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Concealed carry under light clothing

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by PlayboyPenguin, May 12, 2011.

  1. PlayboyPenguin


    Jul 19, 2008
    Now that the weather is warm we are having to carry our firearms under less and less clothing. That is not a problem for most of us since we are comfortable enough with the idea that most people pay us no attention and that just being covered is usually 90% of being concealed.

    New carriers do not have the benefit of that mindset though. So many people dress inappropriately just to conceal their gun. They wear oversized clothes, load patterns, etc just to try and hide their firearm. In short, they dress like hobos, slobs, and clowns just to carry.

    People post pics all the time to show how easily their gun conceals, but it is easy to conceal something in a still pic. There is no movement to expose the gun.

    That is why I made this short video to show how well my carry gun conceals under even the lightest shirt. I move, bend, reach, etc and the gun stays hidden and is not obvious at all.

    Check it out if interested.

    YouTube - Carrying a concealed firearm under light clothing
  2. Azsnake

    Azsnake Guest

    Good video and you make a great point. I just started carrying a few weeks ago. I was worried about printing!! I found myself looking in the mirror, asking family members if they could tell it was a gun, wearing baggy shirts etc. I am just now beginning to feel comfortable about having it on me with no one noticing. People really aren't looking at you. Thank you for the video and suggestions!

  3. Toorop


    Apr 28, 2010
    The Midwest.
    So I should be aware of hobos and clowns because they are carrying guns?
  4. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    Yes .
  5. Jud325


    Mar 30, 2011
    Shelocta, Pa.
    OC would have prevented this thread. :tongueout:
  6. Warp


    Jul 31, 2005
    Why yes, yes it would! :supergrin:
  7. fuzzy03cls


    Jan 28, 2010
    Carry a bigger gun & you'll understand. Also I notice your video has you wearing a stripped shirt. Change to a sold color like white, red, or lighter blues & again you'll understand.
    Just cause it works for you doesn't mean it works for eveyone, & if I look like a hobo, slob, or clown with my over-sized shirt & looser fitting jeans. Then so be it.
  8. G19aps


    Aug 2, 2009
    Yep, it's kinda easy to hide a small revolver. I couldn't get away with that dress and a G17 unless I unbuttoned the shirt.
  9. sciolist


    Nov 11, 2009
    You look quite a bit different than I had imagined.
  10. righteoushoot

    righteoushoot Deluxe Member

    Oct 22, 2008
    Not New York (N.E. OH)
    Is that a Wonder Woman dolly on the counter I see?:supergrin:
  11. RightGlock1


    Feb 12, 2010
    I don't get "made" carrying. I usually am wearing jeans and a t-shirt. I tend to wear darker colors, (not black). I've had no problems concealing. And you are right, most
    are oblivious. I spotted someone at dinner the other night, dressed similarly to you, trying to conceal a full size glock. The imprint was really obvious. Shirt was entirely too tight. I understand wanting to wear fitted, it's not smart depending on the firearm you're trying to conceal.
  12. BamaAla

    BamaAla Roll Tide

    Mar 25, 2010
    I used to worry tremendously about it, but I don't really give it a second though now-a-days. Most people are so impervious to their surroundings they wouldn't notice if you walked around with a phallus shaped hat on your head.
  13. dogchild


    Apr 17, 2011
    People dont think about the people around them having a gun, they dont look for them, i didnt until i started conceal carry.
    Now i look at everyone and from time to time I'll see a clip or a printing that i think might be a gun, however in Texas it has to be obvious from a casual glance
  14. Hobos and homeless people are often armed. Not necessarily with a handgun, but usually knives. If you think about it, how filthy is that knife blade? Hello tetanus, infections and lockjaw.

    The only clown I like is Ronald McDonald. (Yes he is a clown. He just doesn't practice his craft anymore). :)
    Last edited: May 12, 2011
  15. Providence


    Feb 5, 2011
    Woodstock, GA
    Thanks for the video. I like to see other perspectives.
  16. Arc Angel

    Arc Angel Deus Vult!

    Sep 20, 2003
    Penn's Woods
    :) Thank you for being courteous and civic-minded enough to keep your EDC covered. I admire that!

    This said, I couldn't do what you do. Most of the time I wear a large G-21. There is no way, I could conceal it as easily as you do. I need to use a strong (leather) gunbelt, an ITB holster, and some sort of oversized and unbloused cover garment in order to keep my piece concealed. (It's much easier on Mom and the kids.) ;)

    A lot of, 'staying covered' has to do with how you move while wearing a gun: Don't reach for things with your gun arm; don't bend from the waist; and don't bend your support side knee. I, also, have a policeman's habit of, 'blading' or, 'three quartering' an audience.

    Don't sit at lunchcounters; don't sit on the opposite end of a row; and be careful whenever you're in line waiting for something. I was once accosted at a WalMart by two women who were standing behind me at the checkout line. They, somehow, realized that my Aloha shirt was the real thing; and without a word of warning began to pull, pinch, and feel my cover garment!

    As I accepted their compliments and answered their questions I remember thinking to myself, 'Yeah, keep pulling on my shirt, lady; and wait until you see what it's hiding!' (They stopped before things went too far.) So, it's not just what you wear; it's how you wear it; and how you've taught yourself to habitually move.

    By the way I, 'made you' almost instantly in that video! (But I already knew what to expect.) :cool:
  17. biblefreak


    Mar 4, 2003
    West Texas
    So, anybody know what kind of a holster that is? Looks like the perfect little SP101 holster!
  18. PlayboyPenguin


    Jul 19, 2008
    The holster in the video actually is for a Ruger SP101.
  19. PlayboyPenguin


    Jul 19, 2008
    Let me didn't count on me being so damned handsome. I get that a lot. :) :whistling:
  20. rdc2co


    Nov 30, 2009
    I've been cc for about 16 years now. Here's the problem I see with these conversations;
    We all come from different backgrounds and lifestyles. Some people get away with a photographer's vest. You wouldn't catch me dead in one because it's not my personality. Some people like leather vests and 'biker clothing'- that would never work for me, because it's not my personality type, not the crowd I hang out with, or the environment I hang out in. Some people like an untucked plaid shirt, like Playboy wears. Not my type. My point is that each person is unique.
    During the winter, I most often wear a Navy flight jacket, or a North Face polar fleece, and occasionally a sweatshirt. During the warmer months, like now, I wear polo shirt and a sport coat ('blazer') or a button-down dress shirt and a sport coat. When temps get over 80 degrees, the sport coat must go away. Many people reading this comment would say that they wouldn't be caught dead in these outfits.

    I bought several Crossbreed Super Tuck and Kholsters. (For those who don't know what Crossbreed and Kholsters are, they are tuckable IWB holsters. This means that you can tuck pretty much any shirt between the gun and pants, with only the metal clips showing. Unless someone REALLY knows what to look for, they won't know that you have a gun. Some of us just can't wear ANYTHING untucked). I bought some Aloha shirts ('Hawaiian shirts') at Wal-Mart for about $10.00 each, that are not bright/loud/obnoxious. They are khaki tan, slate blue, muted green, black...and those are the only thing I can wear untucked, as long as I wear my Crossbreed or Kholster with the leather to protect my ribs from 'slide bite'.

    The nice thing about the Crossbreed/Kholster type thing is that the leather backing will protect your ribs and it can be worn tucked or untucked, with any type of clothing, any environment, any crowd, etc. The guy with the business suit can wear it just as easily as Larry the Cable Guy, and just as easily as any biker, etc. With IWB, you almost always need to buy pants one size larger than you normally wear. That's just a fact. IWB also means that not only the belt, but the pants, too, will help support the weight of the gun and accessories.

    The other great idea is Thunderwear/Smart Carry. I have a hard time with the velcro straps biting my skin in the back. I went to Goodwill and Salvation Army and bought some girls' jeans, cut off the legs, and slip it over the straps once I have them secured. Sleeves from an old heavy cotton shirt also work for this. For people with large bellies, Thunderwear/Smart Carry is difficult to present the gun from, never mind when sitting down. The upside is that, unless your are in a nudist colony, it has its merits. Once again, make sure you buy pants (or skirt) at least one size larger than normal. If you buy your trial clothes from Goodwill/Salvation Army and don't like them, you're only out a couple of bucks (as opposed to Sax/Nordstrom/Macy's).

    Waist packs are great. I still see them all over the place in Colorado, and in Florida. There are some places where this would be totally unacceptable. A dress shirt and pants won't work with a waist pack. For those sticking up your nose at waist packs, yes, they are coming back into style. Go to your local camera store and get a patch that says Canon, Olympus, Kodak, etc. Get a patch that says Harley Davidson if you fit into the biker crowd. Get a patch with something like Adidas, Nike, etc if you fit into the sports crowd. Have someone sew these onto your pack. Most outsiders will likely not see anything that looks out-of-place.

    I think that's all I have for you now. I hope that I helped at least one person, if not many. Stay safe, be well, may the Force be with you, yadda, yadda, yadda...