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For the Ladies - How do you carry
« on: October 31, 2011, 12:51:50 PM »
 :) Howdy out there. I have been been using a purse but want to start carrying on my person. I have been looking closely at 2 holsters, the Flashbang holster that attaches to the bra and the new Womans Carry by Discreet Carry that is a band with straps where the holster part rides just under the center of your breast. Are any of you personally familar with either of these and if so what do you like or dislike about the product.
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2011, 12:58:58 PM »
Many carry with a Belly band, fanny pack and there's also a neat holster called a Ghost belt, that is discussed in our Holsters and handguns board - http://guntoters.com/index.php?topic=13.0  Others, from magazines I've read in the past, carry like others with OWB (outside the waist band) holsters, IWB and such others. 

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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2011, 05:30:43 PM »
It depends on what kind of pistol you're carrying what options are available. (I carry a Glock 22 .40 cal so bra concealment would be jus' a lil' uncomfy ;) )

For carry I use a Taclett fanny pack (in Black) it's large enough to hold my Glock, 2 spare mags, a stun gun, a folding knife, an emergency pack of Celox, my cellphone and house keys with room left over.

https://www.tuffproducts.com/product.php?productid=17517&cat=0&featured=Y



The pack provides extremely fast access without needing to worry about clothing getting in the way. (I can access my pistol from the Taclett fanny pack just fast if not faster then OCing on my hip or leg.)

(Companies video showing the Taclett in action)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1C74b...=FL7X9m5Ew_iRI

Speed shoot video using the Taclett holster

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaqBRlSPLgo

One of the advantages us gals have with fanny packs is most people assume it's a purse and don't look twice. (Or you can sew a camera patch on the front to make it yell "camera bag" rather then "concealment pack" if you're really concerned.)

The thigh carry "Chick Holster" might also work really well for you if you wear a lot of dresses/skirts.

http://chickholsters.com/products/thigh-carry/



For a compact pistol or mouse gun a Ghostbelt might also be a good option:

http://shop.ghostbelt.com/main.sc


 
I wrote a review of the Ghostbelt here: http://guntoters.com/index.php?topic=13.0
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2011, 05:56:45 PM »
(Male posting) There's also a concealment t-shirt, but that of course for the ladies depends on their build.  However, the website www.abetterholster.com does feature a woman wearing one of the t-shirts, so that may be something to consider.  If you need more information if your weapon would work with such a shirt, please PM me as I know quite a bit about these and will be happy to reply.

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2011, 06:50:18 PM »
I guess I should have mentioned what I carry. It is one of the mouse guns, a Kel Tec 32. So its not real hard to hide, just looking for comfort and ease in retrieving it if necessary.

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2011, 07:00:06 PM »
In that case a ghost belt or chick holster would work best out of my three suggestions, the Taclett would be over sized for such a compact pistol.

(Coastie's suggestion could work great too, but since I've never used a concealment t-shirt I can't say one way or another.)

 I would also guess a pocket holster of some sort would be another option?

On a side note out of curiosity, how accurate have you found the Kal Tec to be over all? Do you use the extended 10 round clip or stick with the 7 rounder? (With smaller calibers shot placement is everything, and the lowly .32 can be extremely deadly in the hands of a skilled shooter.)
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2011, 07:01:23 PM »
I see, Granny.  That model probably wouldn't work in a concealment t-shirt, but your purse or a fanny pack and belly band would be ideal.

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2011, 07:31:51 PM »
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Check out this website for bellybands, they are quality made. I have both types but like the black PT-1 HOLSTER best. It has a slot for an extra magazine also.
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #8 on: October 31, 2011, 07:43:35 PM »
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(Coastie's suggestion could work great too, but since I've never used a concealment t-shirt I can't say one way or another.)

 I would also guess a pocket holster of some sort would be another option?

On a side note out of curiosity, how accurate have you found the Kal Tec to be over all? Do you use the extended 10 round clip or stick with the 7 rounder? (With smaller calibers shot placement is everything, and the lowly .32 can be extremely deadly in the hands of a skilled shooter.)

At close range I find it fairly accurate.  I mostly carry with the 7 round clip and practice with the 10 round clip.  I had a lot of male friends try to get me to go for a larger caliber pistol but as a senior with weaker wrist I found the recoil more that I could stand. This fits my hand, is light enough for me to hold steady and I can fire about 50 rounds before the recoil bothers me, so for me this is my perfect gun.

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #9 on: October 31, 2011, 08:08:41 PM »
We all need to remember that in a gun fight things change a lot....like how well we can hit the target we want to hit.... if we can just barely hit the correct placement with no stress then most likely if you hit the target in a gunfight it is probably going to be a lucky shot. We do not want to rely on luck...
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #10 on: October 31, 2011, 08:18:19 PM »
I had a lot of male friends try to get me to go for a larger caliber pistol but as a senior with weaker wrist I found the recoil more that I could stand.

If you can put the majority of the rounds in the kill zone of the paper target then caliber is of secondary concern. Having a gun you can shoot comfortably means you can practice more often with it, (and smaller calibers are cheaper so you can afford more ammo to practice with.) meaning you'll keep your skills honed better then a heavier caliber you cringe at the thought of shooting.

Or as the old adage goes: "A hit with a .22 beats a miss with a .44 every time."
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #11 on: October 31, 2011, 09:52:14 PM »
I had a lot of male friends try to get me to go for a larger caliber pistol but as a senior with weaker wrist I found the recoil more that I could stand.

If you can put the majority of the rounds in the kill zone of the paper target then caliber is of secondary concern. Having a gun you can shoot comfortably means you can practice more often with it, (and smaller calibers are cheaper so you can afford more ammo to practice with.) meaning you'll keep your skills honed better then a heavier caliber you cringe at the thought of shooting.

Or as the old adage goes: "A hit with a .22 beats a miss with a .44 every time."


Larger caliber isn't everything, and believe me I've heard all the hype there is that .45 is the way to go.  But I've shot that, 9mm, and lower all my life, and if you're accurate with .22, .32, .380. 9mm then shoot what you're accurate the most with.  Caliber doesn't mean much unless you're going for bear or elephant. 

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2011, 01:55:07 PM »

Larger caliber isn't everything, and believe me I've heard all the hype there is that .45 is the way to go.  But I've shot that, 9mm, and lower all my life, and if you're accurate with .22, .32, .380. 9mm then shoot what you're accurate the most with.  Caliber doesn't mean much unless you're going for bear or elephant.

Or Cow...

I agree though, If the .32 works for you then shoot the .32!

I think it simplifies your carry problem and will allow you a greater freedom of choice in clothing to wear with it as well.

My initial thought is that for on-body carry you are going to end up with several options that will apply to differing garments. Obviously, a thigh setup like Silveressa suggested will work best with skirts and dresses. (provided they are not too heavy/long/narrow to get out of the way quickly) For outfits with a waistband, you might consider some form of IWB, I've noticed woman's styles tend away from belts at times but there should be some good options for appendix position and the upside is that more ladies styles tend toward untucked tops that will conceal in this area better. With a belt to work with, you might look at the Crossbreed IWB's, without one you would have to look at a clip-style IWB for those applications. I would caution that you ensure the clip will work with the garment and not leave you holding the gun with the holster wrapped around it!

I am a guy (and avoid cross dressing, no offense) but am working on raising my 3rd step-daughter, ages currently ranging from 9 to 26, so I have dealt with quite a few ladies clothing (and teen style) issues over the years. I would also repeat the standard caution that you can spend quite a lot more on cheap holsters and never find what you are looking for than you typically will by buying quality ones to begin with.

Don't know your build and this gal is tiny but she has some great holster reviews and addresses quite a few sartorial issues with carry along the way. When my lady and I were doing research, these were the videos that she ended up looking at the most.
http://www.youtube.com/user/faliaphotography

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #13 on: November 05, 2011, 02:39:17 PM »
My daily carry is a Glock 19 in a Crossbreed SuperTuck IWB.  Very comfy, even on those long days.  The Playtex 18-hour of holsters!  Now if I could only find a bra that comfy...:P

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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 03:34:40 PM »
...Answering for my wife, Jean, a dance teacher who does not have time to play on forums:

After trying many different carry methods, Jean has settled upon the Smartcarry.
Click on: http://www.smartcarry.com/
Jean wears soft, elastic-top pants and skirts, so her Smartcarry hides her pistol completely and comfortably, lets her establish a firing grip easily, and helps her to present quickly.

You might want to try the concept out.
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #15 on: November 06, 2011, 06:49:30 AM »
:) Howdy out there. I have been been using a purse but want to start carrying on my person. I have been looking closely at 2 holsters, the Flashbang holster that attaches to the bra and the new Womans Carry by Discreet Carry that is a band with straps where the holster part rides just under the center of your breast. Are any of you personally familar with either of these and if so what do you like or dislike about the product.
Thanks for any help. Granny D

I haven't tried anything in that area, because it seems like it would be harder to draw from.  I carry IWB, appendix-area - with a CrossBreed or CompTac if I have belt loops, or a PistolWear band if I don't.  It's really comfortable (midsize XDM or little LC9) and the draw from belt area seems a lot more instinctive to me.  I do have to vary my gun choice based on the weather/occasion, because I can't hide the XDM under some more fitted or lightweight shirts, but that would be the case with a chest-area carry also.
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Re: For the Ladies - How do you carry
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2011, 07:46:27 PM »
Well finaly broke down and ordered the flashbang bra holster. Hope it doesn't take too long to get here. Now that I finally ordered it, I want it yesterday. Will let you knoe what I think of it after i get to try it out. :-\
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