Is your cover garment compromised?

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View Poll Results: Is it time to change your cover garment due to the VA Tech shooting photos?

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  • I am not changing; I will keep wearing my vest

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  • I am looking for a new cover garment

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  • I do not use a vest as a cover garment, this incident does not effect how I carry concealed

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  • The mall ninja look hot this season, I am getting a vest

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    Is your cover garment compromised?

    It has been a week, by now many regular folks have seen the picture of the Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-hui in a khaki vest with multiple pockets. I know the topic of vests has come up several times and some feel vests scream gun.

    I am wondering if anybody here is going to put their 5.11 or whatever brand vest you have in the back of the closet for a while and change your cover garment due to the photo of Seung-hui that is all over the news.

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    I never wear the vest anyway, it just screams gun to me, even though I know it doesn't to the sheep. But, if I did wear it, I would not be wearing it at least for now.
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    In central FL vests are a bit too warm for much of the year. Never owned one. Cotton button up shirts over a colored tee get the most use from me.
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    The only vest I have is for fishing.
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    I wouldnt be caught dead in one of those vests, both for fear of being made as a CCWer and a victim of poor taste.
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    I wear a tshirt as a cover garment. Close frineds that know I'm carrying can't tell where, so that's comforting.
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    I only wear the vest when I'm on a protective detail and not wearing a suit, and then only sometimes. I figure the earbud, Oakleys, and "head on a swivel" look give me away, anyway...well, that and the M4...
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    The only vests I ever wore were for skiing and formal/wedding purposes, never for concealment. An untucked, loose polo or an untucked, button-down shirt work fine for me.

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    I voted "I'm not changing"

    I don't wear the vest often, it's a 5.11 in black. The fact that I usually have a camera around my neck when I wear it alters perception. People think I'm an amateur photographer (which I am). I just happen to be an amateur photographer that also carries a firearm.

    Very rarely will I wear the vest when I'm not wearing the camera, but I've never really seen anyone give me a second look.

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    I dont wear the vest either, its a untucjed dress shirt for me, It fits with my afe groups style
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    The only vest I'll ever wear for concealed carry is going to be light weight, have some cute pattern on it and strictly for covering my gun only while I wear something lighter and cooler underneath. The "vest" that is being referred to does scream either "gun" or "I'm a fisher who forgot that I just left the pond."

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    I usually don't wear a vest as a cover garment; coincidentally enough, I did just yesterday, but the situation called for it; in Tampa's Ybor section, there was a motorcycle gathering over the weekend; I took a couple of cameras and lenses and took a lot of photos. I had several people ask me if I was a reporter for one of the motocycle magazines. I should have said, "yeah, it's called 'CC'."

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    no vest here. But its nice knowing when I was out eating with some buddies they brought up the VT shootings and someone mentioned I am probably carrying. But they were unsure if I had mine on me or not. Which makes me feel better because they obviously can't tell.

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    I wont change. I've been wearing vests of some sort since I was 17 and long befgore I got my CCW. I am asked if I am a photogapher or a fisherman all the time and I say yes to both. I do not wear any Tactical vest, specially 5.11 since they are not confortable enough for everyday use. The vest is my "purse": Walllet, checkbook, light, cellphone, pens, PDA, etc goes in my vest, I carry nothing in my pants pockets but a bandana, multitool & knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by limatunes View Post
    The only vest I'll ever wear for concealed carry is going to be light weight, have some cute pattern on ."
    Limatune's Cute Tactical Vest
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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