This is a discussion on Printing through clothing. within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Bark'n Printing through your clothing or producing a bulge on a regular basis, is merely poor form in carrying your gun. It ...
Most people don't even notice when I purposefully OC back home in PA.
(sorry, couldn't resist that )
To the OP:
People aren't anywhere near the awareness level you are assuming they are. Your paranoia will be the give-away, which is why LE and security personnel are trained to spot that type of behaviour.
Printing. Adjust, buy clothing and holsters that are more appropriate for CC.
As a responsible gun owner/CC you must know the law, otherwise you aren't acting responsibly.
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As stated by many above, nervousness will give you away more than a crease in your shirt will. These days so many people are walking around with electronic devices near their belt line most people spotting assume it's a phone.
My girlfriend is always on the lookout now which is kind of fun. So far everyone she has pointed out that she thought had a holster visible below their shirt or a pistol under their shirt has had a phone or eyeglass case. I have spotted three people in public so far since concealed carry has been legal in Wisconsin. Two of them kept adjusting their clothing, and one had a shirt pull tight over a pistol while reaching for change in line ahead of me.
I had open carried often before concealed was legal here, and it is shocking how few people notice if you simply act normal and confident.
I have to say also that since CC has become legal here, I lean away from wearing clothes that would make me stand out as the type of person who would fit most peoples image of someone who's likely to be armed.
I have also found myself carrying larger pistols. When open carrying I steered tward compact guns that wouldn't stick out so much. Now I generally carry a Commander size .45.
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FL says your firearm must be "concealed from ordinary view," which means covered, out of plain sight. Most won't notice mild printing, but that skin-tight underarmor shirt isn't going to hack it. It shows more than your abs.
I prefer loose, un-tucked shirts with some sort of pattern to break up any outlines or oversize "Longtail Ts" from Duluth. No one's ever made a point of noticing my handgun.
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A big blousy shirt works fine. Eventually I won't need a big blousy shirt because my developing paunch may over hang my concealed carry just fine.
I have to admit that in the summer I do print now an then. But only if the person observing me knows what they are looking for. Is that bulge under my shirt considered printing if it might be a weapon? Or does the observer have to actually know its a weapon?
It's the "new car smell" effect. Don't worry, you live in an open carry state. It'll wear out.
Why?? Because at the last second, the Police are minutes away.
When you're new to carrying, you think everyone has "made" you, when in fact 99.999% of the population is clueless and could care less. Read up on your state's laws to make sure you understand what is required of you. In some states, printing could be considered brandishing.
The main thing to do is make sure you have a good carry rig and that your weapon remains concealed in all situations.
Another thing to get used too is not fussing with your clothes all the time. This will get better as you get more carrying experience.
Cogito, ergo armatum sum. I think, therefore I am armed. (Don Mann, The Modern Day Gunslinger; the ultimate handgun training manual)
Thanks to everyone for the words of encouragement. And I'll be sure to use the search engine before I waste anyone else's time. Guess I'd better brush up on my "forum" manners/rules.
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First: Never start a new thread about a subject that can be found by using the search engine. You will be chastised for not using the available search features found on the forum.
Second: Never reopen an old thread that you found using the afore mentioned search feature lest you be accused of reviving an old thread. A zombie thread some call it.
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