Need help to conceal my CCW


The Unknown User
August 3, 2008, 02:36 AM
Well, I have my CCW permit, and a Glock 19. Only problem is, I can't seem to figure out how to conceal it properly.

I've tried two different ways of carry: 2 o'clock on the hip and 4 o'clock on the hip. The former is easier to conceal, but less comfortable. The latter is harder to conceal, but more comfortable.

All of the pants I own have enough room to carry IWB. I have a lot of polos and button-down shirts. I don't really like wearing t-shirts.

At this point, I think I just need to go buy a bunch of shirts one size up. Do certain colors, patterns, or fabrics conceal better? I'm going to head to the store within a couple of days and buy like, a week's worth of shirts so that I have "carry shirts."

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August 3, 2008, 04:17 AM
The right holster makes all the difference. What holster are you currently using?

I carry at the 4 or 4:30 position depending on the weapon/rig.
I can conceal a 4" 1911 in a blade-tech UCH holster with just a black t-shirt and even my buddies that CCW don't notice.

If I'm wearing my 4.25" 1911 in my kramer leather than I'll usually just wear a button up shirt but it's fine.

You may feel like you're not concealing well because YOU can pick out where the weapon is, but the average passerby has no idea what's going on. Typically the people that will spot you carrying are the ones that ARE carrying.

The Unknown User
August 3, 2008, 04:21 AM
Yeah, but are you in shape? I'm overweight, and so I don't have the v-shaped torso that I would ideally.

I think the problem is more that must of my shirts are snug, and so there's no "drape." The shirt will hold snugly to the weapon, as my shirts aren't so tight to be uncomfortable, but they don't flap at all in the breeze, if that makes sense.

I'm not self-conscious; it's blatantly obvious I have a gun on my hip when the outline is there. :P

August 3, 2008, 04:55 AM
You might want to try a vest from these folks:

I just bought one from them and it looks much nicer than you would think from the pics. The front pockets have a stiffener in them that would 'round out' the outline of a gun and make it just a bulge if it shows at all. The vests don't have that tactical or 'shoot me first' look to them either. The vests are also cut to conceal a shoulder rig. I like mine and will likely buy another one soon.

August 3, 2008, 10:09 AM
I'm overweight (but exercising) and I go W/ shirts one size larger. I carry right behind the outer seam of the pant IWB. I prefer Hawiian ( & did before I started to carry) but I've found that darker colors & prints tend to make the gun disapper better.
I have a black Dickies work shirt that makes my gun (CZ75B) vanish
As was said earlier most people don't pay any attention to you anyway.

The Unknown User
August 3, 2008, 02:21 PM
I just think I need shirts one size up.

Green Lantern
August 3, 2008, 02:24 PM
I'm kinda overweight, had great luck with the RM Holster Works "Low Rider" IWB model. Hang on, I might have some pics...

BTW, I've always liked loose-fitting shirts and pants, might be why I had to do little wardrobe adjustment! ;)

Here's the gun/holster:

The shirt isn't TOO big, and is too short, but even then it COULD do the job if I really watched myself:

I prefer a much LARGER "margin for error" though with BIG shirts! :D

ETA2 - Dang, they must be getting popular! Two week backlog, I got mine in two DAYS back around 05! :cool:

August 3, 2008, 03:04 PM
I just think I need shirts one size up...That was the solution I found. The missus said:"You need a bigger shirt 'cuz yer a fat slob..." :neener:
She also says I look more "comfortable" in looser shirts.

the naked prophet
August 5, 2008, 02:44 PM
Another opinion for larger shirts. Bring the gun to the store, and try on the shirts in the dressing room. If you have a wife or someone else to help, you can step out of the dressing room and have them try to see the gun. Be sure to twist, bend, stretch, sit, etc. to be sure it won't print when you move.

Harley Man
August 7, 2008, 03:03 PM
Here is another solution, which I use quite a bit of the time. There called Conceal T-Shirts, and have a sewed in holster, made of material either under the left arm pit (for RH shooters)or under the right arm pit (for LH shooters) the cost is about $35.00, and sometimes you can find them a little cheaper on e-bay. They come in white and black. So usually during the summer I wear jeans,/ slacks conceal T-Shirt and a cover shirt either open (depending on where you wear it outside watch out for wind) or button up a couple of buttons from the bottom.
Good luck

August 12, 2008, 06:14 PM
How big is a Glock 19 compared to a 5" 1911? Never held a Glock 19.

August 15, 2008, 11:54 PM
I don't know how large a Glock 19 is because I don't like Glocks, but the right holster can conceal anything. What you want is a high-riding holster that glues the handle of the gun to your skin at the same time. Maybe I should start a holster manufacturing business because I just roll my eyes when I see what is out there, holster-wise.

The Lone Haranguer
August 16, 2008, 05:46 AM
If you don't need to tuck your shirt tail in, the type of shirt popularly known as a "camp shirt," with its squared-off hemline (many dress shirts come down extra low in the front but are "scalloped" high on the sides), worn a little on the large side, in conjunction with a IWB holster, works for me. A heavier material drapes over and hides the gun butt instead of getting hung up on it. With sufficient material thickness, a lighter color can be chosen with no worries about the gun butt silhouette being seen through it.

August 16, 2008, 11:43 AM
Generally, darker colors conceal better than lighter ones, subtle patterns are good and help break up outlines. Strong patterns, in my opinion are not as helpful because the disruption of the pattern itself tends to draw the eye. Exceptions abound of course, and Hawaiian shirts with their loud and bold patterns tend to conceal very well, but I think it is because they are so irregular.

Heavier fabrics conceal better than lighter, fabrics with more drape or a softer hand tend to conceal better than those stiffer fabrics. Care must be taken however than soft or stiff, the fabric does not catch and reveal the firearm during normal movements. A balance needs to be maintained between so soft that it conforms or so stiff that it breaks.

Additional cover items such as vests, blazers, jackets, coats etc. need to be selected and worn with care, not only with an eye towards diminished accessibility, but also overall appearance. Don't wear a trench coat to the beach for example.

Look like everyone else and no one at all. Blend in, act normal, learn to change your movements to not show, but still look natural.

If you wear on your strong side, force yourself to always reach up over your head with your weak arm, and make that look natural. Instead of bending over, bend your knees, keep your carry side towards walls or furniture rather than large groups of people. When carrying with new clothes, always do it at home; learn how your holster, gun, grips, clothing interact in a safe place first.

Stealth is a way of life.

August 16, 2008, 06:28 PM
I recently purchased a CC holster from a member here on THR
she has the Glock 19 built and ready to go...(per the info in post #11) my holster I purchased is post #24...I have found mine to be perfect for CC. This is probably really bad, and some of the "wiser" members will scold me for it, but until the holster came in, I would tuck my 5" 1911 into my belt on my side, It held it tight up against me, and concealed with a all around shirt, nothing larger in size etc. Once I placed the gun in the holster, I couldn't tell a difference...concealed just as good, if not better. Plus it looks great! (even though it is concealed)

August 16, 2008, 11:03 PM
I carry a service XD9, been doing so for about a week now in a Crossbreed Supertuck.

When I first got the supertuck about a month ago, it was good at concealing the XD but the fact that my regular belt flopped around with the weight made it print when I was walking or bent over at all.

So I waited until my belt from The Beltman showed up, and thankfully it solved all my problems. I carried around my friends for a few days before I finally told them I got my CHP, and then they were surprised I had already been carrying because I'd spent a good part of the few days prior hanging out at a buddy's house.

August 17, 2008, 01:05 AM
A good holster and belt make all the difference in the world. Each body type is different, the grip is hardest to conceal and cant plays a role.

For Cant: Smaller guns work better with less cant. Large guns work better with 10-15 degrees.

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