5 Solutions for a Concealed Carry Workout
Why Conceal Carry during a Workout?
This post details 5 problems and 5 solutions for a concealed carry workout. All 50 states in the USA allow for some form of concealed carry, which is good news for runners and those who exercise outside. There are some harrowing statistics on assault and harassment that makes many people feel more comfortable carrying a weapon while working out. Although, not all exercisers carry a gun. Often, they may have a big stick, an even bigger dog, or be packing pepper spray for protection. Choosing to conceal carry during a workout can give peace of mind, but can also create a whole slew of its own problems.
Firstly, know where carrying is permitted. Outdoors is a safe bet, but inside gyms and training facilities it will vary based on the business. Also, do a check on open carry laws and know the concealed carry requirements in your state. Aside from checking on laws, there are a few issues that are unique to conceal carrying while working out. For instance, sometimes the trade-off for comfortability is a slower draw. Solving one problem may create another, so this list will help you choose the best options for you.
Top 5 Problems with Concealed Carry During a Workout- And Solutions to Fix Them
1. Just Being Uncomfortable in General
The saggy pants problem is a big concern for runners who try to wear a typical IWB holster. Clipping a holster straight onto a pair of running shorts is not a great idea- unless running with pants around the ankles is a new workout trend... A solution to saggy shorts is to wear compression pants under normal shorts and attach the holster to the under layer. Also, this technique will help equalize weight distribution.
Alongside saggy shorts, all the holster weight in one spot can affect athletic performance. Balance is easily restored with a back holster or 6 o’clock carry. The best way to stay discreet is to stick with an IWB holster that can be easily worn under clothing. Keep in mind, printing is possible to avoid. Find a loose or baggy over-shirt to cover the outline of the weapon.
2. A Rusty Gun and A Wet Holster
Rust and dirt are the enemies here. Unfortunately, based on the type of holster that is being used, a gun can be subjected to ridiculous amounts of sweat. For instance, belly bands are known to be very sweaty. Although the fabric wicks away sweat, often the moisture is held in the holster against the gun. If sweating is a major problem while carrying, consider a well-concealed OWB carry or a fanny pack. Another tip, be sure to thoroughly clean the gun and holster after each use. Check out our post on how to clean your gun for more info!
3. The Slower Draw Blame Game
It is a common concern that concealed holsters cause a slower draw. However, giving up retention for a faster draw isn’t always the best idea. There are specially designed concealment holsters, like the Jogger Holster (chest fanny pack) that keeps the gun in easy reach. But, draw speed will already be slower based on outside circumstances. Even a professional marksman will have slower reaction times when tired, distracted, and uncomfortable.
4. Favorite Active Wear Just Doesn’t Conceal Well Enough
The addition of compression gear to an athletic wardrobe is a must for any concealed weapons carrier. A compression under-layer will give better gun/holster retention and skin protection. There are quite a few options available to make concealed carry easier during a workout. For example, belly bands with an underlayer of compression wear is a top choice. And, during the cooler months, a concealed carry vest is a good option. Check out our post on Concealed Carry in Summer for tips and ideas on staying legal in the summer.
Additionally, there is the fanny pack. The off-body carry options are perfect for toting around mags and often include sewn-in retention clips. This is a top pick for those who don't want to buy an all-new wardrobe for a concealed carry workout. A good holster/compression option needs to keep the gun secure and be secure on the body so it won't rub skin raw.
5. Ow. Abrasion and Chafe Problems
Leather and Kydex are high quality materials but the breathability is low. And, chafe and abrasions are a risk when sweating. A soft leather holster paired with a compression layer will help avoid the rub and keep some of the sweat away from the gun. Moreover, neoprene is a great compression material because it wicks away sweat and moisture. Look for belly bands and belts made with neoprene fabric for a comfortable fit.
If belt holsters just aren't working, try shoulder holsters. These are a good option for runners, who need free movement in their bodies. Shoulder holsters are a tough sell in warm weather because they need to be hidden under a vest or jacket.
The Perfect Solution for Concealed Carry?
There is no perfect solution. It is a game of priorities and compromise. In short, decide what is your highest priority and find the best solution for that. Belly Bands address many problems, but the gun is at risk of rust from sweat. Smaller guns and tighter holsters will solve the saggy pants and abrasion issues, but draw speed will probably be slower. The best combo is to have an underlayer of compression wear, a belly band, and a breathable holster. So, while not perfect, using these top 5 solutions for exercise concealed carry will definitely help you have a better workout experience.