Men's Wearhouse Close Call

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    Men's Wearhouse Close Call

    My wife-to-be and I were out running errands yesterday, when she spotted a Men's Wearhouse and wanted to drop in to check out the suits they had on sale.
    My sole intention was to just check out the material, then come back a couple days later with my best man, to get us fitted.
    Well, my wife-to-be (who carries regularly) got to talking and nearly talked me into a measurement before I knew it.
    The saleswoman had her tape at low ready, just waiting for me to lift my arms.
    I was carrying my PT1911 IWB at 3:30 with double mags at 9:00.
    While trying to be casual, I look W-t-B in the eye and state that "I'm not really prepared right now."
    You could see it "click", in her eyes, and she immediately went on to suggest that I schedule with the best man, etc.
    The salesperson didn't notice a thing.
    Once outside, W-t-B said, "I am SO sorry! I am so used to you carrying that I didn't think anything of it!"
    It was a close call that kept me on my toes, and I think we handled it well.
    Sometime we can get a little too comfortable with carrying.

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    Wife has done the same... I recently had stiches in my back. After, the whole family was out camping and she blurts out "Honey, why don't you show them your scar?"

    Umm, maybe later....

    I think you handled it well...
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    I have found Mens Warehouse to be quite friendly regarding CPL's. I know I have read of others saying the same thing. Just remember that Federal officers as well as LEO's have to be fitted too. What do they do? The same thing we do, ya walk in, get fitted, and sometimes go in the back for the measuring. But good recovery by the two of you. And best of luck in married life.
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    I was in a similar situation right before becoming LEO.
    I was carrying 3:00 and had a tshirt untucked. Salesman was assisting me with trying on some suit jackets and he bumped my G30. Never skipped a beat, kept talking, etc. He asked who I worked for, I replied and he said him and his father both have their CHL and lots of LEOs come to their store to get suits/sportcoats and get them tailored to assist in concealing. They actually put in a piece of material to prevent the liner from tearing on the weapon/holster.
    They were very cool about, I was prepared to defend my carrying etc after I was 'made' but it was no problem. I got 2 suits tailored to drape over my weapon at 3:00 and I love 'em.

    You did a good job of keeping it a secret from the salesperson.
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    I guess the shop never has measured to fit a plain clothed cop. Really do not see the problem if you are legal.
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    Guess three of us had the same thing to say about the same time.

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    I have shopped and bought at many mens wearhouses, and none of them cared about my sidearm.

    I think you'll find that most businesses that cater to those wearing suits are accustomed to sidearms, as many of their clients will be judges, attorneys, law enforcement (city, county, state, federal), PI's, etc.

    In fact, I would suggest that as a general rule of thumb, if they do freak out about your sidearm, they probably are not a good place to buy a suit since among other things, they will probably not be able to tailor the suit in a manner that will not interfere with or clearly print your sidearm.
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    Great info in this thread! Great thread, I will definately remember this next time I'm in the market for a suit.
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    Thanks for all the best wishes. It is #3 (and final) for me.
    Yeah, I figured that they fit alot of LEOs and such there, but I wasn't in a "disclosure" mindset at the moment - probably due to the fact that there were a good dozen other customers in the immediate area.
    I am more comfortable with the idea now. Sometimes it is hard for me to drop the "nobody needs to know" shield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RemMod597 View Post
    I am more comfortable with the idea now. Sometimes it is hard for me to drop the "nobody needs to know" shield.
    and thats perfectly normal
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    I have a client who works has worked as an executive protection specialist. He gets his suits at Men's Warehouse.

    He said they do a good job of installing a balistic panel to keep the gun from printing and that they have never freaked out about his firearm.
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    I tried on jackets at Joseph A. Bank while wearing my 1911 OWB. No one cared, including the salesman. I told him why I was buying the coat and asked if he'd prefer I try things on in the changing room. He said, "No. Nobody will care." I've done it several times, because I like to use sportcoats as a cover garment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackle1886 View Post
    I have found Mens Warehouse to be quite friendly regarding CPL's. I know I have read of others saying the same thing. Just remember that Federal officers as well as LEO's have to be fitted too. What do they do? The same thing we do, ya walk in, get fitted, and sometimes go in the back for the measuring. But good recovery by the two of you. And best of luck in married life.
    Same thing here. I had a suit fitted last year and it was the same thing. I went to a Mens Warehouse here in VA and they actually adjusted the measurements etc... for my carry gun. They even put in extra padding on the inside to help with wear and tear from carry.
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    I have shopped Men's Warehouse and had no problem. I had one coat fitted with my glock on and am very happy with it. She felt it on my side and asked matter of factly if I'd be wearing it under my coat.

    I have another coat that was taylored before I had my CCW and it prints worse than any garment I own!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulG View Post
    I have a client who works has worked as an executive protection specialist. He gets his suits at Men's Warehouse.

    He said they do a good job of installing a balistic panel to keep the gun from printing and that they have never freaked out about his firearm.
    I liked MW even before I heard they were gun friendly.

    And what's this ballistic panel? What material is it made from? I never heard of one but it sounds like a great idea. I wonder if they will install it retroactively?
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