“I’m really getting serious about concealed carry,” my friend said. “I even bought a new gun.”
“Let’s see it,” I said.
“I don’t have it with me,” he said. “It’s home.”
“Well, there’s only a 30 percent chance of rain today,” I replied. He didn’t understand, and I suppose I was being a bit cryptic.
Listen to the weather forecast and you’ll know when it might be a good idea to carry an umbrella. Actually, none of my gun-toting friends would be caught dead carrying an umbrella. I don’t know why that’s the case. It doesn’t make sense. But the point is that some things, such as wearing your seat belt or carrying a gun, can’t be done selectively because you can’t predict such things as a car accident or a criminal’s threat to your life.
So, you’ve realized that your peaceful world can suddenly and unexpectedly become a very violent place. You’ve bought a gun or you’re doing your research because you’re going to buy a gun soon. Because you’re reading this magazine, though, I’ll bet you already own several guns and wouldn’t mind having another one. That’s good. Now pick one and carry it with you regularly.
When we talk about concealed carry, we like to focus on the gun. But there’s more to it. Concealed carry means having deep pockets, not financially, but for the other things you should carry with you in addition to a firearm. You should have a knife. I carry two: one harmless-looking knife for everyday mundane cutting tasks and one I want to keep sharp for serious business.
I also carry a small, powerful flashlight day and night. Recently it’s a Streamlight Pro Tac 1AAA and it’s amazing how much I use it, whether I’m looking for something in a dark corner of my messy basement or clipping it to the visor of my ball cap when I need both hands free to find out why my car won’t start again.
Just about everyone carries a cell phone these days, but it should be in a pocket and not a permanent extension of your hand, especially your gun hand. Use it to be a good witness and report what you see. Don’t go running into trouble.
A spare magazine or speedloader might be a good idea for one of your pockets. Pepper spray can be useful too because many confrontations don’t rise to the level where deadly physical force is justified.
The most important things to have, however, can’t be purchased and aren’t carried in your pockets. They are a continual state of awareness of your surroundings and the mindset to take appropriate action upon a threat. That being said, we hope you’ll turn these pages and maybe find your next gun.