From: bearingarms.com, by Jenn Jacques, on Jun 29, 2017
When you put your gun on in the morning and leave the house for the day, are you concerned about printing?
The above picture was shared with me on Twitter. Taken by a man in a checkout line behind a woman whose firearm is only being thinly veiled by her light pink t-shirt, she could obviously care less about printing.
It’s a topic of discussion I’ve had with several instructors and an issue I’ve had myself – should we be concerned with whether or not our gun “prints” through our clothing? Yes, but mostly because if you’re carrying concealed, the object is to actually conceal the firearm. Otherwise, you might as well open carry (and don’t get me started on that today).
For me, it’s more of a subconscious issue. My husband says my biggest ‘tell’ is that I tend to adjust my clothing over my firearm when I’m out in public and, since I don’t wear skin-tight clothing, no one would even think I might be carrying a concealed firearm if I would just stop futzing with my shirt or pants or whatever.
Obviously, winter in Wisconsin means lots of layers and concealed handguns are easy, well – concealed. But in summer, at least for me personally, it was hard to reconcile my warm weather fashion with firearm functionality when I first started carrying. Eventually, I ended up adding in new pieces to my summer wardrobe to accommodate different ways of carrying. Just like becoming a full-time concealed carrier, it was definitely a process.
So what about you? Is printing an issue – why or why not?
Here’s what Tyler has to say about it:
Personally, I’ve always taken the concept of “printing” seriously. I carry concealed primarily because I don’t want the bad guys to know that I’m armed. At the same time, I don’t want any grief from the anti-gun lunatics who might suffer a microaggression attack and run screaming for their “safe” place ’cause they saw an old geezer carrying a GUN and he may go berserk at a moment’s notice and shoot everyone in the zip code.
It’s summer in Texas and it’s been known to get hot, therefore the uniform of the day is shorts and tee-shirt (at least it is for me). I’ve changed my way of wearing a tee-shirt from tucking it in, to wearing it outside my shorts for the very reason of concealing my handgun. I’ve also found that dark colors don’t print as much as light colors, so as you might imagine, my wardrobe consists of a bunch of dark tee-shirts.
I agree with Tyler in that if your handgun prints, you aren’t trying very hard to conceal it. I can’t remember the last time I noticed someone carrying because of printing and we do have a significant number of CCW folks in the Dallas area. But, as Tyler noted, I haven’t been really looking to find a printing weapon on any specific individual. That tells me either that no one is carrying (very unlikely) or they’re hiding them pretty well.