I would love to open carry, and my state supposedly allows for it. I’m not pushing the issue, and CC whenever I go out. I have inside-the-waistband holsters, so in the house I’ll use them, but not care about the shirt covering. At my clients, I conceal deeply (LCP) so I don’t make waves.
I would open carry if I could, considering all the options and arguments laid out before me. I’m a small guy (29 inch waist, 135 lbs) and Concealing has greatly limited the kinds of firepower I can carry with me. Open carry would open me up to more choices in firearms make and models.
I’m not sure I could get used to open carry, unless it became so commonplace that almost everybody did it. I like the idea of not drawing attention to myself.
If you experiment with different holsters, it’s not too hard to find a rig that is comfortable and relatively easy to conceal. For carrying a larger pistol like a 1911, it’s important to have not just a good holster, but also a good belt, and pants with a sturdy waistband.
I was surprised at how comfortable an inside-the-waistband holster can be, even when carrying a 5” 1911 all day in the summer.
>>I have inside-the-waistband holsters, so in the house Ill use them, but not care about the shirt covering.<<
I’d lay some good odds that if we were allowed to carry like this, half concealed and half open, the majority of people wouldn’t even recognize what they were seeing. Especially if it was in a deep IWB holster where only the grips are visible.