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Old 03-10-2009, 04:59 AM   #1
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Hi, I am new to the forum and hoping the women out there can give me advice on carrying concealed. What are you using and where? I really don't want to carry in my purse but don't know how I can carry my CA 38 special without detection.

Any help would be appreciated...
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Old 03-10-2009, 07:17 AM   #2
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Hello reelgirl. I'm not a woman on this forum, and I'm sure some will provide you with the first-hand experience you request.

My "better half" carries concealed in Texas. Unfortunately, she often has to carry in a dedicated purse, i.e. Galco or Coronado leather, etc. She shoots semi-autos a bit better than revolvers, but the one time back in "our courting days" we thought an intruder was attempting to break into our appartnemt (false alarm), she had a revolver, and therefore is very confident in them.

She has two semi-autos: Walther PPS and Ruger LCP, and a S&W J-frame revolver. On her person, she almost always carries the Ruger LCP .380: front pocket holster, "tuckable" Galco IWB, or small of the back DeSantis under a loose over-garment. The others are almost always in a gun purse of some sort.

While you wait for replies, I wanted to let you know about this site, which you may welll already be familiar with:


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Old 03-10-2009, 03:35 PM   #3
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Hi reelgirl,

Welcome to the forum! Sorry, I am not a gal either -- doesn't seem like we have a lot of gals on this forum, which is too bad, I guess. It is one of the most polite forums I have run across, and there is lots of good information here, I hope you stay and like it. Be sure to exercise the search function a lot for stuff like "holsters," "concealed carry" "snubbies" and the like, I think you will come up with some helpful knowledge.

Like Dave, my wife also carries a concealed handgun, a Smith & Wesson .38 snubby. She generally carries in her purse a lot, and in her pocket when I can get her to. (Purses are just too dang easy to snatch, in my opinion, but opinions vary).

One place other website I know of that deals specifically with women and concealed carry it the . In general it deals with Texas concealed carry, but there are two forums devoted to women, one where both men and women can post, and one that is "girls only." You may find some helpful stuff there.

I hope that doesn't chase you away from our forum tho! Please stay, peruse the threads, and don't be afraid to jump in with questions and comments.

Best wishes,

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Old 03-10-2009, 06:48 PM   #4
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Howdy and welcome, reelgirl. I found a great site that is designed especially with women in mind.
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Old 03-12-2009, 04:48 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the great information! I will stay at this forum and invite some of my friends to join.
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Old 03-12-2009, 05:15 AM   #6
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Hello & Welcome Aboard,

Rusty Sherrick has a Line of Ladies Holster's and his work is Great.

John Browning & Dieudonne Saive's Designs Will Always be Light Years Ahead of All the Others.

I'd rather beat a bad guy to death with my Browning High Power, than shoot him dead with a "plastic pistol".

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Old 03-12-2009, 08:13 PM   #7
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Google Cunningham Custom Holsers. Ms. Cunningham makes custom belts and holsters desined specifically for the female (and male) body. The belt is every bit as important as an appropriate holster. She is a very nice lady and will be more than glad to answer any and all question and offer her advice.
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Old 03-20-2009, 04:39 AM   #8
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Thanks abninftr, I googled Ms Cunningham and am going to contact her about getting a holster and belt

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Old 08-15-2010, 03:48 PM   #9
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My wife has small hands : she tried a Sig in 9mm and had such trouble reaching the trigger that she was cranking off "7 o'clock shots". I'm pretty handy with the 1911 .45, but that's too much recoil for her. Anyhow, any recommendations for an EXPOSED hammer 9 for her? Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:30 PM   #10
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Hello mikath and welcome. You might take a look a the compact, exposed hammer, single-action 9mm pistols offered by STI.

I have never personally owned any of STI's compact pistols but have had excellent luck with their 5" 1911's in 9mm and .45 ACP.


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