This is a discussion on Is your cover garment compromised? within the Concealed Carry Issues & Discussions forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by ELCruisr Cotton button up shirts over a colored tee get the most use from me. That's my choice!...
I use either a polo shirt or a camp shirt on top of a t-shirt to cover the gun. La is an open carry state so if it gets blown open or rides up I don't worry too much about it.
I seldom wear a vest...only once in a while...
Usually I wear a T-shirt with an open print/collared shirt...typical for FL.
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I use a western style holster vest that doesn't resemble the type vest in the Va shooting.
I don't wear a vest ever. If I need to, I put a jacket on. I usually pocket carry or appendix carry IWB. If I need to, I can tuck my shirt in on both of my 2 IWB holsters.
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I use hoodies. Big, bulky, and if I for some reason need the gun handier than in my holster, I can hold it in my pouch.
I think they are too obvious. But thats because I'm aware of ccw permits. The average person isnt going to notice it..
+1 on the hoodies. everyone wears one and so effective that I can't imagine ever needing a vest...especially since I would want one that didn't scream "ccw" or "photographer" or "flyfisher"...Maybe it's just me but I think CCW means inconspicuous and to me that means looking like everyone else NOT an instructional video.
Those are my thoughts. But I really can't judge because some people's day-to-day vary pretty wildly. The only problem I've run into with them is the elastic band at the bottom: it has a tendency to catch on the bottom of a holster during a draw. So I began practicing using my off hand to yank the hoodie by the pocket as I draw... Seems to work well.
The only time I wear a vest is on the job and then its carrying the 101 little devices that help in doing wireless engineering.
I am however famous for my loose floppy shirts. I can't find shirts long enough to be comfortable when tucked in.
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Basically ladies and gents, we dress according to what we carry, our enviroment and our style.
Let me rephrase the original quiestion, if Cho had commited his deed by wearing a long shirt as cover garment, would those wearing shirts be switching to a vest? I doubt it.
As far as I can determine, nobody here wears a cover garment that shouts TACTICAL. Those who wear vests as a regular part of their lifestyles cannot make a sudden switch to other garment without calling attention on themselves the same way like those wearing shirts would call attention if they started to wear vests all of the sudden.
More than the type of garment, my worry is that I wear a garment that will stand to the elements of South Florida. I would love to wear a light shirt, but when it gets windy here my worry is an accidental display of my firearm, specially in liberal bastions like certain areas of Broward County where I work where they would call the cops in a hurry with all kind of wild stories. Miami-Dade is more relaxed in that sense.
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My one and only vest has about twenty pounds of fly fishing gear in it ... made by Orvis too!
Warm weather I wear a wife beater and an untucked, short sleeve, button down collar. Cooler weather I wear colored t-shirts with untucked short or long sleeve button downs. Cold weather usually calls for t-shirts and an untucked flannel shirt - I'm old, broken down and retired so I can wear whatever I want and not worry about "dress codes."
When I see a vest like that, I think gun. So, I wouldn't wear one for that reason.
The VA Tech shooting didn't change that opinion of mine one way or the other.
I have always dressed in a "noisy" fashion. I have some shirts that the Big Kahuna wouldn't wear.
A T-shirt (usually white) and an open print shirt with blue jeans or shorts and hiking style shoes (the tops come up just over the ankle), or Teva's.
I have always had my own dresscode.
As far as keeping the tails down in the wind, I will put light fishing weights on the tail of the shirt. The shirt may balloon a little in the wind, but usually stays right by my side and not fluttering in the breeze. The added weight also helps trow the shirt away and behind me for faster access to my gun if needed.
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