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How to Spot a Hidden Handgun

Spotting a hidden handgun



ASYMMETRICAL GAIT



A gun in a right-hand pocket or tucked into the right side of a waistband may hinder leg movement on that side, making the right stride shorter than the left.



A slightly clipped arm swing may also signal a hidden gun: the forearm on the gun side will tend to stay close to the body, instinctively guarding the weapon.



Short stride on gun side

L R

RIGHT STRIDE



Short arm swing on gun side

R L

LEFT STRIDE



UPPER BODY SHIFT



When approached from the front, a person with a hidden gun will instinctively turn the gun side of his body away from the person approaching, and veer to that side to avoid a face-to-face encounter. He is also likely to pull his arm in toward his body on the gun side.



A QUICK ADJUSTMENT



A gun's weight is distributed unevenly, with more of its weight in the grip than in the barrel. Vertical motion - like descending stairs of stepping onto a curb - tends to shift the barrel upward. A quick, circular movement of the hand or forearm adjusts the gun's position.



Gun's original position in waistband



Weighted grip slips downward; barrel rises



GUN HIDDEN UNDER JACKET



HAND REPOSITIONS GUN



RUNNING FROM THE RAIN



When running toward shelter from rain, or across a busy street, a person concealing a gun is likely to brace the weapon with an arm or hand.



CONSPICUOUS CLOTHING



Garments worn to conceal weapons often appear odd, mismatched, or out of season, and can actually draw attention to a person trying to avoid scrutiny. A closer look may reveal movements or other characteristic signs of a hidden handgun.



JACKET FITS UNEVENLY



One side hangs lower than the other, and swings like a pendulum with each step.



HAND RESTS ON GUN



Hand constantly feels for gun through clothing.



HOLSTER BULGES



A holstered gun appears as a lump when arms are extended or when the body bends at the waist.



STYLES DON'T MATCH



Oversized or mismatched coat seems incompatible with other clothing.



CLOTHES DON'T SUIT WEATHER



A coat is open in cold weather, for quick access to a gun..

...or closed in hot weather, to conceal one

How to Spot a Hidden Handgun

shared by kevin on Mar 21, 2011 in How To

How to Spot a Hidden Handgun

shared by kevin on Mar 21, 2011 in How To

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How can you tell if someone has a concealed weapon on them? The NYPD has plenty of experience with this, and with a few tips and pointers you too can learn to spot a potentially armed trouble-maker.
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