Micro-Compact Versatility

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With the growing popularity of concealed carry there are more than ever a broad range of options for carry pistols. While there may be a trend for carrying larger framed pistols, sales numbers show an unprecedented interest in the micro-compact pistols.

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Small Is Sometimes Better

The Logic is Undeniable

I’ve been a big fan of these pint size blasters for a while. I’ve talked a great deal about the value they bring to the table. A major obstacle for many is the perceived difficulty some will have shooting these smaller framed pistols. Most of the time, this is a perception based on a few observations. These pistols have a shorter barrel length and frame height, making them smaller obviously. The real issue is how much lighter they are and the effect recoil has with less weight. This perception is backed up by the laws of physics. How many will comment the physics involved is irrefutable.

It is Always The Indian

That may be the case, but science isn’t the only reason. Ignorance or lack of understanding come into the picture. I have been shooting these smaller platforms extensively for some time, at least the last couple of years. My round count log on these platforms puts me at several thousand rounds combined. What I have learned is like anything, this is a learned skill. Once you learn how to adapt your stance, mount and grip along with a few common errors you quickly learn the disadvantages often quoted aren’t as signifiant as once believed.

It’s All About the Size

This allows us to then expand on the versatility of these micro-compacts. There are a couple of these platforms that can cover a broad range of carry options. My original thought process was the smaller and lighter pistol made it easier to carry. Without a doubt this is true. It just makes sense from a longevity point of view. Add some extreme weather conditions and going with these micro pistols is a much easier decision to make than previously considered. When you are in it for the long haul, size does matter.

Not Just a Pretty Face

Being able to adopt other carry options such as pocket and ankle carry is a huge advantage. You may frown upon these methods. You may even talk down to those who choose to carry them because they are different from your own methods. That is certainly your opinion, but it is shortsighted. There are several reasons to consider these lesser known carry methods. Wardrobe restrictions, inclement weather and personal choices are all often the reason when you take the time to ask why they our popular.

Don’t Be That Guy

Some will look at these micro-compact pistols and feel they are out gunned and under supplied with ammunition. Shooting like anything takes practice. Someone who is competent and proficient at the fundamentals will not have a difficult time transitioning. The novelty of the new platform takes a short while to “figure out” then it is full speed ahead. It is those who lack the proficiency or ignorance into these micro pistols capability who are the biggest naysayers.

The tricked out pistols are not going to go away anytime soon, but their popularity is much smaller when compared to the popularity of the micro-compact pistols. Some will look at this as a who’s right type of equation. Truthfully, you’re wrong if you fail to see the benefits of both options.

The Not Good Enough Go To Gun

You need more than your one gun for life

Over the last couple of weeks I have found myself having to adapt to some unique environmental conditions. How often do you review your loadout to manage the wardrobe variety life can throw at you then realize maybe your go to gun is not good enough.

More Than One Gun Option

Most everyone has their “go to gun” system they rely on for the majority of the carry needs. There is nothing wrong with this setup. It has been researched, tested with countless hours of service and good results. Maybe over the years you might modify it here and there, but it remains largely unchanged. How often have you been faced with enviornment conditions where your go to gun just doesn’t work. Most of the time folks have failed to develop other options. They are a one go to gun type of person. Maybe, financially you have no other options. Or maybe you really haven’t given it consideration.

Not All Go To Guns Are The Same

Until it happens to you it might not be important enough. When it does, you either push a bad position because you know it violates the carry directives you developed. Or, you hastily put something together as a last minute solution. Something until that moment you didn’t give much thought. Solving these problems are not difficult. The handful of times you might need to dress in formal or business wear may not justify the investment or maybe it does. I’m reminded of a saying, “everything works, until it doesn’t.”

Don’t Make Excuses

There may be internal dialogue that will say, its only a couple of hours, it’s not that obvious, nobody really cares or I can make this work. When in truth you would avoid this thinking with your go to gun like the plague. Making do is not a strategy and downplaying the situation is only burying your head in the sand. Put some thought into at least a secondary system, a complete second system. To include a different firearm, holster and belt. You may even consider a backup system bringing your entire carry inventory to three go to guns. In the grand scheme of things this is not a bad idea.

Do The Work With Other Guns

Do the work to train and periodically field your secondary and backup system. If they are supposed to be good enough for those conditions, then get comfortable with them. This provides all sorts of insight that will only sharpen your edge with these additional carry systems in your inventory. While I wouldn’t necessary encourage you to enroll in a high intensity class with your backup gun, you can still rotate it into service and login some trigger time. While it makes sense to try and keep within the same family of guns even that may not cover all the bases.

The Same Guns, But Different

My primary and secondary are both striker fired firearms. The primary is a compact model and the secondary is a subcompact model. Both have their own holster and belt to complete the system. I will periodically run through my professional development with my subcompact to stay current. My backup gun is a 5-shot revolver and surprisingly I see a lot more carry time with this blaster. Mainly because of new roles I have discovered I can use the revolver in where it makes sense. For my backup I have the most variety when it comes to holsters, not just belt holsters, but ankle, pocket and even off body. This inventory allows me to tackle just about any enviornment condition I may find myself with a solid performance history for the added confidence.

Life comes at you pretty fast and sometimes you are either ready or you are not. When you have a well thought multi-level carry system there is just about nothing you cannot do where you can legally go with a gun.

Trigger Finger Dangers

Many self-inflicted gunshot wounds are preventable, many are a result of negligence. Some can be really accidents, but most are the result of human error.

Know What You Are Getting Into

Having just finished up a Concealed Carry Instructor course we spend a good amount of time going over risk mitigation. How to set the tone for safety, how to observe for potential issues, but most of all how to prevent incidents in the first place. There is only so much you can do, but within that scope there is a lot. Many times I see a very lack luster attitude towards safety. If you come across this attitude be very cautious. We cannot afford to be cavalier; which really amounts to recklessness. Experience is a blessing, but it is also a curse. I can almost recount an incident for many of the common issues we see today. I’m not happy about the fact I can, but it serves a purpose.

Dark Case Studies

When I got back from my trip I literally had an email waiting detailing the death of an officer as a result of carrying concealed. Then, I get to work and learn of a fatality during a force on force event. These types of incidents happen a lot more than people realize. They may not touch your lives, but they can impact your future. In our course I talk about some case studies. Three of the case studies I had direct knowledge, meaning I either spoke with the victim, the instructor or the investigating officer. I try not to add more to my brief, but I could easily. These are all fairly recent with most going back no more than four years. We talk about how to prevent these types of incidents in the future, but studying what went wrong.

The Fire Pyramid

Four of the six cases all were a result of the trigger finger somehow manipulating the trigger causing the gun to discharge. Allow me to regress. For a self-inflicted gunshot wound to occur, three conditions must be in place. The gun must be loaded, the muzzle must be pointed at the body and the trigger must be manipulated. That’s it! There are no other reasons. I use as an example the fire triangle to help folks understand when one of these criterion is missing the self-inflicted GSW cannot occur, maybe I should caveat “should not” occur. When you consider this in your range evolutions it helps to reduce the possibilities of negligent discharges from students. You must be unapologetic with regards to safety. Ironically, the four safety rules we follow take into account the self-inflicted GSW Pyramid. In other words, we treat all guns as if they were loaded, always. We keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, not at our body. Lastly, we keep our finger straight on home position until the sights are on target and you are ready to fire.

Stop The Insanity

It seems simple enough, but when we examine those case studies two or 50% of the incidents happened during the draw stroke. Meaning they shot themselves as they were drawing the gun from the holster. If we should not put our finger on the trigger until the sights are on target then how could this happen. Because there are some who promote prepping the trigger. Truthfully, I was one of them when I shot DA guns. In an effort to get on that long travel you start early. With today’s inventory being mostly made up of striker fired guns this is a dangerous trait to develop. Made more so within the industry by some promoting the idea you will be faster. Now, you are adding another dangerous element; stress. The problem is human nature. It is human nature to want to be fast. It is also human nature to be fallible. Combine these with a gun and it shouldn’t surprise people why we see these incidents. The bottom line, you are not gaining anything by “prepping” the trigger, you really are not. You might not like hearing that, but whatever perceived advantage you may think pales in comparison to the possibility of shooting yourself. It is a slippery slope. You say it is okay, but only when the gun is in the position. Then, it is okay when the gun is closer to the body in this position. Then, okay when the gun is coming out of the holster. Where do you draw the line?

I’ll bet you every one of those folks in the case study didn’t think they would shoot themselves seconds before they shot themselves. Prove me wrong.

Injuries, They Suck

With an active lifestyle it is hard not to see the occasional injury. Add a lot of mileage as an athlete and you can expect to see the negative side of all those miles.

All In, All the Time

Carrying concealed is something you either go all in or just walk around edges. Very few take the plunge or at least on a long term basis. Once you reach the level where you truly are carrying everyday your gear selection becomes essential. Add your work conditions and other obstacles and finding a good system becomes complex. The mistake many make is investing in one system then being so shut off it becomes your only way. At some point you find yourself looking at the round hole as a square peg.

The Path Less Traveled

When I carry, I typically have my go to or standard load out. It solves 50% of all my known problems for a good load out. I enjoy the comfort and capabilities it provides. I have been shooting these platforms for long enough to know them like the back of my hand. When something changes and I have to move off my beaten path I do so cautiously, but optimistically. Moving off the beaten path can be the result of several different factors or just one big one. It really doesn’t matter, the point is can you accommodate or improvise. To avoid being disadvantaged.

Nun-Yah…

I get asked all the time what I carry. Truthfully I rarely answer. Partly because I keep the information close to my chest, but also because it changes periodically. I will go from my go to blaster, to the one I reserve for special occasions, to the one I use because I’m being lazy. I feel as though I have good coverage to manage most of the crazy thrown at me or that I might walk into on my own. Lately, I discovered a flaw in my plan. It happened while on vacation, but it gave me great insight into changing things up on my load out. The catalyst was managing some injuries. These injuries forced me to carry well outside my normal load outs.

Some Things Don’t Change

The good news is principles transcend. It doesn’t matter, to a certain extent, what you may be holding as long as you apply the same principles. There will always be subtitles, but they mostly go unnoticed if you are focusing on the right thing at the right time. What I was pleasantly surprised by was the ease of my new carry method. When I say ease, what I’m talking about is my existing equipment I could make work. I didn’t have to go out and buy anything new or different. What was not easy was the changes meant I was sore in places I haven’t been sore in a long time. It took some getting use to carrying in this new configuration, but I’m already well adjusted and acclimated. Since then I’ve been putting a lot more time into this new load out. Practicing, shooting and sourcing additional supporting equipment. Maybe I should have given this more thought before my vacation, but I didn’t. Now, I have the advantage of the lessons learned to move forward.

Having used this setup at my last instructor course it gave me that comfortable feeling again. Don’t let your environment or equipment make all the decisions, think through how you can best accommodate or improvise.

Appendix Carry’s True Strength

When I get asked for my opinion on appendix inside the waistband (IWB) I enjoy sharing my experience and observations. Many times, the students are surprised by my answer.

It’s Not New

This method of carry has been around for a long time, probably longer than most could track. It’s a common response, albeit with some cool pictures of civil war soldiers wearing their single action revolvers in a similar position. Let’s start there, I know this is obvious, but if you can see it then it is not concealed. Carrying in this mode concealed is somewhat new to the concealed carry community. How new, maybe a couple of decades, but again it is difficult to track. Then there are those who will chime in regarding safety. Many are quick to retort with comments along the lines if you can’t handle it then don’t do it or teach it. The problem isn’t the safety concerns, but the outcome should safety be neglected or an accident occur. Then there are those who will say it is faster than any other method. These types of comments are largely regurgitated from other sources who regurgitated them from some other source. I hope everyone is sitting down for this, but it is not really faster and here is why.

Baseline Study For Some Data

I got tired of hearing this comment as a Hail Mary pass to prove their point. These comments can be very subjective so we needed something objective like a study to help truly understand the benefit to appendix IWB. I conducted a study and encourage people to conduct their own so I wanted to share my framework for the study. First, you have to go into this without expecting an outcome. If you want to be objective you start by being neutral, someone in search of knowledge. I honestly expected a different outcome so I kept my thoughts neutral. I did everything the same, put in honest work on all fronts. This study was also fun and very beneficial so there is that as well. In this study we need some control measures to keep everything on an even playing field. I eliminated drawing from concealed and performed all these drills with IWB holsters that were carried in an open condition. This wasn’t about concealing, this was about which drawstroke was faster. Then to eliminate any bias regarding poor posture (see earlier article, Mobility Restrictions) I started each drill with my hands on my head. These control features allowed me to look at each without any bias.

Following Baseline Protocols

The drill was pretty simple, but rather than measure a one round drill; which is often not the best indicator of a skill it was a three round drill. The drill was fired from the 10 yard line versus a 6″ target. The distance and accuracy standards helped to ensure the shooter was skilled enough to have valuable input. The study was conducted following standard baseline protocol. The interval between sessions was approximately 7-10 days to ensure the best cold bore experience. Baseline protocol of 10 attempts to achieve seven clean runs was followed. Then the fastest and slowest times were eliminated to average out the remaining five runs. If in the session I was unable to achieve seven clean runs within 10 attempts the whole session was a wash and I would wait for the next opportunity. The point behind the baseline protocol is to measure performance in it’s purest form. The truth of the matter is many struggle with baselines; which makes it easy to see bias in opinions. This is not an easy endeavor, this takes time to complete properly. I started early fall of 2018 and finished recently. Because I wanted to reduce as much favoritism as possible I opted to use different firearms and holsters. I shot the baselines with Glocks & Sigs from various holster manufactures.

The Tie Goes to the Runner

My results surprised me, what they showed me was there really isn’t much in the way of speed advantage for carrying appendix IWB. I performed these baselines ten times each or 20 total baseline sessions and recorded the first shot and last shot for each. My first shot average for strong side IWB was 1.8 seconds and my first shot average for appendix IWB was also 1.8 seconds. Let that soak in for a little bit. My last shot for strong side was 3.1 seconds and my last shot for appendix IWB was 3.0 seconds. So, if you wanted to declare a winner I suppose you could say by a tenth of a second appendix pulled ahead. For me it only confirmed one thing, it is not about the perceived speed advantage. It is about the ability to conceal better for a lot of people. So, there it is and I’m sure there are plenty who disagree; which is why I posted the study. Feel free to take a shot at it and share your experience.

The point of the study wasn’t to declare a winner, it was to reinforce a major benefit of appendix carry. Whether it is right for you is another story along with your mileage varying.

Operationally Ready

There are many ways to do something right the wrong way. For instance, carrying a handgun for self defense is the right choice for many people, but with an empty chamber is the wrong way.

Comfort is a State of Mind

This came about through conversations I recently had in two different states. It was interesting this subject could be brought up within a week across so many miles. Both conversations were centered around carrying concealed and both had comfort at their core. The users were not comfortable carrying with a live round in the chamber. This is a more common occurrence as we see more people entering the concealed carry world. I don’t see as much wrong with this idea for the simple reason many who would not carry are carrying. Granted they might not be doing it the way I would, but it is a start. My belief is as they grow as a student they learn more about the best way to manage their carry loadout. With time they realize there is a better way.

In One Ear and Out the Other

It is important to understand why folks are not comfortable. You can tell them what they are doing is not ideal, even wrong, but you more than likely will not make any headway. When I was asked this question I wanted to understand the reason so I could better address the issue. If they are afraid to carry a live round in the chamber because they don’t feel safe is it because of their holster. If they don’t like the idea of carrying a live round in the chamber holstered inside the waistband then carrying on the waistband may be a good way to breach this obstacle. If they are concerned they may shoot themselves then explaining how to safely draw from the holster is a great place to start. Many times what seems simple to many is overly complex and intimidating to others.

Highest State of Readiness

In some cases, there is the notion during a lethal force encounter you will be able to chamber a round to bring the handgun to the highest state or readiness. My suggestion is to always holster a handgun for self-defense in the highest state of readiness. Make this part of your loading procedures; which will help build familiarity. This familiarity will bring confidence in the process. The reality is while there may be some who can do it scripted and planned they are largely based on having both extremities available. While you may be able to use a one handed technique why would you engage “hard” mode so early in a critical incident. Time is of the essence and no matter the technique, all things being equal it is slower.

The Ready Position

Perhaps the biggest issue for me is how carrying an empty chamber greatly reduces your ability to draw your handgun to a ready position. All to often we forget this very important skill. Yes, you may need to draw your handgun and go straight to the target to stop the threat. If you opt to carry an empty chamber you give up the utility of drawing to the ready position. You of course, could charge the handgun and return to the ready, but then what will you do if the threat is stopped and you have to holster up. If you were willing to holster a loaded handgun in that situation, why not start that way. Of course, the flip side is you are not and then feel compelled to unload to re-holster. Something else to consider is if you do charge the handgun have you escalated the situation. If you are looking at charging the handgun akin to racking the action of a shotgun there are bigger issues beyond the scope of this article.

If you have concerns about carrying a handgun then try to address the root cause. Use education and training as your roadmap to overcoming anything that could give you a false sense of security.

Cold Weather Concealment

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Winter is coming, okay maybe for most it’s already here. Adapting your carry load-out to accommodate the cold weather is not as difficult as some believe.

Hot & Cold

The point to understand is there are two main environmental conditions; hot and cold. Each have there unique challenges to overcome. In hot weather you are dealing with less clothing and or lighter clothing options. The risk of printing is higher; which means you can’t get complacent with your gear or methods. They have to be well thought out and practiced. In cold weather you must protect yourself from the environment. That requires purpose built clothing and lots of them. Your risk of printing is low due to the layers and bulk, but gaining access requires more effort. Your primary concern in hot weather is concealment and in cold weather is access.

Have Layers

I see many techniques espoused that are limited, almost one dimensional. You can’t afford this in the best of conditions. The old adage if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. The key is the gear you choose and methods you use. We teach a 3-gun approach to achieve true EDC levels. You can’t rely on your “go to gun” you love for everything, it just wont work. You will need to consider a secondary and maybe even a backup gun. I tell people reality often dictates a different plan than the one you came up with for the best conditions and not the real ones. This is the reason we teach a universal approach to defeat methodology. You want a technique for as many conditions as you would face.

Defeat Methodology

Well thought out defeat methodology does not care about where you carry or what you carry. It is more concerned with clearing the cover garment quickly and reliably. Whether it’s strong side or appendix, it shouldn’t matter. It also takes into consideration the various types of cover garments you may be required to wear. From the oh so popular T-shirt, to formal wear to cold weather wear. A major consideration for concealed carry is does your technique work versus multiple layers. If it doesn’t, that’s your first mistake. The mistake again lies in being one dimensional. You should regularly practice to defeat multiple layers. The benefit to this thought process is having a technique you can use regardless of the cover garment or weather conditions.

Don’t Get Caught Flat Footed

When it comes down to drawing for cold weather concealment a major oversight is situational awareness. You might not recognize the challenge or you got complacent because all you practiced was wearing a T-shirt. Now you have three layers on, plus your outwear is zipped closed. I hear some comment how they will not zip up their outer wear to have quicker access to their carry gun. If you are truly in cold weather you sound like an idiot. You stand a greater chance of becoming hypotermic than drawing your gun. You need to plan for a slower drawstroke, one that is more deliberate. You may also consider backup guns that are easier to get to over your primary carry gun. Carrying in a pocket is one solution, but you must have the gun carried in a holster. The final consideration is whether you are wearing gloves to keep your hands warm. If not, you run the risk of having less dexterity which can affect your shooting. If you do, you run the risk of complicating your drawstroke due to the extra material. I recommend you practice with gloves, it helps you appreciate the reality of drawing from deep cold weather clothing.

I enjoy the winter time, for me it is a great time of year. For others, the struggle is real regarding staying warm from deep cold weather concealment.

Loose Screws

There is nothing more frustrating than grinding to halt because your gear fell apart, especially in a training class. How many of us have been on the ground trying to find that itty-bitty part in the sea of brass.

The Carnage

Over the years I have seen plenty of gear related problems. In a recent Concealed Carry class we had a holster come apart, literally. We had some other gear issues requiring attention and luckily we caught most of them before they became real problems. In a separate incident I had a front sight come loose. I’m glad it was the sight and not my shooting. The damn thing was listing and I finally asked myself is it me or is my sight post leaning. It is virtually impossible to work with equipment that doesn’t have some type of fastener. It doesn’t matter how tight or the proper torque was applied or done per the manual. They require periodic maintenance.

The Basic Tools

One of the best tools I’ve ever brought was this small screwdriver. It had the various spare bits stored in the body making it super convenient for a range bag. I love this tool, it has done me right over the years. No matter how small your range bag, there’s always room for one of these or similar. In addition, a small tube of thread locker will help ensure you don’t have to repeat the process any time soon. While there are tons of tools you could have, these are the minimum in my opinion.

Maintenance Interval

When it comes to your holsters and magazine carriers I suggest once a month you check all the hardware. Some will go so far as to recommend using thread locker on all of your hardware. For some gear it is required and for others you might abstain. Learn what causes the hardware to come loose first. If you do apply a thread locker on your concealed carry gear, go with the lightest bond. You don’t want permanency, you want security. If you are attending a high intensity class with lots of drawstoke repetitions then at the end of the day do yourself a favor and check. If they are loose then hopefully you avoided a mishap. If you find yourself in a situation where you’ve lost hardware you could be in a tight spot. Most folks will have spare guns, extra magazines, but how many carry more than one holster. It may not be practical, but getting extra hardware is a simple solution.

Big Picture Logistics

There is a saying, amateurs argue tactics and professionals argue logistics. Many times in classes students find themselves in a pickle with their gear. If you have one of these niche guns you may be S.O.L. I’ve found most classes students go out of their way to help one another. It’s hard to help though when you are so far out on the fringe. I carry spare equipment and gear to every class and have loaned them out on more than one occasion. More than once I couldn’t help the student because our gear didn’t match.

Preparation can go a long way as can spare parts and hardware. Put some thought into periodic and mandatory maintenance routines.

The Argument for Convenience

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It must be the end of the world or pretty damn close, but I’m clarifying a point I made years ago. Yes, the convenience of taking a holster/gun combination on and off has too much appeal not to expand further on the subject.

A Way of Life

I can recall a student once trying to convince the class and me they preferred a certain holster because it was easy to take on and off. It was a paddle holster and terrible design at that, but what rubbed me the wrong way was the blase attitude towards carrying concealed. It appeared this student was being inconvenienced to carry so anything making it easy was high on their list. A limited view point from my end, but not without justification. The student’s gear in question was commensurate with their comment hence the comment. What became a blanket statement for me was carrying concealed is not about convenience. This statement lacks a complete understanding of the big picture. For the seasoned practitioner, yes it is no longer a matter of convenience, it is a way of life.

The Revolving Door of On/Off

With the concealed carry world exploding it became apparent we would see many new students to the art. It is still the most popular class I teach on the road. What has changed is how I approach the subject of convenience. When convenience can increase safety then I’m a fan. When carrying in the early days it was a complete event to get all jocked up with my carry gear. As I carried more I learned what worked better and discarded the rest. There was also the volume and intensity that carrying everyday brings to the table. I learned quickly if I could easily take the holster/gun combination off I greatly reduced the chances of having a negligent discharge in my home. There were days, when if I were my poor front door I would have felt more like a revolving door.

Gun Safety, it is a Thing

Protecting the trigger from unauthorized access is a central tenant to good holster selection and safe gun handling skills. Something I observed overseas was gun handling skills like anything done over and over can be reduced to rote memorization of movements without truly performing the procedures. Fortunately, I was not required to follow the same rules, but I witnessed several close class around the clearing barrel. It is basic math, increase the likelihood of the event through volume and you increase the likelihood of the accident. Handling the gun in a safe manner is a habit, but have you ever made a mistake? Now add all the other life events thrown at you on a daily basis and you can see my point.

The Simple Solution

Being able to take the gun/holster combination on and off virtually eliminates the possibility of negligent discharges during the doffing stage. It can still happen of course, but the times you are handling the gun are fewer and typically you are paying more attention. These days, if I don’t keep the gun/holster combination ready to go at the very least I will check the gun then holster. Once safely holstered I attach the combination to my body. When I get home, I remove the combination and if necessary separate the two where one goes into the safe and the other into my gear box.

There is a time and a place for convenience, if it enhances safety it is something to consider. If it can reduce the opportunity for a mistake then it is something to be considered.

Defeating Cover

During a lethal encounter, getting to your defensive pistol under your cover garment must be performed fast and flawlessly. Defeating your cover garment becomes the first priority.

Painted into a corner

Creating a clothing specific techniques to defeat your cover garment is a big mistake. It forces you into a corner, one where you often don’t realize the fact you are in a corner. You keep living the lie without realizing you don’t have to or more importantly you shouldn’t. If you look at the same clothes on the clothing rack, if you wear the garment until it is falling apart or if you refuse to wear anything else then I’m talking to you. At some point your “uniform” gives you away, it will attract attention or focus. It gives people an excuse to look more closely and possibly be discovered.

Professional globe trotter

You want to invest in a defeat methodology for all garments. One technique to defeat whatever you may wear, forced to wear or happen to be wearing. I learned this early in my career. Traveling all over the globe I could not count on one thing to solve my cover garment situation. I had to invest in a technique that would ensure a fast and flawless draw. I played around with a lot of techniques and settled on the one. I settled on one with the highest success ratio regardless of the garment. It didn’t matter what I was wearing, a T-shirt, polo, dress shirt, suit, sports coat or jacket. I had the confidence of knowing it would not be the cover garment to hold me back.

Attacking the weak link

The technique is also dirt dog simple, you are attacking the natural curvatures in your body where you can expect a gap between your garment and body. Next, you always attack the base garment. Should you adult in cold weather wearing multiple layers is an everyday occurrence. Attacking the base ensure the rest are defeated. You come at it with a horizontal thumb up the mid drift. Then you go vertical, clearing the garment away from the holstered defensive pistol. Location is not an issue if it is along the waistline, other carry techniques require slight changes or additions.

Wardrobe challenges

I’m getting ready to attend a major function where some have deteriorated to slumming in their dress. It is hard to take you seriously if you look like trash no matter how cool you think you look. I agree, it can be easier to conceal so most find themselves at crossroads. How do I look professional and still carry my blasters. I am confident regardless of the cover garment, my defeat methodology is solid. This confidence allows me to expand my horizons. I literally was standing over my wardrobe choices and matching them to carry methods. In some cases, I will go with my backup and secondary carry choices. It is for this reason I have a primary, secondary and backup. In those rare circumstances I the wardrobe challenges force me to adapt.

Blending in, looking normal is a tenet for concealed carry practitioners. Don’t paint yourself in a corner with a one trick pony for clearing your cover garment.

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