When it comes to concealing a firearm, the name of the game is discretion. You don’t want to broadcast to everyone around that you have a firearm on your hip. Not only can that create an uncomfortable situation for you while you’re with friends or in a store, but it can also make you a target for criminals and those who might mean you harm.
Fortunately, these signs are pretty obvious, and that means you can quickly learn to address them in your own concealed carry habits. At On Your 6 Designs, we’re dedicated to helping our customers become more responsible firearm owners and providing them with the resources and materials they need to conceal and carry a firearm more effectively. Check out these signs that give away your concealed carry weapon.
Clothing Doesn’t Match
A common phrase within the concealed carry community is “dress to the gun, not for the look.” While there is a measure of truth in this saying, it’s not always true. You want your style of dress to look natural and neutral. You can start to run into these issues in a few different ways throughout the year and social situations.
For instance, if you’re rocking a base layer t-shirt, a button-down overshirt, plus long pants and a jacket, and it’s the middle of July in San Antonio, you might draw suspicion. Some might correctly identify your form of dress as “cover garments” for your weapon.
Similarly, you don’t want to dramatically change your style of dress the moment you start carrying a concealed firearm. So if you’ve always been a “shorts and t-shirt” kind of guy, if you roll up to the neighborhood BBQ in a fishing vest and a button-down, your more clued in friends might suspect more than just a change in fashion sense.
Lots of Minor Adjustments
When you’re first starting to carry a firearm concealed, you might feel compelled to check it throughout the day. These adjustments might be as simple as a quick tap on the hip or can be a far more involved shifting of the holster along the belt.
In either case, these minor adjustments throughout the day draw attention. Even if someone doesn’t suspect a firearm initially, they might after watching you pat your hip for the 10th time in as many minutes.
When your inconspicuous cover garment is placed “just so” over your concealed firearm, you might change how you move in order to avoid disturbing the gun or the cover. This leads to blocky, wooden movements.
It might be that your stride on the side that is concealing the weapon is shorter. It could be that you’re bracing the firearm with an elbow or wrist as you move quickly or up and down stairs. For some, their strong arm has a noticeably shorter swing than the other in order to guard the concealed gun.
These wooden movements are a result of fear about whether your pistol or revolver will stay in place as you move. Of course, an easy way to address this issue before it even becomes one is to use a holster that has an excellent level of retention.
Hiding the Strong Side
Many choose to carry their pistols on their strong side and become a little protective of how they allow people to view that side. As such, some might turn that side of their body away from someone that approaches them. Similarly, they might only give side hugs to people using their weak side, as it limits the chances for the other person to brush their hand across the gun.
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By recognizing these signs in others, you can address them yourself. It may require some mental effort for the first few days, or even weeks, as you practice avoiding or addressing these signs, but in the end, you’ll be better at concealing your firearm for it.
At the end of the day, you want to feel comfortable while you conceal a firearm. That comfort translates to your demeanor and presence. The more relaxed and natural you look, the less likely it is that other people will even notice you, let alone scrutinize your appearance looking for a concealed firearm.
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