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Summer Carry ? I'm 5'8" and like to wear short or lite pants; how can I

Discussion in 'Defensive Carry & Self Defense' started by tkdguy, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. tkdguy

    tkdguy Portland, Oregon Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    carry my SW 66 2.5" or Springfield subcompact without broadcasting I'm carrying. I have different types of holsters; IWB, OWB, etc., but both seem very heavy with a summer belt and do not seem to be able to conceal easily. If I wear a top shirt I can get too warm when I wear a lite poly shirt underneath. Any ideas??

    Fanny pack in front broadcasts "concealed"???

    thanks.
     
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  2. Joe13

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    I'm 6'1" and go between 220-270lbs.

    Only thing that I've found that works is a light gun in a pair of cargo pants or shorts pocket (hangs loose so it doesn't print like an upper pocket).

    OR

    I bought a maxpedition fat boy satchel? That goes from one shoulder and rests on the othe hip. Thought I would stand out like a sore thumb advertising I was carrying a gun. Then I remembered its Portland and a quarter of the male population seems to carry some type of bag.

    It also holds a few other things I wouldn't normally have the space to keep with me.




    If you find something better then I'd be interested in what you find.
     
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  3. bolus

    bolus Portland Gold Supporter Gold Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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  4. Pops1911

    Pops1911 Cinebar/Issaquah Well-Known Member

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    I have found that a computer bag also works great as a CCW bag and doesn't look like a murse. More than half of the adult males in Seattle have one over their shoulders already. Mine does make a great load out bag. Otherwise, cargo shorts with a really good belt and a Hawaiian shirt does fine.
     
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  5. Ura-Ki

    Ura-Ki Sub Light Speed Well-Known Member

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    I'm 6'4'' 260 with broad shoulders and narrow hips, and I find long sports type shirts with cargo shorts work well. I really like the Columbia Sports Wear outdoor shirts. I also wear a sports coat a lot, due to my profession, and this also helps, while allowing me to keep cool.
     
  6. clearconscience

    clearconscience Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Dude I would never carry a handgun pointed at my junk!

    I'm not a big guy, 5'11" and 185lbs.
    I am always wearing shorts and a T-shirt unless it's low 50s or under. And I carry a G26 in a IWB holster, was a galco kingtuk and recently switched to a smaller holster.

    I never have an issue. With a little wind you get a lot of printing but it just looks like a cell phone on my belt. Most people won't even notice
     
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  7. Nick Burkhardt

    Nick Burkhardt NE Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Try an Ergo Delta grip for that revolver

    Delta-Grip-TFB.jpg
     
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  8. Fubba

    Fubba Silverdale, WA New Member

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    I just picked up an Uncle Mikes "Inside the Pant Holster" and so far it seems to work out just fine. Even when just wearing a T-shirt, I got a left handed holster even though I'm right handed and it sits just above my right back pocket pretty comfortably.
     
  9. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that's a radical grip!

    I lean toward dark T-shirts or short-sleeve shirts, a bit on the large size for me, and long. Wear outside your trousers. Then a good high IWB or even OWB holster. I carry a Walther PPQ, not some mouse gun. Seems to work...

    But then I'm an old guy. People tend not to pay attention to us. ;)

    BTW I like Kevlar, as it's not bulky and keeps sweat off the gun.
     
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  10. decklin

    decklin WA Well-Known Member

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    I can cc a Sig P226 IWB under a t-shirt. I wear a size bigger than I'd normally wear. Seems like everybody is wearing baggy shirts now so my one size larger shirt doesn't even register.
    I'm 5'11" and 200lbs with a 36" waist.
     
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  11. 308

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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  12. Doc In UPlace

    Doc In UPlace Tacoma-ish Well-Known Member

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    I use one of these. After 3 years it's still working as new. Galco pocket protector; got it at Amazon I think.

    51pkHary0%2BL.jpg
     
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  13. Reno911

    Reno911 Hillsboro Well-Known Member 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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    Pocket carry or cargo pocket carry are both easy to do with smaller guns and the right holster. I used to use a kydex trigger guard on a TCP in the cargo pant for many summers. Might go back to it because it was so damn easy. I had my wife sew loops inside the pocket, then a piece of paracord looped onto the pocket loop and the holster/trigger guard. When I pulled the gun out, the guard caught and clipped off.

    Only downside to this is slower draw times. With practice I was pretty quick though.
     
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  14. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    6'1"/200, I keep a little S&W 638 in a simple nylon holster under an un-tucked shirt, usually a Hawaiian in the summer. Winter's really easy with jackets and flannels

    Not comfy locked into one spot, I pre-plan and make sure no one's looking when I slide the holster forward or back along my belt for walking, getting in and out of vehicles, sitting in restaurants, etc.

    It's become second nature to move certain ways around other people to avoid telltale printing and bulging. Unlike those freakishly tiny-peckered guys who feel some sense of duty to "educate" the liberal masses with OC in public places (which will NEVER happen), concealed means concealed to me.
     
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  15. nammac

    nammac I-5 Corridor - West of Portland Silver Supporter Silver Supporter

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    I'm 5'10", 180 and carry a 2" .38 in a DeSantis FlexTuck at about the 1 o'clock position. Go one size up on a t-shirt and it covers pretty well.

    Having consumed many six packs, it fits nicely right in the little hallow near the appendix...
     
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  16. decklin

    decklin WA Well-Known Member

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    What a nice way to describe fellow carriers and members of this forum.
    Perhaps you should review the rules and the bulletin Joe posted.
     
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  17. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    Point well taken Decklin.

    It was not my intent to single out or attack any particular individual. In discussing some practices and personal feelings about concealed carry (which I strongly endorse for civilians who carry in public, particularly congested urban settings), I used offensive words to express my views about those who like to advertise that they are armed - with the overt objective of pushing an agenda.

    To clarify, I don't condemn those who OC (open carry) where it's permitted (and sometimes not) - OC is a personal choice. I just question the underlying motives of those (thankfully few) who OC in hopes of eliciting some sort of reaction in others.

    As a side note, I carry wherever it's practical to do so discretely. I'm just not personally inclined to signal an evil person planning evil things in a public place that my loved ones and I would be the best targets to neutralize first.
     
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  18. evltwn

    evltwn Gold Hill Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    What the heck is a "summer"belt? I carry an xds 9mm appendix (a new thing for me) in a raw dog defender pro with shorts and an untucked tee. I never imagined how darned comfy that mode is. Oh, and the knowledge the gun has a grip safety helps with the idea of where the gun is pointing when holstered!
     
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  19. coop44

    coop44 Tacoma ,WA Well-Known Member

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    I just cram my 45 down the front of my Speedos, it impresses the babes at the beach:)
     
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  20. teflon97239

    teflon97239 Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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    You say that like they're not already digging the cape and motorcycle goggles!
     
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