5 Pains All Concealed Carriers Feel

5 Pains All Concealed Carriers Feel

Recently, I had a long ride in the car and remembered that I carried my concealed carry handgun on the back of my love handle. This resulted in a dull throb in my lower back that’s been hounding me for the past day and a half. This lead me to want to list off the pains a lot of us concealed carriers put up with. In no particular order…

#1: Emergency bathroom pit-stop stalled by “gun free” signage

Where I live, private property owners and business owners absolutely have the right to restrict who is allowed to carry on their property. My favorite example of when this really bites me in the proverbial rear is when I have to make an emergency pit-stop. For my job, I have to travel quite a bit. We’ve all been there. Something doesn’t sit right or coffee was a particularly dark roast and it’s like this little red flashing light goes off. You have five minutes – max – to find a restroom. Go figure if that closest place just happens to have a “gun free” sign.

While it’s not my proudest moment, I’ve definitely blown past those signs on my way to hit the bathroom. As much as I’d like to oblige, I think the business owner would be far less pleased to see what happens if I wait another minute longer.

#2: Post-Holiday meal leaves less room for gun

Every Thanksgiving, my wife and I go to her mother’s house for the family meal. It doesn’t matter how good I’ve been in terms of diet or exercise, there’s no way I’m leaving that meal without needing to loosen a notch in my belt. The most uncomfortable part about that is my concealed carry pistol tends to already add an inch and a half to my waistline. During the ride home from Thanksgiving, it’s straight suffering to try to get home so I can get my gun out of my holster and in the safe.

#3: Three hour car ride with gun in holster turns into three hour “toss and turn” come bed time

I love it. Whenever I hear about concealed carriers lugging around near full-sized pistols, I just wonder how many of them drive around with them. For my job, I have to drive between locations of company buildings. The company I work for prefers if I don’t openly carry and that particular day, I was in a rush so didn’t get a chance to take my gun out and put it in the center console. I had to drive three hours to a certain location and figured I’d take my SIG SP2022 as a carry gun. Don’t get me wrong — I love carrying a compact! Fifteen rounds just feels right in terms of capacity. However, after driving three hours to the building and three hours back, my lower back was killing me! I wore a Crossbreed IWB and the Crossbreed IWB naturally fits me around 4-4:30. It was comfortable enough at the time that I thought nothing of it and I honestly prefer carrying my concealed pistol on my body versus in the center console so I figured I was moving in the right direction. My wife had to tell me to take two ibuprofen after she got sick of me shuffling around at two in the morning.

#4: Momentary panic caused by the right gun in the right holster

Most recently, this happened with an Alien Gear Cloak Tuck 3.0 holster and a SIG SAUER P238. It’s a very small gun in a very comfortable holster. I forgot I had my gun on! While shopping in Walmart, I had a moment of panic that maybe I forgot to put on my gun that morning. A quick pat served to remind me that no, indeed, I had not forgotten it and it was right where I put it last. I can’t even claim senility on that one. It was just a case of having a very comfortable holster and a slim, small micro-compact pistol.

#5: Someone hits your gun by accident

The best part about being a concealed carrier is no one has to know. If done right, I can conceal a pistol on me and go the entire day without anyone even noticing. It’s great! The bad side of that is that because no one knows, there’s awkward moments when someone finds out by either pressing in for a hug, jokingly jabbing at my gut, or even accidentally brushing past me.

It almost always results in that shocked look in their eyes before they usually move past it. I’ve never had someone press the issue but I know it’s just a matter of time. I’m undecided as to whether I’ll tell’em or simply switch subjects and try to move on.

If you think I missed one, feel free to put it in the comments below. And, as always, carry on!

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  • Tom

    Part of the problem for CLB Carry is that almost every Holster is incorrectly made. This results in the Grip pointing towards the wrong Hip. For Right Handed Shooters the left hip and for left handed shooters the right hip. This is because most Holster Manufacturers simply take an Appendix Carry Holster, slightly modify, and call it CLB. This whole concept is incorrect. I am primarily right handed. I carry CLB. The Grip points towards my right hip for ease of grip and draw. There are 2 ways to accomplish this. 1. Custom built Holsters – my preference in that I have Crimson Sights installed. 2. Buy the opposite side. So a right handed shooter buys a CLB designated for a left handed shooter (hard to find) and a left handed shooter buys a CLB designated for a right handed shooter (easy to find).

    I do not understand why holster manufactures do not fix this problem.

  • Ted Hatfield

    I ‘feel your pain’ RE the above issues! I have, however, ‘created’ one rather nice work-around for the holster-under-the-seat-belt problem: since it’s legal in my state to openly carry in a vehicle (even without a carry permit!) I merely ‘install’ a Velcro-fronted soft holster between the seat and console of my truck and transfer my pistol to and from as needed. I can also throw a towel over it if pulling into a drive-through or talking to someone through the window.

  • Rogue Cheddar

    My biggest pain is not the uncomfortableness of carrying the gun, although it can irritate, it is the uncomfortableness of not carrying it when I get to work and have to unload it and lock it in a box in my car, because of company policy. I should be able to carry anytime, anywhere, but obviously my life is not my own. (Sigh)

  • Grimsinger

    Let’s see…I can provide a response to each of the following points mentioned in the article (in order).

    #1. This is why I carry concealed, using a small framed gun in a very effective holster. Nobody knows I’m carrying, and because nobody knows, neither I or they will have cause to be alarmed, insulted or offended. I pay no attention to establishment gun-free signs.

    #2. This is why I carry concealed, using a small framed gun in a very effective, comfortable holster.

    #3. This is why I carry concealed, using a small framed gun in a very effective and comfortable holster. I can drive all day and feel no discomfort. I wear my holster on the side.

    #4. This is why I carry concealed, using a small framed gun in a very effective, comfortable holster. I don’t even know I’m wearing it, which is the point. I never panic, either.

    #5. This is why I carry concealed, using a small framed gun in a very effective, comfortable holster. I do have an important rule I adamantly enforce: I don’t like to be touched. However, I also carry a multitool, extra mags in a multitool pouch (so nobody knows what they are) and small flashlight and can blame any unwarranted or inadvertant contact on them.

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