I am a big fan of Propper and was eagerly awaiting an opportunity to field test one of their new covert button-up long sleeve shirts. Continue reading to see how it stacked up and whether or not it should find a home in your wardrobe.
I carry at all times; whether on duty or off, at least one of my Glocks is always within arm’s reach. Of course, anyone who exercises carry of a firearm, whether for professional or 2nd Amendment reasons, quickly finds that one of the hardest aspects of doing so is concealment. Most clothing is simply not made to conceal a firearm, and you find yourself sacrificing comfort and style in the name of safety. So, I am constantly on the lookout for clothing designed with the shooter in mind.
Unfortunately, I often find myself just as disappointed with shirts, jackets and other items advertised as either “covert” or “designed for concealment.” In many cases, they scream “Gun!” as loud as if I were practicing open carry. Some are nothing more than oversized versions of traditional shirts, presenting an unprofessional and sloppy appearance. Others are based on designs that either provide no real world application or allow CCW access only if you carry how the designer thinks you should. In most cases, I have found myself returning to polo shirts, untucked button-downs or baggy tees. Not anymore; not after I have tried the Propper Covert Button-up.
Propper has provided a truly functional and stylish option for those who need, or choose, to carry a firearm but do not wish to advertise that they are doing so. From collar to cuff, this shirt is designed for this one purpose and includes many features to provide the comfort, concealment and CCW access you desire.
- False button front, featuring Prym snaps
- Dual magnetic-closure chest pockets
- Four stylish plaid designs: Barn Red, Ocean Blue, Loden Green and Steel Gray
- Underarm gussets to allow a full range of motion
- Chest pen pocket
- Extended length for easy, secure tucking
- Magnetic vertical document pocket
- Two button adjustable cuffs
When I first put the shirt on, I was impressed with the weight and feel. This seemed like the quality shirt Propper advertised it to be. The fit was good and presented a professional, fashionable look- not the bulky, oversized look I am accustomed to settling for. The traditional chest pocket was functional, included a pen pocket and the placement did not interfere with the covert magnetic pockets, mounted inside and behind each one. Plus, the plaid design was stylish and eye catching.
As I examined the CCW access features, I was again impressed. The quick magnetic closure chest pockets were easy to open, with nothing more than a swipe of either hand, and closed quietly and securely with no additional effort on my part. The first thing I did was to check the functionality of each with my personal CCW of choice – a Glock 27. I will admit that at first it felt a bit heavy and would probably not be my first choice for a standard carry option. However, if you were to select a smaller handgun, possibly a .38 revolver or .380 semi-auto, the weight would be manageable. Each pocket is also large enough to accommodate a small holster without any trouble. I also like that there are two such pockets that allows for not only ambidextrous carry but also the option of concealing a second magazine or ID.
The quiet access pockets are also advertised as vertical document pockets, a purpose for which they appear well suited. They would be especially useful for the traveler who needed to store documents securely but within easy reach, maybe airline tickets or traveler’s checks. If I were to say anything negative about the pockets when used for this purpose, I would suggest they might be a bit too deep. Although tickets or other larger items would be easy to retrieve, small items, such as a passport, might be hard to reach when at the bottom of the pocket.
The false button front looked like a traditional button-up shirt but with heavy duty Prym snaps concealed behind each regular button. The snaps were heavy duty and provided a secure closure without being bulky or even noticeable when the shirt was worn. Although it may take a little bit of practice, it would not take long to become proficient at accessing a concealed weapon. But, what I liked the most was the fact that you were not limited to carrying only as the designer envisioned. The Covert Button-up allows equal access to your weapon in a wide range of locations including shoulder holster, inside the waistband (whether the shirt is tucked or not), strong side, weak side, small of the back or even tucked deep in front. While it is easy to adjust your carry method to accommodate your clothing, and we have all done it, it is nice not to have to. I am a true believer in carrying in a manner that works best for you, and this shirt does not interfere with that practice.
The shirt wore well, and the design was especially useful in decreasing any printing by my firearm. I am not sure if the plaid print was selected for this purpose, but it does seem to play a large part in making it difficult to detect hidden items, even in the chest pockets. Even after a long day of wear, the shirt kept its shape and the extra-long tail did indeed remain tucked. Despite several washings, the shirt still retained its shape and the pockets continue to lay flat with all the closures aligned and functioning properly.
All in all, I would agree that the Propper Covert Button-up Long Sleeve Shirt both looks and feels like a quality casual shirt, while also providing you with the full tactical advantage you are seeking. I fully intend to add additional color options, as well as the matching short sleeve version, to my wardrobe. I would also recommend you consider it as part of your future daily wear selection.
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