How To Conceal Carry All Year Long
No matter the season, no matter the weather – every day is a great day to carry concealed. In this article, we'll go over the major season changes and propose some recommendations to getting through the year while comfortably concealed.
Winter Time Concealed Carry – Protected From The Elements
In the winter, temperatures are usually precipitously low. This means multiple layers of clothing. For some concealed carriers, they'll misinterpret this as also an excuse to carry a full-size firearm. Many concealed carriers can get away with this because of the number of layers obfuscating the outline of a pistol grip from their waistbands. However, a big consideration – the more layers you have on, the more you have to pull up and out of the way to get to the gun.
Gloves are also a big concern. If a concealed carrier has not trained with shooting with gloves on, he's going to be more prone to negligent activity while handling a loaded firearm. Gloves can have bulky finger and a reduced sensation, resulting in slips into the trigger well or even not being able to fit a finger into the trigger well in the first place.
It's a good idea to train with the gloves you predominantly use for cold weather prior to the winter being upon you. This will give you an idea. If push comes to shove, you may just have to discard the gloves prior to drawing your firearm. This is going to result in added time and a delayed reaction on your part but it may be the cost of doing business. Alternatively, you can get gloves that have optional fingerless modes so you can maintain tactile control over your gun.
Spring Time CCW – Fluctuating From Cold To Hot
In the early Spring, it's still cold enough for winter preparations. However, with Spring comes temperamental weather and weather patterns. It's not uncommon to go from frozen to hot or warm to cold and rainy at the drop of a hat. In this weather, it's best to wear layers that can be shed easily and go with a more compact pistol. If you have to strip down to only a few layers, you don't want to have your firearm printing badly.
Summertime Concealed Carry – Lightweight And Easy
Summer time is sub-compact season. Shorts and T-shirts demand a firearm that doesn't print horribly. This may be the time where extended magazines on your sub-compact are the difference between carrying concealed and showing a bad outline. Dress appropriately for the weather, but also use an iwb holster that has a neoprene backpad for wicking away sweat. It's pretty uncomfortable to be sweating up a storm and have your gun be soaking wet.
Autumn CCW – Rainy, Cold, And Breezy
The early and mid-days of autumn can be pretty close to summer. The weather is probably a bit more comfortable but it has the ability to be sporadic. You may go from a t-shirt to a sweater in short time. Carrying a firearm that's compact but not micro-compact is probably appropriate so long as it's situated correctly on the waistline. This is a great time for appendix and 4 o'clock carry – as both of those tend to do well no matter how many layers you have on.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.