Well, it’s definitely March in Alabama. We have had the heat on in the chilly mornings and then blasted the air conditioner in the humid afternoons while also mixing in a few open windows here and there. The weather always gets a bit crazy here as springtime arrives. Many people in the South have moved past the jackets and winterwear, looking toward much lighter — and much less — fabric. For gun owners, the changing seasons can sometimes bring about — along with a closet reconfiguration — a change in holsters, carry positions and even firearms.
Change Concealed Carry Clothes
Of course, before you go and change all your gear, it’s beneficial to consider a few wardrobe options that may help you conceal a defensive firearm in warmer weather. Since you likely won’t have any heavy or thick outerwear when the temperatures rise, consider wearing two layers. For layer one, you may want to put on a lightweight, fitted, moisture-wicking tank top (or shapewear tank). This can be worn either on top of the holster and firearm to keep your gear secure and covered and prevent printing or underneath to keep the holster and/or firearm from pressing into your body (and possibly keeping that gun away from direct contact with sweat and any lotions, oils or perfumes). Then you can layer whatever shirt, blouse or top you’d like over the tank.
Another option for switching up the clothing a bit is to look for patterns. Since you may be wearing clothes that are made of lighter, more flowy and more breathable fabrics in the hot weather, you may find that your normal setup seems to be printing easier. You can keep those styles in your concealed carry wardrobe. Just look for them in patterns that may distract the eye from picking up on the outline of the holster or the gun. So if that favorite linen shell is available in a stunning blue stripe, opt for that over the solid navy. With that, you can also look for tops that have ruffles, twists, wraps, ruching or other textures, as these styles can also help fool the eye.
Change Gun Gear
If you’ve reorganized the closet but are still having issues with concealed carry in warmer temperatures, you can also consider a gear or gun change. Some holsters may hug your body more closely or be designed for deep concealment. These options may provide a more effective method for concealing your EDC gun. Or, in some cases, you may be able to get away with a slight position change. For instance, instead of that 3 o’clock (right-side hip), where the holster and firearm may stick out further from the body, maybe the gun moves in slightly toward 2 o’clock (right-side front), where the grip is now more hidden by the body’s natural contours.
I also know a lot of folks who go to a smaller or slimmer-profile gun in the spring and summer so they don’t have to struggle as much with concealment. For example, I can move my Springfield Armory XD-S to my purse as my backup gun and opt to use the slimmer SIG Sauer P365 for on-body carry.
Keep in mind that we love to tell people to carry the same gun in the same holster in the same way and same position every day … but this is not always possible. So if you do make a change to your clothes, your gear, your gun or even your carry position, just be sure you are training with that change in mind. This way, you never find yourself confused or unsafe if you need to use your firearm for self-defense.