concealed carry

Articles by Gracie on the subject of Concealed Carry for women as well as men.

MODIFYING YOUR EDC GUN – WORTH IT OR NOT?

I got to thinking yesterday about custom work on sidearms used for daily carry. Obviously I am a fan of customizations/modifications, as is evidenced by the “Pink Gun of Shame”. But all these changes can cost a buck or two, and usually involve sending your gun to live with the gunsmith for a while. So, is it worth it?

Looking back on my shooting career, I have always been blessed enough that should I want a customization (or five) done to firearm, I could afford to spend up to the amount that I originally paid for the gun on these little pleasures.… Read the rest

RUNWAY RUNDOWN : THE ORGANIZATION AND HOLSTER LINE-UP AT THE CC HOLSTER FASHION SHOW

While the first annual concealed carry holster fashion show was huge hit both in person and online, it wasn’t without a huge amount of preparation. In January of this year Trish Cutler had an idea, she emailed me and I knew right away that she was on to something really special. After seven months of intense networking, organization, coordination, and with help of many of other people – it became a reality. Trish told me that she was so busy planning the event, that her husband hadn’t eaten a home-cooked meal in months.… Read the rest

HEELS AND HOLSTERS – AN OVERVIEW OF THE CC HOLSTER FASHION SHOW

Kitty Richards’ awesome gun heels

Although all the hype about  the Concealed Carry Holster Fashion Show was primarily about the runway show itself, there was really much more to the event than just heels and holsters.  In fact, there was an entire day and evening of education available for women interested in responsible firearm ownership and use

Some notes about the event :

  • The purpose of the event was to educate, empower and enable safe and responsible firearm ownership
  • Tickets sold out in advance – we expect a larger group next year!
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THE HEART OF THE MATTER – WHY WE CARRY

I know that everyone wants to hear about the holster fashion show, and I  promise to get that up as soon as possible. This is an article I wrote a few weeks ago, but haven’t had the time to publish until now. I hope this holds you over…

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photo via freedigitalphotos.net

There is a subject that I have been kicking around in my head for about a month now. It has been written about many times in the past in one form or another, and a few times lately on various gun blogs.  … Read the rest

CASUAL CONCEALED CARRY WEAR – SUMMER LOOK BOOK

I’ve been working on a summer time concealed carry look book. These are casual styles that can easily be mixed and matched to create even more outfits.

Just a tip: Some of this clothing will need to be bought a size or two up for concealed carry.

Urban Cowgirl:

  1. Roar Tradition Shirt $89.95 – Buckle.com
  2. Denim Shorts $19.95 –  H&M.com
  3. Jack Purcell Low Profile Slip in Red Clay $80(USD) – Converse UK Store
  4. Gun Belt $69.95 – OldFaithfulHolsters.com
  5. Forward Cant IWB Tuckable Holster $72.95 – OldFaithfulHolsters.com
  6. Chan Luu Graduated turquoise mix wrap bracelet $190 –  Zappos.com

Summer Sunset:

  1.  Colorblocked Crochet Racerback Tank $15.80 – Forever21.com
  2. Pink Pants $24.95 – HM.com
  3. Woven ankle wrap sandal $25.50 –  Charlotte Russe
  4. Gun Blet $69.95 – OldFaithfulHolsters.com
  5. Custom IWB Leather Holster  Starting at $105 – 5ShotLeather.com
  6. Snap Attachment Single Mag Pouches Starting at $40 – 5ShotLeather .com
  7. Betsey Johnson Multi Feather Hoop Drop Earrings $38 – Macys

A Pirate’s Life For Me

  1. Striped Dolman Tee  $29.50 Currently on sale for $10 – Aeropostale.com
  2. Mek Denim Karditsa Short in Electric Blue $89 – Zappos.com
  3. Gun Belt $70 – OldFaithfulHolsters.com
  4. Custom IWB leather Holster starting at $105 – 5ShotLeather.com
  5. Ed Hardy LR Manning Shoe $35.99 – 6PM.com

 Skirting Around Town:

  1.  Ramona Skirt $39.50 –  Hollisterco.com
  2. UnderTech UnderCover Woman’s Compression Shorts $69.95 –  UnderTechUnderCover.com

Brazilian Baby

  1. Embroidered Woven Halter Dress $18.00  – Aeropostale.com
  2. UnderTech UnderCover Woman’s Compression Shorts $69.95 –  UnderTechUnderCover.com
  3. X-Front Multicolor Woven Wedge $35.50 – Charlotterusse.com
  4. Betsey Johnson Bracelet, Antique Gold Tone Parrot and Fruit Half Stretch Bracelet $55.00 – Macys.com

 

Be sure to check out some of my other articles about Concealed Carry Fashion!… Read the rest

5 SHOT LEATHER CUSTOM SCABBARD IWB HOLSTER REVIEW

How I came to know 5 Shot Leather:

I am sure you have heard me mention the 5 Shot Leather IWB holsters before.  When I started carrying on a daily basis, I quickly realized the importance of a good holster. My carry piece at that point was a 4 inch Kimber Pro CDPII .45 1911. I blamed the all the discomfort I was experiencing on the big gun and the inside the waistband carry method; completely unaware that it was actually the cheap $40 holster I got at Sportsman’s Warehouse that was causing the discomfort.… Read the rest

READING MATERIAL

Here’s some reading material to get you through one of the toughest days of the week… Happy Tuesday everybody!

Local female veterans reflect on their time at war – by Anika Clark at SouthCoastToday.com <—Packing Pretty’s Pick of the Week – In honor of Memorial Day!

25,000 FPS Handgun Cartridge – by Richard at Guns Holsters and Gear

Perishable Skill – by Shelley Rae at Gun Nuts Media

With gun in hand, FBI shares how it trains agents for worst case scenario – by Colin McDermott at NewsNet5

CRIME TRENDS: Modified water guns pose danger – by delmarvanow.com

MILLER: Emily gets her gun – by Emily Miller at The Washington Times

Guns.com Interviews Navy SEAL Chris Kyle: the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S.

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SUMMER CARRY SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

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“I WILL NEVER…” PART 1: CORE BELIEFS

A few months ago, I posted an article The Hard Questions – Gracie’s Fireside Chat. This article posed a handful of questions that every person should consider before they carry a gun, or expect to use one for defense. It was also a key article in my series on the defensive mindset. Today we continue the project of  asking ourselves tough questions so that we can continue to build our personal tactical doctrine.

My Sifu once told the whole class that our home work was to make an “I will never …” list.… Read the rest

THE PINK GUN DEBATE

My Sprinfield XD .40 subcompact with the extended magaizne, and my 4.5 in XDM 9mm in PINK!

There has been a lot of dispute on the internet lately concerning pink guns. Some people think that pink guns are a sexist approach by the manufactueres to sell to women; some people think pink guns are just a desperate attempt to make women interested in  shooting to begin with; some think they look too much like a toy; and then there are those who actually like pink guns.… Read the rest