If you think there's a wide variety of handguns to choose from these days, wait until you get a load of all the holsters and retention systems folks have devised for carrying them. While it's not possible to review every option on the market, here is an introduction to some of the more common holster types available.
Due to wardrobe and situational restrictions, off-the-body carry in a purse is sometimes the most sensible option for a woman. When choosing a purse for concealed carry, it's best to select one specifically designed for the purpose. While more concealed-carry purses become available each year, not all of them are easy on the eyes. Some concealment purses have been described as looking like something devised by a group of well-intentioned men for use by their Great Aunt Hildegard.
Kate Woolstenhulme, of Designer Concealed Carry, understands there is a real need for concealed-carry purses that exhibit both function and fashion. Working closely with women in the law enforcement community, Kate has created a line of purses with interiors that suit defensive needs and exteriors women will enjoy having on their arms. Shown here are examples of the Dakota (Left), the Santa Fe (Center) and the Palisade (Right) purses. One of the unique features of these bags is a lockable zipper on the pistol pocket. This is a helpful feature for keeping the little fingers of curious children at bay.