A Brief Review of Concealed Carry Methods
There are dozens of ways to carry concealed. Each has a time and place and it is necessary to be familiar with several in order to fulfill your duty to be fully prepared at all times. Here we will briefly discuss some of the necessary trade-offs for various common concealed carry techniques and how the Constant Companion TM overcomes all of them.
Belt Holsters: (Inside the waistband, outside the waistband, paddle holster, small of back, etc.) Offers rapid access but only partial concealment. Requires a jacket or other lose clothing which might not be appropriate for all situations. A shirt tuck holster offers better concealment but slower access. May accidentally expose firearm when reaching, sitting, or bending. Requires 2-handed draw to first pull clothing away to access firearm.
Ankle Holsters: Irritating for walking unless using a very light weight gun. Retention becomes an issue when running, tends to flop unless very tight. Unless seated, they require awkward movement to draw, giving away surprise; also require a boot-cut pant.
Shoulder Holsters and Holster Shirts: Effective when worn under a jacket but risk of accidental exposure is high. Only practical where conditions permit wearing a jacket. Some models can be worn under a shirt but must be accessed by unbuttoning the shirt and still require a jacket to prevent from printing through the shirt. Slow access.
Concealment Vest or Jacket: Effective but seasonal. Unless you are a photographer or on a fishing trip, these tend to be a dead giveaway that you are carrying.
Inside the Pants: Some systems allow you to dangle a holster inside your pant leg and attach it to a clip on your belt that you can pull to expose the grip. They require lose pants, a belt, and a 2-step, 2-handed cross-draw.
Crotch Carry: When worn below the waist, some systems allow the wearer to conceal a handgun in front of or below their crotch. This can be uncomfortable especially when sitting or running. It requires lose pants and a 2-handed draw.
Off-Body Carry: Gun purses, day organizers, etc. leave your gun at risk for being lost or stolen and not where you need it most.
Fanny Pack Holsters: Another obvious sign that you are carrying a gun. Requires a 2-handed draw.
Pocket Holsters: Pocket holsters are practical for only the very smallest handguns which also tend to be small caliber. They tend to print through the pants when sitting because they rest on the top of the thigh and create bulk, like a large wallet.
Constant Companion: The Constant Companion TM allows full sized handguns to be deeply and comfortably concealed in a front pocket without the need for an additional holster. Allows for rapid one-handed draw.