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First Time Carrying Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) and Without a Gun Belt

If you have been following me on Instagram and/or Twitter, then you know my preferred method of carry is Inside-the-Waistband (IWB) in the appendix position with the Crossbreed Holsters Appendix Carry and a  Crossbreed Dual Tuckable Mag Carrier.  This past Sunday, due to the outfit I decided to wear, I had to alter my carry to Outside-the-Waistband (OWB) using the paddle holster and dual magazine carrier that came with my Springfield Armory XD-S 4.0″.  The reason for the switch was that the pants I chose to wear did not have enough room to comfortably carry IWB without having to wear my pants above my waistline.  Not only did I switch from IWB to OWB, I also carried with a non gun belt!!! *Gasp*

Once I was dressed and before I put on the blazer for concealment, I went through some draw reps to ensure that I had a smooth draw and to embed the new carry position in my mind so that if the need arose, I would know to draw from that position instead of my normal carry position.  After those reps, I put on the blazer and added my Nite Ize S-Biner to the strong-side front pocket to give the jacket more weight to be thrown back then went through another round of reps working on flicking the blazer back prior to the draw.

Ever since I started carrying, I have not carried without wearing a gun belt.  So it is needless to say I was a bit skeptical strapping on a firearm with a less than adequate support system.  This particular belt is actually a very inexpensive one from Walmart and I acquired it before I started carrying to match these shoes.  I am happy to report that I had no issues carrying with this belt and will be trying out more “unconventional” carry equipment.  But I am sure a big reason I was able to comfortably carry with a non gun belt was because of the lightweight firearm I was carrying. (Something we will discuss in a later post)
To my surprise the OWB position was a lot more comfortable than I expected; even in the car.  Though if I had bucket seats in my car, my experience might have been different.  I must say, there is a much different feeling that comes with having a firearm strapped to your side only being concealed by a blazer rather than concealed under a shirt.  But unless you do not mind looking like a detective when you remove your blazer, be sure your blazers material and thickness will keep you at a comfortable temperature with it on all day.

One of the problems I had with this position was not have easy access to firearm while driving because of the blazer and the seatbelt.  Another thing to watch out for when wearing blazers is the side vents when sitting or reaching into pockets.  On several occasions I found myself having to lift the blazer back over the magazine carrier while sitting because the magazines had become exposed.  This problem can probably be fixed by a tailor, but depending on the style you are going for, the length of the jacket might always be short.

Another thing to be conscious of is the taper of the blazer when buttoning.  While this is not as big of an issue unless you are going to be standing in front of people staring at you, no one will probably even think twice about the slight bulges or imprints at your sides.

The blazer and slacks is a great dapper look and a great way to conceal.  Send me your takes on this look via Email, Twitter, or tag me in a picture on Instagram (Be sure to also tag your photos with #dapperccw and #dapperconcealedcarry).

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