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Old 12-08-2005, 12:05 AM   #1
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Hey! I am definitely new to shooting, at least handguns anyway. I bought my first handgun a year ago, for target shooting and home protection. My question is about concealed carry. We can't carry here in Wisconsin, but I will be moving to a state that allows it in January, and I think it's something that I might do eventually. Will I be able to effectively and safely conceal the Hi-Power? I'm 5'9 and 155 pounds, and I usually just wear jeans and t-shirts. If I can't use the Hi-Power for carry, then I'd like to get a second gun now while I can afford it. I'd prefer it to be a single-action auto-loader, 9mm. or bigger. Thanks for any advice you all can give!



P.S. This is a great gun forum, by the way. I have gotten a lot of good tips on here about shooting in general! :)
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Old 12-08-2005, 12:19 AM   #2
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Hello. With a loose-fitting T-shirt and an inside-the-waistband holster, many can carry the BHP concealed. You might contact Eric of HBE and the moderator in our holster section for tips on IWB holsters. I've had good luck with them.



With a loose enough shirt or slim enough physique, an OWB holster could also work. Here is one I got from HBE a while back:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/H...0by%20Eric.htm



Here are some observations on one of his IWB models:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/I...%20Holster.htm



This IWB is not from Eric, but is also very good in my opinion:



http://www.hipowersandhandguns.com/T...%20Garrity.htm



Best.





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Old 12-11-2005, 11:58 PM   #3
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Those holsters look pretty nice! If and when I decide to do the the whole carry thing, I'll have to look into getting one of those. Even with a good IWB holster, how uncomfortable is it to carry a BHP around all day? Especially on a hot day? I very frequently carry a backpack with me when I go places; is it adviseable to carry the gun in that? Or is that not condusive to good self defence?
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Old 12-14-2005, 06:46 AM   #4
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Hi there,



I have also had some luck with the Triple K belt slide for the BHP if I carry it with my shirt tail untucked or under a long sweater or sweatshirt.



Carrying a handgun all day long concealed can be difficult to get used to at first, but with time, you will become accustomed to it.



Matt, I really believe that if you choose to carry a handgun loaded, as I do, I personally believe that you should have control of the handgun all of the time, i.e. on your person.



Unfortunately, carrying a handgun in a purse or back pack leaves open the possibility that you can become "separated" from it.



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Old 12-14-2005, 10:10 PM   #5
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Matt, for hot days, it might be advisable to carry something other than a HP. Guns in leather close to your body when you sweat will rust quickly. Being from Texas, I understand heat and on truly hot days, pocket carry is more workable. You might consider a .38 snub pocket gun for carrying when it's hot or when you don't feel like carrying the BHP.



As Mr. Camp has advised a good IWB holster will have you concealed a BHP with very few problems.



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Old 12-15-2005, 11:57 PM   #6
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Thanks for the advice, guys. I never thought about the risk of carrying in a backpack; it makes sence now not too. Texas is actually the state I'll be moving to and carry in, so the heat thing will be an issue. I may look for a pocket gun, I'll have to see. I feel quite confortable with the HP now (it took me forever to get comfortable with it). How are the instruction courses for concealed carry permits in TX? What should I do to prepare to take one?
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Old 12-16-2005, 04:42 AM   #7
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Hi Matt,



I don't know where in Texas you plan on taking the course.



However, the first thing to do is to go to your local gun dealer/range and find out where classes are being held and then find out what you will actually need for the course, i.e. handgun, holster, and ammunition.



You can then get some basic information on fees, requirements and qualifications from there.



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Old 12-16-2005, 11:51 PM   #8
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Matt, I haven't taken the course yet(still under 21). My father did take it last year and he said it wasn't a hard course. I believe you shoot at three distances. All shooting is done gun in hand. Basically, if you can shoot your HP and hit the target at 3, 7, and 15 yards you should be good to go.



I believe Mr. Camp has taught the course on more than one occasion, he should be able to chime in and give you more detail.



Good luck and I hope you enjoy Texas. Where will you be moving to?



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Old 12-19-2005, 08:17 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info. I'll be moving to the Dallas area; looking forward to it!

I've heard nothing but good about Texas, and I know it's a gun-friendly state also.

That summertime heat is gonna be a killer, though! Especially for a Wisconsin-born-and raised guy like myself! (70 degrees feels hot to me!)
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Old 12-23-2005, 12:15 AM   #10
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Matt, you'll adjust to the heat. Just drink water and wear light colors in the summer. Good luck, when you move here, drop me a line. Perhaps we can do some shooting!



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