I have a lot of various holsters available at the gunshows, and over the past few years, I’ve had a chance to try out a lot of systems. The Concealment-T T-Shirt holster is one of the nicer ones that I’ve tried, and one of the few that I personally use on a regular basis.
A Quick Note: These photos show the Concealment-T t-shirts women’s version, NOT THE CURRENT PRODUCTION PACKIN’ TEE SHIRTS. Please do NOT use these photos as representations of what we are currently offering, as this is an older, and no longer stocked, model.
At it’s heart, the Concealment-T T-shirt holster is exactly what it sounds like… a regular, normal, ordinary t-shirt that just happens to conceal a firearm. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here’s 14k at you:
Remember that you can click on any of these images to see the full sized photo.
Before we go too much farther, let me explain that Morgan is wearing a womens size small t-shirt, the smallest one in the line. Other sizes are considerably longer, and the Men’s T-Shirts in particular have lower holsters, so don’t worry about having a gun in your armpit unless you are Morgan’s size or smaller.
A further clarification: The original images (the ones with a yard in the background) feature Morgan in a small women’s concealment-t. The “new” images (the ones with a gray wall background) feature Morgan in a “Medium Minus” Concealment-T t-shirt. It fits her more loosely than does the small sized, but still provides her with enough support for her firearms and ammo load. Morgan prefers the looser, more comfortable fit.
Lets answer a few common questions about the Concealment-T t-shirt holster:
[Q] Are they all sleeveless as shown above, or are there sleeved versions?
[A] All existing ones that I’m aware of are sleeveless. The main reason, according to the manufacturer, is if a sleeved version were produced, it might be possible to have the sleeve interfere with the draw motion when you go to present the weapon… and that would be a very bad thing indeed. So, sleeveless is fine by me..
[Q] What colors are they available in?
[A] Black and White only.
[Q] Are there multiple holster types?
[A] Yes, there are two. Concealment-T calls them “large” and “small”, I tend to call them “Thick” and “thin”.
[Q] What guns fit in a “Small” or “Thin” holster?
[A] In general, single column mag guns with rounded trigger guards and no real protrusions. Also, interestingly enough, J-Frame revolvers fit in the small/thin holster. 1911′s, Kahrs, some Kel-Tecs, and lots of others.
[Q] What fits in the “Large” or “Thick” holster?
[A] Well, the short answer is “if it didn’t fit in a thin, here you go”… but that’s not quite right. In general, Single or Double column mag autos, including those with square trigger guards, but NOT including ANY revolver no matter what the size.
[Q] I have a revolver that I would like to use that’s not a J-Frame, will it work?
[A] A Ruger SP101 or Colt Dectective Special can be used, but only with a small modification to the holster itself. Nothing larger (K-Frame, L-Frame, N-Frame, X-Frame or any equivalent) can be used. See me at a gun show, and I’ll explain the modification that needs to be made in order to produce an SP101 capable holster.
[Q] Is there a weight limit on the gun?
[A] Yes, the gun and ammo cannot weight more than 41 ounces. When it comes to concealed carry weapons, though, that’s a whole lot of gun. I’ve tested this with a fully loaded Smith M&P MP40 full sized pistol without any trouble, and I’ve also tried it with a fully loaded Glock 35 (tricked out with all sorts of stuff, including tru-glow night sights), and had no trouble hiding either. At gun shows, I’ve fitted guns up to and including a HK USP .45 pistol successfully. When in doubt, bring your gun with you to the gun show, and lets give it a fit!
[Q] Will this wear out eventually?
[A] This is a piece of clothing, and eventually, it will wear out. When, I can’t tell you, but I can tell you that I’ve used the same shirt for over a year and a half now without any significant wear on it, and I’m using it at a minimum twice a week (at the shows), plus occasionally in my real life. In fact, I was wearing it today with my Para-Ord when I had some errands to do, so this one shirt, with a years use and 75+ washings on it, is still working fine for me.
Just an update on this… according to the manufacturer, you should be able to get two years of use out of each shirt. I can confirm 22 months personally, and I stopped using that shirt simply because I had lost weight and the shirt didn’t fit me properly anymore. In fact, I have passed that shirt on to another person to use and they are quite happy with it. These shirts are build pretty darn tough.
[Q] Do I have to wear an overshirt with this?
[A] Only if you want to hide the gun. (yes, I get this question). Seriously, you don’t need a really baggy shirt, just don’t go for skintight. A regular comfortable fit will usually work just fine, unless you are hauling a particularly hard to hide weapon, and then, your milage may vary. Always consult a mirror and a trusted friend to make sure that you have a good drape on the weapon before exposing yourself to unfriendly scrutiny.
[Q] Does the shirt need to be tight on me?
[A] Some degree of snugness is desirable, not only because it helps to keep the gun where you want it at, but it also helps when you go to draw the weapon. You don’t need “I can’t breath” tightness, but you certainly don’t want to have the shirt loose on you, because if the shirt is loose, the gun is loose, and you will NOT like that feeling, trust me on this. If the gun is constantly shifting position, it will quickly drive you nuts. When it stays in it’s proper place, this holster is a dream… but wearing one too big will soon turn your dream into a serious annoyance.
[Q] Why is this holster so comfortable to wear?
[A] Well, keeping in mind the “get the right size” rule, this is very comfortable to wear for one big reason… it stores a gun on a portion of your body that just doesn’t bend. Think about it… when was the last time you bent your ribcage when moving? Unless you are a contortionist (and even then, I have my doubts), you never have. That part of your body just doesn’t move around. Everything -around- it moves around.. but it doesn’t. Planting a gun here insures that said gun never has to find it’s way into a soft and tender part of your body at an inopportune time.
[Q] How easy is this holster for others to spot?
[A] It’s amazingly difficult. Most people can tell you are carrying a weapon because either you are wearing something that gives away that you are carrying (say, unseasonable clothing), or because you bend over or move in such a way as to expose the weapon (very common with waist-based systems, shirts LOVE to ride up), or because the wind just didn’t want to help you keep your secret. The Concealment-T T-shirt holster looks just like any other run-of-the mill t-shirt (avoiding the look of “shoot me first” clothing), you can’t bend in such a way as to reveal the gun (because the gun is at a non-bending spot), and assuming you aren’t wearing a completely unbuttoned over shirt, the wind shouldn’t be able to expose you.
[Q] Is this shirt hot to wear?
[A] It’s no better or worse than any other 100 percent cotton pre-shrunk t-shirt. If you wear a t-shirt normally, this will already be second nature. If you aren’t in that habit (and I wasn’t), then the t-shirt will be a bit warmer than being t-shirtless, but it’s really not that bad overall. My personal experience is that it is tight enough to act as a “wick” and pulls sweat away from the body, actually acting as a bit of a cooler and regulator.
[Q] I have a friend that tried a T-Shirt Holster and didn’t like it…
[A] If he/she had a Concealment T-Shirt, it could have been that they got the wrong size, that’s the most common issue with most people. Getting the right size makes all the difference in the world. If it wasn’t a Concealment-T t-shirt, then don’t apply their experience to this product, please. There are other manufacturers making a similar product, but with different materials, such as mesh, or a thick “compression” material, and they have radically different handling characteristic’s compared to the Concealment-T T-shirt holster.
[Q] The photos show a holster on the left hand side, can I get one on the right hand side?
[A] All Concealment-T T-shirts are “cross draw” style holsters. A right handed persons gun will be on the left hand side, a left handed person’s gun will be on the right hand side. Both styles are usually kept in stock. Note that this holster was NOT designed to be drawn “same side”, only crossdraw, and in fact, even if you are flexible enough to pull it off, I don’t recommend it because it will make it far harder to hide the weapon (the buttstock is facing the wrong way).
[Q] Can I get a Concealment-T T-shirt with two gun holsters (left and right hand), or one gun holster and 1-2 magazine pouches on the other side?
[A] Yes, Concealment-T does make such shirts, but we do not stock them, and it would be a special order type of item. Please talk to me at a show for more details.
OK, here’s a list of guns, and what holsters they fit in:
AMT Backup .380 – large and small holster
Armalite AR-24 – large holster
Beretta 1934 .380 - small or large holster
Beretta 84 – large holster
Beretta 92/96 – large holster
Beretta 9000, 9000s – large holster
Beretta Cheeta – Large Holster
Beretta Cougar – large holster
Beretta PX4 – large holster
Beretta Tomcat .32 – large or small holster, small preferred.
Bersa Thunder – large holster
Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact 45 – large holster
Browning BDA – large holster
Browning High Power – large or small holster
Charter Arms Pathfinder or Undercover – small holster only
Charter Arms Patriot .357 6-shot – small holster only, check for fit
Colt 1903 – small or large holster, small preferred
Colt Combat Commander – large or small holster
Colt Defender – large or small holster
Colt Detective Special – small holster ONLY, check for fit
Colt Government .380, Mustang, Pony – large or small holster, small preferred.
Colt Government MK IV – large or small holster
Colt or any other 1911 with round trigger guard – large or small holster
Colt Officers Model – large or small holster
Colt Pocket 9 – small or large holster – prefer small holster
CZ 40B – large holster
CZ 40P – large holster
CZ 75B – large holster
CZ 75 SP-01 – large holster
CZ 75 P07 Duty – large holster
CZ 82 – large holster
Daewoo 9/40 – large holster
EA Witness Series P, PS, PC, P Comp – large holster
FEG P94 9mm – Large Holster
FEG P9R – Large Holster
FN Forty-Nine, FN9, FN40 – large holster
FN FNP 45 – large holster
Glock 17, 22, 31 – large holster
Glock 19, 23, 32, 36 - large holster
Glock 20, 21, 37 – large holster
Glock 26, 27, 33 – large holster
Glock 29, 30 – large holster
Highpoint .380, 9mm, .40SW, .45 – large holster
H&K 4 .32 – small or large holster, small preferred
H&K 45 – large holster
H&K P7, P7M8, P7M13 – large holster
H&K USP (any caliber) – large holster
H&K USP compact (any caliber) – large holster
H&K P2000 (any caliber) – large holster
Helwan Brigadier – small or large holster
Herstal 5.7 – large holster only, check to make sure sight clears holster before use
Hipoint 380 – large holster
Hipoint 9mm – large holster
Hipoint .45 – large holster
IMI Desert Eagle “Baby Eagle” – large holster
Jennings J22 – small holster preferred
Jiminez JA9 – large holster
Kahr (any model, any caliber) – small or large holster, small preferred
Kel-Tec P11 – large holster
Kel-Tec P32 – small or large holster, small preferred
Kel-Tec P3AT – small or large holster, small preferred
Kel-Tec PF9 – small or large holster
Kimber (any 1911) – small or large holster
Kimber Ultra Carry - small or large holster
Llama .380 – small or large holster
Llama .45 – small or large holster
Makarov – large holster
NAA .22 Revolver – too small for these holsters, sorry.
NAA Guardian .32 / .380 – small or large holster, small preferred
Phoenix HP .22 – small holster preferred
Rossi R351 – small holster only
Ruger LCP – large or small holster, small preferred
Ruger P345 – large holster
Ruger P85, P89, P89DC – large holster
Ruger P90, P90DC, P91 – large holster
Ruger P93, P95, P94, P97 – large holster
Ruger SR9 – large holster
S&W J-Frame (any) – small holster only
S&W Chiefs Special, 317, airlite, 36, 37, 49, 442-1, 60, 638-2, 640, 649, 642-1 Lady Smith, 650, 940, Airweight, Bodyguard – small holster only
S&W 1006, 4506, 645 – large holster
S&W 1026, 1076, 4576 – large holster
S&W 1086, 4586 – large holster
S&W 39, 59, 439, 459, 639, 659, 3904, 5904, 5906 – large holster
S&W SC Commander – small or large holster
S&W 1911 – small or large holster
S&W 3913 round trigger and LadySmith – small or large holster
S&W 3913 Square Trigger, 6904 6906 square trigger – large holster
S&W 3913 TSW – large holster
S&W 3953, 6904, 6906 round trigger – large holster
S&W 4006, 4026, 4043, 4046, 410, 411, 5943, 5946 round trigger, 909, 910, 915 – large holster
S&W 4006 Bobbed, 5926 – large holster
S&W 4006 TSW, 5906 TSW – large holster
S&W 4013 TSW, 4013 – large holster
S&W 4516-1, 457 – large holster
S&W 4056 TSW, 4053 TSW – large holster
S&W 4513 TSW, 4553 TSW – large holster
S&W 4556 – large holster
S&W 4563 TSW – large holster
S&W 4566 round trigger – large holster
S&W 469, 669, square trigger – large holster
S&W 5944, 5946 square trigger – large holster
S&W 908 – large holster
S&W 99, 99-45, compact – large holster
S&W CS9, CS40, CS45 – small or large holster
S&W M&P9, M&P40, M&P45, M&P9C, M&P40C – large holster
S&W Sigma .380 – small or large holster
S&W Sigma 9F, 40F, SW9M - large holster
S&W Sigma Compact 40C, 40V, 9C, 9V – large holster
Seecamp – Small holster
Sig Sauer GSR 1911 – large holster
Sig Sauer 2340 – large holster
Sig Sauer 239 – large holster
Sig Sauer 220, 226, 226R, 220R – large holster
Sig Sauer 225, 228, 229, 229R, 226R DAK, 226R DAK – large holster
Sig Sauer 230, 232 – small or large holster
Sig Sauer P245 – large holster
Sig Sauer P250 – large holster
Skyy 9mm – large holster
Springfield Armory XD, XD 40-4, XD 40-5, 45-4, 45-5, XD-M, Sub Compact – large holster
Springfield Armory 1911 GI 4″, 1911 GI 5″, Micro Compact GI 3″ - small or large holster
Springfield Armory 1911 Rails “Operator” – large holster
Springfield Armory P9C – large holster
Star Firestar – large holster
Stoeger 8000 Cougar – large holster
Taurus 24/7 – large holster
Taurus 85 – small holster only
Taurus OSS – large holster
Taurus PT908, PT945, PT99, PT100, PT101 – large holster
Taurus PT111, PT145, Millennium Pro – large holster
Taurus PT145 with Rails – large holster
TZ 75 – large holster
Walther PPK, PPK/s – Small or large holster
Walther PPS – large holster
Walther P99, P99C – large holster
Walther P22 – large holster