Need Advice on Open vs Concealed MOC
First off, let me explain that I'm a very large fella here... size 48 waist, so IWB concealed carry, especially with my chosen gun (the Glock 21) is all-but-impossible to do. That's one big gun to stuff in your pants! LOL
Okay, so here's my dilemna and questions for you guys.....
I've found a great duty belt, 2", that was custom made for me by a belt maker here in Seattle. Belt fits great and I can snug it up very tight on my belly, without it cutting into me like the smaller width belts would do. In addition, the larger width belt supports the Serpa holster and the Glock 21 very well.
Carrying this thing, I have the hoster mounted onto the belt (right hand / strong side) OWB, just as a law enforcement officer would carry on his or her duty belt. Secondly, I most often wear jeans or casual dress pants, BUT, with an UNTUCKED shirt. I do not prefer to wear my shirt tucked in and show a huge gut hanging over my pants... I'm not for that look and don't ever want to see myself looking like that! :embarassed:
So... I'm walking around yesterday, enjoying an afternoon and evening out with the family and carrying as "open carry," yet with my shirt untucked, I noticed that it pretty well covered (not concealed) all of my gun and holster. Obviously, even untucked, the gun "prints" when wearing this way.
My question, or even fear perhaps, is am I breaking the law by carrying this way ????? Since concealed carry is meant just as it says; "concealed," I'm obviously "printing" when wearing a large gun belt and carrying a full size .45 on my waist! But even though I'm choosing the "open carry" theory by not trying to hide it, wearing my shirt tail untucked does come down and cover it.
In other words... I would desire to carry this way as OPEN CARRY. Yet in reality, I am simply carrying this gun OWB but with my shirt coming down and completely covering the gun and holster.
For clarification = am I breaking the law by presenting myself as "open carry," yet in reality, presenting myself as having the gun concealed, or covered by my shirt tail, while there is a big ol' obvious "printing" issue going on. (???)
Bottom line = I do like the belt and would like to open carry as explained, it's just more comfortable on my big belly this way. Yes, yes - I do know there's debate on the OC vs concealed advantages, but I'm simply talking about my desire to OC with the method I've explained above.......... 2" duty gun belt, black, with OWB serpa holstering a Glock 21. The struggle is - do I (have to) tuck my shirt in to legally be presenting myself as "open carry" or am I setting myself up for being seen as an irresponsible cocealed carry person, because my shirt is untucked, but one can clearly make out that there's a very large bulge under the untucked shirt ???
I hope this makes sense. Let me offer this: yesterday, while carrying that way, I did not receive one weird look, stare or otherwise. I don't think anyone really noticed while at Cabelas, Taco Bell or other general public places. While entering gun stores however, I did get the "glance" from folks at the counters, but not one comment, not one glance that I would see as bad....... just saying it was obvious for those who know what to look for. The general public... probably didn't pay any attention and it could have been a cell phone on my belt for all they knew. With my shirt untucked, you cannot see the belt, holster, magazine pouch, gun, - nothing but just bulging (printing) on my shirt from time to time.
Please advise - as I obviously want to do the right (legal) thing first, and secondly, I just don't want to create a bad presentation of myself as an irresponsible gun owner exercising my right to carry.
Thoughts / advice / opinions ???
Thanks in advance !!! :bier: