When you leave home, you carry – it’s just what you do. Wearing a concealed carry jacket can help keep you safe by providing easy access to your firearm without advertising the fact that you have it. To achieve this, your CCW jacket needs to cover the following bases:
The most important component of a concealed carry jacket is its hidden sidearm pocket. Some jackets have compartments on both sides for left- or right-handed draw – some don’t. So, the first order of business is picking outerwear that gives you the access you need.
Other important features in a concealed carry jacket include:
Waterproof, seam-sealed fabric
Before you worry about style or size, it’s important that you choose a concealed carry coat that has all the utility features you need. Remember these tips:
Men’s and women’s concealed carry jackets from 5.11 are designed differently to provide the best fit. Men need neck, chest and arm length measurements to get a jacket that fits properly, while women need to know their chest and arm length measurements. 5.11 CCW jackets labelled “tall” have 2 inches added to body and sleeve length for the perfect fit.
Fit is usually a personal preference, but when it comes to concealed carry outerwear, it’s important that you look for a middle-of-the-road fit. If your jacket is too snug, it’ll be obvious that you’re carrying. If it’s too loose, the extra fabric can get in the way when you need to draw your gun. Remember that if you wear a duty belt for work, your jacket will have to sit above the belt so you can still access your radio and other essential gear.
Finding the right concealed carry jacket for your needs takes a little research and planning, but if you choose wisely, you’ll stay comfortable and agile without compromising your safety.