One of the most exciting things I can report this year is that the way they women carry is changing! This Women and Holsters Infographic shows the percentage of women that carry in the various locations. I can see in the data* the commitment to education and training you have. You are carrying your firearms primarily on the body and on or in your waistbands. This shows just how committed you are to finding the best and safest carry on the body positions and holsters! I am so proud of you! KUDOS!!
As you can see – the vast majority of women are carrying their firearms concealed on the body. Most are carrying on or around the waist area in belly band type holsters, in the waist holsters that are worn inside the pants and on the waistband holsters that are worn outside the pants. Carrying the firearm anywhere in the waist/mid-section area is ideal. The firearm is easily accessible to draw quickly as well as having it ‘attached’ to the body for ultimate safety with limited access to others. Underarm holsters also provide fairly easy access and conceal ability.
The bra holster is another fairly popular carry position as it takes advantage of a natural ‘shelf’ to help conceal the firearm. Naturally, there are limitations dictated by the size of the firearm in relation to the size of the bust.
The deep concealment pouch type holster is very popular location, but a bit less accessible as the firearm is ‘buried’ deep in the lower abdomen and is best with loser, unbelted waistbands.
The thigh holster is a great option when wearing dresses and other options just won’t work and the ankle holster is less popular as access is more difficult because the firearm is kept at such a great distance from the waist area and access could be difficult if you were running from an attacker. However, ankle carry may be a good option for those that sit at desk or are sitting the majority of the time.
Many women choose to carry in a purse. It is very convenient and with some clothing styles, the only viable option. A concealed carry purse designed for the purpose of carrying a firearm is highly recommended as they have features built into it for safety. They do however come with some added risks that should be addressed and considered when making this decision. Read about CC Purses here
*Based on 2014 holster sales and customer interviews