Have you ever considered how the changing seasons impact how you carry your gun? The heat of summer and the change of wardrobe that comes with it can present a challenge to some gun owners, but a little preparation can make a big difference.
1. Use a Smaller Gun
You throw on your leggings and T-shirt and head out for your run, but where to put the gun? Unless you have concealed carry clothes for summer in your closet this can be a challenge. Experienced gun owners suggest using a smaller gun in the summer. Smaller guns have a lower profile and can be more easily concealed beneath lighter summer garments. Just be sure you’ve been practicing with it since every gun handles differently.
2. Avoid Chaffing
Warmer weather means your gun is often closer to your skin than normal to accommodate summer clothing. This can lead to chaffing because let’s face it, guns don’t breathe. One way to avoid the chaff is to use an anti-chaffing cream or powder before strapping on your gun.
3. Wear Darker Colors
Maybe not the preference in summer but darker colors, especially on lighter fabrics, make it more difficult to see the outline of a concealed weapon. Darker colors also tend to be less see-through than lighter colors allowing you to keep your gun truly concealed.
4. Consider Long, Loose, and Patterned
Summer is a great excuse to wear vibrant patterns, and long, loose-fitting clothes. Not only does loose clothing allow for more air circulation it can allow you to carry with fewer fears of your gun being seen. Likewise, patterned dresses, skirts, and tops readily camouflage the outline of our weapon better than many lighter solid colors.
With a little planning and experimentation, you can enjoy all the fun and warmth of summer while still comfortably carrying concealed.