GUN SAFETY!!!! A purse is not designed to carry a firearm period. Most women do not treat their purse with the level of integrity that is involved with safe firearms handling. Second, hopefully a would be attacker only wants your purse. with that said, if they take your purse they take your gun, your wallet, your car keys etc. In that case your weapon is now in the hands of the attacker and of no use to you. Just another handgun on the streets to commit another crime, another day. Have you ever noticed that Police carry their weapons in a retention system? A purse on your shoulder is NOT a retention system. Whenever I am in a mall, or food store I take notice when a woman is fumbling through her purse for a wallet to pay the cashier, or searching for keys while walking to her vehicle. Items usually work their way to the bottom of the purse with a ton of crap obstructing on top. The items sought after are never in the same place AND you have to look into the purse to help locate items. In a fight, if you take your eyes off your adversary, you usually loose.
Someone who is well trained in the use and deployment of a pistol, will tell you that your weapon should always be drawn from the same position and in the same fashion every single time. You shouldn't have to look for a pistol at the bottom of a purse. You know exactly where your gun is. Practice is everything.Through repetition of a correct grip and draw stroke your conscious has now become subconscious muscle memory or instinct. You don't think about it, it just happens naturally. If you have to root around the bottom of your purse to find the weapon you have lost the fight. Now, imagine doing this under stress. Keep in mind, even the most skilled and polished are still subject to reaction time. Normally an attacker would have the element of surprise working in his or her favor. Not to mention an unsecured firearm in the purse could easily be accidentally discharged if the trigger guard is unprotected while reaching for you firearm under stress. Is the muzzle pointed up, down, sideways? How about another object in the purse finds it's way onto the trigger causing it to negligently discharge? So these are things to keep in mind.
I DECIDED TO CONDUCT AN EXPERIMENT!
Secondly, I suggest if you must use a purse get one that is a holsters actually designed with a separate compartment for a pistol. Some of which are fairly stylish. Of course, I wouldn't know style if it hit me square between the eyes. So take that one with a grain of salt.
Here are some I pulled off the internet:
* Gun Gear
* My Gun Purse
* Creative Concealment
As far as quality, I am not sure about most of these companies listed above since I have no experience with them. I am not endorsing any of them. The only one I can say for sure that is made very well is GALCO USA. Premium leather goods made here in the states. I own several Galco leather items which are almost 20 years old. Pricey, but well made and well worth it. So do your own research.
You want to get something secure, BUT the holster needs to be assessable and fast.
"You will not rise to the occasion, you will default to the level of your training."
Lt. Col Dave Grossman