review of it. It's working pretty well. It doesn't replace the Crossbreed BellyBand for me for some things, but it is really comfortable and I like wearing it a lot better than my Supertuck most of the time.

    I'm not sure about doing any real jogging in it, but I could run a bit and I wouldn't worry about the gun falling out or shifting too much. Here's my review: TactiPac FusionPac Review - YouTube
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiehunter88 View Post
    I am certainly working on Mrs. ZombieHunter88 so she can carry as well. She doesn't feel comfortable wearing one. I have talked to her about carrying in her purse as well. Any ladies prefer the purse carry over the body carry or vice versa?
    I like having a purse to carry in for one reason, the public bathroom. A purse pocket with a holster is sure handy to have when there. Little kids love to look between the cracks of doors and underneath before Mom can catch them and I don't want anyone seeing my IWB holster hanging there with a gun in it. Put the gun in the purse for a minute solves the problem. The IWB holster isn't nearly as secure when not cinched up either, so this avoids any chance of the gun dropping on the floor.

    I don't like purse carry most of the time however, too many purse snatches around here, and I don't want to have to guard it that closely when with family. That being said, purse carry is better than no carry. The rare time I do purse carry it is cross-carry with the gun oriented the same way every time. You have to practice drawing the same way you would from a holster. Purse carry is an even bigger responsibility than on person, since it's more likely to get taken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiehunter88 View Post
    If you knew my wife, there's no way ANYONE is getting her purse! lol...
    That's cute.

    Unfortunately, a really fast strong fellow with a box cutter knife not only could but would get your wife's purse --- unless she is SO big and tough and trained in the various martial arts that she wouldn't need the gun anyway. There are some cross body carrry purses with very strong reinforced straps. It is not stylish to carry a purse cross body. Some women care about that.

    That said, I have upon occasion also carried in a purse when I had no other alternative. I really hate doing it but mostly (as 88keys says above) it's better than not having a gun at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zombiehunter88 View Post
    She doesn't feel comfortable with carrying on her body as we have tried it at home. She would prefer it be in her purse or in a cross-body type bag. We'll have to work on it.
    Well, then, that is what she should do. Carrying in a purse is most definitely much better than not carrying!!!

    Perhaps if she gets used to using a holster if you have access to an outdoor range where you can do that, she might be more ready to carry on her person. We each do what works for us.
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    What's the best way to carry iwb?

    [QUOTE=lyz_grace;2440423]I don't think I know of any women who can carry in front of their hip or front pocket. Guys pockets are so deep that when they sit, the gun is actually resting on their thigh... when your pocket's only 3 inches deep, you get a gun in your belly! Extremely uncomfortable.

    As far as carrying in the back, there's a bit of a debate as to whether carrying in the small of your back is good for you. If you fall straight back for any reason you may be setting yourself up for a spine injury. When I say "back," I mean I carry at about 4:00, so behind my right hip. And if you're right handed, the grips of the gun should be toward your spine, with the barrel pointing forward toward your hip.

    I thought that was backward and awkward at first, but think about the way you draw. If the gun were facing the other direction, you would grab it with your thumb pointed behind you and the back of your hand along your body. That seems like the more natural way to reach, but when you get the gun out and go to point it forward, you would have to "flag" yourself (have your own body in the line of fire) for the whole draw. With the barrel already pointing toward your right arm, the reach is a little more awkward (thumb between your body and the gun), but it's much safer.

    Sorry if you understood that already and all the holsters you looked at really were left handed

    I have not tried the compression shorts, but am looking at making myself a bellyband once I have access to my sewing machine again. As far as bra holsters go, attaching anything to my bra is absolutely not an option for me. There are women out there that like the FlashBang, but the gun is literally supposed to sit IN your cup and quite frankly I don't see how it would work unless your bra is already too big. My band would have to be at least two inches looser and 1)I need the support, and 2)even if I didn't, I wouldn't be buying a new set of bras that I could only wear with my holster I did try a Kangaroo Carry holster and, while it wouldn't work for me and my wardrobe, I know people like it and it wasn't uncomfortable, just bad placement for me. If you're looking at upper-body carry, I would give that one a try - if you don't like it you can send it back for a refund without questions, Austin Davis was extremely helpful and friendly.

    Hope at least some of this was helpful - keep us updated with what you decide![/QUO
    I just received a Smith & Wesson Ladysmith 642 for Christmas and new to cc. I am only 5' and about 160 lbs., with a very short back. I have been looking around for a good iwb holster. Would wearing a left-handed iwb holster on the right side small of the back make pulling easier because it would pivot the grips toward my hip and the barrel toward the spine? Please advise.

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    Just wanted to post a link to a review I wrote about Can Can Concealment holsters for women. It's a little long to copy and paste here, plus that'd be redundant. But, the review I wrote will eventually die and get buried in DC, so I want women to be able to find it through this thread in the future. Spoiler alert: they're my new favorite holsters. :)

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    I'm not a fan of carrying my gun in a purse. It would be a "last resort". Something is better than nothing, Right?

    I also wear tight clothes, which makes it difficult to conceal. I will never wear frumpy stuff.

    So, the best gun I have for IWB is an LCP in a Cross Breed holster.

    My best gun for OWB is my Sig P239. Single stack works better for me than say my Glock G23.

    I definitely prefer OWB at about 4:00 with a good cover garment.

    The weather is also a factor. When it's hot, I'll carry my LCP. When it's cold outside, I carry the Sig.

    Women's fashion is a huge deterrent for carrying concealed......not to mention curves.

    Our options are much more limited than men's.

    It's tricky trying to look good and stay armed.
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    an intimate Flashbang question:

    I'm new to carrying and don't have the option of wearing anything attached to my pants since I wear scrubs every day. I have a Walther PPS and started carrying it in a bellyband. It conceals just fine but sometimes feels like it's suffocating me. So i ordered a Flashbang and it came today. Here's the question - do any of you who use the Flashbang have breast implants? I'm very small but have pretty big silicone ones (32DDD) so the fit of my gun is both good and bad: The big boobs help conceal the gun, but since they're not natural they're not as soft and squishy, so i feel like they sit on top of the holster in the bra more than form around it. Does that make sense? Or do natural breasts sit on top too?
    I'm also wondering about the strain on the middle strap of my bra - the PPS is not the tiniest carry gun around so it's kinda heavy. Have you had much wear or stretch on your bras? I don't really want to wear out my bras because it's an odd size and those suckers are spendy.
    Thanks in advance for help with a semi-awkward situation :)
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    I'm in the dark on that one lisbeth, those bra holsters look uncomfortable to me no matter what size you are or what the girls are made of! Here in the south the belly band is to hot to wear. I am not flexible enough to carry in the back of my britches. I carry @ 2 o'clock IWB when I got my jeans or dress slacks on and if I'm in sweats working in the yard (or skirt) I just put my gun belt on and still wear it at 2 o'clock. EDC is S&W .38 revolver bodyguard. My thing is to have it as close to my hand as I can get it for quick draw. I don't move quick anyway in general so that has always been my best carry spot. Since I got older I got 3 sets of boobs, 4 if you count the ones on the back, lol. The gun just molds right in with the one in the middle and everybody is happy, happy happy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firearm.Fan.Girl View Post
    I just ordered a Remora ankle/calf/thigh/IWB holster. It has 3 straps so it can be worn either of the 4 ways. I got it for a future purchase of the Taurus View. I'll be testing it for a few months before I carry with it and I was wondering if any of you have tried this one. If I can make it work I can eliminate one more purse carry scenario, ie, dresses. Yay! There is no garter to go with this and I'm a little leery of it slipping down. I'm thinking maybe a compression sock over it when ankle/calf carrying or compression shorts over it (with slit) or a garter for thigh carry. I have no issue with IWB. Not interested in a bra holster or belly band (BT,TT). Your thoughts? Experience?
    It is totally dependent on your "body parts".........I have that set up also. I normally carry my Glock 26 IWB in one of 3 holsters, one of which is a Remora. However, I needed a way to carry my S&W 60 to better conceal the grip which wants to stick Way Out! SO - back to the Remora combination that you have:

    My legs are not very big around - especially my lower leg, and their elastic bands to tend to slip on me, but other women have reported that they have good luck with both the thigh and the ankle bands. What I use that combination for is to attach both bands (plus the holster) and use the whole thing as a midriff "belly band" style for my S&W model 60. Here is a picture which I already posted on another thread: granny bellyband1.jpg

    There are you tube videos showing the thigh and angle bands in use by a couple different young women. If you can find those it might be helpful to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firearm.Fan.Girl View Post
    I just ordered a Remora ankle/calf/thigh/IWB holster. It has 3 straps so it can be worn either of the 4 ways. I got it for a future purchase of the Taurus View. I'll be testing it for a few months before I carry with it and I was wondering if any of you have tried this one. If I can make it work I can eliminate one more purse carry scenario, ie, dresses. Yay! There is no garter to go with this and I'm a little leery of it slipping down. I'm thinking maybe a compression sock over it when ankle/calf carrying or compression shorts over it (with slit) or a garter for thigh carry. I have no issue with IWB. Not interested in a bra holster or belly band (BT,TT).

    Your thoughts? Experience?
    It's okay. It didn't slide around, it just *felt* kinda unstable. Like, if I shook my legs it would kinda wobble, but nothing ever slipped or fell out. It's a little bulky, too. It made it pretty impossible to wear the gun on the inside of my thigh (and I'm very thin). Since I had to wear it on my outer thigh, it only worked with dresses that "poofed" at the waist/hip. I know you read my Can Can Concealment review, and I do prefer theirs. I don't have any of the same issues with it. I hope the Remora works better for you, but if it doesn't, keep Can Can in mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firearm.Fan.Girl View Post
    (...) What was the weapon you used with this set up. What is it's weight? (...)
    Sig p238, ~1lb.

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    In case you didn't notice, I did a LOT of thread clean up in here (about three pages worth). I appreciate everyone who is contributing! Keep it up. Remember, this is a reference thread. If you have questions I encourage you to start a new thread. You'll get more precise answers that way.

    If you do have references to add, tips, carry options, etc, post away!

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