A certain Rob T. raised a question to Jason regarding carrying a concealed weapon. The question is often asked not only by Jason but as well as other concealed carriers. Rob T. says:
“Hi Jason Love your stuff!!! Quick question. I live in an area where my daily wear is shorts and a t-shirt. I know I am lucky but this “outfit” does not lend itself to concealed carry.
I have had my CCW for several years and find I don’t carry more than I do because I am very conscientious about printing under just a t-shirt. Since I wear shorts most days an ankle holster is no good.
I suppose you will tell me to move to Texas so I don’t have to worry about carrying concealed. Just wondering if you have any thoughts? At this rate it is highly likely that the time I need my firearm, I wont have it. Thanks again for all the information.”
Some of you may tell Rob to just dress in a new and different way, or just “suck it up”, but those are not good recommendations. One piece of good news for him is that: he will not need to move to Texas!
Well, there are two ways he can use to be able to carry a concealed firearm with him while still being comfortable in big shorts and T-shirt. In fact, these strategies can be used during summer and also in all other areas where the temperature is really hot.
The first is by carrying it in your pocket. Many gun models that are sold these days are a perfect fit in your pocket like the Sig P238, Colt Mustang, Glock 42, Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard and Ruger LCP. All of these guns can be used by anyone who wants to carry it in their pocket.
Another common gun for pocket carry are the .380 pistols. Some people may tell you that this is not a good choice for self-defense, but if you have a good gun from DoubleTap, Speer or Hornady, and you are well-trained for using it on life-threatening situations, you’ll be able to stop a criminal from attacking you.
Remember: if you are planning to carry a concealed firearm, do not wear mesh basketball shorts. When you carry a gun while wearing it, it will just fall because it is very light. Wear cargo shorts or other thicker shorts instead.
You may also use a pocket holster. A kydex holster is a good choice when carrying concealed in the front pocket. Pocket carrying would be the easiest solution for Rob’s problem and for other carriers who always want to wear t-shirt and shorts when going out.
Here is the second option in carrying a concealed…
Concealed carriers may wear a belly-band when it’s hot. A belly-band can hold small guns including the ones that are mentioned before. It is good in keeping the gun close to your body, so you don’t need to worry about the gun printing through your shirt. But of course, it depends on the type of your body.
Another advantage of wearing a belly band is that it can provide you with spaces where you can keep a knife, an extra magazine and a flashlight, therefore adding to your protection.
The third and last option is to carry the gun in the ‘appendix position’. This position will make it easier for you to hide the gun when you are wearing a shirt. The appendix position is becoming a popular position among carriers nowadays, but this is not a recommended option. Why? Because in this position, the gun will be pointing to your body, and when you accidentally discharge while drawing the gun, you may shoot yourself. Would you prefer to have a loaded gun pointed to your body? So again, this is not preferrable.
So now, Rob and other concealed carriers won’t have any problem at all with carrying their guns everyday. And even though the pocket guns are smaller than the ones you usually carry, it is better and easier to carry and you can also use it to defend yourself successfully.