Get Over your Fear of Handguns – May Did!

Although she was raised around handguns, during May’s class introduction she told us that both her dad and her brothers owned handguns, shotguns, and rifles. Still, May remained terribly afraid of handguns. May recently decided that the thought of owning a handgun was not a bad idea. She admitted she had recently visited a local store to browse the handgun section and even thought she might like to own a revolver.

Concealed Carry Handguns Qualification
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 Safety is the beginning of any good class but when we got to the actual handgun portion of the class, the first thing I did for May was introduce her to the rubber training handgun. To my surprise, she immediately started shaking, confirming her fear. I tried to remove the rubber handgun from her hands but she was determined to shed her fear, and held on. I told May and all of the students present that the most important thing to remember is that a handgun is a tool. A tool cannot function without human interaction. We must remember that fear is based on conditioning, which is a learned behavior and can be reinforced through thought and memory of past experiences. When we identify our fears, we immediately have a chance of overcoming them.

It turned out that May’s fear was conditioning. With May’s fear, came respect for the tool. We should all  have a certain amount of fear of firearms less we become too comfortable, sacrificing our safety and those in our presence. As it turns out, May having both fear and respect for firearms, payed off in her favor. She was the best shooter of the day during the required North Carolina Concealed Carry Handgun qualification requirement.

After completing her concealed carry qualification, May admitted that she still felt some anxiety, but was much more comfortable with the thought of purchasing and owning her own handgun, which she never would have considered before. I tell all of my students that Concealed Carry, if your first class, should be considered a first step in your firearms training journey. With continued training comes the ability to utilize your tool with safety, precision and accuracy, if needed, which we all hope never happens.

Concealed Carry Handbags – Are there any stylish options?

Looking for a Concealed Carry Handbag?

Are you looking for a concealed carry handbag and having little luck finding quality options? Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am a handbag snob. Nothing irritates me more than a highly endorsed line of handbags that are of low quality materials. When it comes to a concealed carry handbag, only buy the best because quality lasts.

No matter what concealed carry handbag you choose, the holstering option is critical. Many come with a velcro backed holster that ca be modified to fit a variety of handgun sizes. ALWAYS ensure that your holster option covers your trigger guard completely!

After an extensive search for the most beautiful concealed carry handbags, I discovered some beauties that I think any handbag snob will love!

Concealed Carrie has a beautiful line of concealed carry handbags that are sure to please the most bougie diva. Concealed Carrie offers a variety of satchels, hobos, and totes in leather and nylon. The Aged Brown Leather Satchel is my absolute favorite and the one I chose for personal carry.

Aged Brown Leather Satchel
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Crocodile Print Leather Hobo
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Another fabulous concealed carry handbag manufacturer is Designer Concealed Carry.  Designer Concealed Carry is the Hermes of concealed carry handbags with their price at the top of the scale in dollars and in style. With increased cost comes with increased quality as Designer Concealed Carry‘s handbag are absolutely stunning!

Couture satchel -Ivory Embossed
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Padlock Satchel - black lizard
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Gun Tote’N Mamas  offer a variety of crossbody bags, shoulder bags, and totes at a much more affordable price. Gun Tote’N Mamas  also offer vegan varieties for those who refuse to spend a lot on a purse or prefer not to purchase real leather.

GTM-77 Blue Studded Tote
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Concealed Carry Handbag
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What is your favorite line of concealed carry handbags? Do you currently own a concealed carry bag or is there one that you currently have your eye on? Share your favorite concealed carry handbag with the GIRLZ on F.I.R.E. community by leaving a comment below!