Concealed Carry Tips for Hot Weather

One of the most important parts to any Every Day Carry (EDC) is a (legally) concealed firearm. Carrying a handgun concealed with you at all times is one of the best ways to be prepared, and in the winter months this task is easily accomplished without detection thanks to bulky clothes and winter jackets.

The same cannot be said for the warmer months however. Shorts, t-shirts, and the lack of jackets or sweatshirts means there’s often nothing between your concealed firearm and the rest of the world except for a thin piece of cotton. All is not lost however, as it’s still possible to successfully carry a handgun while keeping it concealed when the temperature gets warm; you just need to adjust your setup and think about your carry.

1. Wear Loose Clothing
Unless you’re trying to look professional or extra spiffy, tucking in your shirt is far from being in style these days, so keeping a moderately loose-fitting shirt and pants/shorts on. There’s more room to hide the bulge of a concealed handgun when you move. This is easy to do in the summer, and when done correctly can keep you from looking sloppy.

If you usually wear a medium t-shirt and it’s a slim fit, you probably want to move up to a large while carrying. This extra bit of room will make sure you can carry comfortably while making sure you stay concealed.

2. IWB is Your Friend
When you have extra layers to hide behind, the most comfortable way to conceal carry is outside the waistband (OWB). Unless you’re wearing an extra loose-fitting shirt, this isn’t recommended for the warmer months for obvious reasons.

Get yourself a slim inside the waistband (IWB) holster for a carry that, while slightly less comfortable, is infinitely more concealed. Let your belt out a notch and possibly buy your shorts/pants one size up to make this fit even better.

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