As a woman, getting licensed to carry your own firearm is an effective way to feel more secure when you're outside of your home and alone. Whereas self-defense items such as pepper spray can also be valuable, there's no greater security than having a firearm within reach — and nothing else that will make a would-be attacker reconsider his idea extremely quickly. When it comes to keeping your handgun concealed, how you dress and the type of holster that you buy and wear are important. Because you can't allow your firearm and holster to be in plain sight when you're in public, here are some different holster options to consider.
Many women favor smaller handguns, which makes wearing an ankle holster ideal. Most ankle holsters are designed for firearms that are small in size and have limited-capacity magazines. An ankle holster can be ideal with certain types of attire. Obviously, you won't be able to wear such a holster with short skirts or dresses, nor with leggings or tight pants. However, if you wear loose-cut pants or pants that flare at the ankle, an ankle holster will be perfect for subtly strapping to your body and carrying your firearm without anyone paying attention.
Fanny Pack-Style Holster
Fanny packs may have been a punchline a few years ago, but more and more women are carrying fanny pack-style purses and bags when they travel. Unlike a purse that could possible be snatched off the shoulder, a fanny pack is held securely against the body and a coat or long shirt can easily cover it. This type of holster is ideal if your firearm is a little too large to fit in an ankle holster, or if you want to have quicker access to the weapon. For example, if you park in an intimidating parking garage, you can easily unzip the holster and walk with your hand inside it until you're safely in your vehicle.
A bra holster is a suitable choice for women who wish to have their sidearm close at hand, especially if it's small. With a bra holster, the gun typically sits horizontally just below the breasts, meaning that you'd be able to easily access it by undoing a button in a blouse and reaching inside or quickly putting your hand under your sweater. This holster is best suited for bulky attire so that the gun remains invisible to those around you, but can be a perfect choice for women who wish to carry a firearm.
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