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On-Body Carry vs. Off-Body Carry

A couple days ago Gun Nuts Media  had a posting regarding an off-set holster, specifically for women shooters.  I checked it out.  Sadly it was only manufactured for three firearm models, combat Tupperware all.

But it got me thinking on today’s theme.
How many women (and sometimes men) don’t carry, because they cannot find suitable accoutrement?
Women, of course, have purses available to them.  Men may use a man-bag (of some sort) or a briefcase.
Or both may use the ubiquitous-and-unfashionable fanny pack.
Twenty years ago, the fanny pack, as designed for firearm carry, was unknown to most folks and many police officers.  I know of a number of folks who utilized them with impunity, sometimes in places forbidden to weapon carry by the citizenry.  But, now they flash armed person to most anyone with a brain.  So carry locations are more limited.
And while more holsters are manufactured with the female form in mind, fashion dictates for more form-fitting clothes, tiny or non-existent pockets, insubstantial belts (or no belt) and more visible flesh, making concealment on the person more difficult.  If not impossible.
So, they’re left with a gun purse.
A close friend of mine carries her Nighthawk in a gun purse, almost 24/7.  Along with her cell phone, electronic tablet, Wi-Fi connection, tactical flashlight, spare magazines, a knife or two, wallet and various other feminine flotsam.  When she places her purse on a restaurant table, the sound resembles the placement of a concrete block.  Gotta be difficult to carry.
But finding a fashion appropriate, secure and comfortable on-the-body holster is difficult for a woman.

courtesy of Breda

Any suggestions?

h/t Breda, Caleb


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on “On-Body Carry vs. Off-Body Carry

  1. There are a number of custom holster makers who can and do make carry holsters for women, and I know guys that carry in the briefcases all the time too.

    Posted by Old NFO | November 26, 2011, 1:49 pm
  2. @Old NFO – thanks!

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | November 27, 2011, 6:59 am

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