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Old 04-30-2013, 9:30 AM
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Anyone wear a concealment vest instead of their holster for regular carry?

Im a size 48 and I am usually sitting for a long time and may even need to draw from my seat. I would like something more comfortable than the butt-end of my M&P9c jabbing into my side.

I was looking at this leather vest in a nice xtra large size.
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Old 05-03-2013, 7:17 AM
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A concealment vest is the one of the easiest ways for me to spot that you are carrying besides a fanny pack IMHO. That being said, I think that leather would be your best option as it may appear to be a "biker" style vest and match your attire more appropriately.
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I often wear a vest over a conventional should holster. For me, it's much easier on the back than a belt rig. I have seen vests with integrated holsters, but they don't seem to bear the weigh very well.

You'll want a heavy weight fabric so you don't print. Avoid anything that screams "tactical." I've found a vest at Orvis that works real well for me.
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El Toro, I know this is way more than the vest you are considering, but it's a much better vest:

http://www.concealedcarryoutfitters.com/HolsterVest.php

It is designed from the first stitch to conceal A LOT of gear. Plus, it doesn't look like a concealment vest. You can dress it up or dress it down. Fashion-wise, vests are making a small comeback, so this vest would not stand out. I love the Fortress Oilskin material. It's very rugged.

These guys are in CA:

Concealed Carry Outfitters
1505 Cobblestone Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648
916-672-8721

Besides a vest, here's another option that is quite good:

http://specgear.com/product/truss-holster/

I have used this product for work purposes and I love it. Best I've come across so far. It fits my SIG P220, 2 mags, a set of cuffs, latex gloves, my 16" ASP, and my Surefire 6P. And, it still feels comfortable because it has adjustable shoulder straps and an adjustable main body strap. It fits snug around your body, and conceals well under a jacket.

For both of these products, make sure that you take good measurements. It's a pain to exchange them if you make an "oops".

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The have fleece style vests too. That might be a better option than the leather. More inconspicuous IMO. Wearing a vest in the summer would suck but since you are probably in an AC office, it might be the way to go.
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In the winter or cool evenings I will sometimes wear something like this:



Very much - non-tactical looking.
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Ah - Vests....

In the winter, almost any sweater vest works well. Sometimes one size larger. It is a different look in general public. It works great with dockers or other khaki like style of pants/slacks. This is an East Coast Smart casual look.

In cooler weather the fleece sip-up vests from any of the outdoor shops, REI, Columbia, etc. works great. Think one size larger for printing.

Summer vests are a bit different. Columbia made a great one but it is being discontinued. Look for a non-tactical branded manufacturer with pockets for sun glasses case, cell phone, camera, other stuff that are good props to take the observer away from thinking CCW.

Travel stores such as Packing Light have travel vests. Very popular to see all over the globe. I can say that traveling in France and England I doubt if the locals in vests are pistol packing.

A long sleeve light weight wind breaker works well for a lot of places. Someone comments - the doctor told me to keep sun off my arms - skin cancer you know. Works great if you are blue or green eyed. Sun damage is a B... Once you hit senior years.
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Shoot me first vest.
I just ordered a vest, so I'm resurrecting this thread!

I've been seeing this "shoot me first" comment a lot in the gun forums. I have to disagree. The only people who see vests as hiding a gun, are other gunnies, and cops. I don't care if these people know I have a gun (assuming I have a CCW). Criminals don't equate vest with guns.

Also, both my brothers have worn vests for years. My oldest brother has worn a multi-pocket vest all his life. We all refer to it as his "nerd vest". It's a man's version of a purse that is less socially faux pas than a murse or fanny pack.
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It's not a vest but maybe an alternative to one? I have no experience with these but read good reviews on them.
http://www.ronsholsters.com/Holster-Pictures.html
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Maybe in the winter time a north face vest, otherwise they just scream GUN.
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Maybe in the winter time a north face vest, otherwise they just scream GUN.
But only to someone like us (gun folks). Non-gunnies won't make that assumption. Heck, I constantly see holsters on peole, look to see if it's a gun, and then see only knife/light/multi-tool/phone/whatever. Non-gunnies tend not to pay any attention to the gear other people may or may not be carrying.
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I have one , it works good hides the gun nicely , good for cooler weather
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El Toro, I know this is way more than the vest you are considering, but it's a much better vest:

http://www.concealedcarryoutfitters.com/HolsterVest.php

It is designed from the first stitch to conceal A LOT of gear. Plus, it doesn't look like a concealment vest. You can dress it up or dress it down. Fashion-wise, vests are making a small comeback, so this vest would not stand out. I love the Fortress Oilskin material. It's very rugged.

These guys are in CA:

Concealed Carry Outfitters
1505 Cobblestone Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648
916-672-8721

+1 on that......I have that vest and it works great!!!

When I first get mine, I put it on and put my S&W M&P .45 (full size) in one pocket and my S&W Highway Partolman .357 in the other.....asked my wife how it looked and she said are you going to carry you guns in that? I opened it up and pulled out the .45 & the .357 and she didn't even know that I had already loaded up!

The vest looks good, conceals well and carrries the weight of the gun/s evenly so you are not unbalanced with your holstered weapon.

Just remember.....you get what you pay for!!!
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Maybe in the winter time a north face vest, otherwise they just scream GUN.
In S.F. you can get away with a vest year round.
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El Toro, I know this is way more than the vest you are considering, but it's a much better vest:

http://www.concealedcarryoutfitters.com/HolsterVest.php

It is designed from the first stitch to conceal A LOT of gear. Plus, it doesn't look like a concealment vest. You can dress it up or dress it down. Fashion-wise, vests are making a small comeback, so this vest would not stand out. I love the Fortress Oilskin material. It's very rugged.

These guys are in CA:

Concealed Carry Outfitters
1505 Cobblestone Drive, Lincoln, CA 95648
916-672-8721

Cheers! --1911ShooterPhil
I own a back version of that vest and it's one of the best investment I've made. It carries my Sig 239 or my XD-9 sub-compact wonderfully and it also has hidden pockets along with your standared conceal compartments.

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this is the proper way to wear a vest



just say no to zippers
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thats a very festive ccw vest op.
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If you wear button down shirts you can wear this:
http://www.crossbreedholsters.com/BellyBand.aspx

Or you can get an undershirt with a built in holster.
http://www.undertechundercover.com/

During a threat you either do a "superman" for access or you just leave the third button undone on your shirt.

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You can see them a mile away - just get an IWB holster.
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Why is it that so many people think they can spot anyone else who is carrying, but think that no one could ever tell that they were carrying? Most people don't notice these things unless it's obvious. Mark
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Why is it that so many people think they can spot anyone else who is carrying, but think that no one could ever tell that they were carrying? Most people don't notice these things unless it's obvious. Mark
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These vests are ugly as hell....
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In S.F. you can get away with a vest year round.
Totally agree, i guess climate does play a role.
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