As I stood in my living room watching my football team win the Super Bowl, fielding texts and phone calls from loved ones that know my Denver Broncos addiction rivals that of my gun addiction, I knew that I’d be jumping a lot if the Broncos did anything even remotely great. After all, this isn’t my first rodeo. I was a young teenager when the Broncos won Super Bowls 32 and 33 back to back, and I have never been a bandwagon fan. I also knew my outfit would need to show support for my team and conceal my gun. So I wore my vintage Ed McCaffery jersey circa 1998 with the UnderTech UnderCover concealed carry leggings and my Uggs . . .
There was a lot of jumping and dancing and yelling. In fact, my voice is still recovering. But I was able to carry in the leggings for the entire game. The gun was secure and the leggings allowed me the movement I needed when Denver made a great play. My jersey was loose and not printing, gun accessible, and the extra heavy waistband protected the trigger.
The moral of the story: when choosing your carry system (holster + gun) think about your day ahead and what you’ll be going through.
If you’re considering an ankle holster. for example, and you think you might be running to catch a bus or a child, run around with your gun attached and see if it remains comfortable, secure and accessible. Whether you’re driving, mountain climbing or diving into a ball pond you don’t want your gun to fall out. At the same time, you do want to be able efficiently remove your firearm if needed.
Some holsters offer adjustable retention. Some holsters (e.g., leather holsters) lose retention over time. Adjust the holster’s retention appropriately while ensuring that your gun is secure in your holster on a regular basis. Draw it moving (or sitting) as you will during your day. (Always do so using a safety-checked firearm, pointing your gun in a safe direction, with your finger off the trigger.)
It takes awareness, diligence and time to maintain the right balance between comfort, retention and ease of draw for concealed carry. But after a few weeks, it’ll be second nature.