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Buying Pants for Concealed Carry (Pt. 2)

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at my 3 Steps to Buying Pants for Concealed Carry.  And now in Part 2 I will provide you with insight as to the why and how these steps work together.  To recap, our steps are as follows:

  1. Know Your Size
  2. Know Your EDC Loadout
  3. Try Them On

The Pants

Pants buying alone can either be simple or frustrating, throw in a handgun and two spare magazines and it can become a nightmare that many dread.  Knowing your size is half the battle.  It gives you a place to start and almost gets rid of the need to wear a belt because your pants fit you so well.  The general rule of thumb when it comes to pants for concealed carry is to buy the next size up.  While this is decent advice, I find that it is one of those hand-me-down statements spread through gun forums and gun stores based upon age-old thinking from when most of the firearms available for carry had 5″ barrels and/or huge cylinders.

Looking for pants one size up is too broad; especially if you shop in real mens clothing stores such as Jos. A. Bank.  Depending on the store (sometimes even the brand), the next size up could be 1 number or 2 (i.e. 30-32 or 30-31).  When you know your size you at least know where to start on the rack.

CBH_PDN_600x90Once you have your size now you need to know your gear.  Not just your gun, but your holster, extra magazine carrier, keys, gun belts, knife, etc.  Any and everything you carry daily should be accounted for.

Starting with The Gun

XDs 4.0 inside of a Gun Vault Nano Vault 300 (NV 300)

XDs 4.0 inside of a Gun Vault Nano Vault 300 (NV 300)

Today’s assortment of firearms is geared directly towards CCW; which is great for us!  Not only do we have many choices of calibers, barrel sizes, striker or hammer fired, revolver or semi-auto but in case you haven’t heard……………………………………………………..THIN IS IN! Guns like the Springfield Armory XDs, Smith & Wesson M&P Shield, and many others all tout a thickness of 1″ or less.  With a thickness of 1″, one can easily fit a firearm in pants that perfectly fit ones waiste.

With thin guns also comes thin holsters.  Some made out of kydex, nylon, leather, or a combination.  Many of which are far less than an inch thick.  So with a 1″ firearm, a holster less than an inch thick, one would be hard pressed to make up an additional 2 inches of space inside-the-waistband.  But we still need to factor in additional magazines, if you choose to carry them.

Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry & Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier

If we are sticking with the idea of carrying slim firearms, then those magazines are thinner than the guns that they fit in.  Pair that with a nice mag carrier and you STILL do not get a full 2″ of space.

As far as belts go, most gun belts are either 1.4″ or 1.5″ wide; which is important to note because not all belt loops are wide enough to accommodate.  Now if you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook you have likely seen several times that I have shown that I am not wearing a gun belt, but we will save that discussion for another post.

The rest of your loadout is either carried on your belt or inside a pocket depending on how dapper you are dressing.  Pockets on pants come with all sorts of different cuts and depths.  Knowing what you intend to put in those pockets is paramount in selecting pants.  For example: If your EDC pocketknife has an unopened length of 4″, those snazzy chinos with the shallow pockets are probably a bad idea (unless you have a smaller knife to carry when you wear them).  This is just one example of the myriad of things that maybe in your everyday carry that should be accounted for.

The Perfect Fit

Now that we have gotten sized for pants and have all of our gear in mind, it is time to grab some pants off the rack or shelf (preferably 1 that is your exact size, 1 size up if they have it,  and another 2 sizes up) and head into the fitting room.

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As if trying on pants was not already a tedious procedure, it is even more so when you add in a gun and a belt.  But in order to get this right we have to include those items in this process.  Of course we need to follow all 4 Gun Safety Rules as we remove our holster from our current pants (you did bring your firearm correct?).  We are now going to proceed with trying on the new pants WITH our holstered weapon and OUR belt.  This is important because here is where we find out if we can stick with our actual size, one size up, or two.

Once you land on a pair that is a comfortable fit, I like to make note (mental or actual) of the brand and possibly the model for future reference.  This is great when you shop major retailers/brands such as Ralph Lauren, Perry Ellis, and Levis.  With this information you are now equipped to shop for those same pants in different colors; in-store or online.


Conclusion

Carrying a gun does not mean you have have to dress like you are reliving high school. Neither does it mean you have to be uncomfortable while carrying. Whether you are purchasing a nice pair of slacks or slim fit jeans, these 3 steps will help to ensure you get perfect fitting CCW pants every time. 

Feel free to add something you feel I missed down in the comments, and if there’s something specific you would like me to talk about, send me an email at dapperconcealedcarry@gmail.com

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Buying Pants for Concealed Carry (Pt. 1)

If you have done any searching for how-to guides or just general information on concealed carry you have likely ran across the almost unanimous advice of gun belts and good holsters.  But finding information on pants buying is a lot tougher to find and usually coming from someone who is no where near a fashion expert (was that politically correct enough?).

In the gun forums, most of the recommendations talk about buying pants that are the next size up which is not bad advice; nor is it great either.  The reason I say it is not great advice is because it is too general of a statement.  Like shoes, pants can run big or small and have different cuts that affect the way they wear.

In this 1st post of a 2 part series, I would like to start by breaking down the pants buying process into 3 easy steps that will ensure that you get the perfect pants every time you shop.

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1. Know Your Size

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Knowing your pant size is as important as knowing your shoes size.  If you have never been sized or have not been recently, I highly recommend getting yourself sized.  Not only for pants, but for clothes in general.  One of the keys to living the #dapperccw lifestyle is wearing clothes that fit properly.  (Most big name suit/clothing retailers offer sizing as a complimentary service) Once you have your size you now have the essential piece of information needed to buy the perfect pants for CCW every single time.

2. Know Your EDC Loadout

EDC Loadout

 

We have all come across those individuals that can tell you everything about the guns in their safe all the way down to the date they were each manufactured.  But knowing your Everyday Carry (EDC) loadout goes beyond just knowing the specs of your firearms.  If you are truly living the responsibly armed lifestyle, then there is a lot more involved in your loadout than the gun you are carrying.  Without taking your carry gear into account when buying pants, you are likely to make purchases that do not completely fit you needs.

The following are just a few examples of the many items that may be included in you gear that you must account for when shopping for pants:

  • Gun(s) & Holster(s)
  • Belt(s)
  • Pocket Knife
  • Flashlight
  • Chapstick
  • Pen
  • Extra Mag(s)
  • OC Spray

You may be wondering what knowing your gear has to do with buying pants.  The answer is EVERYTHING.  If you do not know what is in your EDC you do not know what type of pockets (cut and size), how much inside-the-waistband (IWB) space, or what belt loop size you need.

3. Try Them On

Fitting Room Pants

This step is probably the most important and should go without saying, but in the age of things like Trunk Club and shopping online I have to make sure I say it.  Even though you know your size, know your gear, and have successfully purchased pants of the same size before, you still want to try them on (preferably with your gun and holster, at least) to ensure that they fit the way you want.  The only time this step is not an absolute must is when you are purchasing the exact same brand and model in a different color.


Now that we have gotten our 3 Steps to Buying Pants for Concealed Carry down, in our next post we will look at how these 3 steps work together and I believe they are a better guide than the general rule of thumb “buy the next size up”.

 

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IWB vs OWB Carry

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) and Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) are certainly the two most common ways to carry a handgun, but the debate on which is better will go on for years to come.  Personally I prefer IWB but there are times when I opt for OWB.  If you are new to concealed carry and still trying to decide which method of carry you want to use, I hope to provide you with a resource to help your decision.

Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) Carry

For concealed carry, IWB carry is the easiest way to conceal a handgun.  This is because the slide of the gun is down inside the pants and the only thing left to cover is the grip, which is as easy as throwing on a t-shirt.  Also, inside-the-waistband carry is extremely comfortable, contrary to older beliefs, especially with the current trends of “conceal carry handguns” and the wide range of holsters available.

Printing with IWB carry is relatively minimal compared to OWB depending on the handgun and clothing style.  I am consistently able to wear very fitting clothing without printing.

Appendix carry makes concealment even easier because the average person, man or woman, is not going to be staring into another persons crotch. (Unless they are a flat-out pervert)

Tactically, inside-the-waistband carry gives you better control and access to the firearm at all times, even while driving. (which I do a lot of.)

Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) Carry

When a lot of people hear OWB carry they usually think Open Carry, which is not always the case.  Carrying concealed with an outside-the-wiastband holster is very doable, it just requires a little more attention to detail than carrying inside-the-waistband.  Even though, IWB can be extremely comfortable, there is no denying that OWB is much more comfortable because you do not have the cold, hard handgun slide down your pants rubbing against you.

If you are gravely concerned about printing or you gun being seen, I would not recommend OWB carry for you.  This is because it is very likely that throughout the course of your day, someone will see your gun via printing

or because your shirt has raised up enough to reveal the bottom of the slide, or completely exposing your handgun.  As you can see in the above photos, OWB carry with properly fitting clothing makes me look bulky round the waist and if someone looks hard enough, they will likely see the outline of my pistol.  (Adding a jacket to this outfit, would probably get rid of the awkward wideness around the hips)

One major disadvantage to outside-the-waistband carry is driving.  Once you strap on the seatbelt, your access to your firearm is greatly hindered not only by the seatbelt itself, but also your cover garment.  This tactical disadvantage is at the top of my list for why I do not carry this way on a daily basis.  When I do carry this way; however, I often remove the firearm from the holster and wedge it in-between my seat and the center console area.

(I do plan on getting a Grassburr Mountable Holster for this purpose)

Which one is better?

I would not go on record saying one method is better than the other, but I will say that if you are new to concealed carry and are fashion conscious, IWB carry is the way to go because of the ease of concealment and minimal printing even with extremely fitted clothing.  If you can afford it, I would recommend purchasing a holster for both carry methods because there are pros and cons to both and there are times when one method is clearly more desirable and/or appropriate than the other.

No matter which you chose, ALWAYS carry and look dapper while doing it!

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I Need Your Support

When I began the Dapper Concealed Carry Movement all I had was the idea that with all the concealed carry resources out there, there really was not anyone (specifically males) talking about fashion and concealed carry.  So after I began carrying and wowing myself and others at how I was able to concealed a firearm and still dress fashionably, I knew that I had something to offer the community.

So far, I have gotten great responses on my posts and the Instagram page is growing daily.  I have quickly realized that in order for this to work, I need to have resources available to get holsters, clothing, and possibly even firearms to review to show how well they work with carrying a gun while being well-dressed.  At the beginning of this year, I laid out a few things that I would like to accomplish. If you have not read that post, you can view it here.

So how can you support me and what is in it for you?  I am so glad you asked.

The simple answer to your question: Founders Republic Store

By following this link, the Founders Republic Store link in the menu, or the banner under “Affiliates” on the right side-bar of this page you have the opportunity to purchase t-shirts that represent Freedom, Revolution, and Liberty for yourself as well as providing support for me.  ***Please use only these links to make your purchases***

I am also working on a few other great opportunities for you to acquire things you need/want while providing support to this movement.  I hope that I can count on you to be a sponsor and I look forward to continuing to provide resources for you, the well-dressed concealed carrying individual.  Regardless, I thank you all for joining me in this and do not be a stranger.

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