CCP and clothing changes??

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by Glock4Epton, Mar 29, 2011.

  1. Glock4Epton

    Glock4Epton New Member

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    Just interested in getting some opinions from some fellow permit holders. I am waiting on the arrival of my permit, should be in the next few weeks!! I have purchased a few IWB holsters and even a belly band to try out. I have noticed that with the IWB holsters, its almost like I need to go up a pant size to make them fit more comfortably and allow the firearm to be more concealed. My everyday outfit is slacks and "golf" style shirt tucked in, so I went with the Galco deep concealment holster that allows me to still tuck in the shirt and carry the firearm. Ive done a few try outs with it, and it just doesn't fit very comfortably. I am planning on using the S&W M&P 40C as my everyday carry weapon. I imagine its a pretty standard procedure to have to go up a pant size or two if I am going to be carrying an IWB holster. I am looking for a good paddle style holster to be able to carry on the weekend, then I guess a tee shirt or polo style shirt untucked will do the trick on covering it. Any suggestions, experiences or opinions?
     
  2. Lindenwood

    Lindenwood New Member

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    Its been my experience that the weapon should be pretty tight against your body for security and stability. Especially with dress pants that will limit how thick and sturdy of a belt you will be able to use, yu dont want it flopping around on you.
     

  3. WDB

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    A good belt is as important as the holster. If your pants already fit tight at the waist then you may need to go up a size. It take awhile to get use to carrying but in time feels natural. I've tried a few paddle holsters and while they are easy to put on tend to move a bit and the paddle feel a like IWB, I prefer a holster I can slide onto my belt for casual carry.
     
  4. ajbeau

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    i carry a keltek p11 9mm in a remorse "clipless" holster. I found it works best if i have a tee shirt tucked in and another shirt over it. The Tacky material irrated my skin a little.
    Did not have to change pant sizes. Unique material keeps holster in place very well in most of my daily routine.
     
  5. pioneer461

    pioneer461 New Member

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    Concealed carry is a lifestyle, and as such may necessitate some wardrobe changes. That is a decision that is very personal to each of us. In my case, I'm willing to dress like a geek in order to carry. To some folks, fashion is more important. Yes, IWB will require larger britches.

    As to holsters, after a while you, as with the rest of us, will no doubt have a box in your closet filled with holsters that seemed like a good idea at the time, but didn't work out as we hoped. I actually have two boxes.

    Carrying a gun is supposed to be comforting, not necessarily comfortable.
     
  6. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    You have to experiment sometimes with different holsters, belts and clothing. It may take awhile to get the best combination. The most comfortable rigs I've worn are shoulder rigs, but they don't cut it when the weather gets hot.
     
  7. Phelenwolf

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    How you carry is going to make a big difference on what you wear. If you wear IWB like I do, going up a size in pants helps, you will also need a good belt. NOT some cheap leather belt from Wal-Mart. If you plan on only carrying IWB then you will need some new pants. If you only IWB a couple of time maybe 1-2 pairs would work.

    You might also want to get a bigger size of shirt. I know that this is going to sound weird but have your gf/wife take some pictures of you from the side you are carrying on when you do things and you will see what I mean about getting a larger shirt. The worst thing you can do is print when you really do not want to.

    Quick question? Do you hug alot of people, friends, family, kids? I know I do, learn to hug people on you week side away from your weapon AND always try and get them to hug you around the neck. You should see the look of surprise on there face when they feel your weapon. Or someone behind you sees your carrying. It can be awkard.

    One more then I will try and stop.

    Do you have kids? If you do, do they know that you carry? This is going to sound weird but please bear in mind. Have you named your carry weapon??
    I know, I know. WHY would you name your weapon! About 4-5 yrs ago I was at a big dinner with my family and friends when my daughter came up and all of a sudden ask me if I had my gun. You should have seen everyone's head snap around and the dead silence afterward, you know how loud kids can be when they want to be heard. I told her no, but I really did. Talk about an eye opener.
    Well the moral of the story is I had her name my different carry weapons, so when we were in public and she asked, even thought I asked her not to, "Dad where is Fred" only my wife and kids would know what was being talked about.

    Just some food for thought.
     
  8. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    My mom is a big hugger. She has felt my gun a couple of times. The first time she was scared like she thought she would accidentaly shoot me.

    I wear a lot of dress clothes. My shirts are almost always tucked in. I have found that a S&W J frame in a pocket hoster works great. It is very discreet. I often forget it is there...until someone gives me a reason to remember. Heck I forgot I have it in my pocket now.
     
  9. Phelenwolf

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    This is what I grab when I am just running out the door if I am in a hurry.
     

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  10. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    I don't know if I am the only one wondering, but what is that bar thing at the bottom?
     
  11. Phelenwolf

    Phelenwolf New Member

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    It is called a Koga, they are a great self defense tool. It aids in hitting and striking. You can get it through Cold Steel for about $10.
     
  12. Garadex

    Garadex New Member

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    Okay thank you.
     
  13. machengative

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    Another option for IWB is the crossbreed style. I carry my 40 S&W in a Theiss holster a lot. I can even wear it riding a bicycle with a t shirt and cargo shirts and be comfortable without printing. It stays pretty comfortable after a twelve hour shift running a chemical sprayer also.
     
  14. RecklessRegard

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    I carry in a Crossbreed Supertuck. For me, the position I carry affects my level of comfort. I like my firearm at 4:00. If it gets too far forward, at 3:00, my pants and belt start to dig into my waist. And carrying at 6:00 isn't a great idea if you sit a lot. The pressure of something hard (gun, knife, handcuffs...) can have detrimental affects on your lumbar. I have seen where a hand full of gentlemen on this site carry at 2:00.

    So, carry around the house with a few different holsters in a few different positions on the body. Be sure to do typical things you do at work and other places you carry ( sit down, stand up, bend down to tie a shoe). Whichever works best for you is what you should go with. You may find that certain styles of clothing fabric allow got more comfortable carry also.

    Good luck!
     
  15. c3shooter

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    A side note- several years back, granddaughter (age 6) had a friend over. Was taking them out for a Happy Meal. As I was putting jacket on, little girl visitor spotted my CCW, and asked the Ararchist-in-training "Why does your grandpa have a gun?"

    The 6 yr old looked at her friend, grinned, and said "Silly! Because HE is the grownup!"
     
  16. CA357

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    I love that little anarchist. ;)
     
  17. levelcross

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    There is a lot of good advice in this thread, I also looked here in choosing a carry holster and style of clothing.

    I carry IWB with a crossbreed type holster or a Sticky pocket holster that is also great for IWB. Yes the pant size went up, and the belt became more important, but the confidence level soared knowing that I was prepared.

    I also carry in a Blackhawk Sepra for OWB, belt clip or paddle mount. It comes down to what works best for you and your clothing attire, mine changed a little to work around my carry weapon. With this I now carry 99.8% of the time.
     
  18. Mitch

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    Been looking for a good holster myself that doesnt print. I took my smart phone with a video camera, put it on record, and with each holster and different attire shot a video of me walking, raising my arms, reaching for my wallet, bending over, etc, and then reviewed the footage. Just like taking pics or asking the wife to watch, except I did it for myself. Learned what holster conceals best, what position prints the worst, what works best, and how to do things like bend over without printing. A good tool that helped me out a lot.
     
  19. Tackleberry1

    Tackleberry1 New Member

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    Mitch,

    My work attire is the same as yours and after 16 years of CCW and several boxes of holsters I finally found the $15 dollar solution to the million dollar problem.

    The 4" belly band, worn low around the hips will place the gun at the same height as most IWB holsters. You get the concealment of an IWB without needing to cut off circulation to keep your gun from dragging your pants down.

    They are also great for the public RR where letting a belt mounted gun drop to the floor or trying to balance it on the TP holder can be a bad idea.

    Give this a shot and you'll be able to buy 2 or 3 more guns for the money you'll save on holsters.

    TACK