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SA315B
11-29-2004, 15:46
Looking for a carry purse for a friend, any recommendations?

MrsKitty
11-29-2004, 21:11
Sadly, I have been unable to find one for a reasonable price. I have resorted to carrying in a GOOD holster in my purse in a way I can draw fast...or carrying in a Vera Bradley-type purse a friend made with a special pocket for my gun.

I have looked at some $400 models online that didn't look like I would like them any better. I can buy a new gun for that ;Q

In an earlier thread, we womens listed what qualities/traits we wanted in a carry purse. We came to the conclusion that there would be a pretty good demand if we were to start making what we wanted.

reinbeau
11-30-2004, 19:11
Good demand at a reasonable price! I don't imagine they sell many of the $400 purses, but then again I may be wrong. I need to get a small enough gun to carry, I'm not going to carry my G23 around, it's too big. Hubby wants me carrying when I go into Boston, and I won't do it until I have a small enough gun (and a good purse!). My problem is I'm not supposed to have a gun at work, I leave work to go into town, so it's got to be on me. Needs to be small and secured in a good carry purse. I'm still looking.....

MrsKitty
11-30-2004, 21:16
G23 is what I carry ;)

reinbeau
12-01-2004, 03:36
Originally posted by misskitty5077
G23 is what I carry ;) But, Miss Kitty, aren't you a police officer (or am I thinking of someone else?) The G23 is too large for my purposes, I'm not supposed to have my gun on me at work, but to go into Boston after work, I need to have it on me (I won't leave it in my truck, especially not here in MA). So I need something smaller.

beemerphile
12-01-2004, 05:07
Gloria Lemaster. My wife has one for her G19 and I understand that it is what Miami Vice ladies carry. Very discreet pistol enclosure, yet fast to access. The strap has a metal cable inside it so a BG can't purse snatch it without clotheslining himself. - Lee

Glockgirl26
12-01-2004, 10:25
Action direct carries some purses made for concealed carry that aren't too pricey, and that could accomodate a G23 or 19 easily. If you want something smaller, try the G26. I love mine!

MrsKitty
12-02-2004, 00:51
Originally posted by reinbeau
But, Miss Kitty, aren't you a police officer (or am I thinking of someone else?)

No, I am not a LEO. I wouldn't last a week doing that before I smacked somebody into next week :( :( :( Other than that, I would enjoy the profession. I have several degrees in criminal justice so you might have got the idea from that?

I just moved up to a slightly larger purse. It is a medium size so it is plenty big enough without being too big.

Have you ever thought about "day planner" carry? A lot of people are against it but I have carried that way in places before and never gotten a second look. Sometimes it is the best option. For example, you can drop a day planner down into you briefcase or backpack and nobody will give it a second look.

FoxyC
12-02-2004, 14:40
I have a hard carrying on body because of work. So I too am forced carry in purse the majority of the time. When I can, I carry a Kel-Tel on my ankle. Which I don't really like to do because of the slow reaction time I know I would have. I can't carry on my hip because of the type of work I do, very physical, a lot of bending over, moving parts, etc....

I carry a G19 w/15+2 mag in a Galco carry purse. I really like it. I think my bf paid around $200.00 for it last Christmas. I picked the Galco because it seemed to have the best grade of leather for the price. Most others were $150.00 - $300.00, they looked and felt cheap. I can fit everything I need into it and still have easy access to my gun.

I think Galco actually designed them for revolvers, but the G19 fits nicely. It took some getting used to with the extra weight on my shoulder, but as they say...it's not supposed to be comfortable, it's supposed to be comforting .....when you carry. ;)

Which ever purse you decide on just be sure the straps are nice and thick, you don't want the BG to cut your purse straps and get away with your purse AND your gun.

If you want I can post some pics of the purse with a G19 and a G23 for you to see.

reinbeau
12-02-2004, 19:02
Yes, Foxy, thanx, that would be great if you posted some pics :)

Jaegergirl
12-02-2004, 19:40
the problem i've found when looking for carry purses is a. the prices.. too dang expensive and b. they look like carry purses (have that telltale zipper). i remember someone mentioning on here a while back that he bought his wife a leather purse from a department store that looked just like one of the carry purses but it was a fraction of the price. i've looked on www.ebags.com and have found some i think could work. heck, i was in walmart on monday and found on that would work as well.

that's probably the route i will go.

:)

FoxyC
12-02-2004, 21:26
Originally posted by reinbeau
Yes, Foxy, thanx, that would be great if you posted some pics :)

:steamed:
This friggin camera devours batteries!!!!!!!

I'll get ya a couple pics posted tomorrow. As soon as I swipe some batteries from work.

hawk0484
12-03-2004, 19:36
I have a discontinued Coronado purse that I like pretty well. The only problem I have with it is one I would have with any shoulder bag: after a while my shoulder starts hurting.

What I ended up doing recently was buying a purse at a department store (~$50) that has a middle zipper compartment that opens from the top. I put my gun in it and the remainder of my junk in the other compartments. It has 2 short straps that I can carry and a detachable shoulder strap.

Amelia
12-07-2004, 13:02
I admit i rarely use purse carry, but for those times i haven't another better choice, I have a coronado leather concealment purse. It's great and no zippers. But, not cheap, for sure. :o)

Amelia

beachside39
12-07-2004, 13:26
My wife carrys an "American Hobo" purse from www.coronadoleather.com

This is one of five products I've purchased from them. It's a great design. Unfortunately, I have to report some quality issues. Stitching in her purse and my Dakota briefcase have pulled out. They offered to restitch it free if returned within one year. Otherwise they charge a fee for the repair.

Also, the color on her purse has worn and faded much sooner than expected. When reported, the seller didn't offer any assistance with this problem.

DeputyDavid
12-07-2004, 19:29
I hate to throw a wet rag on the thread here, but I do not recommend carrying your gun in a purse for the following reasons:

1.) Statistically you stand a much greater chance of getting your purse snatched than getting mugged, raped, etc.
2.) You probably don't always carry your purse with you.
3.) The draw stroke tends to be somewhat slow.

Also, bad guys have been known to use your purse straps to fling you down to the ground before they abscond with the purse.

I believe that that the best bet is too find a carry method on your body that you can feel comfortable with and stick with it.

Amelia
12-08-2004, 14:02
Thanks Deputy for the reminder.

Most carry-savvy women know this, but we also have to carry within the social and clothing "rules" that are thrust upon us by jobs, family, culture, etc. So, for some, it's the only option, and for others, it's the only option in some situations.

The reality is that some cannot find an on-body carry option that will work. Thus, purse carry has to be considered. Of course, your warnings are important and should be heeded and remembered.

It's always good to be well informed before making our choices, though, isn't it!

Thanks!

FoxyC
12-08-2004, 14:38
I hope you can open these...

The other thing I think I forgot to mention about the Galco is the fact that the gun compartment locks. The only time I use this option is when I visit friends. I lock the purse when I get inside and keep the key in my pocket until it's time to go.

I agree with the deputy about carrying off body, there are definate disadvantages, but we can't always carry the way the guys do. I have adjusted the way I dress considerably and still have a hard time carrying on my hip. I've also tried the thunder ware route and that is just plain awful. I couldn't sit down and looked like I was happy to see everyone. That look just dosen't work for women. ;f

FoxyC
12-08-2004, 14:39
and another

FoxyC
12-08-2004, 14:40
and last one.

Sorry for all the posts but I don't know how to copy and paste into the message field. I'll look it up later.

Amelia
12-08-2004, 14:45
Thanks for the pics and the info, FoxyC! :o)

Kolchak
12-08-2004, 15:07
I have to say that I was quite amazed at how well my SmartCarry holster works. It is probably partly due to the fact that I am carrying a 2" barrel airweight S&W revolver.

However, it is better to be carrying an itty bitty gun than no gun at all due to wardrobe constraints.

reinbeau
12-08-2004, 18:40
Thanx, Foxy, those pics were helpful. I can't carry around the office, which is my whole point. I won't leave it in my truck, so I want a purse to carry it with; I can lock my purse in my drawer while I'm in work. Those are nice looking purses, but they cost the earth! Oh well, I'll just have to pony up the money.;g Or should I say bite the bullet?? ;f ;a ;f

FoxyC
12-08-2004, 19:21
reinbeau,

I know it's tough shelling out that much cash for a purse, but I have to say it was worth every penny. And when this one finally wears out I'll buy another one. It has held up very well. I carry it every single day to work, it hasn't faded, the stitching looks great, the holster is still in excellent shape, etc......

I know I sound like I work for Galco, maybe if I keep it up they will send me some samples. ;f ;f ;f

FoxyC
12-08-2004, 19:25
Originally posted by Kolchak


However, it is better to be carrying an itty bitty gun than no gun at all due to wardrobe constraints. [/B]


I agree.

I am going to get the smart carry for my Kel-Tec. I'm sure that will be MUCH more comforatable than packing a 9 on my belly.

Cat91
12-08-2004, 19:42
Originally posted by reinbeau
But, Miss Kitty, aren't you a police officer (or am I thinking of someone else?) The G23 is too large for my purposes, I'm not supposed to have my gun on me at work, but to go into Boston after work, I need to have it on me (I won't leave it in my truck, especially not here in MA). So I need something smaller.

You might be thinking of me. I'm a prosecutor and I carry a 23 in my purse. Bot it last year at a local gun show for about a hundred bucks, but it is all leather and it has a cener Velcro pocket that works great. I take it with me everywhere unless I have to fly someplace.

Miao, Cat

reinbeau
12-09-2004, 03:32
Bingo! Yes, it was you I was thinking of, Cat :)

Melissa Ann
12-15-2004, 12:06
Originally posted by DeputyDavid
I hate to throw a wet rag on the thread here, but I do not recommend carrying your gun in a purse for the following reasons:

1.) Statistically you stand a much greater chance of getting your purse snatched than getting mugged, raped, etc.

I believe that that the best bet is too find a carry method on your body that you can feel comfortable with and stick with it.

HI DeputyDavid,

I must be an exception to the stats - just a couple years ago was attacked (would have been mugged and/or worse but I kicked the fella in the 'nads) and never had my purse snatched.

That being said, I'm with you and would advise other gals to carry in a holster, belly band, smart-carry, or other such means than purse. I used to forget my purse more times than not... just another reason for me not to carry in a purse.

Take care and Merry Christmas! :)

SouthernGal
12-16-2004, 07:54
Originally posted by DeputyDavid
I hate to throw a wet rag on the thread here, but I do not recommend carrying your gun in a purse for the following reasons:

1.) Statistically you stand a much greater chance of getting your purse snatched than getting mugged, raped, etc.
2.) You probably don't always carry your purse with you.
3.) The draw stroke tends to be somewhat slow.

Also, bad guys have been known to use your purse straps to fling you down to the ground before they abscond with the purse.

I believe that that the best bet is too find a carry method on your body that you can feel comfortable with and stick with it.

My TN instructor told me the same thing. His fear was that a perp would not only steal your purse, but use your own weapon on you.

I always carry on my person, not in a purse. I'd rather take the chance of someone knowing I'm carrying by putting it on my body than let someone steal my purse, credit cards, AND my Glock! God knows, I'd miss the Glock the most!

DeputyDavid
12-16-2004, 11:56
Originally posted by Melissa Ann
HI DeputyDavid,

I must be an exception to the stats - just a couple years ago was attacked (would have been mugged and/or worse but I kicked the fella in the 'nads) and never had my purse snatched.

That being said, I'm with you and would advise other gals to carry in a holster, belly band, smart-carry, or other such means than purse. I used to forget my purse more times than not... just another reason for me not to carry in a purse.

Take care and Merry Christmas! :)

Melissa,

I applaud you for your decision to fight off your attacker. You are definitely an exception - most women (and many men as well) tend to freeze and the fight is over before they have a chance to defend themselves.

Carrying a gun is a compromise between accessability and security. Women tend to have a difficult time with carrying on their person due to shape, size and clothing constraints. If you are willing to invest the time and energy in trying all of the various alternatives of on body carry, you can usually find a method that you can live with.

By the way, my recommendation against purse carry also applies to the fake daytimer, briefcase, console, glovebox, etc. If the gun is more than a few inches from your hands, you probably won't have time to get to it. We had a murder case in our county a few years ago where we found the womans' body in her home not more than 3 feet from her cocked and loaded Colt 45. She was only a couple of seconds away from potentially changing the outcome completely.

I hope I'm not sounding paranoid, but I also believe that you should carry nothing of real value in your purse. Your drivers license, CCW permit, one credit card (ooh, I know I'll hear it on this one) and some cash should also be carried on your person. My wife's purse has an old wallet with a bunch of $1 bills in it, some expired credit cards, and various cosmetics that she could live without. She is prepared to surrender it to a bad guy without hesitation.

Stay safe, and have a Merry Christamas also!

Doug_Y
12-16-2004, 22:02
And now for a word from Mrs. Doug_Y about the purse thing:

Hi. Doug thought I should let my carry solution should be shared. Because of my work - I teach dance to children often on preschool premises - there is almost no way for me to carry on body. My clothing runs towards fitted exercise pants and leotards. So I carry in a backpack purse. The weight is more evenly distributed, I have straps on both arms, and with a little practice my S&W 642 is easily and quickly accessable.
(No, I'm not a Glock carrier. I'm more comfortable with revolvers as that's what I was raised shooting.)
I had been turned off by the prices as well as the size of the backpack purses offered for concealed carry. If I have that much space to fill, I will fill it and the weight goes up. So I bought a purse at Mervyns with zippers in the right places and adjusted it with velcro and holster inserts. Doug took pictures to share.
When it's not on my body, the purse is locked in my trunk or in the studio office. We'll see how long this purse lasts, but for $35 for the purse, $20 for the holster inserts and $5 for the velcro, it's worth a try.

OK, I'm back, but she's still staring over my shoulder so she can beat me if I do something wrong.

Actually, I can't figure out how to attach the JPG files, so just send me a message and I'll get you the pictures. Meanwhile, I'll try to figure out this HTML thing. I miss DOS...

OK, I've figured it out! Here is the front of the purse:
http://img150.exs.cx/img150/4889/pursefront7by.jpg

The carry compartment with her 642:
http://img154.exs.cx/img154/8742/purse6426yg.jpg

The carry compartment with a full-size 1911a1 (For those trips night clubbing!):
http://img154.exs.cx/img154/554/purse19113tp.jpg

And lastly, the carry compartment with her Remington 870. This idea didn't work out well:
http://img154.exs.cx/img154/8060/purse8705sq.jpg

Cat91
12-22-2004, 19:24
Exactly. Most normal womens' clothes won't allow us to carry a decent gun-like a .40 Glock-on the body. Gotta use a handbag or a fanny pack and I don't like fanny packs.

Miao, Cat

Melissa Ann
12-23-2004, 11:17
Funny, I thought my clothes were normal. They can hide a gun pretty easily. But then, maybe my extra weight helps hide things too. Hmmmm.. maybe being overweight will actually SAVE my life because I'll have the gun on me and readily reachable if it ever hits the fan. Heck, even when I finish losing the weight, I'll still dress to accommodate my carry gun. I'd be foolish to do anything else. YMMV. Probably does.

For you gals who carry in a purse or fanny pack, or even a belly band, do yourselves a HUGE favor and practice retreiving your gun from those places. They're not as second-nature as a holster on your hip. Make sure you can get the gun out in a hurry and get it on target. When it hits the fan, you won't have a lot of time to get it into action. If you're struggling with zippers and other junk in your purse, that's all the time a bad guy will need to move in and take control of the situation. I'd think you'd do well to be more aware of your surroundings than most of us - because you'll need that extra second or two to access your gun. Stay in condition yellow or orange - don't trust anyone. Always be ready, cautious, watchful.

Good luck and Stay safe.
Melissa

reinbeau
12-23-2004, 18:15
I've actually got a quick-draw fanny pouch I bought at a gun show. I can wear that when I'm in street clothes in the city, it's got a quick-rip on the zipper you pull with (for a righty) your left hand while your right grasps the grip of the gun. It's pretty slick. Problem is I can't carry much else in it and it isn't appropriate for work. But it'll work for most purposes.

Cat91
12-24-2004, 16:44
I'm thinking about getting one of those, Ann. I prefer full size pistols and it'd be better for casual wear, I think.

I committed Glock Sacrilege today. I SOLD my Model 23!!

Well, actually I traded it. Hubby packs a Steyr M-9 and has been after me to get something we could share ammo with. 9mm is cheaper than .40 and 9mm Cor-Bons have nearly the same muzzle velocity. Soooo, I used this as an opportunity to fill my hand with something that actually fits my hand. The Glock's grip is JUST a little fat.

So I got an FN FNP-9.

You know, I really like it. 17 rounds, and it's about the same size as the 23. Fits just as well in my purse. But its grip is smaller and it's WAY more accurate. I actually drew a smiley face on a target from 25 yards with the FNP tonight! Hubby's jaw about hit the floor when he saw that!

Miao, Cat

AggiePhil
05-27-2005, 18:21
Originally posted by beemerphile
Gloria Lemaster. My wife has one for her G19 and I understand that it is what Miami Vice ladies carry. Very discreet pistol enclosure, yet fast to access. The strap has a metal cable inside it so a BG can't purse snatch it without clotheslining himself. - Lee
Where can these "Gloria Lemaster" purses be found? Google turned up nothing but this thread. ;i

Cat91
05-27-2005, 20:59
And of course, I'm back with the Glock again. Just can't stay away. Answered a lot of the carry problems with a Coronado purse. It zips open real fast and I can get to it almost as fast as I can from the hip. But in casual wear I often carry it now in a Fobus GL2* just behind my right hip. Works great!

Miao, Cat

Vic303
05-27-2005, 22:06
HI Cat, glad to see you got a Coronado too. I don't use mine much, as I prefer IWB, but there are times it is the only way I can carry.

For IWB, I prefer one of two holsters--the Sparks VM-II or the Threat Solutions UCR, both for 1911. If funds permitted, I'd also probably have a Tucker Answer. I'd like to try a CTAC sometime, but they strike me as too complicated, with all the adjustments possible on it.
YMMV.
Vic

Oh and lest I forget, in the summer heat, Smart Carry.

96KICKS
06-25-2005, 20:59
ttt.

Any more recent updates/info on this topic? Last post was about December. I'm looking for carry options.

Vic303
06-29-2005, 09:17
96, what firearm do you carry? How do you have to dress for a typical weekday? Can you carry at work? What is the general climate (summer) where you live?

All these will affect how & what you carry. Sorry but I'm too lazy this morning to go back to see if you posted any of this info back in 2004 or not.
--Vicky

96KICKS
06-29-2005, 14:00
Glock 19
typical dress: Jeans, shirt, hate wearing belts.
Yes I can carry at work.
Climate in summer is warm to hot (MI)
My clothing is generally not loose fitting.
I'm thinking my best option is purse, and I've been searching for one.

Originally posted by Vic303
96, what firearm do you carry? How do you have to dress for a typical weekday? Can you carry at work? What is the general climate (summer) where you live?

All these will affect how & what you carry. Sorry but I'm too lazy this morning to go back to see if you posted any of this info back in 2004 or not.
--Vicky

Vic303
06-29-2005, 14:49
96, the general rule of thumb for CCW is to dress around the pistol. So, try low-rise jeans ( I find they postition th efirearm better with hips), 1 size larger, and a loose seersucker type fabric shortsleeve blouse over a tight tank top. Do not tuck the blouse in, nor button it all the way. Just use a bottom button or two, to keep it from blowing in the breezes.

Holsters to consider (I personally use all 3.) are Threat Solutions UCR, Sparks VM-II, and a Smart Carry. Another good holster but one I cannot afford nor find used, is a Tucker Answer.

I can also recommend Coronado Leather for purses. High quality & high price, but not overpriced for what you get. I have their Cross Carry model.

For IWB you must have a good stiff belt. Yes, I know it's not God's most comfortable thinkg to wear a 1.5" wide, 1/4" thick slab of cowhide on your waist in the heat, but it is 'comforting' to know it is doing its job of holding up your firearm of choice.

Kilroy
07-01-2005, 11:22
Previously posted elsewhere:

If a gun purse is needed, consider the following...

Ladies Protection (http://ladiesprotection.com/)

This purse was designed by two instructors who have done a very good job of analyzing was is needed in a purse that will carry a defensive firearm. Starting with a safe "draw to fire position", it also incorporates a means of carrying a spare magazine and a flashlight.

Using a zipper to open the gun compartment, it is much quieter then velcro if you wish to open the compartment. Not telegraphing your actions can be a critically important thing. The design also is optimum for safe drawing of the pistol. Side entry holsters will tend to swing away from you as one attempts to draw the pistol. The design of the Ladies Protection purse keeps the pistol stable and it remains in place as your hand moves to draw the gun. This design also permits you to keep body parts away from the pistol muzzle as you draw or reholster.

The design also allows a loose or dropped (during the draw) pistol to fall back into the purse. Side opening designs can and will allow your pistol to fall onto the ground, which can cause anything from being embarrassed to serious legal problems.

Of quality (US made) construction, this purse is one of the best designs that I have seen. Designed by professional trainers who had the best interest of the user in mind.

I have no interest or participation in this company, but I do support good products and this is one of the best.


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AggiePhil
07-01-2005, 12:21
Eek! That purse is pretty ugly, I must say. ;g