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How often do u spot poor CCW Concealment?

Discussion in 'Carry Issues' started by DaBurna, May 15, 2012.

  1. DaBurna


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bama Boy
    I was very nervous and conscious about being "made" while carrying early on in my CCW journey. Not so much anymore because it becomes a natural progression. You live, learn, & dress around your weapon.

    However I saw the MOST EGREGIOUS attempt at CCW in a paddle holster last week!!! OMG!! I can't believe this guy wasn't arrested in sight!:wow: he looked like he was carrying a Tumor on his hip in a kydex holster!! And to top it off he looked like a beach bum with baggy shorts, flip slops, and a SMEDIUM SHIRT as a cover for his weapon!!

    I know we all (those of us with CCW rights in our States) notice other's propensity for carrying i.e. looking at belt lines, ankles, fanny packs, etc.... But Shesh!!! This guy made us all look BAAAAADD!
  2. Folsom_Prison

    Folsom_Prison Brew Crew

    May 2, 2010
    For me it's like second nature now to look at people's pockets and waistbands. I can't say I've spotted anybody else carrying in a while.

  3. janice6

    janice6 Silver Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    I must confess that I don't specifically look for poorly concealed weapons (holstered, pocket, etc.), and haven't noticed any blatant poor concealment. I have been carrying for so long now I don't view sloppy concealed carriers as a threat to me.

    I do however, constantly look for weapons in other persons hands, where it might be poorly hidden, temporarily. I don't worry about the concealed carriers, just the gun/weapon wielders that I consider dangerous.

    I am very conscious of the way people project and handle themselves. I look for an immediate threat around me and not for a "sloppy" carrier.

    So, no. I haven't seen one yet.

    I have seen a few people that I watch more closely than others.
  4. Good concealment can become bad easily. Clothes moved around by wind or movement can uncover things. It has happened to me a couple times. I broke up a fight between a couple of my dogs and in the tussle, my IWB holster was bulging way out. It was in my yard and the dogs did not seem to notice.

    I have been spotted during pocket carrying a small automatic. I noticed a guy looking at the front of my pants with some interest. It made me uncomfortable until I noticed my pocket was showing too much. It was my gun and not that I was happy to see him.

    Of course, you can broadcast by constantly checking your cover garment.

    Out there in fly-over country.
  5. TankerMax


    Feb 25, 2012
    SW Washington
    I'm always looking. I assume a fanny pack is concealing. And as a former law enforcement officer and nuclear protection agent I'm conscious of waistband bulges.
  6. See it a lot at Sportsmans Warehouse since so many people are wearing their current gear while shopping for new holsters and ammo. Haven't seen it in public since the typical 50 something guy wearing a hawaiian shirt was hanging out at my dealership. He was sitting in cars on the showroom floor and must have got his shirt snagged causing his 1911 to show. He was cool once he figured it out, covered up and acted like nothing happened.
  7. DaBurna


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bama Boy
    I've never understood ankle carry with skinny straight leg wranglers!!:rofl:
  8. Filhar


    Jul 22, 2007
    So Wi
    So, what's the issue? Printing isn't illegal in my state and neither is open carry. Unless you're the fashion police, I can't see anyone caring about what I wear. I usually just wear an open shirt over a Glock 17 in a Serpa holster. Much more comfortable and easier to access than iwb. The shirt is just so the gun isn't obvious.
  9. Krav Maglock

    Krav Maglock

    Feb 20, 2011
    Thats why I use the Smart Carry holster. No matter what I'm doing no one ever knows I'm carrying a Gen 4 G 23. I can play at the park with my son, ride my motorcycle, hell I've even done Krav Maga demonstrations while carrying. I personally don't ever want anyone to know I'm carrying, It gives me the tactical advantage.....
  10. redbaron007

    redbaron007 Some Dude Lifetime Member

    Jan 26, 2009
    I look more out of curiousity to see if others are CCW. I've seen several that were; but many others I wasn't sure...could have been a cell phone, knife, etc.

    When I CCW, I try to keep it CCW; however, I'm not paranoid if it prints, especially since I do OC; it isn't against the law to OC in my area.


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  11. DaBurna


    Jun 8, 2008
    Bama Boy
    <====Doesn't have a personal issue with it.... If they LIKE it I LOVE it.... However, some people don't take too kind to "brandishing" and yes, that loose definition is in the EYES OF THE BEHOLDER....
  12. TSAX


    Jun 5, 2010
    :agree:, you have to be conscious of your movements and possible exposure while carrying. Its not that its wrong or illegal, its just there are some people who Im around or that could be around that can become uncomfortable if they notice. Some people who carry may not care at all.

  13. truetopath


    Nov 26, 2011
    The only guy I've actually noticed for sure that was CCW'ing was a guy in Target who had his entire holster hanging below his tshirt. The only thing the tshirt was covering was the gun. I found it pretty humorous, but the old lady in the same aisle was less than thrilled. So I guess he was technically concealed since the gun was covered, but the holster wasn't. As for me, I put my faith in the sheeple to not be able to figure out I'm carrying even if I am printing a touch.
  14. Borg


    Jul 27, 2001
    Orlando, FL
    Its like playing Where's Waldo..

    Every once in a while, I manage to get the covert photo (discreetly of course)

    The last one I spotted was at Starbucks with a Sig shaped "cell phone". I was not sure until he bent over to look at the food options. Grip was quite obvious at that point. He really needed inside the waistband for this one.

    Last edited: May 15, 2012
  15. cadillacguns

    cadillacguns Millennium Member

    Jan 20, 1999
    Indianapolis, IN USA
    If I am CCW ing, I don't care who knows or sees, now thats a stupid statement I know, cause I dont want to frighten the public, or alert the bandits.
    However, I am conscience I am carrying, and try and be as discrete as possible.
  16. Filhar


    Jul 22, 2007
    So Wi
    Why be so anal and judgemental about about a bulging shirt? Why say I "need" to get an iwb holster. We make our own rules and as long as I am within the law and most people don' t notice my gun, I'm fine. Too many people acting like the're hiding kiddie porn under their shirt. Get over it.
  17. TankerMax


    Feb 25, 2012
    SW Washington
    I don't like people knowing I'm carrying. I like having surprise on my side. I try to spot others carrying out of situational awareness. It gives me a chance to size them up as a potential threat or another legal practitioner of their 2nd amendment rights.
  18. Mr.Pliskin


    Apr 10, 2009
    The only person I've spotted CCing is my city councilman. Looked like a j frame in an alkle rig.
  19. FFR Spyder GT

    FFR Spyder GT Ex-Gunslinger

    Apr 27, 2012
    Hog Jaw, Arkansas
    I'm in Arkansas and the law says "concealed from casual view".

    That's all I'm concerned about.

    Been carrying for 30 years and 3 months and have never had anyone mention my gun or react in a negative manner from noticing it.

    I usually carry a G23 in a Glock Sport holster.

    Sheeple are clueless.

  20. Roger1079


    Mar 22, 2008
    South FL
    I agree with most here. I carry a G27. I normally use a paddle holster because the IWB holsetrs are just not comfortable for me. I used to worry about printing, but have grown to not care at all. It is legal for me to carry, hidden from casual view, and I never carry where I am not allowed to, so nothing to worry about.