Concealed Carry Holsters For Women In Alaska
When choosing a holster for concealed carry in Alaska there's a quote that sums it up fairly well, by Clint Smith; "Carrying a gun isn't supposed to be comfortable, it is supposed to be a comfort"
It is important to choose a holster and gun combination that provides the needs that you have identified yet will also properly fit your body. Just as the proper holster is specifically designed for the make and model of your gun, the holster must also be able to fit the proper proportions of your body, specifically considering about where on your body you're going to wear the holster.
Concealed Carry Holsters Come In Various Designs In Alaska
In recent years there have been a significant number of manufacturers making holsters specifically for women in Alaska. Some options for consideration are; holsters design to go on a woman's thigh, there are ankle holsters, modified under the arm i.e. shoulder holsters, compression tank top holsters that are actually worn as an undergarment, belly band and under wraps holsters, holsters designed as a pouch and double as underwear.
There are several models of holsters specifically designed for a women's shape and proportions to wear both inside the waistband and outside the waistband, with just a little research in Alaska you will be able a find the perfect holster for your needs. We have some options in our store.
Practice With Your Concealed Carry Holster In Alaska
Regardless of whether the holster you have chosen is made of Leather, Nylon, Kydex, Cloth, or any other material it is not enough to just wear the holster, you must start practicing and testing how to wear and use the holster competently in Alaska. This is similar to when you do dry fire practice with your firearm, you also want to practice continuously with drawing (extracting) and re-holstering your firearm, this is something you should practice hundreds of times so that you build up true muscle memory.
It has been proven time and time again that in a high stress or panic life and death situation in Alaska that the body will respond in the way that it has been trained, Muscle Memory. It can save your LIFE!
You must repeatedly practice on how to access the holster from under clothing, or from a concealed carry Handbag, or other specialized Clothing, how to keep the clothing out of the way as you draw your gun and move into a shooting position as smoothly and quickly as possible. As you do this you'll be able to find the perfect positioning adjustments that may be necessary for the holster to properly function with your body type and the type of clothing that you'll be wearing in Alaska.
In Alaska Use Your Concealed Carry Holster In Shooting Drills
First, practice repeatedly just like you do with dry fire, doing so in front of a mirror may help you analyze efficiency of movements. Make sure that wherever you're doing this that the gun is unloaded and that there is no ammunition even in the same room. Please follow safety guidelines. The advantage of this type of training is doing it in the comfort of your own home. However, your home is not a shooting range and you always need to follow strict safety guidelines.
1. Unload your firearm completely. If you are using magazines, ensure they also are unloaded.
2. Inform everyone else in the dwelling that you will be practicing so they can minimize any distractions.
3. Do not have any live ammunition at all in the room where you are practicing.
4. Have an adequate backstop.
5. Set a firm start and stop time for practicing. When the time to stop comes, stop.
Once you're ready to proceed to the firing range in Alaska and start with live fire exercise is it is suggested that you should start with "one shot drills". Draw your gun, fire a single shot and then re-holster. You want to do this repeatedly and frequently to help build up your muscle memory which will be absolutely critical and possibly life-saving in an actual shooting situation. As you continually practice this drill, and you become smooth with your movements you can slowly pick up speed and accuracy with practice.
Breaking in your Concealed Carry Holster In Alaska
When you first start wearing a new holster for concealed carry the best way to get used to the holster is to wear it everywhere, wear it out in the community; to the store, to the movies, out to dinner, get to know the feel and any movement of the holster in every possible daily situation. Choosing and then wearing the correct holster has to be something that is done with great consideration, there are no shortcuts to finding and utilizing the proper holster for your concealed carry needs in Alaska.
Whichever holster is your final choice the only way that everything will work well when you need it the most is that you must practice, practice, and then practice some more. During this practicing and while learning how to draw (extract) your gun from the holster and the re-holstering you may want to try incorporating multiple positions into your actions.
Work with a certified instructor to learn how to draw and fire from different positions or while in movement, in a self-defense shooting situation chances are you're not going to be squared off and standing still like you are at the range practicing with the target! As your proficiency and skill level increases while working with an instructor in Alaska you may want to incorporate some speed and timed drills. Before taking this step make sure that you have had a significant amount of practice and training on the fundamentals first, without proper application of the basic fundamentals speed drills are difficult to accomplish competently, again, always be under the supervision of an instructor when working with speed drills.
As your expertise and proficiency improves so will your speed and accuracy, some training aids that are suggested is a shot timer and the use of paper targets so you can confirm your accuracy (as opposed to a steel target where you may not know where the round actually hits) As you train keep a written log so you can track your activities, and monitor your progress.
When practicing to use your holster in combination with your firearm please remember this; slow is smooth…… Smooth is fast. Speed is fine-accuracy is final. You can't miss fast enough to survive; the first shot fired must connect accurately and decisively. If you are involved in a self-defense shooting the award for second place is something you do not want….
The Alaska state constitution states: “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. The individual right to keep and bear arms shall not be denied or infringed by the state or political subdivision of the State.”
Alaska was the first state to adopt carry laws modeled after Vermont's (normally referred to as "Vermont Carry"), in which no license is required to carry a handgun either openly or concealed. However, permits are still issued to residents for purposes such as reciprocity with other states. (see our Reciprocity map on our Home page of US Precision Defense)
The term "Alaska Carry" has been used to describe laws which require no license to carry handguns openly or concealed but CCW licenses are still available for those who want them. Alaska's laws do not prohibit anyone 21 or older who may legally possess a firearm from carrying it concealed. A special permit is not required.
Any person 21 years of age or older may carry a handgun concealed on their person provided that, when contacted by a police officer, informs the officer of that possession and allows the police officer to secure the handgun for the duration of that contact. If you fail to notify the officer you will be charged with a crime!
Recently the Alaska State’s Republican-led House voted passed a bill that would exempt Alaskans from following federal gun laws. Federal agents who attempt to enforce them would be subject to felony charges! If this sounds like nullification to you, that was exactly what the bill’s sponsor, Speaker Mike Chenault had in mind. In a January press conference, Chenault, a Republican, told a local reporter that individuals in his district were “looking at nullification” in response to President Obama’s executive actions. This is expected to be a test of States rights and has a real possibility of going all the way to the US Supreme Court.
The Alaska law passed the House in a 31-5 vote. But there’s a good chance it won’t pass constitutional muster, given the fact that nullification became a thing of the past in 1833, when Andrew Jackson was in office. The Anchorage Daily News reports that legislative attorney Kathleen Strasbaugh alerted Chenault to the fact that his proposed bill was “largely unconstitutional.”
Alaska legislature HB69 states, in part: “A personal firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition that is possessed in this state or manufactured commercially or privately in this state and that remains in the state is not subject to federal law or federal regulation, including registration, under the authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce as those items have not traveled in interstate commerce.”
The bill continues, “The authority of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce in basic materials does not include authority to regulate firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition possessed in this state or made in this state from those materials. Firearm accessories that are imported into this state from another state and that are subject to federal regulation as being in interstate commerce do not subject a firearm to federal regulation under interstate commerce because they are attached to or used in conjunction with a firearm in this state.”
The Alaska State Troopers issue optional CCW permits for concealed weapons. Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says, even though permits are not required , about 15-hundred people apply for and receive them each year, mostly because they want to make sure they can carry their guns across state lines. “We have reciprocity with approximately 36 other states. Where if you have a concealed weapon permit in Alaska you can travel to those other states and they will honor Alaska’s permit. The same thing with people in other states – Alaska will honor their permits if they are on the reciprocity list.”
It is estimated that in Alaska 57.8% of the population has at least one gun if not more in their home, one of the highest ratios in the country. In the state of Alaska, a permit is not required to purchase a gun, own a gun, or even to carry a gun. In addition Alaska has no state restrictions on so-called "assault weapons" or NFA weapons. Alaska has a castle doctrine and stand-your-ground laws which allow a person to use deadly force against anyone forcibly and unlawfully entering their home and attempting to harm them. The person using self-defense does not have a duty to retreat in most cases.
Learn about all self-defense laws of every state on our website US Precision Defense.