The Packin’ Tee represents the next generation of concealed carry t-shirt.
One of the first things that you notice when you examine one, is that the holster is modular and attached with industrial strength hook and loop material (Velcro).
There are reinforcements around the side of the shirt, over the shoulder and around the arm holes, and across the back. Basically, the manufacturer made a cloth shoulder holster, and then sewed it into the inside of the shirt.
The shirt itself is 100% cotton, pre-shrunk. This means that it’s not only comfortable and easy to clean, but it “looks normal”. There are a number of concealed carry t-shirts out there that have rather “distinctive” looks to them, looks that can give you away to people who know what to look for.
One of the best features of this holster system is the modular holsters themselves. You can easily switch out between the various holsters to customize your carry to what you need to do. You can move the holster up, down, sideways, or just give it a small cant forward or backward, whatever it takes to give you that sweet spot for carry comfort that makes all the difference in the world in whether or not a holster system “works” for you.
Are all Packin’ Tees sleeveless?
All of the mens style shirts are sleeveless. The womens’ shirts have small “cap sleeves” on them.
What colors are they available in?
All shirts, mens and womens’ both, are in both Black and white.
How heavy of a gun can I carry?
The manufacturer rates these shirts as being useful for guns “up to 10 pounds” in weight.
How big of a gun can I carry?
That’s a bit more detailed of a question. A concealed carry gun that is too small to work with this would be one of the NAA mini revolvers. A gun that’s too large would be the larger N-Frames and other super sized revolvers. Things in between those two extremes tend to work with the Packin’ Tee.
How do I clean these shirts?
Official answer: Remove the holster patches before washing, then just wash them as you would do your regular t-shirts.
Unofficial answer: You can wash and dry them with the patches in place. Once you do this, the patches (which are made out of industrial strength velcro) will NOT easily remove from the shirt. They will work just fine, but be sure that you have the patches “where you want them” before doing this. You may not be able to adjust them afterwards.
What is the life expectancy on these shirts?
This is a piece of clothing, and underwear at that. Given that, it’s not going to last forever. The manufacturer has estimated that you should be able to get two years out of them under “normal use”.
I’ve been using these for several years. I’ve never seen one actually fail. They do eventually get old, and most people replace them rather than wear a several year old shirt.
Do I need to wear an over shirt with this?
Only if you feel the need to conceal the weapon. Seriously, though, pretty much every method of concealment depends at least in part on “cover garments”. This one is no different.
Does the shirt need to be tight on me?
Snug is good. Tourniquet is bad.
Previous designs of shirts needed a good amount of “tight fit” to keep the weapon in the place. Because of the reinforcement built into this shirt, it doesn’t need to be worn as tightly as other similar products, but you do not want to wear it loose, either. Wearing it loosely will cause the weapon to sag, hang lower than normal, and bounce off your ribcage in a most annoying manner. Wearing the shirt “snug” is a good idea.
What size should I order?
If you wear an XL, then get an XL sized Packin’ Tee. There is no need to “guesstimate down” the size with this shirt. These were built from the ground up as concealment shirts, and they were built knowing that they needed to be snug. So, if you normally wear, say, and XL for comfort, then pick up an XL here as well, and it will fit on you snugly.
What if I wear two different sizes?
If, for example, you wear both XL and 2X depending on the cut, then you should probably get a 2X Packin’ Tee. Remember, these are built to be snug, and if you get a size too small, it’s really going to be a size too small! 🙂
Is this shirt hot to wear?
Being in the midwest, I get this question a lot. The answer is that it’s no hotter than any other 100 percent cotton t-shirt. If you can live with a t-shirt on, this will be no different to you.
Will my gun get rusty from my sweat?
Well, I can’t answer to the rust resistance of your gun, but I can tell you this: One of the reinforcement layers that makes this shirt so suited for this job, is a thin layer of plastic that helps keeps any moisture from getting from you to your gun.
How do I draw my weapon from this holster?
The Packin’ Tee is a cross draw style holster, traditionally one of the easiest draw motions there is. If you have a button down shirt, just reach inside and grab the weapon. If you have a non-button down (pullover) type shirt, just grab the shirt bottom nearest the gun, and pull the shirt over the top of the weapon, then go ahead and grab your gun.
Do Packin’ Tees come in “big and tall” sizes?
Yes and sort of. Yes, in that they currently come in 2x, 3x, and 4x shirts. There are no specific “tall” versions, but these shirts were made longer than most concealment shirts, and as a result, most people will find the length to be fine. The larger the shirt, the longer they are.
Can I get a Packin’ Tee configured to carry two guns?
One of the really nice things about this design is that you can easily configure it to whatever you need to go. It comes standard with both left and right mountings. Possible setups include:
One gun, no other rigging
Two guns, no other rigging
One gun, plus magazine carrier
One gun, plus hidden pocket
Bear in mind that you can buy the equipment to run any and all of these options, but you can only run the above options at any given time. The mag carrier takes the place of the second gun, for example.
How many different holsters are there available for the Packin’ Tee?
There are currently two, “large” and “small”. To make life easier for everyone involved, I’m selling these holsters as a set, so no matter what holster you need, you will be set to go. To determine which one you need for your particular gun, just try them out and see which one fits better.