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CCW Confessions: I’ve Been Made Twice

In about 4 years of carrying concealed daily, I’ve been made twice:

  • If I’m carrying behind the hip I generally try to avoid bending over or squatting down in public as much as possible, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. I was carrying my Glock 19 in an IWB holster behind my hip. It was a hot Carolina summer afternoon, and I had to run to the store to get dog food. For the longest time, the only food my dog would eat was Ol’Roy from Wal-Mart, and it was sold in 50lb bags. Picking one up off of the bottom shelf requires some bending. I squatted down and picked up the bag when I felt my cover garment ride up a bit, just as a guy walked behind me. I placed the bag in the cart, then pulled my shirt back down when I noticed the guy was still standing near me. I looked in his direction and with a grin he said “Forty?”, and I replied “Nine”. He smiled and walked away.
  • The second time I was made was when I was trying out a very nice Galco shoulder rig. I’d always been told that they were awful so I bought one to try out. I’d been using it under a winter jacket for a few weeks without issue. I actually liked carrying with the shoulder rig while driving, and everything was going well. One thing to note here is that the holster, straps, and mag pouch were all a tan leather, which contrasts a lot with my black jacket, and the black T-shirt I was wearing at the time. I stopped to get gas, and after filling up my car, I went inside to buy something. When I got to the cash register the cashier took my money, and said “What’s that strap under your jacket?” He knew. I knew. He knew that I knew that he knew. I was so embarrassed, I said something like “Huh? What are you talking about?” as I walked out the door. I put the shoulder rig up for sale the next day.

Have you ever been made?

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. On the strap comment from the cashier, I would have replied ‘man bra.’

  2. My response is
    “Medical Device, it helps keep me alive”

    • I read somewhere where this happened to someone and they replied with a sad look “its my diabetic insulin pump, please don’t tell anyone”.

  3. I had to run to Home Depot to pick up a stick of lumber or two. I was in shorts and a T-shirt and carrying a Taurus .38 IWB. I like carrying the little light weight revolver in the dog days of summer on occasion. If you have ever tried to buy any lumber from Home Depot or Lowe’s, you know that you have to go through an entire bundle to find two good boards in the bunch. My self and another gentleman were weeding through the stack of lumber and I suddenly noticed he was gone *poof*. I never even saw him walk away. It immediately struck me to check my concealment, sure enough, my shirt had ridden up exposing my .38.

    Albeit right or wrong, I’m generally not overly concerned about printing, flashing etc. In most situations.

  4. I got made once. An 87 year lady who hugged me in church. Then she said is that what I think it is? I smiled and said to her if I breathing,I am carrying. Later that year after a shooting at a church where the usher shot the prep, she smiled at me and asked ” are you breathing today” as she entered the church and saw me.

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