does our choice in apparel give away our advantage?

#42
Gray man. Always.

Be the most peaceable, agreeable, and average guy around. Don’t run your mouth. Be easily overlooked. Don’t let anything say “I’ve got a gun”

Also be the most deadly guy in the room.
 

Sunshine_Shooter

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#44
I absolutely agree. I can spot people all day who are likely carrying or at least own firearms; it’s typically written all over them whether it be their clothing choices and their vehicles or both.


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I can rarely 'make' a fellow CCW-er in public, but when I can it's because they're wearing cargo pants. If you wear cargos in public, pair it with a Star wars/video game/generic nerd t-shirt so it looks like you are carrying a Nintendo Switch instead of a gun.
 
#45
I absolutely agree. I can spot people all day who are likely carrying or at least own firearms; it’s typically written all over them whether it be their clothing choices and their vehicles or both.


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I can rarely 'make' a fellow CCW-er in public, but when I can it's because they're wearing cargo pants. If you wear cargos in public, pair it with a Star wars/video game/generic nerd t-shirt so it looks like you are carrying a Nintendo Switch instead of a gun.
I can’t usually find the gun but when I see someone wearing cargo pants or hiking pants, hiking boots and an American flag hat or some freedom/guns/vet related hat/shirt etc I think gun. No normal person dresses like that. Also when they roll up in a lifted jeep or truck covered in thin red or blue like, Nine line, industry and moaning labia stickers that’s a dead giveaway.

I’ve never had issues dressing normal and carrying a gun... and if people take 17 seconds to shop around they’ll see that normal looking, even stylish clothing can be found that’s comfortable, functional and seasonally appropriate.


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#46
Short answer to the original question, I believe so.

I can’t usually find the gun but when I see someone wearing cargo pants or hiking pants, hiking boots and an American flag hat or some freedom/guns/vet related hat/shirt etc I think gun. No normal person dresses like that. Also when they roll up in a lifted jeep or truck covered in thin red or blue like, Nine line, industry and moaning labia stickers that’s a dead giveaway.

I’ve never had issues dressing normal and carrying a gun... and if people take 17 seconds to shop around they’ll see that normal looking, even stylish clothing can be found that’s comfortable, functional and seasonally appropriate.


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I'll admit to being guilty of this one early on. Back in my younger/more slovenly days I pretty much lived in cargo pants, polo shirts, and boots of some sort. In the year I lived at the condo I lived in right after college, I was asked 2-3 times if I was a police officer. I was just an overweight, just out of school engineer who wore cargo pants, ball caps, and dark polo shirts constantly.

Fast forward a few years and lot more common sense, I'm 70# lighter and have a wife that wants me to have a little fashion sense and, funny enough, nobody asks that question anymore. Much like you said, it doesn't take too much to dress to match your environment and still carry. I do see a Phlster Flex in my future to help carry with a tucked in shirt.

Car wise, I've never had too many issues with my "vehicle" making me, just a plain jane old person's Crown Victoria (which was a pretty common "viejo" car in Florida) and, now, a silver Explorer Limited which is probably in the top 5 of Soccer Mom mobiles down here (sidebar: my current record is 4 silver 2011+ Explorers at a stoplight, can't get much grayer than that without getting a black Tahoe down here).
 

MojoNixon

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#47
I can’t usually find the gun but when I see someone wearing cargo pants or hiking pants, hiking boots and an American flag hat or some freedom/guns/vet related hat/shirt etc I think gun. No normal person dresses like that. Also when they roll up in a lifted jeep or truck covered in thin red or blue like, Nine line, industry and moaning labia stickers that’s a dead giveaway.

I’ve never had issues dressing normal and carrying a gun... and if people take 17 seconds to shop around they’ll see that normal looking, even stylish clothing can be found that’s comfortable, functional and seasonally appropriate.


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"No normal person dresses like that."
Not that anyone in Northern Nevada is "Normal" but that's pretty standard here.
 
#48
I can’t usually find the gun but when I see someone wearing cargo pants or hiking pants, hiking boots and an American flag hat or some freedom/guns/vet related hat/shirt etc I think gun. No normal person dresses like that. Also when they roll up in a lifted jeep or truck covered in thin red or blue like, Nine line, industry and moaning labia stickers that’s a dead giveaway.

I’ve never had issues dressing normal and carrying a gun... and if people take 17 seconds to shop around they’ll see that normal looking, even stylish clothing can be found that’s comfortable, functional and seasonally appropriate.


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"No normal person dresses like that."
Not that anyone in Northern Nevada is "Normal" but that's pretty standard here.
Yup, outside DFW that's pretty normal. But a great portion of the population is packing anyways.

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