Does this gun make me look fat?

Dressing for success is a bit more difficult when you’re lugging around a lump of metal on one hip and a full reload on the other. The Vuurwapen Blog is asking what Arc’teryx gear he should look at. Now I like the look of some of the Arc’teryx stuff. It’s probably the thing to wear if you’re some sort of hard core soldier from a military unit known only by acronyms or numbers. Unfortunately, I’m not only fat and out of shape, the furthest I get into the wilderness is the field on my friend’s farm. I need clothes that will blend with a different sort of background.
I don’t go too much into my job here on my blog, but I will tell you that I work for an insurance company and I do inspections. This means that my daily pants wear is black cargo pants. It’s great for carrying a flashlight and pen. I wear Wrangler cargo pants, purchased for less than $20 each at Wal-Mart. I carry (off the job, of course) in an IWB rig, so in the summer I just wear untucked polo shirts. Because I don’t particularly like a rough textured pistol grip grinding my skin off, I’ve taken to wearing a white undershirt, just like dad wears. He’d be proud that I’ve finally come around to wearing an undershirt. In winter, a long sleeve shirt plus a sweatshirt of some type and I’m set. I try not to wear a jacket over a loose sweatshirt, because that makes too many layers to fight with to access my pistol. I have to decide whether it’s jacket or sweatshirt.
Essentially, what I’ve found is that I have basically come around to the exact sort of clothing described by Caleb Giddings in his January 2008 post, Metro-Tactical. What sort of clothing do the rest of you wear?

4 responses to “Does this gun make me look fat?

  1. Cabela’s cargo pants (you can get them in 36-37″ inseams! Yay) and an untucked button down short sleeve shirt, usually. I can carry my XD OWB like that.

  2. I can’t carry to work (military base). But a friend with a similar build (disproportionately large legs) started keeping his Sig .380 (P238?) in a pocket holster in the cargo pocket of his pants. They’re velcro opening I believe, and you can’t tell he even has it. Since neither of us can even carry an iPod touch in our pants pocket without it printing, that’s been a good alternative.

  3. I wear mostly business casual and when I carry concealed, not much changes.

    I use a CrossBreed SuperTuck that is excellent; as long as the shirt isn’t too tight, blousing it out keeps my Taurus concealed.

    I have started buying clothing made for concealed carry — but I’m cheap so I wait for them to go to close out.

    I bought some 5.11 Dress slacks but don’t use the extra side pockets. I do use the expandable waist. I have also brought some “Operator Polos” and Covert Carry button down shirt from LA Police gear recently.

    All of them are great.

    When I dress down, I wear jeans or cargo shorts with untucked shirts.

    So far, I haven’t been made in anything I wear.

  4. Jeans or cargo pants, “wife beater” T shirt, and an untucked loose fitting T or tucked loose fitting Wrangler button up short sleeve, I use an Uncle Mike’s IWB but have a Galco Tuck N Go on order.