Concealed Carry in Fl Heat?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by rmzsuzuki89, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. rmzsuzuki89

    rmzsuzuki89 New Member

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    I'm about to take my concealed carry class and looking on advice for a carry weapon. I've narrowed the caliber down to 45acp. Of the 45's I shot, I liked the XD45 Compact the best. But I'm worried about its conceal-ability in the Florida weather. I'm about 5'10" and 170ish lbs athletic build and rarely wear any kind of heavy clothing except for those unusually cold days in January. Mostly just a Guy Harvey or a Polo and cargo shorts.

    So I'm looking for advice on a weapon that will be concealable for me. I plan on using the Supertuck IWB holster and I'll probably end up getting one of their belts as well.

    Sorry if there's another topic like this. I searched and didn't come up with much, but then again, I kinda suck at searching and end up being too specific haha.
     
  2. Gojubrian

    Gojubrian New Member

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    XD's are bulky and hard to conceal. The best way to conceal is the supertuck or Theisholsters.com | Home | Custom IWB Holsters are some excellent choices.

    In a .45, you'd need a single stack to conceal the easiest. A 1911 would be great.
    Get a back up gun too. Make sure you get something that you aill ALWAYS carry. A .380 in your pocket is better than the nice xd45c at home.
     

  3. Wambli

    Wambli New Member

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    While I lived in FL my favorite concealed carry rig was a Walther PPS in 9mm in a pocket holster in my cargo shorts. I also carried either my Wilson Combat CQB in a Galco Avenger holster with slightly over-sized button shirts and occasionally my HKP2000 in a Maxpedition Octa waist pack with just a T-shirt over it.

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  4. dunerunner

    dunerunner New Member

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    I agree with Goju on this one. The 1911 is great for carry IWB, but summer in Florida is an issue.

    I would go with something like this [​IMG]
     
  5. PanBaccha

    PanBaccha New Member

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    I find carrying my S&W 457 45ACP can be a bit bulky
    in hot sweltering weather. So I carry another for hot
    days, my Ruger LCP 380. In my pocket or attached to
    tee-shirt.
     

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  6. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    rmzsuzuki89,

    I also live in Florida. Right now, I carry an XDM 4.5 (9mm) in a SuperTuck with an untucked polo shirt, and it just disappears. I used to carry a Glock 30 (.45) OWB with an untucked button-down shirt. That worked fine, too. When I'm dressing up a bit, I carry a Glock 27 in my front pocket.

    I am a bit bigger than you are, but the first two options would work for someone your size. If you want to wear a T-shirt, you might just need a single-stack to stay with .45, or a smaller caliber to stay with a double-stack.
     
  7. rmzsuzuki89

    rmzsuzuki89 New Member

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    A 1911 is actually at the top of my list of guns to shoot. Once I get to put a fair amount of rounds through one I'll decide if it's something to consider. From what I hear it definitely is.

    I'd really like to get my hands on an XD in 9mm to compare it to the XD45.

    Any shirt I wear tends to be pretty loose around the waste for me. Any shirt that I wear is always a medium, be it a Guy Harvey, Polo, or just a plain t-shirt. And all my pants are between 29" and 32" waist. The 32" actually falls off me without a belt, so I'm not too sure why I have them haha.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  8. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Welcome to the FTF!
    I carry different ways. IWB, shoulder rig, OWB under a polo shirt, pocket, ankle.

    Limiting yourself to 1 mode of carry is like limiting yourself to 1 pair of shoes, and loafers are not useful on the beach.

    I have several firearms that I use for CCW. And I practice with each.
     
  9. JJthebull

    JJthebull New Member

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    I dont recommend a person new to ccw to carry several different guns in several different ways mainly because ur carry weapon and home defense weapon u should shoot the best with. Also drawing should feel natural and takes practice to get it that way. If u start off with several u probably won't have the time to be excellent at 1 (very important when u or family life is on the line).
    Where u carry is also important. Where do u carry?
    I from miami but now live in tallahassee. Its hot in florida and I am a heavy set guy. I carry at 12:30 and no never knows I carry and it is comfortable to me. I carry a sw model 10 4 in barrel. That weapon is not small and I often sometimes carry in athletic shorts (basketball shorts). So find a weapon you love and then a set up you love and then master it then add more options.

    "Having the burden and responsibility of carrying a firearm is well worth my family and love ones safety. I practice for them, and a well trained and prepared man with his love ones on his mind is the most dangerous man." - JJ
     
  10. utf59

    utf59 New Member

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    Keep the 32" pants if you're going to carry IWB. That'll add an inch or two to your waistline.
     
  11. JJthebull

    JJthebull New Member

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    Very true and lot more comfortable when u got a lil space. Remeber comfort is key.

    "Having the burden and responsibility of carrying a firearm is well worth my family and love ones safety. I practice for them, and a well trained and prepared man with his love ones on his mind is the most dangerous man." - JJ
     
  12. tommixx

    tommixx New Member

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    montana

    i live in montana every body carries not much crime here
     
  13. canebrake

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    Ft. Lauderdale was 95º/95% two days ago.

    NO 1911, BHP, even in a Xbreed!

    Elsie Ahrrrrrrr, mexican or pocket holster.

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    When you go to an IWB holster on the cooler days (upper 80s) you WILL need a horsehide version. They don't sop-up the humidity and are worth the up-charge down here in south Florida.

    Before you cash out on the Xbreed Supertuck take a look at Tommy Theis' offerings. These holsters are far better in the fit and finish department.

    Theisholsters.com | Products | Custom IWB Holsters

    His prices are better and include shipping.

    I am finishing up a two week test of my new Theis and will be posting a review soon. I can tell you that the Theis IWB Concealed Carry Holster is IMHO, the only IWB holster to use down here!

    No matter what holster you get, be sure to order it with the Kydex Clips. I prefer the J-Clips, they hide better. The metal clips will ruin a good carry belt and many belts cost more than the holster!
     
  14. rmzsuzuki89

    rmzsuzuki89 New Member

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    I'm thinking about the shoulder rig also after I get used to the IWB.

    That's the plan.

    After being shown that holster in another post, I'm probably gonna go that route. And definitely in horsehide.
     
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  15. levelcross

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    I have several modes of carry to cover the different types of weather/clothing needed. I have a Blackhawk Sepra, a Crossbreed type that is home made, and a new pocket/IWB Sticky holster.
    I was never a fan of the nylon holsters but this Sticky holster works great in a cargo pocket or for IWB carry for my Kimber Ultra CDP II. I have been carrying with it for about three weeks now and my weapon has not moved out of position or slipped in any way yet, I am an automotive tech and do everything but stand on my head daily so I feel this is a fair test for this holster.

    I can explain it to you but I can't make you understand it.
     
  16. Snakedriver

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    Your dilemma is why the Ruger LCP is so popular here in Florida. Sure, we'd all like to carry something with more punch, but given the clothing required to be comfortable in the sweltering heat a small pistol that fits easily into a pocket in our shorts is the logical choice. :cool:

    I guess you could always surrender your man-card and get a man-bag or fanny pack for your .45. ;):D
     
  17. Toll13

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    I live in North Florida and my kilt is the life saver for both the heat and CCW.
     
  18. Snakedriver

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    Do you prefer a garter belt type holster or do you put it in the little purse thing that hangs in the front? :D:p:D:p
     
  19. Toll13

    Toll13 New Member

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    Sporin for the traditional. Cargo pocket for the Utilikilt. I want to go IWB.
     
  20. jmbburger

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    I'm not from Florida so I can't comment on the fashion but during the warm months i sport a leather belted hip hugger with an untucked shirt. It hides both a full frame m&p or compact very well...although I prefer the compacts. IWB is just to uncomfortable for me.