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  1. #21
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    Dress Around the Gun

    Regardless of your build or your habitual clothing style, one of the edicts of concealed carry is that you must dress around the gun.

    The holster style and your IWB/OWB/Strong-side/Cross-draw preferences all come into play, but the bottom line is that you have to adjust.

    If you're accustomed to wearing a medium shirt, you may need to go to large or even x-large to accommodate. Changing the size of the gun can make a difference, but if you insist on wearing skin tight clothing, you'll never conceal well.

    I opted for IWB carry of a Springfield XD40 Service model. Not a tiny gun by any stretch, but easily concealable. And I changed my style a bit from always trim and tucked in to slightly baggy and untucked. In cooler weather I wear one of several vests that make sense for the weather.

    OP mentioned western style wear. That's okay, but it really limits your options in some areas and opens your options in others. Cool weather and the vests come into play. Warmer weather, that may be problematic. Maybe try a guayabera style shirt with the straight hem that can be worn untucked.

    If that's not an option, you may have to go to an ankle holster, but they don't work well with cowboy boots.
    Dan Hammond, Sr.
    Christian and No Foolin' Infidel
    NRA Marksmanship Instructor and Training Counselor, RSO, KS CCH Instructor

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    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    How about the discreate hip pouch from desantis? Commerce Storefront B2C It's designed to not look like a fanny pack.
    The Discreet Pack is kewl... if you like that engineer-with-a-calculator-on-his-belt thing. I think it's nearly as big a giveaway as the maxpedition gunslinger packs are. Who would ever carry something like that on their belt for any reason *other* than to carry a gun?
    Dan Hammond, Sr.
    Christian and No Foolin' Infidel
    NRA Marksmanship Instructor and Training Counselor, RSO, KS CCH Instructor

  4. #23
    Quote Originally Posted by danhammondsr View Post
    Regardless of your build or your habitual clothing style, one of the edicts of concealed carry is that you must dress around the gun.

    The holster style and your IWB/OWB/Strong-side/Cross-draw preferences all come into play, but the bottom line is that you have to adjust.

    If you're accustomed to wearing a medium shirt, you may need to go to large or even x-large to accommodate. Changing the size of the gun can make a difference, but if you insist on wearing skin tight clothing, you'll never conceal well.

    I opted for IWB carry of a Springfield XD40 Service model. Not a tiny gun by any stretch, but easily concealable. And I changed my style a bit from always trim and tucked in to slightly baggy and untucked. In cooler weather I wear one of several vests that make sense for the weather.

    OP mentioned western style wear. That's okay, but it really limits your options in some areas and opens your options in others. Cool weather and the vests come into play. Warmer weather, that may be problematic. Maybe try a guayabera style shirt with the straight hem that can be worn untucked.

    If that's not an option, you may have to go to an ankle holster, but they don't work well with cowboy boots.
    From what he said about his work, he doesn't have the option to dress around his gun, due to safety reasons. I know what he means.

    His best bet would be to put a Kel-Tec PF9 in his backpocket. If it "prints", so be it. The cows and Bulls can't talk, so they won't tell anybody. LOL!

  5. #24
    Quote Originally Posted by danhammondsr View Post
    The Discreet Pack is kewl... if you like that engineer-with-a-calculator-on-his-belt thing. I think it's nearly as big a giveaway as the maxpedition gunslinger packs are. Who would ever carry something like that on their belt for any reason *other* than to carry a gun?
    DISCREET??????????? ROFL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That thing is about as discreet as an atom bomb. It's huge!! But I'll have to admit, the last thing I'd expect anybody to have in there would be a pistol.

  6. #25
    Perhaps sewing a Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons or L.A. Raiders patch onto the pack would make it appear less obvious.

  7. #26
    Quote Originally Posted by G50AE View Post
    Perhaps sewing a Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons or L.A. Raiders patch onto the pack would make it appear less obvious.
    there you go!

  8. I often carry when I can't allow carry to change my clothing.
    Consider pocket carry-
    I hate stuff in my pockets, but what an easy compromise to live with considering alternatives.
    Kahr PM9 & PM40, the little 380s (Diamondback, Taurus, Ruger, Kel-Tec, etc.), lightweight 38 snubbies... lots of choices that can work with pocket carry. Pocket carry only with a holster, BTW.
    On the same note as several others have mentioned, I use a belly band holster sometimes when I run. I only use it for short durations because it becomes very uncomfortable due to moisture quickly (and ditto the wet gun).
    I have a Diamondback 380 that is about the weight and size of a Blackberry. I've pocket carried at the beach in board shorts. The little gun has sights you can actually see, and will out-shoot me (which doesn't really say much).
    -Kevin

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    Correction: No Football in Los Angeles

    I made a slight error in my previous posting, I should have said Oakland Raiders. There aren't any profesional football teams in Los Angeles, only street gangs and the ever so benevolent LAPD.

  10. #29
    Quote Originally Posted by Ceicei View Post
    I'm about as tall as you are and a bit lighter, so I understand the need of trying to find a holster that fits a slender body build.

    I wear a velcro-type belly-band (like the one you see called defender holster on Gun Concealment holsters, shoulder holsters, leather holster or the NRA belly holster on NRAStore.com - Product Detail).

    I've had this type of holster for years and it has served me well by hugging my gun closely--attached to me, rather than to my belt or my clothes. It conceals my gun well under my clothes and I adjust it to allow for cross draw. I've worn it under dress pants, dresses, jeans, and cargo shorts. Shirts are sometimes tucked in. (Some of my friends can even wear this holster with shorts and a shirt over which makes it easy for summer time.)

    There are variations of this type of belly band holsters and some do have a leather panel on the band to give more reinforcement. I removed the thumb break off mine for ease of drawing--I have no need for the thumb break since this holster is under my clothes anyway and the elastic hugs my gun closely to my body. I haven't had any issue with the gun shifting or moving out. It is comfortable for me--I wear it with my gun for more than 12 hours per day and go every where.

    Good luck with your search for a holster that fits you.

    - Ceicei


    This is my preferred method as well...and I agree that you should try several manufacturers as all are just a little different. Not only do they do a good job of securing your weapon, but they provide magazine storage as well. I do wear an armless compression shirt underneath to help wick moisture away from gun, but that's just me.
    Peace through Superior Firepower

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    I'm 5'3" and about 145lbs. I carry a Diamondback DB380 in an Uncle George's wallet holster. No fuss, no muss. Shirt tucked in or not. No one has ever known that I CC. Heck, I even forget it's there sometimes.

    http://unclegeorgeswalletholster.com...ndback380.aspx

    hatchet

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