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“Dress Around the Gun…”

I’m sick of hearing this. Telling a new concealed carrier that he needs to dress around the gun is terrible advise, and probably leads to more of them buying bigger pistols, and not carrying them as much later on.  As it is right now, my Springfield XDs 9mm is on its way back to Springfield for the recall, and I’m sitting in a restaurant eating lunch with a Glock 17 in my waistband, undershirt, and a baggy cover shirt.

Its August in NC, and it’s hot outside. My car doesn’t have A/C and I’m sweating to death.

This is why I like having a small 9mm pistol to carry. I can conceal the XDs 9mm in any number of positions, in any number of holsters wearing board shorts and a T-shirt, which keeps me nice and cool. I can’t do that with a Glock 17 (or a Glock 19, or a Glock 26 for that matter…). I’ll be rocking my Kel-Tec PF-9 until the XDs 9mm gets back from the mothership…

I won’t tell you to dress around the gun. Carry what you are comfortable with, and rock on.

About Lucas

Editor/Head Honcho at Triangle Tactical. Lucas is a life long shooter and outdoorsman, avid concealed carrier and competitive shooter, and a lover of pork fat.


  1. Preach it brother! Same camp here. Sometimes “dressing around the gun” means looking like suspicious character. I’d rather sacrifice some firepower than risk looking suspicious. IMO, a compact, single stack 9mm is a must have, and those sticky holsters are awesome for when you can’t wear a belt.

  2. In agreement, a full sized doublestack with a 4.5″ barrel doesn’t hide very well in my cargo shorts and tee shirt. Going back to the PF-9 huh?

  3. I considered a PF-9 for a while, but decided to save toward something striker fired. Still that baby is really thin.

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