JAMES BOND WAS WRONG!: How I Carry In a Tuxedo or a Suit

Of course anytime anyone things of carrying a gun in a tuxedo, the obvious solution is a Walther PPK in a shoulder holster. Back in 1962 when Dr. No was released, I’m sure that was one of the best options available.

Things change and evolve.

My thinking is this: The social situations that call for formal attire generally have a bunch of people in close physical contact with each other. Lots of hugging, dancing, etc. This means lots of opportunities to get made or accidentally bump-frisked. That’s why I opt for deeper concealment options.

Also, since tuxedos don’t have belt loops, that necessitates lighter weight options than you could normally hang off of a gun belt.

Here’s the overall breakdown:

– Pistol: S&W J-Frame w/ Barami Hip Grip or S&W Shield

– Holster: Smart Carry

– Pepper Spray: POM Industries

– Flashlight: Modlite Systems PHL-V2 18350 configuration with an RCS pocket clip

– Tourniquet: Tactical Medical Solutions SOF-T Wide

– Tuxedo: Ike Evening by Ike Behar

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."