People make concealed carry way more complicated than it really is.
Honestly, as long as you have a dark colored shirt that covers your gun, you’re good.
People want to drop money on fancy holsters and deep-concealment carry systems, when they haven’t even mastered the basics. All they’re doing is getting wrapped up in the typical consumer mindset — a product is always their fleeting solution, until a “better” product comes along.
Chances are, they use it a few times and then jump to the next alternative. What a waste of time and money!
What you should focus on as a concealed carrier is the basics:
- Carry a gun that’s the proper size for concealment, generally a standard or compact handgun, or a revolver.
- Wear the proper clothing, in appropriate sizes, colors, and patterns.
- Invest in a 1.25″ to 1.5″ gun belt, typically leather, and an adjustable inside-the-waistband holster.
If you stick to the basics, you’ll be able to conceal in 99% of scenarios.
What To Wear
Most people are not looking for a gun, especially in liberal areas.
People are too self-absorbed or too distracted by the phone shoved in their face to even notice if someone fell down right in front of them. Society is filled with a bunch of zombies that are completely situationally unaware. Just look at the lemmings who played Pokémon GO…
The only reason you are worried about someone spotting your gun is because YOU are situationally aware. You’re not one of the zombies or sheep.
The ability to shift perspective is a key to success.
Remember to see things from an outside perspective. Unless you’re around a police officer, your gun can almost be sticking out of your shirt and people aren’t going to notice.
That’s not to say you should conceal with the intention of being obvious, but you don’t need to worry about printing as much as YouTube gurus will lead you to believe.
Here is how you avoid detection while carrying a gun:
#1 – Wear dark colors. Bulges and creases do not show up as well when wearing dark clothing.
#2 – Wear loose-fitting shirts or a jacket. Looser clothing or coats do not cause a gun to print as much as tight-fitting clothing.
#3 – Wear patterned shirts. Patterns disrupt the lines and bulges caused by a gun. The crazier the pattern, the more easily a gun will disappear.
#4 – Wear dark colored undershirts. Dark or black undershirts will prevent the contrast between your gun and the undershirt, and prevent drawing attention to your waistline if your overshirt accidentally rides up.
#5 – Wear accessories that will draw attention away from your waistline. Hats, necklaces, watches, bracelets, rings, or stylish shoes will serve as distractions that allow someone’s eyes to focus on them instead of your waistline.
What NOT To Do
I also have some simple tips on what NOT to do:
#1 – Do NOT wear light or bright colors. Light or bright colors show bulges and irregularities in the clothing much easier than dark clothing. A white shirt can even allow the entire outline of the darker gun to show through. Lighter undershirts will also draw attention to your waistline if your overshirt rides up.
#2 – Do NOT wear extremely tight clothing. This should be common-sense. Tighter clothing will cause the outline of the gun to press through the garment and make it easier to notice. Stick to baggier, looser-fitting shirts.
#3 – Do NOT bend over at the waist, if carrying behind the hip. Instead, you should squat down when you have to pick up something lower than waist level. This prevents the butt of the gun from bulging through the back of your shirt.
#4 – Do NOT constantly fidget with your waistline or touch your gun. Adjusting your gun or fidgeting with your shirt and waistline will draw attention to the gun. You know it’s still there. You do not need to constantly touch it or make sure your shirt is pulled down over the gun. Either carry in a better positions (see below), or learn to recognize the weight of your gun on your belt.
What Position to Carry Your Gun
When I first started carrying when I was 23, I originally carried in the 5 o’clock position, just behind my right hip.
Over the years, I noticed this position places a lot of strain on the opposite hip, as well additional pressure on your bladder. In order to keep a gun from moving and rocking in this position as you walk, you have to cinch your belt down tight.
Another problem is that the butt of the gun has a tendency to bulge out from your shirt, especially if you wear slightly tighter clothing, sit down in a chair, bend over, or even when you squat in some cases. This tendency is what leads to people constantly fidget with the gun and make sure their shirt is pulled down over it — carrying behind the hip causes the gun to print excessively, especially as you carry larger and larger guns.
If you have the right body type, i.e. you’re not fat, appendix carry is the way to go. Why is it superior? Because everything happens directly in front of your body.
Appendix carry results in a faster and easier draw.
It allows you to more easily protect the gun and prevent someone from grabbing it if you get into a scuffle.
You don’t have to constantly adjust your waistline or perform a tactile check to make sure it is covered — you simply look down.
If you’re a hugger… or rather, if the people you know are huggers, you don’t have to worry about their arms brushing up against a gun behind your hip and giving you away. Very rarely will someone’s waist bump into your own waist during a hug.
And finally, the gun literally disappears under your cover garment.
Ever wondered why thugs slip their gun down the front of their pants? It’s because appendix carry hides a gun best… the thugs are just too stupid to use a holster. But then again, if they have to toss a weapon and get stopped with an empty holster, that would be just as bad so I guess they’re smarter than we give them credit for.
So, how do you properly appendix carry?
Watch this video for more details, but the short of it is you wear your belt LOOSE.
Many people fall into the same mindset of cinching their belt down tight when they appendix carry, because they are used to carrying behind the waist, where a tight belt is a necessity.
Appendix carry isn’t the first choice for most new concealed carriers, because they are worryied about the gun shooting them in the dick. Get rid of this fear. This is what a proper holster and trigger discipline is for.
For appendix carry, a loose belt is a necessity. As you move, especially when changing from a standing to seated position, the gun needs to have enough wiggle room to ride up and down with your waistline.
If your belt is tight, the gun will dig into your legs, lower abdomen, or ribs. All of which will lead to you hating appendix carry and going back to behind the hip… which ultimately leads to having to wear a tight belt, placing strain on your opposite hip and compressing your bladder.
Business & Bullets has a great video discussing how various carry positions will place strain on your body. Lloyd knows his stuff. Heed his advice.
When Should I Carry?
All the time.
Your gun is of no use if you do not have it with you.
Everyone should know the old adage of, “It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.”
It may be an inconvenience and it can sometimes be a headache, but the choice to not carry a gun can be absolutely FATAL.
Unless you know you will be patted down or metal detected, like going into a club or a court house, you need to be carrying your damn gun.
Just last night, I was having Mongolian and looked around the buffet. I could pretty much guarantee you that I was the only one there with a gun or weapon, unless you counted the chef back in the kitchen with a knife…
If anyone in that establishment knew I was carrying a gun, they would have been mortified. However, what mortified me was that had I not been there, all of these people, including several little children, would have been completely defenseless had a crazy person walked in wanting to do some harm.
That’s the dark side of being a sheepdog, of being a protector.
The sheep fear the sheepdog, but you cannot blame them. They have been programed to remain the sheep. The sheepdog may be feared, but he is there to protect the flock from the wolves waiting in the darkness. All a sheepdog can do is blend in, and be ready to kill in protection when Fate calls upon him.
A Note On Masculinity
Masculine men are not victims.
Masculine men are prepared, and willing to kill at a moment’s notice.
Masculine men do not allow the dictates of tyrants to determine their Fate.
For this reason, I’d like to make a note on “allowed” versus “able.” You may not be allowed to carry a gun somewhere, such as a particular movie theater or at work. However, you are almost always able to.
It’s better to have your gun and not need it than to need it and not have it. This goes for gun free zones as well, even if those zones are legally binding in your state.
You must make the decision to either disarm yourself or remain concealed when entering certain areas and establishments. The choice to disarm may be fatal, and the choice to conceal could lead to detection and legal consequences. Choose wisely.
Personally, I ignore “no-gun” signs and continue to conceal my firearm. If shit hits the fan, I’d rather be able to protect my life and the lives of those around me, than to be a victim. Concealed is concealed. If you stop an active shooter, no court is going to prosecute you for carrying in a “gun free” zone.
This is not legal advice. This is my personal opinion. Make your own decision, and consult your lawyer if you have any legal questions. Just know that I live as the Founders intended.
If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.” — Thomas Jefferson