So besides being a new gun enthusiast, I also spend a good 60 hours a week at a law firm. I'm mobile much of this time and would like to find a good solution to my concealed carry problem. I'm looking for a briefcase that I can carry and have relatively easy access to my pistol. ( Ruger LCP OR Smith and Wesson M&P .40 Compact ) I'm looking for black leather and it needs to look more like a briefcase than a range bag. I don't want the hard box type but prefer something that has a front flap. Also needs to be able to hold a 14 inch laptop. Please send suggestions as my constant internet searching has proven unfruitful. Thanks
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August 15, 2009, 03:17 AM
Found this in less than 2 minutes.....dunno how pricing is on it as it's not something I'd ever need, but it seems like it fits your criteria.
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August 16, 2009, 10:54 AM
This isn't leather, but it's well made and a good value. I've used one daily for the past few years and it has held up very well.
Uncle Mikes Nylon Briefcase With Internal Holster (http://www.midwayusa.com/viewProduct/?productNumber=743544)
August 16, 2009, 11:50 AM
Check the legality. As explained to me by a very understanding police officer at a traffic stop, at least one state says concealed carry must be "on your person". I live in an adjacent state where concealed carry is defined simply as "under your control" but I also hold a permit in the state where I was stopped.
August 16, 2009, 10:21 PM
Take a look at REI they offer a number of travel computer cases that will also hold a side arm.
This is just an idea. Buy a bag that you like that has an accessible front pocket large enough to hold your gun...then find a good pocket or inside the waistband holster for it. Have a tailor sew the holster into the front pocket. This ensures that the gun stays where you want it and that the bag is not conspicuous (since it isn't made by a holster company).
If I told you that I have been using a computer bag for years everybody would know, so I'm not going to tell you. :neener:
August 18, 2009, 12:42 PM
I carried a J-frame revolver in an inconspicuous over-the-shoulder bag for more than a year and it never became a comfortable exercise. Never mind the requirements of the law; whenever that gun was not on my body I worried about it. It was like having a 2-year-old baby under my care--I couldn't let it out of my sight. If you plan to carry a weapon in a briefcase anywhere but from your home, to your car, to your office and back again, I'd urge you to rethink the deal.
Carrying a .380 like the LCP changes all of that. Slide it into a pocket and forget about it. Access would be no slower than with a briefcase and you don't have to worry about someone ripping off the case and getting a firearm as a bonus.
The Smith and Wesson .40-caliber is more than twice the weight of the Ruger, so it changes the argument. But I don't feel outgunned carrying a .380.
Bill of Ojai
August 18, 2009, 02:48 PM
Lots of good stuff.
August 18, 2009, 03:53 PM
I think that any briefcase would work for you since NO off-body carry is fast or convenient.
Here's an attorney's case that has a large enough pocket for carry and can be quickly opened during an emergency.
If you do go that route, then I suggest that you carry your pistol in a paddle holster for ease of mounting/removal, then get an additional zippered pouch for the pistol so that you can transfer it without any stares. With a paddle holster, you can keep it clipped inside any briefcase and not have it rotate around in case you do need to do a fast draw, it will also transfer quickly to your waistband if you ever have the need to carry on-person.
August 19, 2009, 01:24 AM
You may also want to consider this:
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Dillon's 'Plan B' Day Planner
Stock Number: 10252
Dillon's 'Plan B' day Planner Holster holds a handgun and a spare magazine or pepper spray, yet it fits in with business clothing and won't draw undue attention. It looks like a typical day planner, but inside there's a holster that's adaptable for either right-or left-handed draw. It fits most .380, 9mm, .40 and .45 caliber autos, including: Beretta, Colt, Glock, HK, Kahr, Kel-Tec, Ruger, Taurus, SIG, and Smith & Wesson. Will also hold small-frame revolvers with two-to-four-inch barrels.
Exterior Dimensions: 9.5" x 6 3/8" x 1 7/8"