The BIG TELL is an Asymmetric Gait
A gun concealed on the right of the body, the waist band, or the right leg, will make the right step length shorter than the left. Carried on the left just reverses the tell.
The carrier’s carry side arm movement will also appear static or reduced in movement compared to the other as they try to conceal it’s position.
When carried within a belt line or in an inferior design holster, hard movement (a stumble, a hard step down, or bumping into something) may cause rotation of the weapon. A carrier will often reposition it with an external ‘massage’ of the weapon.
When running a carrier will always ‘protect’ the weapon with a hand over it’s position.
Most carriers subconsciously ‘telegraph’ a guns position.
A pat, a check of it’s position or, in close company, by moving the weapon away from anyone who gets too close for their comfort.
The position of the holster will disturb the line of the clothing i.e. bulges, and it’s weight on a waist belt/line will do the same. As for a shoulder holster, it does change the way your arm lays against the body and, if you look hard enough, you may see the harness as a ripple in the upper clothing line.
Clothing is usually worn loose or be bigger than a persons form aka a bad fit.
It may be ‘inappropriate’ for the scenario or weather.
Too hot or too wet will quickly show up the weapon’s or holster position from excessive sweat or by wet clinging clothing.
Cold weather. Outer Clothing will be thicker and often not be buttoned up as well as it should be to facilitate access to a concealed.
|Common carry positions.|
|Neck Holster||Neck Holster|
|Chest Strap||Center of Bra|
|Inside of armpit||Inside of armpit|
|Lt. and Rt. Waist and back||Lt. and Rt. Waist and back|
|Center Belly||Center Belly|
|Small of back||Small of back|
|Pecker Bulge||Fanny Pouch|
|Inside thigh||Inside thigh|
|Ankle holster||Ankle holster|
As always, the eyes show the intent but it’s the hands that do the deed.
If you cannot see a hand, always assume that person is reaching for, or holding something, covertly.
Question: Is distance a factor when facing a firearm?
The greater the range the harder it is for most to loose off an accurate snap shot.
Constantly changing your aspect / position to a possible assailant may expose their intentions as they try to maintain a ‘good aspect for a draw’. It may even ‘force’ them to draw.
Remember, if you have a doubt about someone, or a ‘bad feeling’, or something just looks wrong. Trust your instincts and act accordingly.