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ok so i will hopefully be carrying by the end of july and was wondering what is the best way to hide my OWB holster for my USPC .40... when i wear bigger shirts it usually doesnt print but sometimes that just is not possible what other options do i have...
 

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The photographer's vest, or "safari vest" is very popular - almost the unofficial uniform of CCW:



Another option is the untucked Hawaiian shirt.

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I will mention the Smith and Alexander vest. Mine is light denim and works very well - the more so I think for folks who are relatively slim waisted and broad up top - lets garment hang over some space, in which resides the rig. No probs in winter as I have a long open shirt to use.

If you are pear shaped then it is less easy but having the garment big enough helps.

Here are a coupla pics of my vest - this is an old one with wear and gone a bit limp - plus excuse my probably oldest pair of jeans LOL.





 

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I've also heard that by wearing sandals with bright white socks, you can divert the viewer's attention away from the beltline, thus reducing the chance of being made.

IIRC, this clever tactic was pioneered right here on CC.com.

(Oh, I am so going to get banned....)

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For about a year, I carried a USPc45 in a Mitch Rosen 5JR (OWB). The Holster is a high-ride, tight to the body type rig. I felt the HK concealed it's best while at the 3:30 position by just wearing an untucked loose shirt. A good belt is a HUGE PLUS!

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Hey Chris, somewhat off topic, but is that an old RCBS single press to your right in the photo?


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Note to self - add Matt to ''the list'' - tell Bud to sharpen axe - and probably hire a hit man to deal with Bud, for perpetuating that darned business :rofl:
 

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Dark colors

Whatever type of large shirt or cover garment you wear over your OWB holster, it is always better to buy the garment in dark colors. I prefer black, dark blue, dark gray, etc. Dark color patterns are also good. For some reason a light color garment is much more likely to print or reveal the holstered gun beneath it than a dark color.
 

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So there is some way to carry concealed in the summertime in sandals with bright white socks? Are there pictures? Is there a holster involved, or do hairy legs hold the gun in? So many questions...
 

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There is a pic somewhere around here. But I have a sneaky hunch a certain mod may have made it accidentally disappear.:smile:
 

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the vest works well. sometime people will look at you in the summer. they think you must be hot with that vest on. a shirt works well and does not look out of place in the summer. work with it and it will fall in place. i wear a shirt in the summer and a vest in the winter to cover my glock 27 in a galco miami classic shoulder hoster with two glock 22 mags on the other side. also i wear an galco inside the paints holster (ultra deep cover) with a pull over shirt. both works well. but, i do not wear sandals with bright white socks.
 

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I wonder why I sometimes feel I am being ''got at'' - hmmmm - odd that! :wink:
 

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swiftyjuan said:
So there is some way to carry concealed in the summertime in sandals with bright white socks? Are there pictures? Is there a holster involved, or do hairy legs hold the gun in? So many questions...
Just put it in your waistband. Nobody will notice if the legs are real hairy and the knees knobby.:image035:
 

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I know funny

MattLarson said:
I've also heard that by wearing sandals with bright white socks, you can divert the viewer's attention away from the beltline, thus reducing the chance of being made.

IIRC, this clever tactic was pioneered right here on CC.com.

(Oh, I am so going to get banned....)

:image035:

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And THAT'S funny!!
 

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Dark is good

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Whatever type of large shirt or cover garment you wear over your OWB holster, it is always better to buy the garment in dark colors. I prefer black, dark blue, dark gray, etc. Dark color patterns are also good. For some reason a light color garment is much more likely to print or reveal the holstered gun beneath it than a dark color.
Dark works real well, as do loud hawaiian shrts. Of course, Hawaiian shirt pretty much says CC to me, as does those photographers vest. But, to non CC, it doesn't really say anything.

Light colors are bad. Think the reason is that they shadows show much more easily as they reflect more light. Therefore unusual shapes are easy to see.

Aniother thing, it doesn't matter what you where. When you go out for the first time, you will be CONVINCED that everyone can see it. You will spend ages changing shirts etc trying to make it completely invisible and then be convinced everyone is staring at you.

They aren't. As long as it is reasonably covered so you cant make out an outline, you're good. If anyone DOES see a lump, they will think its a phone, pager, anything but a gun.

One last thing. Don't keep touching/checking it. As you get out of the car, yes, make sure. I usually briefly stand my right side in the V of the door (so right side istotally unobservable) and list check the bottom of my shirt, just like a lot of people do getting out of the car. Other than that, if you don't touch it, you won't bring attention to it.
 

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Matt....be afraid........very afraid..................
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But seriously, maybe hairy legs are like having the "rough side out" on an IWB holster? Maybe knobby knees aid in retention?

Dress can depend on location. In summertime FL Hawaiian shirts are fairly normal while dark shirts might stand out. In the winter darks will blend in. Patterns always help break up lines, remember your camo training!

Remember that the vast majority of people really are clueless and couldn't notice an elephant in a pink tutu hitch hiking on the side of the road, much less your concealed weapon. I've been in a coffee shop with 5 cops before for about 1/2 hour carrying a .45 Commander. Even talked with one in the parking lot on the way out. He never new it untill the end of the conversation, none of them did.
 

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While dark colors are preferable, they aren't always possible. As I type, it's 110 degrees here in Las Vegas. There;s no way I'll go out today with a dark cover garment.
 

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patterns help too. I prefer a IWB holster so I can just wear a tshirt and let the gun ride along my side. This may not work for some folks.
 

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To me the vests are a dead giveaway, I carry a full size 1911 in a IWB Sparks and it just goes away under a T-shirt. If I carry OWB, I wear a light denim shirt and it does the trick also. A IWB is the best for summer carry.
 

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I use dark colored shirts over an OWB carried Sig 226, and have never had any issues with being "made" or printing.

Dark undershirt, black gun, black leather gear, dark covershirt= invisible.
 
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