New Product: The Well Armed Woman CC Waist-Pak

Finally, a concealed carry waist pack that has the style that a Well Armed Woman demands that can provide the security of on the body carry with the comfort of off body carry.  


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Simple, elegant design in the softest leather there is, sized right for women. A large main compartment with room for all of your necessities and additional zippered pockets, pen holder, credit card pockets for more! The holster compartment will accommodate firearms as large as the S&W Shield, Glock 43, Glock 26/27/33, Walther CCP, Ruger SR9C

$79.99 – $89.99

  • Adjustable waist strap fits from 28″ – Small through 42″ – Large. Extension strap available for adjustable sizing through 55″ 3XL * Additional charge
  • Designed for Left and Right-hand use
    • Special padding to prevent gun imprinting
    • Nylon Coil zippers for Gun Compartment Safety
    • Fully lined with “easy-to-see-in” khaki The Well Armed
    Woman logo lining
    • Overall Bag size: 7 – 1/2″ Wide x 5 – 1/2″ Tall x 2 – 1/2″ Deep
    • GTM compartment size: 7 – 1/2″ Wide x 5 – 1/2 Tall x 1″ Deep
    • Zipper opens all three sides
    • Gun Footprint: 6 – 3/4″ x 4 – 1/2″ Tall

Available in:

  • Black
  • Deep Brown
  • Purple
  • Gun Metal
  • Distressed Vintage Tanned Full Grain Buffalo Leather * Additional charge *

13 Of The Best Concealed Carry Products For Women

 The decision to carry concealed is one that's personal and one that only an individual can make for him or herself. What works best for one person might not be the best fit for another. 

The decision to carry concealed is one that's personal and one that only an individual can make for him or herself. What works best for one person might not be the best fit for another. 

Over the last few years, I have continually researched holsters to attempt and find the holster that's right for me. I found myself reading various holster reviews that are primarily written by men and realized that the best person to find holsters for women should be a woman herself. 

I've struggled to find a holster that's comfortable for me, because I'm plus size. My options have always been to deal with the high-riding position and the decocker of my gun digging into my back or side, carry at 5 o'clock with a left-handed holster or carry in my purse. I figured there had to be more options out there than what I had previously read about.

I tested out a number of products using the H&K VP9, Glock 19 Gen 3 and H&K USP Compact 9mm. Here are a few of my favorites:

The Well Armed Woman

The Well Armed Woman was nice enough to send me multiple holsters and CCW purses to test out.

The On the Waistband Convertible holster (pictured left) was one of the most comfortable kydex holsters I've tried. The retention on the holster was perfect, and it didn't ride too high. 

The TWAW Inside the Waistband holster (pictured middle) was small, comfortable and breathable. 

I absolutely love the TWAW Sticky holster (pictured right). My favorite part of the holster is the versatility. Every gun I own and used for this piece fit in the holster (from compact to full size) and they all fit like a glove. This holster is definitely something that would be an option for women who want to carry in a purse without having a CCW purse.

The cross body purse (pictured left) is one of the nicest CCW purses I've come across (and I've looked at a lot of them). This purse is great for venues where you don't want to carry a lot in your purse other than the basic necessities (phone, wallet, keys and gun). The leather is nice and the purse matches pretty much anything in my wardrobe. It's definitely something I would use for concerts and other venues with a large crowd (even without carrying).

The Waist Pak is definitely one of the coolest concepts I've come across in the CCW purse arena. It's a combination of a purse meets a fanny pack. It gives you the ability to carry on your body while still being comfortable. This concept is the perfect happy medium between those who want to move from off-the-body carry to on-the-body carry.

On the Waistband Convertible holster by TWAW - $69.99 - $79.99
Inside the Waistband holster by TWAW - $52.99 - $62.99
TWAW Sticky holster - $26.95
Cinnamon and Black Slim Cross Body - $174.95
The Well Armed Woman CC Waist Pak - $79.99 - $89.99

DeSantis Holsters

DeSantis is a great option for someone who wants a more traditional leather holster. They're a favorite amongst law enforcement officers because of their sturdy, heavy duty nature. The Thumb Break Scabbard (pictured left) is my choice for a level III retention, which is required for law enforcement. I like that there's the added thumb break safety feature. 

The SOF - Tuck (pictured middle) had great retention and was easy to clip to my gun belt. It's a great choice for something that's in between the leather and the nylon holsters.

The Pro Stealth holster is great, especially if you want to carry an extra magazine without having a separate magazine holster. The nylon makes it breathable, especially in warm weather.

Thumb Break Scabbard (outside the waistband) holster - $77.99
SOF - Tuck (inside the waistband) holster - $33.99
Pro Stealth (inside and outside the waistband) holster - $38.99

Gun Goddess

The most unique aspect about Gun Goddess' holsters are their ability to customize your holster with whatever image or print you want. One of their customer service representatives worked with me to design each of my holsters. I sent them ideas of what I'd like on the kydex. They worked on placement and then sent me a proof before printing.

I absolutely love that they were able to use a drawing I had that was in remembrance of both of my grandmothers who passed. It made the holster and designing process that much more special. To accent the drawing they actually used purple backers that matched the image. 

The retention on all of the holsters is great. I didn't have to make any adjustments and I don't feel like the firearm will suddenly fall out. 

Two-in-one holster (both inside and outside the waistband) - $54.95

Adjustable ulticlip inside the waistband holster - $54.95
Flat back velcro holster (for mounted position) - $49.95

To read more about Beth Baumann's holster shopping experience, read the full article

How Old Should Children Be Before You Teach Them To Use Weapons?​​​​​​​

 We recommend starting off with a martial arts program geared for youth and then transition into a program that incorporates self-defense weapons.

We recommend starting off with a martial arts program geared for youth and then transition into a program that incorporates self-defense weapons.

If they’re old enough to pick up the weapon, they’re old enough to be taught how to handle it safely. Weapons training doesn’t need to begin from an early age, but proper identification and handling should be a requirement.

Teaching a child how to deploy pepper spray is going to be completely different than handling a knife. In either case, the goal should not be to push them into difficult, highly coordinated hand-to-hand movements immediately.

The basics are always this:

  • Identify properly. (“This is a knife.”)
  • Handle safely.
  • Store in a secure place.

Nobody should be leaving weapons lying around the house or vehicle. Every single weapon is a tool. Handling them safely and knowing when to secure weapons is pivotal.

Youth Martial Arts Programs

If the child shows any keen interest in weapons, this may be the opportunity to introduce him or her to martial arts. Almost any martial arts program will instill a sense of discipline and responsibility — necessary for safety.

There are a lot of youth martial arts programs available. In nearly all cases, instructors push self-sufficiency, coordination, physical strength, and agility. A sharp mind is far more useful for self-defense than a sharp knife because the brain knows when and where to deploy any weapon within reach of the body. A knife is just a tool. Held in inept hands, it’s as much a danger to the wielder as a potential opponent.

The following are some example martial arts programs that focus on youth and personal development:

  • Jiu-jitsu
  • Kempo karate
  • Aikido
  • Taekwondo

The added bonus in this is a child’s growing sense of confidence. He knows what he ought to be doing, and he is confident in his abilities to do so.

Weapons are accessories to the real weapon — one’s self.

Additional benefits include:

  • Increased agility
  • Mental focus and clarity
  • Confidence
  • Flexibility
  • Respect for self and others

These are all things a child will reap great rewards from. It takes diligence, time, and dedication to practice outside of the dojo. The result will be displayed in how they handle themselves day-in and day-out.

What Age Is Perfect For Weapons Training?

As we mentioned in the previous section, mental acuity will determine roughly everything else. If a child is particularly keen, alert, and focused, he or she will probably be fine to learn how to use weapons in a safe, controlled environment. It would be better to develop the body and mind to the point where a weapon is merely an extension rather than a requirement but you, as the parent, are the first person to make that call.

You know your child better than anyone else.

We recommend starting off with a regimented martial arts program geared for youth and development and then transition into a program that incorporates self-defense weapons.

Teach a child to correctly identify a weapon and get an adult to handle it. This ensures that before he or she reaches the age where weapons training is part of a program, he can be trusted to treat those weapons safely. Always encourage him to get a trusted adult like yourself, your spouse, a teacher or similar.

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The Police and Concealed Carry

What do the police think of concealed carry? I get the question from time to time. In my limited experience, officers I have come in contact with have no problem with it at all. I've heard many tales of officers saying "Thanks for carrying" when handing out a warning for speeding (which might have been a ticket were it not for the permit, but who knows?).
Two stories in the news demonstrate a lot. 

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First Look: Sig Sauer P365

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

SIG Sauer has just introduced a game-changing, sub-compact pistol that is truly in a league of its own – the P365.

The new P365 is envisioned by SIG Sauer as the only everyday-carry (EDC) pistol you will need, one that you can carry with you seven days per week, 365 days per year. All at a very non-SIG Sauer suggested retail price of $599, however, you should be able to find it at your local gun dealer for around $499.

I’ve heard rumors of this pistol’s development for the last 12 or so months and, while keeping an open mind, chalked the internal anticipation up to high hopes and brand pride. After spending a couple of days with it last month and firing 2,000-plus rounds of assorted ammunition through the platform, I’m tempted to agree this pistol might just be the Holy Grail of concealed-carry pistols.


Why? Well, the new P365 has the same, or slightly smaller dimensions, than other popular single-stack 9mm pistols, such as the Glock 43, Smith & Wesson Shield, Springfield Armory XDs-9 and Ruger LC9s. Except the P365 is not a single-stack pistol. SIG Sauer managed to cram 10 rounds of 9mm into a flush-fitting magazine and 12 into an extended magazine. Remember, the P365 has the same or slightly smaller dimensions than its competition. There is no trickery here, just engineering prowess.

SIG Sauer first created the magazine and then built a pistol around it. In fact, there are three patents attached to just the magazine. Looking at the unique magazines, one can see a tapering design that allows the upper part of the grip to be perfectly contoured to fit the shooter’s thumb when fired and a unique follower. These are just two of the secret sauce ingredients leading to the success of this design. The pistol ships with one flush magazine and one magazine with a textured pinky extension, both having a 10-round capacity. The 12’s are available as an accessory.

The P365’s narrow-neck, modified double-stack magazine holds nearly 50 percent more than other pistols in its class, allowing you to have more ammunition on-board, even when the others are equipped with aftermarket, plus-capacity magazine extensions.

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

The P365 is both smaller and lighter than most pistols in its class.  Measuring 1-inch wide, 5.8-inches long, and 4.3-inches tall, the pistol with its 3.1-inch barrel weighs in at just 17.8 ounces (with an empty magazine).

Semi-aggressive grip texturing surrounds the circumference of the grip frame and provides just the right amount of texture to make it stick to your hand while not being abrasive.

The controls are simple and flat, yet offer positive manipulation due to their ledged design. Disassembly is safe and easy with a three-point takedown that does not require the trigger to be pulled.

A deeply undercut triggerguard allows for a high-grip and ensures the pistol sits as low in the hand as possible. Combined with the pistol’s low bore axis this yields greater retention and control over the pistol during rapid-fire strings.

The P365 is as comfortable and easy to shoot as a mid-sized pistol. The trigger is ergonomically positioned in such a way that as you pull through its stroke, your index finger closes naturally with the upper portion of the heel of your hand, just below the thumb. Make a fist and watch how your index finger closes. This is unique with sub-compact carry pistols, and the ergonomics make this pistol easy to shoot and easy to shoot well. The length of pull also closely mimics its big brother, the P320.

 Photo by Guns and Ammo

Photo by Guns and Ammo

Trigger pull weight is estimated to be in the low 5-pound range with a short, positive reset and a trigger shoe design similar to the P320. The chassis/fire control unit is also serialized and removable, just like the P320.

The stainless-steel slide comes standard with front and rear serrations for easier slide manipulation, as well as SIGLITE® night sights for sight acquisition under all lighting conditions.

How do you carry it?

In continued partnership with Blackpoint Tactical, SIG Sauer is offering a series of concealment holsters specifically designed for the P365. Immediately available for order are the Blackpoint appendix-carry (APX) and inside-the-waist-band (IWB) variants. Other models will follow.

Typically, I am not a proponent of sub-compact concealed carry handguns. I do not primarily carry pistols smaller than a Glock 19/Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0 Compact in size, or that hold less than 15 rounds. I have found that giving up shootability and magazine capacity are simply not worth any concealment advantage a sub-compact provides. The P365 has me reconsidering this stance, as it might allow me to have my cake and eat it, too.

For more photos, performance data and a full, detailed review, look for the P365 on newsstands in an upcoming issue of Guns & Ammo magazine.

Specifications SIG Sauer P365

  • Action: Striker-fired, recoil operated, semiautomatic
  • Cartridge: 9mm
  • Capacity: 10+1; optional 12+1
  • Barrel: 3.1 in.
  • Overall Length: 5.8 in.
  • Width: 1 in.
  • Height: 4.3 in.
  • Weight: 1 lbs., 2 oz.
  • Finish: Nitron
  • Sights: Drift-adjustable dovetail (rear), pinned (front)
  • Trigger: 5 lbs. (est.)
  • Price: $599

Manufacturer: SIG Sauer, (603) 610-3000,

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12 New Handguns for 2017

What if you could design and produce your handgun anyway you desired, with any features and characteristics, without a price parameter? With any specifications? With any capacity? With any caliber? With any weight? With any barrel length and any overall length? What would you include on your special handgun? Would you want it to have:

  • Fully Ambidextrous controls?
  • Aggressive Grip Texturing?
  • An Oversize Beavertail?
  • Fiber Optic Front Sights?
  • Scalloping on the Top of the Slide?
  • Packmayr Grips?
  • Cocking “Ears” to help you Rack and Cock the Slide?
  • A Capacity from 6 to 17 Rounds?
  • A Barrel Length between 3″ and 4.25″?
  • An Overall Length between 5.4″ and 7.55″?
  • A Weight between 10 ounces and 28.6 ounces?
  • A Contoured Bobtail Butt for Better Concealment?
  • A .380 ACP. 9mm, or .45 ACP Caliber?

Well there are 12 new individual handguns for 2017 that collectively and exactly meet all of the above characteristics, specs, and features. Probably the gun you want for yourself is already available. But it may not have all or a lot of the above characteristics and features in one single gun or at your desired price. But 12 manufacturers have incorporated the above characteristics and features in their several new guns for 2017.

Recall of Popular Carry Pistols - Ruger & Walther

Both the Ruger LCP and the Walther CCP have a recall alert. Please check your pistol's serial number to verify if it needs to be sent back to the factory for service.

Ruger LCP

In 2008, Ruger received a small number of reports from the field indicating that LCP® pistols could discharge when dropped onto a hard surface with a round in the chamber. Ruger is retrofitting all older LCP® Pistols. The retrofit involves installation of an upgraded hammer mechanism at no charge to the customer.

How to determine if your pistol needs the retrofit:

All LCP® pistols with serial number prefix "371" and higher (371-xxxxx) have been manufactured with the new hammer mechanism and are NOT affected by the recall and DO NOT need to be returned. If your LCP® has a serial number prefix "370," (see Figure 1) you will need to check the flat portion of the slot just behind and below the hammer for the diamond mark shown in Figure 2. LCPs marked with the diamond have had the new hammer mechanism installed and DO NOT need to be returned. If your LCP® has the "370" serial number prefix and DOES NOT HAVE the diamond mark, you should have your LCP® retrofitted with the upgraded hammer mechanism at no charge.

Walther CCP

Walther Arms has identified a potential condition in Walther CCP pistols that could potentially cause it to discharge if dropped whether the manual safety is engaged (on) or disengaged (off). The safety of our customers is our paramount concern so we have voluntarily initiated this recall because of the possibility of a drop-fire occurring.

Please do not load or fire your Walther CCP pistol and contact us immediately to arrange to have your pistol upgraded free of charge.

If your pistol has already been upgraded, there will be a dot milled onto the back side of the magazine opening.  

The upgrade will be done at no charge to you.  For free shipping, please enter your information here, and complete the online form, making sure to include the serial number.  After completion of the form a confirmation email will be sent including shipping information.

Please note:  The serial number is located on the right side of the pistol (circled in red below)

10 Things to Consider Before Investing in Concealed Carry

Carrying a gun is a personal decision that requires a great deal of careful consideration. Protecting yourself and your family is an amazing privilege we have as citizens of the United States. If you do choose to observe this right, here are several things you should consider before purchasing your firearm.

  1. Get comfortable – Deciding to carry a concealed weapon should not be taken lightly. If you plan to carry, get comfortable with doing so and do it regularly to ensure you are calm and prepared in any situation.
  2. Be prepared– Know the power of the weapon and educate yourself on how to use it properly. Most importantly, be aware of when and when not to use it
  3. Don’t misuse – Be sensible with a firearm and respect the power it has. If you cannot handle a gun responsibly, do not own one.
  4. License yourself – Do not carry a gun unless you have the proper concealed carry permit.
  5. Know how to use a gun – If you are going to carry a gun, you must have the proper education and training to use it correctly. Thorough knowledge on how and when to use a gun is imperative to ensure safe handling habits. 
  6. Keep it concealed – Concealed carry means just that. Do not carry a gun if your intention is to show it off or flaunt excess power.
  7. Know firearms – Take the time to properly educate yourself on a variety of firearms and understand their unique uses. 
  8. Know the law – Concealed carry laws vary from state to state. It is your responsibility to know the laws ahead of time if you are traveling and plan to carry a firearm.
  9. Be sure your sidearm fits your needs – The purpose of concealed carry is protection. Be sure your particular firearm choice is sufficient.
  10. Use your brain – A gun is a powerful and deadly weapon that carries with it an immense level of responsibility.  Think carefully when carrying and always use common sense.

At Northern Illinois Carry, LLC, we offer firearm training to help you feel at ease with your weapon. In addition to concealed carry courses, we also offer classes for women to increase their knowledge and comfort level with handguns. Contact us today to learn more or register for one of our classes. 

Women's only Handgun Introduction Course on June 20th

See what works best for you! Come on out to our first Women's only handgun course. We'll introduce you to a variety of handguns to see what works best for you. We start the morning off with firearm's safety at 8:00am. We'll cover the basics of safe gun handling, including how to load and unload pistols and revolvers. Then some live fire at our private range in rural Dekalb County Illinois.

No men will be alongside you showing off their mad "skills", this is just for the ladies. No guys allowed! Except for the instructors Dennis and Doug of course. An educational and entertaining time will be had by all. Bring your girlfriend, sister, daughter or mom. 

This valuable 4 hour introductory class is only $75. Ammo will be provided at no extra cost. Class size is limited! If interested call Dennis at 815-501-9421 to reserve your spot today!