[SHOT 2016] Gun Tote’n Mamas

This year I was fortunate enough to have my wife attend with SHOT with me (though she was in a buyer role), and she asked why there was hardly any coverage on products for the ladies. Well, sheesh, good point.

Her biggest issue is finding a concealment option that will work well as a purse. Women’s business clothing is apparently not as concealment friendly as my cargo pants with a flannel shirt, and so she would like to have the option to carry in her bag. The problem is that most of the bags she has found to date have not been very business fashionable.

The inside is lined with velcro allowing for a number of configurations.

The inside is lined with velcro allowing for a number of configurations.

Another complaint (that my wife had) that Gun Tote’n Mamas has addressed is having options to access the gun from the top. Most gun purses have a side access, and that is problematic if you switch the purse from shoulder to shoulder, since the gun would now be in a less advantageous position.

The quality of the material is pretty high and the construction looks solid. The have even incorporated an anti-cut feature into the strap.

This is the construction that prevents a quick cut from letting a bag snatcher run off with it.

This is the construction that prevents a quick cut from letting a bag snatcher run off with it.

Gun Tote’n Mamas has a number of options to fill that gap with a number of styles and varieties that can accommodate and match with any wardrobe. And for that matter they have a number of products that will work for guys (satchels, messenger bags, and even a leather iPad case that can conceal a 1911 Commander or Sig P220).

You can see a number of their products and styles on their website: http://guntotenmamas.com/

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • rs

    We’ve had 2 of them. We think they’re ok, not great.

    On the first bag, the clips at the ends of the strap came undone by themselves on a daily basis, and we ended up replacing them with stainless steel “quick links”. And, the bag just didn’t last, despite being made out of nice, heavy materials. A couple of the seams came apart.

    We didn’t want another one, but GTM was the only brand on the shelf at Cabelas. On the second bag, the strap began to tear out fairly quickly, as the tab sewn onto the side of the bag was too small. Though, to be fair, while it doesn’t look good, it hasn’t actually come loose in the year we’ve had the bag.

    • Doc Rader

      Thanks, this is good feedback! Can you tell which models specifically?

  • BillC

    Wow, purse carry. So the first thing a bad guy does by surprise is steal your purse. Bye bye, gun.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    That 80s imagery of the terminator women should tell anyone everything they need to know.

    If you aren’t trained well enough or feel comfortable to on-body… You sure as hell aren’t trained well enough to off-body carry.

    • Bart

      Thanks for the laugh. “80’s Terminator women”
      Off body carry is almost always a bad idea.
      Ladies – if you can’t find a way to carry something better, then just carry a micro .380 like the P3AT/LCP/TCP/Bodyguard. Those are pretty darn easy to conceal.

      • Doc Rader

        And sometimes off body carry is the only option. If the choice is between entirely disarmed and off body carry I would rather my wife have one in her purse, and that has a specific compartment and setup for securing a weapon.

        • Bart

          I don’t buy that. I think there is always a way. Micro .380’s are VERY easy to conceal. The NAA .22 micro revolvers are even easier (though I wouldn’t go below the micro .380/.32acp personally).

          faliaphotography – on Youtube has some good videos showing carry options for women

    • Doc Rader

      The issue is not one of comfort with carrying but of clothing options. A small framed woman wearing summer business/business casual clothes doesn’t have reasonable places to conceal.

      I mean sure, I suppose they could wear a garter with a derringer 1800’s style, but modern dress standards for women are not every conducive to carrying concealed.

      Unless of course you have some personal experience in the matter…? 🙂

      • Mrninjatoes

        Doc, you speak the truth. I would rather my wife carry then not carry.

    • Mrninjatoes

      You have no idea what you are talking about. Please go away. You nit pick everything. No one cares what you think. Ask questions or at least try to be “IUD Funny”. You are turning into the next Lance.

      • Bart

        You sound way more obnoxious than he does.

        • Standard Velocity

          No he is correct.


  • J E

    At least these are ALMOST attractive enough for a woman to buy and use….someone needs to make a business of converting stylish ( like Vera Bradley, Michael Kors, Coach ) purses and replacing the straps with cut-resistant options and easy access pockets.

    As a guy I cringe every time I walk past the “ladies” accessories at these shows. Many look like they were designed by Jesse James – not by a woman, and especially not by a fashion conscious woman.