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I am somewhat ''up North'' but compared to some - not too extreme for weather even if we do get more snow than I like. Snow is one thing - 50º below is another, which I believe some can get in ND, MN, MT etc.

Thinking tho of temp's - (you AZ, TX and FL members - relax!) - there is a need sometimes to really ''wrap up'' tho even when very cold here, I rarely have more than a padded shirt unless things are real bad!

The effect on a draw tho is what I am considering here - and maybe if several layers of clothing needed - do you switch to pocket carry if pocket big enough? I think I would. What this means is - I dress to carry - which includes considerations on access and draw.

A real thick long coat as I see it, is gonna be a real drag when it comes to access. So just interested in what ""Northern'' folks do about this.
 

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I think the cold has less effect on the draw as it does on the trigger finger. Muscles don't seem to move as fast when cold. Gloves hamper access also.
 

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I carry OWB strong side in winter because coat covers the gun. As already said layers aren't such a deal just take a little practice, but cold fingers are a big deal. If you're out for a while it sucks as far as being able to use the extremedies. Something I've done a lot of is taking practice with cold hands, and lots of practice at nights drawing with coat on just while watching TV
 

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P95, Since I've been in the sunny south for a long time, I don't face this situation. However, if I did carry in colder areas I would carry cross draw with a coat I could get open quickly enough to access the weapon. I did carry in cold areas when camping, but I could carry open, so access wasn't a problem. I carried strong side in a low riding flap holster or a western rig.
 

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During the cold Indianapolis winters, I carried my Taurus PT99 in a Galco Miami Classic(AKA the Miami Vice rig) Shoulder Holster. It was much easier to access and conceal under my thick winter coats. But, I only carried this way if I knew my coat was going to stay on. At 5'7" and 140 lbs, I am not 'thick' enough to successfully conceal a full size gun in a shouder rig without lots of clothing to throw over the top of it. If I was going to be indoors, I would just use my regular summer holster, a Galco OWB belt slide holster and keep my coat(s) unzipped to allow access if needed.
 

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I carry strong side for my primary gun regardless of the weather or layers. In the cooler months I carry my second gun in an outside pocket.
Gloves will come off fast by biting the fingertips and pulling.
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winter clothes

I wear it under the coat with the coat zipped up. I mean you have to stay warm and it has to stay concealed. Always be observant and at the first sign of trouble unzip the coat and be ready. When it's really cold out they'll be fewer people out on the street to shoot anyway.
 

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I would not use pocket carry as I take my coat off inside too much. Usually strong side carry with a thick coat and a light fleece under to conceal the gun indoors. Also I use Hatch frisk gloves which are insulated but still easy to operate and fire a pistol with. Usually just leave my coat unzipped unless its a real bitter cold. Also adding a long zipper pull to your zipper makes access easier.
 

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P95Carry said:
Thinking tho of temp's - (you AZ, TX and FL members - relax!) - there is a need sometimes to really ''wrap up'' tho even when very cold here
Hey, when the temperature here drops to 60, we pull out the gloves, scarves and parkas!
Then again, we only loosen our ties and drink cuban coffee when the yank & canadian tourists are dropping like flies as temperatures stay in the 90's with 90% humidity.

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Re heavy coat used, but on and off - tho not something I have to bother with too much -

Answer? I'll keep my std carry as usual 3.30 OWB but ADD a suitable pocket piece - thus making for quickest access, like hand-on-gun in suspicious situation. Thus in a sense BUG becomes primary some of the time. I think that could work well.
 

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I carry in many ways, either with a horizontal shoulder rig while in my down vest. Strong side high ride pancake, or in the pants when the situation /weather is warmer. It depents on the weather and conditions that direct my mode of carry.
 

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P95Carry said:
Re heavy coat used, but on and off - tho not something I have to bother with too much -

Answer? I'll keep my std carry as usual 3.30 OWB but ADD a suitable pocket piece - thus making for quickest access, like hand-on-gun in suspicious situation. Thus in a sense BUG becomes primary some of the time. I think that could work well.

Actually that sounds like a really good idea, even better if you use a Centennial or Bodyguard style revolver that can be fired from inside the pocket. Only problem I can think of is leaving the coat and weapon unattended (ie Holiday visits with young children ... or idiot relatives around - anyone else end up with a pile of coats on the bed?).
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I'm actually finding it much easier to carry now that it is getting colder. More clothes - more options. The more layers I can tuck in between the holster and my skin (IWB) the more comfortable it is - just leaving the last layer for a cover garment. I don't really see it affecting the draw as long as the cover garment isn't too prohibitive - and I'm much more of a layer guy than a big heavy coat guy.

I really like pocket carry but have yet to find a pocket big enough for a 1911. :)
 

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Hay I'm from Michigan, any day it is above freezing is short sleve weather, so I usually just wear a light coat one that is long enough to cover. On those rare days that I go to the goose down coat I'll usually switch to the sholder rig.
 

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I wear a military parka and stash my primary in the concealed map pocket with magazine in opposite. However, if carrying 637 its in handwarmer pocket.
 

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Hay I'm from Michigan, any day it is above freezing is short sleve weather, so I usually just wear a light coat one that is long enough to cover. On those rare days that I go to the goose down coat I'll usually switch to the sholder rig.
Thats what i do or when its really really cold ill pack a 38 snub in my coat pocket and keep the shooting hand in the pocket if im worried
 

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MI isn't all that cold. Heck most of the snow melts by July up here.
 

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MI isn't all that cold. Heck most of the snow melts by July up here.

I spent a few years in Plattsburg, NY and Cheyenne, WY as a kid (AF brat). The massive snowfall was fun back then but I'm soooooo glad to be someplace warmer now that my bones are getting old. Haven't seen snowshoes or tire chains in YEARS! Now if I could just hit that lottery we could move to South FL and I could sell my coat! :biggrin:
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I spent a few years in Plattsburg, NY and Cheyenne, WY as a kid (AF brat). The massive snowfall was fun back then but I'm soooooo glad to be someplace warmer now that my bones are getting old. Haven't seen snowshoes or tire chains in YEARS! Now if I could just hit that lottery we could move to South FL and I could sell my coat! :biggrin:
Jack
You dont want to move down here
 
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