Concealed Carry in Office/Retail Environment

gundaddypv

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I work in an office/retail environment. My immediate work area is an office environment, but I often work with the public. My job involves a lot of reaching, bending, standing, siting, and sometimes reaching under tables or to the back of equipment. I'm looking for an inexpensive option for carrying my LCP concealed.

I have tried an ankle holster. The one I have is very cheap, but holds the gun steady. However, 9 hours later it gets quite uncomfortable. I can deal with that, but I'm also worried that my pants will ride-up, especially when I reach under equipment or even such a mundane task ask refilling the copy machine's bottom drawer that my holster/gun will be exposed. I've carried this way off and on for about six months without being discovered, but the threat of being discovered is unnerving. I work in close proximity to several people throughout the day, so close that we often brush against each other or bump into one another.

I thought about creating a holster/pocket that I could sew to the inside front of my pants for appendix carry, but my experimentation has resulted in two broken sewing needles, lots of tangles, something resembling a pocket but more useful as a rag and a frustrated wife.

I found a pair of pants at a local gun shop for $40 with everything I need, but my work requires black pants without "excessive pockets" and this pair had about 10 pockets... so that wouldn't work.

Besides a better ankle holster, which I would certainly have to order as the local gun shop owner says only retired cops use them, what other options do I have? Tuckable IWB with clips wouldn't work, as my co-workers seem obsessed with inspecting each others' clothing every day and the clips would certainly be noticed.

Oh, this is what I wear: Cotton dress pants. White shirt. Tie. Belt. Dress shoes.

A cell-pal wouldn't work either and neither would carrying in an off-body carry device.


Your advice is greatly appreciated.
 

Update: Just bought a Remora pocket holster - the one that's sticky all the way around. I like the thickness of the holster and how it smooths out the edges of the gun. Will update on how it actually looks and works in my work attire. Still open to other ideas.
 
That's what I was going to suggest actually. Hope that works for you. I cannot carry at work by state law (university), but I can carry TO work and lock the gun in my car. I keep the pocket holster in my pocket all the time, so it looks the same whether I actually am carrying or not.
 
Look at a " 3 Speed Holster", they are on the large side, but You can carry a very large gun without any printing. It goes around the waist like a bellyband withbthe gun in front, but can be adjusted up or down for more concealment. There are videos on YouTube on them.

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You didn't mention why the 'cell pal' wouldn't work. I watched the video and don't like the idea of having the gun inside my pants below the waistline. Bought this cheap 'concealed carry fanny pack' from Walmart and love it - carry my cell phone, wallet, keys, a full size 17 rd pistol, and an extra magazine in it and have my pockets free for other stuff. You can find a fancier, more expensive version if you want, but why spend more. Of course, if you can't wear something like this outside your pants it won't work for you. Oh, it looks dark blue in the picture but is actually black in color:

Ka-Bar TDI Law Enforcement Fanny Pack: Outdoor Sports : Walmart.com
 
Why wont a cellpal work? or a better quality along the same lines, A Smartcarry? I have both a smartcarry and a 3speed, the smartcarry is much less bulky and more concealed (doesnt show near as much vs the 3speed)
 
I have both a smartcarry and a 3speed

I don't know because I don't own either, but, since they are are worn front and center, it seems to me that it would be uncomfortable sitting upright at a restaurant or coffee shop if the gun is 6 or 7 inches long - atleast for a guy. What has been your experience with them in a seated position?
 
For me, the easiest, most secure and most comfortable is the LCP in my pants pocket with a pocket holster (Desantis Pocket Tuk with clip removed in my case). It was a bit of a challenge at first rearranging the contents of my pockets because I carry a lot of junk in them, but I got used to it just fine. For most people who carry a normal amount of stuff in their pockets (unlike me), it should be a breeze.

One of the best things about pocket carry is preparedness. Although accessibility to the firearm can be a challenge when seated with jeans, it's not bad at all with slacks. When standing it is the best accessibility I've experienced. You can casually have your hand in your pocket, as I often do anyway, and already have the grip fully established and ready to draw. It's a pretty secure feeling being that ready.
 
Pocket carry is your best bet and you have the perfect pistol for it. You must be diligent to refrain from putting anything else in that pocket and from "touching" the gun as a habit. I've carried a bulkier weapon (S&W Model 642) in a pocket for many years and have never been spotted. Buy a quality holster and practice, practice, practice. At 5 yards with my hand on the butt,, I can consistently place 3 rounds of 38+P in center-of-mass in just under 2 seconds.
 
Pocket carry is your best bet and you have the perfect pistol for it.

I didn't notice before that the OP mentioned his gun is an LCP. I would pocket carry this as well. They call them 'pocket pistols' after all. :yes4: Concealed Carry fanny pack works well for full / medium size pistols.
 
I don't know because I don't own either, but, since they are are worn front and center, it seems to me that it would be uncomfortable sitting upright at a restaurant or coffee shop if the gun is 6 or 7 inches long - atleast for a guy. What has been your experience with them in a seated position?

They arent necessarily worn "front and center", although they CAN be worn that way.... generally, you wear them offset to one side or the other, so the barrel is along one thigh or the other when you sit down...

The only BIG drawback for me with these type of holsters is they are a major pain to draw from when seated, not impossible, but it requires much more practice than any other way I have carried. That being said, sometimes you need the deep concealment these provide....
 

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