Help, please! New female CC having problems concealing!
I would greatly appreciate your help. I just received my CCDW and am struggling with concealment. I have read countless articles/blogs and watched a lot of videos (Cornered Cat, Packing Pretty, faliaphotography, Lima, obviously this forum, etc.), but I can't figure out what I am doing wrong. Although my husband is trying to help, his methods don't work for me...we are simply not shaped the same.
Info: woman about 5'6" and 125-130 lb., IWB Old Faithful Holster carried about 4-5 o'clock (Note: I do not want to carry in a purse), Sig Sauer P238 - so no, not even a big gun to be hiding
When I am just standing, my gun and holster are well concealed, but...
My problem is with any type of bending, squatting or reaching. When I do that to any extent the grip appears to protrude straight back, a lot. Then when I straighten back up my shirt is folded over the top of the grip. If all I am doing is walking down the street no one would know I was carrying, but life isn't just about standing upright. There are children to care for, purses to pick up from the floor, groceries to load,...
I understand my wardrobe needs to be CC friendly, but even when I wear something like in a faliaphotography youtube video with a tshirt and black flowy open sweater the grip still protrudes and gets hung up on the clothes so that I have to readjust them.
Please help me figure out how to solve this problem. Is my kant wrong? Are my midrise jeans too low? Please help me!
I don't doubt I can conceal in cooler weather, but until it is time to wear bulky layers I don't know what to do. A thicker sweater vest is out of place in 90 degree weather...
Again, no, I do not want to carry in a purse...I feel strongly about maintaining personal possession of my firearm on my body rather than in a bag I will likely set down somewhere.
And, yes, I am allowed open carry in this state so printing is not a crime, but my intention is to conceal. I want my printing at an absolute minimum. Unless a person knows me well it is not their business to know if I am carrying.
I'll attach pictures so you can see what I mean by the clothes tucking behind the gun and also so you can see how the set up is on the holster (which is very comfortable BTW). Sorry for the blur...I took the pictures myself from my phone. I don't have a sweater on in the picture but it does the same thing with many of them.
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Women are indeed different
When carrying behind the strong side hip, bending forward will cause the grip to protrude. This is common, so kneel or squat instead of bending.
If you move the gun in front of your hip it it digs into the groin when bending forward for most folks.
One solution is a straight draw worn at waist level -not hip huggers -, 9 o'clock position, cross draw style. The butt of the gun will blend in with the bustline and be easy to reach.
Concealment is achieved by wearing a color coordinated camisole/ t-shirt under an unbuttoned/ partially unbuttoned shirt/ blouse. This method works for my 5' 0" petite wife and 5' 9" full figured friend.
Consider FIST holsters http://www.fist-inc OWB #9 pancake (wife's preference ordered straight draw for a 3" S&W J-frame) and IWB #1 straight draw (friends preference for a Sig P238). FIST has a number of other styles to look at - most can be ordered straight draw. Ken Null's Gibralter http://www.klnullholsters.com in straight draw is also excellent.
There are pros and cons to both strong side and cross draw. The pros of something you can do outweigh the pros of that which you cannot do.