How to Effectively Conceal a Gun on a Female Body

women-ccwConceal carry is fast becoming the preferred method used by women who feel the need to have their guns with them wherever they go. It is preferable to carry your gun in your purse or bag or on the pockets of your coat since it greatly minimizes the risk of your gun falling on the wrong hands or you forgetting and misplacing it. However, carrying a concealed gun on your body can become uncomfortable, unsafe and frustrating, if you conceal it incorrectly.

Effective gun concealment depends mainly on three factors; your gun, the type of holster you use, and your clothing. When choosing a gun with the intention of using it for concealed carry, choose a gun that is small, compact and not too heavy like semi-automatic pistols and revolvers, whether single-action or double.

 Bigger guns are more bulky and therefore harder to hide in your body and can discourage you from actually carrying them. You should also be comfortable with the gun you choose, it should fit your hand just right and you should be confident you can fire it without fear of recoil.

When buying gun holsters, make sure that you buy ones that are specifically created for your gun, it should hold your gun securely and can be hidden in your body without causing too much discomfort. Another important factor you have to consider is location, and the part of your body you want to hide your gun.  

A lot of women prefer using waistband holsters, either at their back or near their hips. But there are other options, you can use bra holsters with your gun either tucked in the center of your chest or clipped outside your brassiere. Or, you may use thigh holsters, ankle holsters, undergarment holster like bellybands and under wraps or underarm holsters.

Regardless of the type of holster you choose to buy and use, always take into consideration their quality. It is better to invest on an expensive holster than buy inexpensive ones that can put yourself at risk. And if possible, try on the holster first to see if it fits your body properly before buying it.

Clothing also plays an important role in effectively concealing your gun. Your clothes should hide your gun without creating visible bulges and unseemly creases and must not impede you drawing it when the need arises. Needless to say, the type of holster you choose to wear can affect the type of clothing you can use and vice versa.

Waistband holsters can be paired with most clothes, like shirts, summer blouses, pants, skirts and shorts. Thigh holsters can be used when you are wearing skirts and dresses but are not recommended when you are wearing pants. Ankle holsters can be used with pants or long skirts, bra holsters can be paired with shirts and blouses but should not be used when you are wearing turtlenecks or garments with plunging necklines that expose most of your chest area and underarm holsters can be used when you are wearing sleeveless shirts paired with coats or jackets.

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