Six tips for choosing the right concealed carry system


Professionals who carry a firearm every day know that when it comes to concealing a pistol: simple is better, comfort is great and security is everything.

Also, the latest gimmick or concealment fad is probably a waste of money.CCC man bra

Here are some tips to help you find the right way to conceal your firearm safely and securely while still allowing quick access:

1. The best way to carry a concealed weapon is on your strong side, in a secure holster affixed to a quality belt, concealed under a shirt, jacket or suit coat. If you live in the northern climes or wear a suit often, your concealed carry concerns are solved. The rest of us have to rely on a shirt. There are dozens of models of concealed carry shirts on the market, designed with Velcro seams that break free and allow quick access to your pistol. The problem is, they’re expensive. I’ve always found it much easier to buy a shirt one-size larger, which usually offers enough room for a medium-framed automatic for most people, or a larger frame pistol or BAR for us XXL-ers.

ccc underwear2. Pocket carry is a good option, but only with a pocket holster. My pockets are usually full of lint and bits of tobacco – neither of which improves a weapons function. A pocket holster keeps your pistol clean, but it also keeps it properly oriented, allowing a smoother, more reliable draw stroke.

3. Avoid garments with built in holsters. There are t-shirt holsters, underwear holsters, and non-bullet-resistant vests with holsters incorporated into the design. These are great if you don’t sweat. If you do, you’ll need to wash the garment often, which significantly degrades the holster’s retention properties.

4. Avoid gimmicks. People have been carrying handguns for more than 300 years. Strapping on a pistol is really not that complicated a process, so every time I hear of a new holster system, I get skeptical. The explosion of concealed-carry permits across the country has given rise to some rather unique concealment options, some of questionable utility. Some of the new concealment gadgets defy description – such as the man-bra-holster, or the concealed carry jock – one that looks like a girdle.ccc jock

5. Avoid concealed-carry handbags and fanny packs. What’s the first thing a robber is going to snatch from a woman – her purse. There goes her money, keys, ID and pistol. There is a cottage industry being created to manufacture designer CCW purses. However, these are not safe. Even if the robber isn’t successful at yanking the purse away on the first attempt, it will be difficult to draw a pistol while engaged in a tug-of-war. As to fanny packs, here in Sarasota a fanny pack screams one thing – TOURIST! The bad guys know they are chock-full of cash and credit cards. If they snatch one containing a pistol, it’s an added bonus.

ccc vest6. Avoid tactical garments. To a bad guy, someone dressed in BDU pants, desert boots, a tactical vest and a tactical shirt sends one message – shoot me first. I am guilty of violating this self-defense tenet. My wife says my closet is starting to look like that Big and Tall rack at an Army-Navy store. In my own defense, many of these garments come with very handy concealment options. The best solution is not to wear all of them at once.


About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.


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      Personally, I don’t like it. It’s a secure, viable carry method, but I’ve never found it to be too comfortable.

  2. Don’t put stickers on your car such as ,,,NRA or PROTECTED BY SMITH AND WESSON. These messages tell the bad guy that there could be a gun in the car, then they break in.

  3. in the thunder roads motorcycle mag, your collum spoke about conceal carry,, the pics showed a few differant rigs for motorcycles,,, pass on the leads so we can carry as we ride,,, and secure them when we arrive at a place that does not allow us to protect ourselfs when we are away from our rides

  4. I liked when you talked about how the best way to carry a gun is in a secure holster affixed to a belt. It makes sense that understanding how to carry your gun can help you feel comfortable and safe. I can see that having a plan and knowing what you want can help you make find the4 best system to make it happen.

  5. I agree that you would want to avoid gimmicks when choosing a concealed carry system. It would be good to consider things that are realistic and easy to use. My brother is looking for a way to concealed carry after he gets his license, so he’ll have to find something that is easy to use.

  6. My brother is thinking about getting a custom Kydex concealed carry holster. It makes sense that he should look for a secure holster to hold onto his gun. If it were to break or the gun falls out of place it could be disastrous for him and many others.

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