Concealed carry is now permitted in all 50 states. It’s quite an accomplishment considering the times we live in and the polarized political climate in Washington. But these are actually the best of times if you look back at the history of “legal” concealed carry. And you can look back as far as the 1870s, when town marshals and sheriffs outlawed concealed carry within city limits, and many frontier city marshals, sheriffs and police chiefs flatly outlawed the carrying of any firearm. Today, carry permits still fall under the jurisdiction and discretion of local police chiefs and county sheriffs. Upon receiving a CCW permit, one must decide on the best means of discretely adding a sidearm to one’s wardrobe, an issue over which shooters have been arguing for over 150 years! Here are 10 of the most famous solutions ever devised.

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This article was originally published in the November 2014 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. Subscription is available in print and digital editions below.

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