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Mrs.Wildhawker
03-10-2009, 10:58 PM
Hello Calgunners! I could use your help, and need some advice - where in the Bay has a decent selection of women's holsters for concealed carry?

For background, I am looking to carry under scrubs. With the outerwear necessary for my occupation, torso carry of some form is likely my only option unless I can somehow fit a IWB type between my hips without substantial protrusion. I will wear a light, loose-fitting long sleeved overcoat with a varied print pattern during the day for concealment.

I am looking into carry handguns; based on my current experience and tastes, it will likely be a compact CZ 75 or 1911 (such as a CBOB) in .40 or .45.

Thank you in advance!

DedEye
03-10-2009, 11:52 PM
Hey Mrs. Wildhawker, good to see you finally signed up on the board.

You may want to look at a Belly Band (http://magills.com/pgroup_descrip/44_Belly+Band+Holsters/609_The+Original+Belly+Band/?return=%3ftpl%3Dindex%26category_id%3D44%26). Seems perfect for what you're looking for. I take it the boss has finally OK'd CCWing?

wildhawker
03-11-2009, 12:12 AM
I love how you imply that I am the boss... printing and framing this thread as we speak...

DedEye
03-11-2009, 12:44 AM
I love how you imply that I am the boss... printing and framing this thread as we speak...

No comment. I thought you said you were going to sleep :p.

SmokinMr2
03-11-2009, 3:05 AM
Have a look http://www.corneredcat.com/TOC.aspx
She has some great info on Ladies gear.

Miltiades
03-11-2009, 4:22 AM
That looks like a fairly substantial CZ with double stack magazine and adjustable sights you are showing in the picture, located at appendix carry position. Given your small size I think concealment would be easier with a smaller, lighter, single stack gun having a polymer or aluminum frame, supported by a substantial belt. You don't want the gun to move around during the day, so you really need the anchor of a solid belt and holster. The guns that come to mind in .40 or .45 include:

1. Glock 36 (.45)
2. Kahr P40 (.40)
3. Sig P239 (.40)
4. 3 inch 1911 like Kimber Ultra or Colt Defender (.45)

For appendix carry the Comp-Tac company makes a good IWB kydex holster called the 2 o'clock. I have one for a Kahr MK9 and it works very well.

http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o25/pogo2/KahrMK952.jpg

Squidward
03-11-2009, 6:17 AM
Smart carry

http://www.smartcarry.com/

WokMaster1
03-11-2009, 8:13 AM
I see a lot of nurses wearing fanny packs for all their gear (lights, pens, intercom phones, etc) when I was at Kaiser maternity ward. That might also be another option as it is even less obvious than a belly band under the scrubs. Scrubs, very much like cotton jammies do "print" a lot more than shirt & jeans.

However, I am not sure if it will fit your CZ but it fits my Glock 26 nicely

http://www.maxpedition.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=7&idproduct=479

Mrs.Wildhawker
03-11-2009, 9:33 AM
That looks like a fairly substantial CZ with double stack magazine and adjustable sights you are showing in the picture, located at appendix carry position. Given your small size I think concealment would be easier with a smaller, lighter, single stack gun having a polymer or aluminum frame, supported by a substantial belt.

Yes, I was using my CZ only to get an idea of where I could feasibly carry one. I do a lot of bending and squatting at work and so carrying it at my hip or back would be easier to see and/or get bumped into by a coworker. I think I will also start wearing scrub jackets instead of scrub tops, which will allow some extra bulk and weight to the fabric so it's not as easily imprinted.

This will definitely have to be another gun purchase as my SP01 is not for concealed carry! =) I do like the idea of the compact CZ as it is the same set-up (mag release, safety, handle, ect.) so if faced with an emergency it would just like my sport gun which I am comfortable with.

Thanks for your help, I will take a look at that holster.

Mrs.Wildhawker
03-11-2009, 9:46 AM
Hey Mrs. Wildhawker, good to see you finally signed up on the board.

You may want to look at a Belly Band (http://magills.com/pgroup_descrip/44_Belly+Band+Holsters/609_The+Original+Belly+Band/?return=%3ftpl%3Dindex%26category_id%3D44%26). Seems perfect for what you're looking for.

Thanks Dedeye, I think I need something more sturdy than that though. I don't want it moving when I'm running around work because I don't want to have to constantly reposition. Unfortunately, it seems like there's few holsters made for a woman's figure and even fewer that are designed to stay put and be comfortable when you're standing, squatting, bending, lifting, etc for 12 hours a day.

Mrs.Wildhawker
03-11-2009, 10:00 AM
Smart carry

http://www.smartcarry.com/

These look like a GREAT option! I was thinking I was going to have to sew belt loops on my scrubs but this solves the belt problem all together for me!

Thank you, I will definitely look more into these!

cush
03-12-2009, 12:55 AM
Another good source for opinions and information is: http://www.womenshooters.com/
The forum is http://womenandguns.servertalk.in/viewforum.php?f=1&mforum=womenandguns
Holsters and carry options is a common topic. They will also appreciate your input.
Try a search and I'm sure you'll find some old threads.
Also I'm almost positive the question of scrubs or other lighter weight (no belt) garments has come up in discussion.
I found that site as well as http://www.corneredcat.com/ mentioned before while looking for info for my DW and DDs.
-cush

Sobriquet
03-12-2009, 2:38 AM
Looks to me like someone seriously needs to pick up a HK P2000sk with a LEM trigger. It holds 10 rounds of 9mm or 9 rounds of .40 or .357. I'd personally go with a 9mm and some good +P hollow points like HST rounds or Gold Dots.

gunrun45
03-12-2009, 3:02 AM
I would advise you to carry what you feel comfortable with. If that is a compact CZ platform, go with it.

I would highly recomend the smart carry option or the clasic thunderwear. Scrubs are a dificult thing to carry any type of load in the pockets or waistband of due to their basic construction. They sure are comfortable to wear all day though :)

The thunderwear type of holster does not require any belt, pants, etc... to keep it in place so I think it would be idea in your situation. I have carried a XD45 compact, Ruger SP101, Kahr PM40 compact and a H&K USP 40c in this type of holster before (obviously seperately). I was shy of this carry option due to the male anatomy but finally tried it out when a fellow firearms instructor advocated it to me once. I couldn't believe how comfortable it was and how easy it was to conceal a rather large gun in this location. I certianly wouldnt' recomend carrying it there for a 3 hour car ride but a shift comprised of mainly being on your feet is the perfect place for it.

Good luck with your endevor.

PS. My wife really likes the bladetech IWB holsters. She carries hers in the small of her back when we are out and about, but not when working.

Mike

AndrewMendez
03-12-2009, 6:38 AM
Is anyone else reminded of where Ms. Elizabeth Turner Hid her Gun?
http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii202/gypsymom_2/Pirates_of_the_Caribbean_At_Worl-9.jpg

Nemo
03-12-2009, 1:26 PM
That's a really nice looking SP-01!
I'm a woman, and I ended up getting a Kahr PM9 that works well in a belly band under my clothes. Scrubs might hide that nicely.

For pants that have belt loops, I had a OWB holster made for my Sig P6 that has IWB straps added. The P6 is a bit large for my 5'6" body to conceal, but the holster (made by Simply Rugged holsters) helps a great deal and is comfortable to wear either IWB or OWB.

Mrs.Wildhawker
03-13-2009, 11:54 AM
After spending some time at the range and renting some compact and sub-compact guns, I think I've decided on purchasing a new 3" 1911 45 caliber stainless Kimber. At least knowing what gun I'll be using will help narrow the holster search. I've also decided that printed scrub jackets would probably hide more than a plain scrub top (although I really do hate how nurse-y they look!).

I like the idea of the Thunderwear or Smartcarry holsters, however I'm worried since it's not fitted to the gun that there might be a fair amount of movement. Does anyone use these regularly that is fairly active (standing, bending, occasional sitting) and do you find that the gun stays put or does it move?

Thank you all so much for your help!

Mrs.Wildhawker
03-13-2009, 11:56 AM
That's a really nice looking SP-01!


That would be the baby that got me excited about shooting! It's got some fun modifications for IPSC. =)