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Concealed Carry for Different Body Types – Survey

Thank you for helping us with our research for a very important article that will help women of all shapes and sizes overcome some of the challenges of effective concealed carry.

We want to gather as many responses as possible for an accurate picture of the preferred ways women of all sizes conceal their guns.

Thank you so much for your input!

Concealed Carry for Different Body Types

  • Section 1: Your Body

  • Please choose the body type you are closest to.
  • Please choose the body height you are closest to.
  • Where You Carry

  • Your Holster

  • Do you prefer a soft holster like a belly band or the hard holsters such as kydex.

45 thoughts on “Concealed Carry for Different Body Types – Survey

  1. Karen DePue says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing the results. I would like to carry but I have not been comfortable with it yet. I have large hips so inside the waistband makes me look even larger, and outside the waist freaks people out. Still looking for a good solution. Thank you!

  2. Cricket Tate says:

    I need advice. I love to wear dresses , leggings, and boots in the fall. The thigh holsters I’ve seen are for inside the thigh (not an option for me) and purse carry ties you to that accessory, which is awkward in places like church. What other options are there?

  3. Janna DAugherty says:

    Try girls with guns concealment leggings. As a bigger gal I love them. Guns donor rub against my muffin top. Love ❤️ them and one of the TWAW Shooting Chapter sponsors.

  4. Melani Redding says:

    I have found nowhere on my overweight body that is secure or comfortable enough to carry on my person. I will be looking forward to your solutions! Mostly I just use a cc purse and on occasion I carry my itty bitty derringer inside my bra. (Since I have ample room there – Lol. )

    1. Carolyn Hiatt says:

      Melani, I am with you. I am waiting on my CCL so I am not carrying yet. The most comfortable I have tried is at 2-3 o’clock IWB with TWAW soft pad . I have not tried the bra . Or the belly band. Is the belly band like spanx? I could kill 2 birds with one stone. Lol

    2. Toni Gagliardi says:

      I have the same problem so I use a gun fanny bag – works great

  5. Vickie Meyer says:

    I have a sticky that I use for my purse or my “briefcase” when I’m not using my belly band. I love that you’re doing this survey and can’t wait for the results. Bless you for all you do!

  6. Donna Mooney says:

    I really like my CC purses but would love to carry on my side . If it would stay clipped without a belt and I don’t wear a belt alot! Please help us with this! This has always been an issue with me! I asked my boyfriend to help me find a holster that would work for me so we plan on shopping! Thanks for doing the survey!

    1. Mimi says:

      Have you tried an inside sticky holster with a clip that slides over your waist band?? Can’t remember where or when I got mine but I love it with leggings or jeans…belt optional front carry or even in the back…

      1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

        Hi Mimi and Donna,
        You can get the Sticky Holster here.

        1. Laura Womack says:

          Interested in the sticky with a clip you mention here….. There are times I wear something without a belt.

          1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

            Hi Laura,
            The Sticky Holster does not have a clip but it is a great option for when you are not wearing a belt. It “sticks” using the compression of your waistband against your body – so there does have to be tension in your waistband when using this holster. You can read more about it when you click here!

    2. Amber says:

      I have CC shorts that I love! They control my tummy and my Kimber! You can wear the 2 holsters in the front or the back !

  7. Cara G. says:

    The struggle is real! I feel like I could conceal a little better IWB when I was heavier. I’ve lost 70 pounds and now I have a new set of challenges being curvy with a small waist and bigger hips. It’s definitely a work in progress which is probably why I have 10+ holsters! Haha. 🙂

    1. Mimi says:

      First off..Congratulations!!! 65lbs down and healthy here… I change holsters, belly bands etc. but I adjusted my wardrobe more so, flowy racerback tops and lower flowy shirts are my friends..

    2. Carolyn says:

      Cara, Great Job on the weight loss. I am hoping to have your problem soon. I have bought a lot of holsters too. IWB, OWB, clip Kardex, leather, soft holster, back magnet. I didn’t feel like the back was comfortable or that I could reach it easily. I find wearing leggings isn’t secure with holding a holster. I did buy a few leggings made for carry. I like those. I haven’t tried a belly band or bra holster. I am also looking forward to the results and advice of the other women.

  8. Saundra McGinnis says:

    Thank you for this questionnaire. This is one of the hardest things to figure out, where to carry and how because of my heavier body. Our state is open carry, but too many freak out by the sight of a gun (though we hear gunshots regularly in our area). This would make life just a lot easier, a hip swag-type with barrel tied to the thigh would be so easy! Stylish with a skirt and boots too! LOL
    Will the results be posted?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Saundra,
      We plan on getting the article out mid-October, thank you for taking the time to take the survey, we appreciate it!

  9. JZ says:

    Please offer a chest harness, for a smaller, concealed carry sized firearm, that would work for a woman. The ones I see online tend to be massive, with wide, heavy straps, etc. that seem like overkill, for what I am looking for.

  10. Denise Smith says:

    I struggled with belly bands (they always slipped down, flopped forward, needed constant adjustment, caused printing and stretched out too much for me) and the hard plastic holster I previously wore (it fell off my belt twice, the gun slipped out once and seemed as if the heaviest part of the gun was not holstered securely)
    Followed some advice from a Facebook group & bought one of your holsters (after studying how deep my P238 would be holstered) and that had made all the difference. Love your holsters and planning to buy one of your gun belts as well as another holster for my second handgun. Keep up the good work.

    1. Carolyn says:

      Denise, Well you answered my question on the belly band. Won’t be getting one of those. Maybe we could ask Spanx to make one. It holds rolls securely it should also hold a gun. I think I like my gun specific kardex holster the best. Although I had to get used to getting it out of the Holster because it held it so well. No one would be able to get it off me and it covers the trigger. BTE all my holsters have come from TWAW. The Velcro cushion is great to prevent digging into your side.

  11. Morgana Hawes says:

    so excited to read the article on this! I hope my survey can help other women out there who are struggling.

    1. Katie says:

      I cannot wait to read this. This is by far my biggest struggle. I love in a tropical climate so no more winter clothes. My work attire is not catered to wearing a belt. The clips I have tried flop forward and my firearm is not secure. The belly bands roll with my rolls/spare tires/baby fat from 12 years ago (lol). I accepted printing as part of my kangaroo pouch. My go to right now is the belly band worn low at the appendix, but that flops sometimes as well. . I now have a collection and have Yet to find the right holster. I’m not skinny but I have meat on my bones. That meat tends to get in the way and move my firearm when I sit down or bend over. I wish there was a brick and motto at store or an order a few try a few then send what you don’t like back option mailed to me. Stores do not carry anything for women.

  12. DD says:

    Thank you for taking this survey. Looking forward to the results.
    I wish all holsters were modeled with the height & weight of the model given. I’ve seen this on some retailers clothing websites and it helps a lot.
    Plus I wish there was a “returnable” time period as most are NOT returnable at all. You buy online (as so many gun stores don’t carry much), or the stores won’t let you open and try on…plus they are mainly made for men who wear a belt… I’ve been drawing my “wish” holster for awhile now.
    I hope I’m not alone on these thoughts.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi DD,
      Yes, buying online can be a challenge! We have 14 day return period as long as it is not a custom made holster! We will be posting the results mid-October, thanks for taking part!

    2. CC says:

      DD I agree! I live the belt I got from TWAW. It is very sturdy. I have also bought many holsters to try out. Look forward to you designing the perfect one. Let us know.

  13. Cindy says:

    Thank you for doing this research! I look forward to seeing the results and am excited to see what we can learn about more comfortable ways to carry.

  14. Susan Voss-Crossette says:

    Thank You Carrie for continuing to empower us.
    God Bless You

  15. Heather says:

    Thank you for doing this…I often feel so marginalized as a female in in this space. Just going into a gun shop or taking a class, in some local firearm-focused Facebook groups…not all are super welcoming to women, or even novice owners. Just knowing this community is here provides great mental support. Plus that adjustable belt you offer is GOLD!

    1. Cecelia Reihl says:

      Nicely put and agreed!

  16. Ronda Southwood says:

    Everyone needs to try different ways to get what’s comfortable for them.

  17. Arlene Converse says:

    Great survey! Can’t wait for the article! Thank you for asking!

  18. Nancy Jo says:

    My secondary carry is a derringer and is usually in a cross-draw driving holster. But, that wasn’t one of the choices.

  19. S. Cart says:

    Thanks for the survey and for helping women feel safe owning and or conceal carrying. I have been carrying for 4 years.

  20. eweturn says:

    Will result of the survey be posted?

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      The article will be posted mid October! We will announce it via email and social media so if you are not on our list please join here!

  21. AW says:

    I’m not sure how to answer my greatest challenge. I use a hip hugger and a thigh holster with garter. Both shift around and don’t stay put where they should.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Thank you for taking the time to take the survey, we appreciate your input!

  22. carol says:

    Whatever works for you

  23. Lisa says:

    Actually, my regular secondary carry is a pocket holster, but that wasn’t an option.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Thank you for taking the survey!! We have updated the survey to include pocket carry, thanks for the feedback.

      1. eweturn says:

        I did not see “pocket carry”

        1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

          It is under the “Your Holster” Section – however, it was added yesterday morning so you may have taken the survey before then? Thanks again for your input!

  24. KJ Buell says:

    I do not have a secondary carry location or material/holster type, but i was required to enter one.

    1. Carrie Lightfoot says:

      Thanks for the comment KJ and thank you for taking the time for our survey! – we have adjusted this!

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