Summer Shirt for the Range, Field & Town

I’ve never been a fashion conscious kind of guy. If it was comfortable I wore it…as long as it worked at concealing whatever gun I was carrying. I never worried about SPF protection, what logo might be on the shirt or if I might look like I just come off the river. As you get older, things change. You learn important stuff like to always check for toilet paper FIRST in public restrooms and to never sneeze while you’re at the urinal. You still want to be comfortable in your dress but you also want to look like, well, an adult.

I’ve become a bit more particular about what I wear. After all, I got kids now that look to me for inspiration and guidance; I shouldn’t go round dressed like a tactard or like I’m auditioning for a People of Walmart photo. (Never mind my current head of hair that needs a trim, its a mid life crisis thing that’s infinitely cheaper – and safer – than a sports car, mistress or another Harley.)

I’ve never been partial to short sleeve shirts and in the heat of the summer this can be inconvenient. For the past year I’ve been wearing a lot of Mountain Khaki gear and just the other day received one of their Approach Henley shirts and darned if I’m not impressed. This is a long sleeve, light cotton and poly blend shirt with a half zip front and a dual chest pocket. I like the absence of buttons which I tend to pop off, it drapes just long and loose enough to conceal a handgun carried in the waistband, offers UPF protection and is damned comfortable!

It also looks good enough to wear about anywhere. the other day my little girl graduated Pre-K and I was sporting in my new shirt. I told Drema if I had seven of these, they’d be about all I ever wore. (Its nice to simplify your wardrobe, it saves time each morning when getting dressed.) Father’s Day is coming and hopefully she was paying attention.

The only problem is MK’s Approach Henley comes in just three colors. I’m going to complain about that; I need one in green and another in brown. You know, neutral colors cause I can see me meandering around in the bush in Mozambique while looking for a buffalo in one of these.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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3 Responses to Summer Shirt for the Range, Field & Town

  1. Steve says:
    Here’s something a little bit cheaper……

    Oh and they wear like iron; have had one for about 7 years……..

  2. shelley says:

    Mountain Khakis makes a heavier henley also…but it is for cooler weather. The Approach henly is a technical shirt that happens to be SUPER comfortable. Also…it gives you sun protection and by using recycled coffee grounds in the fabric, you will get a natural odor control.

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