For those new to concealed carry, the recurring anxiety when stepping outside while “packing heat” is whether the concealed handgun is truly concealed, i.e., ZOMG am I printing?!
Does This Make My (Pistol) Butt Look Big?
And being new to that club, I’ve definitely found myself layering shirts, hoodies, and jackets like mad and constantly checking for that “bulge.” The weather is cooperative most of the year in this part of the Pacific Northwest for the multi-layer approach, but as summer approaches it’s not that conducive to comfort to swaddle yourself when carrying concealed.
Get the Balance Right
There’s no shortage of shared wisdom on doing concealed carry correctly, and I’ve learned from some of that village knowledge and experimented on my own. Starting with the appropriate equipment is pretty obvious. After completed defensive handgun training and an IDPA match with a Sig Sauer P365, I feel reasonably confident that I can carry, draw, fire, and holster it safely.
I’ve paired the P365 with a Concealment Express IWB Kydex holster which works much better for “inside the waistband” carry than the “universal IWB/OWB” holster that came with the pistol. It is worth mentioning that the Sig universal holster does work well for OWB.
Location Location Location
It goes without saying that where one places the holstered pistol makes a huge difference in the ability to draw and holster safely as well as being able to comfortably conceal. I’d initially started with the “5 o’clock” position but found it digging too much into my lower back when sitting (or driving, but then you have to sit to drive, presumably). The “3:30” spot is a lot more comfortable and easier to draw from and holster to.
As seen (or not seen) here, things look reasonably discreet even with just a t-shirt as a cover.
And on another day, adding a light jacket atop a t-shirt. Not much to see.
Again, I fervently hope to never have to use a firearm against a living being (and it’s been said that you’ll win every gun fight you don’t get into), and in the meantime, I can legally carry concealed, and I also safely practice draw, (dry) fire, and holster.