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    Hi all I am a newbie to guns and everything guns

    Was told there was a ladies board so I am dropping by! I was wondering what all of you use to carry your guns? Thanks Debra

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    My wife uses purse carry, I frown on it as if someone's going to rob her, they'll want to snatch the purse first.
    PT1911 - 45ACP, Pietta 1873 SAA - 45LC, PT709SS slim, Heritage RR 6.5" 22LR/Mag dual cylinders
    1939 Tula 91/30 Nugget, Evil Copper and Black Rifle, Savage B-Mag in 17WSM
    Mossberg 535 12ga
    GPS Coordinates to lake where they all reside. Always wear your life vests kids. Boating accidents DO happen.

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    Welcome aboard.

    If you take a look at my signature there are a few links for the ladies and new shooters in there.

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    A variety of purses are available for carrying handguns, AND they are made for instant access so if your purse is grabbed, you still have your gun in hand. A vital "negotiating" tool for retrieving your purse. Welcome to TA from the Mid-South!!!

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    Welcome from Michigan! I switch between my PT111 G2 and my S&W Shield 45. Wife hates guns so can't help you there. A range that rents pistols could help you find the one that fits your needs.

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    ​Welcome to the Forum from Gulf Coast Florida!
    "The large print giveth, the small print taketh away..." Tom Waits
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    "Actually that is a pistol in my pocket..... But I am glad to see you." coopercdrkey
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    I'm going to assume you wish to conceal carry. I use different holsters for different occasions, this is what has worked for me but everyone is different.

    Walking the dog means a Remora IWB or in pocket if a smaller firearm. A belt is required (except for pocket carry). I ended up preferring the one without the sweat guard.

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    I also have a custom leather OWB holster I can use on a belt when I'm wearing a jacket that covers it. It was my expensive splurge and I had one designed by Rinehart Leather. Due to city ordinances, I live in an area where open carry isn't an option, so OWB only happens in the winter with cover, or on my own property. A plain one would work just fine and be less expensive, but there's more and more options catered to women showing up all the time, this is just one of them.

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    My husband uses a belly band holster for biking, I can see this working but this wasn't for me. I like my firearms well secured in a holster, so this just didn't feel comfortable to me and I don't use it. I will never use a Flashbang bra holster, just no way.

    I do have a purse I sometimes use when nothing else will really work. I got mine from Gun Tote'n Mamas. Always cross carry, get one with a dedicated pocket and steel reinforced strap, and keep it on your body at all times just like a holster. If you are one to leave you purse lying around, a purse is a really bad idea. In a car (if no passenger), hang it over the head rest of the front passenger seat so it won't fly to the floor if you stop fast.

    I also have an ankle holster that I can stuff into a boot. This works if wearing a long skirt that covers baggy boots (the kind meant for tucking in your jeans). Not my favorite way to carry, but would work if nothing else does and you don't want to carry a purse.

    When I start out with a new holster, I practice drawing from the holster with an unloaded firearm to get used to the holster, then I'd wear it around the house for a while until it proved itself secure and I was comfortable with it. Takes a lot of the stress out of wearing it public for the first time, and get's rid of that temptation to check it all the time. No one will know you are carrying unless you're checking it.
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    Wow thank you so much for all this. You have taken the stress of this new gun off my back! I just got a handbag as a Christmas gift its a conceal type. I also got some targets and bullets. All I need is the gun to come in and a holster. I am a person who wears elastic waist pants here in Fla but I went out and bought some pants with belt loops. I need to find a military grade belt now. I too said no way Jose to the bra one and the leg one too much work for both lol. I love the idea of practicing with the gun and walking around the house with the holster once I get it. I might do that with this purse also. The reason I wont do the pocket holster is I drop my phone out of the pockets of the pants I use so I can see losing the gun but with these new pants the pockets might be deeper I will have to see when they come in the mail. I want a inside the pants holster but now I'm afraid it might be too hot around here. I am so tired and have such a headache searching for in waist ones. If you have some time I can send you some links later of what I am considering getting but I don't want to bother you to much. I have to go now getting ready to practice at the range its free for ladies Sunday and Mondays so I go there on those days and might go more once I get my gun because renting one each time is costly for me lol. Thank you again for your words of wisdom and please keep giving me them I will never get tired of them I promise. Bye have a blessed day. Debra
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    Deb,
    It'll be hard to recommend an IWB (inside waist band) holster for you without knowing what make and model handgun you'll be getting. We can give you ideas of what manufacturers, price ranges and styles, but the specifics wont be there.
    PT1911 - 45ACP, Pietta 1873 SAA - 45LC, PT709SS slim, Heritage RR 6.5" 22LR/Mag dual cylinders
    1939 Tula 91/30 Nugget, Evil Copper and Black Rifle, Savage B-Mag in 17WSM
    Mossberg 535 12ga
    GPS Coordinates to lake where they all reside. Always wear your life vests kids. Boating accidents DO happen.

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    Well this is a rather large handbag and the gun goes in the side/back and I am supposed to be able to pull out at will. I know having it on person should be easier but you have to "fumble" when getting it on your person as well so I am thinking of going broke no kidding and getting a "pocket holster" and a "In the pants holster" so I can try them around the house and the purse around the house and see which is more comfy or rather which conforms to my lifestyle and me to it. As I see it none of them are comfy because you have to have your hand at the side/back of the handbag at all times as well as have it around your pocket or your waist/chest/leg/shoulder where ever you keep it which ever method you choose. It hit me that this is a "learning" period and to learn one must go broke getting all the things that will teach you. Damn I didn't think this through enough
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