Buying clothes


Gus Dddysgrl
January 26, 2004, 03:38 PM
Ok so was carrying and decided to quick stop at Wal-Mart. I found an outfit I thought was good for the price it was. (a nice dress for $5. Jon likes it now that I've worn it it to church so it was worth it.)

The problem was when I went to try it on. I didn't know where to put my gun. I couldn't put it on the floor someone might have seen it. I don't carry a purse so I couldn't put it there. There was no bench in the one I was in so I couldn't set it there.

Should I have left it in the car? Should I have brought a bag in to put it in? What would you have done? Do you take it in if you know you are going to try on clothes? What should I do next time?


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January 26, 2004, 03:58 PM
hang it on the clothes-hook, maybe.

Mal H
January 26, 2004, 04:12 PM
Maybe take two items of the same thing in different sizes (the excuse for taking two) and use one as a cover as you place the gun on the floor. Be sure to pick a spot on the floor that is impossible to reach from under the dinky doors they have in fitting rooms.

January 26, 2004, 04:13 PM
I carry IWB, and simply remove the holstered gun at the same time as my jeans. I then fold the gun into my jeans so it's out of sight when I set the jeans on the floor next to my shoes. Of course, if you do that you can't walk out of your dressing room to get another size, but that's about the only real drawback.


Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. -- Henry David Thoreau

January 26, 2004, 05:30 PM
Do like my wife does: buy it, take it home and try it on.

If it doesn't fit, take it back and buy two or three more to replace it.

January 26, 2004, 05:33 PM
I do what Pax does. I may also carry a bag if I know I'm going shopping; either a Camelbak or a Wilderness Safepacker depending on where I am.

January 26, 2004, 06:31 PM
Always go shopping with a friend if possible. (Tactically a good idea!) Have trusted, pro-gun, accurate-shootin', situationally-aware friend hold gun while you try on clothes?

'Course I guess you need to find a way to transfer the firearm to your friend without being seen.... maybe a "purse-gun" for those shopping days?

I try to pocket carry if I am shopping for clothes. Since I usually wear pants :scrutiny: I just make sure that the gun (usually a Kel-tec P32) stays in MY pants pocket when I try on other stuff. I don't leave it there unattended.

Although I wear shoulder rigs whenever I can, they are a real pain when trying on clothes!

Dave R
January 26, 2004, 07:04 PM
I do the pax leave-the-iwb-in-the-pants thing.

Hanging it on a hanger might be an option, too, as wingnutz says.

January 26, 2004, 08:27 PM
Skunk said:I do what Pax does. I may also carry a bag if I know I'm going shopping; either a Camelbak or a Wilderness Safepacker depending on where I am.

And I am sure no store minds you taking merchandise and a large bag into the dressing room.

Store guard: "Please come with me sir"
Skunky " What? Why?"
SG: "We need to check your bag"
Skunky "There's nothing in there but my gun."
SG: :what:

I mail order most of my clothes. I know what fits otherwise. Haven't been in a store dressing room in years.


Andrew Rothman
January 26, 2004, 09:18 PM
Hanging a gun on a hook means through the trigger guard, and that's a BIIIIIG no-no. I suppose your holster might be hangable. That would be all right.

Of course, if your 1911 has a lanyard, you're all set. :)

January 26, 2004, 10:30 PM
I would STRONGLY advise against hanging a gun by a hook through the trigger guard. I have personally seen the results. I guy I knew did that when he went into the lavatory, excuse me...he used to do this. He was carrying a Glock and when he went to remove it from the hook......BOOM.

Good thing he had already taken care of buisness or else he probably would have filled his pants.:what:

If that is your only option I think that I would unload first.

January 26, 2004, 10:57 PM
Take your belt off with the holster, and hang that from the hook.

Chances are pretty good you're going to want to try your clothes with your gun on anyway, to check concealment, so you'll have to unwind the holster anyway.

January 27, 2004, 08:37 AM
Just put it on the floor. But you need to be safe and you don't want a child picking it up and shooting it so fire off all the rounds first until it's completely empty. I like to find a nice recliner or bean bag chair to empty it into.

brad cook

January 27, 2004, 11:04 AM
Carry a garter holster.:p

January 27, 2004, 12:47 PM
geekWithA.45 said it:
you're going to want to try your clothes with your gun on anywaySo why would you need to put it somewhere?

The dress doesn't fit if you can't carry comfortably... :neener:

El Tejon
January 27, 2004, 01:19 PM
I rarely buy dresses. Pax seems to make sense. Aren't you in the room with the pistol??? Are do you run out to show Jon? (Jon, word of advice from experience, just smile and nod, smile and nod--"that's very nice").

However, when going to the tailor for a new suit, I give the guns to the tailor. "Eye haf seeeen man-nee of thozzz in old country, but on-lee men in unaform." Rest of my clothes come from a catalogue. ;)

January 27, 2004, 01:21 PM
El T, Territory Ahead has changing rooms on their web page? :p

Mal H
January 27, 2004, 02:57 PM
If a gun has to be hung on a coat hook, it should be done through the muzzle, never through the trigger guard.

Gus Dddysgrl
January 27, 2004, 04:18 PM
Thanks for the imput. I don't usually take Jon with me. I like to surprise him. Besides he hates shopping and so do I. So why make him? I don't usually shop with people who are ....into guns. So I can't pass them off or anything like that. I think from now on I'll try and wrap them in my clothes I was wearing.


January 27, 2004, 04:36 PM
what type of holster are you using?

Gus Dddysgrl
January 27, 2004, 06:43 PM
just a cheapy nylon one. I haven't had time to get it hooked up to be tied around my waist so for now it sit's about 4:00 in my belt.

4v50 Gary
January 27, 2004, 08:09 PM
Suggested you read Paxton Quigley's book on Women & guns. I think she discusses clothing. Women want to be fashionable, but when packing, compromises need to be made.

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