How do you move? got tips?

Discussion in 'Concealed Carrying & Personal Protection' started by 70cuda383, Aug 30, 2012.

  1. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    Just got my permit, but before going out in public, I wanted to practice wearing it around the house to make sure I'm not showing/flashing it in my normal movements. I'll be carrying a full size semi-auto IWB.

    so far, I can carry it and have it be very comfortable, I don't notice the weight, and for the most part it does not show. (I might re-consider the skateboard grips though, or modify the holster to get some leather between the grip and my skin! otherwise I'm going to rub through and start bleeding all over my weapon:eek:)

    but, the only time I notice that I need to be VERY careful with having it slip out of concealment, is if I sit down in a chair, like at the dinner table, or when I bend over to pick something up.

    From those of you who carry IWB at 4-5 o'clock, what are your tips or tricks to keep from showing when in these situations? If I am sitting at a "floor table" at a restaurant, I don't want to show. in a booth would probably be much better, but you don't always get a choice when going out. or if I'm at the grocery store and bend over to get something off the bottom shelf...again, don't want my shirt to hike up and uncover the weapon.

    so, what do you guys do?
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    Whatever shirt you wear should be long enough to hold your arms strait out to your sides without you gun showing from any direction. You should look like a t when you look in the mirror. If you can see your gun at all your shirt is too short. As far as sitting on the floor. I probalby would need help getting up anyway. LOL. Sometimes you simply have to be careful. The biggest thing to make people notice you are packing is...you messing with it.
     

  3. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    Yea, that's going to be my biggest trouble in the warmer months. I'm 6'4" and "all torso" so a lot of my shirts are too short, and I'll have to make sure I start getting longer shirts, even if that means stepping up to a XXL. Cooler weather is no problem, sweat shirts, sweaters, etc. are always big/baggy.

    and I didn't mean sitting on the floor, but on like, an open back wooden chair, at a round table, in the middle of the floor, vs in one of the booths with the big wide bench seat back up against a wall. I'm used to sitting about half way onto the chair and leaning forward to the table, but might have to get used to sitting all the way back, resting against the back of the chair a little bit, and sliding the chair further in.
     
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  4. treehugger49

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    First of all, it's normal for folks new to conceal carry to think you're going to stand out from the crowd just because you're carrying. Believe me, even if you print slightly, only other conceal-carry people will probably notice, so relax!

    I carry a full-size XD-40 service in a CrossBreed SuperTuck Deluxe IWB holster, which has the leather backing to which you allude, and I've found it to be mostly comfortable and it conceals well. I say "mostly" comfortable because it is almost impossible to carry a full-sized pistol around all day and not notice it in some configurations, but I've become accustomed to it sitting (even in a car seat with seat belt) and lying down, and am only minimally aware of it.

    If you're going to add any grip material to your gun, I'd stay away from the granular material - it tends to print more, wear on your clothing, and may add to your discomfort. I have Talon Grips in Rubber Texture applied to my XD and haven't noticed any more tendency to print, yet they add considerably to a good grip.

    If you're going to bend over, bend at the knees rather than the waist.

    Printed shirts conceal better than solids.

    Get a good, stiff gun belt.

    Congrats on your decision to carry. Stay safe.
     
  5. mountainman13

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    As was said don't worry about it so much. If you're worried about it you'll develop tells that will give you away such as the occasional mindless gun check. I generally have minimal coverage and I'm a small guy with a big gun (pics below). Your time will be better spent thinking about what to say when/if an anti does notice. I've had anti's make remarks about my NRA hat and not notice I was carrying a thinly veiled glock 30.
     
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    mountainman13 New Member

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    Sorry droid fail. Here's the pics. Btw I also have a gun in that pants pocket.
     

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  7. silverado113

    silverado113 New Member

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    DON'T GO INTO THE LIGHT...lol
     
  8. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Lmfao. Only mirror that would work was in the bedroom. Woman's still sleeping. (lazy)
     
  9. 70cuda383

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    I was able to wear around the house all last night and my wife didn't even notice. I figure if I can wear without her knowing, then I should be ok in public. :D

    I didn't add any matrial to the grips, but they are custom grips that are made out of a rough textured material like skateboard tape. But as mentioned, if I can't find a way to carry without rubbing my skin off, then I'll put the factory hard plastic grips back on.
     
  10. JD1969

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    HA! Don't be too sure, my wife pretty much ignores me around the house.
     
  11. gollygee

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    I like the button-up shirts made for wearing untucked, some call them Hawaiian shirts. Not only are they looser fitting & eliminate the tell-tale bulge, they are extra long & hide my OWB rig even when I reach up to the top shelves at the store.

    Of course, I prefer them in the solid colors as opposed to the flowery ones. :)
     
  12. cnorman18

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    You might consider this rig;

    http://www.concealedcomfort.com/

    I have one, and I use it occasionally with my LCP. The hype says it works with a full-sized weapon, and the guy at the gun show where I bought it used it to wear a 1911 that was totally invisible. Sit, stand, squat, whatever, no problem. It's not instant access like an IWB or pocket holster, but if I ever carry a large handgun, this is how I'll carry it.
     
  13. JTJ

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    I use a butt forward carry. It hides better when bending and is easier to draw but you have to practice and make sure you rotate the pistol before you bring it up so you dont cross your body with the muzzle. I also use a cross draw at times. Especially when I am driving a lot. It is difficult to draw a pistol from the strong side when driving.
     
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  14. GaryGlock

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    Mostly this right here^^. you could try a nylon blackhawk, there like 15$ and they cover the grip well to prevent some of that rubbing your getting. Like Rick said just wear t shirts that are a little baggy, and most of all once its situated don't mess with it. Wear it around the house, it takes time to get used to.
     
  15. Gh0zt36

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    ever consider appendix carry at 12-1 o'clock? conceals even the largest guns even more so when you bend over . Down side sitting isnt as comfortable , but with the right gun its not bad at all
     
  16. GaryGlock

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    Yea I carry at 1 o'clock, Much easier for me to conceal, an personally I would rather have my weapon infront of me instead of were someone could possibly see it and dis arm me from behind..Much easier to fight someone off with them infront of you :)
     
  17. Gh0zt36

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    Not to mention a straight line draw so as soon as the weapon is deployed you can have your target aquired even as you raise for line of sight.
     
  18. mcb

    mcb New Member

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    If I'm carrying inside the waste band I wear a tight t shirt under my dress shirt. That way I can keep a layer between my skin and my gun.
     
  19. GaryGlock

    GaryGlock New Member

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    Yes deffinitally this too.
     
  20. 70cuda383

    70cuda383 New Member

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    I did try up front, but it's nowhere near as mobile. I cant bend over for crap with it up front.

    And right now I am using the $15 Nylon blackhawk while a custom leather one is being made. seems nobody else is dumb enough to try to conceal a Beretta Elite with the thicker Brigadier style slide :eek::D

    I might give the "butt forward" a try. I used to tuck my water guns in that way as a kid :eek: