A lot of people say concealed carry purses aren’t the best option… and they’re right.
On the body carry configurations aren’t always an option. A lot of outfits just can’t accommodate a concealed carry weapon (CCW), and I don’t blame you for leaving your CCW at home because it’s uncomfortable! With this said, despite your outfit, if you often find yourself carrying a purse then you have options.
Concealing your personal protection device safely inside a purse that is optimized for such an item is far better than not carrying at all. I think the following quote sums it up best.
“A gun in the hand is worth the entire police force on the phone.”
In other words, I want you to be prepared with the necessary gear no matter the situation. Let’s begin by discussing what characteristics make a purse a concealed carry purse and what attributes you should be considering!
- Here is a List of the Best Concealed Carry Purses in 2019
- 1. Roma Leathers Locking Concealment Purse (Best Design)
- 2. GTM Gun Tote’n Mama Handbag (Small and Compact)
- 3. Browning Alexandria FAUX Leather Purse
- 4. Lady Conceal YKK Locking Satchel
- 5. Purse King Magnum CC Bag (Cheap)
- 6. Goson Leather Crocodile Print Locking Purse
- 7. Don’t Tread on Me Leather Purse (Crossbody)
- 8. Browning Catrina Cross Body Handbag
- 9. Valkri Juno Crossbody CCW Handbag
- 10. Epic Chic Accessory Crossbody Firearm Purse
- 11. Gun Tote’n Mamas Ostrich Town CCW
- 12. Bulldog Cases Carry Tote
- 13. Roma Leathers Brown CCW Purse
- 14. Heshe Vintage Leather Body Bag
- 15. Roma Leathers ambidextrous Gun Bag
- 16. Roma Leathers Locking Gun Purse
- 17. Dina Lock Concealed Carry Satchel
- Conceal Carry Carry Tips for Women
7 Tips on Choosing the Best Concealed Carry Purse
A Dedicated Pocket for Your Gun
I recommend choosing a CCW purse that has a dedicated gun pocket. You’re going to have enough things rushing through your head should you ever need to draw your gun. You don’t want to accidentally pull out your hairbrush instead of drawing your firearm. That would just be awkward and potentially even more dangerous! You also don’t want things getting stuck between the trigger guard and trigger.
Your gun pocket should be large enough to accommodate the firearm you own, so ensure the pocket is the correct size! For best fit, the size of the frame (compact, sub-compact, medium, full size, double stack, etc) should roughly be the same as the size of the pocket. Too small and your firearm won’t fit, too large and your firearm will be apt to moving around and perhaps even falling out!
Zipper Position and Location
One of the most crucial components to carrying a firearm is your ability to produce and utilize it quickly and efficiently. You don’t want your gun to be located inside a zipper pocket inside of a zipper pocket that’s inside of another product. A well-designed purse will allow you to access the firearm through a single exterior zipper. During a situation where you would need to draw your gun your hands will likely be shaking from all the adrenaline, and unzipping two zippers just takes too long. Criminals also watch for people reaching into bags so the last thing you want is to draw attention to your struggles with the zipper!
Any reputable gun purse manufacturer will have already have considered this in their design, but just double check. You want the zipper to pull down not up. That way you can use your body weight to pull the zipper down and the purse won’t get out of control. This also aids you in your one-handed operation. A zipper that pulls up will likely need your other hand to hold it in place, wasting time and making your actions far more obvious!
Holster Compartment (Removable Preferred)
If the CCW purse doesn’t come with a holster, you can buy a separated pocket holster so long as it fits properly in the pocket and is very secure (although it’s easier to just buy one with a pocket holster).
Gun Compartment Size
Even if your handgun fits in the dedicated gun pocket, you want to make sure that you can get your hand around the pistol grip and that it isn’t too hard to draw. You also want something that will keep your firearm in the position that you left it in so that you can reach in blindly, instantly locating the grip and drawing your weapon in the right direction.
What is it Made of?
Most concealed carry purses are expensive, so be sure the one you’re buying is made from quality materials that will withstand the test of time. There are a lot of purses out there to choose from that are made from high-quality leather and nylon. Personally, I’d also want a purse that is thick and sturdy as to protect my firearm from the occasional bangs and dings of normal everyday life occurrences.
Matching Your Style
You aren’t going to want to have to buy one to match every outfit you have because that would end up being quite expensive. Try to get one that is a neutral color that will match any outfit. Also, you have to like it, or you likely won’t bring it with you. Luckily for our purse wearing readers who enjoy their 2nd amendment rights, they won’t need to sacrifice style for CCW application!
Without further delay, let’s dive straight into the markets best firearm friendly purses!
Here is a List of the Best Concealed Carry Purses in 2019
1. Roma Leathers Locking Concealment Purse (Best Design)
This purse checks all the suggested boxes when it comes to a good concealment purse.
The outside of the purse doesn’t have any markings that will give it away as a conceal carry purse and there is a leather strip that hides the zippers of the gun compartment. Another great thing about this purse is that there is a leather panel that hides the vertical zipper (which can give away that it is a concealed carry purse if people are looking for it).
The gun compartment pouch has two YKK lockable zippers (one on each side) that open into the 7.5 inches by 10-inch compartment that is Velcro lined to hold the holster in place. The dual-sided zippers make it easy to draw your gun whether you’re right handed, left handed, or ambidextrous.
The two lockable zipper compartments come with 4 keys (all keys work on each compartment) which is a big plus for this concealed carry bag.
- Straps are strong but not slash proof
If you like the look of this purse I think you’ll be totally sold after reading customer reviews.
2. GTM Gun Tote’n Mama Handbag (Small and Compact)
The GTM company is known for making some of the best concealed carry handbags on the market, and this is one of their top-rated products.
If you’re looking for a small conceal and carry purse this one might just be what you’re looking for.
As far as overall design goes, this purse is a close second to the first one on the list. Instead of the zippers on the front face of the bag, this purse has a rear zipper gun compartment.
The bag is very well made and is advertised as being “butter soft” within a few weeks and highly durable.
- Not lockable
- Limited storage space
3. Browning Alexandria FAUX Leather Purse
Note: You can find this purse in two more colors here.
Browning… You mean they make something other than shotguns? Yes! And they make some very functional conceal and carry bags. I like this purse because the holster can be reached from all angles (left, right, and even the top for a quick draw).
The Browning Company has a long history of making some of the highest quality firearms and judging by the customer reviews on this purse they haven’t deviated from their quality on other products.
If you’re looking for a little larger purse with lots of storage space this is a good option. It has a wide base, so you won’t have to worry about it falling over if you set it down. The purse dimensions are 13 by 15 by 10 inches.
One downside of this purse is the straps aren’t long enough for most women to carry cross-body, so if you plan on carrying your purse cross-body you may what to choose one of the other purses on this list.
- Cannot be carried cross-body
4. Lady Conceal YKK Locking Satchel
Lady conceal makes a lot of well designed and cute purses. This one here is made of high-quality FAUX leather and has laced sides.
The adjustable straps are versatile and allow it to be carried crossbody. The top of the purse has a zipper, which opens into the satin lined spacious compartment. Inside the bag, there are two large pockets and a large zippered pocket for your private materials.
The YKK locking zippers are dual sided and open to 8.5 x 7-inch pocket that features a universal holster, making this a great ambidextrous concealed carry purse for both right handed or left handed women.
- Straps are not slash proof
5. Purse King Magnum CC Bag (Cheap)
If you’re looking for a sleek, cute, and cheap concealed carry purse this is a good option.
The straps are adjustable and long enough for shoulder or crossbody carry. There are over 12 colors to choose from, so you can find a color to match just about any outfit. There is a front zipper pocket that serves as an organizer for credit cards, cell phones, glasses, or other small items.
Please read the next couple of paragraphs if you plan to buy this purse! There are a few things that put this purse below the others on this list. First, there is no holster inside the zipper, so if you do plan on using this as a conceal carry purse I recommend buying a separate holster. If you don’t your firearm will not be secured.
Another thing is there is one way to get your gun. You’ll have to make sure you practice the fastest way for you to get to the gun if you do buy this purse if you’re left-handed.
Some women say that they don’t like when conceal companies put their logo on the purse because it can identify it as a CCW purse, but I seriously doubt anyone is going to recognize the crown emblem.
- No gun holster
- Does not lock
- Straps are not slash proof
- Not good for left-handed women
6. Goson Leather Crocodile Print Locking Purse
If you’re looking for a nice leather concealed carry purse that locks this is another good option for you. It is great for righties and lefties because the gun pocket can be accessed from the left or right side.
Like most the other purses on this list, it also has the Velcro positioning holster to keep your firearm safe and secure. It comes with 4 keys that work on either of the 2 locks, so you can keep some in a safe location in-case you lose one.
The interior is large enough to fit an iPad or other small personal items. There are lots of pockets and even one just for your cell phone. The gun compartment measures 13 by 8.5 by so it is even a good concealed carry purse for large handguns.
A lot of the women reviewing this purse said they were getting lots of compliments and no one even knew it was a gun purse.
- Not a good concealed carry crossbody purse
- Straps not slash resistant
7. Don’t Tread on Me Leather Purse (Crossbody)
If you’re looking for a compact and small crossbody conceal carry purse with a universal holster this is a great option. The wide crossbody strap will make you feel comfortable and secure.
Important note: If you carry a large handgun this probably isn’t a good CCW purse for you, but if you carry a small to medium sized handgun then this bag will work great.
The adjustable crossbody strap (22-44 inches) is made from a strong leather. The lockable compartment has a high-quality zipper that locks (multiple keys included). An important note for this purse is that it’s not optimal for left-handed shooters. If you are left-handed you may want to consider another handbag on this list.
- Not a good for large handguns
- The strap is not slash proof
- Designed for right-handed shooters only
8. Browning Catrina Cross Body Handbag
This purse is available in two sharp looking colors (grey and black). It has all the features you’d expect from a Browning purse. Let me go into detail about a few of them.
This is another purse that is great for a right, left, or cross draw. The leather strap is adjustable and removable.
The purse has a wide base, with overall dimensions of 9.5 by 10 by 3 inches, so you won’t have to get frustrated about it falling over.
It has a lockable holster that can be reached from the left or right side for quick access to your firearm. The locking holster adds another level of security to ensure that no one can access your firearm but you.
9. Valkri Juno Crossbody CCW Handbag
My Review: The Valkri Juno is (from a mans perspective) one of the nicest looking all leather conceal carry purses on the market today! I’m a big fan of the all white with black accents style though so many im a bit biased. Anyways, the purse is purpose built to be resistant to the purse swipers with a reinforced anti-slash shoulder strap. This is yet another fantastically designed zipper pouch design where the zipper moves downward to open instead of upwards. The bag is usable for both our righties and our lefties!
The purse also comes with a handy dandy little nylon insertable holster that’ll fit most handguns on the smaller side of the spectrum (5” height). This holster is slightly adjustable and will adhere to the sidewalls of the purse via velcro, allowing a smooth draw without your holster flying out with it. Overall, this purse seems to be a fancy medium between economical pricing and quality performance. Shoving a firearm in its respective pouch doesn’t take away from the storage of the actual purse and makes sure everything is nice and safe inside.
- The weight of the firearm can cause the purse to fall over when sitting by itself and nothing inside
10. Epic Chic Accessory Crossbody Firearm Purse
My Review: This purse comes in 6 different colors all consisting of a high quality faux leather construction. The bag is very low profile and gives nothing away, making this bag a top choice for those of you looking to be as discreet as possible. The purse comes included with a detachable strap, however, it doesn’t appear to be slash proof or anything abnormally special. This purse also implements a magnetic locking flap that ensures it stays closed while on the go. As a final extra goodie, the package i’ve linked to includes a color matched nylon holster.
The firearm pocket is lockable and extremely easy to access. It’s 7” x 9.5” which is an incredible size considering the overall size of the purse itself! This is probably one of the best options for a low profile lightweight “going out” purse.
- The purse is very top heavy and has trouble standing up straight when a firearm is the only item enclosed inside (not an issue if the purse has things inside)
11. Gun Tote’n Mamas Ostrich Town CCW
My Review: Despite the title being Ostrich, this is purse is actually constructed from all American cowhide which undergoes a debossing procedure to create a nice looking ostrich material style pattern. It’s available in three colors – brown, black, and light blue, and features 2 open side pockets equipped with high-quality zippers. You’ll be able to use the short top positioned handles to carry the purse or you can attach the included shoulder strap for cross carry use!
The firearm compartments are made of ballistic nylon and are capable of fitting even the largest full frame pistols inside.
- The shoulder strap isn’t slashing proof
12. Bulldog Cases Carry Tote
My Review: This is a rather cute striped red or blue CCW purse that most certainly wouldn’t have me wondering if the owner of this purse is packing heat. It looks cute and innocent, which is exactly what you want for a CCW purse! This package is also inclusive of a color matched holster optimized for small framed compact pistols and revolvers. The holster is a very nice touch and makes for a more secure but seamless drawing action. The firearm feels well protected inside the purse and doesn’t give anything away in terms of firearm appearance!
- Not built to handle heavy abuse
13. Roma Leathers Brown CCW Purse
If you’re looking for a super durable crossbody concealed carry purse with plenty of room but isn’t bulky, this purse by Roma Leathers is a great choice.
The purse has a front pocket with a leather over flap with a magnet for closure. The front compartment has 7 slots for credit cards, a drivers license, and other forms of identification.
14. Heshe Vintage Leather Body Bag
My Review: A beautifully stunning leather construction, the massive Heshe bag is a definite choice for our readers who love storing their sidearms in their bags. This isn’t marketed as a CCW purse, however, it is set up perfectly to act like one! With a large top to bottom zippered outer compartment that is well padded and protected. You can fit just about any size frame of pistol inside and since its so big, it doesn’t give away what’s stored inside! This setup also included some pretty hefty straps that aren’t marketed as slash proof, however, they seem to be incredibly durable to me, probably pretty close to slash proof.
You can use this bag as a shoulder bag or as a crossbody configuration. I do recommend purchasing a small nylon or Kydex holster for your firearm to pair with this bag as it doesn’t have one included. The compartment is well padded and protected but as always, I recommend that further step of protection the holster has to offer.
As a side note, these tough leather bags do need a bit of a break in period before they are comfortable to wear and use on a daily basis. A lot of people like to apply a hot and wet cloth around it and just work it in deeply with your hands for a few minutes to loosen it up!
- The leather is very stiff and firm when the purse is brand new.
15. Roma Leathers ambidextrous Gun Bag
It’s no surprise to see another purse by Roma Leathers on this list. This particular model is well designed, look great, and have all the features a high quality concealed carry purse should have. It is made of soft leather, has multiple pockets, a built-in organizer, and a cell phone pouch.
The carry pocket has velcro inside it, so the holster, which also has velcro, can easily be removed and the angle can be adjusted to the user’s preference.
16. Roma Leathers Locking Gun Purse
This purse by Roma leathers has a durable and highly functional design. It has two large separated compartments It has a large gun compartment
The most common criticism of this purse is the double straps. Some women say it takes some getting used to and hate when one strap falls off their shoulder. While this is not the highest rated purse on this list, it’s certainly not a bad option.
17. Dina Lock Concealed Carry Satchel
The small lock you see on the front of the purse actually provides not function and is purely for decoration. This purse has a 7×11” gun pocket that will accommodate most popular CCW firearms.
The gun pocket can be accessed from either the left or right side. The inside of the gun compartment has velcro to hold a firearm securely in place. It also comes with a matching gun holster, or you can swap the holster out with another one if you prefer.
This purse is a little larger than most of the others on this list, but overall it is a very quality purse.
Conceal Carry Carry Tips for Women
1. Carry cross-body when possible
Crossbody carry might not be as comfortable but it makes it so a thief or criminal can’t just grab the purse, leaving you defenseless.
2. Practice, Practice, Practice… with proper technique.
Practicing with proper technique will all you to react instinctively when a situation arises that you need to draw your gun. The way you practice will be how you draw. It’s just muscle memory.
Here is a great video with proper draw technique.
In the Marines we practice the same simple things over and over again, so movements are reflexive when shit hits the fan.
3. Track Your Progress
One thing my dad and I use to track how long it takes us to draw our weapon and try to get faster is a shot timer. It’s a simple little tool that can add some pressure and make it feel like you’re drawing your weapon under pressure and with a sense of urgency.
There is a lot that you can buy on Amazon. This one here is pretty solid, but there are cheaper options available as well.
4. Don’t Tell Anyone You Have a Firearm
The element of surprise is the biggest advantage you have while concealed carrying. In some situations, you may have to wait for the right moment to draw your weapon, preferably when the target is off-guard. In the meantime, if someone knows you are concealed carrying they could say something stupid or clue the target that you have a concealed weapon. The only people who know you carry a gun should be your range buddies, or even better, only yourself!
The leading cause of firearm thefts is from those you likely know and trust the most. That’s right, gun owners often find the perpetrators of their missing firearms to be friends and family that had prior knowledge of the firearms in question!
5. Know Your Rights and wait for a Lawyer
If a situation arises where you had to fire your weapon be polite to Police and first responders, but don’t say too much until you have a lawyer present. Make sure you have your weapon holstered so police and others don’t see you as a threat. Once Police arrive on the scene, your hands need to be as far as possible AWAY from your firearm and you should notify them of your firearm immediately. Make first responders as comfortable with you as possible and remember that they don’t know who the threat is upon arriving. A firearm in your hands with someone shot in front of you looks awfully suspicious to people that didn’t see the action so quickly defuse any doubts without hesitation.
If Police begin to question you, the best option is probably to just say you were scared and used your weapon for self-defense, and that you plan to cooperate fully, but would like to wait for your lawyer.
Remember, firearm usage has to be justified in a way that proves your life was being threatened. You cannot produce your handgun because someone annoys you or damages your property. There must be an immediate and viable threat to your well being or you’ll find yourself in a whirlwind of trouble!
6. Brush up on Self Defense Tactics
Having a firearm on you is great, but in some cases, you could get jumped unexpectedly. Taking some basic self-defense classes is a good way to get an attacker off you or to create space between you and the target to draw your gun.
Obtaining a concealed carried weapons (CCW) permit, even where states don’t require it, is always advisable. CCW training not only reinforces safety protocol but teaches you how to handle malfunctions and the legalities of handling and using a firearm in public. The classes and permits are usually fairly cheap and only take a few hours to complete.
Proper education is always a top tier investment!
7. Consider Carrying a Non-lethal Self Defense Weapon Like Pepper Spray
Having a bottle of pepper spray in your concealed carry purse is also a good idea. Not all circumstances justify lethal force, so having a non-lethal weapon isn’t a bad idea. There are also knives and tasers you can choose to use instead as well!
8. Practice Situational Awareness and Go with Your Gut
This seems simple but paying attention can really pay off. If you notice something out of the ordinary or get a bad feeling about someone or a certain area the best thing to do is avoid it. It’s amazing how our instincts can clue us in of if someone or something is dangerous.
9. Always know where your gun purse is
The major downside of concealed carry purses is women often set them down, say in a shopping cart. This can allow others to get to your gun if you’re not paying attention and creates another thing to think about during a draw situation.
10. Practice Proper Weapon Safety
Make sure you learn the fundamentals of shooting before you begin carrying a gun. There are basic weapon safety rules everyone should know before carrying a gun. If you draw your gun and are not properly trained you could possibly make the situation more dangerous for yourself. That sounds kind of scary, but carrying a gun is a big responsibility. A lot of countries don’t even trust their civilians to carry a weapon, so take it seriously! That said if you’re properly trained concealed carrying is a great way to protect yourself and your family.
Remember that carrying a firearm is a massive responsibility and although it is a right given to you by the US Constitution, it is your responsibility to educate yourself on the proper way to handle a firearm and when to use it. Using a firearm improperly can not only lead to murder and/or manslaughter, but it also leads to the further destruction of good peoples rights in the future.
11. Relax and Be Confident
After practicing your skills at the range and becoming familiar with the gun you intend to carry try to relax and be confident. Concealed carry is proven to deter crime. It’s very unlikely you’ll ever need to draw your weapon, but if something does happen you’ll be very glad you took the time to prepare. There is an old well known saying “the best camera is the one you have on you.” Well, the same goes for purses, the best concealed carry purse is the one you are actually willing to carry and have on you. So, make sure you find a purse you actually like rather than the one you think is the most functional.
If you have any comments, questions like if you’re model of gun will fit in a specific purse, you can ask me below or reach out the manufacturer.
Let me know if you’ve had a good experience with any of these purses or if you think there is one that I should add to the list.
Corporal Wabo is a former Infantry Squad Leader with 3rd Bn 4th Marines. As an outdoor enthusiast, he has been testing outdoor and tactical style gear for over 20 years. He started this website while transitioning out of the Marines, and since has recruited several other Marines to help him work on the Marine Approved website. On this website, we only write about things within our range of expertise like tactical gear, survival gear, hiking supplies, etc. Check out the “About Us” tab to meet the team.