Carry to dress or dress to carrry???

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by mahall, Jun 9, 2013.

  1. mahall

    mahall New Member

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    Living in South Fl, you almost have to Carry around your dress or be miserable most all the time!! Our casual dress is light clothing and shorts even the heavy cargo shorts can be brutal in the summer!! So I have to give a little in size and caliber to be comfortable carrying!! I carry either the LCP or big brother LC9 to conceal comfortably in the heat!! The 9 is usually good in most cases but the LCP is great on anything, I can clip the holster on swim trunks and throw a t-shirt on conceal nicely without printing!! So do most of you carry to dress or dress to carry?? And how much sacrifice is made in either direction?? Just Curious!!
     
  2. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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    I just looked up average Florida temps. Looks the same as Ohio in the summer. We have hot summers and high humidity I still wear jeans and t shirt with a light shirt over that for ccw. Of course we don't have to worry about printing here.
     

  3. mahall

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    This is not what this thread is about, but if you think the summers in Ohio are similar to So Fl, your mistaking!! Lived in both areas!! The heat and humidity are completely different down here despite what statistics say!!
     
  4. JonM

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    not a real issue here in wisconsin.

    i will say this about the lcp... its a tough little bugger. was building up my gun cart for CAS and happened to get both pockets full of sawdust simply filling up every available crack nook and cranny of my lcp with it last weekend. wife and i were going to the range the next day so i said wtf lets see if it functions like that... well it fired 100 rounds flawless of fmj while chock full of saw dust.
     
  5. eatmydust

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    Both. I have just recently purchased several pairs of shorts that allow me to pocket carry my LC9 without any prob. or print. But on the hottest days here in S.E. PA, I will still lighten up my wardrobe to pocket my .380. I considered adding one of the waistband clips to my .380, but decided I felt much safer with my CCW always in a holster.
     
  6. mahall

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    That's pretty much how I roll!! I split the CC TIME ROUGHLY in half between my 9 and 380!! Today I'm gong to be out doors a lot in and out of the water!! So I just clip my 380 on my swim trunks with a t-shirt all and all is well!! Just have to remember to take it off before I jump in my pool-:( I'm a believer at trying to keep as normal and quality of living as possible and still carry.
     
  7. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    Florida heat can be brutal, which is why I decide to carry my backup as my primary in a Remora holster, which is guarantee to stay put inside a beltless pair of shorts. You can jump up and down and it won't budge.
     

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  8. chuckusaret

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    Both, depending on the occasion. Normal dress is Docker Pants, t-shirt and a Tommy Bahama shirt. This allows me to carry a primary either IWB or OWB and a BUG in a wallet holster with ease and most of all comfort.
     
  9. dragunovsks

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    I mainly dress to be comfortable, since printing isnt an issue here in Indiana. If I print a lot Ill just OC tho. The summers here in southern Indiana can be pretty brutal, last year it was over 100 most of july and august with nearly 100% humidity. No way in hell am I gonna wear more than one shirt. One loose fitting t-shirt (I usually go for L), shorts, or jeans if Im working and tennis shoes or work boots.
     
  10. Tackleberry1

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    I feel for you guys in the hot/wet south. The Pacific NW's climate is pretty mild in comparison to the point that I can be comfortable in a button down or golf shirt all year round, "just add jacket if raining", and blue jean/loafers occasionally swapped out for heavy cargo shorts.

    I personally can not stand to have anything in a front pocket "pet peeve" and would not feel secure with a gun in a back pocket, "daughter managed to knock here new I Phone in to the toilet" packing it that way...:eek:

    I will say that even though I've not carried in temps like S. Florida, I do think my method would work just as well there as it does here.

    Belly Band... and no... not around the belly. Sling it low around your hips, slide the gun to your preferred IWB position, and button your shorts around it so they top out with bottom of the grip.

    Been advising this for many years now and have gotten HUGE thanks from those that have tried it... It'll cost you about $15 for the BB to give it a shot.

    Good Luck,

    Tack
     
  11. therewolf

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    Tampa-my friend carries a very small .25

    in a holster under a loose shirt.

    I carry full size-heat be damned.

    It's either a cross-draw with a long

    loose shirt covering, or a large belt pack.
     
  12. hardluk1

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    I spent my first 52 years in florida and never will in cloth up to carry. I do nothing differnt now 26 years later than the first years. I worked in and around customs homes and tend to pocket carry at work and for me dressing up is still maybe a pair of dockers or columbia slacks and a botton down. Mostly tucked but sometimes a looser square bottom shirt. My cc ha changed over the years from a snubby to a kahr cm9 for pocket or a cw9 or tp40 for iwb.
     
  13. DrumJunkie

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    I always have worn my clothes a bit loose. I just can't cant the feeling of clothes sticking to me. So it's pretty easy to fit all kinds of stuff concealed or open.

    You think Fla in the summer is hot try playing drums on an outdoor stage in Ky in July-August. :eek: It's Africa hot! Tarzan don't like that kind of heat.:eek::D

    I've spent some time in Fla though., Around the Ft. Myers - Cape Coral area back when I was young and cool.:rolleyes: That was pretty hot. If I remember right the day was hot but not near as humid as it got at night. I remember near winter time and locals where putting on jackets while I was trying to get naked...WEll..I was young then, so I was trying to get naked a lot. Weather really didn't have a lot to do with it other than an excuse :cool:

    Anywhere on the southern coasts it gets pretty dang hot. I remember "Looziana" being more humid though.
     
  14. bigbomar4

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    I will dress around my gun only on days when I know its going to be very windy. Other than that its jeans and a loose untucked button down shirt year round. We get temps over 110 in the summer but the humidity is usually around 0-10% so it isn't that bad. I also work all day in the heat in a uniform that is the same so I'm used to it I guess.
     
  15. txpossum

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    I spent most of my life in Texas, with weeks of 100+ degree weather, and carried the same as I did in winter, or here in PA. As has been mentioned, for casual wear a Tommy Bahama (or equalivanent) shirt with jeans or dockers; for really casual wear a denium shirt with the sleeves cut off, essentially making it a vest, over a t-shirt. If the dress code was a little more upscale, a belly band with the gun tucked under my armpit.

    Usually carried either a .40 Firestar or a 1911.
     
  16. towboater

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    I have never liked wearing my shirts tucked in. So I really didnt have to change to CC. I wear mosty T-shirts and Golf shirts.
     
  17. BeyondTheBox

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    I carry front pocket year round.

    I carry a heavy, medium framed 9mm in jeans and a midget 25 in shorts. I prefer to wear jeans when I can, and do so in hotter weather than most, but if I'm going to be outdoors for long periods of time in high heat I'm definitely going to be dressing accordingly!

    So I guess you could say both, really, or neither. Climate can dictate my dress, which, in turn, governs my carry, however I always carry in the same place and position, which I do because of comfort and convenience.

    Sure, it'd be more convenient, for a defensive situation, to carry IWB or OWB, but the extreme discomfort I get from it is utterly unacceptable to me. The inconvenience of having to alter my clothing options, the way I walk, sit and bend over is inconceivable.

    In the end, my style hasn't changed one ounce since becoming a card holding carrier, as an overall, but I have had to alter where I carry my car keys because of these damn things I'll probably never need. I do have to change guns depending on condition. So yeah, to both, in a way.
     
  18. DrumJunkie

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    Dang what kind of rigs have you used? I have never had to change any way I walked or bent. I'll admit OWB is a little better when I'm playing music but other than that I really have no issue with IWB or OWB. I have a little Sig that I can pocket carry and I do some times but it has more to do with what I'm in the mood to carry than it is a movement of dressing choice.
    But as I said earlier I do wear my clothes a little loose because I think a tight pair of pants is like a cheap hotel - - No ball room :cool:
     
  19. SigArmored

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    Don't know what the issue really is .I lived in AZ Chandler and carried a Bersa mod.85 in cargo shorts and t or button down short sleve .Moved here to North Port Fla. in 2001 and continued to carry the same way just changed the pistol.No problem still comfy.
     
  20. AIKIJUTSU

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    I live in S. Carolina, where it is never really cold, but by late May or early June it is in the 90's daily, 70's at night. In winter it bottoms out at about 30, with lotsa days in the 50's and 60's. My wife buys for me a bunch of T-shirts that are too tight to effectively cover a big gun, so when the weather is reasonably cool I wear a light jacket or sweatshirt over a Commander-size .45 or a Stoeger .40. When it is too hot for a jacket I either carry a Para Warthog under a "dress" shirt that is not tucked in, or now my new S&W Bodyguard .380 in a front pocket of my jeans (or sometimes both). So I guess I should say I dress for the gun and carry for what I have to wear. However, I NEVER wear a "dress". :D