Stay sharp while looking sharp with these guns that perfectly compliment the well-appointed man.
Fashion is a weird thing. I usually just don’t get it. I can replicate a decent outfit, but I couldn’t plan one. The accessories get me. The watches, cufflinks, shoes, and ties all seem like a language I can’t comprehend. One accessory I do understand when it comes time to suit up, for lack of a better term, is firearms. Suppose you showed me a suit or described a formal event, I could pick out the right gun to match the occasion. Today, we are talking suit guns and going over only the classiest of carry guns.
Suit Guns? What The…
When it comes to wearing a suit and dressing formally, your firearm isn’t likely to be seen. Formal and business affairs are the place of concealed carry. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least consider the fashionable firearm. You don’t have to, and I hope many of you take this article in good nature. You can carry whatever you want in a suit, and I’m just suggesting a few suit guns that compliment your outfit.
The Tuxedo Gun – Walther PPK
James Bond might’ve been the first connoisseur of suit guns. His famed Walther PPK fits perfectly under his wide variety of suits, including his tuxedo. The flat and skinny Walther hides well in a variety of holsters, with the appendix position likely being the best for a Tuxedo.
Walther’s PPK has been kicking around since the 1930s. It’s a simple, straight blowback pistol with a fixed barrel, DA/SA action, and comes in 380 ACP. It’s not the smallest of the little 380 ACPs, but it’s one of the easier to control and engage with. Even to this day, it remains a popular concealed carry option.
For the Italian Fit – Beretta Tomcat
Italian fit suits are famously a little tighter and a little lighter. This makes concealment a bit of a hassle. The tighter the suit, the smaller the gun, and one of the best options for an Italian suit is an Italian gun. The Beretta Tomcat is a teeny tiny 32 ACP handgun that fits that classic Beretta style.
That exposed barrel is unmistakably a Beretta design. The tip-up barrel makes popping one in the chamber easy. The DA/SA design makes it an easy shooter, and the manual safety gives deep concealment security. Tiny guns make great suit guns all around, and the Tomcat lends style to the tiny gun category. Bonus points for the covert model.
The Three Piecer – Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless
Three-piece suits are tricky to pull off. They often appear to be of an older class of suit, and looking stuffy is a real risk. However, if you go the three-piece route, then you have to go with the classic Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. This is a classic vest pistol and one of the classier guns from the early 1900s.
Since your three-piece suit is dolled up with a vest, you’ll have no problem hiding the Colt Pocket Hammerless. If you go the vest pocket route, a good holster is still required to protect the trigger guard. The Pocket Hammerless is another 32 ACP, although the 1908 model introduced the 380 ACP to the gun. In either caliber, you’ll be well suited and plenty stylish.
Business Wear – S&W 642
I’d hate to be the type who has to wear a suit every day. That’s just not my bag. However, if that’s what you face daily, then a good wheel gun might be the route to take. A good wheel gun can be carried IWB, OWB, in the pocket, or beyond with ease. This allows you to match the carry method to your suit design.
The S&W 642 brings you that classic carry revolver design in an air weight configuration. Why feel weighed down during a long day at work. The stainless appearance keeps things classy, but the J-frame is always practical. As far as suit guns go, it’s tough to find a better working option.
Preserving the Lines – Seecamp LWS 380 ACP
Sometimes style is everything. You might be attending the most important event in your life. You might be dancing closely or need to impress, and you can risk having the lines of your suit ruined or your firearm detected. That’s why the Seecamp 380 ACP is the best of these suit guns for deep concealment.
It’s a teeny tiny gun designed to fit into the palm of your hand while still chambering the 38-0 ACP round. It’s a weird chamber ring delayed blowback action, but it darns sure works. This is the smallest way to get six rounds of 380 ACP. While it’s small and efficient, the stainless steel, all-metal designs give the gun the classy appearance we need.
Suit guns are admittedly a vain type of weapon. It doesn’t really matter if the gun is a 380 ACP Glock or an LWS 380. It will still defend you without looking fancy. Even so, I think it’s fine to find firearms that blend style and function in one package. That’s exactly what suit guns do. Stay and carry classy, my friends.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.
He serves as an NRA-certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms-based hobbies.
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