Women and concealed carry

Discussion in 'CCW & Open Carry' started by hipointfamily, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. hipointfamily

    hipointfamily Member

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    I am a smaller woman and having a hard time trying to find a good way to conceal carry. Any other women on here that can give me advice?

    My questions are - Would the remora No clip holster work or is the Hi Point too heavy?
    If I had a IWB Belt holster can I fix the holster so the pistol is on the front of my belly?

    Any advice would be appreciated, thanks
     
  2. Welcome to the forum.

    Have you considered something smaller and lighter than a HP?

    Someone should be along to help you. Have you looked at http://www.corneredcat.com/. Site for women.
     

  3. geekandwife

    geekandwife Good ole Boy Member

    I will be honest, an HP is a large gun with a lot of weight to it. Depending on your size it will just be harder to hide a mass like that, but the same is said about any full frame metal gun as well (1911 as an example). For something like an HP i would almost have to say off body carry in a purse or a bag.
     
  4. lklawson

    lklawson Staff Member

    "Too heavy" is subjective. The HP C9, and other HP handguns, weighs about as much as other full sized, all steel construction handguns and many carried those all day long with no issues. However, we are "spoiled" by today's breed of lighter carry-guns.

    It is, honestly, just something you're going to have to try and decide for yourself if it's comfortable. Most people who initially CC a HP handgun eventually "upgrade" to a lighter carry gun, treating the HP as sort of a "Starter House."

    Depending on the gun and the holster, usually yes. Some are more comfortable than others. One option for you in that carry position what I sometimes call a "crotch holster." Think of it as a money belt with the pocket hanging in the front, below the belt line. The gun goes there. The most popular of these offerings is a product called "Thunderwear." Some people like it, others don't. I find that it makes sitting, and particularly bending over from a seated position, less comfortable. However, I do find it entertaining to think of potential answers to "Is that a gun in your pants or are you just happy to see me?" :)

    Peace favor your sword,
    Kirk
     
  5. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Not only are HiPoints relatively heavy they're also fairly lumpy.
    The slide is very wide for a carry pistol in my opinion.
    Especially for a single stack magazine gun.
    They're are many slimmer guns out there that don't cost an arm an a leg.
    And I carry in a Remora tuck able holster.
     
  6. Bull

    Bull Just a Man Supporting Member


    Heavy and lumpy....... You just described 90% of us.....
     

  7. Watch it, I resemble that remark!!!!! :)
     
  8. MachoMelvin

    MachoMelvin Well-Known Member

    .....Remora Holster.....
     
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  9. Liberty

    Liberty Shhh! Lifetime Supporter

    If you're a smaller woman, the comments that Hi-Points would be large and lumpy are dead on. Definitely look towards a smaller gun.

    My buddy is 6'4 and a good 400 pounds. He can hide a Hi-Point or even a 1911 with no issues. Smaller woman (I'm thinking 5'2"-5'4"?) - they print like crazy.
     
  10. atomiccat2002

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    Welcome to the forums!

    If you want to Appendix carry I would recommend the Remora holster, They work good but take some time to get used to It feels like its going to fall out sometimes but it wont and the negative is they can get a little sweaty.

    the Aegis armory guardian is good for appendix carry as well, but I think they work better for lighter guns I currently use one for my ruger sr22 and it works great. But they currently don't make it for the hi point but you could contact them and have them make it for you.

    http://www.remoraholsterstore.com/
    http://aegisarmory.us/shop/kydexholsters/the-guardian-kydex-trigger-guard/

    Another great option for women would be the flash bang holster.
    http://www.thewellarmedwoman.com/flashbang-holster

    If you decide you want to hip carry I would highly recommend the Alien gear holster
    http://aliengearholsters.com/
     
  11. atomiccat2002

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    Welcome to the forums!

    If you want to Appendix carry I would recommend the Remora holster, They work good but take some time to get used to It feels like its going to fall out sometimes but it wont and the negative is they can get a little sweaty.

    the Aegis armory guardian is good for appendix carry as well, but I think they work better for lighter guns I currently use one for my ruger sr22 and it works great. But they currently don't make it for the hi point but you could contact them and have them make it for you.

    http://www.remoraholsterstore.com/
    http://aegisarmory.us/shop/kydexholsters/the-guardian-kydex-trigger-guard/

    Another great option for women would be the flash bang holster.
    http://www.thewellarmedwoman.com/flashbang-holster

    If you decide you want to hip carry I would highly recommend the Alien gear holster
    http://aliengearholsters.com/
     
  12. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    One of the problems for women is that holsters are designed for men, and men are shaped a bit differently than women.

    So, where a guy tends to be flat or stick out above the hips and belt, women often get smaller.


    Meaning the gun sticks out, instead of cuddling up to your body.


    The remora doesn't change that, but it does allow you to position the gun any way you like, which could help.


    The Three Speed holster might work, if you aren't wearing tight low rise pants.


    There are fanny pack holsters, if you aren't too fashion conscious.


    But really, your best bet is a smaller gun. The P3AT, LCP, Nano, and a few other .380s are really tiny, as in wallet sized. Pocket carry is easy, unless you have those silly jeans that can't even hold a cell phone!
     
  13. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

    Remora review by a woman:

    [ame]http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4izM0fiz6kk[/ame]
     
  14. ajole

    ajole Supporting Member

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    Notice she did exactly what I suggested and illustrated what I warned about?

    Smaller guns, girl pockets too small, etc.
     
  15. beaglenc

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    It really comes down to your build, size, and dress...just like men.
    My wife is 5'4"..approx..(OMG! she'll kill me!) 125#
    She can carry my colt .380 in remora IF she is not going to "tuck" in what she is wearing on top. No way she could do the same with my SR9C w/out it showing.
    That can also go into her gun purse, or the .38 (I am not a fan of the purse).
    One of her friends has a "FlashBang", brand holster that fits under her shirt that works quite well for concealment.

    If you are like any other CC person you will end up with a drawer of a couple holsters that did not work out.
     
  16. hipointfamily

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    Thanks for the help and advice! We will be getting a small pistol when we can. So, the remora holster works well for the Hi Point C9? I think I might order one. I'm not too worried about it getting sweaty as I am usually cold anyways, lol.
     
  17. SWAGA

    SWAGA No longer broke... Lifetime Supporter

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  18. lsi1

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    i am a little late to the party here but my wife carries 2 firearms in the same style holster. both a a taurus tcp 380 and a springfield xd subcompact 9mm in a n82 tactical. she chooses the base model which is a 3 layered design of backing material meant to keep sweat away from your gun and still be comfortable. The firearm is held in by a stretchy elastic material.(all arguments about reholstering aside it works well. they make a tuckable version of this along with a professional but that is a firearm specific plastic shell.

    I tried the remora with an lc9 and it was not for me(that may have been more the fault of the gun than the holster though). it would stay in place fairly well as long as i wasn't very active.

    Personally i'm looking at the aliengear cloak 2.0 holster its a hybrid design but the backing material is a neoprene layered design and that sounds very flexible and comfortable.

    my thoughts on the flashbang are if you are large enough in the bra area to conceal the hipoint c9 then you probably do not want the added weight of the c9 hanging there as well.

    right now i am carrying a glock 26 or a 17 in a horse hide crossbreed knockoff for a springfield xd that i took a heat gun to and remolded for the glock. I also took the scisors to the large horse hide backing and cut it down. I drilld another hole and moved the rear clip forward to allow the holster to better hold the grip of the pistol in flush with my body instead of letting it kick out a little bit.
     
  19. moona11

    moona11 King of you Monkeys Lifetime Supporter

    I view HP as a starter gun to use. I keep one buy the bed and to shoot at the range with. They are a great gun but not for CC. If you like the 380acp Kel Tec makes a nice light one or Ruger has a clone of it that is also very nice. My wife use the flash bang bra holster, garter thigh holster, remora, and due santis holsters for her Kel Tec P11 and Ruger LCP with no issues. She is very petite and can carry it very easily. If your going to carry a gun built like a HP you might as well carry a gun with greater ammo capacity.