gun fashion faux pas


PDA






mainecoon
March 16, 2012, 08:11 PM
Are there any clothing or equipment-related signs that show a person is totally clueless with regard to guns, or is just trying too hard?

If you enjoyed reading about "gun fashion faux pas" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!
fireman 9731
March 16, 2012, 08:14 PM
"Tactical" concealed carry vests.... While they may be practical, they are a dead give away.

browningguy
March 16, 2012, 08:15 PM
A black holster with a brown belt.

jeepnik
March 16, 2012, 08:16 PM
Oh, I'd think trying to carry concealed in a speedo or bikini would be a good indicator. Of course if she's a good looking lass, I could forgive the bikini

Rail Driver
March 16, 2012, 08:17 PM
In my opinion? Fanny packs.

Driftertank
March 16, 2012, 08:26 PM
Tons....but as in most things fashion, much comes down to taste. I used to like wearing BDU pants at the range, because they have lots of pockets and allow greater freedom of movement than jeans while still being sturdy enough for kneeling, laying down, walking in brush, etc., but these days they've become a hallmark of the poseur "Mall-ninja" crowd.

Also, big dark trenchcoats are a sure sign of movie-hero wannabes, as they serve no practical purpose at the range unless you're shooting in a sandstorm or monsoon.....although i DID used to have a trenchcoat i kept in the car that i occasionally used as a shooting blanket for shooting prone.

More important to watch for is large groups of people the same age, groups with video cameras in conjunction with military-style guns, or any utterance of the phrase, "Hey, watch THIS..."

Trunk Monkey
March 16, 2012, 09:13 PM
"Tactical" anything

(except tactical bacon)

Gramtron
March 16, 2012, 09:27 PM
Or the ever popular tactical sammich.......

mcdonl
March 16, 2012, 09:38 PM
I could care less what anyone wears, or what they think of what I am wearing. They make 13 year old girls for that.

rswartsell
March 16, 2012, 09:40 PM
Tactical bacon sammich.........mmmm

Redlg155
March 16, 2012, 09:50 PM
wearing Thunderwear on the outside.

Subconsciously touching your firearm every 30 seconds.

The "I've got a giant rock in my pocket" guy.

Photographer vests with no camera in sight.

The guy is a little too aware. He waits to pay for his groceries in a interview stance and performs a perfect 3 point stance while drawing his wallet.

And as mentioned, the fanny pack. Big enough to hold a dinner plate.

The War Wagon
March 16, 2012, 10:02 PM
You can go "5.11," but don't EVER go "10.22!'

You get your 'throwing-star badge' then! :p

armoredman
March 16, 2012, 10:05 PM
I have three "tells" in this picture. :) It's not the fat gut or my son isn't smiling - he was RIGHT before the picture...

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/RichardandDavewithB17.jpg

hogshead
March 16, 2012, 10:09 PM
? I must have missed something armored man

wojownik
March 16, 2012, 10:16 PM
Lessee:

CZ USA hat
CZ beltbuckle
CZ zombie/skull/whatever shirt with a hole in center
vest
and last, but certainly not least, what appears to be some holster leather just slightly peeking out on your right side (gotta blow up image)


Did I get it? And are you carrying a CZ? :neener:

Old krow
March 16, 2012, 10:21 PM
I've got pic on my phone and can't get it on the computer, but it is a revolver holster (IWB) with a revolver and a magazine pouch. :)

J-hooks on a brown belt with a shirt tucked in will give it away, but probably only to someone that knew what they were to begin with.

Sergei Mosin
March 16, 2012, 10:21 PM
The vest, the CZ-USA hat, and the belt buckle. All dead giveaways.

The only gun shirt I wear regularly is this one (http://www.zazzle.com/squirrel_bandit_tshirt-235002420460405608). I don't like to advertise.

hso
March 16, 2012, 10:24 PM
Wow!

All the signs in one wardrobe selection!

You're just missing the tattoo to round it out.:D

Carter
March 16, 2012, 11:03 PM
Seeing as how I open carry a lot...I'm a pretty big dead give away.

When I do conceal carry I don't do it with tactical pants, gun clothing, fanny packs, or vests.

I do like trench coats though. It rarely gets cold enough for them though. They also double as a blanket if need be.

Hardtarget
March 16, 2012, 11:35 PM
Its not easy to make it work all the time. Keep it hidden while keeping it accessable. Tough. Not looking "gunny" is the extra step.

Mark

Pietro Beretta
March 16, 2012, 11:38 PM
http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/e8f0_tactical_sammiches.jpg
http://www.thinkgeek.com/images/products/zoom/c399_tactical_canned_bacon.jpg

Positivity
March 16, 2012, 11:56 PM
But Pietro, where are the pickletinny (ba-dump-bump) rails to attach my sandwich accessories?

Pietro Beretta
March 17, 2012, 12:03 AM
But Pietro, where are the pickletinny (ba-dump-bump) rails to attach my sandwich accessories?
I was going to photoshop something but i'm feeling lazy.

http://i41.tinypic.com/qn06qv.jpg

kynwatch
March 17, 2012, 12:16 AM
Tactical Sammich and this coffee Mug.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/opmod-battle-mug.html

tarosean
March 17, 2012, 12:46 AM
Tactical Sammich and this coffee Mug.

http://www.opticsplanet.net/opmod-battle-mug.html

I dont think its very tactical if you have to steal your kids sippy straw to drink liquid out of it with all the accessories pilled on... gosh is this "tactical" crap getting out of hand...

blarby
March 17, 2012, 01:05 AM
I love the export restrictions on the tac mug.

Fishslayer
March 17, 2012, 12:01 PM
Flatbill ballcap. Bonus points for wearing it backwards and/or over the ears. Watch these guys VERY carefully. They're gonna do something stupid.

I generally wear camo shorts because it doesn't show tactical bacon grease or where the mustard fell outta my tactical sammich onto my lap.:D

Rail Driver
March 17, 2012, 12:15 PM
Flatbill ballcap. Bonus points for wearing it backwards and/or over the ears. Watch these guys VERY carefully. They're gonna do something stupid.

I generally wear camo shorts because it doesn't show tactical bacon grease or where the mustard fell outta my tactical sammich onto my lap.:D
Now now, don't let prejudice cloud your judgement. I wear a flat bill ballcap from time to time, and I stringently adhere to proper firearms safety. Sometimes I even wear it backwards or over one or both ears. I'm not going to say I don't do stupid things once in awhile, but they're certainly not related to what kind of hat I wear, and they don't happen when I'm handling firearms.

jeepnik
March 17, 2012, 01:44 PM
Tactical bacon sammich.........mmmm
With cheeeesssseeee

beatledog7
March 17, 2012, 02:06 PM
No offense intended; I dress down at times. But isn't it pretty much true that 90% of guys dressed in a manner associated with a particular cultural mindset really do have that mindset? Isn't the mindset the thing that drives the dress code?

ExTank
March 17, 2012, 02:29 PM
armoredman: where did you get the B-17? Is a license required? :D

Neighborhood Watch must be a hoot in your neck of the woods.

Rail Driver
March 17, 2012, 02:36 PM
No offense intended; I dress down at times. But isn't it pretty much true that 90% of guys dressed in a manner associated with a particular cultural mindset really do have that mindset? Isn't the mindset the thing that drives the dress code?
Depends what specific mindset you're talking about. In my (considerable) experience with the particular culture in question from growing up in Detroit and living in Louisville, KY and Toledo, OH as well as Tallahassee, FL (3 major colleges here... plenty of stupid actions going on), I've found that there are many more people that dress in the "urban" fashion and don't do stupid/dangerous things with guns than there are that do. Most of those "urban" types that do stupid and/or dangerous things with guns tend to be prohibited persons, though there's no way to tell simply by looking at them. For that matter, there's no way to tell if a person is going to do something stupid without watching their BEHAVIOR rather than the way they dress. That's basically the point I'm making here... A person's actions define them. How they dress (or speak, or what they believe, or where they live, or the color of their skin, or what age or gender they are) does not.

beatledog7
March 17, 2012, 02:55 PM
Rail Driver:

I fully get what you're saying. But when Person A knows nothing about Person B, is it not true that Person A generally classifies Person B based on appearance? He does this because his experience has taught him to be situationally aware, and he has no other facts to go on.

One's mode of dress very often "tells" the observer what group with which the observed person identifies. Exceptions abound, but the casual observer cannot tell who the exceptions are.

Manson
March 17, 2012, 03:29 PM
This thread has real potential. I never wear anything tactical or with any form of gun likeness. Fanny packs have already been mentioned but a few things have been missed. I once saw a guy with a gold badge on his belt. When I got close enough I could see it wasn't a police badge. I kept wondering if his CCW badge would get him arrested.

I've seen more than one person with a Glock cap or a 1911 t-shirt. To me this kind of thing defeats the purpose of concealing. Like putting a sign in your living room window announcing you have lots of firearms inside.

Op my advice is simple. Try to dress like a guy who doesn't have a gun.

sgtstryker
March 17, 2012, 05:17 PM
Someone wearing a $20 nylon thigh rig that flaps from the front of the thigh to the rear as they walk. This always gives me the willies.. sorry willie

3KillerBs
March 17, 2012, 05:20 PM
In my opinion? Fanny packs.
Fanny packs are very practical for people who don't use belts. I don't wear pants much at all, almost never wear jeans, and can't remember the last time that sturdy belts were commonly seen on women's skirts.

I've been using a bellyband this winter, but I'm probably going to have to go back to a fanny pack for summer because an undershirt and a 6" band of surgical elastic is going to be very, very hot in a North Carolina summer working in a factory that has no AC.

armoredman
March 17, 2012, 06:10 PM
wojownik, no, no holster leather showing, guaranteed. :) The museum is a posted no carry zone, unfortunately. The vest is simply because it was a bit cold in the early morning hours.
hso, the good thing is most people have absolutely no idea what CZ means, though I have had at least one person ask me if CZ-USA is importing CZ motorcycles. I said, "I think so", and kept going.

ExTank, that B-17G behind me has LIVE and LOADED machineguns in it. The plane is back under the authority of the US Air Force so the 309th Bomb Group can have "their" plane as authentic as possible, including 12 separate loaded 50BMGs, but with electrical firing circuits disabled. The plane is in 100% restored FLYABLE condition, drain the preservation fluids, fill oil, gas, charge the batteries, and she'll fly.
In this picture you can see three gentlemen - the one in the wheelchair was a navigator on a B-17 in WWII. The gentleman in the red hat gave my son an incredible guided tour of the plane, and flew that exact aircraft right after the war.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/B17fromsidewithoriginalcrew.jpg

Come on down to Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson sometime to see all the incredible history there. Gives ya goose bumps.

Sorry, went WAAAAAAAY off topic...my bad.
I don't feel bad wearing CZ-USA garb, as I said, 90% of gun people and 99% of bad guys have no clue what it means. Now, I am a little bit more careful when I wear THIS hat, generally only wear it to the range, but sometimes other places.

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b13/armoredman/berryad.jpg

B!ngo
March 17, 2012, 08:23 PM
A black holster with a brown belt.
...and blue socks.

MDH90
March 17, 2012, 09:48 PM
While I will admit that most of these things are dead give aways to those of us in the gun community, with the exception of firearm company branded clothing items, what member of the general population is going to look at a vest, or a fanny pack and automatically think "GUN!" before i was aware in the firearms community i never actively looked for armed people, and i doubt much of the general population does.

jeepnik
March 17, 2012, 09:56 PM
Gee, if some don't like fanny packs (I used to use them alot) I can't imagine what they'd say about my MaxExpedition Versapack.

tarosean
March 18, 2012, 12:04 AM
Gee, if some don't like fanny packs (I used to use them alot) I can't imagine what they'd say about my MaxExpedition Versapack.

Purse?? :neener:

HDCamel
March 18, 2012, 12:45 AM
From what I remember, cargo khakis and other military inspired fashions used to be pretty popular in the late 90s/early 00s. They're only a dead giveaway NOW because they currently aren't in style and only someone who needs (or thinks they need) them is going to wear them.

jeepnik
March 18, 2012, 01:13 AM
Purse?? :neener:
Nah, modern day "possibles bag".

ExTank
March 18, 2012, 02:05 PM
A black holster with a brown belt.

...and blue socks.

Throw in the open-toed sandals and you're talking about my Dad. :o

monet61
March 18, 2012, 02:54 PM
Well, I wear khaki cargo pants to work every day. I like the fit, and having all the pockets mostly keeps me from having to pack around parts and small tools in a toolbag. Wouldn't wear 'em anywhere else. I swear I'm not any kind of ninja!!:uhoh:

poco loco
March 18, 2012, 02:57 PM
As for judging by looks, this long haired hippie type otter scrubbin tree hugger doesn't quite fit the "Carrying" profile....I find people don't even notice when I'm open carrying let alone CCW or semi CCW....

looking different can actually hide you in a crowd when it comes to daily carry. though it is annoying at the range until the RMs get to know me....I can't count the number of times new RMs feel the need to ck and see if after 30+ years of shooting and being a club member, I have a clue. Oh well everyone deals with some discrimination at some point in their life. If that's all for me I can deal.

tkopp
March 19, 2012, 04:48 AM
I love 5.11 covert khakis. Gun people can spot them a mile away, but they're super comfortable pants and very well made.

Black Duck Charlie
March 20, 2012, 12:14 AM
A black holster with a brown belt.

browningguy, maybe the ones who wear a black holster on a brown belt just couldn't find a brown holster -- or maybe the black one was just less expensive.

Ringolevio
March 20, 2012, 12:36 AM
I'm an outdoorsman, and I favor sturdy, practical clothing. I often wear a vest or a BDU-type or bush jacket, and I wear a lot of khaki. And I almost always wear a Tilley-type hat. I'm also almost always accompanied by a pretty serious-looking GSD.

If that makes somebody think I'm a mall ninja or some other kind of poser, I'm OK with that. If it makes badguys think I'm some kind of dog handler, I'm OK with that, too.

Cops don't seem to show too much interest. But a couple of gunshop guys have told me I look like a guy who carries a 1911; I'm OK with that, too (SS XSE Commander).

Nobody ever asks if I carry (even folks whom I think are less-than-discreet in talking about guns and carrying; I stay out of such conversations).

But I'm sometimes asked (by strangers) "Are you on safari?"

And I usually give one of two responses, both with a smile:
1) "Well, it's a jungle out there!"
2) "And what are you, the fashion police??"

Black Duck Charlie
March 20, 2012, 12:36 AM
A question: What does someone who owns/shoots/carries guns happen to look like?

memphisjim
March 20, 2012, 12:43 AM
im one that thinks any guy with a fanny pack is carrying also the vest
im sure im wrong sometimes

CraigC
March 20, 2012, 12:49 AM
IMHO, people that constantly complain about "tactical crap" are far more irritating than whatever it is they're complaining about.

shiftyer1
March 20, 2012, 12:51 AM
I don't know much bout fox paws but my ol lady told me just the other day that my gold colored watch clashed with my stainless 1911:)

DFWB
March 20, 2012, 12:56 AM
what about a hot chick in a bikini, with a gun, isn't sexy...?

unless it's a highpoint :)

3KillerBs
March 20, 2012, 12:49 PM
A question: What does someone who owns/shoots/carries guns happen to look like?
Well, I'm short and significantly overweight with long, blonde-going-grey hair and I usually wear skirts and dress in a markedly feminine manner.

I strongly suspect that in any given group of random people other than maybe a batch of clueless idealists in "Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was nice?" t-shirts, I would be the last one suspected of having a gun. ;)

Swing
March 20, 2012, 12:53 PM
"Tactical" anything

This.

timhernandez
March 20, 2012, 02:39 PM
Living in the burbs of Detroit, you see all kinds of dress and all kinds of people carrying.

Yesterday, I was at the local range blowing the dust out of my SxS 12ga before the weekend cowboy shoot.

A man walks in wearing sweat pants, workboots, tall-T and flatbill... he reaches into the sweatpants and pulls a pistol out, setting it on the bench. He is standing next to a man in 5.11 gear, head to toe, working out of a Pelican hard case.

Me, I just made sure no one was going to shoot me in the back, then went back to punishing myself with the dbl barrel 12.....

parsimonious_instead
March 20, 2012, 02:48 PM
I had just been given a diagnosis of acute appendicitis at a local Urgent Care Center, when a fellow walks by me with an arm cast and a Smith and Wesson long-sleeved shirt. "Smith and Wesson?" I said, and he turned around. "Are you a shooter?" I added, and and he replied affirmatively, and told me his company does a lot of work with Smith and Wesson. I told him about the range I go to, which took him by surprise since it's all of about two miles from his house. He gratefully took down the range info and gave me his contact info.
The Urgent Care doctor watched this dialogue looking rather surprised, then not too gently reminded me of my condition, and the fact that a general surgeon was on his way to meet me at the local hospital.
Hey, we're talking about the immediate suburbs of New York here - we pro-2A folk *should* recognize each other, and stick together! :)

Fishslayer
March 20, 2012, 04:42 PM
From what I remember, cargo khakis and other military inspired fashions used to be pretty popular in the late 90s/early 00s. They're only a dead giveaway NOW because they currently aren't in style and only someone who needs (or thinks they need) them is going to wear them.


I'm still rockin' the cargo pants & shorts. I NEED them. I'm generally concealing tactical plastic bags & dog treats. One is for one end of the dogs, the other is for...umm... "the other." :D

Nushif
March 20, 2012, 04:52 PM
From what I remember, cargo khakis and other military inspired fashions used to be pretty popular in the late 90s/early 00s. They're only a dead giveaway NOW because they currently aren't in style and only someone who needs (or thinks they need) them is going to wear them.

Hey now! I mildly resemble that remark. 8)

I do still rock the cargo khakis, but I gotta admit I am dating myself to the tight pants folks with them. Usually though they house nothing. Because they are loose, trying to house a three pound gun makes it dangle funny and it hits my legs a lot. Not to mention it's better than my teenage fashion from the European Raver scene ...

As for funky fashions ... I can't help but think someone is carrying anytime I see a fannypack or a photography vest with nothing stuffed in the pockets.

exavid
March 20, 2012, 11:53 PM
In many states it shouldn't be hard to have that B17 since it was made well before 1986. As for type of clothing my only real tell is my tendency to wear either my gun club hat or my NRA cap. Of course the NRA sticker on my truck and Tracker and the Gadsen flag on my Goldwing might be a hint too. Oh, yeah, the "Protected by Stag Arms" sticker with the AR15 picture on the windshield of the Tracker might be another hint.

If you enjoyed reading about "gun fashion faux pas" here in TheHighRoad.org archive, you'll LOVE our community. Come join TheHighRoad.org today for the full version!