STYLISH & STRAPPED: How to Carry Concealed In Dapper, Stylish, Business Attire

Back when I launched The Suited Shootist blog I was working in a job that had a specific dress code. I was regularly wearing slacks, jackets, and tucked in shirts. Even now that I no longer have those professional requirements, I still regularly go placed where dressing like this is either appropriate or expected.

As you’d imagine, it can be challenging to conceal the type of handgun that most of us would prefer to have for defense (compact, double stack, semi auto).

Even if you can conceal it effectively, access is generally slowed because you’re having to clear a tucked in cover garment. So I’ve started playing with options that, while might not be quite as ballistically effective, are more accessible and can be brought to bear faster. Here’s the overall breakdown:

– Pistol: KelTec P32

– Holster: Ramora Pocket Holster mounted to a MDTS Pocket Shield made by Raven Concealment

– Pepper Spray: POM Industries

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

– Tourniquet: Tactical Medical Solutions SOF-T Wide

– Shirt & Jacket: Canali (through Poshmark for about 20 cents on the dollar)

– Pants: Dockers

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."