August 2012 – I received a random phone call from Dad. “I want to teach you how to shoot and get your concealed weapons license.” Um, okay? I had just started living alone and I guess Dad thought it was time I learned. Small problem? I’ve always been terrified of guns.
A little backstory. My dad has carried for as long as I can remember. Growing up, there were guns in the house – handguns and rifles – but I understood that they were not to be messed with and I don’t recollect ever picking one up, much less shooting it. Guns have always frightened me, but I respect them… if that makes any sense. I’ve always believed in the “guns don’t kill people; people kill people” philosophy and I guess you could say my thoughts towards gun control lean towards the Conservative side.
So, a few days later, Dad took me shooting. And I was terrified. And then I liked it. That day I shot a couple of different handguns. Surprisingly the largest of the guns shot that day (a 9mm) was my favorite. And to think I refused to shoot it at first.
That day, Dad signed me up for the concealed weapons class and a few weeks later, I was sitting in a stuffy “classroom” in the back of a local gun shop learning the Florida gun laws and ethics. The movie was horribly outdated (is that really what the early 90s looked like?!) and boring but the woman who taught the class was down-to-earth and informative. After some range shooting (I shot best one handed gangster style, fyi), we were awarded certificates and given packets to apply for our licenses.
After weeks of procrastination, I finally sent in my information and a few weeks later I was the proud owner of a Florida Concealed Weapons License.
That Christmas I received my first gun – a pink Taurus TCP .380. Though I’m not much of a pink girl, it’s fun to have a “girly” gun. (My first choice was a Sig Sauer P238 Rainbow, though now I wish I had a purple Ruger LCP.)
Since then, I’ve worked on getting comfortable with shooting my gun. I’ve taken it to the range multiple times and practiced shooting as well as loading ammo. I would say that I’m finally to the point where I feel really comfortable using my gun, though my shooting could still use some improvement.
One of the biggest struggles I’ve had with concealed carry is finding a holster that’s comfortable and easy to use. For the most part, my gun sits in the bottom of my purse but occasionally I like to carry it on my person. I did some research and read great things about the Flashbang holsters for women. There are multiple styles available, including bra and waistband holsters. In March, I finally pulled the trigger and purchased the Flashbang Ava holster.
The first thing I’ll note about the holster is that I didn’t purchase the holster for the Taurus TCP but rather the Ruger LCP, which are basically identical guns. The distributor I ordered through did not have the TCP available. With that being said, the fit isn’t perfect but it’s close enough.
When I received the holster, I couldn’t wait to try it out so I loaded up my gun and clipped it to the waistband of my jeans. I like to carry towards my back, though the Ava can be carried appendix style for a front draw as well.
As you can see, the gun basically disappears once I pulled my shirt down. I wore the holster all day and at one point, forgot I even had it on. That’s really good considering I spent majority of that day sitting at my desk. The purple suede lining is both fashionable and functional. While I still prefer to wear an undershirt, the suede is soft enough for skin contact.
Since purchasing the holster, I’ve carried the Ava multiple times. I’ve been most impressed with this holster when riding the motorcycle. It is as comfortable to wear while standing as it is while in a seated position for long periods of time. And now I can live up to the patch on my motorcycle vest – Caution: I may be cute and cuddly but I’m locked and loaded.
I was not compensated for this post. I purchased the Flashbang Ava holster with my own money and was not asked to do a review by the Looper company. But since I’ve enjoyed the product so much, I thought I would pass along the information.