CCW HOLSTER for tucked in polo shirt, dress slacks?


October 4, 2010, 12:40 AM
Tucked-in polo, dress slacks is the uniform I'm stuck with. Is there a good type of holster for that situation? I do wear a BB in a holster, so that would make a visible belt clip a little less obvious.

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Ragnar Danneskjold
October 4, 2010, 12:41 AM
Are you looking to open carry at all?

EDIT: Never mind, I just saw you're from Texas, so that's a no-go. You could try Smart Carry.

October 4, 2010, 12:42 AM
Smart carry?

Ragnar Danneskjold
October 4, 2010, 01:15 AM
Behold =)

October 4, 2010, 01:19 AM
Aha! I'd seen something like that, or exactly that some time ago and couldn't remember the name for the life of me!

Do you know of anyone who's used it and has an opinion about it?

October 4, 2010, 01:44 AM
I haven't carried with either a Smart Carry or a Thunderwear, but when I am finally able to start carrying, I will likely be using one or the other.

Youtube has a number of reviews and comparisons - here's a pretty good one comparing the two, and listing flaws & features of each.

October 4, 2010, 02:02 AM
Thanks! That was an excellent video! I must admit, I'm really surprised how well that's concealed. I wonder if it affects one's range of motion any...

October 4, 2010, 03:10 AM
What are you wanting to carry? I would go pocket holster with a snubby in your situation.

October 4, 2010, 03:30 AM
like others have mentioned, I'd be helpful to know what you want to carry.

I carry a Sig P238 in a pocket holster when I want deep concealment and dont want to work at it.

The Smart Carry is great. I can conceal a full size pistol no matter what I'm wearing and it absolutely will not be seen. Con's are that its a slower draw and some situations can be uncomfortable/difficult to move in.

Strong side belt carry tends to be the fastest for draw but now you give up concealment for comfort and speed. depending on the gun and your clothes it can still be very well hidden though. Biggest factor is quality belt and quality holster. I believe CompTac makes an IWB that uses velcro on the inside of your belt to hold the clips so even those dont show.

All good holster manufactures these days are making tuckable IWB holsters. I personally like the crossbreeds and the milt sparks versamax II.

October 4, 2010, 04:55 AM
check out high noon holsters, I use their tuckable for my G36

October 4, 2010, 06:40 AM
I like the Smartcarry, but I wear it with sweatshorts and a untucked t-shirt.

With dress slacks and a tucked in shirt it would work. Pleated pants would be best and something with a slim short grip, like a Kahr PM9, Ruger LCP, would very likely go unnoticed and be comfortable.

If the grip is too big, or thick, you will have a strange protrusion in your pants at that point.

October 4, 2010, 07:33 AM
It is up to you to decide just how deep your concealment needs to be -- and how lengthy and complicated a draw process you are comfortable with.

The "Gunderwear" options are wonderful if you really must be perfectly descreet, to more than casual observation.

If you don't feel that the risks of discovery are very high (or have terrible consequences) you could go with a more conventional tuckable IWB holster like the Milt Sparks Versa Max II (or many other designs available now).

Here is a similar one a good pal made for my 1911:

That lets me carry a full-sized gun in dress pants and a tucked-in button-down shirt without a jacket.

October 4, 2010, 09:35 AM
A Glock 26, fairly compact.

October 4, 2010, 10:11 AM
+1 on the High Noon, Versamax II, or the CrossBreed Super Tuck. I use a High Noon Split Decision, works amazingly well.

October 4, 2010, 10:19 AM
I have a SmartCarry that I occasionally use; it's a good design, but I find it a little unnerving to have the barrel pointed at my genitalia as I draw the weapon. For this reason, when I use the SmartCarry, I never carry with a round chambered, heresy to some here. The other thing I'd note is that, depending on the size of your handgun and your build, you may or may not find it uncomfortable when sitting. It's not an end-of-the world thing, but I find that the grip of my Glock 26 pokes into my admittedly less than svelte stomach when I sit.

As one who dresses pretty much the way you do--a tucked shirt and casual pleated pants--certainly the most comfortable option I've found is a small pistol (Sig P238) in a pocket holster (D.M. Bullard). Of course, you're limited in the size of handgun you can carry in a pocket holster.

When, for whatever reason, I want to carry more than a pocket-sized gun, I go with a tuckable IWB holster. I've actually amassed a fairly impressive collection, but the one I like best is the Galco SkyOps. It's light, very thin, and easy to put on or take off. I have a one other Galco, a Milt Sparks, and a Minotaur, and I find all of them a bit less desirable, though the Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 is such a nice piece of work that I sometimes use it for just that reason. The problem I've had with the IWB holsters like the Versa Max 2 and the Minotaur MTAC is that the two widely-spaced clips make it significantly more difficult to don or remove the holster from my belt. On the other hand, the advantage that those two have are a bit more stability and the added comfort of a layer of leather between my pistol and my skin. The latter is not as big an issue if you wear undershirts.

There are some who do not feel at ease unless they have access to a larger caliber weapon with a hefty capacity, but generally speaking I am content to carry my little Sig in a pocket. If you find that approach appealing, it's certainly the most comfortable and offers faster access than a SmartCarry or tuckable IWB. You just have to ask yourself if you're comfortable carrying a mouse gun.

Also, if I might take a moment to restate the obvious, darker colored pants and/or patterned shirts make it less likely that your concealed handgun will be detected by others. I'm a strong proponent of the notion that, if you're carrying a concealed weapon, it should really be concealed. You may find that you'll have to make some wardrobe adjustments to enhance concealment.

October 4, 2010, 10:27 AM
As a fellow Texan and with a year of CCW under my belt, wearing similar clothing during the work week, I either pocket carry a Taurus 738 in a Blackhawk pocket holster (this is handy when I know I have to visit a hospital or other 30-06 place, as I don't have to try to untuck/tuck my shirt) or I tuck IWB a Ruger SR9c with a High Noon Split Decision (roughly $35). It took me a while to find the right spot, but for me the 7-8:00 position is comfortable and doesn't dig into my hip when sitting.

Blouse your shirt a bit over the gun --- don't tuck it tightly --- and make sure your pants aren't really snug. A good gunbelt will help hold the holstered gun in tight and support your pants. Part of the reason I go that far back on my side is not only comfort but so it doesn't look like I have a tumor sticking out my side. But, I'm a big ol' boy; the hip might be perfectly fine for you.

I recently ordered and received - but have not yet tried - a Durham Concealed Technology holster, similar to a Crossbreed or Comp-Tac rig. At 2x the price of the High Noon, I'm not sure I'm really going to be gaining much --- but I'll try it and see.


Vern Humphrey
October 4, 2010, 11:15 AM
This is my tuckable design for a full-size M1911. I carry under a polo shirt frequently.

The width of the holster spreads the footprint quite a bit and makes it both more concealable and more comfortable. I happen to have a spare one on hand, cut for an M1911 -- send me a snail mail address and it's yours.

October 4, 2010, 11:22 AM
Ages ago when I started carrying I packed with a belly band ... based on that experience I can NOT recommend a belly band or "Smart" carry or any other sort of cheap one-size-fits-all floppy nylon holster that is not molded to your specific gun.

If you carry "every once in a while" I imagine such a system would be fine, but if you pack 24/7/365 I guarantee you that a molded leather or kydex holster designed specifically for your gun is going to be significantly more comfortable, concealable and secure.

A quality, tuckable IWB holster will do just fine. As has been mentioned the Crossbreed Supertuck (,ProductName) or a Comp-Tac Minotaur ( (which I think has better tuckable clips as they're thinner and you can get them in various colors and fabric covered) or any number of other regular leather holster makers make good tuckable holsters.

If you're concerned about the clip(s) showing, Fist makes a great system ( that velcros to the back of the belt.

October 4, 2010, 04:51 PM
Tucked-in polo...
I can wear whatever I want to here, but I wear this everyday, and I carry everyday/everywhere. I carry a P11 in a Texas Heritage ( by William T. Tucker. It has served me perfectly.

October 4, 2010, 07:32 PM
I'm a big fan of the Silent Thunder by Tucker Gun Leather. It's leather lined kydex with an adjustable cant and retention. It is tuckable and only has one belt clip to worry about. Be sure and get a good belt to go with it.

October 4, 2010, 11:47 PM
Crossbreed Supertuck. Check out the vids on youtube.

October 5, 2010, 01:52 PM
Crossbreed Supertuck. Check out the vids on youtube.


get horsehide and combat great for my G19

The Lone Haranguer
October 6, 2010, 09:10 PM
Small pistol or revolver in pocket (use a pocket holster as well) or so-called "tuckable" IWB sound like your best bets. With a polo shirt, whose buttons do not go all the way down the front of your body, other methods like belly bands and holsters integral with an undershirt will be so slow to access as to be useless, as would an ankle holster.

October 6, 2010, 10:50 PM

get horsehide and combat great for my G19

+1 on the horsehide. Also use some talcum powder or leather treatment to get rid of the squeeks.

I'd skip the combat cut. If you don't like the cut of the leather after a while, you can trim it yourself. I cut one of mine though, and do prefere it.

Depends how far back you want the holster. The further back I put mine the more I like the full cut.

October 6, 2010, 11:22 PM
To evaluate all the advice that's been given, I'd have to spend a fortune on holsters lol.

Does anything like 'rent a holster' exist?

Vern Humphrey
October 7, 2010, 07:53 AM
That's why I make my own -- for the cost of the leather and thread, you can have a dozen holsters for the price of one.

October 7, 2010, 09:00 AM
cross breed super tuck.

October 7, 2010, 10:00 AM

Crossbreed Supertuck 75 app
Comp-Tac MTAC 80 app
Tucker The Answer 120 app opt leather lined kydex for 15 extra
Milt Sparks Versa Max II 120 qpp 6 month wait

October 27, 2010, 11:25 AM
Bump up...since you usually have a BlackBerry, what about this?

If you call them to order it, they can probably sew the tucking flap so that it rides a little higher and canted forward, which I find helps with concealment.

Another option might be to use the 5.11 shirt and undershirt holster combo.
- 5.11 Covert Shirts:
- 5.11 Holster Shirts:

October 27, 2010, 11:28 AM
Crossbreed Supertuck. Check out the vids on youtube.

+1. I conceal a 4" XD this way.

Vern Humphrey
October 27, 2010, 11:51 AM
Here's one of my tuckables. Note the belt slots so it can be worn as a pancake holster as well as a tuckable.

The belt loops are Kydex and hold better than anything I've tried to date -- the holster rides like it was nailed in place.

October 27, 2010, 11:59 AM
Crossbreed Supertuck. Check out the vids on youtube.
I'm thinking the MicroClip would be better, especially if you're carrying a gun like a Kahr PM9. I modified one of CrossBreed's QwikClip holsters to make a MicroClip-like holster for my PM9. It works great with the style of dress described in the OP.

October 27, 2010, 01:34 PM
Bump up...since you usually have a BlackBerry, what about this?

If you call them to order it, they can probably sew the tucking flap so that it rides a little higher and canted forward, which I find helps with concealment.

Another option might be to use the 5.11 shirt and undershirt holster combo.
- 5.11 Covert Shirts:
- 5.11 Holster Shirts:

Since my job involves support for a number of schools, unfortunately it looks like CC isn't an option for work. Will have to leave it in the car at all times when at work more or less. Luckily, this being Texas, the company doesn't seem to have any fervent anti-gun employee guidebook rules, so I shouldn't have to worry about having it in the car.

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