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Babbs in the Woods: The heat is on — what the pros pack

One thing about women shooters, they do not pack their guns away between competitions. Every one whom I’ve ever met who can legally carry in her home state, will carry a concealed gun. While in Las Vegas, at the SHOT show last January, I asked some shooting stars to reveal what they carry.


Smith & Wesson Model 42

Dianna Liedorff, a police officer of the Tulsa Police Department who shoots for FNH USA, also is an Oklahoma (CLEET) certified Firearms Instructor and a certified Oklahoma Self Defense Act Firearms Instructor. She carries a Smith & Wesson Model 42, Air Weight, .38 revolver. She carries it on her waistband in an appendix holster. Sometimes, she’ll carry it in a purse.

Tasha Hanish. Photo courtesy of FNH USA.

Dianna’s buddy, Tasha Hanish, also shoots for FNH USA and hails from open-carry state Arizona. She carries her FNX semi-auto that she competes with, and she carries it in a holster on her hip. She said, “Most of the time, I carry at night if I’m by myself. With my kids along, it’s in my purse or in my car.”

Louisianan Kay Miculek said, ”That’s a hard question because I have guns for my clothes. In the summertime, I carry a Smith & Wesson .380 because it fits in my back pocket.” She continued, “In the winter, when I have more clothes on, I carry a Smith & Wesson 646 (revolver). I also have a Kahr 9mm. Kay prefers a small-of-the-back holster clip.

Randi Rogers lives in Georgia and shoots for GLOCK. She has been carrying since the day she turned 21. She says, “I carry the 19, the compact 9mm that GLOCK makes. I use a Mernickle holster on the small of my back, inside the waistband, and I think all ladies should carry!”

Julie Goloski-Golob on the cover of The Blue Press. Photo by Yamil Sued

Smith & Wesson’s Team Captain, Julie Golob, revealed that she carries a Smith & Wesson Model 442 in .38 caliber. She said, “I like how lightweight it is. It’s easy. It’s simple – you pull the trigger, it goes bang and it’s always there for me.”

Julie carries her gun in an appendix leather holster. She said, “I click it on my belt in my pants and it’s right there in front and ready to go. I sometimes carry a gun in my bag, but I haven’t really found that right bag!”

The right bag, the right holster, the right pants, the right belt. It all takes thought to get the right combination, and hopefully, none of these ladies will ever have to put their shooting skills to test defensively.

We thank them for revealing their undercover and carry options.

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  • About Barbara Baird

    Publisher/Editor Barbara Baird is a freelance writer in hunting, shooting and outdoor markets. Her bylines are found at several top hunting and shooting publications. She also is a travel writer, and you can follow her at https://www.ozarkian.com.


The Conversation

  • Women's Outdoor News says: May 13, 2011 at 8:05 am

    You cannot get more authoritative than Kathy Jackson on the topic of concealed carry. She lives it. We admire her work tremendously. Just spot on with her attitude and in the trenches mission: women’s holster clinic in Seattle, penning magazine articles for gun magazines, trainer at shooting ranges in defensive shooting … Kathy is a great package for promoting women and firearms usage.

  • Women's Outdoor News says: May 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

    You’re right, Beth … a lot to consider when choosing a carry pistol and all the accoutrements! You bet, Bill and Tammy … I always enjoy talking with women pro shooters. They are so accessible and helpful.

  • Beth Cowgill says: May 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

    I like how Kay picks a pistol according to her clothing. That’s the biggest struggle I have too. Finding a stylish concealed carry purse is difficult too!

  • Tammy Ballew says: May 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Thanks, Barb, for sharing with us the information of what these ladies carry. It makes me think I might want to reconsider what I carry. Great article!

  • Bill Bowers says: May 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Great column! Very interesting to learn these ladies’ choices.