The topic came to mind because I was attending worship at a different place the other day, and the service involved kneeling, then standing. And the young gentleman in front of me flashed his firearm, because his pocket holster didn’t stay pocketed after he knelt. No one else seemed to notice and he caught it and corrected the problem, but it started me thinking about concealed carry holsters and things we don’t always consider. Like kneeling, standing, genuflecting, and other sorts of movement.
CC holsters are supposed to carry the firearm safely, and to stay concealed. And ideally, they blend with a person’s clothing and movements so you don’t scream “Hi, I’m auditioning for the Secret Service/next Men in Black movie!” You know, the guys in suit coats who keep them pulled closed in 99 degree heat at a garden party? Or the lady with one of the early model holster purses that screams “holster purse?” The point is so that the bad guys can’t tell who is or is not carrying something capable of, to paraphrase an old telephone commercial, reaching out and touching someone. So what has Alma considered and set aside?
- Bust carry. Yes, just what you think it is. Maybe if you wear low necklines on loose blouses and are a perky DD with a holster and firearm that will never malfunction. And if you are also wearing a choir robe or other garment over your clothes? Er, nope.
- Holster-less carry. Because part of the job of the holster is to protect your firearm from pocket lint and dirt, and to keep things like keys and fingers from getting into the bang switch. Shooting yourself in the foot (or @ss) is supposed to be a metaphor.
- A drop-thigh holster, AKA the Laura Croft*/Special Forces special.
Not practical for guys, unless you wear a kilt, but you’re not going to have to worry about flashing when you sit, stand, kneel, or genuflect. However, for ladies sanitation is a concern, and you need to wear long, full skirts (which I do all the time). And can you get to the firearm quickly and safely? Hiking a skirt to mid-thigh to get to a firearm is not exactly discreet. (Neither is ripping your shirt open a la Superman to get to an under-bust carry rig, either, but I tend to tuck my shirttails in.YMMV)
- Small-of the back carry at places of worship. Why? I wear relatively tight bodices. I tuck my blouses in. And wooden seats. I’ve read about what happens when people forgot the unpadded wooden pew or chair back and flopped into their seat. Thunk! “Ow!” And if you bow/genuflect, will it print or be exposed if your jacket/vest rides up?
I know at least four people are carrying at my usual place of worship. The informal official policy is “no show, no tell, no problem.” After all, this is a place where the opening weekends of dove, pheasant, and deer season are noticable by the drop in attendance. One of the carriers, a lady, has carried since the days when Texas was “may issue” and as she puts it “the Dead Sea just had a mild cold.” Given the size of handbags ladies used to use, she could have had a concealed full-size shotgun permit and no one would have noticed.
*Has anyone else winced when they imagined how Lara Croft’s holsters must chafe?