It's not that hard (CCW)

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    It's not that hard (CCW)

    This is a perspective from a newbie and I thought I'd share.

    Before I had my permit, or any holsters, I had huge concerns about how I would CC. People told me I had to dress around the gun. That idea made me depressed. It's hard enough to find attractive clothes that make me feel good.

    Further, I like form fitting, tailored, curve-hugging clothes. I often wear stuff that doesn't have big belt loops (or sometimes no belt loops at all.)

    I'm also short waisted, which I've read doesn't help.

    In reality? I haven't had much problem. I haven't felt too horribly compromised.

    What's working well for me is:
    - small 9mm (Kahr PM9) that has a single stack, so it's also thin

    - Galco Underwrap Belly Band (sometimes)

    - very thin IWB kydex holster with a clip (no belt needed. I can't wear it on yoga pants, but I haven't found another pair of pants that it won't work with)

    - Smart Carry (so far, only useful when I don't care how I look. So if I'm in sweats or yoga pants and doing chores around the house, it's a good method because it doesn't require any support from my clothing.)

    The only real problem I've had is the dress I wore yesterday. I ended up not carrying. Perhaps the belly band would have worked.

    But for most of my clothes, one of the above works.

    I get to wear cute clothes and keep my gun on my body.

    It's way easier than I imagined with way less compromise or sacrifice.

    I'm not dressing around the gun. I've found solutions.

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    Congrats, and good you're sticking to it.
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    Having options is definitely the way to go. Sounds like you've found out what works for you and what doesn't work so good. If i have cargo shorts on or something like that, i put my G27 in my cargo pocket (probably not the best for a quick deployment or fast draw) but at least it's with me and I have it if it's there. Sounds like the gun is dressing around you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebe View Post
    I had huge concerns about how I would CC. [...]
    Further, I like form fitting, tailored, curve-hugging clothes.
    I'm glad you didn't have to compromise on this

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    Thanks for the encouraging write-up.
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    excellent points I can share with my wife, thank you..

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    Glad you found what works for you, so quickly. Many people spend hundreds of dollars and end up with a box of holsters, before they find what works. You're doing good, keep it up...
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    Part of the key seems to be the small gun.

    I don't love the PM9. It's hard to shoot. But I'm getting much better with it and if it hurts my hand some, that's okay. It's not a range gun.

    I'd rather be able to carry my full-sized XD9!! But I'd have to dress around that, for sure (or even the SC -- too thick.)

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    Excellent …. There are allot choices out there today, and I’m glad you found what works for you.

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    I may forward this post to my non-carrying girlfriend :)
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    Good post, Phoebe.

    And I agree....it's not that hard to CC (and still dress like a lady)....if you have options.
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    I'm glad that you haven't taken to dressing like a guy or being a slob Phoebe ! It's always nice to see a lady. Especially a cute and deadly one, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phoebe View Post
    Further, I like form fitting, tailored, curve-hugging clothes.



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    Options are good. Sounds like you've found a few.

    Some advocate only carrying one way in order to always know instinctively where the gun is, and I understand the benefits of that concept. However, one way isn't always the best for my current situation, so I've got options also.

    Hope you can find a good option for when you're wearing a dress. I asked my daughter today if she'd be interested in the thigh holster Patti linked to, and my daughter said, "Yes."

    Options are good.

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    Some people are just lucky haha. It great you didn't have to invest a small fortune in holsters to find something that worked.
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