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Concealment cover garments

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by DWS1117, Jun 12, 2005.

  1. DWS1117

    DWS1117 Well-Known Member

    What do you use?

    Some are always saying how belly bags and tactical / photographer's scream gun. Do you care? Is comfort and concealment more important?

    What other options for concealing for concealing a 5" 1911 in OWB holster are available?
  2. Quintin Likely

    Quintin Likely Well-Known Member

    I've been able to get by in the summer with a T-shirt about one size too big untucked, carrying a Colt Commander or a Glock 19. In the fall/winter months, a light jacket or a windbreaker works too. But I also carrying IWB, so I've got a little more freedom in choice of cover gear, but I've been thinking about going OWB with my G19.
  3. chris in va

    chris in va Well-Known Member

    With my full size CZ75 I've been using a Don Hume OWB, shorts and a loose cotton shirt. Prints pretty good when I go to get something on the lower shelf at WalMart :rolleyes: but I'm far from worried about that.

    I like what one guy on here said if someone asks. "It's my PDA". Personal Defense Accessory. :D
  4. Flyboy

    Flyboy Well-Known Member

    For reference, I'm carrying a 1911 in a cheap IWB holster.

    As far as cover garments go, just about anything will work. When I started carrying, I gave a lot of thought to it and made it a point to look for long buttondown shirts I could wear untucked and open; Hawaiian shirts, camp shirts, general Eddie Bauer fare, and the like. In my case, this wasn't much of a change from how I normally dressed when given the choice (I like the extra pockets). In cooler weather, I'd wear a vest or light fleece jacket.

    Since then, I've realized that I don't need to be nearly as concerned as I was. With the same gun and holster, I wear a loose T-shirt over an undershirt, with the top shirt untucked; a polo shirt, untucked; pretty much anything an inch or two larger than your unarmed size, left untucked, will conceal just fine. Wearing polos and such has the additional advantage of looking respectable enough that nobody thinks I'm trying to hide anything, and a good knit polo will be stiff enough to minimize printing.

    Occasionally, I need to dress a little nicer than that; in those cases, usually some sort of a long-sleeve buttondown, preferably with a pattern, tucked in over the gun and bloused consistently around my waist (being a larger fellow, blousing looks better anyway). Works great; sometimes, even I can't tell if I'm carrying.

    Bottom line: don't worry too much about it. Just make sure it A) hangs a bit below your beltline, and B) is loose enough to avoid clinging, and you ought to be fine.
  5. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    Check out the following:

    Concealed Carry Clothiers

    Smith & Alexander clothing

    I have vests from both. The S&A vests are very lightweight, good for carry during hot weather, while the CCC vests are heavier, better suited for cooler weather. I recommend both.
  6. El Tejon

    El Tejon Well-Known Member

    Options for carrying a 1911 OWB concealed? Around here we call those November, December, January, February and part of March. :D Not really options though.

    Get a good IWB and good belt, untuck your shirt, you'll be good to go (as the kids say). :)
  7. Technosavant

    Technosavant Well-Known Member

    My rig: 5 inch 1911 in a Milt Sparks VM2

    My clothing: usually, shorts or pants, undershirt, untucked button-down shirt (something with a design, preferably something with lots of pictures or lines).

    You can't tell if I have anything under there. My sister can't tell when I carry, and neither can my fiancee (that is the surprise- she had no idea I carried to dinner one night until I unsnapped the holster when I got home).

    The shirts are the easiest thing to come by- Wal-Mart has them for $10 each, so you can stock up and vary your wardrobe accordingly. This has a benefit over just a T-shirt- you can sweat a bit without it showing, and you look more dressed up.
  8. kngflp

    kngflp Well-Known Member

    5:11 vest only scream gun to gunnies, what they scream to most people is bad fashion sense. The same goes for a fanny pack. I know a few fellows that wear the vest constantly but it kinda works with their look. The same guys were against IWB carry until they threw on my holster which is for a CZ 75 made by HBE Leather. A good IWB and you could conceal a S&W 500 under a tube top.
  9. autospike

    autospike Well-Known Member

    Good Belt - 1.5" seems to work better than my thinner belts. I'm using a Milt Sparks

    Good Holster - IWB - prefer leather, using a kydex one right this minute for my P99c.

    T-Shirt - Russel Athletics Dri-Power - Just like Underarmor without the high price - Academy Sports has it. That keeps the gun from rubbing me. The shirt also wicks away moisture and keeps me cool.

    Shirt - My current favorites are some button down silk shirts I got from Target. They all have patterns - some are hawaiian looking.
    They have square hems and aren't too long - though I need to get them altered to be perfect. I wear them untucked.
    They were priced pretty cheap too.
  10. DWS1117

    DWS1117 Well-Known Member

    Lots of good suggestions.

    I am good with IWB and will probably stick with it since we really don't have a winter here. Just looking for other options.

    Also, I am considering IDPA and was looking for something that would do both. All the participants at the match I went to were wearing some sort of kydex rig and OWB. I would like to use the same gun for carry and competition.

    Right now my carry gun is a 3" Kimber, but I do have a full sized Springfield that would be used for competition and carry.


    I like that way you think. I've thought about that as well, but I am not exactly lean and trim. 5'10 and 250lbs. I can't buy much clothing wise at Wal-mart.

    The more I think about it, the vests and fanny packs only scream gun to people who knows what the look for. How many of you try to make out who is carrying? I know I do. It is a game similar to what you do with the kids on a long trip. See how many different state's licenses plates you can find. Same thing except with guns.
  11. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

  12. kngflp

    kngflp Well-Known Member

    I use my IWB rig in IDPA, you do lose a little edge to the gamers but I like working on my draw from what I actually will be drawing from.
  13. RRTX

    RRTX Well-Known Member

    I carry a 5" 1911 OWB with an unbuttoned hawaiian shirt over it and in a maxpedition versipack if I don't feel like wearing an over shirt.
  14. GRB

    GRB member

    Jacket, or vest or s/s button down shirt (unbuttoned and worn over a tee shirt) over gun and mag pouches on my hips. Sometimes a very loose fitting golf shirt.
  15. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

    Denim Smith & Alexander vest for me - looks very nondescript when biking and even when not biking does not maybe shout carry as loud as some photo vests.

    I overheat easily but this vest makes little difference and is excellent for concealment - even controllable with the ''WalMart parking lot wind blow''! :p

    If it says ''Carry'' - so what? I am not printing and so folks can guess all they want - in summer nothing does as well. Best I have found yet by far.
  16. joab

    joab Well-Known Member

    Colored wife beater with a Hawaiian type over shirt or some type of short sleeve button up.
    When it gets real cold in the winter I wear a long sleeve shirt and a real T-shirt
  17. thereisnospoon

    thereisnospoon Well-Known Member

    Concealment Vests

    Almost anything will do for concealment. I personally wear a t-shirt with a button up over it.

    For competition (IDPA), I wear a vest from www.pistolpacking.com

    Full disclosure: I am 50% owner in the site and helped design the vest.

    Dave Sevigny wears our vest and his endorsement adorns our website.

    Check it out if you need something for competition or for concealed carry.

    Moderator(s): If this is bad juju please delete :D
  18. Mauserguy

    Mauserguy Well-Known Member

    OK, this is a little off topic, but I was wondering, as a non-carry person, a resident of the PRC, how do you keep your gun from corroding when it is held against your body all day. I would think that any sweat and body oils would be like acid.
  19. Vern Humphrey

    Vern Humphrey Well-Known Member

    That's a real problem, and my holster design solves it. Basically, it has a flap of leather on the back which goes between gun and body. I sweat-proof my holsters with Sno-Seal (you can get it at Wal Mart). As an added benefit, the back flap breaks up the outline and also makes the gun more comfortable, since it spreads the pressure over more area of your body.

    In addition, for guns carried cocked-and-locked, it has a "button" or leather cam which engages the safety and forces it to remain in the safe position.

    You can see pictures and find directions on how to make this holster at http://paul.desertskyone.com/gunstuff.html
  20. 38SnubFan

    38SnubFan Well-Known Member

    Wow! Glad to know I'm not the only one who deals with that!

    For me, it's usually a camp/hawaiian shirt or polo shirt - Basically, anything that fits loosely on me. If it's too hot, then the snubbie IWB, wearing a t-shirt underneath a "beater" undershirt does the trick for me too.

    For winter, I usually keep my shirts tucked in and wear a leather jacket, or even just a loose-fitting sweatshirt.


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