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Question: Do You Worry About Printing?


Over at, forum user MPaulHolmes brought up the topic of printing. Is it bad? Should I worry about it? Are people going to notice? These are extremely common question that comes up on a very regular basis. Here is his post:


I live in Arizona, where it’s pretty hot. I just got a Glock 19 with a holster that goes inside my pants, and connects to the belt. I noticed that the bulge of the handle is a little bit noticeable when I wear t-shirts. I wear t-shirts a lot since it’s so hot here. I haven’t started carrying yet, and I was wondering if people could share their experiences of how others react if it’s slightly noticeable that a person is carrying. I don’t want to make people feel worried, and I also don’t want to die of heat stroke.

Here are some of my personal favorite responses to the topic:

Mike1956You will likely hear an entire spectrum of opinions, from “Don’t worry about it” to “My God, man, you are looking to get yourself killed!!!”. Several factors go into effective concealment (or lack thereof), and you need to decide how important it is to you.

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TX expatIt’s going to boil down to what is important to you as well as the laws that you’ll be subject to. You’ll get a whole range of opinions on the subject but you’ll just have to come to your own conclusions about printing and decide for yourself.

For myself, I don’t care too much about a little printing but there are times when I really don’t want to have someone notice. Since I can’t really prepare for ‘places’ that I might be going, and I like to keep things as uncomplicated as possible, my rule is generally G26 when I’m wearing only a t-shirt and G19 the rest of the time.

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So what’s the answer? Well, the two responses above are pretty on-par. It comes down to two things: Laws, and how important it is to you.

Do you, personally, worry about your firearm printing while out and about?

Maybe this guy below can explain a little better.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Glock 27 that holds Hornady…

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  • Jeff Nicholson

    100% agreed. Nobody is staring at people’s waistlines to see if they have a gun. I carry a Glock 21, and couldn’t care less about any printing.

    • Dan Gregory

      That’s my thoughts exactly,

  • Billy Hess

    I don’t really pat that much attention to whether I am or not. Open carry is legal in ohio (which btw I met someone open carrying in north ridgeville yesterday, don’t see that too often in that city). I haven’t been approached about printing when I bend down in stores to get something on the bottom in a negative way. I was however, asked by a lady who said she didn’t like guns but wondered why I carry, so I told her it’s for both my protection and anyone around me. I then went on to explain how long it can take for police to arrive. What I didn’t know was that right behind me, was a police officer. He came over and supported everything I told her and added we (those with chl’s) are the police best backup, and then thanked me for carrying. Her mind was at ease and by the end of the conversation even she thanked me for carrying. People are beginning to come around I think, it’ll take some time but, I think with more people carrying, more people will begin to get use to the idea, so printing may not matter so much.

  • Roy Barber

    I purchased some T shirt’s a size larger and I don’t tuck them in and I haven’t had anyone notice and I feel comfortable and I think nobody is looking for a firearm on your waste. The main thing is to just be yourself and you will be ok.

  • Douglas Gerber

    He’s right you know. Although I carry OWB and have had to buy bigger shirts because I don’t want to buy bigger pants. Just a personal thing, if you know what I mean.

  • WeatherbyMarkV

    I live in Alaska so I wear a hoodie 10 months out of the year… LOL

    DON’T worry about printing folks. No one is looking.

  • Chuck B

    T – shirts a size larger will not only reduce the printing problem considerably, but will breath better/feel cooler and more comfortable in the heat. I live in Central Texas, so I also carry in 3-digit temperatures for a third of the year. Carried a Government Model 1911 for a couple years, then a Pre-B CZ75 for a few, now a G19 – I don’t bother with ” pocket-pistols” except on very rare occasions, and I don’t have any problems with concealment.

  • Mark W. Mullins

    Printing, or Imprinting as it is called, really isn’t that big of a deal until you are actually confronted with someone asking if you are packing. I have had only positive reactions to my Concealed Carry. The biggest thing, and I do think this is the crux of the matter isn’t imprinting or printing, its flashing !!! I have accidentally flashed my concealed carry twice. Shirt tail too short, or the jacket I was wearing opened up to reveal my weapon. I would think this would be the biggest problem for me. So far tho, like I said, nothing but positive comments when it did happen.

  • Tm

    I agree most people will never notice.

  • tie_banana

    The only people that will notice are your fellow CHL holders. Everyone else is oblivious.

  • Jason Kibbe

    Here’s another great article on this topic worth reading

  • Saint_Barry

    I dress appropriately, so I’m sure it’s minimal, but I don’t give a bleep about printing. In North Georgia, nobody cares anyway.

  • Tboltdon
  • Mark W. Mullins

    I am not so much worried about being imprinted, or it showing under a coat or shirt. Im more worried about flashing when I reach up to get something off a shelf at a store or hardware outlet. Although I have never seen a no carry sign at any place I shop, the other customers may have a different idea of carrying, To me tho, if someone is open carrying, I just make a good comment like, Im with you brother, keep it up!! , and go on about my business. Someone carrying concealed tho, they may want to keep it to themselves. I agree with that. Wearing a little longer or larger shirts take care of that part.

  • Shawn H

    Great video, great thoughts, I couldn’t agree more!!

  • ED/PHX

    I live in AZ as well and carry to the mail-box..I wear t-shirts as well. Both dress and casual…was an LEO and catch myself glancing once in a while but its not because of the print, it’s because of the character…carry a 26 w/hollowpoints with a .40 between the seats in the car..never seen an issue, either open or when it was CCW. But as an Instructor as will any instructor tell you,….don’t be a part-time carrier….you might as well not have the weapon…It will take you approx. 3 wks, carrying all the time and you won’t even notice it.

  • James Hurst

    I prefer to carry a full-size firearm. I either wear an oversized shirt to conceal any bulge or wear an unbuttoned shirt over my t-shirt.