Alternative Carry Ideas for the Well-Dressed Professional
Author Jason Hansen does an excellent job outlining how to carry on your body while wearing a suit in his article “The Businessman’s Guide to Concealed Carry” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“First off, you need to decide where you’re going to carrying your gun while wearing a suit. The two ways that I recommend and how I personally carry are inside the waistband and in the pocket. I don’t recommend an ankle holster because we all know how often your pant leg rides up when you sit down in a suit—which means the world will know you’re carrying a gun. Another reason I don’t like to wear an ankle holster is because it takes too long to draw the gun. You need to be able to get to your gun in two seconds or less and that’s tough to do when you have to reach to the ground to get the gun. (Read more about concealed carry methods for the well-dressed here)”
There are alternatives to carrying on your person. It’s quite possible to carry inside a satchel, purse, briefcase or laptop bag. It will take you a few extra seconds to access your gun, but this might be a compromise technique that allows you to bring along your protection instead of having the firearm recognized through your dress shirt.
Another benefit to keeping your gun inside an external carrying solution has to do with being noticed. Say for example, you pull into the parking lot of a courthouse and you have your pistol in a side holster under your sport coat. As you pull up, you remember that you can’t bring the gun inside.
You may be noticed by security as you take the holster and gun off inside your vehicle and hide it. You’ll stand a good chance of receiving some unwanted attention at the metal detector and it may even result in a search of your vehicle as well. If instead you have the gun in a satchel, it’s much easier to either leave the satchel in your vehicle or discreetly remove the gun and put it under a coat on the passenger’s seat next to you.
At the end of the day, there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to carrying a gun. The best way to find the right answer for YOU is to try several different things before settling on a preferred carry method. Try some holsters on your body, tuckable, ankle etc.
Then try carrying in your briefcase, backpack or satchel. Imagine how long it would take to get the gun from all these different locations and use this newfound information to make the right decision for your lifestyle.