Buying a concealed carry purse is a very individual process, we all have our own style and list of criteria when we buy a purse, some of us like small “essentials only” purses while others like to carry everything but the kitchen sink.
Like designer handbags, concealed carry purses often come with a high price tag and aren’t something you want to buy without careful consideration, you want to be sure that the purse you buy is not only suitable for carrying your firearm, but will also carry everything else you usually carry in your purse, and do so in a way that is convenient for you.
Start With A Purse You Like
Before you start shopping for a concealed carry purse, you need to take a good look at your existing favorite purses, what do they have in common? Are you someone who likes a lot of seperate pockets to keep your bag neat and organized, or are you more of a “throw it all in and I’ll find it when I need it” kind of person? Do you graviate towards leather and natural materials? Do you prever a hobo or a structured purse? Think about your purse personality carefully because you want to ensure that this will be a purse you are totally comfortable using and wearing when the time comes.
I generally recommend considering a classic style for your first concealed carry purse, looking for something in black or brown (depending whch color best suits your wardrobe) that will work with a wide variety of outfit choices, and can take you from formal to casual, daytime to evening.
Once you have a good idea of the kind of style you’re looking for in a concealed carry purse, and you know what will give you the most versatility, it’s time to look at the concealed carry features of the purses available. It’s absolutely essential that you choose a purse with a seperate compartment for your firearm, where it will be safely holstered and kept seperate from keys, pens and other items that could conceivably get caught around the trigger and cause a negligent discharge. Almost all designated concealed carry purses come with this and it is the primary reason that regular purses are not suitable for concealed carry.
What Features Do You Need In A Concealed Carry Purse?
Look at how the concealed carry compartment zips, some have two zips one on either side (allowing for left and right hand draw) while others have a single zip that goes around three sides, consider how you wear your purse (over one shoulder or cross body) and how you will be drawing when you look at this key accessability aspect.
You will want to be able to adjust the draw angle for the holster within your purse, so look for purses that have this functionality, many use velcro to attach the holster to the purse ensuring that you can adjust the holster for a comfortable and clean draw.
If you have children or others in your household who you want to ensure can’t access your firearm, some purses come with a lock on the zip to the firearm compartment, this is a very useful feature and should be considered careully to keep your family safe.
Finally you want to consider the strap of the purse, after all the last scenario you want is for your purse to be snatched with your firearm inside it. Many purses come with a reinforced strap that will prevent the strap from being cut in a purse snatching. I count this as an essential feature in any concealed carry purse for your own security.
If you do decide to carry in a concealed carry purse, ensure that you practice your draw regularly and you are comfortable with the way you carry. As always be aware of your surroundings and keep your purse on your person at all times to ensure your firearm doesn’t fall into the wrong hands.
As a Brit living and working in the USA, her views on gun ownership and the second amendment have evolved over the years, allowing her to fully understand both sides of the gun control debate and she regularly speaks on the matter to help others understand why she feels the second amendment must be protected and why she chooses to be an advocate for the shooting sports.
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