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Review: GTM Concealed Carry Tote

I am not normally an off-body carry kind of woman, but there have been a few rare times that I do need to store my firearm in my handbag. As of late, it has been difficult to get a hold of a physical handbag to ensure it would meet all my needs. Merchants and/or manufacturers are sold out. Gun Tote’n Mamas (GTM) offers beautiful, concealed carry handbags that are inspired and designed by women. They also have Find-A-Bag, which toll free number to call to track down an out-of-stock bag.

In addition to helping find inventory during this time when in stock items are so fleeting, GTM produces bags that are eloquently designed. So much so, in fact, that they appear to be nothing more than normal, feminine handbags – but, still function as concealed carry bags that range in size from compact to full-size firearm carry.

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I want specific functionality for my first concealed carry tote, including the following necessities:

  • Sturdiness
  • Leather
  • Comfortable shoulder straps
  • Strong crossbody strap
  • Large enough to hold a laptop and mouse
  • Travel coffee cup
  • A water bottle
  • Inconspicuous 
  • Functional internal pockets
  • Metal hardware

After speaking with GTM, I decided to give the Oversized Leather RFID Travel Tote GTM-107 (MSRP $199.95) a try. 

GTM Conceal Carry Tote
(GTM Original photo)

Here are few descriptive features listed at GTM’s website that sealed the deal for me:

  • Tested w/ Glock 19, Heckler & Koch VP9 full size, S&W M&P 2.0 full size, S&W, M&P Shield, Sig Sauer P320, Spring eld XD 9 mm
  • Designed for left or right-handed use
  • Special padding prevents imprinting of your firearm
  • Cross body slash resistant, 11 ply steel cable, shoulder strap  
  • Zippered top closure
  • Will carry laptop and/or tablets
  • Antiqued brass color metal hardware
  • South American cowhide
  • RFID interior zippered pocket
  • Airline carry-on size approved

I have regularly used this travel tote since February 2021 and it is barely showing any sign of wear. I have carried the tote to the gun range, meetings and conferences with approved concealed carry environment, traveling and on errands. So, let’s take a closer look at the features of this tote.

Sharenda headed for a latte' meeting with GTM's Concealed Carry Tote

Both internal and external pockets are deep. The external concealing firearm compartment will actually hold up to a full-size Sig p320. The bag comes with a soft-sided Velcro holster and an optional, miniature D-ring to utilize a mini lock.

GTM Internal Photo
(GTM Original photo)

It has been designed with two internal zippered pockets; one is dedicated to RFID. Plus, five open pockets hold a multitude of different items.

Pros of the GTM Concealed Carry Tote

  • This bag is very functional and pretty much met all my day to day, casual needs.
  • The cowhide leather is buttery soft, yet very durable.
  • The shoulder straps are a PERFECT length for me – I’m 5’-5”. 
  • The sling is adjustable and, for containing a steel cable, shockingly does not dig into my shoulders.
  • It will hold up to a 14.75-inch horizontally wide laptop, but will not zip.
    • My work laptop was recently upgraded to a 10-key laptop.  Prior to the upgrade, my 13-inch laptop fit comfortably into the tote.
  • The external concealing compartment is compatible with other off-body carry holsters, such as the Crossbreed Modular Belly Band Holster.*

*Be mindful of your draw position when ordering a holster. If you are left-handed you might want to consider ordering a right-handed holster and the reverse if you are right-handed. 

  • It will conceal a full-size SIG p320 pistol, with the extended mag if you so desire. This was tested with a universal soft Velcro holster.
  • It will hold a 16- to 24-ounce metal water bottle or travel coffee mug, depending on the width of the container.
  • Rain resistant without staining. I purposely did not treat this bag with any leather protection to see how it would hold up.
  • The tote is not heavy when empty.
  • It contains multiple functional pockets to keep your contents organized. 
What I Carry for A Meeting
Sharenda’s  Concealed Carry Tote  Dump

Cons of the GTM Concealed Carry Tote

  • The bottom of the bag does not have protective feet to keep the tote from directly contacting a surface, preventing wear, scratching or stains.
  • Currently it is only manufactured in one color.
  • The top closure zipper is plastic.
GTM Concealed Carry tote bottom
(GTM Original photo)
GTM purse Feet
(GTM Original photo)

Aesthetically, I love how feminine and professional it looks, without obviously appearing like a concealed carry bag. I am looking forward to using this tote for many years! GTM placed a lot of consideration into designing this tote, and I am eagerly awaiting future designs from this company. 

Read more about GTM’s Oversized Leather RFID Travel Tote GTM-107 here.

  • About Sharenda Birts

    Sharenda Birts is the Director of Community Affairs and one of the 4 founding members of wildHERness, a diverse group of outdoorswomen passionate about providing females with a connection to the outdoors through workshops, events, mentoring and community service. Her passion for the outdoors began when she began to learn how to safely handle a firearm and clean it. She does not come from a family background of firearms or outdoorsman and did not have any exposure to the outdoors until she joined a sporting clays league that persuaded her to attend a pheasant hunt. Although Sharenda is a new hunter, she is passionate about sharing her adventures to inspire other city born-and-raised minority women – with the message that they, too, can learn how to explore the outdoors, no matter what their ages. Sharenda is an NRA certified pistol, shotgun, and metallic cartridge reloading instructor who comes from a background with 25 years in the banking and equity investment industry. She also admits to being addicted to clay sports, along with upland and waterfowl hunting. Sharenda’s gearing up for angling and fly-tying in the near future.

     

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