Attention: Pistol packing women fashion show planned in September


With an increasing growing number of females choosing to carry a handgun for personal and family safety it was only a matter of time until someone recognized the need for specially designed women’s clothing to comfortably conceal and a weapon. And that time has come in the form of an enjoyable and unique evening out for ladies, a fashion show that demonstrates all sorts of styles and garments now available for pistol packing women.

Fashion show

Advertised as a concealed carry fashion show and hosted by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of A Girl and A Gun in conjunction with REALIZE Firearms Awareness Coalition will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Tanglewood Country Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

According to REALIZE Director Amanda Suffecool, the fashion show, the first edition of a planned annual event, will feature live models displaying purses, holsters, underwear, and several lines of clothing and accessories that allow quick access to a hidden weapon. Manufacturers such as Urban Moxy, Designer Concealed Carry, Deep Conceal, Undertech Underwear, Silver State Apparel will join several others to show women plenty of choices in a market that just keeps getting better.

Fire power

Indeed, this will a ladies night out with plenty of fire power. Suffecool, who co-hosts a weekly radio show (WNIR-100.1 FM) on Sunday evenings, said that the fashion show will be taped for national distribution, making it a premier event in many ways. She is planning for a large audience and she is still open to products and information about additional events that are in-line with the goals of the show.

Wish list

Suffecool promised that ladies in attendance will leave with a wish list that will provide suggestions for birthdays and Christmas. Contact Suffecool by email at or phone at 330-993-7080. Tickets for the show are available at by clicking on Akron Concealed Carry Fashion Show.
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Clothing catalog

This writer interviewed a lady in Chicago some 25 years ago when she assembled a very thin catalog of outdoor clothing designed for women. It was newsworthy and deserved exposure as a first. Her interest developed after uncomfortably enjoying her outdoor pursuits in men’s hand-me-down clothing. She sought out and found sources, although few and far between, for outer clothing made just for women.

Times have changed

Thanks to activities such as Women in the Outdoors as well as media which encourages women to go to the woods with the guys, women have taken a front row in all outdoor sports and as such they are offered unlimited products suited to their clothing and gear needs. It is only natural then, that an event such as this handgun hiding fashion show is on the marquee.


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Mike Tontimonia has been writing weekly columns and magazine features about the outdoors for over 25 years, a career that continues to hold the same excitement for him as it did at the beginning. Mike is a retired educator, a licensed auctioneer and marketing consultant. He lives in Ravenna, Ohio and enjoys spending time at his Carroll County cabin. Mike has hunted and fished in several states and Canada from the Carolinas to Alaska and from Idaho to Delaware. His readers have often commented that the stories about his adventures are about as close to being there as possible. He is past president of the Outdoor Writers of Ohio and a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Mike is also very involved in his community as a school board member and a Rotarian.



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