Concealing a full-sized gun

Concealing a full-sized gun

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    Concealing a full-sized gun

    I usually pocket carry a LCP, and do so nearly everyday. Granted, it's not much of a defensive gun, but it does disappear in a pocket. For me, and the way I work, it doesn't get in my way and that's very important to me. Sometimes I CC a larger "concealed carry" designed gun like a PPS or most recently an XDs, I use a belly band for them.

    Last night, we decided to take an hour-long ride to "the city" with another couple. I decided to try concealing a much larger and heavier gun. When I finished dressing I had my wife "look me over" and she didn't have a clue. I drove for an hour, went out to eat, went to a movie, and drove an hour back home. No one noticed anything whatsoever, I was comfortable sitting, standing, driving......no problems. I did hug one woman on the street at random just to try it.....no frightened gasps from her (j/k, actually I did know her).

    I didn't use a belly band, I used the Kangaroo Carry, I think it was $30-40, they have various models. Let me say straight up, I'm not affiliated with them in any manner. When I originally made my order I called and asked a few questions to the helpful owner and that's been it. There are threads here about Kangaroo Carry, that I posted in where I mention it makes me feel a bit like wearing a brassiere. True enough, it does somewhat. I coped with that by making sure I didn't look in a mirror while I was dressing.

    Looking back on last night it actually worked very well. The gun I chose was a Sig 229 .40 SAS. The Kangaroo Carry is sort of like a slimmer belly band with a canvas-like pouch holster that's in the basic shape of a handgun. My G27 would fit in there very well also. You wear it around your lower chest and there is a strap with velcro ends that goes over one shoulder that helps support the weight of the gun on that heavy side. The 229 fit in there just fine, I wore it around the house as a test before we left. It did great and I was comfortable with it all evening. I was especially comfortable carrying a gun with an ample caliber and magazine capacity.

    I wore it under a tucked in, common short-sleeved shirt that buttons down the front. Naturally it wouldn't work with a very tight shirt, so it does need some room or the grip would print some. I think that two breast pockets would help in concealment as well. It's essentially a shoulder holster and one may think it's deep concealment, but I didn't feel that it was that deep, the main hindrance would be unbuttoning my top button. Otherwise it's pretty quick to get to, especially while sitting down.

    I'm happy enough to try it again, and it was nice to be "really armed".

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    This looks interesting, and I'm glad you found something you like. For me,all of the 'under the clothes' type of pouches just don't seem tot work well. Too slow and too much garment to get out of the way in order to draw. Again.....it's all personal preference.

    I like the CCW Breakaway pants a lot. They allow for carry of a full size pistol or revolver, on wither side, with a dedicated, fitted pocket holster built right into a pair of great looking 'docker' style pants or cargo pants. They work for compacts, too of course. I have three pair and one set of their cargo shorts.

    Again....personal preference rules....but these are just right in my book. Thanks for the heads up on Kangaraoo carry. Hadn't seen those.
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    Interesting, back when I was flying some of the other crewmembers used belly band type holsters but had problems with retention, looks like they have fixed the problem.
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    looked intriguing, so i followed your link. my first thought was, "well i don't resemble the model very much!"

    i think i'll give the Air Marshall a try. thanks.
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    Interesting. How is the retention? It may work well for riding on a bike


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    Quote Originally Posted by sensei2 View Post
    looked intriguing, so i followed your link. my first thought was, "well i don't resemble the model very much!"
    Holsters? What holsters?
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    Links...WHAT LINKS?? I DON'T SEE ANY LINKS TO THESE HOLSTER SITES

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    I believe one (or more?) of the models have a retention strap? The one I used didn't, and the whole evening I never felt that the gun was loose or flopped. I'm pretty sure it would come out doing circus trapeze stuff.

    Actually I'd think these holsters would be easy to modify however you'd like.

    I need to add that I never felt hot wearing this.
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    I need to add that I never felt hot wearing this.

    Well, you were held to too high a standard when compared to their models. You're beautiful on the inside, and that's what's important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I need to add that I never felt hot wearing this.

    Well, you were held to too high a standard when compared to their models. You're beautiful on the inside, and that's what's important.
    Lol, heard that. Been looking at these for my girlfriend. Those models look like porn stars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad426 View Post
    I need to add that I never felt hot wearing this.

    Well, you were held to too high a standard when compared to their models. You're beautiful on the inside, and that's what's important.
    Lol... I see what you did there.

    On a real note... I really like the idea, but I'm assuming that wearing an undershirt is a necessity with that holster... which isn't going to happen here in SW Florida 9 months out of the year. :(
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmagnuss View Post
    On a real note... I really like the idea, but I'm assuming that wearing an undershirt is a necessity with that holster... which isn't going to happen here in SW Florida 9 months out of the year. :(
    It's hot here too ! This was the first time, that I've tried it in the summer, and I didn't wear an undershirt, I put it on bare-chested, with only the short-sleeved shirt cover, and it was not uncomfortable at all. I wore it a couple of times last winter. I would first put on a thin long-sleeved pull-over shirt, then the Kangaroo Carry, then put on a short-sleeved shirt (the khaki type you might find in Bass Pro). It was fine for cooler days, hid well, and was equally comfortable. BTW, it can be washed.


    Quote Originally Posted by ppkheat View Post
    I need to add that I never felt hot wearing this.
    It's tough for me to feel "hot" wearing a manziere.
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    Thanks for the heads-up on the kangaroo. I currently carry various calibers concealed. I have different holsters for different dress situations depending on the event and/or the weather. I think the Air Marshall will go nicely with my CC wardrobe.
    Again, thanks!

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    Glad it works well for you. Nothing like full size peace of mind.

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    When I carry a full-size gun, it's in an AIWB holster.

    I do security at our church, and generally use a modified bellyband with my shirt tucked in over it in the same AIWB position I carry in daily.

    I do have a Kangaroo. I use it to deep conceal my G26, and maybe use it 2 times a year or so. It's an OK rig.

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