Concealable clothing?

Discussion in 'Conceal & Open Carry' started by vidtech, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. vidtech

    vidtech New Member

    Other than 511 is there any other concealed clothing out there?

  2. I wonder what you mean by "concealed clothing." I can conceal a gun under just about anything including a pair of boxers and a tanktop. If you want the tactical look, there are tons of places to find it.
  3. EvilD

    EvilD New Member

    Summer time its shorts and a tank top, winter its jeans and a Henley, I usually shop at Kohls or Target, so I guess that's where you can buy concealed carry clothing.
  4. vidtech

    vidtech New Member

    I know I came to the right place. I'm looking for a shirt to wear in the summer. I'm not looking for a police shirt. I'm looking for options in just wearing a t-shirt and over shirt. I like the 511 shirts with the side slits. Any ideas will help. I'm still new to conceal carry.
  5. In the summer, my normal attire is cargo shorts and a moisture wicking polo shirt. I got most of my shirts at Wal-Mart and they work fine. In my opinion, you can get shirts that will cover the gun anywhere as long as they are long enough. You might want to start buying the tall sizes of shirts.
  6. jfirecops

    jfirecops New Member

    They are one of the few that makes a shirt like that, so your options are limited there. Your better off looking at regular cloths and find a good IWB holster for summer wear. I wear normal cloths and carry a G26 all summer everywhere I go. The only issue you will have is if you wear muscles shirts but no muscles.

    For IWB holsters, you get what you pay for even more so than standard holsters. If you pay 20 bucks for a holster, expect it to be as comfortable as $5 dress shoes and less concealment. Most people that I know, including myself, that carry IWB spent somewhere around $100, but we carry everyday, everywhere.
  7. It's true. A good holster is more important than the clothes you cover it with. I use a Kholster for my Glock and either a Kholster or a modified Pistol Wear holster for my Kahr. Both are extremely comfortable, tuckable if desired, and can be/are used all day, every day. Neither, thankfully, were close to $100 though.

    As far as clothing goes, you will find that if you carry in an IWB holster, you may want to start buying your pants a size larger than necessary. Also, the use of a good belt is a great idea. I have a 5.11 TDU belt ([ame][/ame]) which is very comfortable, won't stretch, and supports all the things I carry on my belt (gun, spare mag, light, multi-tool, cell phone). Your regular shirts will probably work just fine if you aren't too tall. I find the most likely time for my gun to become exposed is when I lift my arms over my head or when I bend over to pick something up. That's why I prefer to buy shirts in tall sizes when I can.

    I also have modifed by normal behavior to accomodate the guns concealment. For instance, I no longer bend my back to lift things. Instead, I bend at the knee to ensure the gun stays covered. I also pay attention to my concealment garment when I'm sitting in public. It's not unusual for your shirt to ride up a bit when you sit in a booth at a restaurant. It's a good idea to check your clothes quickly (but discreetly) when you get out of your car or a seat in public. Plus, my wife has a code word for me if she happens to notice that my gun is visable. Her saying, "I can see your gun," in a public place could cause some problems. Instead she says, "Krispy Kreme," which doesn't arrous much suspicion.
  8. jfirecops

    jfirecops New Member

    I forgot about the belt, it is very important. I wear a Blackhawk instructor.

    If I hear Krispy Kreme, I'm looking. Maybe pick a code word that is not so tasty.:D
  9. Kmurray96

    Kmurray96 Well-Known Member Supporter

    Standard design Levi's or Wranglers have front pockets of perfect size to carry a LCP with a pocket holster. The top lip will close completely over the rig to avoid accidental display.

    Whenever I withdraw cash from an ATM, I always fold the cash and put in behind my LCP...just in case one of todays opportunistic preditors thinks this old man is an easy rip-off.

    That's when they'll find out why I've lived this long. Sometimes it's good to be the meanest son-of-a-bi**h in THAT valley. :eek:
  10. jonm61

    jonm61 New Member

    Blackhawk and LA Policegear make basically the same shirts. I have a couple of the 5.11 shirts and one from LAPG. The LAPG shirts run small compared to the 5.11.

    I've found that these aren't any better or worse than normal shirts. All of the extra pockets and stuff are really kind of useless to me. Anything you put in them bulges and if you actually try to put a gun in the gun pockets, you'd better have something of equal weight to put on the other side or your shirt's going to look funny. Either way, it's not comfortable with anything in the extra pockets.

    The side slits, in my experience, pull apart (they're velcro) whenever I sit down. They're also not placed all that well for where I wear my gun, which is at about 4 o'clock. If I have to draw when I'm wearing one, I'll be pulling it up, not popping the side slits.

    Also, these shirts are not suitable for wearing open over a t-shirt. They have a combination of buttons and snaps (behind fake buttons) down the front and velcro tabs at the bottom, so if you wear it open (they don't fall correctly when open either) you're going to either get weird looks or be explaining why your shirt has snaps and velcro. It's that obvious.

    The 5.11 belts, IMO, are the best value out there. They're equal in quality to any other, including Wilderness, and don't cost nearly as much.

    I have two of their leather belts in addition to the TDU, and they're fantastic. They're two layers of thick leather with a stiffener in between. You can find them on sale often and I found some on eBay that had been discontinued for $15 each! These are $50-60 belts!

    With a 5.11 belt and a good holster, I can conceal my 29SF under a 2XL t-shirt, which is what I normally wear anyway. I used to carry IWB, but once I realized that I can conceal equally well OWB, which is 300% more comfortable, I switched. I remember when I first started carrying off duty a guy in a gun shop said that anyone who carried a Glock IWB was insane. I blew him off, because obviously, I knew best. Now that I'm older and heavier, I understand what he was saying! I use a belly band if I'm in gym clothes, since there's no belt, or sometimes a pocket holster, if my pockets are big enough.

    I've tried a number of options over the years, but it comes down to the fact that you can conceal equally well in regular clothing as you can in specialized stuff, which can be telling on its own.
  11. chevelle427

    chevelle427 New Member

    im full grown and rt now carry a full size g20 so just a T shirt covers anything i carry just fine