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Ways to Conceal Carry Your Firearm: What’s the Best Holster for Women?

One of the hardest questions that I’m often asked as a firearms instructor is: “What’s the best holster for a woman?” The answer, truthfully, is that it depends on many things: style of clothing worn on a daily basis, material of the clothing, body size/shape, size of the firearm and any physical limitations.

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Since this is such a popular question, it’s no wonder that concealed carry fashion shows and holster clinics are at hot ticket. I recently hosted a holster clinic for my local chapter of The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) and the room was packed with women wanting to learn about the options available.

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Stacy demonstrates how it’s possible to conceal 9 guns! Although it’s possible, it’s not very practical. (Stacy Bright photo)

I also had the fun privilege of equipping myself with various holsters, all concealed, and asking the participants to guess how many guns I was carrying. Most guessed between 4 and 6. I actually had 9 guns hidden on my body, plus one in a concealed carry purse!

We also had a “show-and-tell” time, where members could talk about their favorite holsters, what they liked about the various models and if there were any disadvantages. Several of the women agreed to share their comments and be photographed wearing or displaying the holsters they chose.

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Susan models her TWAW IWB holster. (Susan Myers photo)

In The Waistband Holster by The Well Armed Woman with Ulticlip – Susan

Why did you choose that holster?

After watching all the holster videos on TWAW’s website, I felt that abdomen carry would suit me best.

With this holster, I really liked the idea of reducing the overall profile by having the clip offset to the side of the gun itself. Another great feature is being able to adjust how high or low the holster rides with 3 holes to choose from for the clip that comes with the holster.

This holster would not work for me, were it not for the optional Ulticlip. I don’t ever wear a belt and using the Ulticlip keeps the holster right where I put it without fail. An awesome clip and a holster with great retention and the adjustable features make this the holster for me.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238 .380 with extended magazine

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5 – Being able to adjust the cant, depending on what I’m wearing or doing, makes it easy to forget that I’m carrying at all.

How much did it cost?

$49.99 for holster and $9.99 for Ulticlip)

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

I don’t experience any disadvantages with it myself, but I suppose if someone wanted to use it with lighter-weight waistbands (as opposed to jeans) then, even though the Ulticlip would hold the holster in place, I could see the weight of the gun pulling down on the waistband posing an issue.

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Deb’s choice holster is made by Tagua.

Tagua 4 in 1 IWB holster – Deb

Why did you choose that holster?

For the versatility

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Ruger LC9s Pro

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

4

How much did it cost?

Under $40

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Trigger cover is not as tight as I would like.

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A concealed carry purse is Diana’s top pick. (Diana Miller photo)

Roma Leather Concealed Carry Purse with holster – Diana

Why did you choose that holster?

At the time of purchase, it fulfilled the need

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

3 to 3.5

How much did it cost?

$65

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Not really its fault, but I have a tendency to overfill it, making it heavy to carry for any length of time.

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Crossbreed Holsters makes a comfortable IWB that Melissa loves! (Melissa Odom photo)

Crossbreed Mini-Tuck – Melissa

Why did you choose that holster?

I came to this holster after I tried a few kydex only styles and found they were not comfortable for IWB carry. I did some online research, looked and the reviews and found Crossbreed. They are also made locally so that was a big plus as well. A local store that carries them, let me give it a quick try before I purchased and found it very comfortable.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Sig Sauer P238

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

Worn with the right pants and belt I would rate it a 5. Sometimes I have to double check that it’s still there!

How much did it cost?

Between $60 and $70, I believe. It’s been a few years ago.

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Although I haven’t found the need to adjust it, the belt clips and shell are not adjustable … while I know some are. Although some holsters of this hybrid style are adjustable, they also add some thickness, which I don’t like. It also best to wear it with a belt.

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Jo’s “go-to” holster is the Sticky. (Jo Novak photo)

Sticky Holster – Jo

Why did you choose that holster?

I’ve had several holsters that didn’t work well for me. I found the Sticky online, don’t remember if someone sent me a link or not. It wasn’t expensive and there was a 20%-off coupon. So, I gave it a try.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Springfield Armory XD subcompact

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5 – extremely comfortable

How much did it cost?

$15 to $20

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

The only disadvantage to the Sticky is finding a safe place to set it while using the restroom. There is always the possibility of leaving it. I’ve been using one for close to four years. Haven’t forgotten it, I work at it.

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Laurie wears her UnderTech compression shorts daily. (Laurie McCulley photo)

UnderTech Undercover Compression Shorts – Laurie

Why did you choose that holster?

The ease of walking – it’s comfortable under clothes.

What gun do you carry in that holster? 

Springfield XDS

On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1=very uncomfortable & 5=extremely comfortable, how would you rate your holster?

5

How much did it cost?

$50

What would you say are the disadvantages of your holster, if any?

Wearing the extra piece of clothing (shorts under outer clothes)

As you can see, the number of holster choices varies as much as the women who wear them. Your holster choice is just that – yours!

We’d love to hear what your favorite holster is and what you love about it.

  • About Stacy Bright

    Freelance writer Stacy Bright holds instructor certifications from the NRA in Pistol & Rifle, as well as being an Range Safety Officer and Refuse to be a Victim instructor. In addition to her NRA credentials, she also is a Missouri CCW instructor and teaches various other home and personal defense courses. “In a field dominated by men, I feel I bring a unique perspective to firearms and training, especially to women. I'm passionate about educating, empowering and developing confidence in those I train. In November of 2014, I started the Southwest Missouri chapter of The Well Armed Woman,” said Stacy. Stacy lives in southwest Missouri, and has been married for 20 years. Visit TWAW Facebook page: The Well Armed Woman-Springfield, MO Chapter.