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    You know you've become effective at proper concealment when...

    You're out running errands with your wife and kids and you're wearing shorts, T-shirt, carrying a full size SIG OWB, and she says "I'm surprised you're not carrying your gun today".

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    My wife and I did a 32-mile bicycling tour Saturday in Bucyrus. After we were done riding, we went downtown to the Bratwurst Festival. Shorts, t-shirt and my Glock 19 iwb the whole time, and she was surprised when she brushed up against it.
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    When........

    You are fortunate enough to live in an open carry state and no longer take great pains to absolutely hide the weapon and make sure it doesn't print.

    And then find out that nobody notices the grip of your 1911 poking the back of your shirt out anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by multistage View Post
    When........

    You are fortunate enough to live in an open carry state and no longer take great pains to absolutely hide the weapon and make sure it doesn't print.

    And then find out that nobody notices the grip of your 1911 poking the back of your shirt out anyway.
    Wearing a tshirt and shorts is "great pains to absolutely hide the weapon"????

    I do live in an open carry state where printing is not a legal issue, but that has nothing to do with my desire to stay completely concealed.
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    I'd like your recommendation on tshirts and belts. lol. I barely get by with tshirts and IWB holsters, I couldn't imagine OWB. :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by multistage View Post
    When........

    You are fortunate enough to live in an open carry state and no longer take great pains to absolutely hide the weapon and make sure it doesn't print.

    And then find out that nobody notices the grip of your 1911 poking the back of your shirt out anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike1956 View Post
    My wife and I did a 32-mile bicycling tour Saturday in Bucyrus. After we were done riding, we went downtown to the Bratwurst Festival. Shorts, t-shirt and my Glock 19 iwb the whole time, and she was surprised when she brushed up against it.
    Okay, spill it. I gotta know how to do this. What holster and where were you carrying it?

    I'd love to figure out a scheme that would let me pack my Glock 19 on my 5'-8" 166 lb body (I can fit a Supertuck in pants with a 34" waist) in shorts and a t-shirt.

    Unbuttoned shirt works with my SuperTuck at 4 to 5, but not a t-shirt. I can carry the P238 or LCP in a SuperTuck with an untucked t-shirt and about anything else like shorts, jeans, or pants as long as it has a belt. I'd love to be able to do that with my 19, 26, or 36.

    I'm asking. I really want to figure this out. Even if it only works for my G26.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RC12 View Post
    I'd like your recommendation on tshirts and belts. lol. I barely get by with tshirts and IWB holsters, I couldn't imagine OWB. :D
    Sort of simple, the t-shirt should be on the large size (for you), and dark colors seem to hide any printing better than light or white.

    As for the belt, go for a good gun belt. Check out some of the sponsors on our site. My belt is by The Beltman, but that is my pick, you can find other opinions using the search function. Gun Belts by The Belt Man

    When I was in Florida I carried concealed in t-shirt and shorts both IWB and OWB using SIG 239.
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    You know you've become effective at proper concealment when...

    you get out of the shower naked and she doesn't notice your concealing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by archer51 View Post
    You know you've become effective at proper concealment when...

    you get out of the shower naked and she doesn't notice your concealing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitch View Post
    Okay, spill it. I gotta know how to do this. What holster and where were you carrying it?

    I'd love to figure out a scheme that would let me pack my Glock 19 on my 5'-8" 166 lb body (I can fit a Supertuck in pants with a 34" waist) in shorts and a t-shirt.

    Unbuttoned shirt works with my SuperTuck at 4 to 5, but not a t-shirt. I can carry the P238 or LCP in a SuperTuck with an untucked t-shirt and about anything else like shorts, jeans, or pants as long as it has a belt. I'd love to be able to do that with my 19, 26, or 36.

    I'm asking. I really want to figure this out. Even if it only works for my G26.

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    I am 5'10" tall, weigh 195 lbs, and wear pants with a 32" waist when I am not carrying, which is moot since I always carry. I wear 33-34 waist pants to carry one gun IWB, and 35's when carrying two. I have to take an inch off the inseam pants when wearing 34-35's, since it drops the seat down a bit. In cargo shorts, it doesn't matter. I normally wear large T-shirts, so I upsized to XLs to carry. Faded Glory brand from Walmart work very well for me, with black, green and dark brown concealing the best, and red, blue and yellow printing slightly. The main thing is to have them not be form-fitting around the bottom, and to drape over the pistol. My edc belt is a 38" Wilderness Instructor, and I also have a Brommeland custom black leather gunbelt for dress occasions. I wear the gun and holster at 3:00. My holster is a Brommeland Max-Con V iwb, which I have in both in a right-and-left-handed model for my 19. When carrying my 17, the 19 is always on the weak side. I have several holsters for my 17, which is also equipped with a DeltaPoint sight. A 20-degree cant is critical for concealment in each holster I am carrying. I also always wear an a-shirt between my holster and my skin.
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    You know when... Your main squeeze gives you a tight hug and says, "Is that just a gun in you pocket, or are you glad to see me?"
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    And then you say, "Yes, it's just a gun"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RC12 View Post
    I'd like your recommendation on tshirts and belts. lol. I barely get by with tshirts and IWB holsters, I couldn't imagine OWB. :D
    CompTac gunbelt for leather, or 1.75" Wilderness Tactical CSM. As far as t-shirts go, I don't wear them big and sloppy, but I'm much wider at the shoulders than the waist so that really is what allows me to carry a full size gun OWB. I don't like snug fitting shirts, even if I wasn't carrying.

    The other thing that makes OWB possible is I made my own kydex holster for my SIG. I molded it myself, then tweaked the curvature of the wings to fit my body shape. It keeps the gun and holster tight up against my side with basically no dead space between holster and my body. I've had other holsters that once your belt was threaded through, it created a little gap which leads to unnecessary printing. I did end up getting pancake wings by Raven Concealment, they are well worth the money if you have a kydex rig similar to their Phantom holsters.



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