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    OC'ing is simple right now, but here in WY, they say the winter lasts 8 months. It will snow, and it will go below 0 degrees... So I think I'm gonna need to wear a coat. how could I get around this problem, that is without freezing my butt off

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    CC your sidearm, and sling your rifle OC. Sorry... I couldn't help myself, I don't have any better suggestions. It is a good question.

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    Well, it depends. I have a drop leg holster I wear on occasion, and If I am wearing a light enough coat I may try to tuck it behind the holster. To be perfectly honest however, I generally conceal.

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    I carry the same way I always do. Open whenever possible and conceal when restricted by attire/location. Then again, can't really compare the Tucson Arizona winter to WY can we?

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    Become a Snow Bird and migrate to Florida with the older folks in the winter? Hehe :celebrate
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    Well this will be my first winter here, and I'm used to warmer weather! and due to my age, I can't CC......legally


    coccok,

    great suggestion, but the rifles a little cumbersome in tight areas, and sadly she won't be mine for long

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    Wear a shoulder holster over the coat?

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    jbone wrote:
    Become a Snow Bird and migrate to Florida with the older folks in the winter? Hehe :celebrate
    CC only in FL so that still wouldn't help


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    Snowmobile suit with gun belt on the outside.

    If you pack a 6 gun, get a low ride gun slinger holster. Wear a coat that doesn't come below the top of it.

    You could also look into the hunterstyle shoulder holsters that you could wear over a jacket/coat. These rigs wear like a shash.
    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=368720
    This one comes in revolver and semi-auto fits.

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    There have been a few conversations about this in the past. One is in the Arizona section I think. Thigh rigs bring the gun below even a long coat. Some jackets are short enough to tuck behind a belt holster. There are also some jackets made specifically for belt carry (usually marketed for law enforcement) that have a slot for the sidearm to pass through. A shoulder holster of anysort could be worn outside of the jacket, but this would makes thing difficult if you want to take your jacket off when you go inside. A "duty" belt could also be worn on the outside of a coat, but the same problems arise if the coat will be going on and off a lot during the day. Lastly, one can resort to wearing warm layers and avoid the jacket/coat all together.

    Last winter I personally used a thigh rig a few times, or wore layers in order to avoid wearing a jacket. I was also lazy a lot and just threw my jacket over my sidearm, as I have a permit to conceal :?.

    The options are there for ya. Unfortunately it's just not as convenient as carrying in the summer.

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    Here in Virginia, winters get cold enough to require a nice warm coat or jacket, but for me that's all I need. I have a leather aviator jacket, which is both warm, wind-blocking, and short enough that I can easily tuck it behind my holster as I put it on.

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    DreQo wrote:
    There are also some jackets made specifically for belt carry (usually marketed for law enforcement) that have a slot for the sidearm to pass through.
    I like the sound of that... I already wear a lot of button up short sleeve shirts that have the indent on the sides that makes it easier to wear an untucked shirt with the belt holster.

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    If you want a jacket with weapon access, check this out.

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    This is the very reason I've just signed up for the class to get my CC license, despite my distaste for needing to get a license for something that is (or ought to be) a right.

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    I wouldnt mind getting a CC, its easy to get one here in wyoming, but once again my age keeps me from doing that.

    It looks like layers is going to be the best idea. I may look into a thigh holster also.

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    mdguy90 wrote:
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    my age keeps me from doing that.
    Don't worry, you'll grow out of that.

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    marshaul wrote:
    Here in Virginia, winters get cold enough to require a nice warm coat or jacket, but for me that's all I need. I have a leather aviator jacket, which is both warm, wind-blocking, and short enough that I can easily tuck it behind my holster as I put it on.
    Being in the same area I either wear a sweatshirt, or I wear a few layers underneath a light jacket that only comes down to just below the belt line. When it's THAT cold, I wear my wool coat that's longer (and usually that's when I pack my makarov in its leather flap holster and sling an AK over my shoulder j/k) These situations I will just CC when I get my permit to do so.

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    XD-GEM wrote:
    mdguy90 wrote:
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    my age keeps me from doing that.
    Don't worry, you'll grow out of that.


    not soon enough im afraid, multiple years

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    mdguy90 wrote:
    XD-GEM wrote:
    mdguy90 wrote:
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    my age keeps me from doing that.
    Don't worry, you'll grow out of that.


    not soon enough im afraid, multiple years
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    Over 3 years till i can get it.

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    Youth is not a bad problem to have.

    Working through those cold weather OC issues will help you appreciate CC later. Don't you just love old coots ladling on this "wisdom."

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    All my holsters ride kind of low. When I'm carrying and it's cold, I just avoid wearing longer coats. Works great.
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    MetalChris wrote:
    If you want a jacket with weapon access, check this out.
    They have the brown version available in every size (for now at least) at nearly as low a price.

    I think I may just buy one. I might even get a VCDL logo put on the ID panels. Either that, or just CITIZEN.

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    "Youth is not a bad problem to have.

    Working through those cold weather OC issues will help you appreciate CC later. Don't you just love old coots ladling on this "wisdom." "



    are you really that old :P

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    mdguy90 wrote:
    are you really that old :P
    No, I'm 47. I was just teasing. Enjoy the years when teenagers don't call you "mister" though.

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