Logo gear and concealment...

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    Logo gear and concealment...

    I was gassing up the truck the other nite and the guy at the pump behind me caught my attention... a well-groomed black guy with a new Mercedes... he's casually dressed, wearing cargo shorts and sandals, and what looked like a nice watch and a gold bracelet. He looked "professional", even in his casual attire... you could easily picture this guy in a tailored suit... it would not surprise me to learn that he was a stockbroker.

    But what caught my eye was that he was wearing a black polo shirt with the bright red H&K logo on the breast. So without being too obvious, I tried to see if I could spot a weapon. If he was carrying, he was doing an excellent job of concealment. No bulges at the waistline... maybe carrying something in his cargo pockets.

    I've also seen Sig gear, Glock gear, and my friend Ira has a Winchester ball cap he wears a lot... so I'm wondering... do you think firearm logo gear "blows your cover"...? I know I was paying attention to Mr H&K...

    What about a Pro-2A shirt or NRA gear...?

    Or how about a humorous tee shirt... something like "Gun control means using BOTH hands"...? Do you think this stuff attracts the attention of bad guys...?
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    Maybe, maybe not.
    You noticed the shirt because you recognized the logo. Some BGs might as well, most sheep wouldn't.
    I have a couple of firearms related shirts, that I do wear, but only to certain places. In a group at a gun shop or range, nobody else will give it a second thought. Other places and other times when I have no clue who I might run across or end up having to deal with, I don't wear them.
    Judgement call.
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    I just got a couple of tshirts from Gabe the other day with the Eagle logo holding M-16 and Ak-47 with the words Right Wing Extremist surrounding the logo. On my way back home home from a wooded area today I had on a heavier shirt that I had removed. I stopped at a gas station to fill up and grab some junk food and never put my shirt back on over the tshirt. On my right side was my 1911 that several folks saw along with the shirt. No one even cared except a couple of guys asked where they could get the shirt. I look pretty rough according to my wife. Can't judge a package by the looks is my thoughts on people.
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    Can't judge a package by the looks is my thoughts on people
    +1 would agree with this

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    I wear NRA hats & T-shirts all the time. Only ones that seem to notice are other enthusiasts like me. A lot of them aren't into CC so they are not looking for a weapon.
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    I tend not to wear logo cloths for that reason,. Specially if your somewhere your not suppose to be, why give up your cover??? Why take that chance??? I'm just another guy,..

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    Well, I think it certainly raises the likelihood a notch but most of the people in my part of the country wearing such attire, and there are a lot, probably aren't CCW.

    My old employer had a "no weapons" police and didn't even like talk about guns in the workplace so... being the brat that I've always been, I went out of my way to wear gun shirts/jackets to work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PointnClick View Post
    do you think firearm logo gear "blows your cover"...? I know I was paying attention to Mr H&K...
    Sure, it can. Your having noticed is a good example.

    Do you think this stuff attracts the attention of bad guys...?
    It attracted your attention, and you had no real cause to care. Someone who's "hunting" can certainly benefit by the added knowledge, depending on the BG's goals.
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    I figure that if you want to remain concealed, don't advertise.

    I'm always carrying, so I never wear NRA logo stuff, or any other gun logos for that mater.
    Unless I'm in hunting mode, and then it would be expected that I am armed.
    It’s so much easier now days, to "Love and honor" my wife, when she is armed, and shoots a better group than I do. (Till death do us part, eh?)

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    Do you think this stuff attracts the attention of bad guys...?
    I don't think many of them believe it. Have you noticed how common the USMC bumper stickers are? The Army, despite being much larger, doesn't have nearly as much representation. I have a strong suspicion that many of those with Marine stickers aren't Marines or family of Marines. It's a "don't break into/key this car, this car is owned by a Marine who will kick your keister from here to Shanghai" sign. NRA/gun company hats and clothing can serve a similar purpose. With 1-2% of the population in states where it's easy to CC having licenses, there's not much chance that you'll meet one. If you do, there's a decent chance that they're not carrying at all, or have the gun in their car.
    I don't like wearing clothing with visible logos. They can put their logo on a tag inside the shirt/pants/whatever. Now, if they've got a nice logo, I might consider it (NRA).

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    I personally don't wear anything with firearms related logos anywhere but the range. It might tip off folks, and it might not. Either way, I would rather not give anybody else a clue that I am carrying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Sure, it can. Your having noticed is a good example.


    It attracted your attention, and you had no real cause to care. Someone who's "hunting" can certainly benefit by the added knowledge, depending on the BG's goals.
    Criminals are looking for victims, not opponents.

    If, to a bad guy, you look like you may be armed he'll find an easier mark. On the other hand I don't give most criminals enough credit to even know better. Crackheads being crackheads, their SA is not that great!

    There are some really bad dudes out there that might cause you problems knowing you are armed. In this case I don't think a shirt logo would really make any difference.
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    i agree with atctimmy.

    ide wear a ruger shirt when carrying an LCP.

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    I stay under the radar. Logo's are range wear only. To many kooks and bad guys (Gang Bangers), that kill for sport.

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    I wear an old Remington hat when I wear hats (rarely) but no gun logo stuff other than that. I do have one shirt that says "Hunting: Legal Addiction" and on the back has crossed rifles and part of the constitution. Never had any comments, except a co-worker that struck up a conversation about rights. Turns out he's very pro-2A and all for sticking to the constitution.

    Occasionally they do lead to things other than being assaulted and robbed.
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