Skip to comments.How to spot a concealed handgun
Posted on 02/04/2012 7:20:48 AM PST by marktwain
Self-defense in modern society is about far more than carrying a gun, it's also about developing situational awareness. This means knowing where you are and what's going on around you at all times.
One vital element of situational awareness seldom taught in concealed carry classes is how to spot a concealed handgun. Just as you hope to have the element of surprise if you find yourself in a life-threatening situation, you want to avoid being surprised by an armed attacker.
Based on the experience of Robert T. Gallagher, former NYPD detective, Anti-Robbery Tactical Unit, this detailed illustration, titled Spotting a Hidden Handgun, explains some of the visual cues that reveal when someone is carrying a handgun.
You can also use this information to avoid providing others with the same visual cues which may alert them that you are carrying concealed.
Be careful not to overcompensate. Muggers and thieves prefer to attack victims who do not appear confident or alert.
HK P2000 (.40) or HK 45C both in Milt Sparks VM II’s (worth the wait) at 5 o’clock. Loose cargo shorts and wild print shirts untucked in summer. No problems!
Being a woman, I have to agree. I have adopted a visage(when I’m in potentially vulnerable situations) that I’m not to be f***** with and, yes, I can back it up if necessary.
Massad Ayoob, gun writer and policeman told how once he was carrying concealed in a NYC subway.
Suddenly he was slammed up against the subway wall when a transit policewoman spotted the signs of a concealed gun on him.
“Shoulder holster under jacket? Anyone w/ experience?”
Love it. It is my primary carry configuration. No belt issues, sitting issues, being spotted when squatting issues, comfort is excellent.
For summer, I carry at the beltline under an untucked shirt with no problems, but for cooler months I prefer the shoulder holster.
I typically carry a Kimber Ultra Carry II in a Galco Miami Classic in basic black.
J frame with Kramer pocket holster here. Have never tried running with it. Will do that.
Most street thugs carry in the front of their pants, sans holster. You can tell they are carrying many times because they are constantly touching it to keep it stable.
Be very aware of a street hood whose pants fit right.
And as always, once they start doing that head swivel thing, there is going to be trouble. You see them approaching do that, get your roscoe ready.
I don’t know what’s the point in trying so desparately to “hide” your gun? The CCL says “concealed” not invisible and I personally think it is an added benefit to only conceal it to the degree to meet the requirements of the law.
Don’t necessarily relish the thought of putting a 45 through some idiot, rather perfer he “know” I can and be deferred. Having been in a situation or two, I can attest that when some billybadass realizes it could cost him his life, they suddenly discover they have the wrong guy. If that doesn’t deter, that’s why the 45!
I live in Colorado that has had CWP for a long time. We became a shall issue state not long ago but counties were issuing long before that. So far, on average, there is never a notice of concealed weapons. People seems to be concealing just fine.
I carry my LCP .380 in my right front pants pocket. Then I put my iPhone on top of it. All that shows is the outline of the iPhone
That works! Love it.
Im thinking cargo shorts and carrying in a pocket may be as good as it gets.
My pants are slightly baggy. And it’s not cause it’s hip or cool. They allow me to carry extra “baggage”.
Exactly. I am always alert when walking city streets. You would probably call me paranoid. So far, it has worked for me.
I just feel really bad when I am in a city where I cannot carry (CCW).
So they don't freak out at the bank or the grocery store?
Even better hammerless.
Any hints for us ladies that carry in our purses ? I carry a S&W .357 magnum. Sucker takes up a lot of room. Are there purses made for gun carrying ?
I used to carry a little Browning but have found that thugs and vermin don’t have enough respect for a woman with a little gun. However if you pull out that big revolver, instant respect.
On that second, waistband carry, aka “Mexican Carry”, is just brain dead stooopid.