Adding Weights to Button Up Shirts?

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    Adding Weights to Button Up Shirts?

    I usually wear button up shirts as my cover garment - I button them, but leave them untucked. I have tried a couple of times to leave it unbuttoned, wearing a colored undershirt or t-shirt of some kind - but if there's any kind of wind I have to hold my shirt down every time I walk across a parking lot. On these occasions I have usually had the thought that I could open up the seam on the bottom of my shirts, put some kind of weight in there and sew it back up. I figured this would help keep it down and help give it some heft so that if I need to draw I can toss it out of the way. Usually right after thinking that I'd think... "Well that's just dumb. And besides, with 30 some odd shirts to do, it'd be a huge pain in rear," and then I promptly forget it.

    Well this weekend I got my copy of Magpul Dynamic's Dynamic Handgun course and during the 3rd disc on concealed carry, Chris Costa mentions doing something similar. So I finally decided my idea might not be too dumb - since I'm apparently not the only one to think of it...

    So, has anyone tried this? If you have - what did you use for weights? Even if you haven't - can anyone think of something that would work well? I thought of putting washers in there, but I figured they would eventually rust...
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    i would just look for something you could maybe clip to the bottom of the shirt that is inconspicuous that could be transferred from shirt to shirt as needed and removed prior to washing.

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    Such as?
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    Maybe something like fishing weights (split-shot) crimped to one side of a safety pin?
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    I don't fish - is this what you're referring to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    Such as?
    trying to figure out what would work best still lol. i was just trying to simplify having to unstitch add weight and restitch 30+ shirts.

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    Maybe something like fishing weights (split-shot) crimped to one side of a safety pin?
    I was thinking something on a safty pin. split shouts would be good because they would not clank together like washers might but even the largest one would take a buncg to provide enough weight to do the job properly. of course you could glue the washers together though then put them onto a safety pin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    I don't fish - is this what you're referring to?

    Yes, but the ones I was thinking of are all lead. That appears to have some sort of insert.

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    trying to figure out what would work best still lol. i was just trying to simplify having to unstitch add weight and restitch 30+ shirts.



    I was thinking something on a safty pin. split shouts would be good because they would not clank together like washers might but even the largest one would take a buncg to provide enough weight to do the job properly. of course you could glue the washers together though then put them onto a safety pin.
    I guess it depends on how much weight is needed, but I've seen some pretty big split-shot for sale here along the coast.
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    This is what I was thinking of...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martial Archer View Post
    Yes, but the ones I was thinking of are all lead. That appears to have some sort of insert.



    I guess it depends on how much weight is needed, but I've seen some pretty big split-shot for sale here along the coast.
    true they do get pretty big when you are talking about down riggers and such. Guess those weren't my first though when you mentiond split shots. My mind went to the typical assorment packs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    I don't fish - is this what you're referring to?

    yep. here are the all lead version.


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    Putting weight in your shirt bottoms seems a bit silly to me.

    If I have an opened, print shirt, and it's a bit windy, I just tuck the front of the shirt tip in my front pocket...no problem!
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    Well to each their own I suppose - but tucking a shirt into my pocket seemed silly to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinDooley View Post
    Well to each their own I suppose - but tucking a shirt into my pocket seemed silly to me.
    i am with you on that one.

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    And here are some of the salt water sized variety...

    SALTWATER REMOVABLE SPLIT SHOT SET 68 pcs.

    Actually sounds like a good idea to me. I'm gonna have to give it a try!
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    I've used a couple of quarters sewn in the corners of the seams..
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