Photographer's vest - good or bad idea

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    None of the care how I am dressed.
    I wear 5.11 style vest, or a "biker" leather vest, or a fanny pack; I really don't care as long as I am legal.
    When I OC (in VA ) I feel nobody is paying attention.
    Of course when I started carrying ( a long time ago ) I was a lot more "self conscious".
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    Vest Wear

    I do not have a photog vest but I do wear a goose down vest every once in a while. Of course, it's only in the winter months and I don't take it off while I'm out. I only wear it with my subcompact XD 40, longer barrels stick out the bottom!
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    If you know what your looking for you can spot most methods of concealment. I say wear what you want as long as it works for you. The longer you carry the less of a concern you have about looks.
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    Go to a photographers convention and you can fit right in.

    Go to Disneyworld and nobody will notice your fanny pack.

    Wear a pink vest in San Fransisco and you will slip right in..

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    Last summer I decided my old cotton (canvas?) 5.11-type vest was getting too tattered, so I bought a light (nylon) vest in the same style. In the winter, I conceal with a coat or jacket, or a sweater vest. I really don't care if I've been "made" or not, as open carry is legal in Utah, but so far I don't know of anytime someone has noticed. If they have, I never knew it.

    I think unless someone carries, or is specifically looking for those who carry, they won't think "gun" when they see a 5.11-type vest or a fanny pack.
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    When fishing fine, and I do, but to me wearing a photographer's vest looks out of place otherwise.

    Having said that, I love a carheart or similar working clothes type vest for when it's cold enough for it but not so cold as to necessitate more. In Rural America this type of vest is PERFECT concealmment.

    I'd also like to find some leather vests to wear. I believe they'd be a good cover garment during 3 seasons but many are cut too short, even for IWB and they aren't cheep and it can be hard to find one that fits right over the internet and they just don't sell many in this part of missouri!

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    If Massad Ayoob doesn't believe they are a "shoot me first" or "look at me, I have a gun" issue then neither do I.
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    I think they are a generational thing. I mainly see gentlemen that are 60+ with them on. For me; never.
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    I wear vests and nobody but shooters figure I am carrying. I've been asked if I fish (80%) or if I am a photographer (19.5%) and only others in the culture will figure out that I am carrying.
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    People who read gun mags, live eat and sleep gun stuff KNOW about gun fashion, gun holsters, 5.11 ect. Those people-us-we know. Sheep wouldn't know a glock from a fancy cell phone, except for the trigger. Use/wear what is comfortable and conceals for you. In a crowd we can pick out an instructor's belt (cause we LOOK), sheep don't even really see you (and I'm happy to be unseen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangevol View Post

    A few minutes later I noticed a 2nd younger gentleman wearing a fleece vest, tee shirt, 5.11 style pants and an instructors nylon web belt. It didn't take long to notice he was also carrying a full size auto at 4 o'clock. To me his dress screamed, "I'm wearing a gun"!!! more so than the other gentleman with the photographers vest.
    Most sheep are oblivious to any of the above clues. To you and I, it makes us think "Hmm, that guy probably has a gun" but most people don't even know what 5.11 is.

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    I have put a few camera related patches on my photg vest.

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    The only person who ever said anything about my vest was the Swat officer who designed it . His Wife makes them and sells them at the gun show. He asked how I liked it and I gave him my opinion how they might be improved. Nothing was mentioned about whether I was carrying or not. I wear a vest all the time. I use most of the pockets. People would probably wonder what was wrong with me if I wasn't wearing it. I make it a point to never go anywhere I might need to dress up. I don't care what people think about how I dress, I like to be comfortable. I don't have enough pockets without a vest. I don't live for anyone else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TN_Mike View Post

    Besides, I think they look dumb.
    +1

    I don't think even Photographers wear them anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akhimark View Post
    I have put a few camera related patches on my photg vest.
    Yep. I have been sewing on travel patches on my 5.11 vest.

    My canvas fanny pack is in my college colors and I sewed on a college logo patch on it so that it looks like school paraphrenalia, not a gunnysack.

    I don't think even Photographers wear them anymore.
    I take it that you don't get out much.
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