Concealed carry for women, Part 1

One of the biggest growth areas in the firearms industry has been in products with concealed carry for women in mind. Women are buying more guns, they’re carrying them, and that’s good news. What’s rough is that a lot of advice for concealed carry comes from dudes, and dudes don’t always understand that there are different needs and priorities.

I bought in my friend and firearms advocate JoAnn to talk about some issues around concealed carry for women. It’s a complex subject, because while some traditional advice applies, it’s not 1 for 1. Just because I choose to carry a full size pistol at the appendix carry position doesn’t mean that someone like JoAnn will have those same choices.

At the same time, I personally loathe the idea of just making a gun pink to make it for “girls.” Products made for concealed carry for women should be good products first, and then worry about making them visually appealing. This is why I don’t hate on the Tiffany blue Glock 42 and 43. They’re a good product, well-made and reliable, and then Glock added some colors that might attract a female buyer. Some women like that color, some don’t. Thankfully for the ones that don’t you can always get the normal colored guns.

The last thing, and my biggest pet peeve about concealed carry for women is when a woman’s first instructor is her husband or boyfriend. You know why? Because inevitably those dudes aren’t instructors, and they’re just going to pass on all their crappy habits to their wife/girlfriend. Ladies: please get professional instruction from a reputable instructor. Google is your friend!

Fortunately, concealed carry for women is on the rise. Personally, I love the idea of more legally armed citizens, and I don’t care what gender they are.