Want to carry concealed but need advice

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    Question Want to carry concealed but need advice

    I have decided to pursue carrying concealed. I am a small woman, who works in a library as an administrator. I believe carrying in an ankle holster will fit best with my personal preferences. I am interested in advice as to what gun might be best to carry. I know using an ankle holster isn't ideal, but given my professional circumstances it is the best choice, and hey, it's better than my purse! I need something small, lightweight, and accurate. My husband has carried concealed for a number of years, so I am not coming into this entirely naive. I look forward to hearing your suggestions.

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    Welcome from Delaware! There is a lot of good information on this forum to assist you.
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    If an ankle-holster is your chosen mode of carry, then IMO a decent .38/.357 revolver would be suitable. Which specific gun or size would be best for you would depend heavily on what you're competent and accurate with. Definitely find at least one good "rental" range at which you can try out various smaller pistols and revolvers. You might be surprised by what you're most capable with, and surprised by what you can't use to save your life ... which is, BTW, what it might come down to. Best to get it right, in that regard.

    Here is a search tool that might help narrow the options: Genitron Handgun Database, including a <search> tool.
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    Welcome to the forums! This is a great place! I learned everything I know about CC from here (well, at least the concealing part). I may have to switch to ankle carry as well, due to a change in jobs and a significant change in wardrobe requirements. It's hard to "dress around the gun" when your obligated to wear a certain uniform. Plus, I do think ankle carry would suit my needs in the event that I needed it. So I'll be in for a learning curve in that department right along with you.
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    I'm new to concealed carry myself. IMO ankle carry is only good for a BUG. To difficult to get to if you needed it. I carry an M&P compact and Kahr PM9. The Kahr is very small,thin,lightweight. Many options for waist carry that nobody would notice. The female CC is being addressed and marketed to in a big way.

    Glad you decided to CC. I wish my wife would. I would think about defensive scenarios and an ankle holster. Purse would be better. If your SA dictated a threat you could always have your hand on the gun "concealed" in the purse. I wish I had that option.

    BTW welcome, glad to have another responsible gun owner CCing and fighting for our 2nd amendment rights.

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    Hello and welcome. Here are a couple of youtube videos, in case you haven't seen them.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vCD6YI2tFI
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogGBPVk5GQk

    I believe a small revolver (e.g. j-frame) will fit the bill.
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    Welcome to the forum from SW Ohio. My wife just purchased a Sig 238 Rainbow, which is small, light weight, and accurate, and would ride nicely in an ankle holster.
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    Welcome from Fort Worth, Texas.

    Take a look at the Sig P938. It is 9mm, small, light weight, accurate and is easily concealable. Have you considered pocket carry or making minor adjustments to your wardrobe to accommodate your new lifestyle of carrying a concealed handgun?
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    Mrs. Holly, Welcome Aboard! I suggest first ID'ing what type of gun you'd like to strap to your ankle first... a revolver or a semi-auto. You indicated your of a small stature so I'm assuming your looking at a small(er) gun. A Ruger LCR or LCP 'might work, One of the small Taurus .380's as well. There are a BUNCH of choices but those first three I linked are my first 'guesses' as to what you might want to look at first. If at all possible find a range that has these and/or other small-framed firearms for rent and put a few rounds through them so you canjudge for yourself if that's the direction you'd like to go. Once you make a decision on the gun the holster selection will be the next step.

    I do understand having to dress around a gun but being a 'guy' I have a much easier time dealing with that.

    Also, do a search here of some questions you have..... chances are they've been asked before. If not, ask away! That's the purpose of most of us being here. This, in my opinion, is one of the best fourms out there with a great group of people and moderators. Also take a look atthe cornered cat website and our very own limatunes series of limalife youtube videos. Both have facebook pages and are members here.

    Hope some of this helps get you started. Please keep us up-to-date on your search and ask any question.

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    Welcome from Wisconsin! I really can't address your question because I never ankle-carried nor am I female. I can suggest not to wear dresses or skirts if that's the route you take, lol. (unless you wear boots). I'm sure you'll get plenty of advice here. Carry something in any way is the main goal. If ankle carry is the only way you can accommodate a gun then so be it. A lot better than nothing at all.
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    For that kind of carry a small automatic of small framed revolver would be best.
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