Tuesday, March 8, 2011

women's issues

Concealing and carrying a gun is a different experience for women, for a number of reasons. Curvy bodies make finding a place to comfortably conceal a decidedly un-curvy item a challenge, women's fashions and holsters often don't agree, and sometimes women will have to contend with other people - specifically other small (squirmy, sticky, squalling) people, who often get carried on around on a woman's hip. But, luckily we have women gunvloggers like Limatunes to show us that carrying a gun and carrying a baby are not mutually exclusive activities.*

So happy International Women's Day, everyone! Celebrate the women your life by empowering and protecting them - teach them to shoot and encourage them to carry.

*(we can also bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan!)


An Ordinary American said...


Just a quick note to let you know that there are still a lot of men who enjoy your blog.

Sometime last year, you visited Cast Boolits, and in doing so, brought a number of us to your blog.

Now, as far as dealing with the "curvy body" challenges of concealing a handgun, be thankful you have the curves. My nineteen-year-old adopted daughter would love to have that problem.

She has "adequate curves" as she describes them, but grouses that her curves are not significant enough to adequately conceal the small S&W Airweight that will be her 21st birthday present (along with the Texas CHL class).

While she bemoans this fact, I'm secretly pleased because I've been showing her how loose fitting shirts can easily hide a small holster. I've also shown her how handily an inside-the-waistband holster can conceal the small gun.

She is pretty hip (no pun intended) to that idea because it means her and I will have to go out shopping for some looser fitting jeans and baggy shirts.

Be still my beating 50-year-old heart!

Most dads would be horrified at the thought of shopping with their daughter. But in my case, baggy shirts and looser fitting jeans serve two purposes:

1. Better concealment for her weapon.

2. Less attention to her "adequate curves" will be given by potential male suitors.

Just another way how arming one's daughter can be a win-win situation.

Best regards,

JD (Recluse on Cast Boolits)

Old NFO said...

JD has a good point :-) And I'm glad to see this video, and will point some of my LWL friends to it as an example of REALITY :-) Thanks!

Hank said...

I'm impressed with the intelligence of the gal that did the video. She thought everything out, and it's obvious she did so. You can follow her thought processes and see how she arrived at the conclusions she did.

She exemplifies what Americans should be, and I wish we had more of these "real" Americans.

Breda, thanks for showing us this video--it's just great so see more people that can actually think for themselves. (Nobody told her that stuff, she had to figure it out for herself.)


Sabra said...

Thanks for that link, Breda. I've been contemplating this very sort of thing recently. Now if I can just figure out how to feed the baby without flashing gun or skin, I'll be all set. (Though I think her setup would work for that too.)

Mike W. said...

Ah Limatunes! I watched like all of her vidoes prior to buying my 1st gun.

As for curves and carrying a gun, that's a good problem to have Breda. I'm sure there are women who'd like to have such a problem.

docjim505 said...

Thanks for the link. At risk of sounding sexist, I am always mildly amazed when women pack a 1911, which is (allegedly) too big, too heavy, and too powerful for their dainty hands.

Jennifer said...

Excellent advice there. It really is a challenge to properly conceal and still dress like a girl. And then to add a baby too. I appreciate that she pointed out that as long as you are doing it correctly, there is no inherent danger to carrying a gun and your child.

smartdogs said...

Hoo-ray for at least one reason to enjoy getting older and, well, a little less ooh-la-la.

Sabra said...

(allegedly) too big, too heavy, and too powerful for their dainty hands.

Hmph. My wrists/hands are within about a centimeter the size of my husband's. (Then again, I've never been accused of daintiness.)