Stupid Concealed Carry Myths About Women

By Sarah Carling

Stupid Concealed Carry Myths About Women
This is probably the worst myth of the bunch, the idea that women shouldn’t carry a firearm is complete bull sh*t…
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Manasquan, NJ –-( Here are a few stupid myths that I see thrown around when it comes to women and Concealed Carry for self-defense.

Women Shouldn’t Carry

This is probably the worst myth of the bunch, the idea that women shouldn’t carry a firearm at all in case it is taken from her by an attacker and turned upon her. This is the argument often used by anti-gunners when talking about allowing things like campus carry (Campuses are one of the most dangerous places for women to be due to the exceptionally high sexual assault numbers).

While it’s true that a stronger opponent could conceivably take a firearm from a woman (or any weaker opponent, not all guys can fight) is it really better to leave her with absolutely no way to defend herself? A gun is one of the few true force equalizers that a woman has access to, allowing her to stop a much bigger stronger attacker before he gets close enough to lay hands on her.

Personally I would always rather have my firearm available to me, and believe the risk of having it taken from me in a struggle is far smaller than the risk of me being hurt in an attack when I don’t have a firearm available to me.

Women Should Carry A Revolver

There seems to be a couple of trains of thought when it’s said that women should carry a revolver instead of a semi automatic. One comment often made is that women can’t rack the slide on a semi automatic and the other is that with less moving parts the revolver is a more reliable weapon with less chance of it going wrong.

Michelle Viscusi
Michelle Viscusi

The first idea, that women can’t rack the slide, is simply absurd. Plenty of women shoot semi automatics every day without the slightest problems, just look at some of the female competition shooters such as Tori Nonaka and Michelle Viscusi over at Team Glock.

I’d like to see someone tell them that racking a slide is too much for a woman to manage.

Now there are, I will admit some people who struggle with racking a slide, both men & women, often people with arthritis or other hand strength problems find this to be difficult, but this is something that should be thought of on a case by case basis, not a blanket assumption applied to half of the human race.

The second train of thought, that a revolver is easier for a woman because it has fewer moving parts has a little more credibility. It’s true that revolvers are more reliable, they don’t jam like semi automatics are prone to do for various reasons. But let’s face it, if this is a reason for a woman to carry a revolver then surely the same logic can be applied to everyone who carries a firearm. There would be no need for anyone to carry a semi automatic if all we were concerned with was preventing jams.

Make no mistake, women are just as capable of clearing a jam and understanding how a semi automatic works so let’s put this myth to bed once and for all.

For more thoughts on the best concealed carry handgun see this article.

Women Can Throw A Firearm In Their Purse

When I got my concealed carry licence my instructor quipped that it was easy for me to carry as I could just put a gun in my purse and go. Even as a new concealed carrier I looked at him like he had two heads. Women absolutely must not simply add a gun to the list of things they carry in their purses, it’s dangerous and irresponsible.

A gun in the bottom of a purse is liable to catch on other items in the purse like keys and pens, this can easily cause an accidental discharge and could be potentially fatal. Even if said gun was in a holster inside the purse, have you ever seen a woman trying to fish something out from inside her purse, it can take a full 30 minutes for me to find my keys in there some days. Would you really trust that you can find your firearm inside your purse when you have 3 seconds before an attacker is on you?

If you do choose to purse carry, the best way to do so is in a concealed carry purse made with a separate gun compartment. This not only ensures that your firearm is stored safely, but you always know exactly where it is and which way it is pointing, even allowing you to fire from inside the purse if necessary.

For more tips on Purse Carry read Kippi Leatham’s “Purse Carry – My Preferred Way To Carry Concealed

Women Should Buy Jeans/ Clothes A Size Up

How much your wardrobe needs to change when you start concealed carrying is going to depend on your existing style and the firearm you choose to carry, but one thing that you shouldn’t do is simply start buying your clothing one size up.

Women’s clothing is designed to compliment our body shapes and is often fitted in all the right places. Buying your jeans the next size up is going to do nothing for your figure, and buying T-shirts that are simply too large is a great way to start feeling frumpy and unattractive. Not the goal of concealed carrying at all.

Far better than buying clothing a size up is to buy clothes that are designed to give room around the waist and hips. For jeans and trousers be sure to go shopping with your firearm [warning: just like a rest room be conscious not to leave your sidearm unattended in a dressing room] so that you can try on different styles and find one that both compliments your figure and accommodates your firearm.

There are plenty of stylish options for concealed carry (check out my fall concealed carry fashion board on pinterest for ideas) that don’t involve dressing in clothes that simply do not fit.

Concealed Carry Fall Fashion
Concealed Carry Fall Fashion

For a Women, Purse Carry Is As Good As On Body Carry

There is a time and a place for purse carry. I myself have a concealed carry purse that I use for those times when I want to wear a long dress or other clothing choice that simply doesn’t accommodate a firearm. Most days though I will dress to ensure I can wear my firearm on my body. There simply is no better way to carry.

Carrying in a purse slows you down, it just does. It’s harder to get into a purse, get your firearm on target and take a shot. Carrying on body minimizes that time and allows you to protect yourself that much faster. Those extra seconds could be vital in a life or death situation.

Purse carry also comes with the additional risks of theft or loss of a firearm. Purse snatchings aren’t always the big scary occurrences that they show on the movies, they may also be a quiet swipe from under a restaurant table or a smash and grab in your car. It’s almost impossible to keep total control of your purse 100% of the time and all it takes is one absent minded moment and you’ve lost both your purse and your firearm, landing it in the hands of a criminal.

About Sarah Carling

Sarah Carling can be found here on Ammoland and on her own blog at She is originally from the UK and is now an Ex-pat Brit who found her love of shooting later in life after moving to the US. Sarah is an avid firearms enthusiast and proficient in pistol shooting (especially the M1911 Platform). She started using firearms in 2010 and soon fell in love with all aspects. Sarah has quickly become an advocate for the shooting sports encouraging women to learn and improve their firearms skills both through her work as an instructor and her position as a local leader for The Well Armed Women and as a certified NRA firearms instructor.

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Love your line of clothing and advice. So tired of having a man telling me a woman how to carry, when it’s foreign to him. I have several carry purses, one designed for it and several Crossbreed First Defenders that fit different sizes of my purses. This way my semi-automatic weapon is at hand along with extra magazines and my mace. My defense flashlight tgat a dear friend bought me is also in my purse. I’m well armed and quite capable of defending myself. I refuse to be a victim again!


Although I agree with the content and purpose of this article I take issue with a few things with the article itself. Please consider revising a few things as to lend credibility to the information presented. 1st: Revise the Title, it is misleading. Another reader pointed this out in the comments as well. 2nd: Cite your sources of information. Where did you get your ‘facts’ from? If you don’t cite your source your article comes across as either a piece of literary OPINION, as fiction to anyone unfamiliar with these myths, or even worse, or simply void of credibility to… Read more »


Ugh my Father in law declared that I should carry a revolver because I am a woman. He said some other crap that implied that he didn’t think I could handle anything else. It pissed me right the hell off, that’s such a chauvinistic thing to say. He has some other ideas about other areas of life that are just crazy as well, so the gun comment shouldn’t have surprised me…


Nothing wrong with a woman carrying a wheel gun. I even carry a revolver sometimes. Your father in law was just trying to make life easier for you. Revolvers are easier to operate than semi-autos. No safety to mess with,no jams,failure to feed,etc. He ain’t no male chauvinistic pig neither. The old fart is just trying to help you out !


Woman ain’t very good shots with any firearm. Most woman are really ignorant when it comes to firearm safety and are a public menace.


Yancy, would you please cite your source of ‘fact’ that women are “ignorant of firearm safety and a public menace?” In Texas, a WOMAN named Susanna Hupp managed to convince the TX Senate in 1996 to pass conceal and carry into law! In addition, she is a National Spokesperson for the NRA. Your broad statements are unequivocally false. You clearly “AIN’T” educated on the facts, statistics and history of firearm safety. It was a WOMAN’S knowledge of firearms that convinced multiple state governments to pass conceal and carry laws. Feel free to Google her for a host of references. I… Read more »

Steve Carroll

I am male and have the utmost respect for women. The best quote I have seen is: “Women who only want to be equal to men are underachievers.”


Typical I AM WOMAN post, women should carry, a revolver is an excellent choice and I carry both revolver and semi. The YEA Woman can do anything a man can do sounds great liberal dribble but it is just not so woman are NOT equal in strength and all the great equal rights chats will not change it. I have been teaching firearms for over 30 years, NEWS FLASH, ALL women cannot do what many men can do. There are exceptions but those exceptions should be the rule for everyone. The number of women that cannot pull the slide back… Read more »


Typical I AM WOMAN post, women should carry, a revolver is an excellent choice and I carry both revolver and semi. The YEA Woman can do anything a man can do sounds great liberal dribble but it is just not so woman are NOT equal in strength and all the great equal rights chats will not change it. I have been teaching firearms for over 30 years, NEWS FLASH, ALL women cannot do what many men can do. There are exceptions but those exceptions should be the rule for everyone. The number of women that cannot pull the slide back… Read more »

Gregory Romeu

When I am in the pressence of a woman or women and handguns at the range, the first suggestion I give them when asked is to go right for the .45 1911 and adjust from there. Most often women I come across feel intimidated by their male counterparts into thinking the should cattu a .380 or .25 and maybe even a .22, (So they don’t hurt themselves). I immediately begin with teaching them sight alignment and sight picture, breathing and SQUEEZING that trigger, then have them wrap their dainty and petite hands around the pistol grip of either a 1911… Read more »

Thomas Townsend

Thank you Sarah for a great article. It articulates all of the items we cover with ALL of our students. The worst offenders of these myths are Boy Friends, significant others and Husbands. They often select or recommend firearms models they like, which often do not work well for or match the INDIVIDUAL carry needs of our female students.

Thanks again! Travel safe!

Border Tactical Training Team
Las Cruces, NM


Wow, You think it is appropriate to compare the average women to Tori Nonaka and Michelle Viscusi over at Team Glock ? What a crock. Women vary greatly in upper body and hand strength. Many struggle to rack the slide. Many have delicate hands that hurt to rack the slide as the slide grip cuts into their skin. Those women with smaller, softer and weaker hands should not be ridiculed for choosing a revolver. Some will choose hammerless for smoother draw with no hammer catching. Others choose a revolver with a hammer because they struggle to be accurate with DAO… Read more »


Racking a slide is no big deal. I’m an NRA instructor and I teach women how to shoot. Watch my video and see if this doesn’t work for you.

Kris bell

It was simply stated that you cannot put all women into one category simply because they are women. My wife is small. Soft hands and beautiful. Yet she carries a compact 1911 45. With no issues with the slide. She is ex military. You cannot categorize all women to one gun. They should all carry Whatever works best for them.

Grey Beard

Good Article. But who in the heck chose that opening visual? So Women shouldn’t carry, right, OK Next! So, a revolver eh? Yep, if that’s what they are comfortable with and unwilling to train with the semiautomatic, I recommend it. Even semi trained people, man or woman, can easily learn to “point and pull” for effect. Purse carry, yeah if nothing else is reasonable. Shucks, I sometimes carry my “Man Bag” with Detective Special or Bulldog, and at least one speed loader, when a dress code requires it. And don’t forget, Ruth Buzzi taught us all how effective a well… Read more »




I encourage all my lady friends to learn to shoot and get their CCW.

Dave from San Antonio

Personally…I think any woman, who thinks they should “carry”, should do so. Proper training and range time is a must…just as it is for men. For “those” who say women shouldn’t or can’t carry…due to the myths above…or any other myth they try to come up with…you are the people waging a “war on women”. “Karma” comes and goes around…but, then…I guess you don’t have a problem with “your” women being put in harms way. Bunch of morons…who are probably afraid of their own shadow.