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Old 01-13-2006, 10:18 AM   #11
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You may wish to try the method I use. I wear a dark color tee shirt under a white shirt. I carry in a shouldre rig and place my eyeglass case in the shirt pocket. I also wear a tee with an interesting design, I like wolves and have several shirts with pictures on them. I also carry a cell phone in front of my two place mag carrier. The eyeglass case, the shirt design and the cell phone are all "urban camouflage". They draw the eye of the observer away from the possible print of the gun and places the attention on something they recognise. The items used in my "camouflage" are so common that most, if not all, observers think that they are the cause of any "unusual" bumps or bulges. This idea also works well with vest. I wear one from Concealed Carry Clothiers. They do have a line of lite weight vest for hot weather wear.



By the way, I am 5'7" and weigh in at less than 155 and have never had any trouble concealing my HP.
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Old 01-19-2006, 08:09 PM   #12
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I like the "urban camouflage" idea; sound like it would work for me also. Unfortuantly, the move to Texas has been put off until Fall, so I won't get to try it until next year at the soonest. We can't carry here in Wisconsin :(

Although a concealed carry law just passed through the state assembly here, our Gov. has already said he'd veto it. As far as I know, we can't even carry pepper spray or anything. But thanks for the tips on this, I'll put them to use when I do get to carry!



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Old 02-17-2006, 01:33 PM   #13
 
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I like to carry my Hi-Power in this way: wear jeans, put the gun in the left front pocket, pointing in for right hand draw and tilted slightly up. you have to wear a longer shirt over this, and it hinders movement somewhat. But if you have a little "belly" to work with, it can stick out just the right amount to mask the grip printing. You only need to stick out an inch or three, and then the shirt will hang down from your torso, and also drape over the handle of the gun. If you are standing up all day, you will be fine. But if you are going to sit down, expect to make some "adjustments," like, to everything. Even that.
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Old 02-17-2006, 01:42 PM   #14
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Hello. There's a saying in Texas that the devil owned Hell and Texas; he kept Hell and rented out the state!



Sage advice has been suggested in your thread concerning carry guns and methods. My 24/7 gun is an S&W Model 642, but my orbits are tame and I'm usually at home or in the neighborhood area.



When I carry a concealed belt gun during summer months, it is often a Hi Power Mk III 9mm with the matte finish, but I do clean it w/o fail after carrying during the seemingly longer and longer summer months here.



Texas' CHL course is not difficult. I've been teaching the class with two other instructors since it became an option and have signed off on something like 2500 folks. Of that bunch, two have had to reshoot the firearm qualification part. None have failed the written. It is not difficult if you pay attention and I suspect that you'll have no problems with the course.



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Old 04-07-2006, 06:40 PM   #15
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Stephen, what would be your recommendation for a left-handed horizontal carry shoulder rig with provision for at least one magazine on the off side for a BHP in .40. Thanx, JD40 (grin)
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Old 04-07-2006, 09:58 PM   #16
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Hello. I really cannot accurately answer your last question. I don't use shoulder holsters very much at all and have no experience with current ones. Hopefully, someone else here does and can give you first-hand advice or suggestions.



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Old 05-13-2006, 11:52 PM   #17
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A word on IWB holsters. Don't buy the soft suede type. The soft suede allows all of the gun's sharp angles to print through and can be very uncomfortable. When the pistol is drawn the holster collapses, making reholstering a real pain. Hard leather IWB holsters present a smoother contour to the body and also make reholstering much easier.



PS I once saw a movie in which a Rastafarian bad guy carried a HP concealed in his dread locks! I wish I could remember the name of the flick, it was hilarious.
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Old 05-14-2006, 04:33 AM   #18
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Hi Gammon,



I just purchased the Bianchi Professional IWB holster for my HP!



It is made of leather with a steel belt clip and has the "body sheild" to keep the C&L hammer from digging into my side. You can actually reholster the HP with it in your waist band and it is of very high quality! The outside/inside leather is smooth and the side that rides against the body is rough-out leather.



It is very comfortable and I look forward to using it!



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Hi Gammon,



I just purchased the Bianchi Professional IWB holster for my HP!



It is made of leather with a steel belt clip and has the "body sheild" to keep the C&L hammer from digging into my side. You can actually reholster the HP with it in your waist band and it is of very high quality! The outside/inside leather is smooth and the side that rides against the body is rough-out leather.



It is very comfortable and I look forward to using it!



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I was at the local gun shop up the road yesterday, a quiet little place with a very low "gunshop commando" factor (just the way I likes 'em!) run by a retired high school teacher. You get a few regulars hanging out there talking shop and I stopped by to see what he had in the way of 7.62x39 ammo, and got to talking about Argentine Hi Powers and how, even in a Texas summer, a Hi -Power is one of the easiest double-stack pistols to conceal, easier that some single stack pistols. one of the guys asked me which "El Hi Power" I had and explained it was the full sized. One of the guys pulled out his, a FM "Detective Special". I commented that I had seen an ad for the upper alone. He had he had seen the same ad, but went ahead and bought the complete pistol since, with the deal he was getting, the complete gun was only $90 more than the upper alone, though he said that the full sized one was no more difficult to hide. He was using the same holster you mentioned in your post. It was a typical Central Tx August day ( hot, hot , hot. Some say Austin is humid, because of all of the lakes, but I grew up in Houston, which has a climate I've heard compared to both New Orleans and Southeast Asia. Not conincidentally, Houston has the largest Vietnamese population in the mainland US. Makes since, similar climate, great coastal shrimping, bayou' s everywhere, firefights are not unheard of....) and he was weaping cargo shorts, a t-shirt, and an unbuttoned "Hawaiian" -style shirt, though the colors weren't that loud or obnoxious. I think the Guyabera shirs, with there oversize fit and square cut work well, too and don't look out of place here, because, though many accoicate them with Cuba, they are popular in Mexico as well, and, at some functions, considered formal wear, if work w/ nice panrs and shoes. (Makes sense in this climate. Anglo suits, whose consept comes from countries on the same latatude as Newfoundland, do not fit the climate here. We are close to the same latitude as N. Africa, and should be wearing lots of loose, light flowing , easy-to-hide-guns-in clothing.

Sorry for the long rambling post, but my point is, with the right holster, mentioned before, and dressing around the gun, one can hide even a full sized pistol like the Hi-Power. 1911's are really popular carry weapons around here as well, seen as the spritiual decendent of the Colt SAA, and even before they came back in vogue, when the wondernine's were the "cool" pistol to have, and before Texas had a CHL, lots of people carried a full sized, or at smallest, a Commander sized 1911 in their belt, and/or a .38 snubbie in their boot.
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Lower is a FN MKII with a FM Detective upper.
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