Concealed Carry for Women
Common knowledge and statistics prove that many criminals view women as more vulnerable than men and thus they often consider women to be an easier target. Sad but true— women are the victims of violent criminals and sexual predators far more often than men. Consequently, carrying a concealed handgun you know how to use can mean the difference between being a victim and being a victor.
Manufacturers of concealed carry clothing and other products are now offering in greater numbers and choices many options designed specifically for women— from underwear to clothing to handbags and holsters. If you've made the decision to carry a concealed handgun for personal defense, know there are many options to choose from according to your personal preference.
Concealed Carry Choices for Women
If you're just beginning to consider getting a concealed carry permit, you might be wondering what type of handgun is best: revolver or pistols? The advantage of choosing a double action revolver is that they do not require an external safety and thus, in the event of an emergency, all you have to do is draw your handgun, aim, and pull the trigger. The disadvantage of choosing a revolver is that it only holds five to six rounds of ammunition and it is difficult for the average shooter to reload quickly under duress. The other choice is to carry a semi-automatic pistol. The main advantages of carrying this type of firearm is that they are generally far more compact than revolvers, they generally hold more than six round of ammunition, and they can be easily reloaded under duress. The disadvantage is that many pistols depend on an external safety to prevent the firearm from discharging by accident and thus, unless you are very familiar with your chosen firearm, you can forget to disengage the manual safety.
For greater effectiveness, both the .38 Special (revolvers) and the 9mm Parabellum (pistols) are good choices since they provide a reasonably effective level of stopping power and yet do not cause excessive recoil. If you can withstand greater recoil, then the .40 Smith & Wesson or the .45 ACP are both good choices.
While it is true that concealed carry has traditionally been the province of men and thus, most concealed carry options are designed for men, manufacturers are now offering concealed carry options designed specifically for women. For instance, both briefs and tee shirts made from compression fabric with built-in, elastic, holsters are available that are specifically designed to conform to female anatomy. There is even a concealed carry bra! The most popular option when you can't have the gun on your person is a concealed carry handbag. These purses are unique in that they are specially made to conceal a firearm, yet give you quick access in the event you need to stop a threat. And just like every other bag you may own, there are enough other pockets and zippers to carry everyday items at the same time. Everyone expects women to carry a purse— but they won't be expecting the fire power you have inside it when you need it!
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