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The 10 Best Concealed Carry Purses of 2019

As a woman, sometimes there are places you feel you need to take your handgun with as a protective measure—and often that’s a wise choice. Carrying your weapon on your person is not always ideal, particularly when wearing clothing which does not cater for this. That’s where a concealed carry purse comes in. Not only do they look stylish, but they also allow you to safely carry. An absolute wardrobe essential item for any woman who carries! We’ve taken the liberty to let you in on ten of the best concealed carry purses of 2019. We’ve also included an in-depth buyer’s guide at the end of the article, so be sure to check that out too!

1. Roma Leathers Leather Locking Concealment Purse

Roma Leathers Leather Locking Concealment Purse


Dimensions:
13.0” x 11.0” x 5.0”
Weight:
2.5 lbs
Colors Available:
3

What screams more style than slinging a chic leather purse over your shoulder? You’ll agree the last thing anyone expects to come out of such an attractive bag is a firearm. Roman Leathers is well known for its superior products and this bag is no exception. That’s why we believe it’s the best concealed carry purse on the market.

Construction /Build Quality

Wondering what makes it fall into the high end of the spectrum? Well, for starters it’s made using premium cowhide leather. It also features reinforced stitching which ensures durability so you’ll use this one for a long time.

Key Features

The value of a carrying purse often lies in its zipper. Romans Leather understands this and that’s why the brand’s bag has a quality zipper attached. Your contents will be securely stored inside without risk of falling out. You’ll appreciate that the gun pouch has two YKK lockable zippers which are approximately 7” long, for added security.

Whether you’re left or right handed you can easily access your gun from either side of the pouch with ease. This compartment is lined with Velcro to allow you to position your firearm properly. You’ll find that the top zipper opens to a spacious center pouch which features a divider.

Aside from the gun compartment, it has multiple additional pockets to store your other essentials. Two of the compartments are also zippered. For extra storage space, you can make use of the side pockets for items you want to keep within reach.

The stylish shoulder strap is wrapped around strong silver grommets – for that extra chic look.

What We Like:
  • Multiple pockets
  • Quality materials
  • Sturdy construction
  • Reinforced handles
What We Don't Like:
  • Might not suit some firearm types

Conclusion

This concealed carry purse from Roma Leathers is designed to conceal your weapon perfectly so no one will realize you’re carrying a firearm.If you’re looking for a bag that’s both stylish and practical this is a perfect option.

2. Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Concealed Carry Purse

Gun Tote’n Mamas Concealed Concealed Carry Purse


Dimensions:
11.0” x 3.5” x 8.0”
Weight:
1.95 lbs
Colors Avail:
2

Are you a fan of vintage? Then this bag might be right up your alley. The beautiful vintage design and attractive print will have you wishing you had one in every color. Each features a handcarved, mold design to create a unique rose pattern you’ll adore.

Build Quality

The main fabric used in the construction of this carry purse is superior American cowhide leather. The leather features a hand rubber color which creates an attractive multi-tone of highlights. Imagine owning a bag that looks even better over time. That’s exactly what happens with this purse which will become softer as you use it more.

While the exterior features superior material, the interior is lined with a nylon fabric.

Key Features

As with the previous purse reviewed above, the gun pouch is also designed for ambidextrous users. It opens on three sides and it comes with an adjustable holster to allow for a convenient drawing angle. This bag allows you to fit in either a small or medium sized handgun.

You can adjust the shoulder strap to suit your level of comfort: It can stretch out to 25” and retract to only 12”. To top it off, this strap is reinforced with wire for added durability. Our only major concern is the straps are connected with pins which make it easier for a thief to detach them.

You can decide to add a touch of bling by making use of the detachable leather tassel. The bag also has a main zippered compartment to securely store your essentials. Inside this compartment, you’ll find a zippered privacy pocket for your valuables. It’s pretty easy to open and close thanks to the outer magnetic flap cover. This flap covers an organizer where you can slide in all your important bank cards.

What We Like:
  • Elegant vintage style
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • Allows you to easily access your gun
  • Durable straps
What We Don't Like:
  • Durability of inner lining questionable
  • Straps not very secure

Conclusion

This is a generally well made purse which serves its purpose of concealing your fire arm. The fact that it’ll earn you a few compliments because of its chic look is a bonus. However unfortunately it doesn’t allow you to carry a lot of items at a time.

3. Purse King Magnum Concealed Carry Handbag

Purse King Magnum Concealed Carry Handbag


Dimensions:
11.0” x 3.0″ x 10.0”
Weight:
12 oz
Colors Avail:
14

Before we review this bag let’s point out that it’s available in 14 different colors. With such a wide range to pick from you’re guaranteed to find one that matches your personality or taste. This bag is on the premium end of the scale as it falls under the designer handbag collection.

Build Quality

This designer handbag features a soft stonewashed leather design. What sets this leather apart from the rest is its stain resistant to keep those unwanted marks from ruining your favorite accessory.

Firearms aside, this bag features a chic and playful design making it suitable for all age groups. If you’re not a fan of the leather design you can pick the blue jean denim fabric which is not only soft but is durable too.

Key Features

The structure of this Magnum concealed carry purse is both unique and functional. It’s ideal for concerts or shopping thanks to the stylish exterior which features stunning labeled hardware.

In terms of its primary purpose, you can easily fit in a medium sized handgun. The gun compartment is considerably big and measures 8” x 7”. However, it doesn’t contain a holster so your gun will constantly shift around.

It’s lined with high strength nylon fabric for added durability and also features a chrome PK zipper. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with any Velcro strips for reinforcement.

Apart from your firearm, you can also fit in your other essentials including keys and wallets. These can be stored in the top main pocket which also has an interior zip pouch for those valuable items you want to keep out of sight.

The front organizer allows you to pack up to eight credit cards into the slots provided. There’s also room to store your phone as well as a sunglass pouch. On the rear, you’ll find another zippered pocket which comes with a magnetic clasp for easier opening and closing.

You’ll also appreciate the wide strap on this concealed bag – designed for your carrying comfort.

What We Like:
  • Ideal for daily use
  • Soft fabric
  • Attractive design
What We Don't Like:
  • No holster
  • Phone compartment is fairly small

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a practical bag for everyday use to store your firearm, then this leather concealed carry purse might be for you.

4. Roma Leathers Leather Concealed Carry Crossbody Purse

Roma Leathers Leather Concealed Carry Crossbody Purse


Dimensions:
13.9” x 12.8” 3.8”
Weight:
2 lbs
Colors Avail:
4

Here we have another concealed carry purse from Roma Leathers. The only difference is that this one features a crossbody design. It still offers the same style and quality reminiscent of all Roma Leathers products.

Build Quality

This bag is not only chic but is made of 100% genuine cowhide leather and has a soft feel you’ll appreciate. The long strap allows you to sling it across your body for added carrying comfort. You can adjust it to suit your preferred length.

Key Features

A bag that is roomy and has tons of compartments is always ideal – don’t you agree? That’s exactly what you’ll get if you pick this purse which has multiple pockets to make organization a breeze.

The top zipper is located on the front of the purse and can be opened to a full width while the depth is ¾ long.

You’ll find the gun compartment at the back of the purse so you can easily access it from either side. This is thanks to the zippered opening on both sides. However, note the pouch isn’t that big so it might accommodate only the smaller sized firearms. This compartment is closed by a YKK lockable zipper. If you know anything about YKK zippers then you’re aware that they are quite durable and run smooth.

Under the zipper, you’ll find a curved slot pocket to store your cards. Below this organizer is a half-length zipper compartment which is trimmed in a leather accent for that touch of class. There’s also a pouch to store your phone if needed.

Our main issue with this bag is the stitching, which isn’t as durable as we’d like it to be. Depending on how much you carry in it, it might start fraying after a couple of uses.

What We Like:
  • Easy to operate zipper
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Plenty of pockets
What We Don't Like:
  • Durability questionable
  • Expensive
  • Holster too small

Conclusion

This is the purse to pick if you want to store a lot of items. You could even throw in a few baby items if needed. This concealed carry purse from Roma Leathers is available in 4 different colors, so there’s bound to be something to suit everyones tastes.

5. Gun Tote’n Mamas Basic Hobo Handbag

Gun Tote'n Mamas Basic Hobo Handbag


Dimensions:
13.0” x 8.5” x 4.3”

Weight:
1.6 lbs
Colors Avail:
2

The Basic Hobo handbag from Gun Tote’n Mamas is the perfect option if you’re looking for something that is simple and minimalistic.

Build Quality

This classic beauty is made with uncoated full grain leather. The best part about this tumbled leather is it gets even softer with time.

If durability is one of your primary concerns you’ll appreciate the shoulder strap which features slash resistant properties. In addition, it’s wire-reinforced and you have the option of clipping it on and off with ease. When attached to the carry purse the strap is approximately 13” long. Even though it’s quite long, unfortunately, you can’t sling it across your body. However, you’ll appreciate that the wide shoulder straps allow for comfortable carrying by evenly distributing the weight of the purse.

Key Features

Moving on to the firearm compartment, it’s designed in such a way that you can access your firearm from either side. Your firearm won’t be shifting all over the place thanks to the holster attached.

Some people might find this holster slightly heavy and bulky—even without inserting the firearm. Fortunately, it is removable so for times when you don’t wish to carry your firearm – simply remove it. The pocket measures 10” x 7” so if you own a medium framed pistol then this is for you.

It can accommodate a considerable number of other essentials in the compartments which are lined for added durability. On the exterior, you’ll find another zippered pocket to store any items you want to keep within easy reach.

It’s perhaps not as roomy in comparison to the other bags, so if you want to store a lot of items then this might not be the best choice for you. The same compartments feature double zippers on top. For your small valuables you can make use of the privacy pocket provided.

What We Like:
  • Sturdy design
  • Comfortable to carry
  • Durable
  • Soft flexible leather
What We Don't Like:
  • Bulky holster
  • Not lockable

Conclusion

Sleek, modern and simplistic. The Gun Tote’n Mamas Basic Hobo handbag is an option worth considering thanks to its sturdy design. Best of all no one will ever suspect you’re carrying a firearm in this stylish handbag.

6. Browning Concealed Carry Purse

Browning Concealed Carry Purse


Dimensions:
13.0” x 15.0” x 5.0”
Weight:
1.59 lbs
Colors Avail:
3

The browning concealed carry purse is one of the most popular purses because it combines both style and functionality. Its huge draw card is its large size so if you want a concealed carry purse that also accommodates a lot of items, try this one. Apart from its ample storage space, this bag also features a very attractive design.

Build Quality

Though not 100% genuine leather the faux leather used in its construction also makes it a quality product. This supple leather coupled with premium gold styled hardware make it a very chic & modern purse. Looking at the exterior you wouldn’t think it houses a firearm, thanks to its casual and unassuming look.

Key Features

What sets this carry purse apart is that unlike the other bags that only have two firearm access points, this one has three. This undoubtedly gives you an advantage when you want to access your weapon quickly in an emergency. You can either reach the holster via the sides or through the top. Browning went as far as including a branded key ring to lock the holster, for added security.

The multiple pockets located on the inside allow you to neatly pack all your daily essentials. This can include anything from pens to make up.

Another feature you’ll appreciate is the structured design for added stability. The last thing you need is a bag that falls over every chance it gets. Thankfully you don’t have to worry about that -thanks to the extra-wide base.

The versatile straps were also designed with your convenience and comfort in mind. These softened straps are roughly 10” long to allow for comfortable carrying. Though some may wish they were slightly longer, particularly if you happen to have broader shoulders.

You’ll appreciate that even when filled with items—your firearm included—it’s still pretty lightweight.

What We Like:
  • Soft fabric
  • Plenty of pockets
  • Great construction and stitching
  • Lightweight
What We Don't Like:
  • Straps aren’t very long
  • Cell phone pouch is fairly small

Conclusion

This purse embodies both style and functionality. We like that it’s extremely roomy though some users feel it makes it impossible to find things inside. But overall we think it’s still a great buy.

7. Goson Front Buckle Concealed Gun Handbag

Goson Front Buckle Concealed Gun Handbag


Dimensions:
11.0” x 10.0” x 3.5”
Weight:
2 lbs
Colors Avail:
4

We’ll admit: The first thing that drew us to this concealed carry purse is that it comes with free sunglasses. And not just any ordinary sunglasses but a chic pair at that. If that’s not a bargain, what is?

Build Quality

Who says that when you pick a concealed carry purse you have to sacrifice style for functionality? Conceal your weapon in style by picking this Goson carry purse made of PU leather.

Key Features

On the front of the bag, you’ll find a snap close buckle with an attractive gold tone. This buckle features eight slots to store your credit cards, ID or driver’s license. Directly above this buckle, there’s a separate zippered pocket to keep your keys or other small personal items.

For your cell phone, make use of the separate small phone pouch located on the side. Your phone will fit securely into this pocket thanks to the Velcro flap closure attached.

The gun compartment is located at the back of the bag to conceal your weapon. Not only is it padded for your gun’s protection but you can easily draw your weapon from either side. This pouch is ideally suited for the medium-sized handgun, as it measures 9” x 7”. Anything larger than this simply won’t fit.

Your firearm will be stored in a horizontal position and securely held in place thanks to the nylon adjustable holster. However, some may find that it’s too tight to get your hand in as you try to access the gun.

Located on the back side of the purse is a small zippered pocket to accommodate your small miscellaneous items. The main compartment inside the bag also features two pockets divided by a zippered section. Inside one of these pockets, is a small pouch to store your lipstick and other makeup essentials.

You won’t be experiencing any discomfort when you carry this bag which has a comfortable shoulder strap. This same strap can be further adjusted according to your preference. The versatility of this purse allows you to carry it on your shoulder or full cross-body.

Our major concern with this bag is that the locks are a bit stiff. As a result, you might have to exert extra force to move them around.

What We Like:
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Versatile carrying options
  • Reasonably sized
  • Adjustable holster
What We Don't Like:
  • Locks are slightly stiff
  • Tight holster

Conclusion

This super stylish bag is a great pick for everyday use. We love the adjustable holster that can be fully repositioned to suit your preference. Others might be disappointed as it doesn’t house all standard-sized pistols.

8. Valkri Juno Concealed Carry Crossbody Gun Purse

Valkri Juno Concealed Carry Crossbody Gun Purse


Dimensions:
12.0” x 5.5” x 9.0”
Weight:
2.8 lbs
Colors Avail:
3

Here is another bag that features a cross body design for comfortable carrying. It’s designed with your security and safety in mind while not compromising on style.

Build Quality

The embossed checkered patterning and gold-toned hardware make it seem like you’ve just stepped off the runway.

Key Features

If you’re looking for a bag that’ll last you long you’ll appreciate the shoulder straps which are reinforced to prevent breakage. Aside from making the straps durable, this wire reinforcement will prevent them from being cut in a snatch and grab incident.

Though durable you won’t have to sacrifice on comfort because these straps are also padded. The shoulder straps offer a 24” drop allowing you to drape it comfortably across your body.

With regards to storing your firearm, you’ll find a lockable, zippered gun compartment with side access located on the bag. Like the Goson purse reviewed above, it also features an adjustable Velcro holster so you can reposition your gun for easier access. You can draw your weapon smoothly from either side of the compartment depending on your preference.

Note that this purse will only accommodate a gun that is 5” long; Full sized handguns are unlikely to fit properly. Both sides of the pistol compartment are layered with padding to make it imprint proof. This ultimately guarantees discrete concealment of your weapon.

You can store a number of items in this bag thanks to the roomy interior which also contains a center divider zip pocket. For those small items which you want to slide quickly into your bag – you can make use of the two slip pockets located on the inside front. You’ll also find another organizer zip pocket on the inside back.

What We Like:
  • Gun compartment is lockable
  • Wire reinforced & adjustable strap
  • Sturdy build
  • Attractive design
What We Don't Like:
  • May lose shape after some time
  • Heavy

Conclusion

Picking this one makes sense if you’re looking for an affordable concealed carry purse that effectively hides your pistol. Our only major concern with this purse is after adding your handgun and a few other items it can be slightly heavy.

9. Montana West Concealed Gun Handbag

Montana West Concealed Gun Handbag


Dimensions:
14.5” x 4.0” x 12.0”
Weight:
2.1 lbs
Colors Avail:
1

If you’re a fan of the western look, then this imported Montana West concealed carry purse might be for you. The last thing people will expect you to carry in this stylish black bag decorated with silver studs – is a handgun.

Build Quality

This bag is made from a combination of high-quality PU leather as well as tooled genuine leather. It’s very simple to open and close thanks to the center flap which features a magnetic snap closure. This flap covers the front of the purse to keep your contents securely stored inside. Though a convenient feature, we’re not really confident about the flap’s durability because it seems weak. You can, however, consider adding a strong magnet to it for extra reinforcement.

Key Features

This bag has two main compartments; one which is open and the other one zippered. The pouch with the zippered closure located on the back is the one you can use to conceal your weapon.

Aside from these two main compartments, you’ll also find three inner pockets with the middle one having a zippered closure. Just outside the bag, you’ll see two open pockets on one side for those items you want to keep within reach. The pocket on the opposite side is zippered for those items you want to keep out of sight.

For your carrying comfort, you’ll find the double flat handles pretty useful. These handles are 11” long to allow for easy carrying.

You’re probably aware of how annoying it is to have a bag that falls over all the time. Well, thanks to the built in”feet”, you won’t have to worry about that with this purse. Apart from improved stability, this feature protects the bottom from wear and tear.

What We Like:
  • Roomy
  • Attractive leather smell
  • Reasonably sized compartments
  • Stable
What We Don't Like:
  • Weak magnetic closure
  • Faux leather

Conclusion

This purse is worth considering if you‘re looking for that western feel. It has multiple storage spaces so it can accommodate quite a number of things aside from your weapon. We’d have loved to see this purse in genuine cowhide leather, as faux leather doesn’t last as long and often tends to peel over time with frequent use.

10. Roma Leathers Black Leather Pistol Concealment Shoulder Bag

Roma Leathers Black Leather Pistol Concealment Shoulder Bag


Dimensions:
11.5” x 10.9” x 5.7”
Weight:
1.95 lbs
Colors Avail:
1

This bag is the epitome of style and functionality and that’s why it’s among our list of recommendations. The classic black makes it look elegant when slung over your shoulder.

Build Quality

This simple but classic bag is constructed using soft genuine cowhide leather. Because of this top grain leather, you can tell it’s a premium quality product.

Key Features

Your weapon will be kept from public view thanks to the weapon compartment located near the side zipper. Though securely stored inside, you can still draw your pistol with utmost ease from both sides, should the need arise. However, you can’t access your firearm from inside the purse but rather via one of the outside zippered compartments.

You’ll appreciate that this compartment is lockable for added security and comes with four keys. The holster attached is not only adjustable but is also removable. In the event you want to leave the firearm at home, you can just remove the holster which gives you more space.

The CCW zipper opening is 7.5” and it’s designed to conceal most of the full-sized automatic handguns. If you own a 9mm weapon then this purse will also work just fine.

The straps on this bag are quite long – approximately 27” from end to end, making for comfortable carrying. We didn’t like that the straps aren’t adjustable or reinforced, which causes concern regarding durability.

It also comes with additional storage space. For instance, the back pocket – which goes from one side to the other. It has two zippers; the top front being 6” long and the bottom 12”. Inside the bag, there are pockets on each side which are divided by a middle liner. You’ll also find a side zipper inside, on the opposite side of the divider.

What We Like:
  • Snug fit for your handgun
  • Roomy compartments
  • Lockable gun compartment
  • Made of genuine leather
What We Don't Like:
  • Straps not reinforced
  • Straps not adjustable

Conclusion

A bag that allows you to store your weapon along with a large number of essentials is always ideal, right? That’s exactly what you’ll get with the Roma Leathers Black Leather Pistol Concealment Shoulder Bag.

Buyer’s Guide

Traveling with a handgun isn’t always the easiest of things to do. That’s why it’s in your best interests to invest in a concealed carry purse, which allows you to carry your weapon without it being noticed. While you could decide to use an ordinary handbag, this isn’t the ideal nor is it the safest option. Rather buy the practical solution. To help you along, we’ve compiled a buyer’s guide to help you find the right concealed carry purse to suit your needs and personal style. Before you purchase a concealed carry purse, ask yourself the following questions before buying the bag.

Does it Effectively Conceal Your Weapon?

Not all carry purses are designed to hide your pistol from public view. That’s why you need to make sure it conceals your weapon fully if this is a priority.

Does Your Gun Fit Well?

Here we’re basically referring to the size of the gun compartment. As you might be aware, these gun compartments aren’t a one size fits all design. Different handguns are available in varying sizes, from small to large. Make sure you pick a purse that’ll fit your handgun easily, so it’s not difficult to remove.

Can You Access it With Ease?

After picking the right size, the next thing you need to determine is if you can easily access your gun. This means that in the case of an emergency you must be able to draw it smoothly. If the fit is too snug then it’ll take time to retrieve –possibly putting your life in danger.

Can you access it from either side? In an emergency situation, it’s best to pick a purse that has openings on either side. Other models even allow you to access it from the top.

 

What to Consider Before Purchasing

Holster

Throughout the reviews, you must have noticed one word kept popping up – the holster. This is basically a pouch inside the gun compartment that helps to hold your gun in place. Why is this important? The last thing you need is a gun that shifts while you move. Apart from causing great discomfort, there’s a risk that it might fall out.

This holster will hold your gun in a specific position—usually horizontal. However, you have an option to pick an adjustable holster which allows you to reposition the firearm according to your preference.

Note that you don’t necessarily have to opt for a built-in holster; you do have the option of purchasing a separate purse holster. This detachable holster serves as a convenient option for those days when you aren’t carrying your weapon with you.

In addition, you can easily throw it into any regular purse and your gun will still be protected without damaging your bag. With that said, remember that an ordinary purse is still not designed for concealed carrying and is not the ideal.

Gun Pouch

You must inspect the gun pouch and make sure it comes with the necessary reinforcements. Check for the following:

Fabric: Special attention must be paid to the fabric used in its construction. Is it lined or not? Opt for a gun pouch which is lined for extra protection, but also concealment of the gun’s shape inside.

Padding: A gun pouch that’s padded is always a good idea. Not only will it increase your comfort levels but it’ll also significantly reduce the gun imprint. Bottom line: Any casual observers won’t even notice you’re housing a gun in your bag.

Hardware: You must also consider the hardware used to close the compartment. Some purses come with Velcro closure strips to keep your gun securely stored inside. Others will have a snap shut magnetic system. Generally, the one you pick is a matter of preference: Just make sure it effectively keeps your gun secured.

Storage Pockets

We get it: The primary purpose of this purse is to conceal your weapon but that doesn’t mean that’s all you’ll be storing in your bag. A bag with plenty of storage pockets is always ideal.

But be careful: You don’t want spacious compartments that make it impossible to find anything inside. That’s why we’d highly recommend you pick one with different compartments for different items, to make organization easier. A purse that comes with an organizer is always your best bet. If it comes with credit card slots, even better.

Shoulder Straps

The straps on the bag are worth inspecting as they’ll greatly determine your level of carrying comfort. Consider the following:

Length: Depending on the length of the shoulder straps you can either sling it across your body or over your shoulder. There is a third option that allows for an underarm carry however the one you pick is a matter of preference.

Padding: While on the subject of comfort you can consider investing in a purse with padded straps for added comfort.

Width: The wider they are, the better they are at distributing your purse’s weight making it easier to carry regardless of contents.

Reinforcement: If you can pick straps with wire reinforcement or slash resistant properties, it’s a smart buy. Not only will it increase durability but it also makes it theft resistant.

Zippers

The zipper used on the concealed carry purse is very crucial as it determines how secure your firearm is. Check for the following:

Lockable: Can you lock it? A purse with an optional locking mechanism is always best for extra security. It can deny access if there are any nosy children in the house. Just don’t forget to unlock when you’re out on the streets.

Durable: The quality of the zipper is very important. You want to pick one that’s robust and won’t break after a couple of uses. YKK Zippers are common favorites in most premium purses as they guarantee some degree of longevity.

Smooth: Yes, you’ll find that some zippers don’t run as smooth which makes it a hassle to operate. Before buying the purse, make sure you open and close it—a couple of times –just to make sure. If it’s stiff and needs you to exert some kind of effort when opening it, this might not be the best choice.

Appearance

Sure, this purse is for carrying a firearm but that doesn’t mean you have to pick a dreary looking one. On the contrary, these purses come in varying styles, designs and colors. Fortunately, you can kill two birds with one stone by purchasing one that offers both functionality and style. After all, you can conceal a firearm and look good in the process, right?

Fabric

The most common fabric used in most of the purses above is leather. We admit, it will push the price up a little but you’re guaranteed a quality product. Premium products ultimately equate to longer lasting assets – which makes the price worth it.

Also, you don’t have to be afraid to spend a little extra on this purse. After all, your handgun was an investment, right? So what you carry it in should be too.

Even if you can’t afford one with 100% leather, picking one made of superior faux leather is still a durable option.

Weight

The weight of the purse is also worth considering before purchasing. Is it bulky and heavy or is lightweight? Ideally, you want one that’s lightweight even after packing your handgun – for your carrying comfort.

This means you have to consider not just the weight of the purse but the handgun as well. Remember, your gun isn’t the only item you’ll be carrying. Opt for a purse that can accommodate all your essentials without exerting any carrying discomfort.

Stability

There’s nothing as annoying as a purse that isn’t stable and tips over. Not only do you risk causing damage to your contents but it may quickly wear out your bag. You can easily avoid this problem by purchasing a structured bag or one with a wider base.

Good to Know

Guns & the Law

We get it, carrying a handgun will give you a sense of protection but only if you know how to use it. Different situations and reasons might force you to consider moving around with one. However, what we need to stress is the importance of knowing the laws in your country regarding carrying concealed weapons.

These will obviously vary from one state to the next. Do your research first so you don’t end up on the wrong side of the law. For instance, make sure you find out if you require a permit or not to carry that firearm. The issuing of permits falls under the following categories:

  • Unrestricted: In this instance the state in question allows you to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. The only condition attached is the weapon must have been obtained legally.
  • Shall Issue: In these states, a permit is required to carry around a concealed weapon. However, it’ll only be issued if you meet the necessary requirements.
  • May Issue: In this case, the state usually reserves the right to deny issuing a permit if they feel the candidate is unqualified to own a weapon.
  • No Issue: As the name implies the state will not issue a permit whatsoever under any circumstances.

Practice

When faced with an emergency it’s difficult to get the motions right unless you’ve practiced before. So to effectively use your pistol, make sure you practice drawing your gun from the concealed purse. And yes, it takes a bit of time before you eventually get it right.

Consider every angle—both left and right—to determine which side you’re comfortable with. It would also help to familiarize yourself with the four gun rules for your safety.

Hand on the Purse

Always try to keep your hand on the purse. This is the only way you’re able to react swiftly to access it when necessary. It’ll also avoid being snatched.

Lock it

As mentioned earlier, always lock your purse when you’re at home to avoid any unnecessary accidents. Most people lock away their guns in the safe; The same concept applies here.

Positioning

Earlier we mentioned positioning your gun in a way that allows you to access it with ease. However, it’s equally important to position the actual carry purse in a manner that allows you to access the firearm easily. Take heed of the following:

  • Which hand will you use to shoot with? Try to always keep that hand free just in case you need to retrieve your pistol.
  • Always carry your purse in your off hand and make sure the opening of the gun pocket is facing your dominant side.
  • Keep it as close to your body as possible at all times.
  • Under no circumstances should you fire your pistol from the purse. You may risk injuring yourself (you don’t know what the bullet will hit inside your bag) and damaging your purse.

 

Wrapping Up

Bottom line: when selecting a concealed carry purse always remember the real reason why you’re buying it. Don’t get distracted by the bells and the whistles offered by the product’s manufacturer. While we love a good looking purse, the bag’s aesthetics must in no way compromise functionality. Put simply: safety comes first.

Hopefully one of our recommendations is exactly what you’re looking for. We certainly hope you’ll never need to use it. However, with one of these at your side, when the need does arise at least you’re prepared for it. A simple bag can give you some peace of mind. And that’s the power of fashion.

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