Awkward concealed carry question
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Ok, let's say I am concealed ...
October 19th, 2006 03:43 PM
Awkward concealed carry question
Ok, I don't know how to ask this totally PC but I just don't know the best answer here.
Ok, let's say I am concealed carrying and "need to go", so if I am in one of those stalls where the walls don't go all the way to the ground, what are you supposed to do?
I don't exactly want my .45 hanging 3 inches off the ground where the guy in the stall next to me can not only see it but probably better access to it than me :o.
I also don't want to sit there holding a .45 in my hand (please don't read into that :p...)
Any insight from you long time carry folks would be appreciated :)
October 19th, 2006 03:50 PM
I haven't been in this situation so I'm not sure if this is a good answer. If they have coat hooks on the stall door like a lot of stalls do, make sure the safty is on and hang it on a hook. That way it is still right in front of you for your easy grabbing.
October 19th, 2006 03:53 PM
Hmmm... I'm sure you'll get plenty of input in this thread, plus plenty of stories of how people dropped guns onto the floor of the stall.
I am not confronted with that problem, generally, because I don't carry in that manner.
Is it possible to take the gun from the holster and hang it on the hook (if there is one) behind the door by the trigger guard? (I'll leave it to others to judge the relative safety of doing so -- I mean, it is sticking something inside the trigger guard, which is widely considered to be a no-no.)
Do you have a jacket or something on, into a pocket of which you could stick the holstered gun? Is there a toilet tank area that can act as a shelf? Is the toilet paper dispenser a suitable shelf? This stuff will depend on the characteristics of the specific bathroom stall.
You could always let the clipped-on holster flop down into the pants, between your lower legs.
October 19th, 2006 03:54 PM
Sit with your pants just over your knees and your knees spread apart to keep tension. I wear my gun at about 4:00 so it is off of my hip. When seated it will now hang just behind your leg and is impossible to see from the outside.
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October 19th, 2006 04:11 PM
I'v heard of women having their purses stolen from the hook...I wouldn't think that would be an issue in the mens room, but I sure don't like the idea. This has been an issue for me every time I've had to "go" in a public restroom since I've been carrying...the only answer I've come up with is "be very careful". If you can, get the stall with the full wall on your carry side.
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October 19th, 2006 04:32 PM
Once you get into the stall, just tap on the wall and say "excuse me sir, would you mind holding my pistol?'
Here's what I do... I'll tuck my pistol into my boot or sock on the inside of my leg. If that won't work, I'll lay the pistol inside my pants, resting in the crotch of the pants. This only works with sturdy pants like blue jeans. Another option is to refasten your belt once your drawers are down, it will only take slight pressure from your legs to keep it in place.
Or, last option would be to lay pistol on the TP dispenser, just don't get caught up in the moment and forget it.
I tend to avoid public restrooms at all costs.
October 19th, 2006 04:40 PM
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Not sure what search keywords would work best but we had a recent thread on this - with many sugestions.
Try a search on ''stalls'' maybe.
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October 19th, 2006 04:41 PM
I just pull my pants down like normal but don't unhook my belt(I use a Wilderness 5 stitch that is velcro).I keep tension on my belt by keeping my legs spread.I then drape my boxers over the gun.Been doing it like this for over 20 years.
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October 19th, 2006 04:46 PM
If a battle erupts while your tending to business in the stall, be prepared to come out swinging.
October 19th, 2006 05:07 PM
I have run into this "situation". I use the toilet paper dispenser as a shelf. Haven't had any problems with this. LEO training always told us to put our belts over our shoulders, so no one can reach over or under. But now (no longer LEO), I use the toilet paper shelf
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October 19th, 2006 05:14 PM
I just hold my firearm. Not sure why there has to be anything more elobrate than that!
October 19th, 2006 05:23 PM
Just sit in the stall, singing in your best R. Lee Ermy voice:
"This is my pistol, this is my gun!
This is for fighting, this is for fun!"
You'll have a private bathroom in no time, if you sing like I do.....
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October 19th, 2006 05:29 PM
Strange... this makes two agreements in as many days!
Originally Posted by SIXTO
I would add that the muzzle should probably be pointing toward the toilet when in the crotch of one's pants.
Public restrooms are just not for me, either.
October 19th, 2006 05:58 PM
I place it in the crotch of my pants with my underwear over it.
Of course if you are using a Smartcarry, as I often am, you can just hike it up to your chest with no problem.
October 19th, 2006 05:58 PM
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