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    What are all you HOT weather blue collar ladies and gents carrying? I am loathe to think of trying to fit my full size USP .40 under my tool belt, hidden only by my tee shirt. You all know the drill, bending and lifting, in close-quarters with others. Y'all really carry IWB, OWB or stuff more like kel-tecs in ankle holsters?

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    I work construction (mechanical contractor) with lots of bending squatting and rolling around on the ground. I also wear a tool belt about half the time.

    I carry a Bersa Thunder .380 in a Don Hume IWB clip on holster every minute of every work day. In the summer I wear 2 T shirts. One tucked in to keep something between me and my pistol and one long one untucked that covers everything.

    I have never been made. It is seldom uncomfortable, and only once has the holster come off of my belt and I could feel it happening so it caused no problem.

    When it gets too hot for a shirt I go with a smart carry.

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    Heck you dont have to drop to a Kel-Tec for an ankle carry. In super heat when doing labor I do tend to go to a ankle rig but carrying something a lil bigger (minimum 38 spl). Now that Kahr has come out with the PM45 it will be small enought to easily conceal on the ankle [B]BUT[B] you will need to clean it often as a semi-auto worn on the ankle (actually any weapon) collects alot of dirt which can gum up a semi more than it will a revolver.
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    Is it against the law to accidentally flash a concealed weapon in Florida?
    It isn't here in TN and that really makes a difference to my carry options. I do construction, not on sites anymore but I do work outside putting in decks, fences, stuff like that. If the surroundings are right I open carry, if not I carry a gun that can handle sweat.
    If not I just carry my KelTec in my pocket or even put my main carry in the truck. I don't like putting it in the truck and only do that when I absolutely have to, which translates to nearly never.

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    Don't Flash A Weapon In Florida!

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    Is it against the law to accidentally flash a concealed weapon in Florida?
    It isn't here in TN and that really makes a difference to my carry options. I do construction, not on sites anymore but I do work outside putting in decks, fences, stuff like that. If the surroundings are right I open carry, if not I carry a gun that can handle sweat.
    If not I just carry my KelTec in my pocket or even put my main carry in the truck. I don't like putting it in the truck and only do that when I absolutely have to, which translates to nearly never.
    But...an accidental wind gush...untucked shirt...might get some attention, but I think/hope...common sense would prevail with LE.
    I am very careful about my cover and movement...I'm not interested in givving an 'accidental' peek at try...

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    I can't speak for the more progressive areas of Florida, but if you flash it here on the Redneck Riviera it becomes, if even momentarily, an open carry. Open carry's a no-no unless you're a LEO.

    And "discretion" is a good point...the majority of the LEO's I deal with are understanding, stand-up folks, but we do have more than a few that will load you up. Had one a couple years ago where a guy flashed in a grocery store and management called it in. He was scruffy-looking, unshaven, etc., and I believe that's one of the factors that came into play. (He was also a mouthy jerk to the responding officer). Anyway, in short, he went to jail. If I recall, the charge was something along the lines of "improper exhibition." Adjudication withheld, court costs & fines, 6-months probation, some community service, costs of supervision and attorney fees. It's been awhile but I think it cost him around $3500.

    We also have an informal charge here called "POP." It's an acronym for "Pi--ing off the police."
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    When I was working I carried a small automatic in my tool box or a 357 behind the truck seat. I only had to use it once but was lucky and did not have to shoot. The sight of the gun was all it took.

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    I work in a woodshop all day carrying either a 1911 IWB or when it's summer a J Frame Airweight .38 in a pocket holster. Don't usually wear a tool belt though. With a tool belt on I would probably stay with pocket carry.
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    Someone needs to market a toolbelt with a built in holster!

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    Welcome to the forum.

    I think a J frame S&W in a pocket holster is about
    perfect for this situation.
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    Toss a P3AT in your pocket and call it good. If you check out the posts over at KGOG, you'll see that some folks wear these things around their necks in kydex holsters. That's stretching it a bit for me, but people do it.

    I carry my P3AT all the time, everywhere, with any clothing combination...either IWB with the clip, or in a pocket holster.

    That's what I think.
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    Thanks for the welcomes, and the advice. I'm leaning toward a P3AT for pocket carry.
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