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    I just got my concealed weapon permit in the mail after two months of waiting and I was wondering if I could get your opinions on something. I have a Taurus 917C 9mm handguns and I bought a Fobus BRV paddle holster. Now, I wear polo shirts most of the time...and you can sometimes see the outline of the handgun for just a brief second but the weapon itself would never be exposed...I was wondering if that could be a legal problem. Any thoughts or suggestions?

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    I've never worried about printing too much. Unless you can see the weapon itself then you could have a cell phone, camera or a insulin pump on your hip as far as others know. I've gotten away from wearing my paddle holsters in favor of IWB holsters preferably ones that are tuckable. I don't know what state you are from but check your states definition of Concealable weapon and see what it says. In SC our definition is:
    (6) “Concealable weapon” means a firearm having a length of less than twelve inches measured along its greatest dimension that must be carried in a manner that is hidden from public view in normal wear of clothing except when needed for self defense, defense of others, and the protection of real or personal property.
    I just noticed this is your first post. Welcome to the forum, we're glad to have you here!
    Last edited by Red Hat; 01-23-2008 at 12:13 AM. Reason: To welcome nutbar
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    Check if the state is open carry

    Yeah I remember having this issue. As said before check the status of your state. I did not have a chance too, but your probably alright anyways where you are right now. If your state is an open carry state, ie you can carry a gun openly, they your fine if you print. Honestly, it sounds like your probably ok right now. Usually the person carrying is much more observant of their own printing than others. I've only heard a very few occasions where someone was tagged for printing, and usually it was weighing 500 pounds and wearing a size 6 teeshirt and trying to skirt a gun in between. A bulge or a small shape of the handle is probably nothing to worry about. Walk around in front of a mirror or ask others. They probably will not see it unless they are looking for it. Most do not look for guns. The paranoia is good but will lax a bit as you become more comfortable. We ran a test one day where I wore a 9mm bersa, 5.5 inch Single Action Army, a 1903 colt 32, and a 38 spcl revolver. Trust me all but two were borrowed. I wore a pair of loose fit jeans and a loose collared shirt. The revolver and 32 were on separate leg holsters, the 9mm was in a smart carry, and the SAA was on a highrise holster. Albeit hard to walk, I wandered around the stores for a while and noone ever noticed. You would be surprised at how many people do not even notice a gun openly carried on a hip holster. Its all about how you act when you carry. If you look like your carrying a gun, people may take more notice. Check the law, I'll take a look if I have a chance, but I'm sure someone else may ring in. Welcome to the forum.
    They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
    ---Benjamin Franklin, Historical Review of Pennsylvania, 1759.

  5. Thanks for the input guys. By the way, I'm in Florida. Well good, cause I am a tad bit paranoid about it even though I'm licensed to carry it, never done it before, heh.

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    Once you get your confidence up about carrying then you will be okay. You are self conscious of it now but with time it becomes second nature to carry. I usually ask my wife before we go out, where's my gun? Most of the time she can't find it by looking.
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    Congratulations on your new permit. As was said, you'll gain confidence as you carry. I was uncomfortable initially, but now I am uncomfortable if I do not have it for some reason.
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    Youll get used to it.

    When I first started carrying I felt like it must have looked like I had a baseballbat stuffed in my pants, I had been carrying for over two weeks straight and my wife hugged me and couldnt believe I had my gun on. She had no clue all that time. After awhile you will get comfortable and less self concious about it.

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    Yes, it could be an issue

    Florida is a duty to conceal State so yes it could be a legal issue. Printing is a non-issue in open carry States which Florida is not. I would entertain a IWB holster that's tuckable or a SmartCarry both of which I use depending on the circumstances. Keep in mind the rust factor in Florida from sweat. Doesn't take much for it to cause rust spots on a blued firearm. Paddle holsters aren't a great method for CCW. If you're going to carry OWB, wear a jacket or a vest. If not carry IWB or in a SmartCarry. Another method which works for me and does an excellent job of protecting the firearm is a SafePacker. It looks like you have a camcorder case attached to your belt. The SafePacker is also good if you go in and out of prohibited areas regularly. This, however, won't work in deeper concealment situations like your place of employment or where you may be subject to a bag search such as a Florida amusement park in which case, you'd have to revert to IWB or a SmartCarry.

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    I also am in Florida.Wear lose fitting shirts .Rember that the person who makes you may be a robber at the stop and rob and he would take you out first.

  11. I see. Do you guys carry cocked and locked with the thumb safety on or do you carry with the hammer decocked? ie: racking the slide and then using the decocker on your pistol. Oh, as for a IWB holster, I was thinking about getting a DeSantis Tuck This IWB for the Taurus PT 917 C that I use to carry. Any thoughts or suggestions on this or other IWB holsters?
    Last edited by Nutbar; 01-23-2008 at 12:16 PM.

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