Summer CCW and a "Shoot Me First" Vest

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    Question Summer CCW and a "Shoot Me First" Vest

    Does anyone here actually use one of the SMF vests for summer CCW? Or, even for cool weather??

    When it's typically 110-118 degrees during the summer (and since I have a trim waist) I'm limited to what I can CCW without major printing. I can get by with my J-frame but my XD-9 just yells, "Gun!"

    I can't stand IWB holsters, so I've been using mostly Fobus and I find them to be very comfortable. But I would like some options so I can carry other sidearms.

    I note some of the touristas wear various vests and possibly there's a pistola or two in the mix there somewhere.

    I would like some input from you guys who possibly have a trim waist and what and how do you carry various sidearms in the summer heat without major printing.

    Thanks for your help!

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    IWB and a loose t shirt. I found the fobus holster stuck out wayyy to far to conceal with anything less than a baggy sweatshirt or winter coat.
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    Thanks Rocky, but I can't stand those IWB holsters.

    If that were my only option for summer CCW............

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    Eat more.


    Wear baggy clothes.


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    Good one!

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    a pancake type holster and a loose shirt might help. also a shirt with a dark print (Hawaiian) type helps to hide the outline of the gun. I use a 3 slot Strong holster for my HK USP , for those occasions I do carry a full size pistol in the warmer months.
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    When I carry my XD 45 in the Vegas summer heat, I use my Max Com V IWB, and a Hawaiian shirt, or another short sleeve shirt. When it's cooler, I use my Sig-tac vest. I disagree with those who think that vests, or fanny packs screem gun. Most people don't even think about concealed weapons. I know that before I started carrying, these things meant nothing special to me.

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    Have you tried carrying about 4-4:30? It took some time, but I almost forget I'm carrying there at times. And that's with an all steel 4" 1911. From what I have found, it took something simple, just basic clip on IWB. I use a Don Hume 715. And yes, I'm very thin.

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    The heat is one reason I went ahead and bought the kel-tec. I have larger guns but normally would carry my Bersa. I found myself leaving that at home because it would get uncomfortable and I try not to wear much during the summer. The kel-tec disappears in the pocket of my shorts and weighs so little I forget its there.

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    Thanks Rocky & Squawker!

    I had not considered a pancake type holster, so I will check them out.

    As to the SMF vests, I actually think they cool, except for those cutesy-poo back pouches. They do seem however, to be rather hot for an already hot day.

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    Yes, that's the position I usually carry in.

    Maybe put the Fobus aside and try a pancake holster as Rocky suggests.

    A "Book 'em Dano" shirt was also suggested so between the two, maybe I can carry my XD-9 during the summer.

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    I personally don't see vests as ''shoot me first'' ........ I call those ''keep 'em guessing'' I use vests a lot, tho often when biking and so it maybe does not seem too odd then.

    I am despite age fairly slim of waist and hip, and broad of shoulder - this combo with a loose fitting cover garment does give a natural space where the gun sits in OWB. ''Pear shaped'' folks will have much more potential for printing.

    My Eagle Defender holds in real tight and so all I need to cover really is bottom of rig and avoid windy day 'blowback'
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    Thanks P95Carry,

    I'm certainly not pearshaped, but I have some friends, (who also carry) tell me they could see the print everytime.

    Of course, some of those guys are just a few jelly donuts shy of a full on whale bloat. They can carry anything!!!

    What I may really need is a disruptive pattern shirt that can be left partially unbuttoned towards the bottom.

    The "SMF" vests may be more of a regional thing.

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    Cargo shorts and a Mika pocket holster. I find the IWB's hot and uncomfortable also. You might have to give up on the full size XD 9 for hot summertime carry. I carry a Taurus Milpro in the above rig and I don't even notice it.
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    Thanks Jfan,

    I don't know why, but I had not even thought of a pocket holster.

    I'll Google Mika holsters and see what comes up.

    Thanks again for the suggestion!

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