The Women’s Gun Show Episode #55: The Purse Thing

In this podcast, Carrie Lightfoot and Barbara Baird talk about the merits and drawbacks of concealed carry purses, and some things to consider before deciding to use this means of carry. Julie Golob gives a tip about trigger control, sponsored by NRA Women. The women also discuss trending firearms news – including Tommy gun sales in St. Louis – cool products and firearms events around the country. Sponsored by Ruger.

60 wedding anniversary

Barb traveled to North Dakota to celebrate her parents’ 60th wedding anniversary and to also celebrate the life of one of her favorite aunts who passed away. She also earned a first aid certificate as part of her TWAW chapter’s activities.


Carrie Lightfoot Chris Cheng

Carrie checks in about the recent NSSF Industry Summit and is headed to Michigan for The Well Armed Woman (TWAW) State Shoot, and TWAW Instructor Certification course.


Topic: The Purse Thing 

Barb and Carrie discuss the anatomy of a good carry purse – what it must have and the important questions to ask when making the decision if purse carry is right for you.

Claudia-Chisholm Gun Toten Mamas

Claudia Chisholm is the president of Gun Tote’n Mamas.

Barb’s article in NRA Family explains what to look for in a concealed carry bag:  

Carrie has also written about carrying a purse off the body:

There are purses such as TWAW Waist-Pack (below) that attach to the waist and to the thigh, to securely fasten the purse to your body” Dragon purse TWAW  Survival Story

Carrie tells the story of a beaten trooper  who shoots, kills her boyfriend in Pike Creek:

Firearms News You Can Use  Project childSafeBarb mentions Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF):, She also highlights the NSSF’s Friends and Family Campaign: Carrie Lightfoot Tommy Gun Carrie wonders if the Tommy guns have been used in fighting crime in St. Louis, in this article, Sale of the Century – St. Louis Police Announce Sale of Vintage Tommy Guns:  

Julie Golob Trigger tips

Julie Golob offers a valuable training tip centering on triggers: “Tip Time” – all about trigger control. Sponsored by NRA Women.

Julie Golob’s “Tip Time” is sponsored by NRA Women.

Cool products Montana cross body carry bagCarrie teases us with this Montana West Sugar Skull Collection Concealed Handgun Crossbody –  coming soon to TWAW: pursedefender crossbreedBarb isn’t teasing, and says this purse defender system from Crossbreed might be just the ticket before investing in a new, expensive concealed carry purse. You can convert the bag you own into a CCW bag, $52.95:

TWAW Product of the Week TWAW waistpack Carrie chose The Well Armed Woman waistpack as her product of the week, $79.99:

The WON’s Post of the Week Muddy Girl rifle Marti DavisContinuing with the safety-in-the-home-if-there’s-a-firearm topic, Barb mentions a column (sponsored by LaserMax) at Women’s Outdoor News by Stacy Bright, which details ways to keep your home safe:

Calendar: What’s up?   

Carrie mentions the various shooting instruction programs for young people and children at the Boondocks in Mississippi, July 21 and 22:   TWAW-Glock Barb is a fan of Becoming an Outdoors-Woman programs around the nationa and found this one, for advanced shooting skills, in Georgia from July 7 to July 9: Georgia Beyond BOW – GLOCK Inc. and Georgia BBOW present: Women’s Handgun Preparedness,

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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