How do you carry at a dance?

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    How do you carry at a dance?

    I was invited to a dance last night. I haven't danced since college many many moons ago so I though it would be fun.

    As I was dressing for the occasion, it occurred to me that carrying was going to be an issue. I was going to be dancing with a lot of women I did not know and doing moves where they undoubtedly would have their hands near or on my waist and back. I normally carry IWB at about 5 o'clock. Ankle carry was not an option (I am moving my feet too fast), smart carry is not an option (let's not even go there), belly band is not an option. I am now out of options.

    I opted to NOT carry that evening and left my firearm in my vehicle. I am planning on going back as it was so much fun. Any suggestions on how to carry in this scenario?
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    Inside the waist, appendix style (1 o'clock) with a jacket as long as you don't dance groin to groin. You can make it better if you use a tuckable holster. I carry a Kahr PM9 just in front of my right hip and my wife even misses it.

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    Use an ankle holster with retention...depending on the gun....what are you carrying? It's not the most perfect solution, but it's away from the more obvious areas where hands could find it. I wore my Kahr MK9 in an ankle holster without a problem to a wedding. Wear it with a calf strap.
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    IWB at 4-5 oclock when they ask tell them what it is, that you are trained and licensed, you always carry, and it for all of your protection. We can talk about it latter if you would like. Then smile and say can we dance now it is what I came here to do and enjoy. Just my two cents and what I would do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by healedknee View Post
    Inside the waist, appendix style (1 o'clock) with a jacket as long as you don't dance groin to groin. You can make it better if you use a tuckable holster. I carry a Kahr PM9 just in front of my right hip and my wife even misses it.
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    Good choice for a small single stack 9mm like the Kahr or Ruger LC9, Kimber Solo, Springfield EMP, etc.

    Or a small .380 like the Ruger LCP in front pocket carry. Anyone feels that in a DeSantis Nemesis pocket holster, you can say it's your wallet or money clip.

    The key to all this is to own a couple guns sized to fit any occasion... 'cause you never know when you might get asked to go dancing!
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    Pocket carry, pocket carry, pocket carry. All CCW holders should have at least ONE handgun that its only job is to be used as a pocket gun just for problems like this.
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    Well I recently read a thread touting "rectum carry" which, although rather painful would probably work. I mean the thread stated that even a strip search did not find it. Oh, the things you learn at DC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hiram25 View Post
    Well I recently read a thread touting "rectum carry" which, although rather painful would probably work. I mean the thread stated that even a strip search did not find it. Oh, the things you learn at DC!
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    I pocket carry all the time.
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    Pocket carry, pocket carry, pocket carry. All CCW holders should have at least ONE handgun that its only job is to be used as a pocket gun just for problems like this.
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    I forget manufacturers, but I recall several companies making a compression-type undershirt with pouches for a handgun right under the armpit.

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    When at events that pose those kinds of problems, pocket carry works very well.
    The only problem is possibly not keeping the regular EDC, but rather switching to a smaller caliber...hard to pocket a Glock.
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    If it's a war-dance, open carry is the best fashion statement. Otherwise, I think carrying a small, light weapon in a good ankle/calf holster with retention is the best for greatest comfort, staying out of the way, and not being felt by a dancing partner.

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    I would go with ankle carry or pocket carry

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    Why doesn't belly band work? Can you describe your dress a little more? That would help clarify what options will and won't work.

    The shoulder holster belly bands or compression shirts may be your best bet. Or, wear a kilt and thigh holster! :-)

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    I guess it depends on the music style and what you mean with "dressing for the occasion". AIWB carry, pocket carry and ankle carry could work, but it could also be a little difficult to carry a firearm at all if you are going to dance rock & roll or swing.
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