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How To Pack Heat With Absolutely No One Knowing

How To Pack Heat With Absolutely No One Knowing

CCW Breakaways. Image source: CCW Breakaways

If you ever have carried a handgun bigger than an LCP, you know that concealing is its own challenge.

A small handgun like the LCP or Diamond Back DB9 is a compromise, often sacrificing power, accuracy, controllability and capacity for carry comfort. While a mouse gun may be better than nothing, it’s still only just a little better than a sharp stick.

Proper holsters, belts and clothing can make carrying a large weapon easier, and even more comfortable. Accessing the weapon, though, isn’t always optimum, but that’s where the style of clothes come into play. They enhance not only accessibility, but also comfort.

With the rise in popularity of concealed carry it only makes sense that more companies would come forward to fill a niche with holsters, guns and now clothes. These clothes are designed especially for concealed carriers. This is a welcome change from buying a gun to fit around your clothing; now you can fit your gun around your clothing.

Winter Wear

Winter has always been the time to carry a big gun. The jackets and sweatshirts have always made it just a little easier to conceal a weapon. Concealing is easy, but as soon as you start adding layers of thick clothing, your draw quickly becomes slow and difficult. So the fact is, baggy clothes mean easy concealment, but difficult draw. Hoodies tend to snag and catch, and jackets can do the same.

1. Under Armour Soas Storm Hoodie

The biggest issue with concealing a weapon is the concealed part. Sure, no one can see the gun, but do you look like you are carrying? The biggest assumption about concealed carry clothes is their tactical appearance. Under Armour is an extremely popular brand.

They started in the sport clothing business and have slowly expanded into the tactical market. This was spurred because of the number of military personnel who loved their clothing. This hoodie is a combination of both the sports and tactical sides of the company.

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This hoodie looks like the average Under Armour hoodie, and sports its well-known wicking ability as well as its water resistance. The hoodie is, of course, both warm and comfortable, and very high quality. The tactical part is the opening in the kangaroo pouch that allows easy and quick access to an appendix-style holster.

Deception is the rule of thumb, and no one suspects anything when a guy has his hands in his hoodie pocket. The opening inside the pocket is wide and easy to access, and it is very easy to pull a gun through it. From the kangaroo pouch to the draw is smooth and easy.

2. Scott Alpha Jacket

The Scott Alpha Jacket is in its own category of awesome. It is chock full of pockets to conceal any and everything. The Scott Alpha Jacket features 35 pockets to carry a cell phone, a tablet, a pen, extra ammo, and of course a gun. The Alpha Jacket is a stylish design that stays away from the operator look as well.

The Alpha Jacket allows a quick access universal holster for up to a Glock 19-sized gun. The not-so-compact gun fits in very nicely. The extra pockets could be used to store as much ammunition as you could possibly desire, or simply fill them with everyday needs. The jacket even has pockets in the sleeves to hide a knife or flashlight.

3. CCW Breakaways

One of the best ways to conceal carry a weapon has to be these pants. Available as khakis, cargo pants and jeans, these concealed carry pants are designed to carry a weapon at the front part of the thigh for maximum comfort when sitting and flexibility when moving.

Like the name suggests, the pocket breaks away to reveal the weapon for quick and easy access. This type of carry is for those who wear a tucked-in shirt and despise the uncomfortable and slow draw tucked-in holsters. The khakis are great for the office and the jeans for off-work wear. The pants are tough and dependable, and are definitely premium in quality.

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The breakaway pockets are on both sides and are accessible for left or right handers. The pockets are capable of concealing large pistols and the material resists printing. The size of the person wearing the pants will determine the size of the gun capable of carrying.

4. 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt


5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt

This undershirt style of carry has become more and more popular. The 5.11 Undershirts are remarkably tough and a very concealed and comfortable way to carry. The 5.11 shirts do require a cover garment such as a button down shirt. This does form a deep concealment holster and can be worn under a suit with or without a suit jacket.

For normal quick access carry, the button down garment can be left open and the holster carries like a shoulder rig without the bulky straps. The Undershirt comes with a left- and right-handed pocket holster. The extra pocket can conceal another firearm or extra ammo. The 5.11 holster is capable of carrying a full-sized weapon, which is a major advantage over a mouse gun. A full size Sig with 15 to 17 rounds of fire power beats six rounds of .380 from a Glock 42 any day.

5.11 isn’t the only brand or option for concealed carry shirts, either. Undertech produces a lightweight mesh sleeveless shirt and a long sleeve concealed carry shirt for winter wear. Speaking of Undertech …

5. Undertech Concealment Shorts

“Shorts” is a bit deceiving when describing these, as they actually are tight compression shorts that in reality are underwear. The Undertech Concealment Shorts pack a universal holster held in place with tight elastic. This holster places the weapon in the small of the back and can be worn left or right handed. The shorts are available for both men and women. The shorts are completely tuckable if necessary and act as a simple IWB holster, without the need for a belt. They could easily be worn with gym shorts or sweat pants. The Undertech Shorts are available as singles or in packs of three.

As you can see, this industry is growing on an almost daily basis. With concealed carry on the rise, companies are gleefully stepping up to fill the void of comfortable and functional ways to carry a weapon. This goes for holsters, clothes and even for guns themselves. The advent of these clothes by major brands like 5.11 and Under Armour are only a preview of what is to come if concealed carry keeps growing in popularity. With recent law changes in Washington D.C., California and Illinois, it’s easy to see that concealed carry is going nowhere anytime soon.

What types of clothes do you wear when concealing? Share your thoughts in the section below: 

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  1. I stay away from the “Shoot Me First” tacticool clothing.
    Plain Jane (Jack?) clothes don’t draw attention to you.
    One advantage to pocket carry (with a holster, of course) is that you can have your hand on your firearm in an “iffy” situation with no one any the wiser.

    • You got it. There is no way I’m going to be cool and get shot first. I prefer looking like the guy at the bike shop instead of a tacti-cool dude. Oh wait, the guy at the bike shop looks like a peacock in the cool looking cycling outfits OK, maybe I will buy at least something to be cool. Maybe the real soldiers will be so busy laughing they’ll think I’m a moron and move on? I know, I’ll go to one of those military surplus stores and buy some of the real old military stuff so the soldiers will think I’m old and being patriotic for their benefit? Oh wait I am real old.. jeez, I need to get a life…

    • I couldn’t agree more. These clothing options do appear plain and boring. The 5.11 shirt is meant to be worn under clothing as an undershirt. Thank you for commenting though I’m sorry I didn’t make that clearer.

    • Pocket carry for me. Very seldom use another method, then that would be ankle carry. Fact is, I could care less about the bulge that may develop in my pocket. In fact, so much the better. If I am at an event where I know I will be heavily fraternizing, such as socials, parties, assemblies, etc., I ankle carry. One of the primary reasons for this is the fact that I am uncomfortable, unless required, in vests, overcoats, and suits. I have shoulder holsters, and clip-on belt holsters; but, I find them to be cumbersome and slow in a quick response situation. Just sayin’…..

    • I have the ccw breakaways and I must say they are the closest I have come to comfortable pocket carry with my XDM .45. The pants however, are very warm to wear and a little heavy which Im sure is due to the heavy fabric used to eliminate tbe printing. If they were a little lighter I would wear them more often but then again I dont know if the pants would function like they are supposed to.

  2. It would be really nice if you could put pictures of the product so we don’t have to search for what it looks like.

  3. Lol. I was thinking the same thing! No pics? That sucks.

  4. A 380 is no better than a small stick? Lmao lets see how brave you are when staring down the barrel. But then we’d hear about all that combat experience and Wait….specops training… Wear regular clothes and learn what works for you. This is just anoth BS article marketing products and trying to take your heard earned dollar

    • Actually I had mentioned it was better than a sharp stick, I was simply using a dramatic comparison to make the writing more interesting. I am not affiliated and have received absolutely no compensation for advertising these products in any way.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Pop a full .380 magazine up the mid-line and someone’s going to fall. Simple as that. It’s not about caliber, its about hitting your target which requires practice. This practice, in my experience is severely lacking among CCw licensees. Let’s face it, a well-placed .22, .25, or .32 will finish the job if the shot is well placed.

    • After gel testing different bullet designs using a short and mid length barreled 380’s I found it is the bullet design itself that is a huge factor in the mouse calibers. A good self defense bullet company will design all their bullets and calibers, doesn’t matter how big or small to stop between 12″ to 18″ into the gel. Properly designed 380 bullet will penetrate 12″-16″ into gel with 4 layers of denim and expand properly. The smaller calibers just means you really need to buy better designed bullets and practice shooting under high stress situations.

  5. nope, aint buying so silly looking clothes. i’ll carry in my pocket or in a belly band style.

    the title of this cracked me up tho. “carry heat”. sounded like a kid talking about a super rad spy.. LOL

  6. Hey Travis,
    Thanks for the article. Gave us something to think about, even if you get crap over it!

  7. Interesting article that causes others to contemplate why and what they use for ccw clothes and weapons. Anytime you write anything and take a stand for an opinion you are likely to “get arrows throw your way” but I commend you for voicing your opinion and hope that any less than courteous comments are viewed with the old saw of “consider the source” and just let these sad individuals go their own way…when a moron writes something snarty the response should be “who cares” they are usually so full of themselves as to make anything they post irrelevant. Enjoyed the article and considered the information as helpful and thought provoking. Thanks and take care.

  8. For those who insist on mocking the .380, I direct you to thirty years of NRA’s “Armed Citizen” column, in which the great majority of successful self-defenses ended with no shots fired, and another large group involved the citizen missing but the punk running off anyway. Caliber, capacity, and marksmanship were all irrelevant compared to the simple scare-value of a pointed gun.
    Yes, you MIGHT get the drug-crazed psycho bullet-sponge, but in most halfway-decent places that Glock 42 or J-frame will be more than enough 99.9 percent of the time.

  9. I actually found this site while researching CCW clothing. Specifically the CCW breakaways. I am about to contact them. Black seems to be the best color for concealment, yet they offer only their shorts in black. I am still on the hunt. Thanks for the article. Most of your suggestions though will not work in a Florida climate. The breakaway shorts I will buy but I don’t wear shorts that often and especially not at night.

  10. I thought this was going to be about practical concealed holsters that can be worn with everyday clothing… so disappointed… even more disappointing is they listed items that only men wear. FYI: Women have CCW too.

  11. I live in las vegas hot hot summers. shorts and light cotton pullovers shirts is what most people wear. i use a pocket holster most of the time. down side you can”t draw sitting down. i just bought a belt clip but can only wear it behind the hip because of big belly. have to wear 2x shirts too cover. no problem in winter. i had a ccw and carried over 25 years. one thing i can say printing is not a big problem. most people don’t look at you twice unless you dress like rambo. stick with clothes that looks like everyone else and printing is not a problem if the shape is not clear.

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