Dressing for Concealed Carryby al vennemeyer on 07/23/11
After getting their concealed carry license; many people are anxious to rush to their favorite gun shop and select a quality hand-gun that is comfortable to hold and shoot. Consideration of dress apparel is often not recognized as a priority at this time. There is no disagreement that a good grip is helpful for developing shooting skills however some individuals might not consider that the most comfortable grip weapon may be the most difficult to hide. Comfort and shooting proficiency with a small concealed carry hand-gun is improved though practice at the range which is actually required for any size weapon. Selecting the optimum weapon for concealment and dress freedom should be your first choice. Most of these weapons will have adequate stopping power. Choosing the wrong size weapon will restrict your clothing choice and result in endless searching for an acceptable holster.
Time and expense is avoided when we look at ALL of the requirements for concealed carry, BEFORE selecting any one item. The first question you may ask is; how often am I going to concealed carry? If you are interested in total self-defense, you will need to carry at all times where permissible. This begs the question of comfort and dress requirements.
Each of us conducts a personal life style that can be impacted by a change in dress appearance. Concealed Carry may not be socially acceptable with some of the people we come in contact with therefore we do not want to announce that we are carrying by changing dress style and/or risk printing as you move through different body positions. Wearing a concealed cover vest or oversize trousers is a dead giveaway; it's costly, uncomfortable and changes your normal appearance.
When selecting a holster; make sure your weapon is accessible from the sitting position. That is where most of us spend our greatest amount of time. Look at all these requirements together in order to develop the best combination of features for Concealed Carry. See article: http://www.stealthdefenseholsters.com/Articles.html?entry=top-5-features-to-look
Carrying a hand-gun can become a chore unless we make the right preparations. The bottom line for Concealed Carry is; select a weapon and holster that allows you to continue your normal dress style plus don't give up comfort and accessibility.