Here’s another review that’s been sitting on my desk for awhile. As everyone who reads this website probably knows by now, I’m a big proponent of on-body carry for women — and I also believe that every woman who carries a gun on body should have a backup plan that includes a holstered purse (in case of wardrobe malfunctions or an appointment with the scale in the doctor’s office). Lots more to say about that particular topic, which you can find under the “articles” link to your left. Meanwhile… here’s a review.
Sweet Daisy Designs holster purse
This is a cute fabric purse with a dedicated holster pocket for the gun. Absolutely love the basic design, which works well and is (to my eye, anyway) very attractive. The holster compartment is large enough to hold at least a mid-size gun without problem, and the opening is just wide enough that I can get my hand out with the gun held properly.
The purse uses a velcro opening into the gun compartment, which I think is wonderful. And before you ask: yes, of course opening the velcro makes noise! But it just sounds like you’re getting into your purse for your keys or something. Hardly a big deal.
The basic layout of this purse is very intuitive and very flexible, and because the compartment is lined with velcro, you’ll be able to choose exactly which holster you want to put in there. Speaking of flexible, the purse can easily be set up for either left- or right-handed access, which I think is really important.
When I first started handling this bag, I was concerned that durability might be an issue, especially around the edges of the entry points into the gun compartment. Mentioned this to the maker, and she tells me they’ve added extra stitching to that and other stress points within the bag. Yay!
Don’t plan to use this purse for concealed carry until you’ve gotten a holster to hold the gun securely inside the compartment. I recommend going with a velcro-based design (such as the UH1 from Condor Outdoors or the Universal CCW Holster from Maxpedition). Even though you can instead use a clip-based belt holster, that tends to be a bit more bulky and harder to access.
Thumbs up, with all the usual purse caveats.