With all that is going on in the world lately there is a big battle going on about gun control…. This is not about that. I’m not here to argue the sides, but rather give information for the man who chooses to legally carry a concealed carry weapon.

So for those of us who choose to legally carry there is an issue we all face. Like the James Bond pictured above, when we are in professional apparel our options become extremely limited. Ten years ago this was a lot easier, as baggier clothes were the norm, but with the modern styled slimmer suits and dress shirts, common problems arise.

The Clothes

You have to consider what materials different clothes are made of and how their characteristics substantially change your ability to access a concealed firearm. Shirt length, size and shape of pockets, location of belt loops and looseness of pant legs are different between almost all brands. Even consider the way you are wearing your clothes; tucked in shirt, not tucked in, and etc. The best way to demonstrate this is with your standard slacks versus your favorite jeans. Try the same methods in both, and you will usually see a substantial difference.

You cannot carry the same way you do in regular clothes as your professional clothes. There are many articles you can find on what type of clothes and holsters will work best. Click here to check out a detailed article at theartofmanliness.com on the many variations of clothing and holsters. Let’s talk about the actual weapon.

The Weapon

Originally I carried one of two options, the Ruger LC9 or the Taurus 709 slim. Both are single stack 9MM designed to be compact. These worked well when my work clothes weren’t to far off from my regular clothes. I mostly wore jeans or durable slacks and a untucked polo style shirt and my standard IWB holder worked well.

When I began working in a corporate office and changed my attire to business casual this changed. Although they were compact. I still felt they were too large to wear with that attire. It wasn’t the thickness, but rather the problem was the length of the barrel and handle mainly.

I’m not a small guy, so I didn’t really have a lot of options in finding better clothing options that still have a modern feel. Therefore, instead of changing my clothing, I changed my firearm.

I went out shopping and at the end of the day, after a close battle with the S&W bodyguard, I decided to go with the Ruger LCP, though the one I picked up had some upgrades. The Ruger LCP is a 380 auto 6+1 single stack. I decided to go with it because of the following:

  1. ruger lcp

    Ruger LCP on top of LC9

    Very well priced. Currently $285 on ruger.com for the base model

  2. Small sites. As I planned on pocket carry this was good because it would snag less. Base model are smaller and fixed.
  3. I already loved my LC9 and it’s basically a smaller model.
  4. Has a loaded chamber indicator
  5. The custom had an upgraded trigger and other upgrades and  was still cheaper than the bodyguard.
  6. The recoil on this gun for my size is nearly non-existent, meaning more shot on target.

A lot of people will say a 380 is too small of a caliber for protection and at first I felt the same, but here’s my opinion. First, the presence of a gun alone acts as a deterrent in a lot of crimes. Most people won’t see it and go, “O it’s only a 380.” They will just go, “O it’s a gun.” So unless you are comparing a handgun and a rifle, the reaction or effect is really the same visually. Second, I’d rather have a smaller caliber that I can put on target versus than a larger one with high recoil that makes it harder to shoot. Last,  having this smaller firearm gives me more opportunities to carry in times when I wouldn’t have carried my larger weapons. So combining those three factors it was a no brainer. I’ve had my LCP for about 2 years now and I love it. It’s actually become my primary concealed carry option.

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There are plenty of other options out there. I recommend you go out and find what is best for you. Just remember at the end of the day it’s better to have an option than be unprotected.