Sometimes you can’t carry what you carry everyday, and considering how I wrote the book on concealed carry in the office, here’s what I have with me when I need to play dress up.
Clockwise from upper left
- Mags for my P3AT loaded with Hornady XTP’s. I like this round, as it’s easier to shoot than higher-powered “+P” ammo, yet delivers excellent penetration for the lower-powered .380ACP cartridge.
- iPhone 6+.
- Leatherman PS Multi-Tool.
- My Kel-Tec P3AT with a Crimson Trace Lasergrip. I love the laser sight, and I need to get one on all my defensive guns. My opinion on the P3AT is not so charitable: Even with a trigger upgrade and all kinds of new parts, it’s still a nasty little beggar to shoot.
- A Sticky Holster that fits my P3AT quite nicely. I had previously used a Desantis Superfly, but to be honest, I prefer this holster instead as it tends to stay put inside the pocket of my trousers more than the Desantis did.
While this is obviously nowhere near the amount of gear I have with me when I’m not wearing my business clothes, it’s enough to to the job. Besides my gun, I have spare ammo, my phone, a knife (or at least a sharp object) on the multi-tool and a flashlight app on my phone. There are four things I recommend you should carry besides your gun, and this gear has that covered (sorta). If I were to change anything, I’d add in a real knife into the mix to make up for the limitations of the multitool, and maybe a Photon Micro or similar flashlight on my keychain. The gear up there is not what would chose to carry day in, day out, but sometimes you bend instead of breaking.