Four Ways to Carry a Gun in Your Underwear

I’d like to apologize in advance for this week’s column. While it has not yet been rated by the American Internet Content Classification Association of America, there is an excellent chance that it will offend small children, Mayors Against Legal Governing (oops, I meant Mayors Against Illegal Guns), and possibly Mr. Rogers.

Next time you attend a Hollywood awards show and dress like a star, you might as well use a holster named after one - like the Looper Marilyn Holster.

Next time you attend a Hollywood awards show and dress like a star, you might as well use a holster named after one – like the Looper Marilyn Holster.

With that said, let’s take a look at some less conventional, concealment holster options. We’re not going to get into the pros and cons of deep concealment versus more accessible hip-carry methods. For the purposes of this discussion, we’ll assume that users have a concealment need that discourages use of belt holsters.

Holster undershirts

I love these. And not only because the tight spandex makes me look more buff than I really am. When deep concealment matters, and you have to wear tucked-in shirts and behave civilly, the undershirt carry method can be a a great option. Unlike tuckable holsters, you won’t see belt clips or unsightly bulges at your waistline. Make no mistake, as with most of the methods covered here, speed and ease of access may not match that of a belt holster.

Undershirt holsters feature pouches or elastic “holsters” located on the side of your chest, under your arm. This placement provides outstanding concealment as your arm hangs down over the gun. Access is a skill that requires planning and practice. To draw your gun, you’ll need to deal with your shirt first. If you’re wearing a button-down, you’ll need to open (or tear open) buttons to quickly get to the undershirt holster. Ripping buttons off is harder than you think, so many folks fabricate “fake” buttons with Velcro tabs holding the shirt closed.

After years of using these, I’ve found two that I really like. 5.11 Tactical’s Holster shirt features soft, but reinforced fabric holster pockets on both sides. As the pouch is designed to completely contain your gun, it works best with small to medium-sized handguns. I carried a Walther PPK and Glock 32 for years with this shirt. 5.11 also makes a sleeveless version cut specifically for ladies.

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Holster Review: 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt

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Some thoughts on Holster Shirts

5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt

5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt – Note the reinforced and padded pockets on both sides.

There’s something sexy about those spandex-y undershirts that are all the rage now. Whether you’re cut like The Situation from Jersey Shore, or built more like Paul Blart, Mall Cop, wearing one of these shirts improves your self-rated body mass index by 92.4%.

Superman shirt holsters are a great idea on the surface, especially if you’re exceptionally paranoid about being outed as a concealed carrier. It offers deep concealment as your gun is held along your side in a pocket built into the undershirt. Which also means the odds of you getting your gun out quickly are about as good as Nancy Pelosi speaking at the next NRA Annual Meeting. Well, in fairness, the odds are better than that, you just need to practice and carefully consider your choice of outer shirt.

With that said, undershirt holsters can be a great option when you absolutely, positively, have to conceal your gun and wearing a photographers vest would be considered inappropriate. Or at least un-stylish.

About the 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt

The 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirts aren’t cheap. However, like most other 5.11 Tactical gear, they are exceptionally well made. We’ve been using the 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirts for years and have yet to wear one out. And that’s here in the humidity pressure cooker of America.

The 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt is a polyester / spandex blend — so they are very sexy looking. More importantly, the holster pockets are sewn in as a padded mesh system on both sides. This provides full ambidextrosity (my word.)

The holster sections are supported by material looping all the way over the top of the shoulder, so carrying full weight handguns is not a problem. We do it all the time.

The pockets are closed with two velcro patches, so weapon retention is good. One thing we like about this model is that accessibility is good as the carry pockets are a little lower and more forward than other makes and therefore a little easier to reach. Another benefit to dual pockets is that you can store a spare magazine or two on the other side.

By the way, the material is anti-microbial to keep the, umm, odor, down to manageable levels.

The Good

The level of concealment would make a tax-evading Congressperson proud. Folks will find your Swiss bank accounts and campaign staffer romances long before they find your concealed gun with this carry method.

With most body carry methods, gun security is fantastic. You feel it. You know its there. There’s very little chance that your gun will tumble out of your control without your notice.

The Bad

Drawing your gun is kind of like removing your underwear while keeping your pants on. For those of you not quite following, that means that drawing your gun from a deeply concealed body carry location will be slower than drawing from your hip. Practice is a must with this carry method.

The Ugly

Hugging Aunt Martha can be really weird if you’re not careful. If you carry the gun on one side of your body or the other, you can adjust your hugging style to be more angular. If you carry a gun on one side, and spare magazines on the other, then you have to quickly develop a serious case of Aphenphosmphobia. That’s fear of being touched, which should cover the bases for  most hugging encounters.

We highly recommend the 5.11 Tactical Holster Shirt. We own about a half-dozen of them and they’re well used.

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Buyers Guide: 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6 (Zone Assault Pack)

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511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack

511 COVRT Zone Assault Pack

Backpack? Holster? Metro Bag?

How about all the above? The 5.11 Tactical COVRT Z.A.P. 6, or Zone Assault Pack makes a great holster that also serves to lug some gear. The single-strap, over-the-shoulder design allows the pack to be carried on the back, but instantly swiveled to the front. When brought forward, the dedicated holster compartment is perfectly oriented for a quick draw. The whole setup is ambidextrous (the holster pouch is accessible from either side) so it’s both lefty and righty friendly.

We’ve found it to be an excellent way to discreetly pack while riding a bike. And of course you can lug around your other important stuff. This is a truly handy design. Love it.


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Review: 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack

5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 BackpackWe put the 5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backpack through the ringer. It’s one of three packs selected for our 2012 SHOT Show Challenge. We even ran the TSA gauntlet with it – sans detainment or other embarrassing incident. Our standard luggage was far less successful and every single piece got molested by the feds. Once at SHOT 2012, we stuffed it full of food, water, shooting stuff, and tech gear for Media Day at the Range. Then, for three more days, we crammed obscene amounts of SHOT Show marketing and press collateral into them. And a veritable boatload of cool giveaway goodies. Then we brought it all home. In other words, we subjected it to a regimen designed to create a high risk of pack destruction.

A look at the 5.11 COVRT 18

5.11 Tactical COVRT 18 Backback laptop sleeveThis is a full size combination cubicle-tactical bag – suitable for use in the field, on the road, or for your office junk. It’s got a really interesting combination of features that make it a great crossover pack for field gear AND electronics.  The COVRT is designed to “blend in.” Offered in 5 different color schemes, it looks right at home in any urban environment – by design. While loaded with plenty of tactical features like drag handle, concealed weapons compartments, QuickTact straps, and lots of external attachment points, the COVRT does not scream tactical. While it offers the features, it’s not nearly tactical looking enough for fully qualified mall ninjas. Only real covert operators and regular folks looking for a quality backpack need apply for this one.

Internal laptop sleeve

The COVRT 18 fits a 15″ MacBook Pro perfectly in the vertical position. Just for reference, this computer is just about 14.3 inches wide and 9.82 inches deep. Oh, and this sleeve is padded. The internal laptop sleeve also offers a strap that will hold smaller notebooks, netbooks, iPads and the like in place. it wouldn’t fit around the MacBook Pro, nor was it needed for larger devices like full size notebooks.

Dedicated sunglasses / goggles pocket

5.11 COVRT 18 sunglasses pouchThis is located at the very top of the pack behind the grab handle and is lined with soft fluffy material that won’t scratch your ESS Crossbow Eyeshields. The pocket is sized for just the eyewear and won’t fit extra large cases. The whole point however, is that you don’t need to lug your eyewear case around. This is a feature that sounds unimportant, but turns out to be really handy.

BBS weapons pocket

5.11 COVRT 18 BBS holsterThis pack uses the 5.11 Tactical Back-up Belt System. That allows you to carry a gun holster, magazine pouches, and other gear compatible with the system in a hidden pouch. The BBS pouch is accessible through zippers on both sides of the COVRT 18 so it’s handy for both righties and lefties. This weapon storage method appears to be more useful for transport and deep concealment – it won’t help you win any speed draw contests.  We tried it with a Glock 32 and a couple of spare magazines and there was plenty of room and the gun was held securely. 5.11 offers a variety of pouches compatible with the BBS System – holster, magazine carrier, handcuff pouch, collapsible baton pouch and a mace / pepper spray or flashlight pouch.

Quick access flex-cuff channel

Sorry but as this is a PG rated publication, we can’t comment on our use of flex cuffs while in Vegas. But if you’re a law enforcement, military or private security type, it’s a nice added touch to have quick access without rummaging through the pack.

Pockets, pockets, pockets…

5.11 COVRT 18 backback rearThe COVRT 18 offers enough pockets to keep us organization freaks busy for months. Main compartment; laptop sleeve; two mesh zipper pouches in the main compartment; hydration bladder compartment; four additional zipper-enclosed exterior pockets; and more. We’re pretty sure that the COVRT 18 can handle more gear than the Bat Utility Belt. As we recall, even Batmans belt did not have specialized storage for beverage containers (or smoke grenades) in exterior mesh pockets, Tide-To-Go pens, or business cards. Not that Batman ever needed business cards – those sexy tights were always a dead giveaway.


One of the standout features of the 5.11 COVRT 18 is comfort. Not only are the main straps wide and well padded, they make use of cinch straps to secure the main compartment load. An adjustable sternum strap helps keep the shoulder straps right where you want them. The integrated grab handle has both tactical and non-tactical uses. Mounted between the shoulder straps just before they connect to the pack body, the grab handle is thick and well padded. And sturdy. After three days of SHOT Show, the My Gun Culture staff had to resort to dragging me off the show floor in a comatose state. Oh, it’s also handy for quick moves and carries without fully mounting the pack over one or both shoulders. Nice feature – not just because it’s there, but because its well designed.

The final word

This is one of the most functional and diverse packs we’ve every used. Equally great for toting office gear around airports and shooting gear around the range. Love it.

How Much SHOT Show Bling Does the 5.11 COVRT 18 Hold?

How much SHOT Show bling can the 5.11 COVRT 18 Backpack hold without exploding?

  • 5.11 Tactical media kit – Rubberized USB drive for impact resistance in tough literary assault conditions
  • EyeShield Fact Sheet from Field Optics
  • Invitation to a special pre-screening of the Movie Act of Valor (coming out in theaters February 23rd) And yes, the movie is pretty awesome. Lot’s of hardware.
  • SilencerCo T shirt, size 2XL. Vegas food is a little on the rich side you know.
  • Colt’s Manufacturing USB drive media kit
  • (3) cardboard tubes containing 19 personalized and signed posters of trade show models for the nephews. It’s for them. Really.
  • Surefire E2 Defender light
  • Packet of HOT Hands hand warmers
  • (2) SWR T shirts, size large
  • Blade-Tech 2012 printed catalog. We’re in it, with a quote about the durability of the Looper Brand / Blade-Tech kydex reinforced belt
  • Backup printed SHOT Show pull-out floor map. You never know when your smartphone, SHOT Show navigation app, or the show floor wireless could go down – leaving you lost and stranded on the trade show floor for days.
  • (3) 5.11 Tactical hats
  • MacBook Pro – 15 inch
  • Macbook Pro power adapter kit
  • Passport
  • (4) Bass Pro gift cards
  • Nail clippers
  • (2) pads of SilencerCo Loud Mouth tear off targets
  • Advil bottle. Should have brought seven or eight of these.
  • Jar of Top of the Food Chain dry rub
  • (3) screening passes to see Act of Valor
  • SilencerCo 2012 printed catalog
  • Pocket lens cleaner kit from Field Optics
  • Box containing (3) EyeShields
  • Large stack of My Gun Culture business cards
  • Wallet stuffed with receipts. This boondoggle is tax deductible after all.
  • Fancy ink pen. Didn’t use it. Not even once.
  • Tide to Go Pen – used to remove coffee stains from a white shirt prior to a 9am meeting with Smith & Wesson.
  • CZ-USA Press Kit on CD-ROM
  • Standard iPhone USB cable and wall charging adapter
  • USB cable for the Mophie Juice Pack battery case (iPhone)
  • (2) pairs iPhone earbuds. We always carry a backup. Remember, 2 is 1, and 1 is none.
  • gift cards
  • Stack of My Gun Culture publication profile brochures to help convince folks to subject themselves to invasive and silly My Gun Culture interviews
  • Extremely cool Act of Valor T shirt
  • (2) spare 123A batteries for the Surefire
  • Gargoyles Eyewear Striker ballistic defense glasses to protect against overly aggressive free bling seekers
  • $5.42 in loose pocket change

Not too shabby. And we didn’t even use the QuickTact accessory straps or side access Backup Belt System compartment.

There was more than one occasion where we wished we had used the flex cuff attachment points

On the Second Day of Christmas… Two Shooting Gloves


On the second day of Christmas, I hope my true love gives to me…Two shooting gloves…


For some reason, we want to get our hands on in some Taclite2 gloves from 5.11 Tactical. Granted, gloves are perhaps one of the most mission specific items out there, so this pick represents our specific wants and needs. Here in SC it would be nice to have some lightweight shooting gloves for cooler days. Not intended to provide cold-weather warmth but rather just to take the edge off long sessions at the shooting range when it gets icy – say down to 75 degrees or so… Ok, we’re not going to fish for sympathy here. But it does actually get cold enough where you can’t fry eggs on the driveway once in a while.

The Taclite2’s don’t have a seam at the finger tip and feature a leather palm side and spandex back side. They even include a sweat-wiping band on the wrist. Perfect for the hot lowcountry weather.

Want those.



And a Smith and Wesson M and P


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