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Concealed Carry In The Heat

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I'm a firm believer there is nothing fun about being outside in really oppressive heat. Over the Independence Day holiday I spent several fun-filled hours with sweat running down the inside of my body armor and my duty belt digging into my hips…but I digress. As far as concealed carry goes, hot weather is a pretty big challenge. Still, you have some options. First and foremost, you might want to switch to a smaller gun. I know, I've told people time and time again: Same gun, same place, every time. But maybe you could adopt a summer uniform. While I typically carry a Glock 22, my summer pistol is a Kel-tec P-11. That little pistol is just easier to hide and some of the newer IWB holsters make concealed carry (with any sized pistol really) so much easier.

An IWB holster is perfect for summer concealment.

Here are a couple things to remember about concealed carry in the heat. Go untucked if you can. A Hawaiian shirt of appropriate length is a great cover garment for a concealed pistol in an IWB holster. If you must tuck in a shirt, get a tuckable

When the IWB is tucked properly, the pistol disappears.

IWB holster and move in front of a mirror to make sure you have good coverage. One more hint is to put something between the grip and your body. Wear an undershirt or get a holster with a panel that keeps the gun away from your skin. I learned that the hard way with my little Kel-tec after I stippled the polymer frame. That great gripping surface I created suddenly felt like sandpaper against my skin. And the reality is I will be carrying that gun more often than I will be shooting it, so it needs to be comfortable to carry. I “adjusted” the stippling and got a holster I like… things are much better now.

Another think to think about with IWB carry is the size of your waistband. Remember, even a slim gun tucked inside the waistband will add some inches. So, if you usually wear a 36-inch waist, buy 38s to make sure you are comfortable carrying your .38. And, as always, wear a good belt. A regular dress belt will not support your pistol and a simple woven cotton summer belt is even worse. Look for a reinforced belt to keep your pistol in place.

So, before you go armed this summer, think ahead and get your kit in order.

Other great books for those who carry concealed handguns:

The Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry

The Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery

Effective Handgun Defense, A Comprehensive Guide to Concealed Carry


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