As winter approaches for most of us, the talk of how to conceal and access your firearm in a coat is coming up more and more. There are a lot of options, some better than others. There are conceal carry winter coats that have a holster built in to the system. A simple web search will turn up lots of options. If you prefer on body, a shorter Bomber or Letter style jacket can offer concealment and access. Coats made for first responders often have snaps or zippers on the sides so you can open up the coat for access to hip carries firearms. Some will add a pocket holster and carry in a bulky coat pocket. Be aware this can be a problem with retention, and orientation as the holster may move in a pocket.
One option I’m seeing tossed around this year is cutting the pocket out of your coat, so you can reach through to your carry. When I challenged someone about the risks of getting tangled up trying to draw she said she would shoot through the coat. I have to say that this is one of those sounds good at first ideas, but maybe not so good in practice. There are plenty of videos available of shooting through a concealed carry purse and setting it on fire. I would think that the lining and fabric in a winter coat would be much more flammable than a leather purse, and harder to get off your body.
As always, if you have permitted to carry a concealed firearm you need to be responsible and safe. This may take a little effort, but safety is critical, for you and those around you.