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Train Like You Fight: Choosing the Right “Uniform” on the Range

By Jeff Gonzales

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I’m often surprised when we have students show up to a Concealed Carry class and they aren’t able to effectively carry concealed. While frustrating, it’s easily correctable.

Editor’s Note: Can you guess what equipment Jeff is concealing in the photo above? Leave your answer in the comments below and the first closest answer will receive one of our new EDC Trauma Kits!**Update: Congratulations to Jeff S. who’s guess was closest to the actual concealed equipment in the photo above! Jeff is concealing two guns as well as two spare mags and a knife.**

Your Sunday Best

I get it, folks don’t want to get their nice clothes all jacked up by wearing them on the range; leaving them dirty, greasy and even damaged through hard use. I do it all the time and can promise you that the clothes I’m sporting aren’t cheap, but they’re what I wear on a daily basis.

Circling back to an old mantra, why wouldn’t you want to train the way you intend on fighting, including how you conceal? There’s so much value to be gained from working through an intense training class as it relates to your gear. The clothes you pick to carry concealed are no different.

The Eagles Eyes in the Class

One of the best parts of our class is the peer review. This time allows your fellow classmates to provide insight into your setup. It can be surprising when someone knows what they’re looking for, but many times their honestly helps to refine your carry loadout.

I chuckle lightly when I see someone post a picture on social media about how well they can conceal their loadout. Think about it this way, do you honestly think anyone is going to post an unflattering selfie online? Even if they do get feedback, it’s not as valuable as someone standing right in front of you providing feedback. On top of that, why would I post to the world that I’m “concealing?” Yeah, that’s a bit mind boggling.

The Bad Type of Uniform

We’re creatures of habit and while some people claim to do it better in real life, I have my doubts for the majority. There’s a uniform of sorts that you can expect from the tactical community, it may not be one you’re used to seeing, such as a military or police uniform, but the purpose is the same.

To help people understand this a bit better, here’s how I define uniform; presenting an unvaried appearance of surface, pattern or color. So, if you show up in your cool kid tactical pants, wearing an assortment of other tactical gear, you’re blending in great on a range. How does that help you to blend in to society and your everyday environment though?

The Good Type of Uniform

Many times, a tactical loadout from head to toe doesn’t really help; this goes back to my point on habits. Instead, I encourage people to wear to these classes what they wear in their daily lives. It has to be safe, so please no speedo’s and flip-flops, think of not just range safety, but eye safety as well.

Take a moment to itemize the parts of your day that you spend outside your home. Then drill further down to what’s socially acceptable to wear, because the last thing you want to do is stand out. You want to blend in or look uniform. So if you’re in an office setting, I encourage you to hit up Goodwill and bring some cheap slacks, shirts and even a sport coat to the range.

It does you no good to develop techniques for equipment you’re not going to use, especially items that when used could compromise your mission. Don’t pass up an opportunity to validate your gear.

Contest Time! Guess all the equipment that Jeff is concealing in the photo above and leave your answer in the comments. The first closest answer will win one of our new EDC Trauma Kits**Update: Congratulations to Jeff S. who’s guess was closest to the actual concealed equipment in the photo above! Jeff is concealing two guns as well as two spare mags and a knife.**

Editor-in-Chief’s Note: Jeff Gonzales was a decorated and respected US Navy SEAL, serving as an operator and trainer who participated in numerous combat operations throughout the world. He now uses his modern warfare expertise as President of Trident Concepts, LLC., a battle proven company specializing in weapons, tactics and techniques to meet the evolving threat. Bringing the same high-intensity mindset, operational success and lessons learned from NSW to their training programs, TRICON has been recognized as an industry leader by various federal, state and local units. Organizations interested in training with TRICON can call 928-925-7038 or visit tridentconcepts.com for more info.

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Discussion

40 comments
GundocDoctrine
GundocDoctrine

I really like this concept. Most of us don't go around in Tac Gear all day. Why train at the range in it all the time? Train in your everyday CCW clothes, your church clothes, or "work" clothes. Great post.

cdennisg
cdennisg

Yes to all this. Wearing a suit 90% of the time, I carry accordingly. This does not include any full-sized pistols with extra magazines, bags of quick clot, or a tactical vest and smoke grenades. Instead its a .25 pocket gun or if feeling particular frisky, a j-frame.

KileWinfrey
KileWinfrey

Your attire should depend on the course you're taking and what you keep with you. Are you at a CCW course? Then yeah wear your CCW gear. Are you at an active shooter or carbine course? Where is your rifle kept? If you're like me it's in the truck with your plate carrier and outer belt, so that is what you should train with.


Don't forget med kit and training either, if you're going to walk around with the ability send lead you need to have the ability to catch some as well.

Tim
Tim

He looks just like the kind of guy that would be sport'n some black lace thong panties with a matching bra. In all seriousness, why does he look like he should be on the Megan's Law web site...I mean who wears a vest? Is he a bar tender, male stripper, man whore...what's up with the vest?

Strych9
Strych9

@Tim Lots of people rock a vest. With a jacket in formal situations and without in semi-formal. I do it all the time. Not only does it provide you with a few other pockets it looks good and the ladies love it. That look is how I married way, way above my pay grade. Just don't go full 1930's with the fedora. 


People think they look good in cheap off the rack slacks, shirt and tie. They do compared to jeans and t-shirt. However, that outfit looks sloppy when someone walks in the room in a vest or 3-piece that's been measured and cut for them. 


Further, if you pick the right colors a vest makes your CCW pistol in a shoulder holster disappear even if your coat is open. I rock a full sized .40 steel 941 Jericho in a Falco Roto-Tilt shoulder holster with a number of my suits and even with the jacket open you can't see it unless I pull the jacket back to completely uncover the gun. 

Ajax_Of_Telamon
Ajax_Of_Telamon

Glock 26 in Galco ankle holster, spare mag IWB ... oh the looks I get!

gschoelles
gschoelles

More often than not they come with inadequate holster and or belt

Conor_dane
Conor_dane

Glock 26 with 1 extra mag on the left side

A knife, flashlight and a lighter

fbo391
fbo391

Jeff have a .9 smith &Wesson with two extra clips on vest left side 

hutchnate
hutchnate

a ukulele, finger cymbals, harmonica and 1 no 2 mouth harps. 

WitchDoc
WitchDoc

Jeff is probably rocking a TRICON Glock 19 and KKM precision bbl, with one spare mag, INCOG appendix holster (MAYBE one of JM Custom Kydex TRICON Carry Packages), surefire light and a blade of some sort, maybe a Strider, and I guaranty he has at least ONE cigar on him!  Hooyah!

Phil
Phil

Jeff is concealing one pistol, one knife, one spare magazine for pistol, one flashlight.

stincky1
stincky1

Agreed.  People should be thinking more Gray Man and less full-battle-rattle.  There are some great tips on here for just that.  Also, if you IDPA or something similar, shoot what you actually carry.


Daniel Green
Daniel Green

glock 19 in a JM kydex iwb with a spare mag, emerson CQC, trident concepts/strider fixed blade, surefire

Daniel Green
Daniel Green

or all that subbed with a glock 43 in an incog.


The rules didn't state a limit on entries

lurker
lurker

Here goes: Keys, Phone, Wallet, sig p239, notepad, pen, folding knife.

Tesuro B. Randall
Tesuro B. Randall

I don't know why some guys go to the range all "jocked up"! Are they prepping for another 1992 L A. Riot? Join SWAT or the military if you want to dress like that. The SHOT Show guys love to take your money!

Jeff Hight
Jeff Hight

i wear dress pants, shirts and boots 98% of the time so that is what i range in. zero tactical clothing.

Jeff S
Jeff S

Oops! Add a cell phone and the Shaaaaades!

Jeff S
Jeff S

Tricon Glock 19, AIWB, 1:30, single mag--left side/vertical, folding knife, left pocket, pen, wallet, watch (G-Code), ankle holster, with mini glock, g27, and a Surefire light,? Titan?

robhenderson
robhenderson moderator

@Jeff S  Congrats Jeff, your answer was the closest to Jeff's actual carry, as he's concealing two guns as well as two spare magazines and a fixed blade knife. Only one magazine off! 


Shoot us an email to [email protected] with a good shipping address and we'll get your EDC Trauma Kit shipped out!

Guy Arancio
Guy Arancio

glock IWB, x-mag, knife, flashlight, keys, wallet, phone, watch, sun glasses, compact trauma kit. WIN ATTITUDE

Jerrick
Jerrick

Glock 19 appendix carry, spare magazine, Tricon fixed blade knife, watch, wallet, writing instrument, keys, ITS trauma kit of some iteration

Gus Gonzales III
Gus Gonzales III

IWB appendix-carry kydex holster, Glock 43, two spare (fully loaded) Glock 43 magazines, Surefire flashlight, folding tactical knife, SWAT-T tourniquet

Gus Gonzales III
Gus Gonzales III

OWB Raven Phantom for a Glock 42. I have to work up to IWB appendix carry - years of sedentary lifestyle gave me a thick midsection I am working off bit by bit.

birchbarkoutdoors
birchbarkoutdoors

Glock, strider knife tricon fixed blade, spare magazine, small sure fire flashlight, folding knife, watch, wallet, pen, paper.

Kevin Zuniga
Kevin Zuniga

Knife, lock pick set, a Glock 19, and a small trauma kit.

JHavard
JHavard

Glock on the appendix, flashlight in the vest pocket, watch, probably a knife, wallet and pen and paper somewhere...

GeraldWallace
GeraldWallace

Rifle down the pant leg, handgun in the belt line, mags in the pockets and maybe some concealed Kevlar on the torso..

Gerald Wallace
Gerald Wallace

A rifle down the pants, a handgun in the belt line and mags in the pockets?

DHutch
DHutch

glock 19, emerson folding knife, surefire light, EDC trauma kit

...he's wearing a watch, something chunky so maybe a g-shock or something like a Sinn u1?

DHutch
DHutch

+1 extra mag, of course

N Peek
N Peek

Firearm (Glock 43)

Knife (Benchmade or Cold Steel)

Light (Surefire or Nitecore)

FA/Trauma Kit (ITS of course)

Wallet

Pen

Can't tell if he has a watch on or not, so possibly a watch.

Debra Pagan
Debra Pagan

Couldn't agree more!I have one son fresh out of the Army and another son wanting to join the Navy.......makes sense that why would you practice and drill with tactical equipment when you only intend to conceal carry....:)

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