Best options for carry without printing

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by capnklump, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. capnklump

    capnklump New Member

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    So anyways, I got my CCW a couple weeks ago, & after carrying for awhile in certain places & situations, I notice that I print sometimes if I'm not wearing a shirt that is extremely baggy, even though its a subcompact pistol (Springfield XD-40 sub) & IWB Crossbreed holster. I think the double stack thickness gives it away.. What are your best concealable carry options, balancing the concealable, and power? It would need to be single stack, & I do understand that height of frame is a factor to consider when choosing a firearm for concealed carry. Preferrably in either one of the calibers: 9mm, .40s&w, or .45acp, Thanks
     
  2. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I think you're being paranoid. I'm sure plenty carry this gun IWB in same holster.

    If you're just looking for an excuse to buy a new gun, you've come to enablers corner m'friend!

    Single stack alone should be enough to better conceal. S for what exactly, what do you like? Trigger type? Hammer/hammerless? Safety/non? Long/short? Floating barrel/fixed? All metal... steel, aluminum/polymer?
     

  3. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps a little bigger shirt is in order? I don't wear baggy clothes. I carry mostly outside the waist band. I can hide a full sized 1911 as well as a S&W Sigma or a 629. Perhaps what you call printing would not be noticed by anyone but one of us.
     
  4. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Exactly...!
     
  5. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Get a IPDA shooting vest, they were designed for concealment and fast easy access to your gun.
    or use a IWB type holster.
     
  6. bohunter85

    bohunter85 New Member

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    Full size 1911 here. I carry at 3-4 o'clock with a forward tilt so the handle is pointing closer to straight up. I don't print on a under armor heat gear t-shirt.
     
  7. apwvsd40ve

    apwvsd40ve New Member

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    While I have not Gotten my ccw yet (plan to fairly soon) ... I understand how you feel. Practicing around my house..i feel as though I am printing ....may def. Be a function of how I am dressed, or perhaps just the fact that I know its there.
     
  8. ALfiremedic1

    ALfiremedic1 New Member

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    I would consider carrying for a few more weeks and become more comfortable. Like it was mentioned earlier,only someone who is carrying, notices someone else who is carrying. Unless someone obviously sees a gun or your being careless, most won't know
     
  9. bohunter85

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    Oh, Sometimes carrying iwb I'll clip my phone over my ccw. And that will give people something to look at if I print accodently
     
  10. towboater

    towboater Active Member

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    IWB, 4 oclock , forward cant.. The grip lays tightly against me body.
     
  11. chrishiggin29

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    I 2nd that. Most people when they first start carrying go threw this. You think everybody can see your pistol or everybody's watchin you. Keep on carrying you'll become comfortable and it'll be come 2nd nature
     
  12. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    The biggest cause of being spotted is probably becuase the ccw person cant leave their gun alone. If you keep messing with it or looking down at it, you can plan on being noticed.
     
  13. jebsca

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    I would say give it time, and carry around the house if you need to get used to it. I changed holsters after about a year the other day. Spent most of the day working in the yard this weekend, and by the end of the day, I was more worried about sore legs than my new carry.
     
  14. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm always entertained by Springfield's description of a "sub-compact". There is nothing sub-compact about any of the XD's or XDM's.
     
  15. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    This is Oh so true
     
  16. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Bingo m'friend!
     
  17. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Kahr PM or CM line...

    Under 1" wide... 4" tall... Deep concealed in a belly band worn low around the hips.

    PM 9 has been my EDC for 5 years now with no printing.

    PM line runs about $620
    CM line runs about $420

    Both are available in 9 mm or .40 S&W

    Tack
     
  18. 95sniper

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    I want to try the xds
     
  19. capnklump

    capnklump New Member

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    Thanks Tack, I'll check it out.
     
  20. capnklump

    capnklump New Member

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    I also am interested about the XDS! The .45 is quite a nifty BG stopper, but a 5 round mag doesn't impress me much. But when the 9mm comes available, that would make it a little more interesting.