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I just purchased a P380 for my wife. She has a CW permit. She wants to carry in her purse. She has looked at some purses which are manufactured/advertised as being for "concealed carry", but she doesn't like the look of them. What is the "safest" way to carry in a regular, designer purse. Is there any holsters that are designed for "purse carry" which provide a safe way to "blindly" stick your hand in the purse to rummage around. Are there any made specifically for P380?
 

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Ok, so u bought your wife a gun that IMO, she will have a hard time doing some things. Just my two cents here, so don't get pissed at my statements either. #1 You bought her what you wanted and morethan likely didn't give her much input into what SHE WANTED. Other than she proabably said wow that is a cute little gun.....

I hope I am wrong but hand her that P380 and tell her to rack the slide and even attempt to lock open the slide with no magazaine in there. I bet she cannot do it. Next give her a loaded magazine and tell her to load the gun, I bet again she cannot rack the slide to properly feed that first round. You can sit there and work with her on it but she is going to have a hell of atime loading that first round.

Ok so u load the gun and she doesn't have to. really not a way to train anyone as u well know. Anyone can pull the trigger.

Buy some snap caps and work with her on unloading a bad round, or jam etc and see how well or bad she does. Unless your wife is just one heh of a gun nut like you are, she is just going to I think hate that little gun. It is small and she has to also get a damn good grip on the gun or it will malfunction and you will blame the gun. Now if it malfunctions, in her hands then what in the heh is she going to to. I can assure u she cannot tap,rack, and bang this P380.

I've seen it to many times when I was in the gun business for over 40 years, the hubby comes in with his wife and wants to buy her a semi auto something. MOST AND I SAY MOST CANNOT MAKE IT WORK, and when they loose faith or get scared at doing certain things to make the gun work, then they will not carry it.

Now I hope Iam dead wrong here with what I am telling you, she might just be the Diva on NCIS, but i sure have not run into many women that are totally gun savvy like we men are.

My bet is that you have just bought yourself a nice P380, which maybe that could have been your game plan from the git to, and if so, GOOD THINKING ON UR PART.

If she shutters with the P380 in any way, buy her a lighweight J frame smith. She can purse carry it in something like a desantis safetly and even with no holster in the purse it would be a safer gun than a semi auto also not in a holster. Especially a hammerless model...

another test is load the gun with a snap cap and tell her it is a live round and then say, OK honey clear that chamber of that round. My bet she cannot properly do it. the Kahr P380 has the stoutest recoil springs of any little 380 on the market. they are just not an easy gun to manilipulate. It does require some strenght and desterity and unless they are totally gun savvy, it just won't fit the bill.

Before you put any gun in her purse be it a revolver or semi, U have to make sure she can #1 properly unload it, #2 properly load it. #3 properly get past a malfunction. #4 propelry feel totally as comfortable with it as she would be in fixing your supper. #5 properly shoot it without causing issues. A revolver as u know eliminartes about all of the above.

My wife carrys a J frame Model 60 in her purse in a desantis. Personaly she doesn't like the recoil of the 38 spl but she also feels comforatble with it as she can unload, load and fire it with ease. Hitting something is "marginal" at best. The model 60 is loaded with the corbon shotshells. She has zero confidence in the P380. I started her off years ago with the Kel tec 32 and she had alot of FTf issues which I never had, so I knew it was her and not the gun, and when she had a jam, she was then stumped. Not a good thing in a cirtical situation as u well know. the J frame was not the gun I wished she wolud be carrying but it is the gun she can do all the things necessary to make it go bang etc. I guarantee you any BG that hears or see's a woman pull a gun out of her purse and hears the bang thing, "wants no part of that woman".

Just my very long 2 cents here.. and certainly no offense meant either.

I have just seen this happen to many times
 

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Jocko,

I appreciate your insight. You very well could be right! We will see. I've got ammo on backorder, will need to test her out on it at the range. As you implied, this little baby just might have to be "mine"!!! I DO NOT have a problem with that! My wife is small (but a "tough" small). She does have a Sig 229 9mm already, but it's a heavy to carry around for her. She walks the dogs along a relatively secluded path with alot of places for a potential "bad guy" to hide. The hope was that this could be tucked into a purse for daily carry (and not much weight) and be concealed carry in a pocket, etc during dog walks.

Will look into your recommended holster.

Thanks.
 

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ArmedButNotDangerous said:
Jocko,

I appreciate your insight. You very well could be right! We will see. I've got ammo on backorder, will need to test her out on it at the range. As you implied, this little baby just might have to be "mine"!!! I DO NOT have a problem with that! My wife is small (but a "tough" small). She does have a Sig 229 9mm already, but it's a heavy to carry around for her. She walks the dogs along a relatively secluded path with alot of places for a potential "bad guy" to hide. The hope was that this could be tucked into a purse for daily carry (and not much weight) and be concealed carry in a pocket, etc during dog walks.

Will look into your recommended holster.

They say that new Ruger lcr is one super lightwieght revolver. if the P380 doeksn't work out for her. Just remember, that if she feels threatened by the gun etc, she will not carry it. If you have kids arond the home she will definitely have to know how to unload and load it or she will be threatened by it. It is a very simple task as you well know to flip open a revolver and eject all rounds and visibly see that it is empty. Women have to be 110% confident or it just will not work .

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This reply may be too late to do you much good but here is what has worked for my wife. She carries a Galco purse (she has two) which has a zippered pocket in the middle and also has a built in holster with removable retention strap. She has carried a Kahr P9 in it for 4 years. Look for the Galco web site. If you can afford a Kahr 380, you can afford a Galco which will not be cheap.

Also, after I bought my Kahr 380, she swore that it has less recoil than her P9. Uhoh, that means she is going to be wanting one also. She shot my j-frame 38 spl once and won't touch it because of the recoil, but she loves her P9. She shoots the P9 and the 380 like a pro and handles both very well. She is just over 100 lbs and 71 years old. Let's not discount what our sweet Princess brides are capable of handling.

Paul
 
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