Concealed Carry Ladies' Concealed Carry: Purse Carry -

Published on July 11th, 2016 | by Destinee (FateofDestinee)


Ladies’ Concealed Carry: Purse Carry

One concealed carry option available to women is carrying in one’s purse (I suppose it’s also an option for those trendy “man purses,” if you’re fashion forward enough to sport one…). For ladies like my mother, who can’t imagine going anywhere without one of their helpful handbags glued to their side, purse carry could be an attractive solution. However, there are drawbacks associated to this style of carry that aren’t an issue for on-the-body carry methods.


Ladies' Concealed Carry: Purse Carry -

If you have a spare $4k, you can [almost] buy this bag (shown with Beretta Nano). Image courtesy of

The myriad of different options can comfortably facilitate carrying a range of pistol sizes – even full size double stacks. There are already several companies that produce concealed carry handbags ranging from affordable unassuming shoulder bags to designer genuine exotic animal skin purses (with matching “exotic” price tags). These kinds of purses feature holster pouches that are separate from the rest of the purse, both as an additional measure of concealment, and as a measure of protection from negligent discharge. Concealed carrying with a purse provides an inconspicuous carry option for ladies regardless of style of dress.


Thieves with an interest in purloining your [potentially expensive] handbag would not only find themselves with whatever belongings and money you were toting, but also a several hundred dollar bonus item: your gun. However, there are some concealed carry bags that attempt to mitigate that risk by utilizing a strap that fits around the body (instead of just on the shoulder). Although, there is still an argument that drawing from a purse is not as speedy as the draw from an on-body holster, such as an in-the-waistband (IWB) or over-the-waistband (OWB) holster.

Final Thoughts

Personally, although I am a female, I do not prefer the purse concealed carry method. For one thing, I don’t always have a handbag on my person. And, when I do, it’s either a backpack-style purse or a minuscule wallet-sized option (less than ideal choices for CCW). However, I know women who seem to be surgically attached to their purses, and who fit about half their worldly possessions within them. If these ladies don’t feel comfortable carrying in any other fashion, or it isn’t feasible to carry in any other manner (e.g., work wardrobe makes on-person carry unfeasible), perhaps purse carry is a reasonable option. What are your thoughts on the purse carry method?

About the Author

In addition to writing for The Arms Guide and her personal blog, Destinee is also a vlogger. She publishes videos on weapons, gear, and fitness on her YouTube channel every Tuesday and Thursday.

  • Ullr

    No-go.  I’d think even women who are attached to their purses have to set them down at some point during the day while in public.  Meaning you’d have an unsecured loaded pistol in a location outside of your immediate control. 
    And to your point, the best chance for finding valuables on a woman would be in her purse-  even if Grandma somehow managed to hold on to the straps of her purse during a snatch-and-grab, how can she reach her .44 if the would-be thief is holding the bag?
    Just my XY chromo opinion, though.

    • FateofDestinee

      @Ullr I find it an interesting topic, so I appreciate the discourse on the subject. Thanks for your contribution :]

  • peter3101

    I would carry one, when the bad people where looking at my bright yellow bag, and wondering why a six two man was carrying it, I would have time to draw my weapon and engage the threat. Plus it would be a good place for my chap stick and comb.

    • FateofDestinee

      @peter3101 Bahaha you make an excellent point!

  • JoeFabeetz

    I’m not a big fan of purse carry.  That said, I bought a Gun Tote’n Mamas purse for my wife, not as a carry option but because it is a well designed and well constructed.  Less than ninety bucks for a well made leather purse.  Can’t beat that.  She keeps other defensive items in the gun compartment instead of her firearm.

    • FateofDestinee

      @JoeFabeetz Can’t hate on that!

  • wcgreen

    IWB holsters were designed with men’s slacks in mind: sturdy waistband & belts.  Most of my pants have flimsy waistbands w/o belt loops.  A holstered weapon can pull elastic waistbands down several inches.
    Purse carry is not optimal, but it beats the alternatives.

    • FateofDestinee

      @wcgreen That’s one reason why I don’t totally throw the idea out: if that’s a woman’s only option, perhaps it’s better than not carrying at all.

    • @wcgreen Whenever I get my permit, I want one of these:

  • I like the purse, the design is so good . but i didnt use purse to carry guns. Else i choose it for the style and for design. moreover it hold my all beauty products:)

  • MylesCirillo

    Ullr  I have heard that while walking or “shopping” with said purse that a woman keeps her hand “in the pocket” That doesn’t sound reasonable to me, but that’s what I have heard from a friend that does carry that way when nothing else works.

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