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    I have two identical shirts. Dark blue cotton ribbed knit type shirts. Only difference is one is a 3X and the other a 2X. I always wear a t-shirt, black preferably, under my cover shirt. I currently carry a Sig P-225 in a Galco OWB holster at 4 o'clock and 3 spare mags. When I wear the 2x my weapon doesn't print and the shirt does not hang up on the weapon. Tonight I was wearing my 3x shirt, (identical to the 2x except for the size) and twice it hung up on my weapon EXPOSING IT! Once at the races, my wife notified me of it. I got up from my seat to go down the stairs to the car, and it completely uncovered the my weapon. When I returned I observed the people in the area and no one looked directly at me so I feel that no but my wife seen it. Later as I left a convenience store at 2230, my wife again flagged to my fully exposed weapon.
    Step one to cure this is to buy a new carry belt, and step two is to switch to an IWB. No step one is to better check my cover every time I rise or change positions in an inconspicuous manner as possible.
    BTW Iowa is NOT an open carry state. So public exposure can result in problems. And if your weapon is seen you can have trouble too!
    Anyone else ever had this occur with identical garments? What other suggestions might you have avoid this problem. Obviously this shirt is no longer in my cover garment locker. Tomorrow it polishes my wifes ( she who must be obeyed) sports car.
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    I use a crossbreed IWB holster,It not only presses the gun against my body,but anything below belt level is hidden inside my pants,One of the most comfortable versatile holsters I ever owned,You can also adjust the cant to find what works best for you,you may need to increase pants size to accomodate the holster
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    A larger shirt not covering your sidearm, as well as the same shirt in a smaller size, does not make any sense.
    The above suggestion of possibly using an IWB holster seems like it would help.
    I carry IWB almost exclusively, and when I wear some of my larger shirts, I button the first one or two buttons from the top. This keeps the shirt from blowing open, but does not prevent drawing the weapon.
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    Iowa is not a traditional open carry state, but no permit is required to open carry except when in vehicles or when inside city limits. Open carry in cities is technically legal with an Iowa permit to carry weapons, however Iowa is a may-issue state, and some sheriffs have indicated that they will revoke your permit for open carrying.








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    Quote Originally Posted by retsupt99 View Post
    A larger shirt not covering your sidearm, as well as the same shirt in a smaller size, does not make any sense.
    The above suggestion of possibly using an IWB holster seems like it would help.
    I carry IWB almost exclusively, and when I wear some of my larger shirts, I button the first one or two buttons from the top. This keeps the shirt from blowing open, but does not prevent drawing the weapon.
    Just a thought.
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    IWB is great. I don't think I'll ever use OWB for anything but open carry, now. With my MTAC adjusted properly, I can barely tell I am wearing it, and it is invisible.
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    Having 2 identical garments and having the LARGER of the two not conceal as well (ie. hanging up on your firearm) isn't as strange as it may seem. The larger, and therefore looser fitting, garment by it's very nature of not being as close fitting to the body quite literally had more room to move and shift around on your body and thus had more of a chance of getting caught up on some part or other of your gun. Sometimes when it comes to cover garments merely getting a garment of a different cut as opposed to a larger size can do the trick.

    It's a trick we ladies learn quite early on in concealed carry because as you well know no woman EVER wants to have to buy sizes larger then absolutely necessary!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormtruck2 View Post
    I have two identical shirts. Dark blue cotton ribbed knit type shirts. Only difference is one is a 3X and the other a 2X. I always wear a t-shirt, black preferably, under my cover shirt. I currently carry a Sig P-225 in a Galco OWB holster at 4 o'clock and 3 spare mags. When I wear the 2x my weapon doesn't print and the shirt does not hang up on the weapon. Tonight I was wearing my 3x shirt, (identical to the 2x except for the size) and twice it hung up on my weapon EXPOSING IT! Once at the races, my wife notified me of it. I got up from my seat to go down the stairs to the car, and it completely uncovered the my weapon. When I returned I observed the people in the area and no one looked directly at me so I feel that no but my wife seen it. Later as I left a convenience store at 2230, my wife again flagged to my fully exposed weapon.
    Step one to cure this is to buy a new carry belt, and step two is to switch to an IWB. No step one is to better check my cover every time I rise or change positions in an inconspicuous manner as possible.
    BTW Iowa is NOT an open carry state. So public exposure can result in problems. And if your weapon is seen you can have trouble too!
    Anyone else ever had this occur with identical garments? What other suggestions might you have avoid this problem. Obviously this shirt is no longer in my cover garment locker. Tomorrow it polishes my wifes ( she who must be obeyed) sports car.
    For summer Carry In Iowa I would recommend an ISB Holster. Normally, I Carry with OSB Paddle holsters. In Missouri, you can pretty much go where you want open carry except where prohibited, cities, etc. Printing is not normally an issue and is not defined or enforced in most situations.
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    Your wife has to tell you that you are exposed?
    Wake up. Pay attention.

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    S&W J-Frame in a pocket holster. T-shirt to parka, doesn't matter what I throw on on top! Main reason S&W 642 and the little .380 ACP and .32 ACP autos are #1 sellers in CCWs. It's nice to have a big gun, it is imperative you have a gun.
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