Concealed Carrie Makes Fashionable Purses, Totes, Briefcases for Women – SHOT Show 2018

Concealed Carrie offers a wide variety of handbags that don’t sacrifice style for function.

Sometimes off-body carry is the only way to conceal a pistol. A purse, backpack or briefcase are all viable carry solutions.

During the 2018 SHOT Show, I had a chance to talk to Leslie Deets, the owner of Concealed Carrie.

Concealed Carrie makes a line of totes, clutches, satchels, and briefcases. She also makes wallets, universal holsters, and accessories geared towards concealed carry, mostly targeting the female consumer. Perusing her booth, Leslie’s concealed carry solutions appeared to be fashionable, well-thought-out and very high quality.

A hallmark of Leslie’s designs is the ease in which an end user can access his or her pistol. Leslie uses zippers, magnetic pouches and velcro to secure the firearm, and most of her products utilize a cross body draw.

Prices vary, from $50 all the way up to $350.

Might make a great Valentine’s Day gift.

The Briefcase

As I continue to climb the corporate ladder, there’s no doubt that my tactical 5.11 bag will have to be swapped out for a briefcase.

At this point in my life, if I have to off-body carry, I usually throw my Glock 19 in my 5.11 RUSH 12 and get on with my day. As I advance in my career, I imagine a time where I will have to shave my beard, wear more suits and swap out the 5.11 for a briefcase.

Leslie sells a really nice briefcase. The leather was soft and appeared to be well made. The briefcase had an exterior pouch/sleeve for a pistol, and the briefcase was large enough for a laptop, tablet or iPad.

The gun is secured in the outer pocket of the briefcase.


  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Length: 16″
  • Width: 5″
  • Height: 12″
  • MSRP: $349

As I wrote this article, my lovely fiance happened to be walking by. I had the Concealed Carrie website up, and she immediately commandeered my mouse and started browsing the wares.

My fiance has impeccable taste in regard to purses, and purse quality. She gave the Concealed Carrie purses high praise.

Leslie was a real pleasure to talk to at SHOT and was very knowledgeable about concealed carry and firearms in general.


As mentioned, the briefcase runs for about $349.  Some of the smaller products and accessories can be purchased starting around $50.  The nicer purses and totes are $150 and up.  Visit to start shopping today.

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  • BillyBob March 19, 2018, 8:41 pm

    What do MUGGERS take ? Pocketbooks with your gun in it ! Carry a knife & gun on your person !

  • EKW January 31, 2018, 10:21 pm

    Situational awareness is key weather you carry off body on on body. If you are aware your already to defend.

  • Lon January 31, 2018, 4:53 am

    Off body carry is stupid and should be banned. The first thing s thug is going to grab is the bag. How many women will win a tug of war with a young man? You just handed your gun over to a criminal.

    • Cyrus January 31, 2018, 7:54 am

      LMAO – Truer words have never been spoken!

    • Drew January 31, 2018, 7:59 am

      Lon, you are absolutely correct. No matter what the size and shape of the accosted, the struggle for the bag will negate any possibility of accurately grabbing and firing a weapon. If the bag and weapon are not just ripped off, the challenged will have been injured or worse. A concealed weapon must be carried on the person in a “READY” mode or not carried at all.

      • Thomas Gomez January 31, 2018, 1:06 pm

        @Drew. Plain wrong. I know a lot of people, cops, ex SOF guys who have years of combat deployments etc who carry off-body. Due to my profession and work attire, most of the time I carry off-body. My pistol is not always loaded. If I am in a sketchy part of town, you bet your a** my gun is carried appendix and ready to rock. My girlfriend off-body carries her Glock 19 in a specialized purse. If she comes home and sees that our very rural home has been broken in to , Glock comes out, gets racked and she will move to her car, drive away and call the cops. If your situation dictates that every person you meet is a potential threat, by all means carry your pistol appendix in a loaded configuration. For a lot of people, that is not the case. Telling people that you have to carry loaded and concealed on the body 100% of the time will just discourage people. They are very few things that are black and white in this world. I hope this finds you well.

        • Neil January 31, 2018, 5:31 pm

          If only everyone could decide when they feel its a good time to get attacked. A gun off body is useless. an unloaded gun on or off body is useless. most often people who do such things lack the training or confidence to carry a properly loaded firearm. We dont get to choose when bad stuff happens. It just does. I promise u that your unloaded gun in the briefcase wont save your ass for shit when 2 thugs walk up from behind while u pump gas .

          • Thomas Gomez January 31, 2018, 10:48 pm

            Who said my gun is unloaded while it is in my bag (which also has a level 3 soft armor plate, trauma kit, light, extra magazines and water in case of an acid attack)? If two “thugs” get the drop on me while I am pumping gas I have already screwed up. If I absolutely have to pump gas where thugs abound I promise you, I am skipping the subtleties and going straight to open carry. My head is going to be on a swivel and I am going to know what is going on in my vicinity. With that said I don’t pump my gas late at night, I pump my gas early in the morning when the thugs are typically asleep.

            Life is not black and white, but it is a giant statistical probability. If you like to put yourself in bad situation so you can show the world how fast you can draw from your fancy G-Code, that is your prerogative. Have fun with the legal fees. In my world, de-escalation and mitigating risk wins the day. Situation will dictate, but there is a place for off body carry.

            I hope this finds you well.

    • nathan fryer January 31, 2018, 10:59 am

      Yep…that’s right…not a good choice.
      On your person carry is the only way to least you start out with a chance for survival.

    • Carl Tests January 31, 2018, 12:03 pm

      While off body carry has a fair number of important things to consider, there are few universal truths if any. I suggest people be informed of risks with any type of carry, such as the ever popular but risky groin tuck, consider those risks in their self defense plans, and take all precautions necessary. Anyone who carries concealed must be constantly on guard for reasons of safety and security.

    • Thomas Gomez January 31, 2018, 12:07 pm

      Yet thousands of people off body carry every day. I have read numerous accounts where women have successfully defended themselves with a pistol drawn from a purse. As long as you are situationally aware, and your pistol is easily accessible, off body carry is okay.

    • Chris January 31, 2018, 7:16 pm

      “Should be banned”? What are you, a democrat? We can’t ban everything that everyone disagrees with. If someone wants to carry off body, that’s their business. No one elses. You think an elderly man or woman would be able to keep a young man from stealing their gun? Should also ban the elderly from protecting themselves?
      The only power a government has is that which we give them.

  • Lisa Hughes January 31, 2018, 3:52 am

    I’d like to see a line of ladies grips, for little hands 🙂

    • MP January 31, 2018, 11:31 am

      Why? So Trump can finally shoot?

    • Thomas Gomez January 31, 2018, 1:08 pm

      Hi Lisa! What kind of pistol do you carry/shoot?

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