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Old August 10, 2009, 03:32 PM   #1
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"Concealed Carry"

As I await my CCW in the mail (probably another 3 months), I am contemplating just HOW and WHAT I will carry. I would love to carry a 4" 1911 with a Walther PPK/S for pocket carry during the summer. My question and request to you members: Can you REALLY conceal a 4"+ 1911 without dressing like a slob? I'd love to see pictures of folks with ther concealed setups using full-sized guns.

I am 6"3" 200lbs. I generally wear khaki shorts and untucked polos (fitted, rather than baggy). Or Jeans and untucked (fitted) rugby sweaters in the winter. I just feel like agun that large in an IWB holster is going to show.
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:46 PM   #2
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I just feel like agun that large in an IWB holster is going to show.
sometimes it will and sometimes it won't. Thats why there is a compact and subcompact size for handguns.
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Old August 10, 2009, 03:48 PM   #3
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I carry a full sized 1911, a Glock 19, or an H&K P7M8 in Florida year round. A good belt and holster are a must. I wear untucked polos or guyaberras to dress up, untucked t shirts the rest of the time. I don't wear a lot of shorts, mostly jeans and "5.11" style pants.

You can do it. First thing to do is to stop thinking the gun will show. 99.99999% of the world does not know or care that you exist, much less if you have a lump on your belt line. Buy your shirts a size larger and don't worry about it. A good quality polo a little bigger than you're used to will be fine. Pressed and neat and noone will know you're carrying. You just have to commit to it and get used to it.
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Old August 10, 2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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Concealment is more about thickness then length. You can conceal a full sized 1911 easier then you can conceal a double stack baby Glock. With your size, you'll have no problem keeping a 4" 1911 under wrap. I'm 5-7&1/2, 160 and have no problem with my 3" Defender or my Sig P239. One more inch in length wouldn't make a bit of difference. Even if you wear a shirt that is a *little* snugger then it should be, it's quite unlikely that any "bulge" would be identified as a gun. "Printing" is a different matter.

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Old August 10, 2009, 11:15 PM   #5
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CZ75 under shirt

Maybe this look is too sloppy for you. REI hiking/camping clothing. Shirt is loose, but breathes well. Loose over t-shirt. REI hiking pants. SPEC-OPS brand rigger belt. SimplyRugged holster for a full-size CZ75B. The pistol is at 3:30-4:00 position, and is a CZ75D PCR, which fits in the holster; grip is 1/2" shorter than the CZ75B's. Knife in thigh pocket is an Applegate-Fairbairn folder. Spare mag for pistol is in left thigh cargo pocket.

I'm 6ft and 220ish. My lady is 5'8" or 5'9". The horse is an 18 hands mare. I look huge in one picture because I'm several feet closer than the lady, and between the horse and the camera; you get a better idea of the horse's size comparing her to the lady, who is standing next to the withers.

Note: our neighbor's daughter had no idea I was carrying; nor did anybody else we encountered. Nor did my parents, who were visiting, and who took the pictures.

http://s648.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=100_7441.jpg

http://s648.photobucket.com/albums/u...t=100_7440.jpg

And no, the horse's eyes don't usually glow like that... flash, what can you do?
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Old August 11, 2009, 02:47 AM   #6
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I habitually dress in a dress shirt, khakis and a light vest or jacket. I have no trouble concealing a Commander size 1911 in an IWB holster. And I find a good reasonably light weight cotton shirt under a light vest to be acceptably comfortable in even hot weather.
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Old August 11, 2009, 03:17 AM   #7
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I often carry 1911 Government sized and Glock CC; pretty much daily for years. (I do prefer the Colt Commander size and Glock 29 for carry and do carry them OWB.) I have never had someone mention that I was carrying. A good holster, belt, and the correct shirt and no one is the wiser.

Try it out for yourself. Try to spot someone who is CCing. Is that a handgun, or a cell phone, or an insulin pump, or a leatherman, or maybe a few too many donuts... that you are noticing bulging a bit under their shirt?

Granted I don't wear a speedo and a muscle shirt.

But, even if you like your clothing on the tighter side, you can always check out:
http://smartcarry.com/photos.html
and
http://www.thunderwear.com/holsters.asp
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Old August 11, 2009, 08:08 AM   #8
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Well, it depends on what you think is dressing like a slob? I am the same height, about 30 pounds heavier, and can carry a standard 1911A1 Government Model under a Hawaiian shirt in my towns very hot summers with no problem. I carry the 1911A1 in a Milt Sparks Summer Special 2 holster miltsparks.com in the 5 o'clock or kidney position. I don't think that anyone as tall as you or I are really hampered by a pistol with a barrel that is 1 inch longer, or helped much by one that is shorter. One thing I must say is I am carrying a 1911A1; this is a very slim pistol that is easy to conceal when it is not complicated by a wide beavertail grip safety, thick magazine pads or any other attachments. I can carry my fat Glock 20 in the same spot, but I need something over the top of the shirt, usually a gray photographers vest. I have a friend I see daily who, if he see's me in my gray vest, greets me with, "Carring the Glock today?".

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