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5 Essential Concealed-Carry Tips for Women

by Jenn Jacques – Thursday, May 31, 2018

5 Essential Concealed-Carry Tips for Women


There are so many things to learn on the journey to becoming a full-time concealed carrier, and it can easily become overwhelming to the newcomer. In addition to learning state and federal guidelines, there is the matter of finding and completing training (which truly never ends) and applying all you learn toward your everyday life.

Fortunately for women, the industry has grown to better accommodate the fairer sex, which dominates the fast-growing segment of new gun owners in the last 3-5 years.

There’s no shortage of information out there to help point you in the right direction but if you still find yourself a bit overwhelmed, here are five essential concealed-carry tips for women:

1. Your Gun Needs to Fit You AND Your Method of Concealed Carry

As much as I believe we’re past the “I’m buying my little lady a gun” days, I still feel it’s my duty to remind everyone that the most important tip for concealed carry is to make sure the gun fits your hand as well as the primary method of carry you plan to use.

I’ll be honest: when I bought my first handgun, the salesman was more interested in directing me to the sale they were running on the Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9 mm than listening to me. Thankfully, the Shield is one heck of a great gun and not only fit my hand like a dream, but because of the sale, it also fit my pocketbook. Years later, I still carry it every day.

Think of your handgun like a great pair of shoes; you don’t need to fit the gun, the gun needs to fit you and how you carry it. If you can’t get into the range to shoot a gun before you buy it (which I highly recommend), you at least need to hold it and handle it to make sure it fits your hand and feels good in your grip.

Without a good grip, it doesn’t matter what you’re carrying, it’s no good to you. A good grip is essential, so make sure it fits you while keeping in mind that it needs to fit into your method(s) of concealed carry.

If you prefer a larger firearm, be prepared to tailor your holster and wardrobe to accommodate it. There is no “right answer” when it comes to which firearm to carry. It’s only right if you say it is.

2. Take Your Wardrobe Into Account When Buying Holsters (And Vice Versa)

One of the biggest reasons women find it difficult to carry is that their preferred method of carry doesn’t always work with every outfit in their closet.

While I don’t recommend carrying in a purse, I understand that for some women, this is the only way they will carry a gun, either at all or until they get to a point where they’re comfortable with carrying on their person.

If that’s the case for you, it’s essential to choose a satchel that has a slash-proof strap, protects the trigger at all times and that the firearm remains within your control and your reach – and only your reach – at all times.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of functional fashionable options for any and every outfit you want to wear. From executive shirts to hip-huggers, purse holsters to range pants, the industry has grown to accommodate every type of female carrier.

Additionally, between the expanding number of female gun owners and women in executive positions in the firearm industry, national groups like the Well Armed Woman, A Girl and A Gun, the Pink Pistols and Operation Blazing Sword emerged on the scene to help connect and empower women and other emerging groups of new gun owners. These organizations also provide guidance and training to ensure women become efficient, effective concealed carriers.

The easiest way to become a comfortable everyday carrier is to connect with other women who have been in your shoes, so take advantage of the guidance these organizations and thousands of other women have to offer you. All you have to do is ask. There’s not a woman out there who isn’t eager to help you in any way she can.

3. Concealed Carry Isn’t Just for Outside the Home

So many people think “concealed carry” means “away from home,” but nothing could be further from the truth. One way to ensure you’re equipped to defend yourself when you mindlessly take the dog out to the backyard or walk down to pick up the mail is to get in the habit of carrying at home.

I work from home, so having options to carry—not just open-carry but comfortable carry—around my house and office is paramount. Many times, I’m in my office and need to skip out for errands. Because it’s a daily habit to carry around the home, I’m always ready to go. Remember: a firearm does you no good if it’s not within your reach when you need it.

4. Be Sure to Inform Your Loved Ones of Your Personal Protection Plan

It might be a discussion that comes naturally for you or one that might be extremely uncomfortable but it’s important to let your close friends and family know that you’ve decided to take charge of your self-defense by carrying for your protection—and to protect them, if necessary.

Your significant other should know what your plan is if an intruder breaks into your home in the middle of the night and your children should definitely be taught the NRA Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program or the rules of gun safety if they are at an appropriate age.

I also highly recommend running drills in your home to ensure everyone is adequately prepared for what you plan to do if the need to defend yourself or your family arises. We practice frequently with our children much like we do with a tornado drill. We do this because if I do need to shoot, I want them on the ground where they aren’t in the line of fire. Try designating a warning phrase (ours is, “Don’t move, I have a gun!) that your family and roommates know means ‘hit the ground’, then practice it to make sure they’re ready.

5. This Journey is a Marathon, Not a Sprint

Many women are gung-ho to buy a gun and start carrying immediately. Unfortunately, that’s rarely how it works in real life. It’s okay to take your time, especially if it means being comfortable and proficient with your Every Day Carry (EDC).

Just because you happen to buy a certain firearm or holster doesn’t mean you’re going to stick with that gun and carry method for the rest of your life. Every woman I know has several methods to carry and we’re continually checking out the latest and greatest firearms coming to market like the new M&P380 Shield EZ pistol.

You also need to make sure you don’t buy the gun and lose the right to carry it. Consider joining the NRA and purchasing insurance to protect your rights. These go hand-in-hand with gun ownership. Staying on top of your local and federal firearms legislation will help to protect our right to keep and bear arms for generations to come.

These five essential tips for concealed carry are, I admit, just the tip of the iceberg, but they are an essential start for any woman to take the first steps onto the path of fully owning their personal-protection plan!




His Name Was Bubba,

And he was from Mississippi  … And he needed a loan,


So, he walked into a bank  in New York City and asked for the loan

officer. He told the  loan officer that he was going to Paris for an

international redneck festival for two weeks and needed to borrow

$5,000; and  that he was not a depositor of the bank.


The bank officer told him that the bank would need some form of

security for the loan, so the redneck handed over the keys to a new

Ferrari. The car was parked on the street in front of the bank.



The Redneck produced the title and everything checked out. The loan

officer agreed to hold the car as collateral for the loan and

apologized for having to charge 12% interest.


Later, the bank’s president and its  officers all enjoyed a good laugh

at the redneck from the South for using a $250,000 Ferrari as

collateral for a  $5,000 loan.


An employee of the bank then drove the Ferrari into the bank’s private

underground garage and parked it.


Two weeks later, the Redneck returned, repaid the  $5,000 and the

interest of $23.07. 


The loan officer said, "Sir, we are very happy to have had your business,

and this transaction has worked out very nicely, but we are a little puzzled. 

While you were away, we checked you out on Dunn & Bradstreet and

found that you are a Distinguished Alumni from Ole Miss University,

a highly sophisticated investor and multi-millionaire with real estate and financial interests all over

the world. Your investments  include a large number of wind turbines

around Sweetwater, Texas.


What puzzles us is, why would you bother to borrow $5,000?"


The good ole boy replied, "Where else in New York City can I park my

car for two weeks for only $23.07 and expect it to be there when I



His name was  BUBBA….Keep an eye on those southern boys!

Just because they talk funny does not mean they are stupid.




Oregon Political Updates


IP 44  (as of 6-1-18)

Oregon’s Attorney General has released a "certified ballot title" for IP 44, the mandatory lock up ballot measure. While this measure has received less attention than IP43, it is still an extraordinarily broad and dangerous measure. Gun owners would be strictly liable for injuries caused by someone who stole their firearm for five years after the theft if the gun was not locked with a cheap, easily defeated cable or trigger lock.


The petitioners seem to actually believe that a thief  who could break into a home could not remove a cable lock for five years!


We have all heard the horror stories of minors dying at the hands of home invaders because mandatory lock up laws prevented them from having access to firearms they knew who to use.   We have all heard of attacks thwarted by young people with a parent’s firearm. 


We all know that the types of locks mandated by this measure are dangerous and unreliable.   Clearly, if passed this measure will cost lives.


The "certified" ballot title is released in response to comments filed by voters on the "draft"  ballot title.

As you can see, the AG made no changes to the "caption" and only minor changes to the "Results of Yes or No Votes" and the summary.



IP 43  (as of 5-23-18)

The Attorney General has submitted a "modified" ballot title for IP 43, the gun confiscation ballot measure drafted by liberal Portland "clergy"


As you know this ballot measure would outlaw a vast collection of firearms and ammunition magazines. Some of the banned guns would not even be the dreaded "semi-automatics" that have become the things of legend and myth.


Under IP 43 you would be facing prison time for having a firearm or magazine that you had not "registered " with the state police. You would have very limited ability to use those items and you can never purchase another one. If you don’t register them and submit to Oregon State Police rules on how you must store them you will be required to turn them into the police, sell them out of state, or destroy them.


The "modified" ballot title can be seen here. This includes the 15 word caption he Attorney General wants so appear in the voter’s guide and the "summary" and effects  of both a "yes" and "no" vote on the measure.


As you can see, the Attorney General still insists on using the meaningless, but still inflammatory term "assault weapon"  even though she admits that an accurate definition of that term is impossible to convey in the allotted fifteen words,"


There is no question this is intended to create confusion and fear amongst voters who have no knowledge of firearms.  It will no doubt be successful.


Clearly the openly anti-Second Amendment Attorney General is hoping to use misleading and incendiary language to encourage people to vote to steal your rights and property.


Rest assured Oregon Firearms, ,  will be challenging this dangerous and misleading language in court.





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The opinions expressed are not the official position of MRPC, its Board, Officers or Directors. 

Each member is encouraged to conduct their own study of these matters.


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