Skip to comments.New Fashion Wrinkle: Stylishly Hiding the Gun
Posted on 04/24/2012 11:48:20 AM PDT by neverdem
Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.
And they are great for hiding a handgun.
The company has added a second pocket behind the traditional front pocket for a weapon. Or, for those who prefer to pack their gun in a holster, it can be tucked inside the stretchable waistband. The back pockets are also designed to help hide accessories, like a knife and a flashlight.
The chinos, which cost $65, are not for commandos, but rather, the company says, for the fashion-aware gun owner. And Woolrich has competition. Several clothing companies are following suit, building businesses around the sharp rise in people with permits to carry concealed weapons.
Their ranks swelled to around seven million last year from five million in 2008, partly because of changes to state laws on concealed handguns.
Shawn Thompson, 35, who works at an auto dealership in eastern Kentucky, bought two shirts last month from the Woolrich Elite Concealed Carry line. Both, he wrote on his blog, are a step up from more rugged gear.
Most of the clothes I used in the past to hide my sidearm looked pretty sloppy and had my girlfriend complaining about my looks, he wrote, adding in an interview, Im not James Bond or nothing, but these look pretty nice.
The shirt has a barely discernible side slit with Velcro through which, he said, he can yank his Colt 1911 from his waistband holster. Depending on circumstances and mood, he might also carry a folding knife and, at night, a flashlight in a...
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Ummm, no thanks.
luvs me some Woolrich arctic snorkel hood parka here in MN winters.
nice fleece lined slash pockets on the chest act as hand warmers while allowing you to easily access the snubbie .357.
Its about time! I would pay extra for pants that have modifications for an IWB holster (but they’ll have to make left-hand and right-hand versions).
I’m with you—I’m not logging in, either.
they make nice, small handbags with a secret compartment for the ladies who carry. I guess men will need a MAN PURSE to conceal during the warmer months. Winter time is no problem. A blazer and a chest holster (or whatever you call the one that is under your arm) works great.
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The shirt has a barely discernible side slit with Velcro through which, he said, he can yank his Colt 1911 from his waistband holster.
IMHO Velcro can only get in the way and slow down the presentation of the weapon in an emergency.
Check out the cell pal holster: http://www.concealedcomfort.com/
Great for men / women / summer / winter
Sometimes odds of drawing may be low enough that concealment is, balancing probabilities & consequences, paramount.
I carry a S&W hammerless 38 special in a galco pocket holster inside my Dickies comfort waist trousers. It’s invisible.
You folks from the frigid north have it so easy. Concealed carry takes some effort down here in Florida.
The point is the product: http://www.woolrich.com/elite-tactical/concealed-carry.shtml
Is that a snub nose revolver in your pocket or are you just glad to see me?
The point of the article/product is no “man purse” needed - just good pants made for the purpose.
Gotta wonder how well a G26 rides therein.
In the winter we all carry .500 S&Ws.
That's OK - he's not going to be carrying a 1911 on an elastic waistband for very long...
I’m thinking of a waist holder. Cinch up the gut and hide the gun. Pretty good combo???
Or you go small and carry in your pocket:.
Let me be the first to thank the NYTs for the heads up. I need to do some shopping now. ;-)
Here’s an Idea for some entrepreneur. Make the royalty checks payable to me.
Any type of pant, add an extra pocket as in the article but here is the difference. An elastic band or velcro to that attaches the extra pocket securely to your thigh. Then you get no bouncy bouncy like a big woman jogging.
Cargo shorts are good for a gun that fits in the pocket like a j-frame or Bodyguard 380 (which are my carry guns), but I like something beefier for trips to the Obamazones.
Thanks for the link!
For the Summer I have purchased a new concealed carry accessory. I don't recall the name (sort of like the Belly Band) but it is a very comfortable, soft band that goes around the mid section and allows carry under the shirt...like a nice Hawaiian style shirt. Loose fitting works best. It allows quick access and also allows straight 'up' draw or cross draw.
The thing I have found is that for CC, having options is the key. No one solution will fit all scenarios.
Thanks for the link!
Jokes aside, I AM glad to see carrying has become common enough manufacturers are recognizing the market. :-)
Hmmm, that sounds like a challenge to me, time to warm up the sewing machine again!!
“...she was packing a pair of 38s. She also had a gun.”
Nice gear; I have their vest:
I’ve tried belly bands and thunderwear. They are an option, but not a comfortable one. Comfort is extremely important for CCW because if it isn’t comfortable, you start coming up with excuses to not bother carrying. And since needing your concealed weapon is a once or twice in a lifetime event, its easy to convince yourself that it isn’t worth the trouble.
My best solution for the larger gun is a zippered day planner with built-in holster or a messenger bag with some books and a sewn-in holster. Bible covers are especially useful because no one wants to talk to a guy who is carrying a bible around. He might be looking for an excuse to talk! LOL.
That is an awesome rig! I think I prefer the Glock and Gladius combo for the Obamazone. (30 rd mags, of course!)
Hot summer weather is hot summer weather. When it's hot, I either
A) Wear cargo shorts and put it in a pocket, or
B) Use an inside-the-waistband holster and drape a t-shirt over it.
For inside-waistband carry, any bulge these days will be assumed to be your smartphone holster.
“Don’t hide it too good. I don’t want a fellow Okie drawing
from his pants and winding up with just his d**k in his hand.’
The anti’s are going to get more frantic in their vain attempt to stop the obvious truth: people have an unalienable right to protect themselves and that right implies they have a right to the means as well.
Are those things loaded.....?
What if flat chested....?
If there is ever one thing I can never stress enough to the ladies I meet........DON"T KEEP YOUR GUN IN YOUR PURSE/HANDBAG!!!!! I don't care how cool or convenient it is. If someone rushes you and snatches your purse/handbag, they now have your money, ID, credit cards, OH YEAH, AND YOUR GUN!!!!
Guys, I don't care how super awesome you think it is, if you don't carry your money in your inside breast pocket, don't carry your gun in a shoulder holster unless it is a backup!
If I scout you at the ATM and watch you draw/return your wallet from/to your back pocket and you reach for your breast during the robbery, you will die before you ever touch the pistol grip.
Think like a criminal; identify the threat; prepare/arm yourself accordingly. Then go to the range and practice, practice, practice!
You can never plan for every detail, but if you get something because so-n-so has one, or it looks cool in the catalog, rather than this is practical and will save your life........well, you may not live to see the stupidity of your mistake. /rant
I know all that. I’ve been carrying concealed in Florida for 15 years! My entry into this thread was about my support for someone that built some features into a pair of long pants without cargo pockets that help you wear an IWB comfortably. Some situations do not fit well with cargo shorts and an untucked shirt.
Many pants with elastic waitbands do not have belt loops and vice-versa. I can carry a small handgun in pants without elastic. But carrying a fat handgun (Glock/Beretta widths) requires buying pants one waist size larger which makes for a baggy ass.
The pants in the OP have both, which is a big help for concealed carry in situations where cargo shorts (or even cargo pants) aren’t really acceptable and the elastic allows for the option of small gun/big gun/no gun with nothing but a belt adjustment.
My best and most comfortable setup by far is my S&W .380 in a pocket holster. It has a thumb snap that is easily popped and keeps things very handy when needed. Of course, it works well when wearing blue jeans but not much else.
That S&W .380 is the best concealed carry gun ever! The only thing easier to carry is a pocket knife. It’s been my everyday carry gun since it hit the stores.
I bought it because I knew I would carry it a lot more than my slightly heavier Ruger LC-9...and it has that laser sight. But I got the right kind of holster for the LC-9 and now I can choose which is best depending on my route/destination.
Like I said...ya gotta have choices. And that Ruger is soooo sweet.
XL Hawaiian Shirt or Cuban shirt (Guayabera); elastic waistband shorts with drawstring and inside the “belt” holster See DonHume.com ... Sandals optional. ;-)