Last night, at the last minute, we decided to go out to dinner. I did not have my gun on my body at the time, but I was tired and not really in the mood to change and figure out what to wear, so I just grabbed my holster and gun and put it on.
I need to point out here that I have recently learned that the various states have vastly different rules on carrying, so this may be more of an issue for you than it is for me.
I generally carry concealed. Once in a while if I am with other folks that open carry, I will too, but it is not my everyday carry method, however, in Virginia I could open carry if I choose to do so.
In Virginia it is legal to open carry or conceal carry (if one has a permit) and the brandishing laws include an intent to intimidate, so simply having the gun reveal itself should my shirt come up would not get me a brandishing charge. What that does for me, is help me to not have to stress so much about “hiding” the gun.
I generally chose to conceal for a ton of reason, but that is another post.
So, back to the point…
After I got myself all situated, my husband said, “wow, you can’t even tell you are carrying”.
I took a look in the mirror and was pleasantly surprised that the gun did not really print.
No real cover garment or extra prep. Just grab my gun and go, this I like!
It also goes back to the last post I wrote on conceal carry.
Now, I am going to say right now, these are not the most flattering photos of my backside, but in the interest of sharing my experiences in the hopes it might help someone, I will post them anyway, but believe me, in real life my hiney is much cuter:)
This is what I wore. I am only giving the details to let you see how doable this really is. Size 6 skinny jeans with a small thermal shirt under a small regular cut t-shirt. These jeans do have some stretch to them which is good because even though I am on the thinner side, I do have hips. Even in the Crossbreed holster the gun tends to pull a bit and cause me some irritation on my hip bone. The stretch of the jeans tends to lessen this a great deal. I wear my gun at about 8:30 and not in the small of my back, so I think that contributes a lot to the hip bone issue. If you carry more towards 6:30, 7:00, then you probably have even more concealment.
Of course, if you are reading a blog about guns and concealment and you know I carry my gun on my left side, well then yes, it is pretty obvious to you that, that print is a gun, but I do not think the majority of folks would think that and we were heading out the door, so I didn’t really check the picture, but I think when my shirt is pulled down a bit, it is even less obvious that there is anything under there, let alone a gun. However, if one was uncomfortable with this amount of print, I think even the lightest sweater would be plenty of a cover garment.