My wife doesn't carry yet, but she is working towards that goal, something she hopes to achieve this fall. Many of you may recall my wife's stance on guns from a thread I posted almost a year ago. She was virulently anti gun at the time. Well, with all the madness and uncertainty going on in the world (armed robberies as an example) and the shooting in CO in particular, she has made a complete 180. This change of position was all her, I really didn't influence her in any manner.
She recently acquired a pair of Colts, pictured below. Both are absolutely perfect for her tiny, child-like hands and relatively significant recoil sensitivity (both have mild recoil). The larger 1903 Colt will be for belt carry (she prefers open carrying it, but will get her carry permit so she has that option) and the smaller 1908 may get used with an ankle holster, belly band, or smart carry. For now, I'm letting her research her options, providing guidance on options, mechanical operation of the guns, shooting lessons, tactics and laws.
Also, still need to put a few hundred more rounds through these before we call them trustworthy.
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless, 32 ACP (made in 1909):
Colt 1908 Vest Pocket, .25 ACP (made in 1915):
Some beautiful classic hardware there. I agree with the need for reliability testing with any gun but in particular for older ones no doubt.
Any particular reason you are choosing to CCW your older guns?