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Old 04-21-2011, 09:22 PM   #11
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Random Tip #3:
Don't ride the "Orbitron" at the county fair without a retention type holster.
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Old 04-21-2011, 09:58 PM   #12
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I don't carry, but a stripper friend advised strongly against carrying at a gentleman's club.
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Old 04-21-2011, 10:17 PM   #13
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My random tip is hit the gym, lose that belly, build up some He-Man shoulders like mine . My XL shirts fit my upper body perfectly and is lose around my hips so I have zero concerns of printing anything, even my full size M&P. No beer belly also allows me to instead of loosening up the belt one notch to allow for a IWB holster, keep it in the same notch to keep my gun super tight to my body - zero shifting.

Wear shirts made of heavy cotton/material.

Two shirts nearly eliminates any possible printing. White T with a button up works wonders.

Loose/large pants pockets if your carrying a pocket pistol. I check pants specifically for this before buying.

Try to avoid the normal "tells" of carrying concealed. Don't "guard" the side of your body your firearm is on, walk normal, get a good holster so you don't have to "check" it every ten minutes.

One of my random activities when shopping with the wifey is trying to spot people who might be carrying. If you know what to look for, you'll be surprised how many people carry. "If a guy is wearing a fanny pack and still keeps his wallet in his back pocket, there is a gun in his fanny pack".

Every guy behind the counter in a gun shop is carrying. Ask them for tips and tricks.
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Old 04-22-2011, 02:37 AM   #14
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The belt needs as much of a consideration as the holster. If you think your IWB, paddle or belt holster scucks, it might be the belt used to hold the holster. A good belt will help even a bad holster work better.
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On your first day of carrying, if you go to work and find one of those 'party poppers' that shoot out confetti, don't pull the string on on it.

I swear I thought those just had a spring in them, but the thing sounded like a .22lr going off, and left a gunpowder smell in the air. One woman screamed, and I just knew everyone thought I had a gun on me...which I did.
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S&W Bodyguard 380 and Ruger SP101, both in pocket holsters.

I wear cargo pants. I could probably get by with a 1911 in my pocket if I had a belt that would hold my pants up. Don't wanna look like Matt Foley.
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An inexpensive belt slide holster(without the belt) and my keltek p11. Fits in back pocket of my jeans, even with top of pocket, an un- tucked tee shirt, conceals gun from view. Very comfortable, slide shape evens out the gun to look square. It keeps the gun oriented in pocket as well.
I wear plain Wrangler jeans like you buy at Walmart or Academy. They're regular fit, so I can carry my Taurus 738 in my hip pocket (no holster). I place a thin piece of leather, cut to fit inside the hip pocket, between the pistol and outside of pocket to prevent printing. I can even carry this way with shirt tucked in. It simply looks like a wallet. I carry with one in the chute, can sit all day, drive car, etc. with no problems. The gun simply does not move.
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Don't boot (ankle strap) carry if you have scrawny chicken legs. You'll have a hitch in your gait and you can only blame it on a pulled hamstring for so long.
Plus side: it wont leave a visible print
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I noticed myself leaving the Fred Meyer store with 5 bags of groceries in my left hand and nothing in my right to leave it free. Started looking for other guys doing that.
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I noticed myself leaving the Fred Meyer store with 5 bags of groceries in my left hand and nothing in my right to leave it free. Started looking for other guys doing that.
I'm the first to work in the mornings before light, and I too noticed myself trying to carry my coffee and paperwork in my left arm so I can walk through the parking lot with my right hand "casually" in my pocket.
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