July 10th, 2010 12:13 AM
Time to get fitted for a new suit
So this is going to be the first new suit I've purchased that I will be carrying in. So I figure I might as well have it fitted with carrying in mind. I'm going to leave a few factors in the air that will be settled around ease of carry. Those are the weapon to be carried and how I'm going to carry it.
I've got 3 choices of weapon to carry, only two of which I see as practical
1. XD-40 service
2. Colt Cobra .38 special
3. Smith and Wesson modle 68 .357
I'm comfortable with all these weapons I just think the .357 is a little large to be carried comfortably.
As far as how i'm going to carry I want to stay away from pocket holsters and shoulder holsters ( I often remove my jacket)
So I need some help
What do I need to look for when getting my suit fitted?
What weapon should I carry and how should i carry it.
July 10th, 2010 12:32 AM
Leave some room IWB for a tuckable holster like the CrossBreed Supertuck, MTAC or Kholster. I say this since you mentioned that you take your jacket off a lot.
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July 10th, 2010 12:54 AM
I would prefer to bring my intended holsters with me to a fitting.
If that's not practical yet, allow 1" on the waist.
July 10th, 2010 01:03 AM
As well as on the Jacket waist/hip area to avoid printing.
Originally Posted by Arko
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
July 10th, 2010 07:45 AM
Get a good sturdy 1 1/4" gun belt to match your shoes and holster.
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July 10th, 2010 09:48 AM
When I was working plainclothes I always had several modifications made to my suits and sport jackets.
1. A strip of light canvas can be sewn into the jacket lining around the waist area. This prevents printing very well.
2. The material cut off the trouser cuffs can be used to make belt loops that are sized to accept your gun belt and sewn on at locations that will not interfere with holster placement.
3. A couple of large fender washers can be sewn into the jacket lining at each side at the bottom edge near the front. This helps keep the jacket hanging neatly and also helps when you sweep the jacket tail away during the draw.
Interestingly, those suits and jackets were tax-deductible since they were made specifically for use on the job!
July 10th, 2010 10:20 AM
I've worked PC for 13 years now and these are great tricks of the trade that Lobo has listed. You can also find iron on patches that match the inside color of your jacket to put in there, but sewn in will generally last longer. They are a great alternative to suits you've already had tailored in the past, or ones you already have a hole in. Not only does it reduce printing, it also prevents the corner of your slide from wearing a hole in your jacket lining. Even the rounded corners of a Glock will do it, not to mention the rear sight.
Originally Posted by loboleather
Another thing I do is actually wear my firearm and "amenities" in and let them tailor around it. This is no big deal to the tailor since I have my LEO ID, not to mention I've developed a relationship with him. Make sure you check with the tailor/shop if it is ok to do this before you go in. Some are not comfortable with it.
Not going to get into which weapon or how to carry it. Just too many personal preferences and toes to step on.
July 12th, 2010 02:34 PM
Great tips and trick. Thanks guys
July 12th, 2010 10:12 PM
I use a Smartcarry. Pleated suit pants in darker colors conceal wonderfully - even a duty-sized pistol like a Glock 19.
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