Gun Couture: Firearms Industry Gets 'Fashionable'

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It's long been a big problem for the fashionable firearm owner: How to hide a handgun and look haute couture at the same time.

Well, a report in today's New York Times has some great news for the tres chic ranks of the U.S.'s 7 million concealed carry permit holders.

Clothing companies have started to dress up gun culture by marketing apparel that's "a departure from the law enforcement and military look, known as 'tactical,' long favored by gun owners. The latest styles, by contrast, are called 'concealed carry' or 'covert fashion.'"

One exec told the paper: "What we've tried to do is create a collection of garments that allows the end user to have stylish lifestyle apparel but have features in the garment that enable them to carry a weapon and draw the weapon quickly."

For example:

"The company's growing concealed-carry line includes a lightweight water-resistant vest coming this fall -- the sort of vest that is standard and trendy at any mainstream outdoor shop but has strategic pockets for guns. It also includes a stealth compartment in front so the wearer can appear to be warming his hands while actually gripping a pistol in a waistband holster."

How, er, convenient.

The article doesn't go into much detail about women's options.

Still, we wouldn't be surprised to see the industry take the "shrink it and pink it" approach -- as it apparently has with guns -- or market more purses with pistol pockets "Created for self-defense. Crafted for self-confidence."

And hey, if you're a lady with a love of things that go boom and think that "looking the part is half the fun when shooting," the internet can help you.

However, the internet cannot help you answer this question: seriously America, what the fuck?

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Buylo
Buylo

Guns seems to be evolving into something that is more than just a defensive item. I read an article about a debate on weather guns should be allowed to be sold via an online shops in the USA. I don't think its a good idea at all, there are to many irresponsible people out there.

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Too bad people joke about a serious subject.  Concealed carry is about self protection and nothing more.

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com
JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

see this is exactlySee this is exactly what the controllers want-the six major financial groups, the major real policy making NGO’s in New York and London-this is EXACTLY what they want-Americans in a Racial shouting match while they complete the total take-over of the country. While people are Wild over a carefully created and media nurtured ultra hot racial incident(s) no one is looking to seeWhat is financially or constitutionally happening to all or our country! Everyone needs to NOT beTransfixed to what the media and their masters wants. You need to focus on what the six major international banks and the big NGO’s are doing. One of the BIG objectives of the controllersIs the elimination of firearm rights certainly- 200 Million Guns in the country is a BIG danger to a very small ultra elite which wants, for example, an 80% reduction in population (it’s in their PUBLISHED documents folks) certainly the Trevon issue and the growing cluster of attacks on whites are Issues which need large public examination. But this is like series of serious cuts and burses in a patient who in a serious cardiac incident. The priority MUST be to stabilize the cardiac incident and keep it stable THEN attend to the cuts and burses. Unless you want to lose the patient. Pay attention to the quiet major financial moves now being made and pay attention on a first priority basis to the moves of the major NGO’s as to how it effects national policy AND… CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS Hey, the IRS wants to lock people in the country unless THEYsay they are ok for them to foreign travel….Search Engine the term “CODEX” and see what happening to ALL our rights… JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com    

JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com
JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com

See this is exactly what the controllers want-the six major financial groups, the Major real policy making NGO’s in New York and London-this is EXACTLY what they want-Americans in a Racial shouting match while they complete the total take-over of the country. While people are Wild over a carefully created and media nurtured ultra hot racial incident no one is looking to seeWhat is financially or constitutionally happening to all or our country! Everyone needs to NOT beTransfixed to what the media and their masters wants. You need to focus on what the six major international banks and the big NGO’s are doing. One of the BIG objectives of the controllersIs the elimination of firearm rights. 200 Million Guns in the country is a BIG danger to a very small Ultra elite which wants, for example an 80% reduction in population (it’s in their PUBLISHED documents folks) certainly the Trevon issue and the growing cluster of attacks on whites areIssues which need large public examination. But this is like series of serious cuts and burses in a patient who in a serious cardiac incident. The priority MUST be to stabilize the cardiac incidentAnd keep it stable THEN attend to the cuts and burses. Unless you want to lose the patient. Pay attention to the quiet major financial moves now being made and pay attention on a first priority basis to the moves of the major NGO’s as to how it effects national policy AND constitutional rights.Hey, the IRS wants to lock people in the country unless they say they are ok for foreign travel…. JeffreyJSmith.NewYork@usa.com    

Sal
Sal

Violent crime has fallen in states with easy to procure concealed carry permits.  It is a good idea for vulnerable women (those not living in gated communities) to arm themselves.  Many find the practice range fun and enjoy shooting for recreational purposes.  An armed woman negates the physical advantage of the male criminal.  It is refreshing to see women practicing at the range since they are taking responsibility for their own welfare and refuseto become part of the victimhood crowd.

Glockslinger
Glockslinger

I can answer that last question: WATCH THE DAMN NEWS!  Bad things happen to good people all the time and police will never be able to be everywhere at all times.  (And would you WANT them to be?)  It's great to see so many people taking responsibility for their own safety.

Adg
Adg

Whites should not be allowed to own guns or defend themselves with them. Any White who defends himself against a nigger attack should be electronically lynched by the jewish media. Also, black on white violence should be studiously ignored. Whites must learn to accept that defending themselves is tantamount to racism, and that blacks and jews might be offended. 

Bradley Greenwood
Bradley Greenwood

I am a firm believer in the right to own arms, but this is vulgar. To own one is to say to yourself: "this is what it's come to". Anyone who ENJOYS owning such an awful instrument is a truly disturbed person. I loathe having a .22 rifle around to defend the three females in my house. Google "Stockton, CA" and you will see why I have it. I live in a nicer part of town... but thugs are mobile.

Burton Wynne Jr.
Burton Wynne Jr.

Reminds of the time I went to Las Vegas...  I went to one of the gun stores where they had a Hello Kitty AK-47...  Finally an accessory for all of those Japanese school girl child soldiers!  

Collien Stopersmile
Collien Stopersmile

Sadly, Your mockery of the devastated lives of crime victims,shows you have not suffered an attack ,..Yet

Concealed carry is not about fashion,..

It is a chance to survive being snuck up on, grabbed from behind in the parking lot, thrown into your trunk,then gang raped by 4 Gang Bangersdriven to a empty field,Punched, stomped and  strangled with your own  belt and burned alive to cover the evidence,..

Wise up and get serious,..this is mature  Law full Self Defense,To try and survive being murdered by all the criminals ,that would take your life to prevent being identified,..Get some training,and live.

Duke Chesnut
Duke Chesnut

President Obama has been named the #1 gun-Salesman of the year !

Conlaw Bloganon
Conlaw Bloganon

.22 rifles are for squirrels and soda cans, not thugs. You may want to invest in a firearm with better defensive capability, if that is it's purpose.

Collien Stopersmile
Collien Stopersmile

Quit crying,you sissy,No one is required to die to save you,..Man UP,...Be an American We built the nation with Guns and Guts,what do you contribute,...

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@Collien Stopersmile  

Totally agree.  How sad that some joke about such a serious subject.

Burton Wynne Jr.
Burton Wynne Jr.

"It is a chance to survive being snuck up on, grabbed from behind in the parking lot, thrown into your trunk,

then gang raped by 4 Gang Bangersdriven to a empty field,Punched, stomped and  strangled with your own  belt and burned alive to cover the evidence,.."I'm just kind of curious how often this actually occurs?  For the most part most sexual assault crime victims know their attackers.  How many of us know four 'gang bangers?'  IMO There seems to be a lot of paranoia associated with the firearm self-defense industry...  Btw, I've been a martial artist for over two decades, been a bouncer and dealt with gang members, taught martial arts and have nothing against owning firearms.  

Do become aware of your surroundings, use common sense and possible learn some self defense but realize that you most likely you'll probably be dealing with someone you know and possibly might even care about.

LiberalSucker
LiberalSucker

Right "paranoia". There's no problem whatsoever with blacks attacking Whites. That's all just hysteria and paranoia right Burton?

The reality is, rather than "someone you care about", you'll most likely be dealing with someone who's black. If you see blacks on the street, male or female, it's just plain common sense to assume they are going to commit violence, and that you should avoid them. It's also plain common sense to be armed if you live in an area where there are black, and be ready to shoot-to-kill. There's no point in wasting time with these animals. 

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