In this episode of SHOP Talk, Riley gives us some concealed carry tips. For example, he comes right out of the gate talking about printing and the kind of clothes you're wearing.
Concealed Carry Clothing Tips:
One thing about concealed carry that I don't think many people think about, is that concealed carry is a lifestyle change from the norm. The main reason behind this, is more thought is needed about what you're wearing.
Just going to the store, buying a shirt or jeans, and throwing them onto your body expecting an excellent turnout may or may not be realistic.
Can it happen? Sure it can. I personally don't subscribe to the “concealed carry clothing” thing and don't buy any particular concealed carry-specific clothing for myself.
If that's what you want to do, that's fine. The main thing to remember, is that you need to practice and be comfortable with your chosen clothing.
Something I don't want to see is someone practice with breakaway buttons (snaps) on their expensive concealed carry shirt, but they only own one of those shirts and never practice with the rest of their clothing.
If you practice for the button down shirt but the next day carry with a regular polo or t-shirt on, you may have now changed the way you clear your garment. Therefore, I come from the frame of mind that if you're going to buy one of those shirts, they should be consistent–which gets expensive if you're going to buy a concealed carry wardrobe.
I won't tell you what to do, but I have made sure that I can get my gun out in all manner of clothing I own. That said, to make things easier I wear black polo shirts on an almost daily basis whenever I go out because it's consistent and how I'm most comfortable.
I've chosen black because, as spoken about in the SHOP Talk video, it helps to hide the gun better as black fabric shows less shadowing around the bulge of the gun. This allows me to carry a bigger gun IWB at the 4 O'clock position.
This is something not spoken about nearly enough, and is something I try to tell people when I find out they're new to concealed carry. Carrying a gun on your person is something your body has to get used to.
Remember, this is a lifestyle change and you won't get used to it overnight. In fact, as a gun and gear reviewer, I have to try out many more different types of gear and guns than the average person does.
Because of this, I have grown accustomed to wearing this gear around my house-only-for about a week before I take it out of the house. I wear new holsters this way, new guns, mag carriers, etc. My body needs to get used to how this new piece of gear feels before I commit to wearing it outside.
When I first started carrying concealed I wore my gun around my house, only, to get used to having a gun on me. From there, I would take my kids or dog out on a walk and get used to walking around with the gun.
During this period of time when I broke my body in to carrying a concealed gun I practiced drawing the gun and presenting to target in the comfort of my home.
All of this got me used to carrying a gun and I always recommend new gun carriers do the same thing.
I've rambled on enough, here is the concealed carry tips SHOP Talk video:
It's worth the price, even if just as a refresher to what you already learned and may have forgotten.
What concealed carry tips do you have?