Summer is here, which means the temperatures are rising. It also means that carrying concealed becomes more challenging. You don’t want to expose your firearm, but your options for making sure your gun is concealed are now more limited.
You don’t have to compromise, you just need to make a few changes to the way you carry. Here are some adjustments you can make to stay more comfortable while still being prepared for whatever comes your way:
Change Up Your Wardrobe
Many of the "standard" clothing options for carrying concealed, like jackets, sweaters, or vests, are just too hot to wear right now, so some adjustments to the way you dress can help. Wearing looser clothing and fabrics that breathe, like cotton or linen, can help you avoid printing while keeping cool.
If you are carrying inside your waistband, you can try wearing a moisture-wicking shirt as an undershirt. This can reduce discomfort by putting a layer between you and your holster, and the wicking fabric will assist in keeping you cool by pulling moisture away from your skin. Since sweat isn’t great for your firearm (or some holsters), it can also reduce the amount of moisture that comes in contact with your gun.
Carry a Subcompact Firearm
If you’re comfortable switching around your carry gun, choosing a smaller firearm like a subcompact can make carrying easier. These smaller guns are lighter and take up less space, giving you more options for where you can comfortably conceal them.
Smaller guns are also easier to conceal, which is important during the summer months when you may be wearing lighter clothes. The smaller size will be much more likely to fit under your clothing without being visible, so it’s something to consider if you want to keep your handgun out of sight.
Explore Alternative Holster Types
If you find that inside-the-waistband carry is just too uncomfortable during the summer, it may be a good idea to explore carrying on a different part of your body. There are several types of holsters you can use to keep your gun close and well-concealed.
Belly Band Holsters
A Belly band like the Hip Hugger Holster gives you a safe and secure option that works with many different types of clothing. You can wear it with shorts, leggings, skirts, or dresses and it will fit many different body types. It’s also not firearm specific, so in almost all cases, you don’t have to worry about purchasing a holster that doesn’t fit your gun.
Since belly bands can accommodate a wide range of firearms, you may not need to buy a bunch of different holsters if you carry more than one model of gun. They also often have extra pockets for carrying other important items, making them even more convenient.
Garter holsters are another style of alternative holster types that can work well when it’s hot. They can be used when other types of holsters won’t work, like when you’re wearing a long or short dress or skirt.
These holsters work best with compact and sub-compact pistols. If you’re planning on carrying a heavier gun, some garter holsters can be used with a specially-designed garter belt for additional support.
Think About Off-Body Options
Carrying in a purse, waist pack, or backpack will give you the flexibility to wear just about any outfit of your choice. Even though carrying a firearm around your body isn't ideal, it can be an effective way to carry a gun discreetly.
Just remember, if you decide to carry off your body, there are some critical things you need to know, like making sure the concealed carry purse or bag you’re using is specifically designed for carrying. Make sure to read our article on carrying concealed using a purse.
You can use these options during the other months of the year as well! With several of these holsters in your personal collection, you will always be able to carry a firearm regardless of the season, outfit, or style!