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    I really like my Bersa Thunder 380. It may be my all time favorite. I bought it as a carry gun but that's not working out. The problem is I live in central Florida where daily attire is one layer, usually a polo shirt or the like and rarely a jacket or outer layer. The dang thing is just too obvious and hard too conceal. I could go to an inside the waist holster but heat and humidity preclude that. I tried out the Bersa T380cc at my dealer shop but it's really no help. So it looks like the Bersa is going to be a great car gun. Dang I hate that. Of course, anytime a longish jacket or hoodie is required the Bersa is ideal but that happens NOT often around here.

    Any of you guys had this problem and how did you deal with it? Perhaps one of these pocket pop guns ?

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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    You are just going to have to break down and wear a sleeveless undershirt under your Polo shirt. Some folks call them grampa shirts. Make your Polo one size larger than normal, and get the right holster that pulls that gun inward. Clinger and Pyntek both make a kydex holster that will keep that Thunder close to your body.
    I live in Mobile and thats what I do. Whether I'm wearing jeans or shorts.... that thin lightweight sleeveless undershirt keeps the grip or holster from rubbing my side, and the over-sized outer shirt covers the gun well.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    I have no real answer for you. I can cc a full size 1911 owb and no one ever notices it. My guess is you THINK it's obvious. It's really not. People tend to be oblivious. I'm pretty sure I could carry a Desert Eagle and not be overt about it.

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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Quote Originally Posted by PHMadness View Post
    I have no real answer for you. I can cc a full size 1911 owb and no one ever notices it. My guess is you THINK it's obvious. It's really not. People tend to be oblivious. I'm pretty sure I could carry a Desert Eagle and not be overt about it.

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    That's easy when ya wear khakis and Hawaiian shirts year 'round!
    Joking aside, when I saw Florida and need to conceal, the Hawaiian shirt did immediately come to mind.
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    I live in Florida and always have my CC in an N82Holster. Never gets a drop of moisture due to the holsters construction. The problem they only make the N82 original for the Thunder .380. Mayu here have the original and say it works fine. I have the pro for my XD's

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    I started carrying when I retired. With no restrictions caused by work, etc, I decided what I wanted to carry, then dressed to cover it. I found that an untucked shirt will hide just about anything you want to carry. Of course, a proper holster & belt are key. May have to wear a size larger than normal, if you button it. Works real well in the east Texas heat/humidity. I got used to a t-shirt as an undershirt during my stint in the army.
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    Gentleman All,

    You've given me something to think about and some things to try. Many thanks for your response. I'll get back to you on how it works out. Hawaiian shirts, hummmm .

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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Quote Originally Posted by tarheelcracker View Post
    ..........Hawaiian shirts, hummmm ............
    You bet!......

    In dead summer.... I usually cover with an over-sized tee-shirt.... and always one with something printed on it- people look at the logo or whatever- and not your waist line.
    But when I dress up....its always a 100% cotton print (Hawaiian) button-up shirt with a square tail, and I wear it un-tucked.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    You might try a Remora or Sticky holster, they stay IWB pretty well and have minimal bulk.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Quote Originally Posted by John_R View Post
    You might try a Remora or Sticky holster, they stay IWB pretty well and have minimal bulk.
    The OP wants a holster that keeps the firearm away from body sweat, the remora leaves the grip exposed to the skin.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Remora offers a version that extends up a bit, it should protect the grip as much as any holster could. Look for "full sweat shield."


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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Quote Originally Posted by John_R View Post
    Remora offers a version that extends up a bit, it should protect the grip as much as any holster could. Look for "full sweat shield."

    I'll vouch for the comfort and protection of the Remora. I have a few with and without the sweatshield. Quite comfortable and no kydex to poke me or scar up my pistols. With the removable clip, they are more versatile IMHO.

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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    I stand corrected, it looks like the remora came out with a sweat shield model. At first they didn't offer it. So agreed, the remora is in the OP's line up.
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    I recommend against the reinforced-top Remoras, they are stiff and you feel it against your body more.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    on the subject of your CCW printing, i think 99.9% of the public is too enthralled with their phones or otherwise so unaware of their surroundings that they would barely notice open carrying, much less a lump under your shirt that could just as easily be a large phone clipped to your belt (in their minds anyway). i've had exactly 2 people comment to me about carrying - one was a grocery store bagger that noticed it (was open carrying except it was still covered by a jacket - he saw it when i got my wallet out), and a guy in a restaurant that noticed it while walking by and asked me what type it was.

    other than that, nobody has noticed no matter how much it printed.

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    Since Texas adopted open carry, printing is no longer a deal. I still wear a cover when I go into Longview, but don't take the pains to be sure it doesn't show. Before that, they told us just a bump, etc doesn't count as printing. It had to reveal the pistol outline & a holster can prevent that. May vary with each state.
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    It turns out there is a Remora dealer close by. I'll swing by and see what I can sort out and get back to youse guys. Many thanks.

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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    When I carry, I do so in an owb UBG Bonneville when the EDC is the 9UC and A Nelson Eagle Defender when carrying my 380. As I'm retired, I don't worry about being a follower of fashion, even when going to Church. Day to day it's a long or short sleeve T-shirt and an open long or short covershirt depending on the weather. On Sundays, I normally wear a western shirt and an open cover shirt. Currently I'm waiting for a Nelson Shoulder rig to carry the 9UC for use with my duties on our Church Security team due to ever increasing problems with arthritis in the wrist and shoulder.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    UBG Regulator OWB is my favorite holster- I have one for the 380 and one for the 9mm.
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    Re: CONSEALED CARRY SHORT COMINGS

    Quote Originally Posted by brojohn View Post
    UBG Regulator OWB is my favorite holster- I have one for the 380 and one for the 9mm.
    The Regulator by UBG is by far my favorite holster too. I have a stack of em, in everything from plain leather to some pretty wild exotics he has made for me over the years. My favorite is the one he let me make with him looking over my shoulder.

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