Training: Concealed Carrying for Women 

Another extremely easy way of protecting oneself and those around is to get a concealed carry permit and a weapon. Known as the "equalizer", the handgun has changed the game in who has the power in physical altercations and attacks. Every state has different laws about concealing a weapon or open carrying a weapon so make sure to find the correct information for your specific state. That being said, having a concealed carry permit and a weapon isn't enough. The woman needs to get comfortable  with the weapon by training with it and learning all she can. 

Reasons for Concealed Carry

For women, the primary reason for concealed carry is personal safety. In today's world, women face a wide range of threats, from street crime to domestic violence, and carrying a weapon can provide a sense of security and peace of mind. Women who have experienced an attempted crime or attack are often the ones who choose to carry a firearm for protection.

Another reason for concealed carry among women is the increasing number of women who participate in outdoor activities, such as hiking or camping, where they are more isolated and vulnerable to danger. By carrying a concealed weapon, women can feel more confident and secure in these situations.

Benefits of Concealed Carry

  1. Personal Safety: The most obvious benefit of concealed carry is the added protection it provides to women in potentially dangerous situations. Carrying a concealed weapon can give women the confidence to defend themselves against an attacker and potentially deter a crime before it occurs.
  2. Empowerment: Concealed carry can provide a sense of empowerment and control over personal safety. Women who carry a concealed weapon are taking an active role in protecting themselves and their loved ones.
  3. Peace of Mind: Carrying a concealed weapon can also provide peace of mind, knowing that you have a means of defense if needed. This can be especially important for women who live or work in areas with higher crime rates. But, regardless of crime rate, we recommend women carry a concealed weapon if legally able to. 

Safety Considerations

While concealed carry can provide many benefits, it is important to understand that carrying a firearm is a serious responsibility. Women who carry a concealed weapon must be properly trained and knowledgeable about the laws and regulations regarding concealed carry in their state. It's also important to regularly practice with your weapon to ensure that you are proficient in its use..

How to Conceal your Weapon

There are many options for women when it comes to how they conceal their weapon as well. Some options include carrying the weapon in a holster on the hip, back, or appendix. Another option many women use is to carry the gun in special "concealed carry" purses. FEPG advises to keep the gun holstered on the body at all times but having a weapon is better than not having one in most situations. 


Holster options:

  1. Waistband Holster: A holster that attaches to the waistband of your pants, typically inside the waistband or at the small of the back.
  2. Ankle Holster: A holster that attaches to the ankle, typically using a strap or elastic band, and is ideal for small firearms.
  3. Shoulder Holster: A holster that hangs from the shoulder, typically under a jacket or coat, and is ideal for larger firearms.
  4. Pocket Holster: A holster designed to fit inside a pocket, such as a jacket or pants pocket, and is ideal for small firearms.
  5. Thigh Holster: A holster that attaches to the thigh, typically using a strap or elastic band, and is ideal for larger firearms.
  6. Belly Band Holster: A flexible band that wraps around the waist and secures the firearm to the body, typically worn under clothing.
  7. Off-Body Carry: Carrying a firearm in a purse, briefcase, or other type of bag, is another option for concealed carry. 

Concealed Carry Fashion 

The best clothing for women who want to conceal carry depends on their individual body type and personal style, as well as the method of concealed carry being used. However, some general tips for choosing clothing for concealed carry for women include:

  1. Structured Garments: Structured garments, such as a jacket with shoulder pads or a blazer, can help to create a smooth and even surface for concealing a firearm.
  2. Longer Tops: Longer tops, such as tunics or cardigans, can help to conceal a firearm, especially when worn with leggings or skinny jeans.
  3. Wrap Dresses: Wrap dresses, especially those made from heavier fabrics, can provide good coverage for concealing a firearm.
  4. Tailored Clothing: Tailored clothing, such as pants with a high waist and a fitted jacket, can help to create a smooth and even surface for concealing a firearm.