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    Plinker

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    Concealed carry options for wife?

    my Wife wants to start carrying. She’s been going with me shooting and working to increase her comfort level before she starts. She’s shot a dozen or so of mine plus some borrowed ones. Pretty confident the Beretta 92 is the one for her.

    being a full size gun I think shes eventually going to want to keep it in her purse. I’ve seen a bunch of the concealed carry purses browsing online. I really like the idea of her firearm being in a retention holster and not just separated by a cloth divider. Anybody ever experimented with having a leather OWB holster sewn into a purse? Or would be able to recommend a supplier who sells purses specifically fitted for a firearm?

    Id also love to her opinions on the 92. Specifically decocker vs decocker/safety. The current one she shoots doesn’t have a safety.

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    Marksman

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    My only point of data here is carrying a full-size gun sucks (CC anyhow)... and I'm 6'4" and actually can support one on my hip. I can't imagine carrying one in a bag slung off of my shoulder all the time and then trying to dig a full size gun out of said bag if I ever needed it.

    So, being that is my only point of data, if she really wants a 92, tell her to budget for TWO guns in reasonably short order as I suspect the 92 will become a fun shooter, but not the carry piece before long, IMHO. All of the women I know who carry, do it the conventional way: in a holster on their person (most seeming to prefer lower back).

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    The best advice is have her try a bunch of compact guns if possible. Though if she likes the full size then you need to research the different bag options available and then have her practice her draws on whatever she likes.
    “Son, when the Marine Corps wants you to have a wife, you will be issued one.” -Chesty Puller


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    Grandmaster cobber's Avatar

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    Find a compact with the same/similar controls as the 92. A carry gun need not be a range gun as well.


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    Plinker

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    Maybe I’ll check and see if My local range rents a 92 compact. She shot my G19 well enough but didn’t take a liking to it. I didn’t think about weight. Maybe I’ll throw some equivalent deadweight in her bag and see how she feels about it before she decides purse carry is the way to go.

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    Marksman

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    There are women only instructional classes and meets and she may get a better idea of what she might like to do by attending a few and talking with the other ladies. Might even get a chance to try out some other firearms and carry systems in real life.

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    Plinker

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    This morning we made our first visit to a new(ish) range. $40 a month unlimited range time plus free access to their entire rental fleet (40+ different guns). Think we are going to spend the next few Sundays up there trying and testing. I think they offered classes too so we’ll have to check that out.

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    Marksman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jzim View Post
    This morning we made our first visit to a new(ish) range. $40 a month unlimited range time plus free access to their entire rental fleet (40+ different guns). Think we are going to spend the next few Sundays up there trying and testing. I think they offered classes too so we’ll have to check that out.
    Man... Playing with 40 different guns any time I want for $40/mo sounds like a gateway drug to me... Better call your loan officer for ammo money!

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    Plinker

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    Shoot Point Blank. They seem to be a smaller chain. There are 2 in Indy and another in NW Indiana. Definitely Worth checking out if your ever near one.

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    Plinker

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    Welcome Jzim! Good luck and hope your test firing will allow your wife to help decide which firearm she likes! My wife and I have been Gun Owners for over 40 years. She and I also have LTCH(Indiana License to Carry Handguns), and have tried a few, traded up, and keep a full size for a home defense.(like the Ber 92).

    Ours is a S&W M10 revolver, 4in barrel, 38 Spec.
    Some may say"old school gun", but she does shoot it well, and we have full confidence in it.

    I like your choice of a Glock19, carrying one daily suits me fine. I bought a S&W Shield, 40 cal, due to almost a giveaway. price. Holds 7rds, and super easy to conceal. Wifey hasn't fired it, but i have and like it too!

    The last point to also share is we have a S&W M442, Centennial 38 Spec. Snubnose hideaway and pocket carried. Wife can shoot it well at 7 yds.(21ft). She prefers to CCW the 442, I prefer the G19, similar to your choice. We clean and maintain all of the firearms directly after practice, and she can deal with revolvers easily. I field strip the G19, and Shield 40cal, and those are plenty. one handgun limits your choices.

    I have owned and carried a Ber 92, as a LEO(Law Enforcement Officer) in the 90's, it is a fine, full size firearm. Concealing those are a test, good holsters make it easy. Good belt to carry holster, and spare mag is required.

    Shoot Point Blank gets a little stir on these forums, it serves me well for indoor range use. Their email finds me, and they have specials on most everything sooner or later. Read on, wait a little, ammo and guns, and classes too. Enjoy your range time, grab a class or two, and keep reading and writing. I learn everyday of new things, some find my gun safe too!
    Good luck!

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