Summertime Carry – What?!!

I am honestly bewildered by the plethora of articles about concealed carry in the summertime and how you if you want to carry when the weather is hot you have to get one of those little mouse guns or pocket guns. Yeah, yeah, yeah, the first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun. Right. To me that sounds like the first rule of winning a boxing match is getting in the ring. But a 100 pound woman with no training getting into the ring with a heavyweight champion boxer is not going to win. Likewise, an untrained, civilian with a pocket .380 is not going to win in an altercation with a hardened criminal on drugs armed with a .45 caliber handgun.

Honestly, folks, it’s not hard to carry a decent size and caliber handgun, no matter the season. Wear shorts. Just wear shorts with belt loops. Wear a short-sleeve, lightweight shirt. But get shirts with a pattern to them, preferably in colors other than white. If you’ll do that and follow the suggestions I’ve made in earlier blogs and which I’ll repeat here, you can be well-armed regardless of the season. A gun at your belt does not care how long the pants legs are. A gun covered by a shirt tail does not care how long the sleeves are.

Yesterday I watched a family go into a restaurant. Dad, mom and boy of about 12. Dad was armed. How do I know? Well, I don’t know for sure, but he was wearing cargo shorts with a big bulge in one of his thigh pockets. “He’s got a gun in that pocket,” I thought when I watched them walk. He even looked like a gun guy. My next thought was, “where is he going to find a bad guy who will wait for him to unzip that pocket and pull his little gun out, orient it and get it pointed in the right direction?” My very next thought was that the clothing he was wearing would have been just as conducive to carrying a .45 Springfield Operator 1911 as the clothes I was wearing. His shirt was white, but it was a tactical-type shirt, with a long shirttail worn outside his pants. His shorts were khaki, 5.11-style shorts. Those shorts have belt loops. His combination of clothing would carry and conceal in the same way mine does.

IWB Holster

The image on the right is a cutaway showing where the gun is in the image to the left. Notice this is not a big guy.

THE SEASON DOES NOT MATTER WHEN IT COMES TO DEFENDING YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES. Once again, here’s how a guy can carry a big gun. A guy that weighs 130 pounds or a guy that weighs 300 pounds. This method works for both.

  1. Buy a good gun belt.  It can be a 1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inch wide, two layers thick, leather gun belt or a 5.11 Tactical Sierra Bravo Duty belt. It just needs to have enough thickness to support the clips from the holster and to support the weight of the firearm.
  2. Get a good IWB holster, custom made for your gun. I’ve used Crossbreed SuperTuck, WhiteHat Holsters, D.M. Bullard Leather, Alien Gear, Galco KingTuk, and MTR Custom Leather holsters. They all work well.
  3. Find the best position on your body for comfort and accessibility. Most of the holster manufacturers recommend the 4:00 position. For me 3:00 works best for semi-automatics and for some reason 11:00 in a cross draw position for revolvers. That’s commonly called appendix carry.
  4. Unload your gun and practice drawing until you can do it smoothly over and over. Don’t worry about speed, worry about smoothness. The speed will come with practice. Break  your practice down into steps:  a) uncover, b) grip, c) draw, d) rotate, e) join hands and extend.  Do this over and over until it becomes muscle memory.

Now, you may actually have a chance should you encounter an unpleasant situation where someone wants what you have and is willing to kill you for it, regardless of the season or length and weight of your cover clothing.

Three Things You Must Know if You’re Going to Carry a Concealed Handgun

By David Freeman

Texas law requires a curriculum for potential Concealed Handgun License holders that covers much of what you need to know to carry a firearm safely and legally, and the Texas CHL curriculum goes into more detail than the programs in many other states. Within the limited time we have available, we at Texas Gun Pros try to add more in the area of practical aspects of carrying a concealed handgun than the law requires. In reality, it’s an area that requires an ongoing focus of attention.

I like to break down the things you need to know into three major areas:

  1. You must know the law where you are carrying. This may or may not be your home state. When traveling, you need to familiarize yourself with the laws in the states you’ll be passing through or spending time in. As a minimum you need to know:
    • When and where you can carry
    • The use of force and deadly force
    • What’s expected of a CHL holder during a traffic stop
  2. You must know you can stop an assailant without harming innocent people. This involves being observent and careful, being proficient with your handgun and having the right ammunition as a minimum.
  3. You must know what to do after a shooting incident. This includes calling 911, what to say and what not to say, when to tell your story and to who, and dealing with the emotional aftermath, especially if it’s a fatal shooting.

You learn the basics of these things in an initial CHL class, but walking it out in daily life requires a commitment to read, study, practice and stay mentally alert. That’s one reason we offer additional programs such as the NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home and Personal Protecton Outside the Home classes. If you don’t see these on our current class schedule and are interested, let us know.