Do you wear a concealment garment when you practice with your pistol?

Do you wear a concealment garment when you practice with your pistol?

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    Do you wear a concealment garment when you practice with your pistol?

    Whenever I go to an outdoor range where I can shoot from the holster and move freely on the range, I always practice with the type of concealment garments I normally wear. In the summer, that means a lightweight polo shirt, T-shirt, or collared shirt. In the fall, winter, and spring, my concealment garment is normally some type of hoodie, lightweight jacket, or heavy coat. A couple of times a year, I practice shooting using my pocket holster, and I also practice using my ankle holster (while wearing long pants) from my truck.

    Most people I see at the range don't do this. They either shoot with an unconcealed holster, or don't use a holster at all. I'm curious, how many of you shoot using your normal concealment garments, if you don't open carry?

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    I practice with my usual clothing and my gun concealed where it usually is. I start from holstered w/ concealment clothes as usual, draw, and shoot. Pocket holster -- start with hand in pocket, draw, shoot.
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    I shoot the way I carry concealed...always. Which includes running the decocker and holstering after every couple shots when running the DA/SA guns. I have the benefit of outdoor public lands shooting so no restrictions.
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    I need to practice this skill. My cover garment is usually the shirt on my back and it's tucked in. (Long work hours, etc. ) It's a pain to practice drawing from a tucked shirt and then resetting to practice drawing again. I've recently started to pocket carry to help alleviate some of the issues with drawing from a tucked shirt. If you count pockets as a carry garment, then I practice often.
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    Yes, they are called Pants.
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    There are no ranges in our area that allow it. I do when I go to the desert to shoot.
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    I practice with my normal daily attire, jacket etc ... I have been known to shoot at my local range in competitions with my jacket on ...
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    Always. I mean, what is the point of practice that differs from the norm of everyday life and dress?
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    Whatever I happen to be Wearing that day, which is always jeans, boots, and either a tshirt or button down shirt untucked. Always from the draw. I usually have the range (outdoor) to myself. So I can train however I want.

    I train a lot with my 442 from left (weakside) front pocket also. Pretty quick when hand is already in pocket, which is most likely where it would be if I'm forced to use that gun instead of my iwb gun. Not so fast when I have to draw from the interview stance. 😮
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    Do you wear a concealment garment when you practice with your pistol?

    Most times.
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    My concealing garments are shirt and trousers or shorts, so yes, I'm always wearing them when I practice.
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    Depends on what I'm working on. If it's draw stroke, it's the same conditions as daily carry. If it's fundamentals, no. If it's running through a 1K rds in an afternoon, sometimes.

    Training and practicing are two very different subjects/mentalities.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    Depends on what I'm working on. If it's draw stroke, it's the same conditions as daily carry. If it's fundamentals, no. If it's running through a 1K rds in an afternoon, sometimes.

    Training and practicing are two very different subjects/mentalities.
    Yours and TDI snubby revolver are the only classes I have taken using OC holsters, the reason being that they all involved hundreds of draws/rounds/day in the heat of summer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AzQkr View Post
    Depends on what I'm working on. If it's draw stroke, it's the same conditions as daily carry. If it's fundamentals, no. If it's running through a 1K rds in an afternoon, sometimes.

    Training and practicing are two very different subjects/mentalities.
    This is pretty much my take on it.

    Mostly because I don't solely practice for SD. For instance if I'm working on some 3GUN transition stuff, kinda silly to dress up like I'm headed to Walmart. Just as if I'm working on some IDPA type engagements I'm normally wearing my cover garment that I wear for matches. As AzQkr pointed out the draw (and possibly a reload) are about the only aspects of a potential SD firearm use that are effected by a cover garment. For the rest is post draw.
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    The majority of my shooting is recreational. For the pure joy of just shooting.
    Same with archery. Flinging arrows at a target accurately is relaxing to me.
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