A guest article by Jason Hanson
Maybe you wear a suit to work everyday, or maybe you only wear a suit to church on Sunday. Either way, if you’re like me, you carry every time you leave the house, which means sometime you’ll find yourself carrying while wearing a suit.
The thing is, for some reason, a lot of new gun owners think it’s tough to carry concealed while in a suit, which isn’t true at all.
First, when you go to buy a new suit, you’ve got to make sure to bring your holster with you so that you buy your pants large enough to carry inside the waistband. If you already have a suit and it’s too tight to carry inside the waistband, you’ll need to take it to a tailor to have it let out an inch or so.
When carrying inside the waistband, I usually carry a GLOCK 19, SIG Sauer P226, or Springfield 1911. Right now, the 1911 is the gun I’m carrying, and I carry it inside the waistband using a Milt Sparks Versa Max 2 holster. Using this holster and carrying at the 4 o’clock position allows me to easily conceal this full-size gun. It’s a huge myth (on way too many Internet forums) that you can’t easily conceal a full-size gun.
Now, the key to making sure that nobody knows you’re carrying concealed while wearing a suit is to make sure the holster clips on your belt are covered. In other words, if you decide to take off your suit jacket, you need to blouse your shirt out enough so that the holster clips going around your belt are covered.
Before you leave your home for the day, you may want to stand in front of a mirror to ensure you can’t see the holster clips. Also, there are a lot of “tuckable” holsters available that allow you to tuck in your shirt behind the belt clips to make this even easier.
In addition to carrying inside the waistband while in a suit, I also pocket carry. I carry a Ruger LCP in my front, right pocket. I use a Kydex pocket holster that stays in my pocket when I draw the gun.
Another important aspect of carrying while wearing a suit is training. I highly recommend doing dry fire practice while wearing your suit. Many people dry fire every day, but they do it in their casual clothes.
However, while wearing a suit, you have to practice sweeping back the jacket and then drawing the gun. It’s not difficult to do, but it’s something you should definitely practice because you don’t want the first time you’ve ever drawn a gun in a suit to be during a gunfight.
If neither carrying inside the waistband or in your pocket works for you, you can always carry using an outside the waistband holster.
For my 1911, I have a leather belt-slide holster that works perfectly when I have a suit jacket on.
Of course, if you do choose to use an outside-the-waistband holster, you can’t take off your jacket unless you’re in a place where open carry is legal.
The bottom line is, since I believe in always carrying a gun, it’s important to be able to do it in whatever clothes I’m wearing. So although I try not to spend too much time in suits (I prefer cargo pants and a t-shirt), I’m prepared to carry concealed no matter what type of clothes I currently have on my back.
So how do you make sure you’ve got a gun with you, even if you’re dressed up for the office? Share your thoughts in the comment section.