This is a discussion on How to carry wearing a kilt. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; CTAC Tuckable by CompTac. It seems to work just fine with a Kilt. The Utili-Kilts also work well with a Pocket Holster. Thigh Holsters are ...
CTAC Tuckable by CompTac. It seems to work just fine with a Kilt.
The Utili-Kilts also work well with a Pocket Holster. Thigh Holsters are not something I wish to consider due to the chafing. The Sporan will hold a small handgun, but I don't carry a small gun.
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I think this is one dept I can chime in on....
I wear a kilt every single day. I also carry a Kimber Pro Carry II everyday. I don't own pants and I hate them so much I have a video of me burning my last pair.
To get to brass tacks....
I use a Smartcarry and love it.
For a few years I was a kilt dealer and would show people features on my own kilt. Thousands of people focused between my waist and knees and no one ever noticed the gun. I can draw from the waist or when sitting pull the kilt up and draw that way. Close friends have never noticed and even the ones that know still have to ask.
One downside is you may want an undergarment on to prevent chaffing. Some guys this is no biggie. I know for me in the Texas heat its a bit much once I start to sweat. The only other downside I experience is my faux pearl grips...the snaps on a Utilikilt brand in particular have left some very, VERY faint scratches on the grip. It wasn't a big deal to me and I never noticed it on my polymer grips on other weapons.
If your wearing a Utilikilt brand in particular I dont recommend pocket carry. The pockets attach low on the hips so when you sit the pockets are hard to draw from. Nationskilt has some pockets that attach higher. For traditional type kilts I still prefer to use the Smartcarry, the sporran is sort of annoying when it has a lot of weight on it, sort of "slams" on you. I tried Sporran carry and for a day or two might not be bad though. I also tried one of the non-traditional type sporrans from Amerikilt and it was sort of prone to printing and again like a regular sporran, lots of weight moving around.
The Smartcarry is durable and my first one lasted two years of HARD, all day, every day, rain or shine wear. Under cars, on boats, scaffolding, movies, snow, mud, you name it...And I still have it actually.
I wouldn't think a thigh holster very effective, it wouldn't take much of a breeze while sitting to be made. Perhaps a really heavy wool kilt or a 12 OZ duck cloth type might work. I know my heavy workmans will still blow up around my thighs in heavy winds once they're broken in.
I very recently tried to switch of an IWB holster I got used that was made by Bluegrass. Its fine with a cover garment but without a cover garment it really ruined the pleats laying down smoothly, it make it pretty bulgy. A small gun of course would partially remedy this. If you carry under the apron of course this isnt an issue. Especially on a traditional kilt with 180 degrees of apron.
Glad to see another fellow kilted guy on here who carries.
My other Kahr is a Kimber.
Just make certain that whatever method of carry you ultimately decide on that you can get to your self-defense firearm quickly.
Because....When the SHTF ~ I don't want you to get kilt. <~~~
Sorry...I couldn't resist.
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I'm still trying to figure out how you would wear a kilt and work on scaffolding .................
What the **** - How did I end up on this soapbox again?!?!?
I've shot IDPA matches including twice at the indoor nationals with shooters who have worn kilts and carried concealed no problem to a high degree of function.
I served as safety officer for three days straight this year along side a gentleman who wore a kilt and carried as to compete.
Their kilts were outfitted similarly to pants; Belt, holster (OWB and IWB) along with spare mag holder and of course proper functional type & length cover.
Like any other clothing including womens with skirts and dresses as well as men in beach attire shorts (I've done this myself), it's just a matter of specific application gear selection and learning to dress around the gun.
If you leave the house looking anything like this picture, then I would DEFINITELY recommend you find a good way to carry and do so AT ALL TIMES!
Carry on my friend~~
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The guy I know of is a retired career Marine, he shoots sharpshooter in IDPA running a 1911 and to me across three days he was nothing but nice & cordial.
I would gladly work with him again.
His kilt very closely resembled this style and it was in MARPAT print.
He was briefly featured on Shooting USA toward the 2008 IDPA Indoor Winter Nationals for being a shooter running in a kilt.
Search around as there are a number of kilt makers that do them in traditional and non-traditional format including support for a more modern & common belt type.
In fact I myself had been thinking to get a kilt...
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...And yes as usual I would do so while packin'. :p
My "primary" guns = either a 1911, a S&W 4" 66 (some times a 686 ) OWB or a SP101. Often carry a BUG.
My rigs for the "primarys" are the same as I use to wear carrying in "p*^ts ( IWB, OWB & shoulder. also off body.)
Here is a pic of me training with some LEOs ( yes I am "packing"
BTW, I believe the Man in your 1st pic is Ron ( aka Riverkilt) If so, then He is also one of the Men testing out the "thigh Rigs )
KILT ON, Puffer
As You know, I was/am involved in thi discussion. Perhaps, I can give some background & thoughts ??
A. The Lady mentioned ( Chick Holsters ) supplied 3 of us ( who wear a Kilt on a reg. basis & carry ), with Thigh rigs to test out.
Here is mine
B. Each of us varied in build,type of gun & type of kilts worn.
C. We were ALL impressed with the quality of the Rigs, comfort, etc ++ the Lady her self.
D. We all had had our opinions on the use. Mine was/is
From my personal viewpoint, the rig fills 2 requirements
1. My Back up Gun ( BUG )
2.. Covert access, ( esp. seated )
3.. Deep Cover as a "Primary". There are times when your attire/situation, makes it prudent to carry as "unobtrusive" as you can.
4.. One of the rigs used for above (esp. LEOs) is an ankle rig. IMHO, the thigh rig maybe a better alternative.
1. Ankle rigs require "p*^ts
2. They are very "uncomfortable to wear