THE PHLSTER ENIGMA: Drawing From Under a Tucked-In Shirt. Watch Me Make a VERY DANGEROUS Mistake.

A cursory search of the internet yielded a few articles on drawing from a tucked-in shirt. Most of them are thinly veiled ads for the products that sponsored the post (article on XYZ holster company’s page). Several of them suggested that the draw stroke is “drastically different.” I haven’t found that to be the case, at least not with AIWB carry.

Drawing From Under a Tucked-In Shirt

Admittedly, I haven’t carried behind the hip in a decade, but I can’t imagine it’d be any different. I was curious to find out how much slower a tucked cover garment potentially was. Given how involved the setup always was and that the cover garment was pinched between the belt clips and the holster body, I suspected it would slow things down somewhat.

Now, unfortunately, my DryFire Mag wasn’t loud enough to register on the shot timer, even with the sensitivity dialed all the way up. So, I had to watch this back at 1/4 speed, record the start and stop times for each shot, and do the math myself. That is to say, these are not necessarily 100% accurate numbers.

That being said, my assumption is that my delay in the reaction time is roughly the same on the front and backend, registering the beep & the click. The times themselves are less important than the difference between tucked vs. untucked…or lack thereof.

I was surprised to see no appreciable difference between the two! When I think about it logically, it makes sense since there’s no real difference in the draw stroke. At least without introducing a secondary cover garment like a jacket. Now, technically, the tucked draw was faster. However, the difference was so minimal that I’m chalking it up to just being warmed up by the time that segment of the drill started.

There are ABSOLUTELY some unique considerations that come into play when you’re working with tucked shirts and dress clothes in general. But that’s going to be its own video.

Try it out for yourself, and let me know what you think! Was your experience the same as mine?

The Suited Shootist
Alex Sansone took his first formal pistol class in 2009, and has since accumulated almost 500 total hours of open enrollment training from many of the nation's top instructors including Massad Ayoob, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Gabe White, Cecil Burch, Chuck Haggard, Darryl Bolke, and many others. Spending his professional life in the corporate world, Alex quickly realized incongruities between "best practices" in the defensive world, and the practical realities of his professional and social limitations. "I've never carried a gun professionally. I'm just a yuppie suburbanite that happens to live an armed lifestyle. Having worked in the corporate arena for the last decade, I've discovered that a lot of the "requirements" and norms of gun carriers at large aren't necessarily compatible with that professional environment. I also have a pretty diverse social background, having grown up in the Northeast, and there are many people in my life that are either gun-agnostic or uncomfortable with the idea of private gun ownership. This has afforded me not only insights into how we are perceived by different subcultures, but how to manage and interact with people that may not share your point of view without coming across as combative or antisocial. This is why my focus is the overlooked social aspects of the armed lifestyle."