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Concealed Carry in Scrubs

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Bobson, Nov 10, 2014.

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  1. guyfromohio

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    Most non-hospital healthcare facilities have only the nurse that drew the short straw between the bad guy and $100,000 in narcs on the night shift. Let's hope someone locked the door. Providing care and security are not mutually exclusive.
     
  2. brickeyee

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    Shift supervisor has the key in every ER I have visited.

    And $100,000 is probably a little low for 'street' value.

    Closer to pharmacy value.

    At least most of the cabinets no longer have glass fronts.
     
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    I wish you the best of luck in a rewarding and challenging field.
     
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    Getting back to the OP's question, I'd go for ankle holsters. I bought a belly band but it's so uncomfortable, I essentially threw away money on a rig I can't stand on me even for a few seconds. The ankle holster would be the best option especially since scrubs would probably print even with Thunder Wear or similar products. If you're wearing anything for a long shift, it needs to be comfortable.

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    Just another thought...
    A coworker (a fellow RN) on our inner city med surg unit didn't wear scrubs.
    He wore whites: that is, white pants and shirt, with a belt. He was very skinny and couldn't get scrub pants to stay up. He met the dress code even if he looked like an ice cream man. Uniform companies offer alternatives to scrubs that may be more practical if you must carry.
     
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    For discreet, deep-cover carry I find an ankle holster best. Hard part is choosing the appropriate handgun. Tried just about every small handgun available and settled on the Walther PPK, which provides the best balance for safe carry and effective use.
     
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    I think this is a case where the fanny pack makes sense. You need somewhere to put your phone and your wallet anyway, right?
     
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    NAA 22mag✔️, Thunderware✔️, Hospital✔️,...The state of Georgia's new carry law basically says if your employer does not expressly forbid it you are good to go and even then the worst case sernario is you might lose your job. Trust me, if the SHTF one night and you save your units life with a "forbidden" CCW you will be ok..
     
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    I have worked in the medical field in a large hospital for over a decade, most of it wearing scrubs.

    Here are my suggestions, if you are allowed to CC by law in your state within a hospital:

    1. Belly Band
    2. Ankle holster
    3. A bag or some sort e.g. belt bag, small man bag/purse, etc.

    IMO The most effective way is by using a Belly Band. That way you can keep the weapon on your body at all times and it will be the easiest to conceal carry. Ankle holsters may get uncomfortable esp for longer shifts (I work 12hr shifts, no way do I want to have something on my ankle for that long.)

    Another thing, scrubs are made to be loose comfortable clothing. It is very easy to conceal a weapon under your scrubs. Me and my coworkers always joke that we wear pajamas to work.
     
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    My experience is opposite.

    Anything on my ankle for 12hrs is very uncomfortable, esp when you have to move around caring for patients or whatever your job is. The pistol would have to be pretty small and light or less you'd be walking weird or lopsided.

    Belly bands need to be used correctly. This is probably the issue some people have. I've gone jogging for miles with my belly band with no issue. What you have to do is, wear the bellyband over an undershirt, then put your scrubs over it. Wear it a little higher on your waist/stomach in case you have to bend or reach while at work.
     
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    Thank you for sharing your experience, justice.
     
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    There are a lot of different ankle holsters out there, and all are most certainly, not created equal.

    Ive been through most of the big name makers holsters, and found that most were as you describe. That was until I tried the Desantis "Ankle Holster" (#44 I believe). That one, I can, and do wear literally, "all day", and forget its even there, and thats with a Glock 26 in it.

    If youre interested in an ankle holster, just dont give up on the first, if it doesnt seem like its going to work.
     
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    most people have two ankles.

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    Tan or kaki scrubs are fairly common. Most cargo pants are tan or kaki colored also. What I do is combine the two. I wear a kaki or tan scrub top along with matching color cargo paints like 5.11s.

    Few people notice anything different.

    Dan
     
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    As I said before, I work construction and wear a Air-weight J-Frame in an ankle holster. All day, every day. Generally wear it home and take it of with my boots when I go to bed. Many times on Saturday morning when I jump on the bike, it's back on my ankle(works well on motorcycle also) till I hit the sack at night. With the right gun and the right holster it's not a problem. But I wear boots, not tennies. Tennies might be a case where an ankle holster with a calf strap would work better.
     
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    The problem is, not everyone is comfortable carrying a piece of metal on their leg for long hours. Not everyone also carries a small compact pistol. Even a Glock26 is too bulky for me. Everyone has different physiques and different comfort levels.

    If you can ankle carry for 12hrs at a time, great. Doesn't work for everybody though. I'm not sure how good the retention is for ankle holsters vs IWB or BellyBand. I've gone jogging with my bellyband and the pistol stayed put for over 1mile using a Springfield XD. I doubt that same pistol will stay put for long in an ankle holster without being uncomfortable--at least for me, my body type, and the type of work I do.

    One other thing, I feel it would make me walk lopsided having a pistol on my ankle for 12hr shifts. And I certainly don' want to keep switching the ccw on my ankles every couple of hours. The belly band method works much better and is more centered on your body, while providing an easier draw when the need arises.

    Just my 2c.
     
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    Have a look at PistolWear for a comfortable bellyband type holster. It conceals well, but is not fast to draw and even slower to re-holster.

    http://www.pistolwear.com/holsters/
     
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