I don’t know about you but I like to be comfortable. When it’s cold I put on clothes to stay warm and when it’s hot I wear less clothes to stay cool. I try not to let my decision to carry a gun dictate what I wear, no ridiculous photog vests or unnecessary outer garments for me when it’s pushing anything above 80 degrees outside. I have worn loose fitting short sleeve button up shirts but my main “go to” look is a nice fitting t shirt and cargo shorts. Keep it simple and keep it comfortable! That said not every concealed carry option (when considering pistol and holster type) is going to work well unless one doesn’t mind printing against a shirt like crazy.
If you are fortunate you have more than one pistol to select from when considering concealed carry. My best option for discreet carry would probably be my Ruger LCP in a pocket holster but I absolutely detest that gun and have relegated it to my safe (trigger pull, sights, fit in my hand). Not to mention while a .380 hollow point can be deadly I’m just not that fond of the cartridge, go ahead and insert comments about shot placement and using a .22 for self defense, something something etc etc. I tend to gravitate towards the 9mm and .40 caliber (occasionally) and I won’t fault anyone else for carrying something different. Heck I adore my .45 ACP Springfield TRP but don’t fancy attaching a boat anchor to my hip which has a length that rivals a Medieval broadsword. Full sized 1911 for CC in the summer? That’s the guy wearing a photog vest with the slide of his gun almost pressing against his outer knee. Just nasty.
Enter the compact vs sub-compact option when considering summer carry. I love my Glock 19 and attempt to carry it as much as possible, this because it fits in my hand well and I spend the majority of my time on the range firing it. Yet the extra size of it vs a Glock 26 or 27 makes it print just a bit more against my T shirt, making it more difficult to carry discreetly in the summer.
While the 27 is nice to carry in a shorts and t shirt (my wife carries the 26) there are some trade offs, at least for me. The subcompact Glock has a shorter pistol grip which makes retrieving it quickly from my holster a bit more cumbersome. I actually change my grip and put my thumb over top of the rear sight when drawing the smaller gun. Additionally the (albeit minimal) difference in distance between front and rear sight is noticeable, especially when considering targets beyond 15-20 feet. Finally there is the round count capacity between the two, and let’s face it while the 19 wins if I need that many rounds the S has truly HTF. That being said I’ll take a 19 with 2 spare mags all day long as long as the circumstances allow it.
Honestly there are so many factors here it’s really tough to throw a blanket over the topic and state with absolute certainty there is only one way to best accomplish something. Body types, clothing selection, pistol preference and many other factors all play into what one carries when in the winter and summer. For me I’d rather carry a G19 but when in shorts and T shirt sometimes the G19 is too conspicuous and as such I resort to my next best option, the subcompact G27. Your thoughts?