If I could summarize this article in once sentence it would be this: what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for her, and although I considered that going in the actual application of this premise was eye opening.
My wife has had her CCW for quite a few years with her primary weapon system being a Glock 26. She has trained quite a bit with this platform and knows it well enough to be “dangerous”, in that she can load/unload and correct simple malfunctions (and shoot it rather well by the way). For the longest time her primary carry method has been purse carry, which I despise, but given her job and a multitude of other factors I suppose it’s better than nothing. Additionally if you have a wife who likes to dress fashionably (read: tight fitting clothes) a gun might as well be a toaster in that there is no concealing it.
Recently my wife has been accompanying me to various contract jobs which require her to be by herself, often in other locations which are a few minutes from my location. This has led her to have the desire to carry her gun on her person instead of in her purse for quicker access of course. This meant that she would have to alter her wardrobe a bit to conceal the gun and that we would have to find her an acceptable holster which she liked.
The clothing wasn’t a big deal as we often go hiking together so she had no shortage of prepper-ish type pants, hiking shoes and loose fitting tops. That combined with the temps dropping meant she could wear a light zip up sweater or hoodie which adds to the concealment factor even more. The holster was another ordeal altogether and I quickly found out what I preferred did not work for her.
Preferred Carry Position
Personally I like IWB at 4 o’clock or OWB at 3 o’clock, although I have tried appendix carry and while I’m not opposed I’m just not a huge fan. I like hybrid and kydex holsters with my primary being a Crossbreed. My wife on the other hand….not even close! She tried OWB and hated it. Hybrid was too big. Finally she settled on the Galco Stow N GO IWB holster as it was the most comfortable at the 2 o’clock position. The 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock looked ridiculous on her (especially OWB) and even with IWB if she leaned over to grab something the gun would print horribly. At the 2 o’clock position the gun was comfortable and very concealed, much more than I would have originally thought.
Body Types and Preferences
I think it’s important to remember that we all have different body types and preferences with respect to how we carry, women in particular. I like traditional methods of carrying a gun while my wife simply hated them, and she shunned the higher dollar “cool guy” holsters in favor of a cheaper more comfortable (for her) holster. One size definitely does not fit all when it comes to CCW.
If there is one complaint that my wife has about the 26, it is that the gun is a tad bit wide. She doesn’t know it but the G43 (single stack 9mm) is on the list for a Christmas gift, hopefully she’ll like it and if not I suppose it would make a nice backup gun for me. 🙂