New York-based holster manufacturer DeSantis Gunhide has unveiled four new fits for the Sig Sauer P225-A1. See below for a rundown of what’s currently available.
#01L F.A.M.S. W/ LOCK HOLE™
This asymmetrical design, is now the standard issue for the U.S. Secret Service and other Federal Law Enforcement agencies. The hole accommodates a padlock or standard handcuff behind the trigger allowing the weapon to remain holstered and loaded but locked and safe, for childproof storage. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. Accommodates most combination locks or handcuffs. MSRP is $76.99. For more information, visit http://www.desantisholster.com/F-A-M-S-W-LOCK-HOLE
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#086 Mini Slide®
Premium saddle leather, double seams and a highly detailed molded fit, make this exposed muzzle, tight fitting, two-slot holster a great choice for your favorite pistol. It features an adjustable-tension device. Belt slots are 1 3/4″ wide. MSRP is $71.99. For more information, visit http://www.desantisholster.com/MINI-SLIDE
#033 Dual Carry II®
The Dual Carry II features our Tuck-able 360 degree ‘C’ clip for unlimited positioning adjustment in the IWB mode. Made of soft non-molded leather with thumb break and integral belt loop for OWB carry. Optional J clip is available at extra cost. MSRP is $34.99. For more information, visit http://www.desantisholster.com/DUAL-CARRY-II
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#121 Scorpion® II
This is the next generation of our Scorpion® holster. The Scorpion® II is designed for all day comfort. This strong side concealment holster remains completely open when the pistol is drawn and allows for simple one handed re-holstering. It is precision molded from genuine Kydex® sheet for lasting durability. The Scorpion® II is fitted with our Tuckable 360® C-Clips which will allow height and cant adjustment and are totally tuck-able. Optional J-Clips are also available. MSRP is $66.99. For more information, visit http://www.desantisholster.com/SCORPION-II
DeSantis Gunhide® is a leading holster manufacturer for city, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the U.S. armed forces, as well as hunting/sport shooting organizations around the world. DeSantis delivers a full range of holster products and accessories designed to meet or exceed the needs of its customers.
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The following is a press release from Alien Gear Holsters
After spending over a year in development, the award-winning Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster is now capable of carrying revolvers. Every revolver owner will now have the ability to Conceal in Comfort™ with the all-new Cloak Tuck 3.0: Revolver Holster Edition. This is concealed carry—revolved.
The newest addition to the Cloak Tuck IWB Revolver Holster Series came as a response to a great deal of requests from fans on social media. For Founder and CEO Thomas Tedder, creating a new Cloak Tuck 3.0 IWB Holster for revolvers was an easy decision to make.
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“The new option for the Cloak Tuck 3.0 is our way of supporting law-abiding gun owners,” Tedder said. “By providing more options for safe concealed carry, we’re opening the industry to more Americans practicing Second Amendment rights.”
To provide the ultimate level of comfort and strength, the Cloak Tuck 3.0: Revolver Edition is made with a soft neoprene lining and a spring-steel core. The 3.0 is also built with an all-new retention bump, which provides maximum retention to your revolver.
Production Manager Dave Ross explained how important it is to hand-craft these revolver holsters with high-quality materials.
“We use advanced backer materials including ballistic nylon, neoprene and thermo elastomer,” Ross said. “You can feel the effort and care put into the 3.0 for revolvers the moment you put it on.”
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Every Alien Gear Holster is backed by our Iron-Clad Triple Guarantee. This promise includes a 30-Day Test Drive, Free Shell Trades for Life and a Forever Warranty.
Discover the most comfortable, concealable revolver holster on the planet for just $43.88 at http://aliengearholsters.com/alien-gear-cloak-tuck-3-0-iwb-holster-inside-the-waistband.html/
About Alien Gear Holsters
Founded in 2013, Alien Gear Holsters has become a leader in the concealed carry industry. Alien Gear Holsters has experienced unprecedented growth and popularity in the concealed carry world due to their commitment to comfort, quality, workmanship and affordability. For more information, visit http://aliengearholsters.com
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One of the most important skills you can practice on a daily basis is improving your draw speed. After all, it won’t matter if you’re the world’s best shot if you can’t get your gun out fast enough in a deadly force situation.
But first let’s take a look at a few ways to speed up your draw that don’t include practicing in front of a mirror or at the range.
For starters, you’ll need to decide if you’re going to use open or concealed carry. With open carry you shave off about a half-second from your draw speed, but then you lose the element of surprise, so it’s obviously a personal decision to how you’re going to carry. Next, decide on the type of holster you’re going to wear. Will your holster have a retention device, such as a strap you must break or a button you must push? If you use open carry, I believe it’s important to have a retention device because you don’t want someone behind you to have easy access to your gun. But for concealed carry, I prefer an open-top holster without any retention device slowing me down.
Another consideration is the location you’re going to wear the holster. If you wear your primary gun on your ankle, or in the small of your back, you’re not doing yourself any favors when it comes to getting your gun out fast. This is why I prefer to wear my gun at the 4 o’ clock position, but naturally you should use what works best for you.
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Once you’ve taken into account all of the above factors, it’s time to do some dry-fire drills. Find yourself a safe location, and triple check that your gun is empty. If you can’t find a safe dry-fire location, then get a blue training gun for practice. I use these often, especially in hotel rooms, where it’s difficult to find a safe direction to point a gun.
When you’re all set to go, the first thing you want to work on is your grip. You need to be able to acquire a solid three-finger grip on the gun while the gun remains in the holster. Also, you need to make sure that your grip is high on the gun’s backstrap. If you can’t get a solid grip, move your holster to a location that is easier to reach—or you may need to get a new holster. (I’ve tested out leather holsters that chewed up my hands when I was getting my grip, so I obviously didn’t keep them around for very long.) When you’re able to consistently get a solid grip, then you can move on to the next part of the draw.
With a solid grip, pull the gun straight up out of the holster. As soon as the gun clears the holster, rotate it toward the target. This position is often referred to as close-quarters combat or close-quarters battle because you’re able to fire from it if need be. Next, have your hands meet in the center of your chest to acquire a two-handed grip, and then press the gun out in a straight line, fully extending your arms. As you’re pressing out, you should begin to pick up the front sight, which allows you to fire the gun before you’re fully extended if the situation calls for it.
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As you’re practicing the complete draw, you’ll want to watch yourself in a mirror or have a friend watch you to ensure you are moving in the most efficient manner possible. For instance, as you’re drawing the gun, the only body parts that should be moving are your arms. If your head or legs move, then that’s wasted movement, which should be corrected. Also, since the arms are the only parts moving, it is critical they are moving in a straight line at all times. A lot of folks tend to go “bowling” or “fishing” when they draw their gun, which means they either bring the gun up at an angle (bowling) or go in a circle to finish the draw (fishing). If you find yourself using either of these methods, correct that immediately as it’s detrimental to your draw speed.
When you believe you have an efficient draw, then you’ll want to test it out by doing what Colonel Jeff Cooper referred to as a “blind draw.” With this, you’ll draw the gun with your eyes closed and, as Colonel Cooper stated, complete the stroke to hammer fall with your eyes shut, hold steady and open your eyes. Cooper noted that, if your stroke has been good, you will be exactly on target, as your sights will verify.
An excellent training tool to use for the blind-draw drill is a laser trainer, such as the LaserLyte system. Once you’ve pulled the trigger and opened your eyes, the laser trainer will clearly tell you if you were on target or not. You’ll want to practice the blind-draw drill over and over until you’re consistently on target. When you achieve that consistency, you will want to internalize your drawstroke and the position of your body. In other words, memorize how the draw feels so you can repeat it every time your gun comes out of the holster.
Practice your draw during some live-fire drills on the range to confirm that the time you’ve spent dry firing is actually paying off.
Now, the good news is, everything I’ve described above can be done in your home via dry-fire training. But you’ve also got to do some live-fire drills to work on your draw speed. When you’re at the range, start out by placing a 3-by-5 index card about 3 yards away from you. Work on your new draw, which when completed should have your front sight squarely on the index card. If you’re at a range by yourself, such as at your local public outdoor range or someplace where you’re certain nobody else is around, then do the blind draw and see if you’re able to hit the index card. When you can dependably hit the index card it’s time to introduce a timer.
Personally, I use the Pocket Pro competition timer, but any timer will do. My belief is that you need to be able to draw your gun from concealment and hit your target in under two seconds. So, depending on your skill level, you may want to start out by setting the timer at three or four seconds. But practice to the point that you can draw your gun from concealment and hit the index card in under two seconds.
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After you’ve become proficient at hitting the card in under two seconds from 3 yards, move the target back to 7 yards. Again, from this new distance you’ll want to get to the point where you can hit the 3-by-5 index card in less than two seconds when drawing from concealment. As you move the target further and further back, I encourage you to videotape yourself or have a friend watch you to make sure you’re completing the draw in the most efficient manner possible and not bringing back any bad habits.
If hitting the target at 7 yards is easy for you, then let me introduce you to a drill that was shared with me by Louis Awerbuck, former chief rangemaster at Gunsite: When talking about drills one day, Louis asked me if I wanted to know about “a murderous drill that would wreck my self-confidence.” Naturally, I told him yes. He said that Colonel Cooper taught him a drill where, from 25 yards, you have 2.5 seconds to get one shot into an 8-inch circle while drawing from concealment. It’s a very humbling drill, and if you try it, I recommend a steel target so you get instant feedback. Also, with this drill it is crucial that you have the perfect draw and there is absolutely no wasted movement.
But before you start driving yourself crazy trying to hit steel from 25 yards, take as much time as you need to perfect your draw. The speed will come, especially if you spend 10 to 15 minutes each day working on your draw, as I do.
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Enter into a conversation with anyone about concealed carry and the first issue will be what size pistol you should carry. My first recollection of that discussion was in 1983 with a police officer and Master Class IPSC shooter. At the time, semi-automatics were not approved firearms yet they were often carried “off-duty.” For many, policy violations were secondary to being properly armed. In this case, the other officer carried a lightly customized, full-sized 1911 in 45 ACP. Given that the issued weapon was a six-shot revolver, two extra rounds and a spare magazine were a huge advantage. To be honest, the “wonder nines” were not all that wonderful back then and 9mm ammunition was not what it is today. The huge number of compact and subcompact pistols that exist today were not even a consideration at the time. So for semi-autos, 1911s were still the choice of many professionals, and more often than not, full-sized versions were carried. Almost universally, the reasons were similar. They were 100-percent reliable, provided better ballistics and were no more difficult to conceal than smaller pistols. This truly set the tone for me as a concealed carry professional, a tone that still exists to this day.
When it came to revolvers, the same was often true. My first real duty revolver was a 4-inch Colt Python. That revolver served me through the academy and my entire time as a reserve with the sheriff’s office. That did not change until my employment our department switched to the Smith & Wesson Model 686 by policy. Off-duty weapons were authorized, but only one: the five-shot Chief’s Special.
The same argument arose and the big revolver won the day. Sure, the five-shot was smaller and easier to conceal, but that is not the only issue. The move down to .38 Special, the loss of one round, and the ballistics of a 2-inch barrel made it a problem. If that pistol was necessary off-duty, it was probably for a really bad situation and every advantage was required. Lastly, there is the cost. As a rule, if an agency does not issue a second pistol for off-duty carry, an officer will carry their issue pistol. In 1989, my $15,000 a year salary all but precluded such a purchase, and the situation is the same today. Most officers simply do not have the money to buy a second pistol. It is no different for most concealed carry holders—most have the money for one pistol. The bottom line was simple: You had to find a way to comfortably carry and conceal your primary weapon, which was typically either a full-size pistol or revolver.
From a purely practical point of view, as pistols get smaller you are making a compromise. To this day, the most effective self-defense pistols utilize 4-inch or longer barrels. The laws of physics are not altered by a need for comfort. For well over 10 years, this was evident on the range as a rangemaster for the police department. As convenient as our issued subcompact 9mm was, many officers suffered malfunctions, and what ability they had to hit the target was flushed right down the toilet. Sure, some were fine, but many had issues. It has a short sight radius, and like all small automatics, they are more prone to a less-than-firm grip. That is not the gun’s fault—it’s just a matter of physics.
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Almost without fail, that small pistol was sold to someone else and the move was made back to the full-size pistol. That was true of all of them. A recent “off-duty” shoot made this even clearer. A solid 60 percent of the little guns simply did not run through the whole qualification, and many simply could not hit the side of a barn. It was almost funny to see those with five-shot revolvers trying to make it through a 20-round course of fire with speedloaders that never leave the range bag except to qualify. Not to mention the officer or two who had his pistol fall out of the $5 inside-the-pants holster he “regularly used.”
What you are willing to give up for comfort’s sake? It is no different for any concealed carry holder. Do you carry what is comfortable or what will win the fight? What are you willing to compromise in order to strike a balance? In truth, with a little bit of effort, you may not need to compromise.
Holsters & Belts
Kydex is strong yet lightweight, making it a great option for full-sized pistols.
So how do you carry a large pistol? It is all in the accessories. The first and foremost is the holster. Having carried a 4-inch or longer 1911 or revolver for well over 25 years now, that may be the most important purchase other than the pistol. It always makes me cringe when I see someone spend well over a grand on a pistol only to get the cheapest possible holster they can find on the market. Any pistol carried in a poorly designed holster will be uncomfortable and may be downright dangerous.
The holster industry makes many fantastic holsters that carry your full-sized pistol firmly against the body, support its weight and allow for comfortable carry all day long. Done correctly, Kydex is an excellent holster material, but they are not all created equally. Having recently run some belt slide holsters from JM Custom Kydex, they feel as good as my inside-the-pants holsters and are of the highest possible quality. The use of this material and some custom work allow the holster to wrap around the waist a bit, making for fantastic comfort and concealment. BlackHawk, Blade-Tech and Comp-Tac are all excellent holster makers, and there are several others. You just need to make sure the holster holds the gun firmly, close to the body, and rides at a height that allows the muzzle to be covered with the proper clothing.
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When it comes to leather, you really need to step up and get good quality. Galco makes some of the best holsters available on the market. My Smith & Wesson .44 Mag with a 2-inch barrel rides in one all the time. It places it high on the belt, holds it firmly and has been carried for days on end on trips, especially to those places where semi-automatics are considered evil. My Mitch Rosen IWB holster has held dozens of 1911 pistols over the last 10 years and still works perfectly.
A full-sized pistol can be carried in a quality holster comfortably, especially with the correct belt. Put a full-sized pistol in a great holster and slide it on the belt you got at the big box store and you are in for disaster. Get a real pistol belt made to hold a pistol. That should be the case regardless of the pistol’s size. Manufacturers have really stepped up to the plate. Both BlackHawk and Galco make pistol belts that rival the biggest fashion names for craftsmanship, and they look just like any other belt. There are many others, and all are designed to carry a pistol comfortably and not look like a pistol belt.
Make sure your attire won’t interfere with your safety.
So how do you cover up the iron? Well, it takes some thought, and maybe a bit of compromise to the fashion idols, but it can be done. Long before carrying a pistol on a plane was such an ordeal, I carried full-sized 1911 pistol for three weeks for training in Hawaii. When not training, the entire trip consisted of shorts, sandals and Hawaiian shirts. All that was needed was an undershirt to protect against the IWB holster and a large outer shirt. Luckily, that was the fashion out there, so no one had any idea. I was just another tourist—not an off-duty cop at training.
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Later, as big T-shirts became the craze, I used the same techniques. The hardware was concealed with a breathable undershirt and an oversized T-shirt. This allowed comfortable carry in even the 100-degree summers in Utah. Winter is easy (if you have one), as coats make the process simple. Then it is more about covering it up and still being able to get at it. Summer is the hardest season in which to achieve proper concealment.
Today, the choices are endless. BlackHawk yielded the best to date for me. Its 1700 shirt is perfect. Walking in the door with the shirt on, my wife commented on how nice my new dress shirt was—now that is concealment. She had no idea it was made for concealed carry. It gives you a collared shirt to wear no matter the climate, and it looks nothing like a concealed carry shirt. Yet, the 1700 is comfortable, breathes and conceals my full-size pistols every day. One of these has been covering up a S&W 9mm Pro for several weeks now. Other companies offer similar products these days, and many of them work fantastically for concealing a full-sized pistol.
Dressed For Success
Galco’s V-Hawk comes with both belt loops and C-hooks.
Just about everything in life requires some compromise. Carrying a concealed weapon is no different. For many, the need to stay fashionable is more important than the pistol they carry. For others, it is about the ease of concealment, as opposed to the effort made to conceal. There are also those who are about bringing the best gun to the fight, and a bit of compromise to fashion or ease is not an issue.
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It’s just important to realize that among all the attention on smaller and smaller pistols for concealed carry, the full-sized pistol is still viable and may be the best choice. All it takes is some thought, some effort and an understanding that you may have to spend a bit up front to save a ton later. Given that your carry weapon is a lifesaving tool, carrying a full-size pistol just may be the best decision you ever make.
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There is no perfect all-purpose holster, but there are a lot of holsters perfect for specific applications. In any given week I’ll use each of my three favorites from a collection of more than a dozen holsters. Deep-concealment holsters offer the best concealment, and work with the widest range of clothing types. To help you find your perfect one—or three—here’s a guide to the latest trends, along with some classics that still hold up.
The best holsters, like this Blade-Tech rig, put your defensive handgun within easy, intuitive reach and hold it there safely until you need it in a crisis.
The hottest trend in deep concealment right now is appendix carry, with a host of purpose-built (and many general inside-the-waistband) holsters to help you conceal a handgun. Think of appendix carry as “in front of your strong-side hip” carry. A holster here, at roughly the one-thirty position, can actually tuck a concealable handgun along the curve of your thigh, under your belly (whether you have a big one or not), when you’re sitting or standing. This method exploits a little-noticed triangle of space that exists between your thigh, hip and stomach.
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Some folks are terrified of putting the muzzle of a loaded handgun that close to their genitals, which is understandable. Others overcome that fear by holstering their gun with their holster off of their body, then positioning the gun—holster and all, at the same time—on their body so that the holster completely covers the triggerguard during the entire process (and so that the handgun doesn’t move within the holster during the process, either). When going to the bathroom, changing clothes or just at the end of the day, you may want to similarly remove the holster and handgun as one unit, then replace them in your pants again next time as one unit.
This is likely the safest way to don and doff an appendix holster, and a great many of the holster options for appendix carry feature clips instead of belt loops to make this process easy every time. The appendix-carry position is surprisingly comfortable when seated in a chair or the driver’s seat of a vehicle. With the right positioning, you can still draw an appendix-carried handgun while seated, which is not always the case with other holster and carry positions.
For retention at contact range, appendix carry is a little safer than carry positions that are accessible to those who might attack unexpectedly from the rear. It’s hard to draw from a small-of-back or four o’clock strong-side holster while being choked or otherwise attacked from behind, but you can still draw from an appendix holster in those situations.
Inside The Waistband
Bianchi Model 145 Subdue IWB Holster
The standard in deep concealment, there is a bewildering variety of holsters that are designed to tuck into your pants, thus concealing pretty much everything forward of the ejection port. IWB holsters come in two varieties: tuckable (meaning that you can tuck a shirt in between your pants and gun) and those that aren’t.
Non-tuckable IWB holsters, however, still require a shirt, jacket or other cover garment to conceal their presence. This gets tricky when you reach overhead, bend over or otherwise raise the hem on your cover garment. If this is a minimal concern, then this style generally offers models that involve the least material, least bulk and least cost.
Tuckable IWB holsters are the new standard in concealment, and generally achieve their defining utility by utilizing J-shaped clips that connect the holster to your belt or pants. The channel thus formed by the clip is shallow but ready to receive your tucked-in shirt, so that you can doff your blazer and wander about in just your shirt with people generally none the wiser. This does add a level of impediment to drawing your handgun, as you need to dramatically untuck and raise that cover garment to get at your handgun, but that is generally seen to be offset by the extreme stealth of the tuckable IWB approach.
On The Ankle
Galco Ankle Glove
A favorite backup carry position for law enforcement officers, ankle holsters offer discreet protection that requires unique draw motions. You’ll need to bend down, or acrobatically lift your knee and raise your pants leg with your support hand without falling over, to access your pistol. But if you’re on the ground grappling already that maneuver can become easier. Since these are the worst-case situations where an officer might need a pistol other than an inaccessible duty gun, they typically like ankle holsters.
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A benefit to ankle holsters for citizens is how low-profile they generally are—there are no telltale clips, no bulges in places that busybodies and criminals learn to look for bulges—and you can engage in a full range of motions without printing or accidentally exposing a part of your gun (except, perhaps, running). It’s especially relevant to those who work desk jobs, who can drop a hand to their side and be inches from their gun. When you’re walking with a shoulder holster, though, it’s a long way from your hand, and it can throw off your gate until you get familiar with the extra weight on one leg.
Galco Classic Lite Shoulder System
A shoulder holster is absolutely indispensible if you are a 1980s-era television detective. They’ve fallen from favor for modern self-defense, however. This is partly because they require an open-front concealment garment (or some tricky acrobatics from under a shirt), partly because they involve much more material to don and doff and because most ranges won’t let you practice with them, ever, because both orientations (muzzle down and muzzle rearward) necessitate a drawstroke that sweeps the muzzle across one entire stretch of the firing line.
If you can’t practice with something, you probably shouldn’t make it an integral part of your kit. Nevertheless, there are situations where a shoulder holster makes great sense: while driving, while seated at a desk and while engaging in physical activity where a waistline-carried gun would bang into things.
Galco Pocket Protector
For the tiniest handguns there are some particularly well-adapted holsters. These holsters by and large use leather rectangular body panels for the outboard side, while on the inboard side they provide a cutaway holster that accepts pocket-sized pistols. Slip your pistol into these holsters, then slip the entire holster in your pocket. Sit down, raise your leg or pull your pants tight against your thigh and it prints beautifully—in the size and shape of a wallet. No one is scared of that and few suspect a thing, even if they count the wallet bulges on your body and wonder why you have two.
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Today’s pocket holsters generally have anti-slip texturing, coarse-side-out leather or other design features (sometimes even a sculpted hook) that will help the holster remain in your pocket as you draw the gun from within it. The downside to these holsters is that you typically have to fish your fingers carefully between the leather outer panel of the holster and the grip of your gun—you can’t just ham-fist the first thing you touch—which takes a certain getting used to.
Galco UnderWraps Belly Band
One of the more intriguing specialized holsters is the belly band style, which utilizes a wide elastic band with an integral holster or pocket. The band wraps around your torso, and it does not require a belt, pants or any other garment to hold it in place. Marketed for joggers and those who need an extremely discreet carry solution, their strength is that they are clothing independent. Their weakness is that you wind up with a large constricting band across your chest, which can decrease physical performance, and which generally requires a little more complicated of a maneuver to extract the gun.
There are also holsters that clip to a bra, which hide diminutive carry pistols under a woman’s breasts. These aren’t the easiest to access, but they offer additional options for those who might be stretched to find other suitable methods.
Galco Bebe Holster Handbag
One of the more controversial concepts in holsters is the idea of using off-body concealment, in dedicated planners, purses, sling-style bags, etc. Anything not strapped to your body can be forgotten, lost, stolen or ripped away.
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In their favor, there are some purpose-built handbags and day planners and the like that can conceal any size handgun, often with a spare magazine or speedloader, suggesting that the gun you can carry off-body could be larger or more powerful than one you could carry on-body. Especially for females whose more form-fitting clothing make concealment difficult, these may be your best options.
The most intriguing option might be a sling-style bag with fast-access (usually Velcro-secured) rear pockets for the handgun. It’s an established practice to carry purses, laptop cases and other bags with the strap across your body, instead of just over one shoulder, to make snatch-and-run attacks less likely to succeed.
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