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Old 12-20-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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How have you modified clothing to be more CCW-friendly? As the weather turns colder and we have to layer up, CCW access can be compromised.

One thing I have done is to have "pass-through" slits made in the pocket areas of my knee-length leather coat. This allows me to reach to my trouser pockets with the coat buttoned; not only for my CCW, but for other items carried there. Before the slits were made, I had to brush the coat open to reach the pocket. Besides being cold, it looks conspicuous if one wants to get a grip on a weapon. I plan to have this done to other coats, as the need arises.

I've read where Mas recommends going to a gun-friendly tailor for alterations or strengthening as needed. What are your thoughts and mods?
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Old 12-20-2009, 06:43 PM   #2
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For pocket carry in the winter, (summer too) having the inner pockets replaced by stiff canvas works well. This allows a more certain draw with no hangups on more flexible cloth.
Several old gunmen of the west had hip pockets lined this way.
You still need to use a pocket holster. This prevents the gun from moving out of position. They tend to turn upside down in pockets.
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Old 12-20-2009, 10:23 PM   #3
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I used to wear suits or sport coats all the time. I bought from nordstroms a lot and had no trouble altering the jacket to hide a 1911 better. They would add material inside to prevent the drape from showing the print and they add an extra inch of give on that side. I have a top coat as well that had a leather lined pocket to hold my cenntenial so that walking to the car with my hands in the pocket would not slow down.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:31 AM   #4
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While not a garment mod, this seemed like a good place to post about some good gloves for CW carriers.

I've had a pair of SealSkinz waterproof/breathable gloves for a few years now, but really gave them a workout with this current "Ice Age". They have been great! While I haven't been playing in water with them, the gloves resisst wind well and have kept my hands nicely warm even in low teen temperatures. They have the bulk of "flight" gloves or brown cotton "Jersey" gloves, so they interfere little with weapon handling. In extreme cold, they should do very well as liners for mittens; if you have to prepare to draw, your hand won't stiffen and go numb when the mitten comes off.

http://www.danalco.com/htmls/products/products.shtml
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Old 01-27-2010, 03:33 AM   #5
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I've weighted the hem on lighter materials so that fabric won't hang up on my grip.
Next handgun I buy WILL be a Bobtailed piece!
I've stuck a silky lining in a vest on my carry side, to let the material slide over my gun without hanging up on it, too.
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:16 AM   #6
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I bought bigger pants for IWB. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:05 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by J.D. Langendorph
I bought bigger pants for IWB. That's my story, and I'm sticking with it!
"Them thar old britches warn't big enough for both of us!"
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Old 06-07-2010, 06:01 AM   #8
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I've gone to several of the shirts that Fernando designed. I try to practice presentations several times daily and for a half hour or so once a week. I've also found that banded bottom pullovers are very good as you can lift the band up quickly with the non dominant hand.
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Old 06-07-2010, 02:59 PM   #9
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Now that it's getting hot, I'm giving my 5.11 vest another try. It allows me empty my trouser pockets of "pocket junk" yet keep the stuff with me. Carried in my Nemesis holster, my S&W 49 "locks" into the slit pocket on the right--the one that goes under the "mag" pockets.

I've had the vest since '04, but have felt self-conscious wearing it. I finally realized that the vast majority of people only see a "gadget vest" and not a "concealment/bodyguard vest".
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Old 03-26-2011, 10:34 AM   #10
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Re: Garment Modifications

to all,

fwiw, i've found that my Sig 225/P6 "disappears beneath" the thinnest of golf shirts, when carried in a QUALITY pancake OTB holster, W/O "printing".
(South TX is HOT much of the year.)

i generally buy an XL in a golf shirt to get extra length (i'm "long-waisted" as well as 6' tall.)
&
at a San Antonio gun-show this morning i was asked by a Bexar County deputy sheriff, who was "checking in guns", WHY i was in the "gun line". = i said, "i'm wearing my Sig P6 under my shirt." - "OK. couldn't see it" said the deputy.

in case you haven't guessed, i LIKE my "chunky little fellow" & wear it everywhere.
(i believe in ONE pistol & ONE sort of holster for CCW. it's called "muscle memory" & that just may save your LIFE!)

yours, sw
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:39 AM   #11
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I just bought a new jacket from 5.11. I leave for Afghanistan at the end of the month so I will probably only need it for a week and then sweat my balls off. But one of the reasons i bought it was because of its concealment options.

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Old 04-08-2011, 10:47 AM   #12
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With the temps climbing into the 80's, it's getting time to pull outcthe 5.11 vest.
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Old 06-25-2012, 02:20 PM   #13
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Deep conceal has this awesome conceal carry clothing line with fast draw shirts. They have fake buttons to make them look like regular work shirts but with a velcro closing so you can access your gun within a second. My husband loves them. I just wish they made them in women's cuts...

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:01 PM   #14
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I simply move the little 9mm and its pocket holster from the front pants pocket to the coat pocket, and the Velcro tabs hold it in proper drawing position. I can "palm" the entire set up from one to the other, as I doff or don the coat. Much more practical than all those belt rig shenanigans.
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