MIN­I­MAL MIGHT

YOU CAN BE PRE­PARED TO FIGHT WHILE STILL CAR­RY­ING BARE-BONES, LIGHT­WEIGHT GEAR

Concealed Carry Hand Guns - - TABLE OF CONTENTS - STORY AND PHO­TOS BY CCH STAFF

You can be pre­pared to fight while still car­ry­ing bare-bones, light­weight gear. By CCH Staff

You don’t want to be one of those guys who wears a belt and sus­penders. If you ac­tu­ally car­ried all of the musthave de­fen­sive gear the “ex­perts” ex­pect us to stuff into our pock­ets on a daily ba­sis, those pock­ets would be bulging out like a chip­munk’s cheeks and you wouldn’t be able to keep your pants up. The fact that there are lots of prod­ucts out there is a good thing. You have many good choices. But you don’t have to carry it all at once. There are times when you must go bare-bones, times when you must limit what you carry. So, what are those items, the ev­ery­day carry (EDC) gear, you should have with you at all times?

EDC LIGHT

For min­i­mal­ist carry, what might be called “EDC light,” you might want to con­sider this short list: hand­gun, one

“A...TAC­TI­CAL PEN, SUCH AS THOSE MADE BY TUFF WRITER, MAKES A DEV­AS­TAT­ING IM­PACT WEAPON IN AN EMER­GENCY.”

full reload, min­i­mal­ist hol­ster, small pocket knife, sin­gle-cell flash­light, sec­ondary weapon or de­fen­sive tool, and (this will make the younger gen­er­a­tion happy) a cell phone. Let’s look at each one.

WEAPON CHOICE

This is not the place to com­pro­mise too much. Re­mem­ber, a hand­gun is al­ready a com­pro­mise. You’re trad­ing ef­fec­tive­ness of a long gun for the porta­bil­ity and con­ceal­a­bil­ity of a hand­gun. Many peo­ple have no prob­lem car­ry­ing a mid-sized hand­gun, such as a Glock 19 or Com­man­der-sized 1911, in an in­side-the-waist­band hol­ster while wear­ing a loose-fit­ting ca­sual shirt un­tucked over a pair of shorts on the hottest sum­mer days.

But wait—you’re trav­el­ing light. You don’t want to feel weighed down. Or maybe your slight frame makes it dif­fi­cult to con­ceal a hand­gun. Switch to a small pocket pis­tol if you’d like. Just know you might be lim­it­ing your ef­fec­tive­ness in some de­fen­sive sit­u­a­tions. Try shoot­ing a tiny pocket pis­tol in an IDPA match to see what we mean. On the other hand, most con­flicts oc­cur at ex­treme close range. If you’re con­fi­dent in your hand­gun choice at con­tact dis­tances, go for it. You will want a reload. You might ex­pend more rounds than you think if you need to cover your re­treat and a re­treat is usu­ally prefer­able than stay­ing to fight. If you’re car­ry­ing a semi-auto, the magazine is the weak­est part, so a spare is a good idea.

MIN­I­MAL­IST HOL­STER

Some­times giv­ing up that bulky hol­ster can make you feel less bur­dened. The Q-se­ries Stealth hol­ster is a min­i­mal­ist IWB rig that can be worn in the ap­pen­dix, strong side or smallof-the-back po­si­tions. It is a molded poly­mer hol­ster that ba­si­cally cov­ers only the trig­ger guard. It’s com­fort­able, con­ve­nient and se­cure. Also, there are de­vices, belt clips ba­si­cally, that at­tach to the hand­gun it­self that al­low you to clip your gun in­side the waist­band of your pants with­out a hol­ster. Makers in­clude Clip Draw and Techna Clip. Al­though some com­pa­nies also of­fer trig­ger guard cov­ers, others do not, so ex­treme cau­tion is needed when car­ry­ing this way. A pocket hol­ster is an­other op­tion, al­though car­ry­ing this way does take up valu­able pocket space.

POCKET KNIFE

There is no short­age of small, light­weight pocket knives. A good ex­am­ple is the Ger­ber LST that has been in the com­pany’s lineup for many years. An­other that of­fers great util­ity is the Spyderco Salt II, also cov­ered else­where in this is­sue. A knife has count­less ev­ery­day uses, is an ex­cel­lent sur­vival tool and can be a great de­ter­rent if some­one tries to grab your gun.

THIS PEN IS MIGHT­IER

It doesn’t hurt to carry items that have sec­ondary uses as last-ditch weapons. A sturdy tac­ti­cal pen, such as those made by Tuff Writer, makes a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact weapon in an emer­gency. It’s also a good idea to have some­thing to write down li­cense plate num­bers, sus­pect de­scrip­tions and other info so that you can be a good wit­ness for po­lice af­ter an in­ci­dent. An­other good sec­ondary weapon is pep­per spray. Small and light­weight can­is­ters, such as those from Sabre, can be es­pe­cially use­ful when a strug­gle doesn’t rise to the level where deadly phys­i­cal force is jus­ti­fied.

SEE THE THREAT

A small flash­light comes in handy day and night. There are al­ways dark places where you need to shed some light. Streamlight’s Pro­tac 1-AAA pen light is ideal for min­i­mal­ist carry. It’s smaller than most tac­ti­cal lights, uses just one AAA bat­tery, yet still emits enough light—115 lu­mens—to light up a tar­get in close quarters. Its twoway clip can be fas­tened to a pocket or the brim of your cap to be used as a head­lamp.

OTHER GEAR

You don’t have to be glued to your cell phone to re­al­ize the abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate can be in­valu­able in an emer­gency. Be­sides call­ing 911, you can text silently when hid­ing from an ac­tive shooter, use the cam­era to pro­vide ev­i­dence and down­load nav­i­ga­tion apps to find a route away from trou­ble. For hik­ing or other re­mote travel, the addition of a but­ton com­pass and a dis­pos­able lighter are good ad­di­tions to your pock­etable gear.

With the right as­sort­ment of light­weight gear, in­clud­ing a hand­gun, min­i­mal­ist hol­ster, spare magazine, small knife, sin­gle-cell flash­light, tac­ti­cal pen, pep­per spray and cell phone, you can han­dle many dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions.

Sev­eral com­pa­nies make hand­gun belt clips. This one from Techna Clip is at­tached to a Ruger LCP in .380 ACP. Great care must be ex­er­cised when car­ry­ing a gun in this fash­ion as there is noth­ing but your pants cov­er­ing the trig­ger guard. Also shown is...

Ready to romp. If hik­ing is in the game plan, the addition of a but­ton com­pass and a dis­pos­able lighter are good ad­di­tions to your pock­etable gear.

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