There are some locations where alternate styles of concealed carry are needed in order to blend in effectively.
One location is in the downtown area of any city.
Whether it’s the financial district, the headquarters of a large company, a news agency, or a bank, chances are there are business professionals milling around.
They’re probably wearing a variety of suits and are hurrying from one place to another, usually talking on cell phones.
A person who chooses to wear baggy cargo pants or carry a backpack in the interest of concealing a handgun will stick out like a sore thumb among all those suits and shiny leather briefcases.
In this situation, the briefcases themselves are the key to success. When it comes to a business-oriented setting, a briefcase is standard issue. Nobody will blink or think twice about you having one; especially if you’re professionally dressed.
Often the professional wardrobe can preclude traditional carry with a body holster. The weapon tends to print through the fabric, so where else could the weapon go other than inside the briefcase?
Of course, having a loose handgun inside a briefcase isn’t optimal. Fortunately, there are a variety of custom designed briefcases that have a special hidden pocket inside to house your weapon and keep it out of sight until it’s needed.
This means you can use the briefcase for double duty, both for concealing your weapon and for storing other articles of importance, such as documents and purchases.
There are often concerns regarding the quality or appearance of specially designed cases and author Tony Walker puts those concerns to rest in his article “Briefcase Carry” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“I opened it to find a black leather attaché case fitted with a shoulder strap, as well as a detachable carrying handle. There are two separate compartments, each fitted with pockets to carry spare disks or accessories inside. The case is a handsome piece, extremely well made, and would not look out of place in the office or the boardroom of any company.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
There are many benefits of this style of carry. A business person carrying a briefcase is a ubiquitous sight in many areas and doesn’t look threatening or tactical in any way. Utilizing an article you have in your hand every day is an excellent way to retain the ability to defend yourself without looking out of place.