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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.
 

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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!
 

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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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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.
 

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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 :funsign::rant2::damnit::eek:opps::logish:
 

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Oh sorry I thought I told everyone I am getting this cutie Taurus PT111 PRO G2 9MM BL/FDE 12+1 3.2in
I thought I remembered you had said that in your other post.:)

Hopefully, you will be able to shoot one before you buy. The trigger breaks pretty fair back in the pull on the PT111 G2. If you have smaller hands, that may be OK and maybe even a plus. For me, it is something I had to get used to. I think I have medium/large hands for a guy.
 

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My friend in Tx sent me for Christmas this handbag. What I am trying to figure out is if the zipper is locked with the gun inside it and you need the gun ASAP you will be fumbling to get the key then it opened and it defeats the purpose of using a handbag. How does one get around that happening? Oh I found its picture on Ebay to help get advise about handbags. She didn't buy it there lol. Thanks
 

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Um no the range doesn't have one to rent I have been killing my hands with the Canik 9S. Nice gun but heavy and big. I have tunnel carpel but I tried smaller guns and couldn't move the thing on that you have to slide after loading mag I don't know the area's name sorry. I will be stuck with it if it doesn't work for me but I think it will. Oh I dont have smaller hands I was always told growing up I have "Scottish Hands". Don't ask me what that means lol.
 

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Um no the range doesn't have one to rent I have been killing my hands with the Canik 9S. Nice gun but heavy and big. I have tunnel carpel but I tried smaller guns and couldn't move the thing on that you have to slide after loading mag I don't know the area's name sorry. I will be stuck with it if it doesn't work for me but I think it will. Oh I dont have smaller hands I was always told growing up I have "Scottish Hands". Don't ask me what that means lol.
The thing you "slide" is called... drum roll... the "slide". As in "racking the slide".;)

Have you held the G2 in your hands at all? If you have already posted that, please forgive me for asking again. If not, then you really need to AT LEAST hold one and be allowed to dry fire it several times before you buy it. It is a good gun, but everyone is different and you may find that it is not a perfect fit for you. Especially considering the size of the gun you have been renting.

I think the Canik you have been shooting is larger and heavier. The G2 is smaller and lighter. So, recoil will most likely be higher with the G2.

I may be wrong as I am not sure which Canik you are shooting at the range. I saw in another of your posts where you listed it as a Canik 9s.

It THIS the one you have been shooting?

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Yes it looks like it. I have never seen a PT111 except in pictures so nope never touched it. As I said I am stuck with it if I don't like it but I think I will. They said the slide is easier then the ones I tried on the smaller guns. I am hoping I didn't make a mistake or wasted my money so I am trying to be positive. They wanted me to go S&W or some others but I really had my mind made up when I paid lol. I was told the recoil is not harsh with the PT111. At 1st the recoil for the Canik was nerve racking then I got used to it. I am hoping the PT111 wont be rough. Oh Gad please tell me I didn't make an expensive mistake :eek::(:banghead:
 

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Thanks for the link and I think I'm too old for that to go around my middle. I'd have to find it to put it there :D:shocked:plus that would be too hot to wear in Fla I would think. I so hate sweating:icon_ nono: LOL thanks my daughter would piss herself if I put that thing on and the extra mag and gun lol.
 

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I'm a woman and I cant for the life of me picture myself carrying a pink or purple gun. That's so unmanly. I'm looking at pictures of women holding them or using holsters and I find myself saying why did they ever leave the kitchen! To each his own but seriously Pink and Purple?:icon_ peace:
 

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Yes it looks like it. I have never seen a PT111 except in pictures so nope never touched it. As I said I am stuck with it if I don't like it but I think I will. They said the slide is easier then the ones I tried on the smaller guns. I am hoping I didn't make a mistake or wasted my money so I am trying to be positive. They wanted me to go S&W or some others but I really had my mind made up when I paid lol. I was told the recoil is not harsh with the PT111. At 1st the recoil for the Canik was nerve racking then I got used to it. I am hoping the PT111 wont be rough. Oh Gad please tell me I didn't make an expensive mistake :eek::(:banghead:
No worries. It is a good pistol and I think you will like it. It would have been better if you could have held it, but I have never met a handgun I could not master. Maybe not to competition level, but to SD level for sure. Don't sweat it. You will be fine and "we" are looking forward to you arriving at Carnegie Hall to join us on the sidewalk! (grin)

I remember you posted about having sweaty hands when shooting at times. Well, I still get that from time to time. I don't know why for sure, but it happens.

You have shown that you have enough savvy to learn what you need to know to shoot well and be safe. You are part of the TA family now and "we" are always here to help!

I know the excitement of waiting for your first pistol is part of your angst. That will pass pretty quickly when you receive your PT111 G2. There is nothing like your first handgun!

Keep us posted and never hesitate to ask any questions you have. The only stupid question is the one you didn't ask.;)
 
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