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Carry options for my wife?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by bogey3737, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. bogey3737

    bogey3737 diablo azul

    Nov 15, 2005
    The Swamp!
    Wife finally decided to get her CHL and will be toting a P229 9mm. Her intent (for now) is to carry when traveling vs. day-to-day. She does not want a holster on the entire time but wants to take the pistol with her to restrooms / gas stations when she gets out of the car. Needs to be easy on / off, and I want something that will be on her person vs. a purse / bag. Open carry is not an option. I'm thinking a fanny-pack might be the best choice. Any suggestions on brand or any other methods that might work?

    I'll ask that folks hold off on the comments about the need to carry all the time and just focus on the question at hand. Thanks!
  2. BailRecoveryAgent

    BailRecoveryAgent Rude Member

    Aug 2, 2010
    Purse carry or fanny pack is about the only thing I can think of for all those stipulations. Maybe a smaller gun in the future and pocket carry?

  3. alba666

    alba666 WWJGD

    Dec 19, 2009
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  4. ventura


    Jan 25, 2006
    A paddle holster or an IWB with clip are very easy on and off options.
  5. BK63


    Sep 15, 2005
    I would say some kind of tear away fanny pack as women don't tend to draw much attention as a man would wearing one of those. I would not have her carry it in a purse for obvious reasons. If a BG grabs the purse, he also has the gun now. That or pocket carry.
  6. Darkangel1846


    Jul 19, 2004
    Best choice followed by fanny pack(remember she will have to train a lot with a fanny pack)If you watch old reruns of "The X Files" Scully is small women but is able to pack a medium sized handgun with a paddle holster. If you do net search you'll find many paddle bolsters foe women.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  7. bogey3737

    bogey3737 diablo azul

    Nov 15, 2005
    The Swamp!
    Tried her on the J-Frames (640 and 60) as well as the G19 / 26. She did not like the recoil in any of them. Her house gun has been a 5" L-Frame w/ 38 +P's, but that is just not practical for carry. She liked the Sig and shot it that's what we've got to work with.

    Paddle holster might be feasible...but it would require a large overshirt / jacket, which isn't always practical.
  8. dregotglock

    dregotglock CHL Instructor

    May 23, 2009
    DFW TX
    one of the stated needs is to carry into a restroom on travel and that sort of thing.

    paddle holsters may work getting to the restroom but then she has to be concerned about what she is going to do with it while in there - guys we can stand, ladies it takes a little more thought and sometimes balance (from what the mrs explains anyway...)

    I bring this up because those who do not carry daily make that choice for a reason. In my experience the easier it is for them to carry they will carry more often. Fanny packs or a purse specific to ccw's, which she can use to carry things she needs already, would be just 1 thing she has to grab while getting out. Compared to a purse and then something else.

    Again this only applies IMHO because she is not going to be a "daily carry" chl holder- vs daily carry people, who make choices understanding the consequence to what is comfortable and or convenient. This may also then lead to her carrying because its in her purse already (purse carry vs fanny pack - most of the females I know ,who did not initially daily carry, preferred to carry do so in a purse for ease and convenience)... then it may become daily carry. Win Wins are always good.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  9. Bren

    Bren NRA Life Member

    Jan 16, 2005
    Unfortunately, the purse/bag option is the most practical - either a gun purse or a good leather one that goes across her body would be perfect and would encourage her to carry a gun. Insisting on your "man-carry" gun on your belt version just means the gun will go in the glove compartment, and won't be handy if she needs it.

    Something like this:

    with the strap diagonal across her body, would be more secure than a paddle holster and she could put it on and take it off without attracting attention and she wouldn't have to dress around it. It's not practially different than this, which I carried daily in Afghanistan without the useless chest strap (just one strap, bandolier style, so I could put it on and take it off easy):
    Or this:
    The difference between a gun purse and a bandolier shoulder holster is just that one looks cool and manly, while the other is made for a woman.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  10. Batesmotel


    Apr 5, 2007
    My wife has a purse with a velcro opening with holster on the end instead of the top. This allows her to keep her hand right on the gun with out being noticed. She does this at night when she walks from work to the car.

    My daughter has a nice shoulder bag from REI that she has an Uncle Mikes holster sewn into. Works great and doesn't look like a Tacti-cool bag. She looks like another kid on campus.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  11. AGAF

    AGAF On a Journey

    Oct 2, 2006
    May not be what she is thinking about, but if she wears a skirt, a thigh holster might work with a small J-frame revolver.....
  12. Imnotascoolasu


    Feb 6, 2007
    What about a "day-planner" style holster? That what I plan on giving my girlfriend if she ever becomes interested.